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Vol.XXXVIII No.25 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, February 16,2012
Photo* by Lay la Farmer
Monarchs from left: Jonyvi Fogle, Jai Black, Jamaal Goodman, Sherrard Wells, Jalil Bash, Jonathan Winbush and
Kendrick Hairs ton Jr.
The New Face of Lacrosse?
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Triple P-Lax Founder Marc Winbush (center) with assistant
coaches Walter Black (left) and Dr. Perrin Black.
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Youth league started in East Winston
BY LAYLA FARMER
A group of youngsters in East Winston will be trying their
hand at a new sport this spring as they leant the art of playing
Triple P-Lax, a new organization created to provide mentor
ship and expand the athletic horizons of local African American
youths, is behind the effort. Founder Marc Winbush says one
of his main goals is to open young people's minds, allowing
them to understand that sports don't begin with basketball and
end with football.
"Our people fought too long for us to do better and have
more for us to have that mindset," he said. "...I just wanted to
make sure kids understand that the world is their oyster, don't
put limits on yourself."
Winbush is a physical education teacher and director of the
lacrosse program at Forsyth Country Day School. The
See Lacrosse on All
Democrats encouraged to tight for November victones
BY LAYLA FARMER
THE CHRONICLE |
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison told a group of local
Democrats Saturday to embrace
the things that set their party
apart, while dedicating them
selves to getting Democrats
back in power in the North
Carolina General Assembly and
the U.S. Congress.
"We as Democrats have got
to stop pussy-footing around
our diversity and be proud of
it," said Ellison, the first
Muslim American ever to be
eiecieu to congress. ...it you turn your gaze to tne
other side of the aisle, it looks like a country club.
Sec Democrats on A9
Ph?Ko by Lay la Parmer
with his moth
er, Eric Ellison
Warnock calls on churches to fight for justice
Photo by Tbdd Luck
Ebenezer Baptist Church's Dr. Raphael Warnock speaks at
Winston-Salem State University last week.
BY TODD LUCK
The pastor of the church that was once led by Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. told an audience at Winston
Salem State University last week that not enough
churches are dedicated to fighting injustice.
"I would argue that the black church celebrates
Dr. King and celebrates his movement as an extraor
dinary historical moment, but I'm not convinced at
all that black churches, even while engaged in jus
tice work, see justice as an essential part of their
Christian identity," said Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock,
pastor of Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church, where
Dr. King served as pastor before his ascent to
national Civil Rights icon.
Warnock spoke as part of WSSU's long-running
James A. Gray Lecture series, which explores reli
gion and ethics issues. After a long pastoral career,
Warnock became the youngest pastor in the history
See Warnock on A10
Prominent local pastor
stands by W-S-based bank
BY TODD LUCK
Winston-Salem-based BB&T Corp. is
the target of a boycott led by a national
organization that claims to speak for thou
sands of African American churches.
The Washington. D.C.-based National
Black Church Initiative (NBC1) is calling
on black churches nationwide to boycott
.BB&T because it says the bank doesn't sup
port the black community - a charge that
BB&T officials are
According to the
NBCI, it has a coali
tion of 34.000
15.7 million African
gants. The organiza
tion says that it is
calling on all of its
boycott BB&T for the
next seven years. The
aim, according to a
NBCI press release, is
to reduce the bank's
profits by 40 percent.
Rev. Anthony Evans,,
who founded the
coalition in 1991,
said BB&T has a
track-record of not
working with the
said that after some deliberation, it was
decided NBCI would initiate its first-ever
"Don't take my money and disrespect
me by not investing in our community and
foreclosing on our homes and our church
es," said Evans, an assistant pastor at Mt.
Zion Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.
BB&T was founded in the Tarheel State
in 1872 and has become one of the nation's
largest financial institutions, with $174.6
billion in assets and 12.(XX) locations in 12
states and Washington. D.C. Most BB&T
branches are located in the Southeast,
which is also the area with the greatest
number of NBCI churches.
Evans admits that there is some bad per
sonal blood between NBCI and BB&T.
Evans said NBCI approached BB&T
with a plan to form a partnership to create
See BB&T on A6
A Unified Front
Photo by Layla Farmer
A variety of local organizations and individuals
gather at Salem College Monday to show their
support for Race to the Ballot, a campaign
against the controversial Amendment One, which
would definitively ban gay marriage in the
North Carolina. Read more on page A 10.
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