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Volume40,Number40 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, June 12, 2014
Marching 100's drummers pose for a photo before going on a per
formance road trip.
Marching 100's making comeback
BY CHANEL DAVIS
Since 1968, Courtney Saunders has been on the
same mission - to encourage kids to do something pos
It was that mission that led her to start the Marching
100's, a well-known and respected youth drumming
and cheering troupe.
"Over the years, there has
been thousands of kids that have
come through the Marching
100's," Saunders said. "They
were a community group and
everybody was invited to join. It
was just like family. We need that
Saunders is breathing new life
into the troupe after several years
of inactivity. She is seeking for
mer Marching 100's drummers
and cheerleaders (Angels) to
form a Marching 100's and Angels Alumni Association
that will help her recruit a new group of young drum
mers and dancers to carry on the Marching 100's name
"A lot of the children of today belong to children of
the Marching 100's ... So many have called about get
ting back together," Saunders said.
When she began the troupe, Saunders was a recent
N.C. A&T graduate when she started working at the
local YWCA; she was charged with starting new pro
Sec 100's on A10
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Personal trainer Charles Karns leads
children in a workout routine at
Piedmont Circle's Community Day on
Saturday. He kept the little ones busy
as a new Winston-Salem State
University health program. Saving
One Sister At a Time, recruited
women for heart attack prevention J
classes. More about the effort will be I
featured in the Thursday, June 19 edi- B
tion of The Chronicle.
BY CHANEL DAVIS
Winston-Salem State University is
a step closer to buying city-owned
Bowman Gray Stadium.
City Manager Lee Garrity said this
week that the city has received a $7.3
million offer from the state to buy the
stadium, which has long been the
home-base of WSSU football.
The offer is contingent upon
Winston-Salem State successfully
b r o w n 11 e 1 d
test the land on
which the propr
erty sits for con
we will be
bringing forth to
next month the
otter and the terms ot acceptance for
that offer," Garrity said.
City Council members approved a
resolution in May 2013 recommend
ing that the city sell the stadium to
Winston-Salem State; however, the
city and the university (which is state
run) have been waiting for the N.C.
Department of Administration State
Property Office to make an offer for
"The process had gotten kind of
stagnant, and, of course, that made us
all a little nervous," said Nancy Young,
director of public relations at Winston
Salem State. "We have been assuming
management of the property this year
in anticipation of a smooth transition
when the sale went through."
The Brownfield agreement is
expected to take up to 12 months to
complete and will hopefully prove that
there are no lingering pollutants at or
near the stadium
See Stadium on A8
Original play shines light on Five Row community
Photo courtesy of
BY CHANEL DAVIS
Residents in the community have a chance to step back in time to share
in the lives of two children from different backgrounds who are intertwined
by a palatial estate.
The Reynolda House Museum of American Art
and the Peppercorn Theatre are staging the original
play "Five Row: Growing up with Reynolda" later this
Five Row was an African American farming vil
lage that was on the sprawling estate of the Reynolds
family, whose R.J. Reynolds tobacco empire helped to
put Winston-Salem on the map. In the early 1900s,
more than 30 African American employees and their
families lived on the estate, according to Paul Archer,
director of Public Programs at Reynolda House,
which operates out of the main house on the former
"They lived in this tight-knit community with their own school and
church right along Silas Creek Parkway," Archer said. "The idea for the play
See Play on A8
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'GoodniVht, Sweet Princess'
BY T KEVIN WALKER
Around the nation and across the world, she was known and praised as an icon -
a woman who demonstrated the best of humanity through her work and example.
Here, in Winston-Salem, her adopted hometown, she was loved for those things,
too, but more so for her humility, generosity and neighborliness.
"We have lost a great member and a great friend," Dr. Serenus Chum said of Dr.
Maya Angelou Saturday as he eulogized her from the stately wooden pulpit in Wake
Forest University's Wait Chapel.
See Angelou on A7
First Lady Michelle Obama speaks.
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