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Volume41,Number20 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, January 22, 2015
Parmon starting next chapter
Longtimepublic servant to give up
Senate seat today
BY CHANEL DAVIS
Earline Parmon was slated to announce yesterday (Wednesday, Jan.
21) that she would give up her N.C. seat.
During an interview last week, the 71
year-old Democrat did not wish to disclose
her future plans. She has been a community
activist, educator or an elected official for
virtually her entire life. She said she will
continue to wear those hats, even without an
"I'm still as close as a telephone call or
email. I will be right here in the community
- in Winston-Salem or Greensboro, every
day," she said. "I think I'm going to be more
available and be able to sit down and meet
with more people now than when I was in
Raleigh four days a week."
'n 2012, Parmon became the tirst
African-American woman from Forsyth
County elected to the N.C. Senate, where
she most notably sponsored legislation that kick-started the Silver Alert
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Hanes, Lowe eager to succeed Parmon
BY CHANEL DAVIS
The Forsyth County Democratic Party will pick the person who will com
plete the term of Sen. Earline Parmon - who was expected to proffer her res
ignation yesterday - on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Kennedy High
School, 890 E. 11th St.
At least two high profile names have made it no secret they want the job.
Rev. Dr. Paul Lowe, pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church and a longtime
Democratic Party leader and official, and State Rep. Ed Hanes, who won his
second term in November as the 72nd District's representative, are both eager
to be chosen. City Council Member James Taylor, who lost to Parmon in the
primary more than two years ago when she first won the Senate seat, is still
mulling over the idea.
"I am offering myself to give service and to be a voice for this community
for the 32nd district," said Lowe, who has served as a delegate at the last two
Democratic National Conventions. "Senator Parmon has been a great advo
cate for this community and for the 32nd district, and I would be honored to
serve this district."
Lowe said he wants to fight for North Carolina families by standing for
jobs, education and health cqre.
"There has to be a continuous voice speaking for North Carolina families
about these bread and butter issues," he said. "I'm hoping that I can get the
See Senator on A8
Rev. Dr. Lowe
Is racism America's Berlin Wall?
The question was discussed
Monday morning during the annual
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast
sponsored by The Chronicle at the
Benton Convention Center.
A ratfally diverse panel of commu-.
nity heavyweights spoke before a
crowd of more than 1,300. They
agreed that there is a clear wall of sep
aration - one that is as old as America
itself. Each offered ways to tear down
the wall so that America could become
the nation that Dr. King dreamed of.
Read more about this event and
many other local MLK Day happen
ings in this week's special section.
Heroes of Old Atkins make impact at New Atkins
Special guests attended Atkins
Academic and Technology High
School's basketball game on Friday,
Members of the Atkins High School
Sports Hall of Fame were lauded with a
reception and greeted with applause as
they walked onto the court.
Atkins Academic And Technology
High, a sprawling school on Old
Greensboro Road that opened in 2005,
is not the Atkins the former standout
athletes attended. Their Atkins, the one
that opened on Cameron Avenue in 1931
to serve the city's African-American
population, closed in the early 1970s as
integration was taking hold. The build
ing that houses the original Atkins is
now Winston-Salem Preparatory
Academy, a college prep magnet school.
William Butler, an Anderson High
| alumni, founded the Hall of Fame a
' decade ago to to honor Atkins' history
of the oldest "Big Four," the collective
James "Bo" Nelson stands below his
Hall of Fame plaque.
term used for the city's four, pre-inte
gration black high schools. (Anderson,
Paisley and Carver are the other
schools.) Plaques featuring each
inductee hang at Atkins' entranceway.
Roughly half of the Hall of Fame's
90 members attended the Jan. 9 event.
Robert "Bobby" Conner was there. He
was among the first class of inductees in
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Photos by Todd Luck
Hall of Famen sit in the stands at Atkins Academic and Technology High School.
Muslims don't want faith marred by actions of a few
BY CHANEL DAVIS
Imam Khalid Griggs, an associate chaplain at Wake
Forest University and leader of the Community Mosque,
said in the aftermath of tragedies - like the one at the Paris
headquarters of a satirical magazine - there is a tendency to
blame all Muslims for actions of a misguided few.
"In the aftermath of events like this, it becomes very dif
ficult for the message of Islam and the example of the
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