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Volume41,Number37 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, May 28, 2015
N.C. NAACP gears up for fight in W-S
St. Philips hosts program as it marks the
anniversary of end-of-slaverv announcement
BY DONNA ROGERS
The occasion of the 150th anniversary of the day the Emancipation Proclamation was
read in the forerunner of St. Philips Moravian Church in Old Salem was used to rally peo
ple to support the N.C. NAACP-led moral justice movement, m?mmmma?mm?m
which is scheduled to be in force in Winston-Salem on July 13. The Forsyth
The movement will hold educational workshops and a rally as County Board of
the N.C. NAACP voting rights lawsuit against North Carolina - Elections tackles
N.C. NAACP v. McCrory - is being heard in federal court in jssues with NC'S
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St. Philips celebrated the anniversary of the announcement of ^
freedom for slaves with a program called "Ever Forward to Page A 3
Freedom." Thursday, May 21, was the 150th anniversary to the
day when the Emancipation Proclamation was read to the local African-American com
munities from the pulpit of St. Philips, said the Rev. Russ May, pastor of St. Philips.
The organizers of the program contend that African-Americans and others are not yet
free because of the laws that attack equal rights, such as regressive voting rights laws and
laws against equal pay for women, a living wage and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans
The program featured speakers from the Winston-Salem area as well as the Rev.
Curtis Gatewood, HKonJ People's Assembly Coalition coordinator for the N.C. NAACP.
See Fight on A3
Photo by Erin Mi/clle for the Winston-Salem Chronicl
The Rev. Curtis Gatewood, N.C. NAACP leader, delivers a message of freedom
progressive efforts in the state through the Moral Monday Movement on
Thursday, May 21.
Third try at N AACP elections goes over without issues
Winston-Salem Chapter of NAACP
holds new vote after months of questions
BY TEVIN ST1NSON
After months of waiting and uncertainty, on Tuesday,
May 26, the Winston-Salem Chapter of the NAACP final
ly had its-elections to choose new officials.
The local chapter has seen several months of uncer
tainty while trying to elect new officials. In November
2014, incumbent president S. Wayne Patterson called in
the N.C. NAACP to oversee the election after candidates
were submitted after the nomination process was closed.
Another election was held in January of this year but
results were overturned, because ballots were not printed
on paper and a number of other violations.
On May 7, Patterson, a local attorney, announced that
he would be withdrawing his name ffom the ballot. In a
phone interview this week, Patterson explained that,
although he will no longer be running for president, he
?will continue to support the chapter.
"I have a lot going on right now," Patterson said. "I am
opening a new law firm in Georgia, but I will continue to
support the Winston-Salem chapter in every way I can."
During the elections on May 26, state board members,
who conducted the elections, only allowed members who
were eligible to vote in the original elections inside the
NAACP Enrichment Center, 4130 Oak Ridge Drive.
Bernard Byrd, who is also a member of the Forsyth
County Board of Elections, said during the first two elec
tions he could see a number of violations, but was pleased
with how smoothly these elections went.
"I am very pleased with how things were handled this
time," Byrd said. "1 believe if Ike (Isaac Howard) wins,
things will be headed in the right direction."
Howard was elected president during the election held
See NAACP elections on A8
BY TODD LUCK
Hundreds came out to commemorate Memorial Day at
the HARRY Veteran Community Outreach Services' sev
enth annual Commemoration and Picnic on Monday. May
25, at Bolton Park.
HARRY, a local group that offers numerous Services to
veterans, started honoring Memorial Day years ago with a
picnic where the numerous veterans that volunteer with
the group and their families would fill a shelter at a local
park. It's grown over the years to become a huge commu
This year was expected to draw 600 attendees, who
formed long lines wrapping around Bolton's massive shel
ter, waiting to be served free food. Set up at the event
where R&B and Old School Radio Station 97.1 WQMG
and the Rams Know HOW (Healthcare on Wheels), which
was there providing free health checks. A stage hosted per
formances by the Work in Progress choir and music
pumped through the speakers. Various officials kicked off
the festivities including an invocation by Earline Parmon.
a veteran and former state senator who is Rep. Alma
See Vieterans on AS
Veterans gain attention
Photo by Erin Mizelle for the Winston-Salem Chronicle
Charles Hinnant, a veteran of the US. Army, listens on Friday, May 22, during a visit by US. Rep. Alma S.
Adams (NC-12) to where he.is staying: the Veterans Helping Veterans Heal (VHVH) Center, for homeless
veterans in Winston-Salem. SEE THE STORY OH PAGE AS.
GRADUATION DAY 2015
Speaker at Salem College urges graduates to dream big
BY CARLY WILLIAMS
FOR THE CHRONICLE
Saturday morning. May 23, framed by the sce
nic beauty of Salem College's May Dell outdoor
amphitheater, a standing-room-only assembly of
family, friends and faculty witnessed the birthing
of 236 dreamers - no longer deferred by exams,
presentations, or studying - into limitless possibil
ities of enhanced purpose.
"Have a dream so profound and compelling
that you cannot rest," Dr. Freda C. Lewis-Hall,
commencement keynote speaker, was told by a
former president of India during her earlier travels.
Lewis-Hall, executive vice president and chief
medical officer for Pfizer Inc. and familiar televi
sion personality from "The Doctors" TV show,
also shared wisdom from her mother upon Lewis
Hall's college graduation in 1976: "Know your
self, take action, and believe in your dreams," she
told this year's graduates. "Be more you. Surround
yourself with those who see you. Take action -
turn pain and disappointment into meaningful
Dr. Lewis-Hall, who practices centric medi
cine, has held leadership roles in academia, in
See Speaker on A2
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