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Walking I shoes ! College bound 1 HE CHRONICLE Volume41,Number37 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, May 28, 2015 VOTING RIGHTS N.C. NAACP gears up for fight in W-S St. Philips hosts program as it marks the anniversary of end-of-slaverv announcement J J BY DONNA ROGERS FHE CHRONICLE 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 Winston-Salem. new VOfjnq |aw 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 gender community. 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 THE CHRONICLE 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 W-S veterans commemorate Memorial Day BY TODD LUCK THE CHRONICLE 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 nity event. 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 action." 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