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Another concern was when presenting a photo ID on
voting day, the person should match the picture along with
the physical description that entails on the card. A lot of
the people in the community spoke out about how over the
years, one's physical description will appear different as it
is when first taking that particular photo.
Residents also expressed about how everyone has the
exercising right to vote and mention that people have
fought and died for those rights.
"1 hope you do your best to guarantee everybody their
constitutional right to vote," said resident Robert McNeill.
There were many African-American citizens present at
this hearing that voiced their opinions on the new law.
Some of them have said the law promotes voter suppres
sion by these sudden changes.
"1 am against the voter ID law and all the new restric
tions on voting," said resident Constance Johnson Russell.
"My concern is who police the judges [people who check
the voter rolls at the polls] to ensure that they're not abus
ing their authority."
Russell said that long lines will form at the voting
polls because of the judges arguing over what photo ID is
Citizens of Forsyth County also spoke out how they
want the staff to be trained properly at the voting polls.
Those who had their two minutes to speak were able to
speak again if they didn't finish getting their point across.
While the officials addressed the crowd that this hearing is
to be formal, whispers and some applauding still broke
To voice an opinion about the voter ID law, submit
written comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to
P.O. Box 27255, Raleigh, NC 27611 to the attention to
Rule-making Coordinator George McCue. All submission
Photo by Erin Miielk for the Wimtoo-Salenj Chronicle
Tyler Swanson speaks on behalf of college students
across North Carolina at the State Board of
Elections public comment hearing on Tuesday,
June 9, at the Forsyth County Government Center
in downtown Winston-Salem. "HBS89 disenfran
chises college students," said Swanson, a Political
Science major at N.C. A&T University and current
N.C JVAACP Youth and College Division Political
Action chairman. "By not allowing us to vote using
our college IDs, HB589 is punishing college stu
dents for being liberal and!or voting very progres
sively," he affirmed.
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thing," said said. "I understand adding some routes^
maybe cutting routes out, but make it convenient for
everybody, the elderly, the handicapped, the disabled."
Laurie Coker said she was hoping to see more bus
service than is currently proposed. She's director of
GreenTree Peer Center and she said many of the people
who use the center's services, which focus on recovery
and wellness, don't have their own transportation. She
provides many rides to help get them to the center because
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of how long it can take them to use the bus. She said the
new proposed transfer points around the city will help, but
she's hoping to lobby the City Council to increase the
WSTA budget so it can expand service.
"We're going backwards as a city if we do not focus
on letting people get from place to place, because if you
don't have a way to get from one place to another, you feel
trapped," she said.
The proposed routes can be viewed by going to
wstransit.com and clicking on "Proposed Route
Changes." Passengers can leave comments using "Contact
Us" on the website.
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Members of the North Carolina Black Repertory
Company sang 'The Glory of Gospel' during an
information conference on the upcoming National
Black Theatre Festival, held at the Embassy Suites
Hotel in Winston-Salem, Monday, June 8.
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tival, officials from the North Carolina Black Repertory
Company made several important announcements con
cerning this years performances and visiting celebrities.
Earlier this year, it was announced that Debbi Morgan
and Darnell Williams, best known for their roles in soap
opera "All My Children," would be the celebrity co-chairs
for this year's event. Other celebrities that will be in the
area during the festival include Bill Cobbs, Nate Jacobs,
Obba Babatunde. Maurice Hines, Robert Hooks and a host
The festival will feature a wide range of theatrical per
formances, including dramas, comedies, musicals, chore
oplays and multimedia. Festival goers will be able to
choose from more than 130 performances of new works
and black classics performed by professional black theatre
companies from across the country and abroad.
With 37 different companies, from 20 different states,
and two outside countries, this year's festival is guaran
teed to have something for all ages to enjoy.
The year's festival will be Aug. 3-8.
Renita Brewington, president of the N.C. Black
Repertory Company believes black theatre is for every
one, and more than any other year, this year's festival will
reflect that as well.
"This year's festival is for everyone. We have events
for all ages, from teens to seniors. We have it all,"
The "TeenTastic" portion of the festival will be collab
orating with the Winston-Salem Parks & Recreation
Department to offer programs to entertain teens. From 7
p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds, teens
will be given a place to explore the festival. Complete
with musical performances from local artist, this year's
'TeenTastic" Will be more entertaining than years past.
Evan Raleigh, city coordinator for the festival, said it
was important that the teens had their own place to enjoy
"Going into this year's festival, we wanted to make
sure we had something for everyone, including teens,"
Raleigh said. "I think we accomplished that with
During the event at Embassy Suites, it was also
revealed that national recording artist K-Camp will be per
forming during "TeenTastic" as well.
Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin, executive producer of the
NBTF, has seen the evolution of the event and believes her
late husband would be proud of what the festival has
"Every year the festival seems to get better and better,"
Sprinkle-Hamlin said. "This is exactly what Larry imag
ined when he laid out his plans for this event."
Other events that are drawing a lot of attention from
this years festival include Midnight Poetry Jam,
International Vendors Market, National Youth Talent
Showcase and a number of other workshops and seminars
to go along with a number of productions and films that
highlight the festival every year.
The National Black Theatre Festival was founded by
the late Larry Leon Hamlin and is the international out
reach program of the N.C. Black Repertory Company.
Held biannually since 1989, the festival has been known
to bring thousands of national and international patrons,
professionals and scholars to Winston-Salem for a five
day showcase of African American theatre, art and music.
For more information on the festival and to see a com
plete list of productions, visit www.nbtf.org
Photo by Erin Mizelle for the Winston-Salem Chronicle
Dejur McDean, Chanze Blacknall, Suzanne Leyva, Forrest Henderson, Annie Simeon and Miaysha Bryant,
are seniors at Parkland Magnet School and have explored a different side of math thanks to Brigette Wilks
and the IB Math Studies I course.
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The caption with the photo above that ran on page A12 with a story about a math class at Parkland Magnet School
in the June 4 edition of The Chronicle was cut off. The complete caption is above.
Editor's Note: The story about the Urban League and Older Americans Month that ran on page A4 in the June 4 issue of The Chronicle contained editing material that was con
fusing. The story is below without that material.
W-S Urban League celebrates seniors from 18 counties
Organization marks Older Americans Month
BY TEVIN STINSON
May marked the 50th
anniversary of Older
Americans Month. To cele
brate the event, the
league held a ceremony on
Friday, May 29, to honor
the participants of the
Senior Community Service
The program operates
in 18 counties across
Northwest North Carolina
and provides low-income
residents over the age of 55
with job training. After
training is compete, the
program helps the seniors
find jobs related to their
Patricia Sadler has been
with the Winston-Salem
Urban League for over 10
years and believes the pro
gram is a great way for sen
iors to get training, and is
grateful for the employers
who have worked with the
"Without our employ
ers, we wouldn't be nearly
as successful," Sadler said.
"SMO Supreme and D&K
Fresh Start hires a lot of our
seniors, and we are very
grateful for everything they
do for us."
During the celebration,
human resource managers
from D&K Fresh Start and
SMO Supreme received the
Premier Employer Award
for their dedication to giv
ing seniors an opportunity
to gain employment.
Laura Garduno of SMO
Supreme said she wouldn't
know what to do without
her seniors. She said they
are a joy to work with and
looks forward to working
with the program in the
"Our senior employees
* are amazing," Garduno
said. "I don't know what
we would do without them.
We are grateful for every
thing this program does to
Through a partnership
with Forsyth Technical
Community College, sen
iors can also take computer
lessons to improve their
chances of obtaining jobs.
The SCSEP also hon
ored a number of college
graduates during the cere
mony. Carolyn Higgs and
Robert Williams of Forsyth
County are participants in
the program, and both
recently received their
Higgs graduated from
Forsyth Tech with a degree
in Human Services
Williams attended ITT
Tech, where he majored in
Williams, an Army vet
eran, said next year he
plans to move to California,
where he will continue to
study to become a comput
er engineer. Although he
just graduated, Robert has
been offered a number of.
positions in his field.
"I've had a number of
job offers since I graduated,
but I'm just waiting for the
right one," Williams said.
"I've been all around the
country but I like California
the most. That's why I want
to move there."
A number of other
employers from Forsyth
County were recognized
during the celebration
Family YMCA, Ma;
General Store, Pepsico an
RGA Behavioral Health.
Sadler believes the eel
ebration should continu
for the entire year.
"We should be celebrai
ing the entire year," Sadie
said, "We truly have som
amazing people within thi
program that should b
proud of all they do."
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