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Volume42,Number 1 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, September 3, 2015
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Isaac Howard, president of the local branch of the NAACP, reads part of the letter delivered to U.S. Rep.
Virginia Foxx's office during a news conference in Clemmons on Tuesday, Sept. 1.
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support of voting rights bill
BY TEVIN STTNSON K
On Tuesday, Sept. 1, NAACP branches across North
Carolina held 17 news conferences and letter deliveries at
local offices of their U.S. representatives and senators.
The letters that were all delivered simultaneously at 10
a.m. demanded the representatives' and senators' support
of the Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore, strength
en and advance the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Isaac Howard, president of the Winston-Salem Branch
of the NAACP, spoke during the news conference outside
the local office of U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx.
Just outside the door of the office in Clemmons,
Howard told members of the media why the Voting Rights
Act needed to be restored, and advanced.
"The United States is experiencing a historic assault
on voting rights," said Howard.
According to the letter, in just two years since the U.S.
Supreme Court gutted the pre- clearance provisions of the
Voting Rights Act on June 25,2013, in Shelby County vs.
Holder, 15 states, mostly in the South, have launched
attacks on voting rights.
Today 21 states have implemented voter suppression
laws or policies that directly target black voters and others
who historically have been denied equal justice.
Dot Hill, a resident of Clemmons urged Foxx to sup
port the act.
"We as a community are asking for your support of
this act," said Hill. "We are pushing for voting rights for
After the news conference, members of the local and
state branch of the NAACP marched behind president
Howard as he delivered the letter inside the office.
The members gathered around Howard as he handed
the letter to an assistant. Congress woman Foxx was not in
the office at the time.
These simultaneous letter deliveries were a part of
America's Journey For Justice, an 840-mile march from
Selma, Alabama, to Washington D.C. Each state along the
Journey For Justice is focused on a different issue from the
NAACP national advocacy agenda. Because North
Carolina has become known as
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_3Vinston-Salem to host
N.C. NAACP convention
72nd conference is expected to be
BY TEVIN ST1NSON
Winston-Salem has been chosen to host the 72nd
North Carolina State NAACP Convention Oct. 8-10.
NAACP members from across the state will descend
upon the city.
The three-day convention will feature a number of
seminars, learning sessions and guest speakers.
During the final day of the convention N.C. NAACP
President Rev. Dr. William J. Barber will deliver his
State of the State address, expressing his thoughts on the
progress of the state branch, and his plan for the future.
Daphne Holmes-Johnson, N.C. NAACP executive
board member and state convention chair, said that in
' years past the State of the State address has been filled
with national and local media coverage. -
"The State of the State is always one of the most
crowded events," said Holmes-Johnson. "I am expect
ing a lot more national media coverage during this years
"It has been a big year for the state branch. Dr.
Barber has been appearing on a number of national
media networks over the past few months. We are
expecting that to lead to more coverage during the con
2015 has been a busy one for the state branch. On
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tells of bias
Dr. Damon Tweedy set to speak during
Bookmarks Festival of Books
For the past 10 years, Winston-Salem has welcomed
authors and storytellers from across the globe for the
annual Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors.
This year's festival will
begin with an opening cere
mony at the Milton Rhodes
Center for the Arts on
Saturday, Sept. 12.
During the ceremony,
authors and storytellers will
be speaking and answering
questions about their books
and upcoming projects.
Dr. Damon Tweedy, a psy
chiatrist at Duke University
Medical Center, is one of the
authors who will be speaking
on the opening day of the festi
"Black Man in a
White Coat: A
oirs listed as
Number One on
its Top 10 list of
the doctor, a
Medical School, dealt with racial discrimination, bias and
stereotypes firsthand during his time at Duke.
The opening chapter of the book details Tweedy's
thoughts and feelings when a professor at Duke asked him
to change a light bulb after mistaking him as a handy man.
"It was obvious that he didn't think I belonged there,"
Tweedy said. "I made it my mission to prove him. and
everyone else who didn't think I belonged there, wrong."
Although the book features a number of personal
experiences. Tweedy said the main purpose of his book is
to educate African-Americans on ways to live healthier
The book also explores the unique health problems
many black Americans face because of system-based dis
parities, the doctor-patient relationship and unhealthy
"That's one of the main goals of the book, to encour
age African-Americans to take better care of themselves,"
Tweedy said he became interested in the health dispar
ities in African-Americans during his first year of medical
"That first year, we kept learning about all these dif
ferent diseases, and basically the message was that being
black was bad for your health, but they weren't really
telling us why or what we could do about it," Tweedy
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BY TODD LUCK including junior varsity and
THE CHRONICLE Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) games,
and wrote a column, called "Black on Sports,"
The community is remembering the life of the >nto the mid-1980s,
late Robert Eller, known for his sports reporting "It was just a joy for me to work with someone
and dedicated as
he was," said
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ous honors for The Chronicle, including best
sports column and best sports section. Those
awards were among the accolades that lined the
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