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Volume43,Number34 WINSTjON-SALEM, N.C. j THURSDAY, April 28, 2016
Federal court upholds voter ID law
BY TODD LUCK
U.S. District Judge
Thomas Schroeder ruled
against the N.C. NAACP
and other plaintiffs,
upholding voter ID and
other changes to North
Carolina election laws.
Schroeder heard argu
ments on most of the provi
sions in North Carolina's
election reform act, known
as House Bill 589, last
Lawyers with the N.C.
NAACP, U.S. Justice
Department and League of
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"Common practices like board
ing an airplane and purchasing
Sudafed require phQto ID, and
thankfully a federal court has
ensured our citizens will have the
same protection for their bask
right to vote."
Women Voters argued that teens and shortening early
eliminating same day reg- voting discriminated
istration, . out-of-precinct against minorities, and
voting, pre-registration for See ID on A2
Photo by Erin Mizelk
Sizing things up
Dr. Ronny Bell, co-director of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest Baptist Medical
Center, is seen in a contemplative mood during The Chronicle's 31st annual Community Service Awards
Banquet last Saturday at the Donald Julian Reaves Center on the campus of Winston-Salem State
University. Bell was awarded a tribute for the work he does in the community. SEE THE COMMUNITY
SERVICE AWARDS BANQUET SPECIAL SECTION INSIDE TODAY'S CHRONICLE.
receives award for work in
southeast portion of the city
BY TEVIN STTNSON
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Each year city officials and the planning committee for
the Fair Housing Summit recognize a local community
development corporation for their work in the communi
ties that need it most here in Winston-Salem.
This year during the 11th Annual Fair and Affordable
Photo by Tevin Stinson
Executive director of S.G. Atkins CDC Carol Davis
smiles with joy during the 11th Annual Fair and
Affordable Housing Summit. The development cor
poration geared toward improving southeast
Winston-Salem was honored for its hard work.
Housing Summit, city officials and the New Horizons
planning committee recognized S.G. Atkins CDC for its
hard work and dedication.
While standing in front of mote than 100 community
members, business professionals, elected officials and
others, director of human relations Wanda Allen-Abraha
said the committee decided to choose S.G. Atkins because
of their dedication to ensuring that adequate housing is
See Atkins on A2
Hopkins leaving a legacy of
service at Wake Forest
BY TODD LUCK
Beth Hopkins said that after grad
uating from Wake Forest University
in 1973 with Cum Laude honors, she
planned to attend WFU law school,
but was turned down because there
were already two black law students.
She said she was devastated.
"It just wasn't my time to be at
Wake Forest, at the law school, it-just
wasn't my time," said Hopkins. "You
could not have convinced me that 30
years later, that I would be teaching
here and directing a program."
Professor Beth Hopkins, who
leads the Wake Forest School of
Law's outreach efforts, is retiring in
June after more than 30 years at the
Hopkins was bom in 1951 and
grew up in Petersburg, Viginia. Both
her parents were
tions for their
Hopkins said it
was a turbulent
time in race rela
tions in the
bered the White
Only and Colored
Only signs and not being able to go to
swimming pools and tennis courts on
the other side of town. She said start
ing at the age of 12, she wanted to
become a lawyer so she could be an
"agent of change" following in the
footsteps of her heroes like Oliver
Hill, Thurgood Marshall, Charles
Hamilton Houston and Patricia
"I wanted to change things; I
wanted to make it fair," she said. "I
wanted to make the Constitution
apply to people who look like me." ?
When she graduated high school,
a friend told her Wake Forest
University was looking for black
female students, so she applied and
was awarded an academic scholar
ship. In 1971, she was among the first
black women to live on campus and
later became the university's first
black homecoming queen.
See Hopkins on A2
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