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Volume43,Number 1 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, September 8, 2016
Carlisle to ran for NAACP leader
The late Earline Parmon
inspired the pastor to run
for local NAACP presidency
BY TEVIN STTNSON
Last week the pastor of Exodus Baptist
Church, Rev. Alvin Carlisle, announced he
will be putting his name in the hat to
become the next president of the local
During a meet and greet held at Delta
Fine Arts Center, Carlisle, a 1992 graduate
State University, said
he was inspired to run
for the position by his
mentor, the late Sen.
Earline Parmon, who
passed away earlier
his year. Parmon,
who was a champion
for civil rights and
equality, was a
founding member of
the local branch and
served as vice presi
dent at the time she
died in March.
just like Parmon, he is
passionate about the
work to advance the
lifestyles and liberties
for people of color.
"Just like Ms.
Earline Parmon, this
is a group that I am
very, very passionate
about," said Carlisle.
"Those who know me
well know I'm not a
thrill seeker. I am all
about the advance
ment of our people
and this organization."
The current president is Isaac "Ike"
Howard. He was elected in 2015. Howard
could not be reached for comment on
While leading the congregation at
Exodus, Carlisle also serves as the third
vice president for the Ministers'
Conference of Winston-Salem and
Vicinity (MCWSV). While in office, he
spearheaded a partnership with the Forsyth
County District Attorney to help residents
get their licenses back. The program
helped more than 2,000 people get their
Photo by Tevin Stinson
African drummers perform during the Homowo Festival held at Old Salem on
Saturday, Sept. 3. Homowo is a word in Ghana that means hooting for hunger.
taste of Homowo
BY TEVIN STINSON
The sounds of African drumming
could be heard from blocks away last
Saturday, Sept. 3 in Old Salem, as resi
dents gathered together to celebrate
African culture during the Homowo
Homowo is a word from West Africa
that means hooting for hunger.
Celebrated by the Ga people of Ghana,
the festival is held in remembrance of the
famine that once plagued the country.
The local version of the festival fea
tured food tasting of authentic Africa cui
sine, African storytelling, aits and crafts,
games, and a number of performances by
African dancers and drummers. There was
also a Mancala tournament, a strategy
game played in Ghana.
See Homowo on A2
A young performer shows
off her dance move dur
ing the Homowo Festival
on Saturday, Sept. 3 at
BY CASH MICHAELS
FOR THE CHRONICLE
With any relevant legal challenge now behind them
thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court upholdingdtn appellate
court's recent smack down of North Carolina's voter ID
law, the N.C. NAACP remains concerned about how the
Republican-led state Board of Elections (BOE) will
resolve local BOE split decisions involving the number of
sites and hours that will be allotted for the 17-day early
voting period beginning Thursday, Oct. 20.
All 100 local BOEs are comprised of two Republicans
and one Democrat because, by law, the board majorities
must reflect the party of the sitting governor. The state
BOE currently has three Republican members and two
The state BOE is scheduled to meet today and civil
rights advocates, like Rev. Dr. William Barber, president
of the N.C. NAACP and leader of the coalition that suc
cessfully fought in the courts to oyerturn the voter sup
pression law, are concerned that what the Republicans,
and particularly Gov. Pat McCrory, couldn't win in court,
they will try to do through the state BOE by devising early
voting plans that limit voting sites and hours.
An emailed memo to all local BOEs from N.C. GOP
Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse, revealed in pub
lished reports weeks ago instructions to the local boards
urging them, in light of the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of
Appeals ruling dismantling voter ID, to minimize sites
and hours of operation.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Wake and Lenoir counties are
just three counties where Republican-led local BOEs have
done just that.
Rev. Barber says what many of the local boards did,
and what the state Board is likely to do, is "a travesty."
"We are petitioning the state Board of Elections not to
allow the system to be gamed and used in a way that is
racist and unjust," Rev. Barber told MSNBC Saturday.
"This is a travesty for our governor and our legislature and
local boards of elections in the 21st century to continue to
try this level of voter suppression."
Rev. Barber added that what we're seeing now from
the local BOEs is not just about Gov. McCrory trying to
win re-election, though he's several points behind
Democratic challenger Attorney General Roy Cooper, but
also a "desperate attempt [by Republicans] to hold onto
power ... and doing it in a way that undermines people's
right to vote.
"It's immoral, it's unconstitutional, and we are fighting
it with everything we can," Rev. Barber said.
See Meeting on A2
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Commissioners hear options on courthouse
BY TODD LUCK
THE CHRONICLE ,
Forsyth County commissioners are examin
ing options for a new or renovated Hall of
Justice, which could cost more than $145 mil
The commissioners once again were given
a presentation on the options for replacing the
aging courthouse during a Sept. 1 briefing. A
new building would cost more than $145 mil
lion, while renovating and
expanding the existing one
would cost nearly $112 mil
lion. This construction would
be paid for with limited obli
gation bonds, which can be
ratified by the commission
ers themselves, unlike the
county bond referendums
residents will vote on in
November. This is a type of
bond often used for necessary projects that
might not be attractive to voters in a referen
Based on projections presented to the coun
ty commissioners, the new building would add
3 cents onto the tax rate on $100 of property
value in 2018, while renovations would add 2.1
This would be on top of a tax increase from
See Coorthouie on A2