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Volume43,Numbe4 . WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, September 29, 2016
N.C. NAACP, CBC demand justice
BY CASH MICHAELS
FOR THE CHRONICLE
In the aftermath of the tragic Charlotte police shooting
of Keith Lamont Scott last week, both the N.C. NAACP
and the Congressional Black Caucus have demanded an
independent federal investigation.
Monday night in Charlotte, N.C. NAACP President
Rev. William Barber said it was not clear that the shooting
was justified, as Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr
Putney insisted last week prior to releasing the edited
police dash-cam and body cam footage to the public
Saturday under pressure.
Rev. Barber issued a list of demands, including the
release of all police body cam footage related to the Scott
shooting that the CMPD may still .have in its possession.
He also called for an "accountability" and "heightened
consequences" of the CMPD officers who took part in the
incident on-scene who did not have their body cameras
activated. The officer who fatally shot Keith Scott report
edly did not have his body cam operating.
The N.C. NAACP also demanded that federal stan
dards be established for when police officers should be
justified in using deadly force. Those standards should be
utilized "... in additional training, guidelines fen: identify
ing and removing officers with a propensity to overreact,
and a commitment from the U.S. Department of Justice, in
collaboration with local prosecutors and the State Bureaus
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'Their names will be
preserved for history for
New Black History Museum's
opening prompts tears
BY WILLIAM J. FORD
THE WASHINGTON INFORMER
When Carolyn Tillery walked around the Washington
Monument on the National Mall on last Saturday and
stared at the National Museum of African American
History and Culture, she cried.
"Our stories, our histories are being preserved for
prosperity," Tillery, 59, of Arlington, Virginia, said while
wiping tears off her cheeks. "I know what generations will
come to know and won't rely on the oral tradition of our
ancestors. They can come. They can see. They can touch.
They can feel. As long as we say the names of those who
paved the road ... their names will be preserved for histo
ry for all time." ,
Tillery and thousands of others stood outside'on what
some described as a "perfect day" to pay homage to the
Smithsonian's first museum dedicated to Black History.
Due to this level of interest, the museum says it is
implementing a Timed Pass system to serve as many visi
tors as possible while maintaining a secure, safe and
smooth flow of people into the museum. Tuned Passes for
the general public and nonprofit organizations are free of
charge. Advanced Tuned Entry Passes to the Museum
through December are no longer available online.
Advanced timed passes starting in January 2017 have not
yet been released.
Even though the grand opening ceremonies were tele
vised, thousands wanted to be among others to hear a
speech by President Barack Obama, listen to Oprah
Winfrey and Will Smith recite quotes from prominent
Carolyn Tillery of Arlington, Virginia, cried when
she saw the National Museum of African American
History and Culture on Sept. 24 before the grand
opening ceremonies at the National Mall in
blacks, and feel Patti LaBelle's voice belt out Sam
Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come."
Greg W. Elam, a member of the Black Stuntmen's
Association, participated in a ceremony at the museum
that honors his organization, which helped Blacks work in
See Museum on A2
BY TEVIN STINSON
THE CHRONICLE .
On Monday night, millions of eyes were glued to TV
sets across the country to watch the first presidential
debate between Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and
Republican candidate Donald Trump.
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Flemming El-Amin talks to students about the
importance of the election during a watch party
Before the debate, they also heard community leaders
tell them how important the election is.
During the debate, Clinton and Trump tackled a num
ber issues, including race relations, crime and policing,
ISIS, the economy and education. Cheers echoed through
the large room when Clinton discussed her plans to
improve the education system and bring jobs to the coun
Although the majority of students attending the watch
party were Clinton supporters, not everyone was pleased
with her performance.
Senior nursing major Kelsey Jones said although she
believes Clinton will be the next president, during the
debate she spent too much time going back and forth with
"She touched on a number of issues, but I felt like she
could have talked more about her platform," said Jones.
"She still has my vote, and I think she will win the elec
tion, but I just felt she wasn't her best during the debate."
Other young voters said Clinton did exactly what she
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Calls to repeal HB 2
heard across community
BY TEVTN STINSON
Rep. Ed Hanes Jr. has
called for a special session
of the General Assembly to
repeal the controversial HB
2 law, which was passed
and signed by Gov. Pat
McCrory in the same night
earlier this year.
Also known as the
Public Facilities Privacy &
Security Act, the law legis
lates that in government.
buildings, individuals may
only use restrooms and
changing facilities that cor
respond to the sex on their
birth certificates. Some say
the bill discriminates
against those who identify
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