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Volume43,Number 12 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C THURSDAY, November 24, 2016
"IT HAS TOUCHED ME."
Photo by Timothy Ramsey
Roderick Antonio Livingston says he was very appreciative of the church for the clothes and meal.
First Waughtown helps needy
during Thanksgiving season
BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY
A hearty meal during the Thanksgiving holiday is
something some of us take for granted. Some individuals
are not in a situation to have a warm meal or the ability to
fellowship with others.
First Waughtown Baptist Church at 838 Moravia St.
held its annual "Feed My Sheep Day."
According to organizers, the "Feed My Sheep Day" is
a day they reach out to the homeless, those in need and to
those who just need to hear about the love of God.
Roderick Antonio Livingston, who came for the meal
and some clothes, said "I come from a drinking family and
I'm just trying to figure out a way to change my life. I'm
tired of being a monster in a lot of ways. I just want to dig
myself out of this hole I'm in and coming here is the first
step. What they have done here at this church is great and
it has touched me.?
The church provided a hot meal, new and used cloth
ing and gave out gift bags with hats, gloves, socks and toi
letry items. Prayer and counseling was available upon
request. The church also provided transportation from
various locations and shelters around the city.
Senior Pastor Dennis Bishop said his greatest satisfac
tion is seeing all the people of the church work together
and reach out to the community.
"We open our doors to bring them in because that's
what I believe the church is all about," Bishop said. "Not
just serving those within but outreach to the community is
important. Seeing people from different walks of life
come together and seeing we are all equal. Just to be able
to break bread with them and let them know they are
somebody is what ministry is all about."
Missionary President Geneva Payne said, "We consid
er the people of God the sheep and we want to be a service
"Feed My Sheep" event coordinator Maria Wiggins
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Photo by Tevin Stinsoo
Students work together on a science
experiment during the annual
Women in STEAM Conference on
Saturday, Nov. 19 at Atkins High
encourages girls to
pursue careers in
gy, engineering, the
arts, and math
BY TEVIN STINSON
"Go for it and never let
anyone tell you no or that
you can't do something."
That was the message
Wake Forest Baptist Health
pediatric specialist Dr. Karyn
Gordon delivered during the
4th Annual Women in
STEAM Conference at
Atkins High School last
The annual event is
designed to inspire young
women to follow their
dreams and pursue careers in
the five parts of STEAM
(science, technology, engi
neering, the arts, and math).
As she sat on the stage in
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front of the auditorium filled
with middle and high school
aged girls during an open
panel discussion with other
professionals in STEAM
related careers, Gordon said
the biggest challenge that
she is still fighting to over
come today is dealing with
people who have negative
perceptions about women in
Although she has been in
the field of medicine for over
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BY CASH MICHAELS
FOR THE CHRONICLE .
Whatever credibility the Republican-led North
Carolina Supreme Court currently has would be "totally
eroded" if state GOP legislative leaders try to stack the
state's High Court to maintain a partisan advantage, warns
the chairman of the N.C. NAACP's Legal Redress
Attorney Irving Joyner,
who is also a professor of law
at North Carolina Central
University School of Law in
Durham, isn't buying pub
lished reports that Republican
legislative leaders are not
considering the move to offset
the election night victory of
Wake Superior Court Judge
Mike Morgan, a Democrat, to
the N.C. Supreme Court.
Given how Republicans are
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counties after state Attorney General Roy Cooper's slim
apparent defeat of incumbent Republican Gov. Pat
McCrory, Joyner and the rest of the N.C. NAACP have
announced that they're gearing up for yet another legal
fight in case Republican lawmakers not only attempt to
stack the court with two appointees, but also try to decide
the governor's race.
"Public support for our court system is predicated on
the faith and truth of the people that our justice system is
fair, unbiased and impartial," Joyner said. "That faith has
been severely tested and undermined over the past 10
years due to obvious political decisions which the [state]
Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals have issued. The
tepid support which the court system presently enjoys will
be totally eroded if the Republican legislature moves for
See HighCourt on A4
BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY
The Ministers' Conference of Winston-Salem and
Vicinity said the group will continue to fight for Kalvin
Michael Smith to get him exonerated. _
When asked about the release ot
Smith at a Nov. 15 weekly Ministers'
Conference meeting, the Rev. Alvin
Carlisle, third vice president with the
Conference, said, "We are definitely
pleased that he has been released but
are not satisfied with him still not being
exonerated. So we can't take this as an
opportunity to side step the struggle for
his total exoneration.
"We are going to push for his name
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to be totally cleared and all the evidence
to be presented in court," Carlisle said.
Smith was released on Nov. 10 after spending
almost 20 years in prison.
Ministers' Conference President Bishop Todd L.
Fulton added, "It just goes to show that our criminal jus
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