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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, December 01, 2016, Page A2, Image 2

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N.C. NAACP threatens civil unrest procedure BY CASH MICHAELS FOR THE CHRONICLE If state lawmakers insert themselves into deciding North Carolina's next governor, or changing the state Supreme Court to nullify Justice-elect Mike Morgan's victory, there will be mass demonstra tions and civil disobedi ence, promises N.C. NAACP President Rev. Dr. William Barber II. "We believe either attempting to stack the Supreme Court or deciding the governor's race in the legislature is, and would be, a major civil rights vio lation of the right to vote and equal protection under the law," Barber told hun dreds of demonstrators during Monday night's Moral Monday march and rally at the state Capitol in Raleigh. "We pledge to fight with every legal and moral tool we have, includ ing, if necessary, mass civil disobedience." Barber joined the ranks of those concern that the Republican majority in the N.C. General Assembly would appoint two new justices to the state's High Court in order to offset the 4-3 Democratic majority Morgan's Election Day victory resulted in. Thus far, GOP legislative leaders claim that they haven't dis cussed it with their caucus es. Barber's warning comes as the State Board of Elections posted new unofficial number tallies in the gubernatorial race between Republican incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory, and his Democratic challenger, state Attorney. Gen. Roy Cooper. With all but 13 counties reporting in, Cooper leads McCrory by 9, 716 votes of 4.7 million cast, what some observers are saying is an insur mountable lead for the governor to overcome despite his legal action demanding a statewide recount, and specifically a recount of over 90,000 bal lots in Durham County, which were tabulated hours after polls closed on Nov. 8 because of mechanical problems. McCrory wants those Durham ballots recounted by hand, but the Durham Elections Board previously rejected his campaign's petition. At press time, the state Board of Elections was scheduled Wednesday to decide whether to order the Durham Board to pro ceed with the recount. Meanwhile, the conser vative Civitas Institute has filed a federal lawsuit, which will be heard in court Friday, seeking to stop any certification of early voting ballots from same-day registrations, claiming that the addresses on those registrations were not confirmed before the ballots were cast. During his remarks at the Moral Monday demon stration, Barber blasted what he saw was a deliber ate manipulation of the election process by Republicans to deny com munities of color their vot ing rights. He said N.C. NAACP lawyers would be in court Friday to challenge the Civitas lawsuit. Barber also demanded that McCrory stop his attorneys from interfering with the post-election vote canvassing process with their many challenges and, thus far, "bogus allega tions" of voter fraud. "Pledge that after the canvass and recount, you will not try to get the legislature to take steps to unconstitutionally decide the governor's race," Barber added, noting that if the final margin of victory for Roy Cooper is below 10,000 votes, state law allows the Republican-led legislature to decide who the next governor will be. Barber also warned that he expects the N.C. General Assembly to fol low the ruling of the U.S. Fourth Circuit of Appeals to redraw the congressional and legislative voting lines when it reconvenes in January. A federal court on Tuesday ordered North Carolina lawmakers to redraw the state's legisla tive districts by March and ruled that a special legisla tive election must be held in 201.7. The decision comes after the federal court ruled this summer that lawmakers had uncon stitutionally gerryman dered 28 legislative dis tricts along racial lines, but allowed the already sched uled 2016 legislative elec tions to proceed under those unconstitutional maps. Earlier this year, a sep arate court case found that lawmakers had unconstitu tionally gerrymandered the state's congressional maps in 2011 and ordered them to be re-drawn, necessitat ing a special June 2016 pri mary for North Carolina's congressional races. "We will be watching to see if the legislature con tinues to contemptuously thumb its nose at the feder al courts," Barber said. "We will go back into court with the first sign the legis lature delays justice again, because justice delayed is justice denied." "We believe either attempting to stack the Supreme Court or deciding the governor's race in the legislature is, and would be, a major civil rights violation of the right to vote and equal protection under the law." - ?' ? ? ;' ?>"? - I -J -Rev. Dr. William Barber II. N.C. NAACP President ? ? ? : 1 NCCU from page A1 Trustee Board until 2015, served as vice chair of the Search Committee, and remembers how impressed the panel was with her commitment to educational excellence. "In the interview process, we realized that there was something there, and we thought that [she] would be a tremendous asset for North Carolina Central University. So she quickly rose to the top of our list as we looked at potential candidates." "It's a tremendous loss for us," said Ruffin, a 1975 alumna and widow of a UNC System Board presi dent, the late Benjamin Ruffin. "As a person, she was a sweet spirit. I believe that she had faith ... and her caring for the students of North Carolina Central and that university, and all that she did to pull us out of some really tough times, is an example of the great ness of her leadership." Mable Stevenson, pres ident of the NCCU Winston-Salem Alumni Association, recalled how Dr. Saunders-White always walked the Durham cam pus, meeting and encourag ing students. And when she was in her office, she always made time to meet with people who wanted to speak with her. "She was always very warm, and she made you feel that you were impor tant," Stevenson, a 1963 alumnae, recalls. "I can see her now, running up the steps at football games. It's a big loss. She accom plished so much." Winston-Salem State University Chancellor Elwood Robinson, like many other leaders of HBCUs throughout the state and nation, mourned the untimely death of his friend and colleague. "As an alumnus of NCCU and a good friend of Debra's, I moum along side the NCCU community and her family," Dr. Robinson said in a state ment. "Her commitment to students and her passion for education was evident as she led my alma mater to even greater distinction. "The WSSU communi ty offers its condolences to Dr. Saunders-White's fami ly, friends and the entire North Carolina Central University family." A native of Hampton, Virginia, Dr. Saunders White earned her bache lor's degree in history in 1979 from the University of Virginia, and a master's in business administration from The College of William and Mary in 1993. In 2004, Saunders-White earned a doctorate in high er education administration from George Washington University. In addition to her aca demic credentials, Saunders-White spent 15 years in the corporate sec tor, working at IBM in 1979 as a systems engineer, rising to marketing and management before she left. She later taught col lege preparatory math in Newport, R.I. In 1999, Saunders White became provost for technology at Hampton University, and in 2006 she went to UNC-Wilmington to become vice chancellor of infoijpation technology systems. While there, Saunders-White improved emergency communica tions for campus safety and cost effective classroom technologies. Saunders-White accepted an appointment by the Obama Administration in May 2011 to serve as deputy assistant secretary for Higher Education Programs (HEP), adminis tering more than 60 pro grams totaling nearly $3 billion annually. In February 2015, she was chosen to become the first permanent female chancellor in NCCU's his tory, assuming the post in June of that year. "Chancellor Saunders White wfls an effective leader, steering . the University toward innova tive teaching with a renewed focus on STEM programs," says U.S. Rep. G. K. Butterfield (D-NC 1). "She always encour aged her students to strive for 'Eagle Excellence.' Her vision for NCCU and passion for uplifting all HBCUs left a lasting mark on the future of our students. "Chancellor Saunders White will be sorely missed, but her legacy will not be forgotten." A memorial service was held on the NCCU campus Monday evening, followed by a candlelight vigil with students, faculty and administrators. In her honor, a 'Celebration of Life Tribute' will be held on Friday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. in NCCU's McDougald McLend&n Arena. Saunders-White's funeral is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3 at 11 ajn. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church (414 # Buckroe Avenue, Hampton, Virginia 23664) in Virginia. Chancellor Debra Saunders-White Have a Story Idea? Let us Know KWJ? WXktONCltlOM 0 The Chronicle (USPS 067-910) was established by Ernest H. Pitt and Ndubisi Egemonye in 1974 and is published every Thursday by Winston-Salem Chronicle Publishing Co. Inc., 617 N. Liberty Street, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27101. Periodicals postage paid at Winston-Salem, N.C. 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