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Newsday, reflects on the event and i
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Learning From T1
Sickle Cell Victims Can Let
By JOHN SLADE
Walter Fitzgerald Myers was diagnosed as suffering
~ fronTsickle cell anemia when he was 10 months old.
"I noticed that his fingers were swollen and when I
would touch him it was very painful for him/* says his
mother, Lillie Chambers.
Ms. Chambers, a native of Winston-Salem, has four
other children: Darryl, 16, Gary, 12, and 10-year-old
twins, Tory and Lamont. She also had a sixth child, who
would have been 18 this year. He died of complications
caused by sickle cell disease when he was 14 months old.
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waiter is now iy. Ana ne says nc aiant worry or ininK
about the fact that he had the disease until he was 10,
when a severe sickle cell crisis brought on a stroke on his
left side and left him with a slight limp.
Sickle cell is an inherited blood disease in which the red
blood cells become sickled, taking on a shape similar to a
crescent moon. When the cells become crescent in shape,
they tend to clump together and prevent blood from passing
through the blood vessel as it should, which causes
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By ROBIN ADAMS
In an effort to keep radio station WSMX-AM on the
air, Bishop Sylvester Johnson, pastor of Macedonia True
Vine Pentecostal Holiness Church of God Inc. ~ which
owns the gospel music station launched a fund-raising
campaign Wednesday, Sept. 241 and will continue the
campaign until the needed funds are secured, Johnson
said earlier this week.
The church purchased the radio station a little over a
year ago, but, since that time, has had trouble financing
the station's operations, including meeting its payroll.
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the victim to undergo a sickle cell crisis, the most common
of which are painful.
"Right after I had the stroke, it messed me up for a
couple of years," says Walter, who points out that,
before then, he had played football and other sports and
had done all the things his schoolmates and friends had
"I stayed inside a lot," he says, "because I thought the
other kids would treat mt different."
Both Walter and his mother talk knowingly of sickle
cell anemia, a disease that is almost exclusive to blacks.
For Walter, the disease has caused much physical suffering,
which he says he has learned to deal with.
41 When I have a crisis, it's very painful. And they
would last about a day and sometimes two," he says.
"The pain would start in my side, shoot across my
stomach and then into my back. I cried a lot.
"But now it doesn't hurt as much," which Walter attributes
to the self-hypnosis that he's now learning.
"When I begin having a crisis, I lay down and try to shut
myself off from the outside world," he says. "But I used
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:: Church Raises
o Save Station
"Macedonia was contributing money to the station/1
Johnson said,4 'when we should have been applying it to
the bond program."
Because it invested so much of its capital into the radio
station, the church defaulted on a bond it had secured to
finance the construction of its sanctuary, and to purchase
Macedonia Arms Apartments and the station.
In addition, Johnson said, several of the radio station's
advertisers have not paid off outstanding debts. 11People
owe us between $30,000 and $35,000. We want to encourage
those people to pay and to continue to come
back on the air," Johnson said. "There is not that much
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By ROBIN ADAMS r
Staff Writer /
If the logistics can be worked out -- in- c
eluding the rezoning of residential land i
for commercial use ? Venture Assistance \
Corp., the same company that developed j
the East Winston Shopping Center, will I
construct its second shopping center in the
black community. 1
The center would be built on Northwest i
Boulevard near its intersection with j
Cherry Street , with an entrance on 13th
Street, just north of the Home oT Hope i
Drug and Alcohol Counseling and Train- i
ing School. t
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I center would be a welcome neighbor, but <
Bothers say they have reservations. 4
Mrs. Thelma Small, one of a group of
The NAACP's Black Dollar Days, a
I campaign to demonstrate the economic
I power of black Americans, begins today
I and will runjhrough Sept. 5.
Local NAACP officials are encouragI
ing black citizens to exchange at least $10
I for $2 bills and Susan B. Anthony silver
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The March On
WASHINGTON - As I waited in line
for a Coke -- having endured 90-degree
weather most of the day - and pondered
Qf qUWttffbucking .In whether what 1 was taking part in was
more picnic than protest march, I joked
with a friend about how 1 would relate to
my children what I was doing when Jesse
Jackson declared his presidential can
res fitness secrets, Rick James
'or his music that's "higher that
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s Joey Sasso in "Broadway Is
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esidents who met recently with Venture
Assistance representative Mark Vieno, ?_
ays she supports the basic concept of the
center, but still has some questions that
leed to be answered. "We listened to the
>resentation, but we told them (Venture
Assistance Corp.) that.we would get back
o them," she says.
Small says the residents were told that
he center would be similar to the East?
Winston Shopping Center, but more
Clarence Washington, owner of
Washington's Concrete, Stone and Cenent
Contractors, and one of the minoriy
contractors involved in the construcion
of the East Winston Shopping
Center, says he's all for the new project.
'It can't be anything but economic
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dollars and to make purchases with these
two denominations during the four-day
campaign. NAACP local branches were
advised by their parent association to
notify area banks to have an ample supply
of the two seldom-used denominations on
Mcl White, city executive of Mechanics
and Farmers Bank in Winston-Salem,
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has learned to cope with his condi
Ben Hooks and Harry Belafonte had
made stirring presentations earlier in the
day. Now it was late evening at the march
for jobs, peace and freedom and the man
of the hour was in the middle of his spiel.
At that point, Jackson's speech had been
interesting, powerful even, but not para!
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ucuiariy overpowering. Ana ceriainiy icss
than my expectations. After all, many of
the 300,000 participants had waited - and
by now were milling around ~ to hear
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