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'The Twin City's Award-Winning Weekly"
VOL. XVIII, No. 40
Citizens march for justice
? Organizers are asking residents to wear black arm bands and drive with headlights
on to show unity Friday. A public hearing on police brutality will follow at 7:30 p.m.
By SAMANTHA McKENZIE
Chronicle Staff Writef
A newly-formed group called
Citizens United for Justice has
_ solidified its plans to hold a com- -
m unity march down Fifth Street on
Saturday, May 30. The march will
begin at 10:30 a.m. in front of
Golden State Mutual Life building.
The group's organizers held a
press conference Tuesday touring
to the forefront issues that will be
addressed at the march. Included in
those issues will be: ending police
brutality and black-on-black crime,
increasing voter registration, estab
lishing a citizen's police review
committee, keeping community
centers open and providing jobs and
health care for everyone in Win
_ ? Alderman Larry Womble said
the group, which spun out of the
Rodney King verdict, decided to
wait until after the King incident so
they could gather and organize the
concerns in the black community.
"This is not a reaction. This is
action," said Womble. "This is a
positive march, meaning we are
standing for something rather than
against something. We are standing
for voter registration. We are stand
Schedule of Activities
Friday, May 29: Community
hearing on potto brutality will
ba held at Emmanuel Baptist
Church, 730 p.m. ? ? ? -
Saturday, May 90: Citizens
for Justice march will begin at
1030 a.m. ip front of the
Golden State Mutual Ufe
building on Fifth Street and
end at the Hall of Justice.
(For mora Information and
halp with transportation, cat
Emmanual Bajptbt Church at
ing for health care. We are standing
for stopping black-on-black crime,"
he continued. Womble said the
march is being held to "make the
? The march will also address
injustices received by the King and
Winston-Salem Four verdicts,
according to Eversley.
"We realize that the underlying
causes of riots are still institutional
racism, poverty, and violence as evi
denced by a proliferation of drugs
and guns and crime. We realize that
our political leaders are selectively
targeted for persecution and disre
specting in a variety of ways . . .
Pictured (left to right) are the Rev. John Mondez, the Rev. Carlton
A.G. Eversley, Alderman Larry Womble, and the Rev. WIIHam 3. Falta,
who held a press conference for Saturdays community march. ~
that others would see to supposedly We realize that we are the key to
serve our social progress by stand- our own liberation through educa
ing over us in a master-slave rela
tionship in social service agencies. Please see page A7
By SAMANTHA McKENZIE
Chronicle Staff Writer
Black reDresentatives say they will not acctot the
< t* W^ston-SalsnVf^th County school board's rnoarecem
decision tQ scat them as non-voting members while the
board continues to vole on redistricting plans.
Following an $-*>-1 vote to create new attendance dis
tricts last Thursday, the board unanimously voted to have
die two blade District 1 representatives seated as non-vot
,v But newly-elected board member Geneva B. Brown
along with Writer Marshall and Henry Jones who free a
run-off on Tuesday, said they were insulted by the board's
action and will not accept the "voice with no vote"seat. '
"I am not going to b* a nonvoting member. My opin
ion from the very beginning was that the board was rush
ing to do things too quickly and that they should wfcit until
blacks were represented," said Brown. "We have to have a
true voice. This decision just does not seem fair."
Blacks in the community spoke out early this year
when the board began reviewing two mtistricting plans.
Many said they were opposed to the plan because there
was no black representation.
Writer Marshall said, "It is an insult to us. It's like
saying we can circumvent the black community's voice no
matter what, and I won't go along with it I will continue to
voice the interests of tbe black community, bat I wont take
that ieat It's as if (Ibe board) it trying io divert the atten
tion from the real issue." Marshall pointed out that the real
closer to thefr homes, but to provide proper education for
ail students in. the system. - % r||
Henry Jones agreed irith Brown and Marshall fn& tM
1 / think this board has bent over
backwards to meet the needs of the
- Jane D. Golns, school board member
if elected next week, be will not accept the non-voting
seat "lb me it's taxation without representation and I won't
accept it,* he said.
Board member Nancy Woolen, who made the motion
10 have die two Mack representatives sit in as non-voting
members, said she did not intend to insult anyone. "What I
visualized was something totally different than what was
perceived. My intention was to have them involved in any
discussions in an ex tfllffti capacity so we could keep the
dialogue going on m&lrkting. If we shut down all talks
Ptea$* 800 page A12
Promise and peril
j ? State's minority business
j: es are new kids on the block
j struggling for a foothold
jj. B* SHERIDAN HILL -
Chronicle Assistant Editor
, I, _ i ? ..... .
A new survey of North Carolina's 19,000
minority businesses tells a story of struggle and
success; a story of independent African-Ameri
cans who dared to set up shop and who have
clung tenaciously to their business despite a fal
tering economy and the state's fractured and
inconsistent efforts to help.
North Carolina's -(ethnic) minority business
owners are well educated: 46 percent have col
lege degrees. More than 60 percent have some
college. Their companies are young: a third have
been in business fewer than five years. More
than 84 percent were neither inherited nor
- bought, but were started from the ground up.
They are self-capitalized ? and undercapital
ized. They were founded as bare bones opera
tions and have expanded very little in order to
survive the current recession.
But promising gains of the past may now be
poised on the eve of destruction.
In a survey of ethnically-owned minority
businesses just released from the North Carolina
Institute of Minority Economic Development,
many respondents said that if the economy does
not improve in the next year, they will havq to
cut costs by laying off employees, postponing
purchases, taking a lower personal salary, or
closing down operations.
"The minority business community in North
Carolina is capital poor," said Andrea Harris,
president of the institute. "We have no money we
can retain to build a capital base."
Please see page A7
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y 4Von ? sit /n ac* ca"diaates a?
C ITS not right. We should
have some representation
on that board. At least let the
black people know that we're
being considered. I think
they should wait. I think the
(black candidates) should
hold off and not take that
seat. What's really needed is
that the kids need to get
quality education. They need
to go to schools closer to
their homes, especially for
the younger kids. j
- Charles Lindsay, 62
i I think they should wait. If
they go on with (redist riot
ing) now they might be mak
ing a very bad mistake. And
it will be a mistake we don't
need. Blacks wont have any
say so and we should have
some kind of choice. The
(black candidates) wont
have any rights if they sit on
that board without a vote. I
dont know why the board is
Margaret Simon, 62
i To tell the truth I don't
know why they want to
rush this issue. Why cant
they wait untfl December
when they get black members
in there? It doesnt seem fair.
(The board) just wants to take
the responsiblity of every
body, instead of letting black
people have a say over (our
community). They shouldn't
take that seat, because they
can! officially vote. The/B just
be overseers. 9
- James McRay, 38
( I donl yke it. It's Kke paying
taxes without representa
tion. I think they need to take a
real look at the whole situation.
They're rushing because they
donl want to give blacks time
to organize. I call it undercover
discrimination. What they want
is to have all black and all
white schools. That worked
when I was a boy, but it can't -
work today. We now Nve in an
integrated society. There's no
point in going back. 9
- Bernard Porter, 52
f I think they should wait.
It's unfair. They need to
put some black people on
that board. They need to put
me on that board. It's just
tokenism. If they cant vote
they shouldn't take that seat.
Hopefully if they have a com
munity discussion, the
schools will let us know. I
really wish my older boy
went to a school nearer to
- home, though.
' / J
- Angus Ford, 41
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I wish to God that more o|| "
ing down the New River in a canoe.
We need to find a new way to talk to
understand each other.
We need new ways ? then again maybe *c*
new ways, maybe it's going back to the old ir^~
? but, in any case, we need to rediscover
how true it is that we are all in this "one
These days, many of us Ifce to make
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