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VOL. XIX, No. 9
Black Vote May Pick President
l African- American Vote Critical
By SHERIDAN HILL
Chronicle Assistant Editor
A big push from black voters will swing the
political pendulum this year, predicted national
and local black leaders.
"The candidate who wins the black vote will
go to the White House," wrote National Urban
League President in an essay released this week.
Forsyth County Commissioner Earline Par
mon said the number of blacks running for high
level office this year will result in exceptionally
high voter turnout in the black community.
Black candidates include Melvin Watt and
Barbara Gore Washington (Congress), Ralph
Campbell (state auditor),- Annie Brown Kennedy
and Warren "Pete" Oldham (House of Represen
tatives), Loretta C. Biggs (District Court judge),
Geneva B. Brown and Walter Marshall (Forsyth
County Board of Education). Seeing so many
blacks on the ticket will draw voters out, leaders
Attorney Larry Little also feels the black
vote will be critical this year.
"In some races, the white community is
fairly split, and the black vote will make a big
difference," Little said. "My sense is that the
black voters realize a lot is at stake here."
Many black leaders expressed the sentiment
that black voters are up in arms. They said if any
one's ready for change, it's black voters.
"This time the African -American vote will
probably be a large pan of the margin of victory-,
national state and local," said Southeast Ward
Alderman Larry Wombfe ? - ?
"Economics are forcing a great many blacks
to go out and vote, because for the past 12 years
they've seen the economic situation drastically
affect their lifestyle. So, it's driving a lot of
blacks to vote that otherwise wouldn't be (vot
ing), he said."
The number of black voters in the county
increased from 31,795 in 1988 to 32,832 this
year, according to Forsyth County Board of Elec
tions Supervisor Kathy C. Cooper.
Marie Roseboro said she and other volun
teers registered extensively in the black commu
"We registered people hand -over-fist," Rose
boro said. "I registered 154 people."
Chronicle Staff Writer
Media coverage has overlooked the African- American commu
nity .according to a senior Washington researcher.
4 "The attitudes of black Americans are of special interest in this
election year/' said Dr. David Bositis, senior researcher for the Joint ,
Center for Political and Economic Studies. "Since black voters Repre
sent a substantial share of the voting age population in a number of
major-states, they may determine the outcome of the presidential elec
But what are these issues and how do African-Americans feel
Bositis' organization, a black think tank based in Washington,
D.C. and Home Box Office conducted a national survey, which probed
African- Ameiit an sijjLa number of issues.
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say that the show s music is fabulous and that the
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no more than a poker chip in a game of high stakes
roulette. For the men in the audience, she epitomizes our
worst fear by demonstrating such a range in expressions,
vocal and otherwise that not only are you lured inside of
'i^/jli^l^llMeart of Billie holiday, but into Bessie
Smith, and Jackee too. This is a powerful woman and
they both know it. c.
You owe it to yourself to hear her sing, " God Bless The
" Strange Fruit" or Bessie Smith's "Baby
i$gm* ~.7aclMfe ttEfcty Day , And what's more, after
this play goes Broadway, nobody else will have the guts
;to even try lota|* it from her. :V
The book, written by Lanie Robertson, the music, the
woman, the lighting, the tteer reality # the event of this
woman's life pteseffi* a story that W so powei&l, so
instructive that as a member of the audience, you can
of America search its JMjFBillie tell* aB ^r
ffi what it was like to travel at the otfv cokftadwofnan
singing with an all-white band in the South; of being so
talented but yet unable to eat in the dining hall instead
i*?p tiK kitchen; not allowed to use the reauoom but hav
ing to use it anyway; her sense of frustration and how
^in^ng was the only thing she knew that she could do
There is a lot that many a& us already know about Bflfte
Holiday ? ' especially after having seen the movie,
?:? "Lady Sings the Blues '* Bat there is much mom to
this woman Holiday than most of us ever knew.
^plllie Holiday Just hadjto ifitg and there was nothing
else to it. So she sang some more.
fptit what makes this story so compelling is that it is
about a young other black women,
were denied their riahtfal opportunity in this life, all
thought about Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Josephine
Baker.... Billie Holiday was the same, marvelously
was the womari who cmated that sound that exists
between the blues singer and the jazz balladeer. Thetis
the sound created by Billie Holiday and what fe remark
able about this show is.that Jackee can deliver, i was
, singly astounded by bar very wide range, the depth of
the color, the contrast, the timbre, the skill and the fed
inj> that she brought to the performance. .
Black folks/white folks need to see this show. But it
v would be a damned shame for only white fb&s to know
more about }he genius of this black person than we dp.
Sometimes you just wish that we black folks would take
the time to know more about our own heroes/heroines
rather than other folk heroes. Sometimes you just wish
that the black folks would stand up and realize that the
^jlieit-Wf keep hollering about all the time is right here
' This show is about great music, yes. It is about singing,
'3 yes. But ft is far more than that b is about life, history,
and how we people are faced with difficult choices and
-?iP iWjfcWjtimes those < .hoicc.s turn out for the good and
Ipw iometimes they tun out for the bad. rwifl always
remember the moment when Billie
Mory 4! bow her mother, whom she loved deatq^wf
called her the "Dutches*} warned her about a certain
< man, a man called "horse" (Heroin). See Lady Day.
Community Rallies In Support Of Family
A Early Morning Fire Kills
Three Children, No Insurance
By TRAVIS MITCHELL
Chronicle Staff Writer
East Winston residents are gathering donations for
parents, strickened by the death ot three children killed
Monday in a pre-dawn blaze that ravished their Happy
HiU Gardens house.
It's our stand to help any community resident in
the area with death or any other tragedy," said Ben
Piggot, Sims Recreation Center director. The center is
just a few blocks from the burned-out house.
"We are going to use all this week to take dona
tions and gather food. We need pillow cases, money
and anything else," he said.
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Phillip Hargro holds onto chil
dren ' s last Hems
Clinton's Gain Lifts NC Democrats
? Clinton Tells Crowd He Will
Steer America In New Direction
By CAROLE RAGINS
Community News Editor
People throughout the state drove to the Winston
Salem fairgrounds Sunday night as the so-called baby
boomer ticket delivered its message during its tour of
Over 10,000 people packed the fairgrounds to
show their support for Gov. Bill Clinton and A1 Gore,
and many found their speeches uplifting and hopeful.
During the rally, Ola Caldwell of Morganton, said
she is convinced that Bill Clinton is the man to vote for
on Nov. 3.
"I am supporting Bill Clinton and A1 Gore
because I think America needs a change. George Bush
has placed the average American at the bottom of the
economic barrel. He had the opportunity for 12 years
to do something ? four years as president and eight
years as vice-president We can't take four more years
of Bush," she said.
A1 Gore opened the rally by explaining that Presi
dent Bush has not done the job that the American peo
ple need for him to do.
"We believe we have to change the basic policies
of our country by deciding that we're no longer going
to base everything on what the wealthy and powerful
want. Isn't it time for a president who will fight for
average working people?" said Gore. "There are fewer
jobs in the private sector after four years of Bush and
Quayle. If George Bush went to Hollywood to make a
movie, he would have to call it, Honey, I Shrunk The^
Economy or Honey I Blew Up The Deficit ."
The crowd echoed along with Gore as he said,
"Unemployment is up, income is down; the trade
deficit is up, real wages are down; poverty is up, jobs
are down; fear is up, hope is down."
"Everything that should be down is up and every
thing that should be up is down," he said. "They've got
it upside down and we want to tum it right side up."
Carolyn Color of Winston-Salem said, "As a single
parent for 15 years I am really tired of rising inflation
Gov. Bill Clinton told the crowd of supporters that he
will steer America in a new and positive direction .
Clinton's Gains Lift Democratic Hopes
Ward Realignment Topic of Monday's Meeting
? Malloy Offers Proposal to Keep Wards Majority
North Ward Alderman Nelson
Malloy hopes to keep traditionally
black wards strong
By TRAVIS MITCHELL
Chronicle Staff Writer
The Board of Aldermen must work
quickly Monday to decide how to realign
ine city's eight wards. Some black aldeT
men are fighting to keep realignment from
dissipating support in traditionally black
By law, the ward lines have to be
redrawn after every US census count to
balance the population. Because the cen
sus accounted for 160,000 residents in
Winston-Salem, each ward must reflect a
population of approximately 20,000.
"We have tried to equalize the popu
lations of each ward according to the Cen
sus information." said City Planner Jim
In August black Aldermen expressed
concern that the city manager's proposal
for realignment could possibly shift the
population of traditional black strongholds
to reflect a more white citizenry.
In an effort to offset this. North Ward
Alderman Nelson Malloy devised a pro
posal to keep black wards in tact.
"If we are not careful we could end
up losing a seat." said Malloy.
Malloy is concerned that the city
manager's proposal decrease of his ward
to 57 percent black could possibly pur his
ward in jeopardy.
Malloy said that his proposal and the
city manager's office both subtract 3000
residents from his Ward, but the difference
is that he divides those residents equally
along racial lines ? 50 percent black and
50 percent white.
The city's ward proposal reflects the
following black percentages. North (57.9),
Northeast (74.0), East (79.0), Southeast
(47.0), South (15.6). Southwest (10.0),
West (5.0) and Northwest (10.0).
"It is vitally important that the
African-American community continue to
be provided with equal representation."
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