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: National Black Theatre Festival here to stay ? at least for awhile |
By BRIDGET EVARTS
! The Chhonkle Suff Writer
Rumors resurfaced last week that the National
Black Theatre Festival could be taking its first
< steps qut of Winston-Salem,
j . Since the Festival's inception in 1989, thou
* sands of celebrities and visitors have flocked to the
; city every other summer to watch some of the
finest theater productions in the world.
As the Festival has attracted international
* attention to Winston, it has also attracted the
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interest of larger cities. Cities from New Orleans
to Washington D.C. have offered to host the
Now Richmond, the latest city romancing the
Festival, has offered to play host for even-num
bered years. Though Festival founder and produc
er Larry Leon Hamlin is receptive to the idea of
branching out in Richmond, he wants to reassure
"In no way would it really impact Winston
Salem," said Hamlin. "How one comes to that
conclusion, I have no idea."
Some speculate that holding the Festival in
such a close proximity on even years would dilute
its economic impact on Winston-Salem; people
who may have traveled from Virginia, Maryland
and Washington D.C. would just go to Richmond.
Another worry is that some of the fame the city
enjoys as the sole host of the Festival would dis
John Wise, general manager of the Adam's
Mark Hotel, disagreed.
"I still think it's going to have the impact," said
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I Precinct volunteer Lois Quinn added, "And nobody wants
I Indeed they did not: The 19 percent of registered voters who
I did turn oot to the polls June 24 said thanks, but no thanks. Each
of the five bond referendum items slated for improvement ?
Streets ?d sidewalks, the Convention Center, housing and rede
velopment, recreation and economic development ? was defeat
By BRIDGET EVARTS
Thf. Chronicle Staff Writer
Though some critics have recently ques
tioned the efforts of the city's Minority/Women
Business Enterprise program, Winston-Salem's
minority participation in municipal contracts
ngures ror ine last ns
in construction topped
out at 7.55 percent of
all contracts in the
1995-96 fiscal year,
9.25 percent of
struction ' contracts
went to minority con
White female contractors fared better in
Greensboro, however, taking 8.6 percent of the
contracts. In Winston-Salem, women-owned
firms received less than 5 percent of the city's
"It is true that we have a higher utilization
of WBE contractors, and Winston-Salem has a
higher utilization of MBE contractors," said
Kathleen Smith, director of Greensboro's
MAVBE program. However, Smith said, it's
not fair to compare the two programs based on
one fiscal year. Other factors play into the bal
ance, such as the number of projects undertak
en by the city and the number of active
contractors on the M/WBE certification list.
Currently, Greensboro has 550 contractors
on the certification list, about 100 more than
See M/WBE on A3
Doctor's book heals the spirit
By CAROLE B WEATHERFORD
High Point Correspondent
HIGH POINT ? Dr. Otis
Tillman remembers his father
praying. "I was impressed at a
very young age that there was a
person called Dear Father, who
had a son called Sweet Jesus,
somewhere in a place called
Heaven, that I could turn to in
titnes of greatest need."
Tillman, 67, has long since
forgotten the words of his
fathtfr's prayers. But over the
years, as a physician and family
man, he has repeatedly returned
to that spiritual well. He didn't
realize, however, that he, too, was
a vessel of sorts.
Then a patient, a Gulf War
veteran, showed him an old
newspaper clipping, an inspira
tional passage by Tillman that he
had read daily during the con
flict. The semi-retired family
practitioner has since felt com
pelled to witness through writ
His recently released second
book, "A Prescription for the
Soul: Prayers & Meditations"
collects testimonies and devo
tions penned over the past four
years. In the book's foreword,
Maya Angelou writes, "Dr.
Tillman, while administering as a
physician to the human body,
also admits that the human body
has a soul and that that soul
needs ministering to as well."
Now semi-retired, Tillman
began practicing medicine in the
late 1950s when house calls were
common, bills were sometimes
Or. Otis Tillman ministars to tha
spirit with his sotond book, "A
Proscription for the Soul."
paid by the barter system, hospi
tals had segregated wards, and all
black babies were delivered by
black doctors. At the time, the
hospital had no waiting area for
See Tillman on A2
Shabazz lived honorably
By JIM FITZGERALD
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
NEW YORK (AP) ? Betty Shabazz. who built
a family and a voice in the civil rights movement
after her husband, Malcolm X, was assassinated,
died Monday from burns suffered in a fire allegedly
set by her grandson. She was 61.
The fire in her suburban Yonkers home June 1
had left Mrs. Shabazz with third-degree burns over
80 percent of her body. Twelve-year-old Malcolm
Shabazz is in custody, but any formal charges have
not been made public.
"My father lived strong, my mother did honor
ably," Attallah Shabazz, the oldest of Betty Shabazz
and Malcolm X's six daughters, told reporters out
side Jacobi Medical Center, in the Bronx.
"Now we must adapt to living a life without par
ents," Attallah said, surrounded by her five sisters.
Jam.es Doughty, a spokesman for the
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Or. toffy Shaba**, widow of Malcolm X, spooks
on tho stops of City Hall in Now York, Doc. 16,
1992, os part of a rally calling for racial harmo
ny. Shaba**, who witnossod tho assassination of
hor husband, Malcolm X, and bocamo a civil
right* figuro hortolf, diod Monday, Juno 23, 1997,
of burn* tufforod in a firo allogodly sot by hor
12-yoar-old grandson. Sho was 61.