National Baptists' Lyons denounced by Greensboro minister
By WILLIAM H. TURNER
Special to The Chkonkle
The Rev. Dr. Matthew V. Johnson,
founder and pastor of Manasseh Baptist
Church in Greensboro, holds a bachelor's
degree in history and philosophy from
time-honored Morehouse College ? Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s alma mater.
Johnson, a Virginian, also earned a doc
torate degree in philosophical theology
' from the distinguished University of
The young pastor and his wife,
Arnetta, hold tight to their family, ?s the
parents of five children. He is separate
and apart from many young men his age,
for his educational attainments, his fami
ly situation, and especially for his deeply
More importantly, right now, Johnson
holds an unusual position as one of the
few voices to speak out against the Rev.
Henry J. Lyons, the leader of America's
largest black religious body.
Though in a guarded and professional
tone ? yet with a measure of contempt
that belies his quiet manner ? Jones
spoke candidly at length in an exclusive
Chronicle interview. He reflected on his
nearly 15-year association with Lyons.
Johnson bemoaned Lyons, for "what he
has done to the integrity of the church."
Lyons, head of the 9 million-member
National Baptist Convention, USA, has
"categorically denied" that he has been
having an affair with a woman who
works for the convention. Bernice
Edwards, public relations director for
corporate affairs of the convention, is
also listed as co-owner of a $700,000
house with the married Lyons.
Lyons' wife, Deborah, brought what
Johnson calls the "long-standing fissures
in the character and philosophical fault
lines of Rev. Lyons" to the public's atten
tion. Two weeks ago, Mrs. Lyons was
arrested and charged with burglary after
allegedly breaking into the luxury seaside
house, which, she told police, her hus
band shared with Edwards. In 1994,
according to the "New York Times,"
Edwards was convicted of conspiring to
embezzle $60,000 from a Milwaukee
alternative school. Just prior to becoming
head of the convention, Lyons himself
paid $85,000 in restitution for federal
bank fraud in hi& home state of Florida.
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around Dr. Wall
By BRIDGET EVARTS
The Chronicle Staff Writer
Some former patients of a local physician who recently
resigned from East Forsyth Medical Associates are looking
for answers. ?
The patients, mostly elderly women, are concerned that
Dr. Ralph Wall was forced out of his contract with Carolina
Medicorp Inc. (CMI). CMI recently merged with
Presbyterian Health Care System of Charlotte to form
Novant Health Inc.
Wall has taken out an ad in The Chronicle to explain his
departure to his patients. Novant received a copy of the ad,
but was not able to comment by press time.
Wall was in the midst of a move from his Cleveland
Avenue offices to a primary care practice on New Walkertown
Road when he handed in his resignation July 9. Wall had
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Robert C. Weaver,
first black Cabinet
member, dead at 89
By fRANK ELTMAN
Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK (AP) ? Robert C. Weaver, the nation's first
bt&k Cabinet member, has died.
Called by some a "master builder of the Great Society,"
Weaver was appointed the first secretary of the then-newly
cfeeted Department of Housing and Urban Development by
President Johnson in 1965.
;! "Current HUD secretary Andrew Cuomo said in a state
tnOit late Friday that Weaver "put the bricks and mortar on
President Johnson's blueprint for a great society.
^Robert Weaver got real urban legislation on the books
apil nurtured our country's first commitment to improve the
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HAWS, Roseboro intends to help
guide those long-term tenants into
houses of then own.
But even if public housing was
never meant as a last stop, long- |
term tenants can be an anchor for
the housing community. Many of 1
the tenants who have been in
Kintberly Park or other housing
communities for a decade or more
fed a responsibility toward their
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More than 2,000 attend Happy Hill Community
"Happy Hill is love You are love Keep love
alive Keep hope alive in Happy Hill,"
? James Melvin McDuffie
By FELECIA P. MCMILLAN
Special to THE CHRONICLE
"The Happy Hill Community is art, music
and expression," said Ben Piggott, center super
visor of the William C. Sims Recreation Center.
In keeping with this idea, Piggott and William
"Rock" Bitting, the founders of the Happy Hill
Community Reunion, and the City of Winston
Salem Recreation and Parks Department spon
sored the fourth annual celebration during the
weekend of July 17-20.
More than 2,000 attended the parade,
reunion and field events on Saturday. The
Opening Gala was held Thursday. Friday night
was designated as the community service award
night, and various contributors to the communi
ty were recognized. Sunday morning brought the
community family to St. Philips Moravian
Church, which was established in the communi
ty in 1822, 175 years ago.
On the night of the opening gala. Alderman
Nelson Malloy read a proclamation from the
City of Winston-Salem in recognition of the
annual event. Local artists displayed their works
for the community Jerry Hanes completed his
collection of 50 paintings about the history of
African Americans in Winston-Salem. This was
the first time he has exhibited this collection. The
Hanes family settled in the area in 1918 and lived
on Willow Street. "This was a great place to
start, at home with the foundation. Everything
that was black in Winston-Salem started here.
Now I can go anywhere else because I bought it
back home first," Hanes said.
His collection is entitled "The Winston
Legacy," and it included such places and arti
facts as the Harris Cab Company, the Big House
Gaines Bowling Alley, the Jitney, the Safe Bus
Company, the shotgun houses, the boarding
houses, the black fire station. Slater Normal
Hospital of 1910, Columbia Heights
Elementary, Diggs Elementary, Kate Bitting
Hospital, Mama Chris's grill, Jackie's Place,
Mary's Grill, WAAA of 1930 with Daddy-O on
the Patio, Forsyth Savings and Trust Bank of
1907, the Salem tea kettle, and the St. Philips
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