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By FELECIA MCMILLAN
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"Our history is rich with the writ
tea word ... words that have helped
elevate our spirit and color our
moods ... we are here to celebrate
this incredibly important legacy, as
we have so many voracious readers
... this is the perfect theme for a per
fect celebration," said Denise
Franklin served as the mistress of
ceremonies for the CIAA Luncheon
and Fashion Show on Friday, Feb. 27
at the Benton Convention Center.
The theme of the show was "Color
My Mood" in dedication to the rich
heritage of African American litera-,
Ipre thai continues to flavor the
moods or sistahs and brothers
around the world, connecting them
in an ongoing conversation.
In honor of this literary tradition,
Donna Grant and Virginia DeBerry,
the authors of the national bestseller
Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made,
came forward to discuss their new
release. They were both English
majors in college, and their love of
books drew them together. In this
book, they celebrate friendship.
"Friends are the family that you get
to chose, and we advise young people
to choose well," they said.
Andrais Brandon of Delta Sigma
Theta Sorority, Inc. and Lynette
Hawkins of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority, Inc. were the co-chairper
sons of the show which honored the
first ladies of the Central
Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
Presented by Hancs Mali, the show
featured five segments: "Sister
CEO," "Java Jazz." "11:00 Sunday
Morning," "Celebrate Life," and
Cultural Events." More than 1,300
attended this annual event which
linked friends and family.
Dr. Maya Angelou greeted the
audience by satellite to welcome
them to Winston-Salem. She
expressed her joy that the committee
chose literature as the theme f the
show because it is the force that she
appreciates most of the arts. Though
she was once a dancer, it was liters
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"Through literature,wc have been
extolled, held up?-through the
bluet, and the spirituals, African
American women have been held up.
Though rap music often denigrates
us, we can still hear the extolling of
Angelou quoted Langston
Hughes' poem "Harlem Sweeties"
which honored women of various
hues on Sugar Hill: plum blue, milk
white, peach skin, coffee, cream,
chocolate, brown sugar, ginger,
blackberry, licorice, clove and cinna
mon. She also quoted a phrase from
the blues in honor of the varied sizes -
of African American women: "The I
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The ramifications of segregation remain a
concern for many African-Americans.
BY DAMON FORD
The Chronicle Reporter ,
The Juvenile Justice Council (JJC) of Forsyth County
followed up a January 15 meeting about the School
Redistricting Plan with continued discussion on the tdpic at
""the St. Paul's Episcopal Church. . ... p,n?>
Becky Warner, the co-chair of the Equity Committee
continued to share the recommendations of the committee
on the plan, while attorney Nancy Collins continued to talk
about the ramifications of segregation.
The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of
Education approved the Redistricting Plan on May 31,1995.
Offering parents and students the choice of attending a
neighborhood school or another school within their school
zone is the focus of the plan. \
"We believe the plan we have implemented is being wide
ly accepted in the community," said school board member
According to officials, the Redistricting Plan is in its
third stage of implementation. Three middle school zones
and one elementary school zone will go into effect in the fall
of the 1998-1999 school year. The Northeast Middle School
zone will encompass Mineral Springs and Walkertown
The East Middle School zone will encompass Atkins and
Kernersville Middle schools. The Southeast Middle School
zone will have Hill Middle and Southeast Middle (under
construction now) in its zone. Zone eight with Clemmons,
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By BOMANI MAWUL1
The Chronicle Reporter _
*' Living up to its name, the Carter G. Woodson School of
Challenge recently confronted Winston-Salem Journal
columnist Nat Irvin about his incendiary Feb. 15 column,
^Acting Up: If only blacks would behave, they'd be OK?"
Irvin's column has sparked some debate and anger in the
Black community, even apparently amongst the children.
Irvin, who is black, wrote, "And it is blacks themselves
who insist on perpetuating their image as general menaces to
society, contributing little to the general good. Instead of at
least trying to behave as the rest of society does ? by blend
ing in ? they are out and about, doing just the opposite and
making spectacles of
r. I themselves."
u was statements sucn
as this in his column that
brought Irvin face to face
with the fifth graders and
middle school children at
the Carter G. Woodson
School of Challenge,
where their motto is:
"Strive To Excel Not To
The Woodson School is
in its first year of existence.
It is named after the Black
scholar and historian
Carter G. Woodson who is
credited with initiating the
observance of Black
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Organization s service
to family marks 20 years
By DAMON FORD .
The Chronicle RcpoHcr
The Black Child Development
Institute or Greensboro, Inc.
(BCDI-G) recently celebrated its
The BCDI-G's main focus is
service to the African-American
family. In the mentoring program
adult volunteers are recruited,
screened and trained and matched
with an adolescent. According to
Spencer Long, the mentor pro
gram coordinator they "hop* to
foster a positive role model in that
The Martin Luther King Jr.
Violence Prevention and
Leadership Academy, which is also
headed up by Long, teaches goal
setting, decision making and lead
ership skills utilizing the non-vio
lent social change philosophy of
"Our main purpose is to
improve these children's lives," said
The tutoring program has 14
tutorial sites throughout
"We have close to 300 volun
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Greensboro area." stated Diane
McGregor, the program coordina
tor for tutoring.
The BCDI-G also sponsors The
Black History Quiz Bowl, the
Celebration of Children: A Day in
the Park, the Science Fair and
Black Child Choir.
President, Chief Executive
Officer and co-founder of the
National Black Child
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Development Institute Evelyn K.
Moore, spoke during the lun
cheon. "I honor you this after
noon as you fulfill the mission of
the BCDI to improve and protect
their (children's) well being," said
Moore. During her speech Moore
gave praises to her fellow co
founder and friend Sarah Herbin.
"I always think of Sarah as a
person action," said Moore.
"(She) was indeed my partner in
building this organization."
Moore also praised BCDI-G
for its pioneering spirit. "This
affiliate has been a trailblazer. It
was one of the few affiliates that
has continued to have male leader
ship and to break the stereotype
that black men are not involved
with black children," stated
Moore. "I want you Harold Fields
to know how much we respect you
and hold you in high regard for all
you have done for our children,
you are a role model for our
Moore brought her speech to a
close by telling the audience who
"We are gifted, talented and
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Local NAACP official is optimistic
about the organization's choice.
By BOMAN1 MAWUU .
The Chronicle Reporter
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In walked Julian. ?
Powell, as a master jazz pianist, was indeed
responsible for maintaining rhythm and haij
mony in his musical groups. S > 2
Likewise, but on a different stage, Juliad
Bond, as the newly elected chairman of th?
NAACP, will be required to direct and orcheS*
trate the organization to be on one accord as it
fights for civil rights and continues to recover
from previous financial and organizational set
If the late saxophonist Lester Young is the
longstanding "president" of jazz, then Powell
was suited to be its chairman.
And many NAACP members believe that,
without a doubt. Bond and his established
track record of civil rights and political
activism is qualified and experienced to serve as
chairman of the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People
"I think Julian Bond will make a good
chairman," said Bill Tatum, president of the
Winston-Salem chapter of the NAACP. "I
don't question his intelligence or hit
ability...because he has been out trailblazing the
civil rights trail even during the SCLC
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