Iho Chronklo will open its doors to tho community Sunday.
The Chronicle to hold ooen house
HtOM STAFF KEPOKTS
The Chronicle will begin its
25th anniversary celebration with
an open house Sunday from 2-5 -
For the past year, The Chroni
cle's offices on Liberty Street have
been remodeled. While the
changes made on the outside have
been visible - from the addition of
a mural depicting the history of
the black press to the sign that
counts down the millennium -
almost as much work has been
dene to the inside of the building
the paper has occupied for 15
Sunday's open house will
allow the community to informal
ly meet Chronicle staff and tour
the paper's facilities.
The event will also allow visi
tors to see exactly how the news
paper is put together each week.
Ernie Pitt, The Chronicle's
founder and publisher, says the
event is a way of giving back to
"As The Chronicle completes
25 years of publishing, we are tak
ing this opportunity to extend our
commitment of excellence in com
munity journalism into the 21st
century," he said. "The recent
improvements to our facility will
enhance our ability to better serve
our readers and Advertisers."
The open house marks the
beginning of a year-long celebra
tion af^The Chronicle's 25th
anniversary that will continue
Aug. 28 with We Are Family Day
and 25th Anniversary Celebra
tion. The event, which will be held
at Rupert Bell Park in East Win
ston, will feature performances by
recording artist Sybil and a host
of local entertainers, including
saxophonist Tony Chambers; the
Winston Lake YMCA Boas
Drummers; the Mount Olive Bap
tist Church Mass Choir; under the
direction of Michael Gray and
Arthur Wright; and the Bethle
hem Baptist Church Cherub
Debra Terry will be the host of
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For second year, equity report
finds schools still
reeling from resegregation ;
By T. KEVIN WALKER
The Chronicle .. ..
Coinciding with, the opening of the
school year, the equity committee's report
to the WinstOn-Salem/Forsyth County
Board of Education has become an annual
update on the state of the post-redistricting
The "watchdog" group was created by
the board in 1995 after it adopted the con
troversial redistricting plan, which replaced
forced busing with a school choice plan.
The erouD is chanted ...
with looking into issues
of equity - such as
financial ant] human
resources - at schools
under the redistricting
The equity commit
tee mainly hammered
away at an old gripe
appeared before the
- school board last week.
t "The growing lack of racial and socioe
conomic diversity in our schools has been a
concern of our committee since our first
report....Our numbers show that the trend
continues," said Becky Werner, co-chair of
Werner, who is white, co-chairs the equi
ty committee with Mark Woodson, an
The committee's findings seem to con
tradict those of the administration, who
have contended that the trend toward segre
gation at schools in the system is slowing
down. One reason for the discrepancy may
be that the equity committee's findings are *
based on information from the 1998-1999
school year, while the administration data is
from the current school year.
Eighteen of the 36 schools under the
plan last year did not meet the system's own
racial balance criteria, according to the
Black students were also much more
1 likely td foster integration with the school
choices they made, according to the report.
The racial integration that schools under
the redistricting plan did experience were
mainly a result of black students venturing
to schools outside of their communities.
"The choices made by majority race stu
dents (white students) tend not to promote
diversity," Werner said. "The movement to
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Parents in uproar over
lack of transportation to
By T. KEVIN WALKER
At least one school board member says
she thinks 'system administrators should
look into the feasibility of providing bus ser
vice to student's who live within a mile and a
half of their schools.
A state rule prohibits systems from pro
viding bus transportation to students who
live within that distance to their schools.
Many of those who oppose the rule took
their concerns to the city-county school
board last week. They told the board of the
hardships the rule has caused and urged the
board, sometimes very passionately, to over
look the rule.
Ihese are 5-, 6
' and 7-year-old kids'"
told the board. "They
are walking more than
a mile and a half."
Yarbrough came to
speak on behalf of
parents whose children
attend the newly-Con
verted Ashley Elemen
tary School. She told
tne i Board norror sto
ries of youngsters being chased by wild dogs
as they made the trek down Jackson Avenue
and 25th Street to the school.
She told the board that children also
faced an assortment of animals of the two
legged variety. Drug dealers, winos, crack
heads and pedophiles line the streets the
children have to take to the, school,
Other Ashley parents who spoke reem
phasized the danger issue. One mother said
that she had'to catch a city bus to her job at
the same lime her daughter needed to be on
her way to school. The mother ?aid she
refused to let her daughter make the walk to
Ashley solo, so she kept her out of school.
One Ashley staffer who did not want to
be identified said that the school did experi
ence some absences on the first few days of
school because of transportation problems.
Many of the speakers hinted that the
board would not allow white children in a
similar situation to be put in harm's way.
They challenged board members - and the
children of board members - to make the
walk with them through a neighborhood
they say is oftentimes unsafe.
At one point, board member Richard.
Bagley said that he had, in fact, visited the
neighborhood in question and that "it
looked like a pretty nice area."
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LOC gearing up for
Million Family March
By JERI YOUNG
More than a million black men gathered in 1995 for the Million Man
March. s .
Brought by a call issued by Min. Lewis Farrakhan, the men packed
the Mall in Washington D.C. for a day of speeches by a host of African
Americans from Maya Angelou to several young people who encouraged
others to recommit themselves to being role models.
Now organizers are hoping the success of the first march will help
them draw another group of African Americans - the family - to Wash
ington, D.C. for a day filled with events aimed at bringing the often splin
tered group back together.
During whirlwind speeches to several groups during the National
Black Theater Festival. Min. Ben (Chavis) Muhammad formally
announced that the march will be held Oct. 16, 2000 - exactly five years
after the first march.
"We're hoping to mobilize families across denomination lines, across
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New program sponsored by church and Y
hopes to reach out to underserved age group
By FELEC1A P McMILLAN
It's not always easy for young singles to meet new people in
A new group hopes that it can change that.
The Winston Lake YMCA and.Goler Memorial AME Zion
Church are hoping to draw hundreds of young adults to the Y each
month to socialize with other singles.
The first meeting will be held Friday from 7-9 p.m. at the Win
ston Lake Family YMCA, 901 Waterworks Road.
Every third Friday night at the YMCA, singles will be able to
meet, socialize, exercise and network with one another. The YMCA
has formed a partnership with Goler Memorial Baptist Church in
order Jo reach out to singles in the city between the ages of 20-40.
According to the Rev. Seth Lartey, the sheer volume of people in
Winston-Salem who fall into this category merit much considera
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