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A light in the darkness
Photo by Bruce Chapman
Gloria Cartar, who was diagnosed with braast canter two years ago, is one of a growing number of African American women
stricken with the disease.
Carter educates women about breast cancer
BY JERI YOUNG
THE CHRONICLE
Two years ago, Gloria
Carter didn't know anyone
with breast cancer.
Now, she can barely keep
track of women she knows
who have been ravaged by the
disease.
She quietly counts the
number, using the fingers on
her right hand.
A woman from church. A
relative. A neighbor. A close
friend who lost her life' as
Carter struggled to regain
hers.
Strangers she meets during
her many talks around the
city to encourage black
women to have mammograms
and do monthly breast self
examinations.
Before long, she needs
both hands.
"Ten in all," she said. "Ten
women with breast cancer
that I've met in the last two
years."
She pauses and draws a
deep breath.
"Make that 11. I forgot to
count me."
Carter, who was diagnosed
with breast-cancer two years
ago, is one of a growing num
ber of African American
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women stricken with the dis
ease, the second most com
mon cause of cancer death in
black women.
Two years ago, she hadn't
given a thought to breast can
cer. She'd never had a mam
mogram, an X-ray of the
breast which can reveal hid
den abnormalities, or given
herself a breast self-exam.
Now, she says with a chuckle,
she is a walking endorsement
of both. At least once a week,
she says she finds herself talk
ing to women - often women
she doesn't know - about the
horrors of breast cancer and
the need for regular checkups. ,
"People tell me all the time
that they haven't had a mam
mogram,", she said. "They tell
me they think it will hurt. I
tell them every time that little
pain you may feel is nothing
compared to what you will go
through if you wait."
To make her message even
more clear, she's memorized
all the harrowing statistics on
black women and breast can
cer.
According to the Atfferi
can Cancer Society, black
women have a higher breast
cancer death rate than any
other racial or ethnic popula
See Carter on All
Being black is tough
Research shows African
Americans still face
rampant discrimination
BY ROBIN ESTR1N
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
BOSTON - Blacks still end up
at the bottom of the pack when it
comes to opportunities ranging
from jobs to housing, according to
a new study that indicates race
continues to play an enormous
role in the success of Americans.
Fifty researchers studied the
cities of Atlanta, Boston. Detroit
and Los Angeles and found that
race is deeply entrenched in the
country's cultural landscape per
haps even more than many Ameri
cans realize or are willing to admit.
"I think this study tells you not
only that some of these percep
tions are true, but it tells us in more
detail where inequality is being
generated," said Alice O'Connor, a
historian at the University of Cali
fornia-Berkeley, who wrote the
introduction to the report.
The Multi-City Study of
Urban Inequality, released Friday,
found that racial stereotypes and
hierarchies heavily influence the
labor market, with blacks landing
at the very bottom.
The seven-volume study looked
at job market participation, racial
inequality and political attitudes
among 9,000 households and
3,500 employers in the four cities.
, It was sponsored by the Russell
Sage Foundation a private
research center on social policy
See Ming Block on A2
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Photo by T. Kevin Walker
Louise Davis, cantor, admires the caver of "African Americans in
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County: A Pictorial History."
Black history
chronicle available
Book tells hidden history of city
' BYT. KEVIN WALKER
THE CHRONICLE
They sat back and let the pages of "African Americans in Win
ston-Salem/Forsyth County: A Pictorial History" transport them to
another time.
For most of them, the hundreds of sharp, black and white pho
tographs contained in the much-anticipated book were foreign images
from an era glorified in the ramblings of their parents and grandparents.
The book's a walk down memory lane for William Roscoe Anderson,
a collection of familiar faces and old haunts.
See History on A12
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Photo by T. Kevin Walker
Church-goers sing along with the Greater Cleveland Avenue Mass
Choir at Sunday's service.
Cleveland Avenue
Church makes big move
Thousands turn out to
celebrate historic first service
BY T. KEVIN WALKER
THE CHRONICLE ^
Amazingly, the new 30.000 square-foot Greater Cleveland Avenue
Christian Center is still standing and in one piece.
The 1,600-member congregation and hundreds of guests took the
immaculate structure for ja "test drive" last Sunday during a dedication
service, rocking its hallowed halls with hand clapping, songs and pow
erful "amen" crescendos.
For more than a year, church members had waited for this day. For
many of them it marked the first Sunday morning in 25 years that they
hadn't sat in the church's cozy sanctuary on the corner of Cleveland
Avenue and 10th Street.
The new church sits on Lansing Drive, in a stretch of the road lined
with other churches, schools and middle-class subdivisions. But not even
its immense two-stories and vast parking facilities could accommodate
those who flocked to the occasion
Church-goers turned the patches of grass and gravel on the shoulders
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