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BY SAM DAVIS O
RALEIGH - Coach Joel
Hopkins pulled out all the
stopscfor Shaw University's
CIAA Tournament champi
onship game against Johnson
C. Smith. Hopkins had Willie
E. Gary, one of the nation's
top attorneys and Shaw alum
nus, to give the Bears their
pre-game pep talk.
Gary, a member of the
school's board of directors
and one of the school's major
benefactors, didn't disappoint.
Gary, a self-made millionaire,
delivered i fiery speech to get
the Bears prepared to do battle
against the Golden Bulls. The
Bears came out fired up from
the start, jumped out to a 43
28 halftime lead and rolled to
an 82-68 victory.
"The first thing I did was
reminded them of the fact that
Shaw has never won a C1AA
Tournament and they would
be making history," said Gary,
who has attended the tourna
ment each year since it came
to Raleigh's Entertainment
and Sports Arena three years
While in Raleigh, Gary,
Evander Holyfield and Cecil
Felder made several promo
tional stops to promote the
MBA television network.
"MBC is an African Amer
ican-owned cable network
that has no sex. no violence
and no crime," Gary said. "We
want to send a message to our
young people to stay away
from guns, violence and illicit
sex. This is clean television.
Anything that we put on MBC
will be clean."
The television network,
which is carried locally by
Time Warner Cable (Channel
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Willie Gary talks to the media as LeVan
Hawkins, one of the many clients Gary has
won millions for, looks on.
challenges a new
BY FELEC1A P. MCMILLAN
It was "A Night of Voices
Uplifted," and one of Ameri
ca's brightest literary stars -
Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones)
- stood in that "white gleam."
ogist, and director. He is one
of the most prolific African
American writers of all
times. Baraka has taught
poetry at the New School for
Social Research, George
Columbia University, Uni
than 200 stu
of the Black
ment in the
Forum on the
U n i ve rs i ty
and San Fran
and he now
ies. Three of
of multicultural affairs, spon
sored this evening of fiery
verse. Covington, a 2001
graduate of Wake Forest and
the editor emeritus of the lit
erary magazine "Can I Poet
With You?," wanted to invite
Baraka to culminate the
Black History Month festivi
ties on campus.
Baraka is a poet, play
wright, essayist, activist, lec
turer, novelist, editor, anthol
Black People" and "Eulo
"When I booked Mr.
Baraka. I also wanted to con
nect this living legend with
the poetry collective from
Columbia. S.C., so the stu
dents could see the continua
tion - another generation of
poets," Covington said.
"When I was an English
major. Baraka was my
Sec Baraka on All
A disc jockey for the Noctur
nal Collective warms up.
Photos by Kcn in Walker
Popular and outspoken poet Amiri Baraka chats with fans while signing
copies of his latest books at Wake Forest University Friday.
Panel calls for diversity in business world
Photo by Paul Collin*
Babcock School Deon R. Charles Moyer, left, receives a check
for $2 million from Wachovia Corp.'s from Will Mann, center.
The money will fund scholarships for minorities. Bob Baker,
of WFU's development office, is at right.
BY PAUL COLLINS
A panel of speakers discussed the
importance of diversity in business at
the forum "The Color of Success: Mak
ing the Business Case for Diversity" on
Saturday. Feb. 23, at Wake Forest Uni
versity's Babcock Graduate School of
Management. Nearly 200 people attend
ed the free and public event, which was
sponsored by Wachovia Corp.
According to a news release from
Wake Fqrest University, numbers reveal
Lwhy understanding diversity is critical to
business success. According to U.S.
Census Bureau data:
? The Latino population in the Unit
ed States has increased 58 percent over
the past decade, and Latinos now rival
African Americans as the dominant
? Whites are a majority in only 52 of
the 100 biggest U.S. cities..
? Women and people of color will
represent about 70 percent of new
entrants to the U.S. work force by 2008.
? Companies owned by women and
people of color are the fastest grow ing
small-business segment, increasing by
150 percent from 1992-97 and repre
senting $495 billion in revenue.
? The collective buying power of
African Americans. Latinos and Native
Americans was expected to reach $1.3
trillion by 2001. up from $647 billion in
1990 and significantly outpacing white
Nat Irvin. assistant dean for MBA
student development, executive profes- 1
sor of future studies and president of
Future Focus 2020 at Babcock School,
said in a news release. "Because the face
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BY T. KEVIN WALKER .
Four Democrats will square off in the May
primary to replace popular six-term state Rep.
Pete Oldham in Raleigh.
Oldham announced last
month that he will not run
The Democrats who
seek to fill Oldham's big
shoes - no Republicans
filed for the seat - include a
political veteran, a long
time teacher and the head
of a local social service
Each candidate says he
or she has what it takes to
represent Forsyth County
in big, bad Raleigh, and each says he or she is
planning to use the precious few weeks before
the primary to hammer away on themes as
diverse as education and the environment.
Annette Beatty has spent 17 years in the
classroom as a teacher. She says she has seen
firsthand the results of
decisions made by legisla
tors in Raleigh, especially
when those decisions have
involved cuts in crucial
areas such as education.
Beatty said she is run
ning for the state House
because she wants to use
her vast experience in edu
cation to make sound deci
sions that will not have
adverse effects on young
people and senior citizens.
"I have always had an interest in children
and senior citizens," Beatty said. "These two
See Race on AS
BY COURTNEY GAILLARD
THE CHRONICLE .
Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden Jr., commanding
general of the Third Marine Aircraft Wing of San
Diego. Calif., and a NASA astronaut, spoke at Dil
lard Auditorium on the campus of Winston-Salem
State University on Friday.
Bolden was invited by the university to wrap up
African-American History Month and share his
experiences about contribu
tions he and other blacks have
made to the global communi
Although his resume
spans Earth -and+ummd.
Bui den said he worked hard
to succeed, but explained that
his pride does not lie in his
"Everyone who con
tributes to society has an
important job." said Bolden. a
native of Columbia, S.C.. who has flown on three
space missions since 1981. one of which he piloted -
the space shuttle Discovery - in 1990. Between
space assignments. Bolden served as deputy admin
istrator for NASA in Washington. D.C.
The morning of his lecture, the space shuttle
Columbia launched into outer space to work on the
Hubble Space Telescope. Bolden shared his experi
ences as an astronaut on the U.S./Russian mission
and the view he saw of Earth from the aircraft. He
, recalls what he considered the "pragmatic" ways of
the Russian astronauts during the mission.
Recognizing opportunities that are awarded in
daily life is whiil Bolden wanted the students to
understand. He says that all of us encounter opportu
See Bolden on A9
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