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Board of Education gives
go-ahead for high school
off Old Greensboro Road
PROM 5TAFI 0 PORTS
After two months of flared tempers, fin
ger-pointing and innuendos. the Board of Edu
cation Tuesday held a anti-climactic meeting,
where members took
? ^ less than 10 minutes to
green light the con
struction of a multi
million dollar high
school in the heart of
the city's black com
Theotnoney to build
the school will come
from the $150 million
passed by voters last
November. Blacks say the new high school,
slated to be built off Old Greensboro Road,
will be the first school truly built in East Win
ston in 40 years.
It was unclear, though until Tuesday's
meeting, that the school, which will he a mag
net school that offers a high-tech curriculum,
would actually be built in East Winston.
School officials had hinted that there was not
enough land at the Old
oreensboro Hoad site.
They said a site near
mentary School, in the
southeastern part of the
city, was a better
choice. Not only did the
southeastern site have
more land available,
officials said, but it was
also more economical
for the school system.
Overall, blacks did
not respond well to talk of building the school
outside of East Winston. Many blacks in East
Winston said they voted for the bonds because
they thought their community would get
something out of it.
Members of the School Board met behind
closed doors for more than two hours before
opening the meeting to the public and swiftly
voting. The board agreed unanimously to try
to acquire at least 50 acres on Old Greensboro
Road. The board agreed to offer one local
landow ner $21.500 an acre for the 10.5 acres
he owns off Old Greensboro. The school sys
tem already has access to about 20 acres there.
The other acreage will have to be acquired
front other owners. The board also agreed to
nab the southeastern site for future school con
struction. That site is 170 acres.
"We are excited about this new venture."
board chairman Donny Lambeth said before
closing the meeting.
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Photo by Kevin Walker
Jamik X of the Greensboro Nation of Islam
Mosque holds a picket sign along Martin Luther
King Drive Saturday.
Photos bv Bruce Chapman
Above, La Netia Mack works on her lantern
at Saturday's Lanterns of Hope celebration.
At left, Pat Gardea helps Grade Micklas
Morris put the finishing touches on her
lantern. The annual cross-cultural celebra
tion brought hundreds of people to Winston
Lake, where they enjoyed music, dancing
and storytelling. Participants were urged to
design small lanterns, which were illumi
nated with candles and set afloat on the
waters of Winston Lake. Saturday marked
the third Lanterns of Hope event. The occa
sion was designed to bring the city's vari
ous races together.
One Nation, Indivisible
Nation of Islam Muslims stand united behind Farrakhan, peace
BYT. KEVIN WALKER
Muslims from Nation of Islam
mosques in Winston-Salem,
Greensboro and beyond took to
the streets Saturday, using picket
signs and a makeshift sound-sys
tem to inform the people of East
Winston of their concerns about
America's ongoing war in
About 50 Muslims took pan
in the demonstration along Martin
Luther King Drive. The protest
was to reinforce the themes that
NOI leader Louis Farrakhan tout
ed on his recent trip to the Middle
East and Africa.
Farrakhan's controversial trip
took him to nations such as Iraq
and Zimbabwe, where he spoke
out against the U.S. war on ter
rorism and pushed his plan for a
moratorium on violence for Pales
tiniaps and Israelis.
"As Min. Farrakhan tights a
national and international tight,
we must also tight a local tight."
g u a n
lambasting President Bush's poli
cies and urging black Americans
to stand for peace.
"Too many times we sit back
and let strong black leaders fight
for this nation by themselves,"
said Min. Kevin Muhammad,
leader of the Martinsville, Va..
mosque. "We need to stand up."
Muhammad came to Saturday's
protest as Farrakhan's representa
Nation of Islam mosques
throughout the country have held
or are planning similar protests.
The Muslims say that the black
communitjPis being especially
adversely affected by the war.
They say the billions thai are
being spent to fight oversees
could, instead, be invested in
long-neglected inner-city commu
"Look at the horrible condi
tion of East Winston," Effrian
guan Muhammad said. "Where is
the money that is supposed to
build up our community?"
As Muslims stood roadside
and held picket signs, speeches by
Farrakhan blared out from a set of
amplifiers on the back of a pickup
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Alderman is only
in Democratic 72nd
BY T. KEVIN WALKER
I ill CHRONIC!1
Alderman Vemon Robinson
faced a tough re-election last
. November, edging out the
Democratic challenger for his
South Ward seat by less than 200
may be a
Vdll v c
Republican, will face this
Robinson filed Friday for the
72nd N.C. House of Representa
tives District. Whoever is elected
from the newly-drawn district
will replace Rep. Pete Oldham,
who will retire after his current
term. Robinson is an odd candi
date in the largely Democratic
district. He is the only Republi
can running. Four Democrats are
running in the district.
When Robinson first decided
to run for the state House earlier
this year, his party affiliation was
an asset instead of a liability.
After longtime Republican Rep.
Lyons Gray announced his retire
ment. Robinson filed to succeed
him in the 93rd District (also
newly redrawn). Redistricting.
however, cut Robinson out of the
93rd District, which is largely
Republican, and put him into the
Robinson contends that some
black legislators unhappy with
his conservative brand of politics
conspired to draw him out of the
93rd District, where Robinson
considered himself the front-run
ner. The alderman also believes
that some Republican members
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Report: Black marriages face many hurdles
Many black$ who marry do not live happily ever after.
BY PAUL COLLINS
Cohabitations and marriages
of non-Hispanic black women are
less stable than those of non-His
panic white or Hispanic women,
according to a report released last
week by the U.S. Centers for Dis
ease Control. The findings are
based on interviews in 1995 with
nearly 11.000 women 15-44 years
Divorce, and Remarriage in the
United States" - by Matthew D.
Bramlett. Ph.D.. and William D.
Mosher, Ph.D.. Division of Vital
In each comparison of
racial/ethnic subgroups, the
results consistently suggest that
the unions of non-Hispanic black
women are less stable than those
of non-Hispanic white or Hispan
ic women. Black women are less
likely to marry by age 30 and less
likely to make the transition from
cohabitation to marriage, and their
cohabitations are more likely to
disrupt than those of other
The first marriages of black
women disrupt faster than the first
marriages of other women. Black
women are less likely to enter a
cohabitation after the dissolution
of the first marriage. The separa
tions of black women are less
likely to make the transition to
divorce, and the interval between
divorce and remarriage is longer
for black women.
The data suggest that the
remarriages of black women dis
rupt faster than the remarriages of
cither women. The trend analysis
suggests that, at least for some of
these marital outcomes, the differ
ences by race are increasing over
recent decades. The differences
between white and Hispanic
women are smaller
Some researchers have sug
gested that these differences may
be related to higher rates of unem
ployment, incarceration and mor
tality among the black population:
their lower levels of educational
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