Vol. XXXV No. 47
THURSDAY, July 23, 2009
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We Had Him
One of the most touching moments of Michael Jackson's July 7 memorial at the Los Angeles Staples Center came when
singer/actress Queen Latifah read a poem written by Dr. Maya Angelou in honor of the late music icon , The poern ^ * be en in
great demand since then. Dr. Angelou has graciously provided The Chronicle, 'her hometown newspaper, with the poem to
share with its readers.
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We k now nothing
Ylow that oul blight and shining
stmt can slip awau fiom out
fingertips like a p uff of ttmntl
Without notice out deal love can
escape oul doting emhiace to sing
out songs among the stals and walk
oul danees aeloss the face of the
Jn the instant that we lealn
that Michael is gone,
we know nothing
no clocks can tell out time and
no oceans can lush oul tides
With the abiupt ah sence of out
though we ale many, each of us is
Only when we confess oul confusion
can we lememhel
that he was a gift to us, and we
did have him. Me came to us flom
the Cleatol tlailing eleativity in
Zbespite the anquish of life he was
snt* thed in Tflothel, love and
and did mole than that.
Me thiived with passion,
humol and style.
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we knew who he was ol did not
know. Me was ouls
and we wele his.
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College student among new Council hopefuls
BY LAYLA FARMER
Twenty-year-old Derwin Montgomery
has yet to finish college, but the Hopkins,
S.C. -native has already settled into the
Winston-Salem landscape. So much so that
he recently announced his candidacy for
Montgomery will run in an increasingly
crowded race for the East Ward Democratic
"I originally was looking at 2013 as the
year to actually run, but 1 saw this year as an
opportunity," said Montgomery. "A lot of
people are paying attention right now to
what's going on in politics, so it's a prime
opportunity for new people to get involved
in the process."
Montgomery, a senior political science
major at Winston-Salem State University,
joins fellow Democrats Donald Scales and
Harold Hairston in their quests to unseat
incumbent Democrat Joycelyn JohnsOn,
who has served on the Council since 1993.
While some might view his age as a
drawback, Montgomery believes his youth
ful energy is just what the Council needs.
"Me being young, that's something even
more to bring to the table." said
Montgomery, who currently serves as first
vice president of the N.C. NAACP Youth
and College Division. "There should be
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Ken Lewis is a native of Winston-Salem.
wants to become states
first black US. Senator
BY LAYLA FARMER
Winston-Salem native Kenneth Lewis
hopes to make history next year by becoming
the first African-American to represent North
Carolina in the CJ.S. Senate. In fact, no
African- American from the South has been
elected to the Senate since Reconstruction.
Lewis is the son of the late Rev. Henry
Lewis - a community leader who led several
local churches - and Savannah Lewis, a retired
school teacher. The high-profile attorney now
makes his home in the Triangle area. The
Democrat has announced his plans to run in
2010 for the seat currently held by Republican
Richard Burr, who lives in Winston-Salem.
Lewis said he was greatly inspired by the
victory of Barack Obama. who became the
nation's first black president last year.
Ironically, Obama was also the last African
African elected to the U.S. Senate, when the
people of Illinois sent him there in 2004.
"I think that the Obama victory was a great
victory for our country and for progress in
America. It is the beginning of the work that
is necessary to change the country in the right
direction," Lewis remarked. "...(His) election
has expanded many people's vision of what is
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Photo by Kevin Walker
Instructor Cortney Hill leads a nighttime Zumba class at the Winston
Lake Family YMCA last week. The class was among a slate of activities
offered during an event for ladies only. Read more about it in the July
30 edition of The Chronicle.
Doctoring-Up the Southside
New medical clinic
serves uninsured patients
BY LAY LA FARMER
Uninsured patients on the south
side of Winston-Salem now have
somewhere to go for their medical
needs. The Southside United
Health and Wellness Center, which
opened in March, serves patients
of all ages, with sliding scale fees
based on the individual's income if
they are uninsured. The vast
majority of those who have patron
ized the center thus far fall into the
latter category, according to Dr.
Richard Lord, the center's interim
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Health & Wellness Center
Lord says he was blown away
by the level of need the center
"I was shocked at the number
(of people who were uninsured)."
he said. "Ninety percent of (our
patients) arc uninsured and are
coming here because ... they can't
afford to pay full price (for care
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