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Vol.XXXVIII No. 19 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, January 5, 2012
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Photos by Lay la Fanner
Newly weds Debra and Roger Martin ^left) and Kina and James Washington exit the sanctuary after the ceremony.
Couples begin 2012 with 'I Do'
Seasoned couples await the start of the Renewal Ceremony.
BY LAYLA FARMER
When the clock struck midnight on Dec. 31, Jam^s and
Kina Washington had more than just the dawning of a new
. year to celebrate.
The two had tied the knot earlier that day during a mass
Marriage and Renewal Ceremony at Union Baptist Church
and were celebrating their first night as a married couple.
Two thousand eleven was a year of ups and downs for the
Washingtons. who were homeless just six months ago, but it
ended on a high note, as the couple joined Deborah Orr and
Roger Martin - who were also married diring the ceremony
- and 12 seasoned couples who renewed their vows on
"I feel like new money, hot off the printing press," James
Washington, said with a wide grin after the service.
The Washingtons, who have nine children between them.
See Weddings on A10
Annual celebration marks'issuance of
BY LAYLA FARMER
Eighteen year-old Sharonda Wright has seen her
share of hardships. She lost her mother at age five, and
at 10, her father, who was raising her on his own,
passed away following a period of illness.
Wright, a Sioux Falls, S.D. native, was forced to
leave her home and come to Winston-Salem, where her
cousin Beverly Milligan and her husband John took her
in. Despite the setbacks, Wright has maintained good
grades and has been heavily involved in her church,
House of a Delivered Praise, where Mrs. Milligan pas
"1 wanted to exceed the expectations that my family
had set for me," said Wright, who helps with the
Children's and Outreach ministries and serves on the
Praise Team at her church.
Wright has recently begun to see the fruits of her
See Emancipation on All
Emancipation Association members present scholarships to (from
left) DeVaughn Nance, Elaine Stackhouse and Victoria-Lee.
Nathaniel Barber retires after
nearly 40 years in education
BY LAYLA FARMER
defter wo years with Principal Nathaniel
Barber at its helm, Carver High School is again
facing a transition in leadership.
Barber, 62, retired Dec. 31 after serving the
school system for 38 years. The city native ,
came to Carver at the start of the 2009-2010
school year, succeeding Carol Montague-Davis,
who left Carver to take a school system admin
istration post. Barber, who led North Hills for
a decade prior to coming to Carver, had consid
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after leaving the
"I decided at
the time going to
something that I
was very inter
ested in doing,"
about trying to
give back to the
I've attempted to
do that (tO
Carver) in my K
own little way, but now I think it's time for me
to move on to another phase in my life."
Montague-Davis, now the assistant superin
tendent of Secondary Education for Winston
Salem/Forsyth County Schools, said Barber
made some important strides during his brief
stint at Carver. The school received a large
boost to its student body at the beginning of the
school year, as an influx of students from the
Atkins High School district were directed to
Carver when Atkins became a dedicated magnet
school. Montague-Davis credits Barber with
helping Carver, which now boasts more than
800 students, to weather the significant changes
in its student body successfully. ??
"It's been a great transition and I know that's
part of his leadership-style, being able to get the
students, staff, parents and community all
together." she said. "One thjng you can say
abqut him is he cares about the children, so he
will be missed."
Barber says he is proud of the academic
growth Carver sustained under his leadership,
the most significant indicator of which are the
ever-increasing EOC (end of course) exam
See Carver on A6
Photo by Ralph Meadows
Businesses take Kwanzaa's center stage
Evelyn Terry (left) accepts a picture of her famous
gran4fatherfrom Leverne Smoot and Ben Piggott.
BY TODD LUCK
KwanZaa's focus on
Ujamaa, or cooperative eco
nomics, last Thursday
brought out a slew of local
African American-owned busi
nesses to the Carl H. Russell
Sr. Community Center, one
of several sites that played
host to citywide Kwanzaa cel
ebrations from Dec. 26 - Jan.
Local entrepreneurs and
non-profit organizations were
invited to help (kive home the
true meaning of Ujamaa by
setting up displays booth n
the Russell Center Gym.
Each vendor was given an
opportunity to adckess a crowd
of more than 150 Kwanzaa
goers during the program.
See Kwanzaa on A2
John Raye and
Top of the World
Photo hy I .ay la Farmer
School Board Member John Davenport surveys
the view from the rooftop of the new Career
Center, which opened Tuesday. Read more on
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