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Volume39,Number8 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, October 18, 2012
Kids learn from the blind
Students in Cathy Peters' kinder
garten class at Sherwood Forest
Elementary School got a crash coarse
in blind aware
(DPB) led the
children in a
sighted community's understanding
and acceptance of people who are
blind. The program, dubbed "The
Blind Side," was held on National
White Cane Safety Day, a celebration
of the white cane that affords inde
pendence to countless people who are
blindand visually impaired across the
nation and the world.
"We're here today to celebrate
White Cane Day," Chris Flynt, direc
tor of A Brighter Path, a nonprofit that
supports IFB, told the youngsters.
"TTie white cane is what we use for
The students were exposed to a
variety of gadgets and devices people
who are blind or visually impaired use
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Rick Gacfe shows some of his gadgets to (from left) Maria Marlow
Rogers, Mary Lopina, Jackson MacArthur and Benjamin Flynt.
Hiotai by Layla Oarma
Alfre Woodard addresses fellow Obama supporters.
BY LAYLA GAUMS
"Steel Magnolias" star Alfre Woodard has been mak
ing a lot of headlines lately.
A four-time Emmy winner, Woodard, and her co-stars
Phylicia Rashad, Queen Latifah Condola Rashad and Jill
Scott, have been getting high marks from critics and fans
alike for their performances in the Lifetime Network's
remake of die beloved 1989 classic, which aired Oct. 7,
but Woodard doesn't have time to bask in the afkmdpw.
Instead, die rmhhei of two is crisscrossing the niton,
who in recent
years has landed
recurring roles in
hit series like
stopped by the
quarters on West
Fourth Street on
Oct. 10 as nearly
three dozen vol
unteers took part
in a "Seniors-to
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"I am so excited to be here," she told the group with a
wide smile. "...I was on my way to New York and they
said, 'Can you come to North Carolina?' and I said, 'Yes,
I can!' ...I know I'm preaching to the choir, but some
times, the choir needs a little bit of a sermon," she
Woodaid's enthusiasm for the campaign quickly trans
formed the staid atmosphere at die headquarters into rally
"I don't know about you, but I'm still fired up from the
last time," she said, referencing the historic '08 election.
"I'm eager to protect the progress that Mr. Obama has
made on behalf of all Americans."
Woodard told the predominantly female group that she
supports the president because of die many things he has
done far women, especially pushing the Lilly Ledbetter
Fair Pay Act of 2009, which guarantees equal pay for
"You've got to love a president whose every policy
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Barbara Laa preps attendees to
begin the phone bank.
Party members and supporters celebrate as Lorry Little unveils the historical marker.
Black Panthers' legacy
honored with marker
BY LAYLA OARMS
When the Winston-Salem
Chapter of the Black Panther Party
was founded 43 years ago, the city
was a very different place.
Party members who fought for
better conditions, services and treat
ment for African Americans fcoed
persecution, harassment add often,
imprisonment, just for being associ
ated with the organization.
Many of them could likely never
have imagined that they would
someday be honored, applauded and
thanked for their service to the com
munity. But that's just what hap
pened Sunday, when the Forsyth
County Historic Resources
Nelson Malloy speaks.
Commission unveiled a historic
marker in honor of the Party's con
tributions before an enthusiastic
crowd of supporters
"Right on! All power to the peo
ple!" proclaimed Larry Little, a
Winston-Salem State University pro
fessor and one of the local Party's
most prominent members. "Brothers
.and sisters, we are so thankful for
everybody being here on this occa
sion. We are indeed honored."
The marker, which stands at the
comer of Fifth Street and Martin
Luther King Jr. Drive, not far from
where the Party's first headquarters
stood, pays homage to the many con
tributions the Panthers made to the
community, including the free break
fast program for children and ambu
lance service that members started.
"The Black Panthers did great
work in our community and deserve
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Bearden exhibit leads to wider community discussion
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BY TODD LUCK
Roman Bearden's work depict
ing the epic story of Odysseus'
journey home an making a home
coming of their own.
Reynolds House Museum of
Modem Art is hosting the national
opening of the North Carolina
native's "Roman Bearden: A Black
The exhibit opened Saturday
and will be on display through Jan.
13. It features nearly 30 works by
artist, including some of his draw
ings of "The Iliad" from the 1940s
and collages and watercolors of
"The Odyssey" from the 1970s.
Many of the "Odyssey" works
were on display in New York for
only one show before being scat
tered among collectors who bought
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rhe Bemrden exhibit opened Saturdey.