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The Voice of the Black Community
WEEK OF MAY 13-19, 2004
James B. Duke Library
100 Beatties Ford Rd
Chari.-tte NC 28216-530.'
The United House of Prayer for All People bought the former Travelodge hotel and turned it into housing for seniors (left) On the
right, single-family construction is booming in the Cindy Lane neighborhood.
spirit of Brooklyn
Bernetta Powell, owner of West End Fresh Seafood Market, unpacks fish with husband Clarence. Powell Is part of a small but grow
ing group of entrepreneurs and developers who are revitalizing northwest Charlotte.
Initiative boosts northwest conununities
By Herbert L. White
Bernetta Powell sees the
potential in Beatties Ford
Powell, owner of West End
Fresh Seafood Market, is part
of a small but growing class of
entrepreneurs and developers
bringing jobs and amenities to
northwest Charlotte. There’s
still room for improvement.
“On the whole, everyone’s
interested in improving the
area,” Pow.ell said. “I grew up
over there. It is home to me.
Everybody has goals in mind
and we may have different
ways of getting there, but we’re
'The New Brooklyn Initiative
is trying to help the area meet
those goals. Named after the
all-black community that was
wiped out by 1960s urban
renewal, the initiative is bring
ing corrrmrririty development
organizations and neighbor
hood groups together to share
ideas and projects. NBFs tar
get area, which encompasses
Beatties Ford Road, LaSalle
Street and Cindy Lane, next
meets May 20 at Memorial
Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m.
“There has been a lot of
growth in Charlotte’s corridors
over the last few years, but one
area that has not benefitted
from it is the Beatties Ford
Road corridor,” said Kelly
Alexander, president of the
Please see INmATIVE/6A
Toughest obstacles helps graduate appreciate gifts
By Cheris F. Hodges .
cheris. hedges @ thechariottepost. com
Tiffany Hollis isn’t your
average college student.
While her peers worried
about getting money from
mom and career packages,
Hollis was sending money
home to her mother and
yoimger brother and sister.
She was holding down three
jobs as well as maintaining a
B average at Davidson
“She doesn’t have the
money that other people
have,” said Ruth Pittard,
Davidson College dean of
For Hollis to make it
through college, she had to
work in addition to studying
and the community service
necessary to keep her
So, when 22-year-old Hollis
receives her degree in histo
ry Saturday, beating the
odds and becoming a role
model for her family will
have a special meaning.
“When I was in school, peo
ple told me I wouldn’t
amount to anything,” she
Please see GRADUATE/3A
bridges after decision
By Hazel Trice Edney and George E. Curry
NATIONAL NEWSPAPER PUBUSHERS ASSOCIATION
The Brown v. Board of Education landmark Supreme
Court ruling encompassed five lawsuits. In addition to
Topeka, Kan., the lead case, other suits were pending
agaimt school .systems in South Carolina, Delaware, the
District of Columbia and Virginia, The strongest rests-,
lance to ‘Brown’ was in Prince Edward County, Va..
Below is a recounting of what happened prior to, during
and after the 'Brown' ruling. //>
WASHINGTON - On April 23, 1951 - three
years before the landmark Brown ruling -
Barbara Johns, a 16-year-old junior at Robert R.
Moton High School in Farmville, Va., led a walk
out of 450 students to protest deplorable condi
tions at the aU-Black school.
Unlike the school built across town for Whites,
Moton High had no cafeteria, no gymnasium, no
infirmary and no toilets for teachers. Built in 1939
for 189 students, by 1951, more than twice that
many students were packed into the facility.
Rather than construct a new black high school,
the county school board authorized the construc
tion of three large plywood buildings. They were
Please see MENDING/7A
marked by fomm,
By Herbert L. White
Charlotte will celebrate the 50th anniversary of
the Supreme Court decision that outlawed segre
gation in public schools this week.
Levine Museum of the New South will host a
community day as part of its ongoing “Courage;
The Carolina Story That Changed America”
exhibit Sunday at 1 p.m.
Students will celebrate the Brovm v. Board deci
sion through dance, music and film and everyone
can participate in activities centered on commimi-
ty, education and courage.
Admission is free for museum members; non
members can get in for $6 (adults) and $5 (stu
dents and seniors).
Among the guests wiU be Joseph DeLaine Jr.,
Please see FORUMS/7A
Davidson College senior Tiffany Hollis supported her family while
becoming an activist for Davidson’s West Side community.
Mothers of Murdered Offspring will host
violence prevention and awareness events
On Friday, MOM-0 will host a Late Nite
Lockup from 8 p.m.-8 a.m. at Carole Hoefener
Center, 610 E. 7th St. The event is a combi
nation slumber party/camp adventure.
On Sunday, Praise in the Park vriU be held
at Marshall Park from 4-7 p.m. It’s a celebra
tion of life, remembrance and hope.
For information on either event, call (704)
Real Estate 5C
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