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Black ink : Black Student Movement, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. online resource ([Chapel Hill, N.C.]) 1969-current, March 01, 1973, Image 8

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Page 8 THE BLACK INK M*rch, 1973 Les Ballets Victims of Oppression- All Blacks Prisoners by Deborah Austin Staff Writer Brother Dwight Womble in a speech to the BSM asserted, “All Black people are political prisoners.” The North Carolina Committee for Political Prisoners brought people, facts and cases to Hamilton Hall to prove Brother Womble’s assertion. It appears that most North Carolinians are unaware of what is going on in the North Carolina Judicial System. This one system has been messing over the Charlotte 3, the Wilmington 8, the Ayden 11, Rev. Ben Chavis, the Winston-Salem and High Point branches of the Black Panther Party, and hundreds of other people who have not yet come to the public eye. It is necessary to stop and to consider what is happening. What do all these people have in common? In Charlotte, N.C., three Black men were tried, convicted and given long prison sentences for burning the Lazy B Stable in 1968, a stable which previously would not allow Black people to use the facility. Dr. James Grant was given 25 years, T.J. Reddy, 20 years, and Charles Parker, 10 years. They were convicted on the testimony of A1 Hood and Dave Washington, two criminals who are freed from charges with possible penalties of close to 100 years for this testimony. Grant, Reddy, and Parker were all active in church, civil rights, and Black community meetings. In Burgaw. Rev. Ben Chavis has been sentenced to 34 years and eight Black men and one White woman have received sentences totalling 248 years. These convictions were also based on the testimony of known criminals, who are now free. These people were working against racism and for badly needed social change. The Ayden incident began with the shooting of a Black man, William Murphy, by a state trooper. The trooper was released on the grounds that he shot Murphy in self-defense. Black people became angry and protested. Curfews and a school bombing followed. Thirteen-year-old Donald Smith was convicted for the incident and sentenced to 40 years in prison. From all appearances, anyone who tries to organize against racism and social injustice stands the chance of being framed and jailed. Something must be done, but what? Bill Wallace, a young Black man, working for the release of the Charlotte 3, states that the first step is education of the masses. He suggested that we try to get a mass movement to petition the governor to commute the sentences of all political prisoners. Write to any influential person that may be able to make the issue a national one. The masses may be instrumental in raising bond and defense fees. If nothing else, sign a petition for the release of the state’s political prisoners, or write a letter to an incarcerated brother or sister. It Is Non-Involvement That Is Helping the State to Destroy Our Brothers and Sisters. Wake Up People and See That We Are All In Jeopardy! The problem of so many Black people in America’s prison cells must be forever in the minds of brothers and sisters who are not themselves physically incarcerated. Raps with politically conscious prisoners and readings from these brothers and sisters will do much to enable us to understand the racist game that America plays with the Black masses. No one of us can know when our physical freedom will be taken away, and many of us are hardly conscious of the mental bondage we endure in our daily existence. The following list of political prisoners compiled by the Winston-Salem branch of the Black Panther Party need our support. By merely corresponding with one or more of these men, one can do much toward understanding what oppression and liberation mean. Surely, we can find time to write a letter, send a card, or mail some relevant literature to these men. Let us take advantage of this opportunity to move, not rap. Charles Hairston-835 West Morgan St., Raleigh, N.C. Edward Howard-835 West Morgan St., Raleigh, N.C. Richard Carter-835 West Morgan St., Raleigh, N.C. Sherman James-1831 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raleigh, N.C. James Ford —1515 Gist St., Columbia, S.C. Joseph Smith-P.O. Box 220, Newport, N.C. Michael Eppes-Rt. 2 P.O. Box 90, Lillington, N.C. by Deborah L. Long The 44 singing, dancing members of Les Ballets Africains dance troupe performed Wednesday, March 7, at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Among the highlights of the program was the story of Soundiata Keita, “The Lion King” who has become a symbol of the search for a unified Africa. Another feature was an account of the life of M’Balia Camara, a female martyr of the struggle for independence among African nations. New offerings as well as the most popular numbers of previous years made up this year’s program. The troupe’s songs were the popular songs of Africa, the way they were sung in distant Guinean villages. The frenzied dances sometimes erupted into gymnastics, and the comedy was of the slapstick variety. The members of Les Ballets Africains represented the varied cultures that populate the Now now here at a time when ^here is not n.uoh time to neither intellectualize nor prophesize nor even criticize; now when we must still explain, when we must still ask the overwhelming question when we still can not yet be— now is now and we know the now the problem is to know the tomorrow. Donald E. Bogle Former Black Ink Editor, Allen Mask, came in third in the recent student body presidential election. Mask lost the second place position, which would have involved him in a run-off election, by approximately, thirty two votes. He cited discrepancies in voting involving the irregular polling hours at Everett dormitory, which serves Everett, Stacy, Aycock, Lewis and Graham dorms, as the reason. He had received his heaviest support in this area. Mask’s appeal to the UNC Supreme Court for another election was denied. The vote was 3 to 1, with the only Black member of the Court dissenting. interior and the western coastal regions of Equatorial Africa. Selected from the ranks of 96 regional dance groups within the Republic of Guinea, the troupe had no stars or featured performers. Called “a company of African Nureyevs, full of theatrical zip and taste” by Saturday Review, Les Ballets Africains first toured the U.S. in 1958 with a program of narrative dances, songs and scenes portraying the ritual, the pageantry, and the humor of the African people. Upendo opens A multi-part program marked the long-awaited Grand Opening of Upendo, the Black Student Union in Chase Cafeteria, on Friday night, February 16. UNC Black students began gathering in the Upendo lounge around 8 p.m. in anticipation of the 9 p.m. formal opening. At 9, the opening ceremony began with the singing of the Black National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” by everyone present. Following the anthem, Black Student Movement Chairman Warren Carson talked about how the lounge for Black students had been acquired through the Carolina Union and the Office of Student Affairs. Carson also stated the purpose of the Upendo and its business hours. After Carson’s message, there was a reading of “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black,” by a member of the Ebony Readers. Dedication of the Upendo Lounge was by Miss BSM, Francine Randolph. Miss BSM explained why the lounge had been named “Upendo”-point- ing out that the meaning of the Swahili word is “love.” She then gave several definitions of the word “love” and explained what love means in terms of unity for Black people, specifically Black students on Carolina’s campus. Miss BSM also listed the numerous uses that the lounge will be put to by Black UNC students, including providing meeting and practice space for various Black student organizations, providing a place of inspiration and escape from white surroundings; providing a “solid rock of Black Identity and communication”; and providing a place for individual and group sociaUzation. After Miss BSM’s dedication, the Ebony Readers read “Black Thoughts.” The formal ceremony ended wit th the chanting of “Power to the People” by everyone present. A record party in Upendo followed the Grand Opening of the lounge. The one thing we Black americans have in common with the other colored peoples of the world is that we have all felt the cruel and ruthless heel of white supremacy. We have all been “niggerized” on one level or another. And all of us are determined to “deniggerize” the earth. To rid the world of “niggers” is the Black Man’s Burden: human reconstruction is the grand objective. —John Oliver Killens from Black Man’s Burden

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