The Carolina times. (Durham, N.C.) 1919-current, March 26, 1977, Image 1
; VOLUME 55 NUMBER 12 "READ BY OVER 30.000 DURHAMITES' DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 1977 TELEPHONE (919) 688-6587 PRICE: 20 CENTS A nn mum - K mm Medicaid Recipients Ilavo 9 Months To Savo $100, SaysVJaddoll HENDERSON (CCNS) -Ait official of the N. C. Depart ment of Human Resources has called uoon the N f Attnr. ney General to give a ruling on whether a Henderson hospK tal can charge SI 00 to medi caid patients that seek to have their babies delivered. . Robert Watkins, an 6ffi cial in the Recipient and Patient Services Section of the Human Resources Depart ment described the policy of Maria Parham Hospital as "not within the spirit . and philo sophy of helping poor people", but point out that; was just his personal opinion. The policy was first im posed upon recipients of the federally funded medicaid pro gram in January. Watkins said the - administration of Maria Parham Hospital did not con sult the state prior to making the policy. One of the policy's first victim's was 25 year old Georgia Brown who tried to get - admitted to the hospital for? six hours on January 22 but was turned, back because she didn't have the, $100 deposit.. Her doctor had sent he? to the hospital for ad mittance so he could induce labor and encipher problem. r--o t v Hospital administrator Samuel Waddell said the $100 is charged only as a deposit that is refundable after the medicaid recipients are dis charged and bring medicaid labels for the baby to the hospital from the. local Vance County Department of Social Service. He says that DSS regulations at the state level prohibit issuance of medi caid labels to cover the un born child's bill until de livery. But he says the reason for the $100 deposit is that some medicaid patients fail to bring back to the hospital the medicaid labels which allow hospital reimbursement. v Waddell said that having babies is "not considered as an emergency and should not be a hardship on anyone be cause they (medicaid reci pients) have nine months to save that $100." However, the policy was adopted by the hospital board in January and implemented the same month. Georgia Brown and several other Hen derson and Vance County resi dents did not know about the policy until they tried to get admitted to. have their babies. Georgia Brown finally got admitted when black Vance County civic leaders called County Commissioner Billy Hughes who called the depart ment of Social Service Direc tor who called the hospital and was able to get Ms. Brown ad mitted. But the others, which hospital Business Manager Basil Asbury says are more than 1 5 a month, are forced to ride to Duke Hospital in Durham or Wake Hospital ; in Raleigh. Both are approximately a one hour drive from , Henderson; A similar policy was im plemented by the , - hospital . several years ago. During that time several babies, were born en route to Duke in ambu lances and the back seats of. automobiles. Public ; outcry ' nt Ua tima !iricH thp nnlirv . frt Via nhanaeA . The policy is not favored by some of the ' County Commissioners but they have, no input.; in policy decisions and no monetary control over the ' hospital which is pri vately owned ,: although the county gave $250,000 toward its construction. Commission Chairperson J, Nelson "Pete" Faulkner, a re presentative of the Maria Par ham Hospital Boardf from the County Commission, question ed about the policy said that "its going to take some study to see what we can do." Prior to the adoption of the policy in January the hos pital board requested $195. 000 from the commissioners but did not receive it. Chair person Faulkner said "with out some say so, we can't doit". Another commissioner, Billy Hughes, who initiated the action which got Ms. Brown in the hospital, said the county needs it's own hospital, but did not know if the commi ssioners would support the cost of building a new one. THIS IS NAT! POISOH FklEVEklTlOU 7 EEK WASHINGTON, D. C According to statistics from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, approximately two hundred children die each year from the affects of lead poisoning. Thousands more are potential lead poisoning victims and could suffer per manent mental retardation, brain damage, blindness or ; even death. --KWv- One of the causes of lead poisoning is the ingestion of old, ore-World Wtr U leaded paints, containing up to 50 ' white f'fn'iW-mtfA, thW:wlfs pf bid buildings, especially In- Inner-city areas. If this old paint begins to peel, It can be eaten by children and cause lead poisoning. The most notable symptoms of lead poisoning in children are stomach aches; irritability or easy tiring, and frequent vomiting. If your child has any of these symp toms, and has been seen eating old paint chips, the National Paint and Coatings Association suggests immediate medical care. If you live in an old house, and the paint is peeling, limit your child's chances of contracting lead poisoning by taking the following steps: 1. Sweep any peeling paint off walls, woodwork and ceiling with a stiff brush or broom. Then, be sure to throw all loose pieces away. 2. Keep looking for new paint chips and peeling paint. Sweep them away before small children get them. Keeping the lower parts of walls free of peeling paint is most important. This is where small children can reach it most easily. 3. Don't let children chew on woodwork, stair rail ings or other places which have been painted -- even if the paint isn't flaking. 4. Give children safe things to chew on crusts of ; bread, toys made for chewing. 5. Tell big sister, big brother and baby sitters not to ' let children eat Pnt chips or chew on woodwork, stair railings or other painted surfaces. If lead poisoning is caught early, the child can be treated and cured. Vilbcrt TatuciTo CHAPEL HILL - Wilbert A. Tatum, a Durham native, who is director of the Mayor's Midtown Action Office in New York City, will lecture on "The Resurrection of the Central City through the use of Zon ing, Planning and Economic Tools" Friday at 3:30 p.m., 102 New East, in the depart ment of city and regional planning at the. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Tatum is resposible for coordinating development from Hth St. to. 59th St. in Manhattan, including the Gar ment District, Times Square and 5th Avenue, according to Jerry Levin of the speakers committee in ; the department of city and .regional planning. A .former director of Ur ban Renewal In Central Harlem and deputy Burrough President of Manhattan, Tatum 1 is vice chairman of the board of directors of the Amsterdam . News and the Inner City Broadcast Association. He has served as an ad junct professor for the New School for Social Research in New York; City and at York College of the City Uni versity of New York. He has also lectured on "The Negro in America" at Stockholm University in Sweden. . HinilllllllllllllllinillWMHIIIMHIHHIIIIIHIHIH 'A MECHANICS AND FARMERS BANK 1977 STOCKHOLDERS MEET- IIIHUIIHHIIIIIIIMIIHIIIIIIIIIIIIHHIHIHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIHIIIIHU Asheville Mobilizes for April 9 March JIIIII(llllllllltllllllIltllltiniHltlllMIMIIIIIIlt(lflfIIIlltfllHHfll(llllfllllllllllllllll(IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIftl(lIlllllllllllllffflfllllllllllflllflflflfllllllllllfltt Restored To ". onogemcnt A iter U0 The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Washington Bureau announces that native Durhamite, David W. Stith, an employee it has represented be' before EEO officials at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Civil Service Commission, has , finally been restored to his position as director, manage ment division, Greensboro, area office, over 1 1 months after his removal on adverse action charges. After Stith filed a com plaint of discrimination. Hous ing and Urban Development's EEO director found he had been discriminated against and ordered him restored to duty, with back pay, in October of last year,. However, apparently due topressure from former Ford administration officials, . this decision was reversed the following month. . The NAACP, after seeking , in vain to have HUD reinstate , the original decision, took Stith's case to the Civil Ser vice Commission. In January, '-'I ,' m riini.i.r..iMmm i.jm. ASHEVILLE (CCNS) them in, or having the state About fifty people attended f do il for yu' &nd tncy would gathering in support of tliit probably say yes," stated Gun upcoming April 9th Witnes tef- emphasizing that most Against Executions in Atlanta, PeoPle do not look at tne facts Ga., in a kickoff of the cant in such cases. Rev. Wiltshire, of paign to build for the marchj the Asheville-Buncombe Co Held at the Asheville Juncl operative Christian Ministry, tion, a coffeehouse : that hat showed the connection lona been the focal Mint for between the state of the North liberal and radical causes, in Asheville. the program Featured musical enten aintne n v f ; speeches -ami aeafcW.theJf lf? Put PPjtal punish beans and rice. " ""' ' menr "back on Ntthe- .books. The oroeram was or- ganized by Kay and ,Andy Griffin, organizers for the Witness Against Executions and featured Judi Dod and Andy Cohen, who provided musical entertainment. Re marks were given by Rev. David Dod of the Craggy Prisoners Support Group, based in Asheville, Rick Gun ter, associate editor of the Asheville Citizen, the Rev. Robert Wiltshire, of the Ashe ville Buncombe Cooperative Christian Ministry, and Jim Grant, of the North Carolina Alliance and the North Caro lina Coalition Against the Death Penalty. Gunter related some of the events in his life that led to his conviction that .the death penalty was wrong. During his talk, he emphasized that for most people the question of the death penalty is an emo tional one. "Ask the average person the question 'if some one were to kill your family, would you be in favor of doing DURHAMITE Position As IWD Director, s DAVID W. STITH in a precedent setting action, the Commission ordered HUD to reinstate . the original . de cision.. Stith was rehired, but. despite the. Commission's order, he was not given his old job. Rather he was detailed to a position, the main func tion of which has been describ ed as "counting : paperclips." 1 1 1 Carolina Correctional System which has been described as barbaric, and the attempt by capital pumsnmem is ine.u - timate punishment," he stated, "It is indicative of the men tality designed to wreak re venge, rather than rehabili tate." Grant spoke of the need for people to put your "Rear ends on the line, if you expect to be heard by the powers that be. People in this country stopped the Vietnam War by taking the campaign to the streets -- and that is what we are going to have to do to end capital punishment once and for all" In closing, Kay Griffin re minded the people of the need to get together again to finalize plans for the trip to Atlanta. The Demonstration, which will begin at the Martin Luther King Memorial, will feature such black spokesmen as Julian Bond and Ralph David Aber nathy. along with John Lewis. The Easter Sunrise Service will be conducted by Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr., and is sche duled for Georgia Plaza Park at 6 a.m. the next day. Decision Finally, after further discussions he was reassigned as division director in the past week. Now, however, he faces possible transfer to another area. The NAACP has written Secretary of HUD Patricia Harris, advising it would consider, this an act of reprisal and asking her to prevent its occurrence. As a result of the outcome of his complaint, Stith will receive approxi mately $32,000 in back pay as well as retroactive employee benefits. The NAACP Washington Bureau . worked closely throughout " the : proceedings with the Office of Representa tive Parren Mitchell, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus." 1 a BOYS CLUB WEEK MARCH 27 APRIL 2 Support John Awv BC (See Story Page 6) rrO Stockholders of Mechanics and Farmers Bank held their 69th Annual Meeting on Mon day. March 1 4th in the lobby of the home office of the Bank IIHIIUIIIHIIIIIIMIIIIMIIIIHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIMIIIMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIMMIIHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIHIIIIIII Carmichael Barred From Shaw Speaks Af UfJC CHAPEL HILL (CCNS) -Stokely Carmichael, once chairperson of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) that raised across the South and nation demands for Black Power in the mid-nineteen sixties, lec tured to an all black group of students and some community people at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill last week. His Chapel Hill speech followed his being denied permission to speak ut Shaw University in Raleigh. Denouncing capitalist ex ploitation and predicting the eventual overthrow of U. S imperialism by its workers, and capitalism can co-exist and Carmichael lectured on the develop simultaneously with- advantages of life under out conflict. He consistently socialist government as told his audience that corn opposed to "profit by any Continued On Page 7 uuitiiiiiimMiiiiiMiHHiiiiiMmmimiitHHmuimMiMiiiiHiaHimiui wmwmwmmm-- Afpinsfl Jotrasosa4ee CAP SMITHFIELD (CCNS) -The North Carolina office of the Equal Employment Oppor tunity Commission (EEOC) has found "reasonable cause to be lieve that" the " Johnston-Lee Community Action Inc., fired in December 1975 a woman because she was black and be cause she opposed unlawful employment practices in the agency. Harris Williams, Director of the N. C. EEOC, informed Gloria J. Bryant of Raleigh anu ine jonnsion - uee Community Action Inc. JL CA) of EEOC intentions to conciliate the dispute, if the dispute cannot be settled by bringing the parties together, court action will follow, Harris' letter said . The EEOC investigation disclosed that Ms. Bryand, was employed as Director of Hous ing and Community Develop ment and had complained of unlawful employment practices to the EEOC on June 30, 1975. The letter said that two months later, Ms. Brvant was fired by then Executive Direc- iff Wn uifti "'' u i tuts- r-, a r i i JOURNALISM CONTEST WINNERS - From l-r Howard University Schocl cf Communications conference coordinator, Peggy Pinn, joins In congratulating jour, nallsm assay winners Evelyn Bailey.of Clark College, Atlanta; Peter Harris, HUSCj and First placer Kenneth Campbell of East Carolina University, GrssnvUit u Washington, D. C, publisher, Calvin Rolark and HUSC Ddean Uonel C. Csrrew, Jr., shake their hands. Awards were made at HUSC's sixth annua' communications ' conference recently at Mayflower Hotel In nation's capital. (Photo by Roy Lev.;:. MECHAIXS & FARMERS located Parrish at II4-I16 West Street, Durham, Approximately 280 stock holders were represented by proxy and 85 others were means necessary under capi talism." Giving an example of 1956 cars being build better than 1977 cars, although technology to produce more efficient and longer lasting cars has im proved. Carmichael said "technology and science are now used to exploit rather than serve our people." He said that under social ism the objective of govern ment is "service to humanity " . . "through people owning and controlling the means of production." Carmichael criticized as liberal theories that socialism tor Paul Keller and reinstated on the same day "due to lack of sufficient documentation." Ms. Bryant had complain ed that males, particularly white males, had received higher salaries than women, particularly black women hired at the anti-poverty program performing the same or similar duties. The report further disclosed that a white male was hired by the agency and placed under Ms. Bryant's supervision at a greater salary than she was naid In November 1975, Gloria Bryant was given an "average overall" rating on her per formance evaluation. She said that evaluation "was the poorest evaluation I received in my seven years employed there." The EEOC found that following the evaluation and "absent any written warnings or reprimands, Keller fired Ms. Bryant.' Only a few days before Ms. Bryant had appeal ed to the Johnston-Lee Board of Directors for an increase in pay despite Keller's objections. The board overrode Keller and present in person for the purpose of hearing the reports for 1976 and for the elec tion of Directors for the en suing year. John H. Wheeler, President of the Bank, discussed the highlights of his printed report which had been mailed to all stockholders along with the formal notice of the meeting, the required proxy material and a copy of the year end Statements of Condition and Earnings certified by Haskins & Sells, Certified Public Accountants. Highlights of the report indicated that the Bank's assets at the end of 1976 were $41,404,817 and that net earnings for the year were 5241,404 or $1.71 per share. The report also noted a 23. 2 growth in Demand (check ing) Accounts and a 1.9 decline in passbook Savings Accounts. Also noted was a $968,000 increase in Loans Outstanding and an excess of $162,126 of the market value of securities held ($16,960, 533) over their book value ($16,798,407). Capital funds increased from $2,857 at the end of 1975 to $3,044,899 at the end of 1976 and earnings Continued On Page 21 gave Ms. Bryant a salary in crease commensurate to the rate paid white male program directers in the agency, on the principle of "equal pay for equal work". Ms. Bryant charged that she was fired "in retaliation for my opposition to unlawful employment practices which violated Section 704(a) of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964." That section makes ft illegal to discriminate against any person because he or she has made a charge, testified, or participated in any manner in an investigation under Title VII. Keller is no longer Execu tive Director of the JLCA, but is now a member of the board. He was replaced by Leon Penny who was formerly Deputy Director and gave Ms. r 1 L4 M Dry an i ine average, overall rating" that she complained oL If conciliation of the dis pute is not accomplished by the EEOC. section 706(b) of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 allows Director Harris Williams to iniate a civil suit to enforce an EEOC order to settle the dispute.