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2 - TKS CAROLINA TlttES SAT, APRIL 2, 1977 ;
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By Elva P. DeJarmon
A challenging and inspir
ing address was delivered by
Rev. W. W. Easley, Jr., pastor,
of St. Jospeh's A. M. E. Church
The Inspiration Singers under
the direction of Mrs. Carolyn
Mrs. William Davis,
NAACP -Mother of the Year
received her ft76 Trophy as a
special feature of the regular
meeting of the Durham chapter
of the NAACP. Mrs. Davis, a
member of Mt. Vernon Baptist
Church, had brought in the
highest amount of' funds
during the year in support of
the NAACP and earned her
title of "Mother of the Year",
Williams - provided ' ; special I
music for the occasion. .:.-
Of interest also was the
report of the regional
southeastern meeting of the
NAACP which was given by
Millions of Americans are very
skeptical about President Carter
and his campaign promises. This
cynicism is deepest when the sub
ject of tax reform is raised.
One of Mr. Carter's most
dramatic promises came during his
acceptance speech at the Dem
ocratic convention when he said:
"It's time for a complete overhaul
of our income tax system. I still
tell you it's a disgrace to the human
race. All my life I have heard
promises of tax reform, but it never
quite happens. With your help, we
are finally going to make it happen
and you can depend on it."
Most Americans relate this to
"tax loopholes" which have per
mitted the rich to avoid billions in
taxes. They assess Mr. Carter's
promise in terms of things like the
Treasury Department announce
ment recently that in 1973 182
wealthy persons with at least
$200,000 in income paid no tax.
About 6,000 other persons with
adjusted gross income in excess of
$200,000 had an effective tax rate
of about 20 percent, the same paid
by a father of three children
But if the President's promise of
"tax reform" is to mean anything,
it must go beyond wiping out such
The simple question is whether
Mr. Carter means to really try to
alter the pattern of income distri
bution in this country.
The Census. Bureau tells me that
in 1975 the 11,250,000 families
who make up the lowest 20 percent
.in terms of income got only 5.4
percent of the money- The 20 per-'
cent of our families with highest
income got 41.1 percent of the
This means that 11 million poor
families got just over one-fourth
the income they would have
received if the money had been
distributed equally to all families,
while the top 11. million families
got double their "share" of the
In fact, the top 5 percent of our
families (about 2,800,000 of them)
had just about the same income in
1975 as the 22,000,000 families at
the poor end of the totem pole.
Census Bureau reports that
blacks make up a whopping 20
percent of the poorest fifth of our
families which got little income,
but only a handful of black fam
ilies (3.8 percent) are in the top 20
percent getting most of the money.
President Carter surely knows
that those figures do not represent
any recent phenomenon. They
symbolize the American way of
life as evidenced by the fact that
the pattern of income distribution
in 1975 was almost precisely the
same as in 1948 or 1968 or any
other year you wish to name.
Part of the cynicism about Mr.
Carter and his promises relates to
the question of whether he really
intends to try to alter income dis-"
tribution in America. His Budget
Director, Bert Lance, suggested to
a few of us at breakfast a few
days ago that he doesn't think that
is the President's primary goal in.
pushing for tax reform.
Lance said he doesn't think it's
Mr. Carter's intention to take from
those who have money and give to
those who don't have any.
But what kind of meaningful tax
reform can there be if it doesn't
achieve this result to a significant
The reason real tax reform
"never quite happens" is that it
involves some serious changing of
"the American way," or what is
loosely called "the free enterprise
system-" We wait to see if the
President is committed heart and
soul to this complete overhaul of
our tax system.
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Carter supported the cause of a
man, dubbed a Soviet dissident
by ; the Western press. The
Soviets responded by focusing
on casts of the Wilmington 10
and the - Charlotte Three as
examples of denial of human
rights-byjhe U. S, to U, S.
citizens. ;: C ' -'
The case is clearly be
coming an embarrassing situa
tion to Norths Carolina offi
cials. North Carolina Attorney
General Rufus Edmisten said
1976 "MOTHER OF THE ?,
right are Alexander Barnes, immeaiaxe P851.""" a pre$ident and pre
NAACP, Mrs. William Davis, honoree, Sam . JaKnff fin.
siding officer at meeting Mrs-IWilsonBarbee. PSPM7u state
W. W. Easley, JrV speaker for the occasion. Back W M Gllltai
coord nator,yMri7NSnnie Hamilton. 5 winner, padden; W. M. Gilliam,
Mrs. Elizabeth Napoleon, Dr. Howard Fitts and J. E. Cromartle. ; (,
fJCCU Sfudpnfs fleefinfj Top
Professionals In Atlanta
ATLANTA, GA. - After
last week he wanted the case a year of fund-raising activity,
resolved soon because it was thirty-nine North Carolina Cen-
taking up too much of the tral University students are
state officials' time. Governor meeting the top professionals
Hunt said, following the in their field in Atlanta this
azalea planting ceremony, that, week at the annual meeting of
he too, wanted an early re- the American Society - for
solve of the six year old case. Public Administration.
The last criminal case Among the professionals
which involved as much inter- the public administration
national publicity and majors from the Durham uni
attention by North Carolina versityare meeting are several
officials was the alleged kid- of thex authors of their test
napping of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce books. The students are also
Stegall by Robert Williams of participating in pnel dis
Monroe. Williams, then a cussions on the latest develop
member of the NAACP had ments in public administration:
called on the Cuban govern- Accompanying the group
ment to support the struggle of to Atlanta are Dr. Tyrone
black Americans in Monroe Baines, director of the public
for economic, social and poli- administration program at
tical justice which were con- NCCU, and six other faculty
tained in a ten point program, members: Earl Brown,
So much international Clarence Brown, Don Combs,
attention was called to that Mrs. Ruby S. Hargrove, Dr.
case that present Assistant for Michael McKinney, and Arl
Minority Affairs to Governor Williams.
James Hunt, Dr. John Larkins, NCCU's public administra
was sent to Monroe by then tion program, part of the uni
Governor Terry Sanford to versity's political science de
find out what Williams wanted, partment receives funding from
Larkins reportedly told
Williams that the ten point
program was unrealistic.
William's calls for protection
from white vigilante attacks
to Larkins and appointment
for Sanford Hugh Canon went
unheeded. Williams, in a book
h nnhlishitd in 1968. called
Larkins an tyncle-ToV'. Lar-' '' 1 !; IFaVETTEVILLE ;-iThe
kins deniecf Williams' charge: Board " of "Governors" of' the
Larkins also conducted a University of North Carolina
similar investigation on jhe System will make a two day
Wilmington JO case recently, visit to the campus of Fayette-
As freedom riders came in- ville State University , April 7 -
to Monroe in the Spring of 8, university officials anriounc-
1961, much like Rev. Ben ed recently.
Chavis went into Wilmington in The current Chairman of
1971, the Klan mobilized re- the Board of Governors is
sistance of reactionary whites , William A. Johnson of Lilling-
in record numbers which ton', Mrs. Howard Holderness,
reached 4,000 in the summer Greensboro, is Vice-Chairman
of 1961 when Williams fled and Dr. E. B. Turner, of
Monroe for his safety and lived Lumberton serves as Secretary,
in exile of the United States. FSU is currently in the
He returned for trial on midst of v its Centennial Year
the kidnapping charge in Celebration, (founded in J 877)
February, 1976 and was and is the second oldest state
acquitted in the Spring of supported institution in North
Parents Day At St.
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the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. 1972 and now has 130 majors.
The program, was founded in See NCCU Page 3
SALISBURY - Living- Dr. Shipman declared We
stone College received its at Livingstone are cbmrnJted to
final allocation from the UNCF and fi annual
United Negro College Fund campaigns as a vital source of
campaign. The check just re- financial aid." And, he stated
ceived brings Livingstone's further that "Voluntary leader
allocation from the New ship and financial contribu
York office to $194,81?i3f . tions of leaders from the
This is in' addition to ,$109, ' Salisbury-Rowan area and the
585 .44 raised in the joint satellite communities solicited
UNCF-Livingstone College ' by Livingstone, have been a
campaign. great inspiration and a sigrd-
The $13.5 million raised in ficant source -of help for
1976, setsan all-time recordc, Livingstone" He was very high
for the Fund's aid to its mem- j.in praise for George H. Pounds
ber institutions. .f ill, plant manager of Fiber
The UNCF exists for pne Industrie, Inc., campaign
purpose : to raise money and, 3ihairman; Wiley I. Lash, local
provide services for its 41 fully businessman, co-chairman; Mrs.
accredited college and. urd- i Samuel R. Johnson, duurper
versities. Dr, F- George Ship- , son, women's division and R.
man, president of Livingstone O. Everett, senior vice pretV
College, in commenting on the x dent, Wachovia Bank and Trust
total amount of allocation; for ro.r local treasurer for UNCF.
1976 said i am pleasantly Many, many Interested
surprised and thoroughly and generous friends contri
grateful for this kind of buted to the success of the
financial support." 1976 UNCF Livingstone
He expressed joy and campaign,
delight that the national'canv gklllMll'ITe fcCTC
paign had done so well and., DUEIu' Jit vtU -
expressea conuaence uiai me
American -public does have a
commitment to these insti
tutions. He alluded to several
large gifts to the national cam
paign including $300,000 from
the Lilly Endowment Inc.;
$200,000 from UPS Founda-
' Marine Corooral Johnnie
E. Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs,
tion; and $175,000 each from Floyd Marshall of 805 Drew
the General Motors Corp, and St., Durham, has been pro-
the Andrew Mellon motoed to his . present rank
Foundation as the pace setters while serving with First
and great friends of UNCF and Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine
its member .institutions. The Corps Air Station, Futema,
largest corporate donor in . Okinawa.
addition to General Motors was
Johnson Publishing Co.
. He joined the Marine
Corps in December 1974. 1
RALEIGH - The Ninth
Annual Parent's Day will be
held at Saint Augustine's
College on April ,3 at 10:30
ajn. , in the Emery Building.
The speaker for the occasion
will be Father Clyde E.
Beatty, the College Chaplain.
Other highlights of the
program will include an All
College Dinner for parents,
the college students, and high
school seniors who will be
visiting. The Pershing Rifles
Drill Team will perform - at
2 p.m. on the College Mall
in front of the College Union;
the Pershingettes at 2:20 pjn.
in the Emery Buflding. The
College Concert Band will be
featured at 2:30 p.m. and the
Gospel Choir in concert at
, 3 p.m. also in Emery.
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