The Carolina times. (Durham, N.C.) 1919-current, April 09, 1977, Image 1
' V-fcuKe Lnivsraity Library '", ' "Newspaper Department' -' Jourta N: "G." 27706 " U-0 i fio Dfccfi Prccc (tor Freedom Depends .-a..".'.' oh tii ; ; -- r I- - . . J- V .t"OKfo cf I'JIsdesi To fl sorry lor' oiMMlf It one of the most f Integrating fhiingt tho indivfduol coo do to him self. ; Winffd Khoadn VOLUME t5 NUMBER 14 'READ BY OVER 33.CC3 DURHAMITES" pURHAM. NORTH CAROLINA ?ATU..OAY, APRIL 9, 1977 Telephone ois) ec3-es37 PRICE: 23 CENTS HISS D. RI8GS VIIIS nccu TOP HONOR Miss ' Barbara A. Riggs of Camden, N: J., a psychology major, was the winner of the top award at North Caro lina Central University's Award Day exercises Friday, : Miss Rlggs received the Chan cellor's Award, given '. to the senior with the highest cumulative average. Miss Rlggs also received two ' awards ' given : by her department' She named the best all ' around f student in the department" and received the departmental award for the highest scholastic average. Latham Prize as the outstand ing woman Student was Gwen dolyn Clifton. Other awards were given by university departments ; and divisions, '. Michael , A. Tanner and Allen Kirkman received awards from the department of aero space studies. Brenda Moore, Andrea Guard, Walter Williams and Donna Hart were honored by the department of art. The department of business administration honored Warren A. Clyburn, Harley LeGrand, Malcolm Howerton, Vickie Moore, Patricia Iwanyanwu, James Jackson, Daphne Scales, Henry Whitlow, Carolyn Hederson, Sharon Smith, Barbara ' Bruton, Areather Keene,.! Karen Mitchell, Ray mond 4t Seymore, . Minnie wuuamson, juay nernng, Linda , Poteat, Doris Joseph, Karen Covington. Glenwood O. Davis, Audrey '.Ward,' Deborah, Liverett, Francis Dancey, Roy C. Ellis, Vickie Hooks, Wilms Tarry, Alvie Fennefl, Garry Martin, Clar ence Ratcliff, Carolyn Alston, Layla Hanna, Rita Higgs, Linda King, Annette Richardson, -Everett Robinson,- Stephanie Strong, Duff Tinnin, Arthur Watford, and BormieWoodard; : The department of account ing honored Kathy Arrington, Garland Avent, Wilbur Barham, Ronald Becton; Lynwood Best, Rocky Boone Gloria Corniffe, Selma Edwards, Michael Farmer, Leon Fennell, Lue Cready Futrell, Jack Harper, Valette Johnson, Floyd Mitchell, Roderick Pettiford, ' Edward PurdieJr.. Deborah . Robinson George Russell, ; Linda Smith, Kenneth Staple ton, Kathy Wiggins, Hubert Williams' Shelron V. Wilson, Donald Ferbee, Gavin Hilton, Eunices Parker, Sonya Wilson, Market' Newson, Glenn Lee and Sybil Steele. :, The department of business education honored Gail Thompson, Vanessa Jenkins, Romans Denise Conwell, Sylvia Russell, Cheryl Battle, Gregory Knight, Debra Hobbs, Loretta Riddlck, and Althea Jones. j The department of econo mics: Quentin Heady, , Department of biology: Verna Smith, Dwight Herbin, James Pridgen, Sandra Eggles ion, Floivia s Maxey, Charles Thompson, Gail Dillard, Gloria Moore, Russell Harrell, Albert Walden and ' Lawrence ' Wall.! ' Department of chemistry:, Tyrone Shackleford, v Gloria Moore, Weldon Hill, Caleb Jackson, India Clark, Sharon Gibson, Harriette .' Johnson,' Rosalyn Waldo, Bassey Omoji, Robert Arthur, Lloyd Moore, John Chapman and Ronald Horton, - Department of dramatic arts: LaVerne Singleton, Donnie Barnhill, Roberta Halrston and James Knight. Department of education: Marion Bostic, Margaret Caple, Retta Clemons, Camel Edwards, Janice Harper, Vickie Hudson, Cecilia Jones, ' Wanda Robinson; Cynthia Smith, Fonda White, Jacquelyn j Whittington, Joyce Mosley, v' Stephanie Cherry, Vivian Cavi- ; livddy kKivixsia va . I Gatlin, Karen Campbell, Doris" 1S.UJ3CU, wiu jaiici ffiuio. Keema wiariuw was uuuuisu Oy UM UCfJttJ Illicit Ul L'ligiiMi. Department of geograph:' Ezekiel L. Becton, Niguel Barnes, Barbara Brown, Eric Brown, Clinton Moorman, Continued On Page 7 THIS COMPOSITE PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS SCENES FROM NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY'S Awards Day program, Fri da.Y AP.ri' IvJSfi 5rbari A. Riggs displays tht Chancellor's Award given to her .senior, with the highest cumulative average. Chan cellor Albert N Whiting, center, presented a memorial plaque to Ted Smith, in memory of his late wife, Nana Louise Smith, a victim recently of an apparent rape-murder. Mrs. Smith was a student at the university at the time of her death; Dr. Octavia B. Knight (program chairman) and John B. McLendort, Jr., guest speaker. .: -f. I'Jbifo VJooan RALEIGH (CCKS) Mar vin Sanders, a seven year veteran black; policeman, was suspended for one day without pay and transferred from a public relations job to regular patrol for stopping a white woman, wife of a City adminis trator last February 25th. The woman, Mrs. Vickie L. Baker, of 2709 Patrick Drive, contended she was harrassed. Sanders' account of the events which led to his stopp ing ; Mrs. Baker's car on February 25th indicate that he had never seen the woman be fore and had made a routine traffic stop. He 'said that he was enroute to speak at San derson: Hiah School in North Raleigh, whence stopped-for a notepad. .,wWch.was in; -tus personaleleparlc'ed in the 30.0 block- of c. Hargett St RALEIGH (CCN) - The North Carolina Black Demo cratic Leadership Caucus NCBDLC) jias taken posi tons on several controversial legislative proposals now being considered by the , 1 North Carolina ' General Assembly. Support for a bill to allow the Governor and Lieutenant Governor1 to. succeed them sevles was voted by the group following a lengthy discussion. Several of the caucus members opposed ' allowing the Lt. Governor to succeed himself, expressing some displeasure with current Lt. Governor At ., MCCAIN (CCNS) - Rev. Ben Chavis said in a recent interview that he is very dis pleased that President Carter has not responded to Chavis' open letter sent to Carter on March 4. ; - it- In a controversial speech to the' United ' Nations, Carter responded, to ; a similar re quest by Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov. Referring to Sakharov's letter, Carter said, ''You may rest assured that the American people and our government will continue our firm commitment to pro mote respect for human rights. We shall use our good offices to seek the release of prisoners of conscience." 4 ':'f''r: " Chavis said that Carter has the responsibility to "at least answer my letter since he did in fact answer ; the letter of Soviet dissident Andrei, Sakharov. I wrote to him as an American citizen who has been victimized by the criminal justice system, who. has been victimized 1 by , American racism." ' ' Rev. ' Charts' 1 letter ; to Carter questioned the sincerity of the response to the Soviets.; '"How can our government honestly proclaim supporj for human rights as a matter of foreign policy while allow ing domestic violations of human rights to' continue under the guise of the adminis Sfonpod near the municipal building. "He . said his patrol car was doubled parked beside his per sonal car with the flashers on "for a quick second". Then came behind him two cars, one honking loudly, its driver mak ing gestures. Mrs. Baker, the driver of the honking vehicle then pulled around Sander's car as he got back in with the note pad, made more facial gestures and waved her hands and fists, and Eroceeded to the 'stoplight at argett and Dawson Sts. 'She acted In, ,an 'abnormal . and .irrational manner and J ' thought something was wrong with her,' Sandert Said. He ' said he proceeded tp pull Mrs. Baker over with the blue lights orhis patrol cruwf and that s when all of the action began After asking Mrs. Baker for Jimmy Green, Green defeated Howard Lee in a run-off for the post last September in a race that was judged by some to be subtly racist. Rep. H. M. Michaux, Jr., of Durham said that he would oppose the Lt. Governor's succession on the floor of the House. In another action the Caucus appointed a committee to investigate support for land lord tenant reform which is yet to be introduced into the legislature. A draft pro posal was circulated which caucus members said may be introduced by Wake Represen Least Answer tration of an unfair criminal justice system?", Chavis asked in that letter. Two weeks ago U. S. Attor ney General Griffin BeH met in a closed session with N. C. Attorney General Rufus Edmisten. Whether Carter will answer Chavis' letter is uncertain. There is opposition to federal intervention on the case by Griffin Bell, voiced particularly from the South.. Sources say that federal and state officials are seeking a way for the case to be resolved so that all parties particularly North Carolina can save (ace. That is going to be extremely diffi cult because the Wilmington 10 have asked for full vindication from the 1971 convictions, and a new trial. 1 Rev. Chavis said in an inter view last "week that a multi milliorV dollar suit may be filed against vthe state for "unjust treatment" of the Wilmington 10, He said that he was dis-, cussing the possibility of such a suit, with his attorneys. Chavis said that he would only accept a pardon of inno cence of . vindication by the courts- A hearing is to be held on May 9 in Burgaw County to determine whether there is sufficient basis for a new trial. A motion for immediate bail has been filed by Charlotte' defense' attorney James i k Dlacti Policeman SosDondod her drivers license and checking her tires and inspection sticker "she said I had no business stopping her and had no right to stop her. She said that ! was harassing her and she would report me to the police chief.'' Mrs. Baker would hot comment on why she later made a complaint against San ders or if she did so because Sanders was a black policeman. On the Interna) Relations Unit of the Police Department found that Sanders had "harra ssed a motorist". Sanders could not appear before the unit to face his accuser. . - ! v ; : J Police Captain T. R Just ice " heard Sanders appeal from the IRU and also found that San- Atttt tiarl hatrawA Mri RaVprl ; Zm-vAHl known Mrs. Baker' and her husband Garry Baker for some tative Robert Farmer. Some of the Caucus members said the bill was not inclusive of the protections tenants need in the state and should be investiga ted by the committee. For the past three sessions, Rep. Henry Frye of Guilford has intro duced measures to change the archaic landlord tenant law passed by the 1 868 legislature to regulate sharecropping. Those proposals have been drafed and defeated, primarily because most of the legisla tors are landlords and have a vested interest such legislation in, not passing CIIAVIS TO CARTER: Ferguson. Last , week it was revealed by reporter Stan Swofford of the Greensboro Daily. News that Jerome Mitchell, a witness against the Wilmington 10, re canted his testimony as early as June 10, 1974. The recantation was never mentioned to Wilmington 10 defense attor neys but tucked away in Mit chell's prison files. Chavis called the withhold ing of the recantation ''another example of Ate coverups the state has done to keep the Wilmington lOinjafl." Mitchell made another re-' cantation last February and testified before a federal grand Prison Rovofios Food TILLERY - Formerly, a sunnv day at Caledonia on Prison Farm, inmates and their families could be seen sitting in the yard .talking and enjoy ing a homecooked meal under the watchful ' eyes of the prison guards. But visiting privileges are not what they used to be. Prison officials made it known this week that the families of inmates would no longer be allowed to bring food from home, even if they met out of doors. time. Garry Baker Is Director of the city's parking violations office. An attempt to reach Justice for comment failed. Instead his superior, Major H,- W. Bunn returned the call for Captain Justice saying that Justice, although in the city, was working on a "special project" and would not be able to talk to reporters for three weeks. An appeal before Police Chief Robert Goodwin is pending. Sanders said that if he is not cleared of the discipli nary action he will appeal to tihecenfrts. .. -... K .'' Meanwhile, a black cWic organization has taken up Sander's ease, Ralph Campbell, f th. Raleigh-Wake ;Crtizenf Association (RWCA) ' said fve intend to assist him in Dr. E. B. Turner, First Vice President of the North Carolina Democratic' Party, announced three events for the calendars of Caucus members: (I) May 8 statewide precinct meetings at 8 pjn. (2) May 30 Jefferson Jackson Day Dinner, with guest speaker Vice President Walter Mondale; and (3) the Democratic Party county-wide conventions on June 18. The Caucus" also approved amendments to the testing pro posals now being considered by House and Senate education committees. One testing bill would make mandatory the Mr Letter jury gathering facts on the case. In an unprecedented action U. S. Attorney General Griffin Bell promised the State of North Carolina the trans cript of the, grand jury pro ceeding. N. C. Attorney General Rufus Edmisten has said that he will decide this week whether or not his office will oppose bail for the Wilmington 10, who are scattered miles apart in the state's prisons. Defense attorneys say that preparing the defense and talking with the defendants would be difficult under these conditions. - - ' Admitting that substantial CAlEDOIHA Caledonia Prison Farm, the State's largest medium custody institution, houses' 6?0 inmates mostly from the Triangle area and is located 45 miles north of Rocky Mount in Tillery, It is one of three institutions including the Odom maximum security unit under the supervision of Fletcher Sanders, who ex plained that the decision to re voke the , food privilege was dictated by a change in the visiting facilities themselves. 7 , ' I his case based on what I have seen. To me it is a clear case of discrimination against him . . . .. They are saying if you stop a white woman, its harrassment. He didn't give her a ticket, he merely stopped her and asked her for a license, " Campbell said. banders said that he would present Chief Goodwin with a Webster's definition of "harrassment" which follows: "to worry and impede by re-, peated raids, or to annoy . continually or f chornically , which means the bother is , marked by ton duration." Sanders will also rely on a ' North ! Carolina " law which allows a law enforcement offi . cer to make routine traffic checks. Eassing of standarized exams y high school students prior to graduation. The other would make mandatory the testing of students in primary grades 1,3, 6 and 9. The Caucus amendments would provide protections against normative reference exams which educational con sultant Dr. Henry Frierson and educational psychologist Dr. Richard Mizzell say would hurt blacks. The , Caucus is seeking a quota or other protection to ensure that a testing commis sion has , sufficient minority input and representation. pressure has been exerted upon him around the case. Edmisten claims that he is the only North Carolina official to have done anything about the Wilmington 10 case. He says that he ordered the State Bureau of Investigation to in vestigate the case to determine whether violations of civil rights had occured before a similar FBI investigation was ordered by Griffin Bell. Edmisten recently was caught off guard when one of his staff attorneys handling the case said a new trial would be opposed and that the' FBI investigations had uncovered Cont. on pg.7 PriuiloQO "The decision was purely a custody and control decision," he said. ,i Sanders explained that "the old facility offered better control from a gate and better control from a guard tower." The old outside visiting area is located directly under a tower plant with an armed guard on duty, and one of the two gates through which visitors pass is operated mechanically. The' new facility is some feet away (Continued On Page 7 ilnof&sr "I fodJ Surfaces NEW YORK - Dr. Charles E. Cobb, Executive Director of the Commissions for Racial Justice announced last Wednes day that in June 1974, a Wilmington 10 prosecution witness, Jerome Mitchell, wrote in the North Carolina State Parole Board a letter in which he stated "I can no longer go on with myself . . Let me have my chance to free those that I lied on." In a post script he further stated "Ben Chavis has ah appeal in now and 1 hope it is not too late." . The letter was received by the parole board on June 19, 1974 and was subsequently turned over to a parole board case analyst, who wrote Mitchell and informed him that this was not a parole board matter, but a judicial matter. According to Irv Joyner, National coordinator of the United Church of Christ Commission for Racial Justice, National Wilmington 10 mobi lization effort "The parole board case analyst should have informed Mitchell that the information contained in his letter should have been re ferred to the defense attorney, in order that it could be pre sented to the court. Every body knows that Mitchell could not have, presented this to the court himself." 1 This letter is the first in dication - of, " Mitchell . having : second thoughts about his trial testimony This letter .' was written long before Allen Hall, another prosecution Dr.Sczbcl Ccnicnnti FAYETTEVILLE - Dr. Samuel D. Proctor, a nationally renowned educator and minis ter,' will be the Centennial Speaker, April 16 at Fayette ville State University. The banquet is scheduled to commence at 7:30 p.m. in the H. L Cook Dining Hall on the campus of the second oldest state supported institu tion (founded in 1877) in North Carolina. , A native of Virginia, Dr. Proctor is Professor of Edu cation, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey and Senior Minister in the Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York City. Dr. Proctor is an alumnus of Virginia Union University, Crozer Seminary, and Boston University, earning the doctorate at the latter in ethics. 1 He has served as President of Virginia Union University (1950 60) and North Caro lina A&T State University (1960 . 64). From 1964 - 69 held administrative he positions with the Peace Corps, in Nigeria and Washington, the National Council of Churches, the Office of Economic Oppor tunity, the Institute for Ser vices to Education and the University of Wisconsin. His foreign travels have Included the Far East and the Arab States; Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union; West Africa; Western Europe and Israel, North and East Africa; Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. FAYETTEVILLE STATE'S KJOth "BIRTHDAY More pictures and story on Page 2 HOLIDAY NOTICE The offices of THE CAROLINA TIMES will be dosed for the Easter holiday on Monday.'April It, Deadlines for the issue of April 18 will b the same: Tuesday at 5 p.m., for local news and Wednesday at noon for advertising. Hava a happy and safe Easter I Loiter witness recanted his testimony in August 1976. Dr. Cobb expressed shock and consternation over the fact that another state agency had intentionally suppressed evidence that would have cleared the Wilmington 10. It is conceivable that had this in formation been given to de fense attorneys in 1974, the North Carolina Court of Appeals or the U. S. Supreme Court would have ruled favor ably in the case. Dr. Cobb said, "I am appalled that these ten young people are still lan guishing in North Carolina jails in spite of the overwhelming evidence pointing to their innocence. This represents a callous and contrived disregard for human rights by the state of North Carolina." The discovery of the letter by Greensboro Daily News reporter, Stan Swofford, comes soon after Mitchell's admission to a Federal Grand Jury in Raleigh, North Carolina that he lied during the trial. Defense Attorneys for the Wilmington 10 are in the current process of requesting the immediate release or bail of the Wilmington 10, in light of this new evidence. On May 9, in the Pender County Courthouse (Burgaw, N. C.) a Post-Conviction hear ing will be held to consider this recantation of Mitchell, Allen Hall, and Eric Junious. This hearing will determine the possibility of a new trial for the Wilmington 10. cte kfSU Speaker 1 V Dr. Procter Dr. Proctor is a Member o! the governing boards of the United Negro College Fund; Meharry Medical College, the Institute for Services to Education, Overseas Develop ment Council, John Dewey Society, Middlesex General Hospital, National Committee for Citizens in Education; Council for Relgion and In ternational Affairs. He is the author of The Young Negro in America, 1960-80 published by the Association Press, 1966. In 1964, he was awarded an outstanding Alumnus Award by the State University of New York at Plattsburg. He is the recipient of numerous honorary doctorate degrees. Dr. Proctor is married and has four sons.