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The Carolina times. (Durham, N.C.) 1919-current, August 13, 1977, Image 1

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fcuke Universit Library .newspaper. Dparr.ent Durham, :r. C T7706 , . '.: 1:' rt ; this issue co;itai:i$ COUPONS WORTH....$1.91 Deduct Cost of Paper................. ,20 YOU'VE EARNED.-............2..$1.71 .1 J - .: USE THEM V Words of VJIcdca Everything has two handles, by one of which it ought to be carried and by the other net. Epictetut i VOLUME 55 - NUMBER 3? "READ BY OVER 30,000 DURHAMITES" DURHAM. NORTH CAROLINA - SATURDAY, AUGUST 13. 1977 TELEPHONE (319) 6334537 PRICE: 23 CENT If. JUliJf 14. LUfUf.fd : .iW: : ... ' I n Southwest Regional Meet Set For fJeiv W.C. tovn Soul City is the site this week of the SouthSouthwest Regional Meeting of the. American Association of ; 'Minority " Enterprise 5 Small Business Investment Corpora tions (AAMESBICS). Over thirty MESBIC offi cials from across the country are attending the two-day session Thursday and Friday. ; . The meeting is being hosted by James F. Hansley, president of Vangard Invest ment Company, North Caro lina's only MESBIC, and Kirk Saunders, president of Nor folk Investment Company, Inc., Norfolk; Va. A wide range of topics of interest to minority-owned enterprises will be discussed including industry goals, ob jectives and trends, pending legislation, new market opportunities and successful operating strategies. Speakers will include Philip T. Dortning, Director of Corporate Social Policy for Standard Oil of Indiana; Michael Lacagnia, Purchasing Director of Westinghouse Turbine Components Plant; Clarence Bishop,' legislative aide to Congressman Parren J. Mitchell, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus; and Howard N. Lee, North Carolina Secretary of Natural Texas Farrnvoriers Union March to the Carotinas Continuing their 1500 mile "March for Human Rights," fifty members of the Texas Farmworkers Union (TFW) are scheduled to arrive in Charlotte on August , 15, Greensboro on August ' 19 and Durham on August 22. They embarked on their 80-day trek on June 18, when they left Austin, Texas, on their way to Washington, D. 1 C, where they are ' scheduled to arrive on Labor Day weekend. Since then the marchers - including children and elderly persons - have maintained a twenty-mile-a-day pace afoot. They have passed through Louisiana, Mississippi, Ala bama and Georgia. , . The TFW is marching to raise support for federal legislation to extend collec tive bargaining rights to all agricultural workers In the United States and to repeal Section 14(b) of the Taft Hartley Act, the legal basis for the passage by states of "right-to-work" laws., The farmworkers v are LIGHTNER TAKES OATH Resources and Community Development. i MESBICS originated in. t H the? eady97ff whentthe rt federals tgovernmeiftci?fr j nized :that i businesses owned, in part or whole, by American's of minority descent, ' were without adequate capitalization and the means to raise equity and venture capital for modernizing, expansion or start up costs. In 1972, Congress officially authorized amend ments to the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 to create business investment companies with a special responsibility of providing venture capital to business es owned by socially and economically disadvantaged minorities. Later in 1972, the American Association of MESBICS was formed to pro mote joint action among the newly formed investment companies entering the capi tal market area for the first time. Today, the members of AAMESBIC represent more than $100 million in assets, including participation by some of the country's largest banks,' insurance companies and retailers; from the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, which "they call "El Valle de Lagrimas" (The Valley of Tears). ,' With annual incomes of only $3,000, farmworkers in Texas comprise the most poverty stricken section of LIGHTNER TAKES OATH Hearing To Do Held On Amendments to tho FLORA RALEIGH - Fourth Dis trict Rep. Ike Andrews, chair man of the House Subcommi ttee on. Economic Opportu nity announced Monday that the subcommittee will hold a , hearing here on Wednesday, August 24, on proposed amendments to , the ; Farm Labor Contractor, , Registra tion Act. 'V-.. : , The hearing will begin at 9:30 am atN. C. State Unt versity's Jane S. McKimmon Center on Western Boulevard . at Gorman Street. ' . . Testimony will be re ceived; from farmers repre sentatives of, farm workers, . u 1 jylyJ2)lLil HHS CLASS OF 1947 IN REUNION ' PAGE 8 A&T SURPASSES STADIUM FUND gltAISIN6,DRIVE:v;,v'i, ,., Wilmington 10 Pardon Sought By Justice Dept. RALEIGH (CCNS) -Top officials of the U. S. Justice Department have been in contact with ! Governor James Hunt pushing for a pardon for the Wilmington 10. Jack Cozart, special coun sel for Gov. Hunt, said last week that a meeting is being arranged between the govern nor and representatives of U. S. Attorney Griffin Bell. That meeting followed a meeting of Wilmington 10 de fense counsel and Hunt held Wednesday, August 10. The action by Justice Department officials followed a petition signed by sixty members of Congress who re cently asked Attorney General Bell to do what he could to persuade Hunt to intervene in the case. Hunt has reluctantly approached the pardon issue farmworkers in the U. S. They have the lowest life expectancy in the country (49 years), the highest disease rate (250 per cent above the national average), and an educational level of less than eight years. ; ; and others on bills introduced in Congress by Rep. Dave Stockman of Michigan, Rep. Ron Sarasin of Connecticut, Rep. Charlie Whitley and Rep. Bill Hefner of North Carolina. The act, originally passed by Congress in 1963, is en forced by the U. S. Depart ment of Labor. Persons who contract for farm labor must register with the department and meet certain guidelines for housing, sanitary and em ployment conditions of work ers who live within a 25 mile ' radius of their place of employment. tiuimng ceremony CLEMENT AND LIGHTNER SWORN IN -A. J. Howard Clement, III and Clarence Ughtner are members of , the North Carolina General Assembly. They were sworn in August 4th and 9th in the state capitol building with Secretary of State Thad Eure administering the oath and Assistant for Minority Affairs John R. Larkins presiding. Clements and Llghtner will finish the unexpiried terms of former Rep. H. M. Michaux and Senator John W.. Winters. Michaux vacated his position in July following his appoint ment by President Jimmy 'Carter to be U. S. Attorney of the U. Saddle District Court in Greensboro. Winters was appointed to a commis sion on the North Carolina Utilities Commis sion. Dr. John Larkins said the swearing in cere mony represented the first - time in ' the state's history that blacks have vacated posts in the General Assembly and their replacements were blacks. Both ceremonies were attended by family and friends of Clement and Ughtner. Governor James Hunt was conspicuously absent, but Lar kins made a first by presiding over the cere monies. Secretary of State Thad Eure said Larkins presiding over the cermonies marked a first. Larkins, according to Eure is the first black to preside over swearing in ceremonies for members .ill M I ot tne vaenerai Assemoiy. which will have serious poli tical consequences for his career. Repeatedly he has said that he ought not intervene in the Case as long as it is in the courts. The case is now on appeal in the U. S. Federal District Court in Raleigh and in the North Carolina Court of Appeals. The defendants' chief counsel, James Ferguson, has said the appeals might take as long as four to five years to complete the . judicial pro cess.' Meanwhile the defen dants would have to continue serving long prison terms un til they became eligible for parole. The Wilmington 10 issue, along with dissatisfac tion with political patronage among many blacks, has been signaled by many black . Continued On Page 5 The growers and the Texas Rangers have reacted violently to TFW attempts to organize workers in the fieldsWhen some 3000 farm workers struck the melon harvest two years ago, one ranch supervisor shot and wounded eleven pickets. A local newspaper quoted him as 1 saying, "I'm going to make sure my melons get to market even if they have a little Mexican blood on them." Farmworkers in Texas and other states, excepting California, are excluded from the union elections and representation guaranteed to other workers by the National Labor Relations Act of 1935. Unionization is also made difficult by state "right-to-work" laws which outlaw the "union shop." (In a union shop, once the majority has' voted the union in, all must join and pay dues.) . ; Labor compalins that "right-to-work" laws enable the employer to break the Continued On Page 8 ' (iiroj. SAT mi LTU Dr. Ralph Abernathy Hires Paul f (CCNS) Civil rights attorney, Jerry Paul, has been retained by Dr. Ralph David Abernathy to prevent the showing of the film Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Aber nathy is President Emeritus of the Southern Christjin Leadership Conference. Paul says the film is controlled by whites and redefines Dr. King's role to make him acceptable to white America. The film was written by Abby Mann and is . to be shown by NBC tele vision affiliates. Besides dis torting the image of Dr. King, Paul says, the distortion of the character of Dr. Abernathy will be the sub ject of a civil suit to prevent the film's showing. Abernathy has been presented a contract which Paul says is "totally un acceptable", because they are attempting to get Dr. Abernathy to "sigh his life away and make it impossi ble to present Dr, Abernathy in any light they want,-whether truthful or untruthful." The film has been . attacked by two other Southern Christian Leader- N. C. ARTISTS SUPPORT 1710 RALEIGH (CCNS) -Eighteen North Carolina artists are coming together for a Black Cultural Festival, to be held August 14 at St. Augustine's campus from 4 pjn.' to 8 pm. All the artists are donating their time and talent to the event., The festival, organized by the North Carolina Alliance Against. Racist and Political Repression, is for the free dom of the Wilmington 10 defendants. MrS. Elizabeth Chavis, mother of Rev. Ben Chavis, will address the gathering. . , v Walter ; Norflett of WVSP-FM radio is one of the coordinators of the event and has Worked, continuously to : bring together talented , North ; Carolinians for the festival. "It's , (the festival) giving artists a chance to make tj. positive political . . statement. For so long people have .thought, artists are apolitical; and here we will have a collective of artists making a political state ment.' . ' - yi r W srzzl't """'H To Stop ship Conference (SCLC) board members, Dr. C. T, Vivian and Rev. Hosea Williams who read the script and viewed the film clips Nat'f Dor Association Holds Annual Confab The National Jar Asso ciation held its 52nd Annual Convention in New Orleans, La., July 31 -August 7. Mem bers of the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society were hosts for the convention. Convention co-chairpersons were Ms. Etta Kay Hearn, Revious Ortique, and Judge Ernest Mortal. Carl C. Character, president, Cleve land, Ohio presided over the convention. Featured speakers in cluded the Honorable Griffin Bell, Attorney General of the United States; the Honorable Leon B. Higginbotham, Federal District Court Judge, Philadelphia; the Honorable Wade McCree, Solicitor General of the United States; and James Kelly, president of the American Bar Association. Various Seminars on current problems facing the legal profession were held. - Harry E. Groves, Dean, North Carolina Central Uni versity School of Law, served as moderator for the Seminar. WbHqbors Boyeofn) WHITAKERS - One by one, black patrons can be seen drifting in and out of the highway grocery and ; convenience; store of Joe Judge, ' located on Route 301 in the town of Whitakers. One week ago, a boycott was imposed upon Joe Judge by three organizations, the Peoples Coalition for Justice, African ; Liberation Support Committee and Workers Viewpoint Organi zation, at t rally. Two of the organizations are not Whitaker-based organizations. - - The,, boycott of. Joe CLEMENT TAKES OATH CLEMENT TAKE5 OATH King along with Dr. Abernathy. They both claim that the movie represents a distortion of the civil rights movement and its leaders as well as Dr. "Performance of Blacks on Bar Examinations-Implications for Legal Education." The Judicial Council Seminars dealt with impacts of the recent decisions of the U. S. Supreme Court. Pane lists included the Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr., Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for District of Columbia; the Honorable Kenneth Wilson, Appellate Court of the State of Illi nois; and the Honorable Julia Cooper Mack, Judge of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Mark T. McDonald, Houston, Texas, was elected the new president of the Association. Junlous W. Williams of Newark, New Jersey is president-elect. The 1978 meeting of the National Bar Association will be held at Hotel Diplomat, Hollywood, Florida. Durham - lawyers in attendance included C. C. Spaulding, Jr., W. W. Perry, Jr., Dean Harry E. Groves and Ronald Belfon. Judge's store was called after Judge shot and killed a black man, Charlie Lee, on April 19 when Lee attempted to 5et S7.00 change back from udge. Judge was charged with murder and released on bond. No trial date has been set. For , a brief period following Lee's murder the town's blacks did ' not patronize Judge but following cessations of demonstration!, then led by Rev. Edward King and Golden Frinks, the town's residents again began to patronize Judge. CIW Film King. They are calling for immediate action to prevent the showing of the film by NBC affiliates. Rev. . Hosea Williams and Dr. Vivian have been particularly critical of the film's depiction of Dr. King as being "manipulated" by a white SCLC fundraiser from New York. Williams has said, "For them to have a Ralph David Abernathy just around to tell a few jokes, and just a jolly fellow around is a great injustice done to black history. . . ' He noted that, "Martin Luther King, Jr. depended upon no indivi dual living as much as he depended upon Ralph David Abernathy, who gave him a kind of strength that I have never been able to explain." The negative por trayal of Dr. King and other black leaders in the film prompted Williams to re mark, "Black people will have betrayed Dr. King and gambled over his legacy the same as the Roman soldiers did with Jesus' garments if we sit idly by and allow this movie to be shown around the world without raising a voice of dissent " C. T. Vivian contends that the divisiveness among black leaders depicted in the film and the portrayal of Dr. King as being dictated to by a white New Yorker give the impression that black people were never together. Vivian says that, in the film. "Black (Continued On Page 8) . Black businessmen in the town say they can't understand why blacks still buy, goods at Judges store since the same goods can be purchased at black-owned stores. Mack Williams, who operates an Amoco station on the town's main street, said, "It's frustrating. When I ssk them (blacks) about a blU they .won't come back. The white man has all of his colcr trading with him . and 92 of the blacks. - , Ms. Clyde Worsley, a black woman to her 1: j Continued On Pa;? 8 Supped

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