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; By Isaiah Singletary
The white woman who ;
was with Chester Reams
when he was fatally
struck by a hit and run
driver on Guess Road
two weeks ago has told
The Carolina Times that
she recognized the driver
of the car because he and
one.-- of her younger;
brothers are goods
friends. Reams . was'.
because there is nothings
to connect him with "the; .
two stories" Ms., Reid
told them. One story.
described . an argument
between Reams 1 and ia1-.
white man in a pickup
truck. Another story ex-
plained that the driver of
a car that passed them,
iheaded north on Guess ,
Road yelled facial
epithets at them, and
then turned around jiear
; f ir 1t,,;T"f r III''
Ms. Patricia Reid. 27: ' the' Guess Road tinder
who ' told police at the pass, seed back, crashed
scene of the fatal colli-
Tsion' that she was "Mrs.
Pat Reams", said this
week that Robert
Grimes, the man charged
with killing Reams, and
I... I...ik.. A II n J
i. V'J ot Henderson, had been
Ms. Dora E. Carrington of Durham has become
the first female president of the North Carolina
Central University Alumni Association. At left Is;
Roger R, Gregory, outgoing national president.
into Reams and wheeled
down the road with" its
lights out. f
. Ms. Reid, who 'says,!
that she married Reams
in 1968 in' New Yor;
when" she was 14 lyears
old, and divorced him it)
1971, contends that the
dead man was the victim
of a racial attack, I
"I know Grimes;' and
he and brother arq jusl
alike." she sairl TntHavt
"They poth don't) lik
involved "with dope
together . She says both
of them dislike black
"That's how r
recognized him in the'
truck and in the car."
she said, "because I had . - black people."
, seen mm and my brother
together" -a lot, both in
Henderson and . here,"
M Reams; 37, of 1416 E.
Club Blvd.. was killed
.about ! 10:25 Monday : has basically rejected her
night, May 3, as he walk-! because of - her
ed along the 2400 block ' preference for black
'of Guess Road. Accor- men, ' r," t
vdinff tci a rennrt filH hv ., "1 rcallv thmt- !i tunc
the Durham Public Safe-, me that they were trying;
tv . npnartmonl Dmmi : jIa till tYtni ninlir ;..k.i
vampany,:.v..stuir. ,vWM struck from behind said ' "but .they 4oh
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DIGNITARIES AT NCCU COMMENCE
MENT From left are: State Senator Kenneth C.
Royall, Jr., who received the honorary Doctor of
Laws degree; Attorney Hiltiary Holloway, trustee;
Chancellor Albert N. Whiting; Dr. John Hope
Franklin, who received the honorary Doctor of
Humanities degree; and State Representative Ken
neth B. Spaulding.
f temporarily relocated"
irj a row of tin structures
Ms. Reid. whofalsd
said that after divorcing '
;Reid, she - married
another black jnan( ' v . ' ; "
Barry Welborn;p in Commencement Snpnktr Jlftnoc JMunnti V TVtc
Raleigh, and her family - - rr--v- uwumuv, j x iov.
1 o (Jreate Models of
; Decency, Courage, Persistence
-?,v. Infiistinir that MlnraHnn is mAr. il... : n .. . .
By Donald Alderman f
. Settled into a comfor V
mpic sune oi ojnees. on cauea i in city", xi he
..i;4hc sixth floor, 'Of the other firm. Service Prirt-
.-f Mechanics and rarmcrsiing;,C
Rank huilrtino nn Parrich i .nnpralc.". .:'.', Af
v aireeii ine new inreew original tiHiidintr on aw r.ni OAi, u ... i u.-
i'miMhkiwHlff v th -'""i;nrtr CWf'W,i,lrt.' . .7-r - -. rv-,,-.,-, .Ymn' IvS "T" - . Y V mt V Mfcl uvea i U1UUC1S I
Durham busmess&PrtH told, them twb ' Wation, Sdcr
M. fcssional ? Chain ,t fieht&'fUons are a lie ivowned. . prti: i,...- u-u L .Vl..r.u -..1 ji-ii ?;.; rnuaaeipnia ' William
Valiantly ,h for n the : arid C the nrohlstrt ' has
organisation's survival. been Jhat 4hef business
It's strategy is to sue- operators have contend
cessfullv comolete a six
month $40,000 contract )
with Durham's City
government to assist
eight . black-owned
businesses "left over"
from the Hayti urban
renewal project. It's goal
is to parlay the city con
tract into a large federal
contract with the Minori
ty Business Development
ed that city officials have
not offered enoueh
relocation money for the remains
businesses to firmly I $20,000
esiaDiisn themselves in
Enter the Business and
Faced with an almost
do-br-die situation, the,
Chain's "new life"!
could be shortlived. The,
Police have chareed
Crimes, 19, who gave his
address as 2901 Carver,
St., with in voluntary:
manslaughter and ;
felonious hit -and run. He
free ' on a
bond. J He is
scheduled for a
preliminary court hear
Durham police have
said th& Reams' death :
appears to be a routine
hit and run accident
inSlStinlt that education IS mnn than rarr nn,mt D..,:.. i t--l i. . .
tirnarati-rtn h,a ;:7." , .vwp.v... vu.k , inc Dacneior oi Arts degree
, ' " 'wvJI: - "cu sumc wcic.?r siuacnis, wnue 76 received the Bachelor of
ma,trtaiAiy. SundaMay W. fOlive
.. . ,.. . . nr. . - r- - - JP l
J-The School of Business awarded the Bachelor of
wuwiivM ouiumiauauun ucgrce 10 iuo students.
'Among students receiving graduate degrees were
Adminisiration (MBDA) organization appears'
to assist more black caught in a squeeze; '
businesses. . . On the one side, the ci-i
The Chain, almost 40 ty - has some ;y fairly
years old, is a non-profit .specific ideas of what:
organization designed to should be done to
assist Durham's , black ."assist" the businesses,
business community to Thehaneunisthattheci-
stay solvent, grow and
"The city contract
could make or break the
Chain, said Ervin
Allen, Jr., the organiza
tion's new executive
ly wants to Know in
timate; details' of each
firm's operations, " and
financial health before t
specific7 assistance; v'
un inc otner side, the :
director, "and much is businesses have refused
dependent unonf a sue-,
ccssful effort with the ci
'ty contract because a big
gcr contract is at stake.'
But (he Chain- has:
taken on one of !
Durham's ;. loughcsl
asiitnmcnis. - x f
, iayti, a , ; former
oi'hiuimltr4 . nrfii ? . ih:ii
fcuiurcd more than 100
' businesses, and 'where
more, than 600 fairjilics
. lived, was razed ; by
Durham's urban renewal
Erogram. The vacant
ind, aboul 34 acres of
;V prime inner city propcr
.ty; has been virtually va
cant for about ten years.
All but eight of 111?
black-owned , businesses
originally h located in
Hayti were , - cither V
relocated,- or just closed it
down. The cicht remain
ing, businesses, locked in
. l..'-..!.. ..' i.t.i:
41 M.CIIIIIIUiy unyiciuiiiK
"to open their books and
details of their opera
tions to city scrutiny,
through the Chain's con
tract. Some1 of them say
ithe Chain should not be
"doing the city's dirty
't work''. Others are skep
: ticalf of the process
because of the Hayti ex
perience, a project that
many blacks feel
'shafted' the local black
Most of the eight :
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stories, both of them1 in- Penn Foundation.' sutd "thro i An tu.
consistent with the facts, ' women's tights; environmental, and civil rights
The Carolina Times has ' f movements that people can make a difference and
unraveled what appears although these battles have not been won, the strug
to be just one story with gW goes on even in the face of strong, organized and
! .The speaker told the graduates, "To believe that
' change and renewal are possible, one must believe
that the individual can make difference." v
North Carolina Central University awarded
, degrees to graduates of hs Undergraduate and 1
Graduate Schools of Art
Busmess School of Law, and School of Library
The Commencement program listed 693 degree-
a number of stranee
twists and turns.
For example, Eugene
Reams, the dead man's
younger brother, says
that a woman called for
his brother shortly after
6 p.m., on the day he
was killed. The register
(Continued On page 3)
66 recipients of the Master of Arts degree, 24 receiv-
mff the' Macfr nf CmnM At . ... .,
unnm ucgicc, hi receiving me
Master of Education degree, 18 receiving the
Master of Business Administration degree, and 26
receiving the Master of Library Science degree.
1 The School of Law awarded 62 Juris Doctor
degrees and one Bachelor of Laws degree.
Honorary degrees were awarded to the historian
Dr. John Hope Franklin, who received the Doctor
Of Humanities decre anH In NT Ctoto Cn..
- cj-"i v ...-w. uiaiv viiatui
i Kenneth C. Rpyall, Jr., who received the Doctor of
Durham Laas Behind Rest Of State In
f-ianning For m st Century
y uonaid Alderman identified because he i nroiect. Commiinn
Though planning ef- $?ears ' - job reprisals, chairman is" William Fri-
,VI ucaigucu iu lucutuy uurnara s , pontics nave
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xijls 1 '.Ir
Art I - VUl i I
t I ' I t HI .,!
I both problems and solu- stymied the Project 2000
nuns inai win airect i et torts here.
North Carolina through ' "Obviously," he said,
the year 2000 appear to "politics played apart in
be moving forward in , the delay. Durham tradi
other counties, in tionally v has problems
Durham nothing has! pulling ; anything off
happened. f because " it has a very
Two county chairmen; diverse group of people,
for the Year 2000 Pro-, many, power structures.
' ject, sponsored by Gov. 'In Durham you have the
Jim Hunt, have resigned, university people, a'
- and none of the schedul-. powerful black group
ed meetings have been! and rural white conser
held here. , . ? datives. It is real hard to
By contrast, in other- get those people together
! counties, according to,. to plan for something of
Tim Reese of the N.C.: this nature."
2000 staff in : Raleigh, f , Durham's new county
county project chairmen i chairman for the 2000
have been busy. In 99, Project t - believes thai
. counties, the first fact-! Durhamitcs - can get
finding meetings have together to identify solu
bcen held. Thcscftions to problems that
meetings-are supposed to may confront the county
get local citizens together 18 years from now.
i to discuss local is.SUCS ' Ms . Anoie Pllrinr uh '
day, president of the
: system. Several
1 Durhamites are members :
of this commission.
Pat ton said he resign-'
ed because "I ran into a
lot of brick walls. It was
'a little tough to get the
people that I needed to
pull this thing off." He :
would not say specifical
ly what the brick walls
ments ( in . Chatnam,
Durham,' tee." Orange.
Johnston .and Wake
counties, completed a
report entitled "Focus
on Tomorrow" in
j February which takes a
'look at Region J in the
; year 2000.
i Also, .-:a 'Durham
Chamber Of Commerce-,
called "2000" is current
ly working on a report
that examines Durham
were, or specifically who ;? County's'? Heeds two
nc neeaca to "pun tnis decades down the road
And even Ms. Elkins,
who believes that
citizens', participation in
this 2000 project is ab
j.solutely essential, con
' cedes that she faces some
fairly formidable pro-:
blems trying to generate
j enough interest to hold a
,county meeting here in -June.
In Durham Countv. :
about 113.000 have been
From the returned
ballots will come "action
alternatives" or recom
mendations that will ho
mulled over at a Ralcieh
convention to be held in
December. There, local
leaders and others work
ing closely with the N.C.
2000 process will draw
up proposals that will be
presented to the gover
hor, Tlic: rccooimenda
t ion may be presented to
the General Assembly
1 for action or they mavibe
clash with the citv. arc
; the Carolina Times, Im-
penal ; Barber A- Shop.
'Dreamland Shoe Shine
Parlor. Green Candle
, Restaurant, ' Thorpe's tf .
.Electrical Contacto.s.i;'.,.j .
-iervice . printing Com-' .t, . ' ' , i . ,
, . L"2rl??,f 5AD? Ml o'- RPel ThompJ
- For the pasT several! fB 'H North Carolina Central University's line of i
ana incir rciauonsnin to was annomipH nhnm iun . fnr n9mnn u
cni,uryu?' ' v ago, said ; she , statewide primary
1 AH this raises qucs- f doesn't foresee any pro-j ;scheduled for June 29
; lions, of course, ofsblcms : in organizing rjand other "hot" issues
i wnctner tnc itoal oi the meet nin Hnrhiim ch ' c.,h ik rt..ru.
rroicct 2000 t- will bes said the'tt s m.i ,uiih 'irninr
, J-. i i" liihVI,. .Will, V.VIIIV1 ,MV Ul'lllllllllV.
(achicvcd v in Durham Reese this week to map7'attcntion. v
County. The goal is toout strategy,. KHd July '-is normally con
have all citizens rn the .MsRccse is Durham ; sidcrcd vacation month 1
state, or every race and County's third chairman land it might be hard to
in ; every community, i for the project. The first gctv a representative
share their views on the ?,twb - Floyd F. Pattoni group of citizens
- shaping of their futures. -and ;.Stan ; Roberts - together then for such a
But-given the : zero pro-resigned about two mon-if meeting,
,,gress so far. it doesn't , thsago. ' . Meanwhile, two other
seem likely that- Roberts, - the . first i organizations also have
1 Durham s citizens will - chairman, said he resian- Sl2lst : Centurv nbnnin
. r -- -o
Still, the effort launch
ed by the governor that J put before the voter;
rccms iu oe going wen in
; 99 . counties! staggers
.along in Durham.
V: The first component
i of the process involves
determining needs in
shaping v the . state's
future, which is being
done by the 65-mcmbcr
commission. . ,
The second '. compo
nent and the one in
which local leaders play
a critical role, especially
the county chairman
When Gov. Hunt harg-?ineDus,nessand political
ed the commission, he f immunities get together
made it clear that all ,m the convention to map
citizens of every race and out nnal proposals,
community have a say in ?ll,zens wou,d navc had
So the purpose of the
local "town meetings" is
to get citizens to begin
thinking about j future
issues so that the ballots
will be filled out from an
Local leaders, along with
the county chairman, act
to generate citizens in
terest while the
65-member f statewide
commission adds expert
advice and planning.
Then when leaders from
, nave mucn input in tnesc 'ca to serve, on
statewide discussions, r ! statewide Year
i . Arrnrrtino tn nn ctat rnMnlui.. '
'vviai i . m vniTciMiy s line Of , 'OlllCiai WHO WOrkS Close- ,fiVmemhr mn
ZltSht toSl' t0mtn"nt 0B A-Vona.- :ly withYhe project 'SJSlS "
""'...peen . l -...t . . , i and who asked riot to be I overseeing the ?
the .projects underway.
awu , . i ne I nangie J Coun-1
!, 'official who works close-65-member commission, J which is made "ud of
" ; lv With lh ?riOO nroiprl ' ; unnAmil , u..- !. .
' num. 1.1 vivvivu uuiciais irom CH '
Miaiui,1 r'tu" hJ .... L
future. ' i
The entire ' process
focuses on four basic
topics: people, the
I resources and the com
! 'munity, around which a
ning of their future.
' Already Durhamites:
uaic iiau iij uiM.u.YiiiJii.1
about the questionnaires
or any of the pertinent
issues and the seriou i .
meir views, desires or
Lstatewide "ballot" will
be sent' to citizens. Some '
of the questionnaires: needs will even be a part
were sent out in April.; of the final recommend
Reese said, and to date dations.