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inside. , . . . fr i Durham jail a routine affair, or a pass- i - ing fancy? Page 3 . Black Republicans beckon brothers to party of Lincoln ' 1 -pagej oo airf vVteo jfamfi battle for quarters and rU the computer is winning , Page 8 Local cops told to stop writing tickets for cars in loading zones f j b. " " - . . . ;;; ii.v ;;.. urc o . Duke University Library Newspaper Departrnent Durham NC 27706 . . . . MM Words Of Wisdom ; A pradent person profits from personal ev , perience,, a wise one from the experience of . others. . ' r. - Joseph CoRhu, M.D. The'only people who make ao mistakes arc oead people Rev. Henry Afford Porter ' I ism . . m a a . I , , (USPS 091-380) .. J kcv. iienry Aiioro rorwr I VOLUME 60 NUMBER 34 - . .. - DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA SATURDAY, AUGUST 28. 1982 , ' TELEPHONE (919) 682-2913 ' PRICE; 33 tENTS ' J irrmmmiiim im irmnmniiniiiHiimw- in mum ' ' ' '""""T . ""' " ' . r" Johnson Moves Oh By Donald Alderman ' Judge Clifton E. Johnson likes his work;; "I've 1 always wantedv to be in the judiciary,"-? , says Johnson,-who was -the state's first resident ' Superior Court judge., ' "It's where I can serve as ' a role model for our young people and, of 'course, it's exciting." The 40 year old judge will take a seat on the N.C. Court of Appeals August 30. Gov. James B. ' Hunt Jr. appointed Johnson to the twelve- , member court after the governor k appointed Judge Harry C. Martin, then an appeal court judge, to the state Supreme Court. The N.C. Court of Appeals f hears cases on appeal irom ine state s superior . Courts. v, Johnson's friends and colleagues lay he's;, the man for the job. ' t 5 "He was always a very, serious minded person, "' V w ' 1 " 1" " HI "MMM I. II 1, jiJlii . Making Johnsons decision a little more dif- ftcult was the "uprm in .- : By Donald Alderman experiences : mat a dibck ; WARRENTON : serving as a superior.;.'. Uriexcited by the pfo- court Judge gave , the of voting for either slaw. ;.Mjrs u iicicu or tne white cancjjdates citizens and jurors have runnina for Concress in more confidence irt the criminal justice system. But he conceded that ser ving on the appeals court should also help the in tegrity of the judicial process. Helping the courts become more ' represen tative of all the people motivated , ; Johnson before he came to N.C. ' College (now N.C. Cen tral University) back in' 1961. vtne second District, a district-wide black i organization recently - launched a write-in cam paign to elect H.M. "Mickey" Michaux to - Congress. " Saying ""we have no other choice" members ; of the 2nd Congressional District Black Caucus voted unanimously Saturday to initiate "a well-coordinated effort Hinton and Johnny "Red" Williams. , The Durham Commit tee, as did all the coifnty groups represented in the caucus, supported Michaux unequlvocably from the time he an nounced for the office until July 27 when Michaux lost his bid to become the state's first black congressman since 1901. In the July runoff elec tion, where voting went largely along racial lines, I.T Valentine beat Michaux by nearly 10,000 votes. Valentine, a Nash County Democrat whom many of Michaux's sup porters call "a Republican in d i sg u i s e , " f a c e s Republican Jack Marin of Durham in November. But now, he also faces 1 the caucus and its plans to convince Second District voters tp write-in Michaux's name. According to caucus members, several factors; i brought about the write- in effort: ; For one, they say, 'voters throughout the district want to vote for Michaux a third time. ' Dr James P. Green of Henderson ; said the! Vance County Black Caucus conducted an in ' formal survey which showed that Michaux could win a well coor dinated write-in cam continued on Page 6),. ' to get Michaux elected". While attending high ? ' The organization's ef school M , his native fort reflects a growing Williamston', a. .small , disenchantment among eastern town , , in rural fe,ack voters with 1 the Martin County about 60" Democratic Party, and a Many Voters Back Michaux Write-In District Court." said Charles Daye, dean said, "I would often hire of the NCCU law schdol, Johnson on a per day Judge Johnson - Read' into place. ,4f fiappened to be in the right place at the right time, Johnson says '-'v.. Ater prosecuting District Court cases in ; Mecklenburg County for about a year.,. Johnson was appointed to the Judge Milton Read, a hadn't appropriated the District Court bench Durham County District f money for the extra posi- ': there. Later he was pro Court Judge,, describes tion,; Read said. At that fmotedUo chief District Johnson as an "excellent time , the District : At-u Coyrt judge. In 1977, person." . "I couldn't omeysf didji'tf ha;-Gov Hunt appointed think of a more deserv- severat assistants arid Ion-Johnson to the Superior .WOurt oencn.jA'.'!: 'worked noting that - he remembers Johnson from the college days. Johnson graduated from the predominantly black law school in 1967. basis to help out with the heavy case load." Johnson wanted to work as a District Court prosecutor full time but !;. the; General Assembly miles east of Raleigh. Johnson says he learned about a program at N.C College that would allow , him to attend law school after three ;: years of undergraduate work. Johnson . 'chose that route. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie M. Johnson, encouraged him to take that; route,' along with his aunt - and . uncle, Mr. . and Mrs John Mason of Durham.v with whom Johnson traditional reluctance to side with the Republicans. It also shows that some black voters in the district are prepared to ignore the Democratic Party's cry jfor "unity" in favor of what they perceive to be ' in their political best in terest . Questioned about the 'write-in effort, N.C.'" '.Democratic Party Chair 'man Russell Walker of ' ? a i I ; j i .i i mncDoro saiu tic ininKS the effort is contrary to and By Donald Alderman . Many voters across the Second Congressional District responded . with jubilance over the deci sion by a district wide group to launch a write in0 campaign for H.M. "Mickey" Michaux. "I was going to write in his name anyway," said a happy Durhamite, William Frederick, 25, a NCCU graduate and Research Triangle Park employee. "But I'm thrilled to see some organization to the movement. This is what . ing person to sit on the Iw prosecuted felony - court of appeals." ! J' cases in Superior- Courts Waving Johnson-s'relafiorishiD ufaTrieffd of KmwrVmWW staved (tnrina hU civ War - Michaux's wishes ot school. ; , r-,u . ; tne people want and I rw'vwv -w. ; KCDuoucan canaiaaie complished the arduous feat back in 1898. But the decision pro bably will not be sup ported by all. It is ex pected to cause a rumble in the Democratic Party because some say with blacks still behind Michaux, Marin stands a better chance to win. But apparently black leaders see the situation somewhat differently. Nine of the ten counties reported that the grassroot sentiment is to write-in Michaux; and they added that it would be more of a. liability to go against that sentiment ties are Caswell, Durham, Edgecombe, Granville, Halifax, Per son, Vance, Wilson,, Nash and Warren, and O'Neal Township in Johnston County. Michaux, a former local prosecutor, three term state legislator, U.S. Attorney and businessman, lost his bid to be nominated as the Democratic candidate in a second primary runoff to IX Valentine, a Nash County lawyer. Now Valentine faces Republican Jack Marin oi uurnam as wen as Mtcnaux supporters. with Read started in 1968, Mecklenburg County while Johnson was work-. Solicitor as i District ing with the Durham law; Court prosecutors were ffil ": . n?s flection. r CS vSed:&S &1MV A" A ' firm of Pearson; Malone, Johnson, De Jarmon and Spaulding. ' Johnson , was doing defense work but he tecame interested in prosecution. ' "When I was the only; got the job: ; person prosecuting From that ; point on misdemeanor cases in Johnson's career just fell - called in , those days who needed an assistant. , So Read recommended Johnson. i Johnson said it was largely due to Read's recommendation that he thirteen years made Johnson's decision of aC cepting the appointment on the court of appeals a little difficult, t "Besides leaving a position that I enjoy tremendously," Johnson said'I'm somewhat saddened by the fact that we'll be leaving behind many friends,, acquain tances and associates." him to Durham where he, his wife, Brenda, and twelve year old son, Clif ton Jr., will live, which is about twenty.miles from his new job, In Raleigh. Johnson's eighteen year old daughter, Yolanda, will attend : Charlotte's Central Piedmont Com munity College " in September. Mann Say s He Won't To Helms' Tune March By Joseph Green According to his top campaign aides, if Jack Marin is elected to the ?slonal seat in the fall, he will not' be a clone of Jesse Helms, the .senior conservative , senator from North Carolina, nor. will Marin dance to any tune whistled by the powerful Congressional Club, the conservative political lobby that is backing his candidacy. f "Jack Marin will not jump every time that Jesse Helms calls," said campaign aide Mike Harrell. "Jack is going to be his own man. Anyone who knows Jack knows that for certain." ; Marin, 38, a native of Pennysylvania and a i . - . - r rx. . l - University undergraduate and law school"?, did not accept the support of the Con gressional Club until the first part of June, Har rell said. -: - "Jack met with Con gressional Club officials in Raleigh,'' said Har- l rell. "He wanted to make certain that both the club and our cam paign understood each Other." There are no Congres sional Club v.; staff members on Marin's staff and their promary role is raising money for. i the candidate. The club, $300,000 for his bid against the Democratic nominee, Nashville at torney IX Valentine. Already, images of the two candidates have emerged in the cam paign. Marin is known as the only candidate who can "slam dunk" a basketball, while the roly-poly looking Valen tine, who has not been on a basketball court in years strikes an Alfred Hitchcock-looking pose for the television cameras. One of his staff aides has dubbed him the "professor." Some black Republicans, who say that they like Jack Marin, are uncomfor table with his alliance with the Congresional Club and say that they are not going to support him. -;;'-, The . Congressional Club i anti-black," said Lenzie Barnes, a black Republican in Durham, who is a veteran of party politics. "Anybody who sides with them is not on my side or the side of any black people." According to Harrell, Barnes is wrong. He says that the Congressional Club is not anti-black and 'that Marin is "definitely" not anti black. Valentine, : ; who desperately needs the support oi tne district's establishes standards and guidelines that states must abide by to protect to the rights of minority voters. Harrell said that Marin was opposed to' "big brother" type roles tthat the government . plays. ' He added that Marin believes that all citizens have a fundamental right to vote, but that the voting rights legislation,- states should run their but only because the vntinu nmcerlures federal government was involved in it. Harrell said that Marin is against Marin would protect, the voting rights of- black (Continued on Page 8) But caucus : members, representing ' r black political organizations from the district's ten counties, said the write in effort reflects the sen timents of nearly all who voted for Michaux on two previous occasions. " We're not here at the request of Mickey,"said Frank W. Ballance, a Warrenton lawyer. "The . voters in the second district should make the decision." , Durham's member in the caucus is the Durham Committee on the Af fairs of Black People. The district's ten coun ties : are Caswell, Durham, Edgecombe, Halifax, Granville, Per son,;t,;Vance, Warren, Nash and Wilson. Members of the Durham Committee at the meeting were chair man Willie Lovett, political chairman Dr. Lavonia Allison, Larry' Caucus "''-; -f voted unanimously in a special Saturday meeting to in itiate a well-coordinated effort to get Michaux elected as the state's first . black congressman since George White ac- V Democrats. The Caucus' members include black groups from the district's ten counties, such as the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black Peo ple. The district's coun- July 27 runoff election. v And that has many voters jumping out of their socks. "It's about time that blacks stand up and be recognized," said" Ms. (Continued on Page 8) Optimism Wanes As City Contract Draws To A Close By Donald Alderman Ervin Allen, Jr., ex ecutive director of the Durham Business and Professional - Chain, started his job five mon ths ago optimistic about the prospects of helping eight victims of Durham's urban renewal program. But with about one month left on the $40,000 city government contract, Allen expresses the same frustration that the eight businesses did when the Chain entered into the contract. "I've been personally disappointed in the lack of foresight and plann ing on the part of the ci ty (," Allen said in a re cent interview. "Without year old municipal headache in six months1?" From the beginning the Chain had a tough assignment.: So much so that the Chain might ' well have been asked to build a involving the relocatees mouse without a founda- from the beginning, it's jtion. almost impossible to get "I assumed the what needs to be done in six months." Six months ago the eight relocatees sounded a similar note: "How can the Chain solve a 20 groundwork was basical ly laid," Allen said. "But what I found was a lot of reluctance, mistrust and bad feel (Continued on Page 2) itself, will not give any 4 black voters if he is to major money, ,y narreu win the election, s said Tatum Named AM NEWS Board Chairman said, , but its members and ' supporters will mostly likely contribute. Marin is tryina raise mat Mann was against the Voting Rights Act. Davie Street Presbyterian Church Day campers Durham native, Wilbert .(Bill) Tatum was last week named Chair man of the Board of the Amsterdam News, New York's principal black newspaper. A part owner , of the newspaper, he had served as a board vice chairman. Tat urn's newspaper career goes back to the 1930's when his father, the late Eugene Tatum worked at The Carolina ; Times under the steward-1 ship of its founder, the Jate Louis E. Austin. - Tatum , recently reflected upon those, roots in a telephone con versation with the ' newspaper. ; ; "I wish my dad was alive to share this ac-. complishment with me," . Tatum said. "This was, . his dream." J- A Hillside High School graduate who holds several ' college degrees, Tatum moved I to New York in the 50s. : Some Ralciiih younnstcrs and the staff of the Ifcivle Slret't Prrshvlorian Church DatumD oroeram who V15 career began to take legislation passed by the ' navf spent the summer in cultural and physical enrichment activities designed to assist and guide youth in U,S; - Congress that i selecting values by which their behavior will be governed. The program was directed bv Mrs. Annie W. King . " He became director of , with Mrs. Mary Curry and Mrs. Katherine Brown. Rev. James W. Brown is the minister. .Cooper Square, a low ln-- TATUM 'come housing assistance (group. Later, he joined the administration of .then New York Mayor. John Lindsay, becoming i director of community relations in the depart-' ment of housing. Then' he headed an urban ' renewal f program for Central Harlem and directed the city's office of planning and develop ment. . . ; . Tatum it married and .has one child. '