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VOL. XV, No. 2f
Kennedy and Marshall
discuss election plans
Chronidt Managing Edhof ? . .
State Rep. Annie Brown Kennedy told a group of concerned Afro-American
citizens Tuesday that she would seek the support of the Democratic caucus for a
proposal to expand the size of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners.
' The bill sponsored by Kennedy and Rep. Logan Burke, was introduced
Monday as an alternative to one propooed by the county commissioners. The
commissioners' bill was introduced last week by the Republican members of
the Forsyth County delegation despite an agreement, Kennedy said, to have the
entire delegation discuss both bills before either was filed.
Both Kennedy and Burke spoke to a group assembled at Hanes Memorial
C.M.E. Church. The citizens had congregated to show support for the
"I believe in government of
the people, by the people,
for the people. As long as
we don't help run govern
ment . . . out of sight, out of
mind. The decisions made
? will not be in our best inter
~ Rep. Annie Brown Kennedy
Kennedy-Burke plan, but they also
listened to NAACP president Walter
Marshall defend the commissioners'
plan, which was drafted by Commis
sioner John Holleman and endorsed
by Marshall last year to settle a law
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Annie Brown Kennedy
Don King Productions say
Tyson to visit city March 30
By ANGELA WRIGHT
Chronicle Managing Editor
The New York office of Don
King Productions, Inc. has confirmed
that heavyweight boxing champion
Mike Tyson will be in Winston-Salem
March 30 to visit a chronically ill
youth and his family. A representative
in New York told the Chronicle that
Tyson had accepted an invitation
made on behalf of the youth by Philip
Williford, who referred to him
self as a concerned citizen, contacted
"As per our
Don King about
two months ago
and told him
about the wishes
of young Troy
Hatcher to meet
Mike , Tyson.
received a letter
from King on
nversatkm of ear
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State of Black Health Part V
Fewer blacks going
to medical school
Decline affects health care
By TONYA V.SMITH
. This concludes a series of articles examining the
declining state cf Afro-American health.
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Physicians agree and statisticians confirm that
JAfrfeAaofcaiis are the largest group of tinder-utiliz
ers of health care services. However, much & that
under-utilization is due to the unavailability of health
care facilities and under-repigspittation of A&o- Ameri
can medical professionals.
"In general, a 1986 survey found blacks worse off
than whites in terms of access to physician care/
according to a Jan. 13, 1989, report by the Journal of
~ During 1986, the average annual number of physi
cian visits among Afro- Americans was 3.4, compared
to 4.4 for whites. The proportion of Afro- Americans
hospitalized one or more times during the year also is
lower, according to the report titled "Access to Medi
I Please see page A6
Tronds of Afto-Athotfcan Students In Modcat Education
197S 1979 1*77. 197* 1979 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997
. Graph by Yvonne Truhon, Sonja J. Covington and Brenda Thomas
This graph dspicts ths undsrrsprssantatlon of blacks In mad leal school.
Inf&rmatlon tor this graph was compiled from "Minority Students m Msdlcal
Education: Facta and Flguraa Washington, D.C., Association of American
Msdlcal Collsgee, 1983-1988."
Resident is role model
for Bowman Gray students
Recruitment of blacks a priority
By TONYA V.SMITH
Chronic!? Staff Writer
Rising from a poverty stricken environment into the ivory coated hos
pital halls. Dr. Robert Charles Richard is a role model and source of inspi
ration to Afro-American students enrolled At Wake Forest University's
Bowman Gray School of Medicine. ^
?, the youngest of eight children* is also a first-generation col
lege graduate. He is in his second year of residency in the Family Practice
division of N.C. Baptist Hospital.
The physician has come a long way from his days of playing in the
low-income housing areas of Birmingham, Ala.
"We have several roles; the most important one is trying to recruit and
make minority students interested in medicine as a career field . "
? Dr. Velma Watts
Director of Minority Affairs at Bowman Gray
"I came from a poverty stricken environment, growing up - not in the
projects, but very near them," said Richard. "People are always asking me
who was my mentor or role model, who served as the inspiration for me to
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-5 NEWS DIGEST
Complied From AP Wire
Party leaders vote to replace Botha
?* JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) - Frederik W. de Klerk, chosen
' by the governing party is South Africa's next head of state, says party
leaden wfll meet with President P. W. Botha but will not press him to resign
fmmnrtiatrly. The National Party's Parliament members voted unanimously
Sawyer won't endorse candidate
CHICAGO (AP) - Mayor Eugene Sawyer declared Monday that he
. would not endorse a candidate in next month's mayoral election,
J rejecting the advice of black leaders who sought support for third-party
candidate Timothy Evans.
Sawyer refused die calls of Jesse Jackson and a number of local
committeemen to help mend a deep rift in the black community by
racking Evans over Democratic nominee Richard M. Daley and
Republican Edward Vrdotyak in the April 4 election.
Official: HBCUs must attract whits students
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The president of the Southern University System
.called Itesday for improved programs to attract white students to die nation's
* largest predominantly black university. "Somehow, we must disabuse die white
public of some kind of notion about the perceived quality of Southern
: Uraversky," said Dolores Spikes, president of the system.
Black ftfurchss battling drug trafficking
l \ CANTON, Oldo (AP) - More than 4,000 fliers dtetrfbuted in 20 black
-churches ask residents to provide details to police about drug dealing in
; The fiien are to be flllsd out wfch the location of suspected crack houses, the
peak heart of observed activity, the names of persons involved, the license
. numbers of vehicles used and a brief explanation of why it is felt that drugs are
invoked. The forms can be mailed anonymously to Canton police.
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Report: Civil rights not enforced in education
By TONYA V. SMITH
Chronicle Staff Writer
Parents' complanus-oMiaproportionaso discipline among Afra-Amcrii
can students and their over-representation in educationally retarded or dis
abled classes are often swept under the rug by the federal Office of Civil
Rights (OCR), according to a report issued by the Majority Staff of the
Education and Labor Committee.
The report is based on an investigation of the civil rights enforcement
activities of the OCR in the U.S. Department of Education, said Congress
man Augustus F. Hawkins, chairman of the committee, in his Feb. 24 col
umn "A Dream Deferred": Civil Rights in Education.
The conclusion of the report is that the OCR has failed to enforce the
civil rights laws they are mandated to uphold," Hawkins wrote.
OCR is responsible for enforcing federal laws which prohibit discrimi
nation on the basis of race, sex, national origin, handicap or age in all edu
cation programs or activities funded by the federal government. Among
other things, the OCR is to ensure that resegregation does not take place in
the nation's public schools.
"An example of a violation in need of review would be a school district
which has neglected the needs of minorities by setting up a two-tiered sys
tem, with low expectations for minority children, and high ones for non
minority children," Hawkins said. "This discriminatory pattern is evidenced
~mmy Hm^ in school? which focus special mllftg* pmpj^tdiy courses op
white children and direct vocational/manual training to minority children."
The committee's report reveals that the OCR hasn*t vigorously
enforced laws protecting women's and minorities' rights in education since
1981, Hawkins said. ,
"This conclusion was reached, in part, by statistics showing that the
OCR closed 99 percent of its complaint reviews by either finding no viola
tion or reaching a settlement prior to issuing a final comment," Hawkins
said. "In most cases, a 'settlement' simply means a promise by the school
district not to discriminate. OCR rarely monitors to determine if such
promises are ever kept"
Upwards of 2,000 discrimination in education complaints come from
parents in region four, which includes the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida,
Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee, said Phyllis McClure,
director of the Division of Education, Policy and Public Information for the
NAACFs Legal Defense Fund (LDF) in Washington, D.C. The LDF moni
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In some cities, M/WBE goals work
By TONYA V.SMITH
Chroniote Staff Writer
The city's Minority and Women Business Enter
prise program is undefined and the city staff has yet to
prove to Alderman Martha S. Wood that it is committed
to making the program work.
The bottom line question for me is what is the
commitment of our city staff to this project," Wood
said. "If the staff has the program's success at heart I
don't understand why the program is not better defined
and why they haven't been working to make it court
worthy - able to stand up in court."
Wood said her frustration with the program
stemmed from the city's most recent encounter with
white contractor Chris D. Hilton of Chris D. Hilton
Construction Co. . _
On Feb. 23 the Board of Aldermen awarded Hilton
a $307,766 contract to build the Little Creek Recreation
Center despite the fact that he had zero minority partici
pation for the project. By doing so, the board backed
down from if s Feb. 6 decision to reject all bids for
work on the center and start the bidding over again.
Hilton, the project's low bidder, had threatened to sue
the city for rejecting his bid on the center, saying the
city couldn't deny him the contract based on the lack of
minority participation because he had proved that he
had made a "good-faith effort," as stipulated by the
city's Minority and Women Business Enterprise Pro
Alderman Wood said the board would not have
rejected all bids on the project had it been properly
advised by city attorney Ronald O. Seeber.
"I'm frustrated because I think we did not receive
sound, political advice from Mr. Seeber," Wood said. "I
think we were led straight into a trap. We were very
poorly advised. He gave us a very legalistic response
and not his best advice."
During the Feb. 6 meeting Wood asked Seeber, "
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7/ the staff has the program's suc
cess at heart I don't understand
why the program is not better
defined and why they haven't been
working to make it court-worthy ?
able to stand up in court."
? Martha Wood