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The Charlotte post. (Charlotte, N.C.) 1918-????, June 14, 1984, Image 1

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*■ CHARLOTTE P( 1ST = JU TTm* Voice Of The Black (.onununilY ^ THE CHARLOTTE POST - Thursday, June 14. 1984 -~ ITko: MK Vn.s' I r t I V Mrs. Willie Dae ...wins $150 shopping spree 282o2 Initial Efforts Off Handsomely! Story On Page IB Attending the latest session for the financial progress report is 1-r: Sam Haywood area superintendent for Char lotte-Mecklenburg Schools; Stephanie Counts, assistant principal at Randolph Jr. High School; Barbara Ferguson, campaign volunteer. The county school system has contributed $6,000 toward the goal. So far, the campaign totals $304,000 or 38 percent of the goal. (Photo by Divine Reflections) AAll Restoration Project hAt ^ Preserving History Special To The Post There is aW of poetic Justice In the campaign to --aagaafiaBS A ME Zion Church to house the Afro-American _Cultural Cantor Ttq! restoration project is about preserving history and culture in a location that has a rich history in itself. But, the fundraising drive is historically signifi cant, too. Itis said to be the largest single public fund raising effort ever in Char lotte to be orchestrated mainly be the black community. “This does not mean that it is a black project,” emphasized Deedee Murphy, project director. “It does mean the black community has never before undertaken respon sibility for the successful promotion and leadership of a project which so greatly impacts on the city’p community,” she added. The Afro-American Cul tural Center Restoration Project has broad com munity support, but most -e«*r-ate_%iiaed black community’8 support for it. The solicitation for mula calls for about one quarter of the money coming from the black community at-large in cluding individual gifts, contributions from black businesses, and black churches. The remaining three-quarters would come from majority corpora tions and individuals. The history associated with this campaign dates back to the 1870’s when the City of Charlotte adopted the Ward System. The First Ward community where the old Little Rock Church stands and will remain has a culturally diverse background. At the turn of the century when the church was built in 1910, First Ward had already established itself as a racially mixed com munity. It has been home tBL-Coors To Sponsor Scholastic Golf Tourney The Charlotte Business League-Coors Scholastic Golf Tournament is a big event planned for Wednes day June 20 at Raintree Golf Course. Diane Jooes, coordinator for the event gets excited when she talks about it. "The Business Depart «it at Johnson C. Smith varsity needs help,” she said. "Our hope is that alot of people will partici pate. It is strictly a benefit tournament with all proceeds going to the business department.” sflM IS hue tournament is open to anyone and will last from l pm. to ftp. m Man without woman would bo as stupid a game as playing checkers alone The fee includes golf, beer, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvrps. Diane Jones can be reached at 376-0018 for registration information. for an ambassador, mayors, bishops and other leaders, as well as every . dajrjardwocliing people... people of both "races"black and white. “The Little Rock Restor ation Project strengthens the bond between Char lotteans in general and offers some unique oppor tunities to preserve and promote Afro-American culture and history in par ticular.” said Vivian Nivens, executive director of the Afro-American Cul tural Center. “That is why it is so very important that this campaign attract the full support of our entire Charlotte community,” added Nivens. “This project will succeed,” commented Herman Thomas of the Afro-American Cultural Center Board of Directors. “City Council has shown good faith by appropriating the first half-million dollars to stop any further decay of the building. We have been given this opportunity to raise the necessary 5800,000 to make this a reality. I have every confidence in the world this campaign will end success fully,” Thomas assured Persons wishing to pledge or make contribu tions may call the Afro American Cultural Center at 374-1565 or Deedee Murphy at 394-4033. Mental Health Services’ Future Is Questionable Community Watch Day Proclaimed RALEIGH - Governor Jim Hunt has proclaimed June 23 as Community Watch Day in North Carolina. Hunt said. “North Car olina has a proud tradition of neighbors helping neigh bors.” Community Watch is a prime example of neighbors getting together with neighbors and their foetti- 4aw. enforcement officers to do something about crime. Let us show support for this vital program and for the North Carolina Community Watch Association by attending our state’s third annual Community Watch Day. Crime Control and Public Safety Secretary Herman R. Clark joined with Gover nor Hunt in support of Community Watch and the third annual Community Watch Day. ‘‘We have made major strides in Community Watch since it was lirst organized in 1977. Today, people in more than 14,000 communities and all 100 counties throughout our state are involved I join with Governor Hunt in support of Community Watch and the Association,' and all of those citizens who are working hard to make their neighborhood, community, and state a safer place to live," Clark said. Bruce E. Marshburn, Director of the Crime Pre vention Division, stated that North Carolina leads the nation in the involve ment of citizens in the Community Watch pro grams FELECIA ROBINSON ....East Meek sophomore Felecia Robinson Planning For Career In Modeling By Jalyne Strong Post Staff Writer This September, Felecia Robinson will be a sopho more at East Mecklenburg high school. A 1984 graduate of Carmel Junior High, Robinson is excited about moving on to high school and she's looking further into the future at a career option. “I want to be a model,” asserts Robinson At 15 years old, this week’s beauty has begun planning for this goal Following a visit to TRIM modeling school. Robinson reveals she's decided to attend the school next summer Her other plans include signing up for modeling courses at Belk's and Ivey's department stores A modeling career is a capricious endeavor but Robinson points out that there are residual benefits of pursuing this profession She notes, "Attending modeling school may not make me successful but it definitely will help me t > have a better outlook about myself I'll have the oppor tunity for greater personal development I'll be able to State NAACP Announces First Kelly Alexander “Freedom Fund Dinner” ___:_ special To The Peet The First Annual Kelly Miller Alexander Sr. "Freedom Fund Dinner" will be held at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Charlotte, Saturday, August 18, at 6 p.m. - Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks, Executive Director of the National Association For The Advancement of Co lored People, will be the keynote speaker for the oc casion. . •> '' - f /• i - It is named the "Kelly Miller Alexander 3r 15b nar” In recognition of Mr. Alexander’s many years of unselfish meritorious and dedicated service to the cause of equality and Jus tice. The first Humanitarian Award will go to Mr. Alex ander Sr. 11118 sward will -k. , - /V*. . , tj" --P Kelly Alexander, Sr. : ...NAACP chairman dc given annually oy uie State Conference of Branches In succeeding yean the award will go to personages who have ren dered outataiMBng service to humanity. For the past 36 years Mr Alexander has served as President of the State Con ference of Branches Dur ing his tenure in office, he has led in the organizing of the largest number of branches of any NAACP State Conference in the United States. He initiated and developed the Annual “Mother of the Year" Program of which the pro ceeds are used for the causes of freedom. For the past 34 years Mr. Alexander has been a member of the National Board of the NAACP and for the post six years he has served as Vice Chair man of the Beard. In Jan uary of 1984, he was elect ed as Chairman of the Board. He had served as acting Chairman for one year having succeeded At torney Margaret B usher Wilson Local branches are plan ning to car-pool, charter buses and Strange plane transportation to Charlotte for the dinner. The Hos pitality Committee of the Charlotte Branch has ar ranged hotel accommoda tions at a reasonable rate For further information, contact Mrs. Carolyn Q Coleman, NAACP State Field Director, at 919 275-0851 or your local NAACP Branch. A warefftinDoy The Charlotte Therapeu tic Recreation Advocate (CTRA) will sponsor "The rapeutic Recreation," Awareness Day, June 16 The affair will take place In Eastland Mall near Belk Department Store. improve my posture and poise and this is very important." Furthermore, Robinson informs. “I choose modeling as a first career choice but I'm considering computer science as a second alternative When asked what she would do if she became an immediate modeling success. Robin son responded, “I’ll set aside time to go to college to obtain a degree For back-up," she assured This young lady is covering all the bases as far as her future is con cerned Her philosophy is, "All that you want to do you can achieve as long as you hold on to your goals and never give up " It is precisely this attitude that has yielded Robinson such awards as* certificates of accomplishment and honor from Junior Achievement and the National Junior Honor Society and an out standing achievement trophy awarded by f’armel Junior High ran 01 ner arive comes from parental support, Robinson admits “My parents have always looked after me to make sure I have a great future ahead. They've always been there when I needed them." The oldest of four child ren, Robinson has one brother, Octavius, and two sisters, Cynthia and This career-minded and industrious beauty also believes in having a little fun. For entertainment, Robinson enjoys listening to her favorite soul and pop recording artists on the See Felicia on Page ISA r I Memorial May Take Over Agent y By Audrey < . I.odato Post Staff Writer The future of Mecklen burg Mental Health Ser vices is uncerta n There is a good possibility that the county agency veil’ be taken over, in’whole or : part, by Charlotte Memo rial Hospital and Medical Center. The fate of Mental Health Services is lo he decided by county coir, mi-ssioners later th month. The Mental Health Authority meetsthisiriorn ing to decide what their recommendation ' :.e commissioners will he Mental Health Service is a part of Area Menul Health and Allied Ser vices, which coordinate programs for merit;, health, developmental di abilities. substance abuse and specialized youth ser vices. The Center on Billings ly Road operates a 58-lxd hospital, but the vast majority of clients are seen on an outpatient basis Doris Allison, Stuff De velopment and Quality Assurance Coordinator lor Mental Health Services, re ports that Center staff see approximately loo people a day Each month the Cen ter’s screening personnel have face-to face inter views with an average of 450 people to determine whether Mental Heaf h Services is what they need, or whether they n best be helped by some other agency. Of those tbO about 250 are admitted to outpatient services and p other 90 are admitted to ’be Center’s hospital The r» cords department h, about 2,300 cases presently open According to Ms \t lison, a study done two years ago revealed that V» percent of the agency s clients suffer from deprts sion The second and third most frequent complaints are anxiety and psychotic disorders tlfu:l_ it_...... people with a wide range of problems, one of the areas where concentrated atten tion is being placed at present is on those persons who have suffered from severe emotional difficnj ties for a lengthy period of time The New Directions pro gram works with approxi mately 650 of the chronic ally disturbed In Meek lenburg County These in dividuals are generally un able to work regularly isolate themselves socially, and tend to rely on family or community agencies for their emotional, social, SIR? financial needs New Di rections staff hope to be able to expand services to provide a community sup port program modeled See Memorial on Page 2A

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