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The Charlotte post. (Charlotte, N.C.) 1918-????, February 14, 1985, Image 1

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i pi iqt «««»»«-«* I I ll I «™ lucbativi f V JL »UCK MARKET | The lilark (immunity" caii __THE CHARLOTTE POST - Thursday, February 14, 1985 Price • 40 Cent— ■FT1 si, mu I Good Ms* Faculty I Hard To Come By ■ 9 mourns®* Minority-Women Mnni enterprise Draws Mixed i See Story On Page 10A ■ . _4j Sorority Seeks To "hHch ’ • ’ mf {lf r • * ' j t J V Debutantes Culturally, Academically, Personally" Story On Page 5A By James Hargrove Special To The Peat While stressing issues of health and well-being, there are a number ■'j of anti-smoking ordinances being pushed in many parts of the country that will generally impact more heavily and negatively on minorities and the poor than on other Ameri caoi History has shown that these nuisance laws are very hard to enforce and that they also take police officers away from other police duties. In addition, since they require “selective” enforcement, that is the enforcement against a certain group of people - wankers in this instance - these laws also tend to generate iwanNct for the police, i* I am compelled to speak out on tbe*e matters as a 20 year veteran of iphef-Nfe# JQah City Police»«|*rt ment, a former President of the 4 - Lowery Calk 'i \ iffiS^ - L* { One way to get a real kick out of a card game la to SIT opposite your wife. * i VW i " . r ; Guardians Association and a former Chairperson of the National Black Police Association. Some of the most dramatic proof of the harm done by anti-smoking laws has come out of the experiences of the highly publicized and subse quently discredited "Smokers’ Court” in Chicago. While this court had ostensibly been set up to protect the general public by preventing riders on public conveyances from smoking, the po lice actually used the court as a pretext to make countless searches of citizens and to arrest persons they called “suspects” for a variety of crimes. A survey of arrests during a one month period showed that Blacks made up more than 90 percent of the persons arrested and brought before ,the Smokers’ Court. The--a**?.-, showed that tte 279 persons arrested for smoking, 255 were Black, 12 were white, 7 Latin Ameri cans and 5 were listed as "others.” I refuse to believe that only Blacks broke the law by smoking on public conveyances in Chicago. The truth is obvious. It was mostly Blacks who were arrested and brought before the Judge. A Chicago-baaed NAACP leader, Frank J. Williams, said at the time that the analysis of the arrests showed there is “a lot of validity to the charge that Macks are picked on more by the police” when such a law exists. And a Minneapolis newspaper columnist, Will Jones wrote: “the suspicion is strong that Chicago’s Smokers’ Court has absolutely no thing to do with promoting clean public air. The enforcement cam paign does provide the Law and Order boys, however, with a good excuse to arrest a suspect an an innocent smoking charge and then conduct a search for drugs, wea pons, stolen goods, or whatever.” While the Smokers’ Court, as such, has been abandoned, the problem* it dramatized are still with us and they have grown in seriousness Gewana Heath ...“Beauty of the Week” Lrewana Heath Is A Very /» .. _ Interesting Young Lady By Jalyne Strong Poet Staff Writer Gewana Heath is a Valentine’s baby. She turns 13 today. She says she may have a party but she has yet to decide what she’d like to receive for her birthday. “I’m happy with what I have,’’ Gewana admits. “If I didn’t get anything it wouldn’t matter. But I know they’re (her parents) are going to get me something.” If Gewana does have a party, the music played will probably be Prince. She claims, “Prince is my favorite recording star. He’s origi nal and has his own style. I like his music.” A few people who attend the party may be members of Hawthorne Traditional Junior High’s girls bas ketball team. Gewana began play ing ball with them this year. She is also planning to run track in the Spring. If there is no party. Gewana may spend her day running, or going to the movies, or reading mystery novels, or talking on the phone to her friends. These are her favorite activities. “My conversations are interesting,” claims Gewana, when asked why she "loves” to talk on the See GEWANA On Page 4A Black Press Showing Strong Upward Surge! By Henry Duvall Special To The Post Maybe it can be attributed to the information age. Maybe it’s better management and production. Today’s Black press is growing, with newspapers numbering more than 320 and circulation six million in the nation, according to Dr. James Tinney, a journalism profes sor at Howard University’s School of Communications. In a five-year study of Black newspapers, Tinney has. identified double the industry estimate of some 160 such newspapers. “There has been ‘a constant, gradual upswing,’ ” he says discoun ting the general notion that Black press circulation has fallen off since its heyday in the '40s. Some papers have experienced a marked increase In circulation and readership during the last two years, says Steve Davis, executive director of the National Newspaper Publishers Assn., with a member ship of about 138 Black papers. He points to the Philadelphia Tribune, Cleveland Call and Post and the Westside Gazette in Fort Lauder dale, Fla., to name a few. Greater Black interest in events of the day may account in part for the increase, he notes. “There is a feeling of getting a complete story from a Black perspective,” he ex plained. Moreover, Davis says generally the quality of the product has improved, national advertising is up and “smart” management tech niques are being applied. Tinney found in his study, yet to be published, trends that may explain the surge in national adver tising and overall growth. A number of Black newspapers today are relying on advertising representatives “who serve as a conduit” to major corporations The representatives can guarantee that an ad will run in several Black papers rather than one, reaching a large audience. Tinney notes that At Predominately Black Colleges “Good Black Faculty” Hard To Come By By Jalyne Strong Pori Staff Writer Dr. Robert Albright, Preeidoot of Johnson C. Smith University, saw it coming.^ Dr. William Green, np AlhrioSl aln nm -» • i»iuri§m, since coming 10 J.C.8.U began immediately to winning him any popularity oonteets ■t thia time. Dr. Itotort . ..JC8U prMtdmtf H '-Dr. William Green • , ...Livingstone president enough pool of faculty available We get what we need. Though it to difficult." Dr. Green doee concede, "It la especially hard to get qualified black faculty in the fields of computer science, mathematics and science. They go into private Industry. It pays more. The key," Dr. Green deduced, "is finding and producing people with a commit ment to higher education " s „ Dr. Albright’s solution appears more direct than Greeb’s He has in fact begun to work from within his university to produce what is . -i ' ■ necessary. "The problem has been recognized," says Albright. "We’ve begun to face the marketplace realities. Thanks to the support of our board of Trustees, we have begun to offer competitive salaries in such departmentsas computer sci ence, business and communication arts. "Soon we will be moving along to provide research facilities for facul ty and students. This will be done through the addition of resources to our library.” Albright points out that Smith has acquired research grants to aid its students such at the NBRS and MARK. "The students who participate in these research programs, we’ve found, go on to do extremely well,” he assures. Dr. Albright has been actively involved in securing grants to up grade the status of J.C.S.U., specifi cally in the field of computer sci ence. "Proposals have been made to major foundations for computers. We’ve made the commitment to become computer literate. We’d like to supply each Individual faculty member with their own personal computer M . Besides elevating the reputation of the college through research facili ties and computerization, thereby increasing their chances of attract ing qualified faculty, Albright Is intent on siding the university’s See BLACK FACULTY On Page MA the corporations probably prefer doing business this way and the papers benefit from not having to carry large sales and advertising staffs. Another trend is the advent of the magazine supplement to serve as a medium for national advertising. Black magazine inserts, many of which are entertainment oriented, are “really proliferating,” he says. Dawn Magazine, published by the Afro-American Newspapers and dis tributed to some 40 Black papers, is an example of an insert that carries national advertising, he points out. Still another trend is an increase m newspaper chains or groups. A number of papers are publishing separate editons for more than one city within their respective states, such as Hartford Inquirer (four Connecticut papers), Sacrernento Observer (three California papers) and the Baton Rouge Community Leader (five Louisiana papers). Tinney has also found Black owned bilingual papers in Texas, California, Florida and New York. “I think this is real positive,” he says, regarding the formulation of linkages between Blacks and other ethnic groups. Today, Black papers can be See BI.ACK PRESS On Page 13A _ _ Jim Martin . .Crime fighter Gov. Jim Martin: “Keep Crime On The Decline” RALEIGH-*‘Keep crime on the Decline*' is the theme of this year’s Crime Prevention Week. Governor James G. Martin has proclaimed the week of February 10-16 as National Crime Prevention Week in North Carolina. The Exchange Clubs of North Carolina and the Crime Prevention Division of the N.C. Department of Crime Control and Public Safety are co-sponsors of this year's week of activities. Governor Martin encourages civic groups, fraternal organizations and citizens to actively -involve them selves with lav enforcement offi cials to prevent crime. He says, “law enforcement needs the assis tance of citizens to keep crime on (be decline.1’ Crime Is down in North Carolina by almost 7 percent. National and state authorities attribute this de cline to citizen Involvement. Tbero are now 15,600 community watch groups in the state. The Governor says, "Community Watch has proven to be one of the most simple and yet effective ways to fight crime Wherever tMs program la organized, yon 866 • > decrease in property crimes, espe eiaDy bvr^aMee.”

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