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The Charlotte post. (Charlotte, N.C.) 1918-????, June 24, 1993, Image 1

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Pete Moore Learns The Business Of Pro BasebaII/8B Samantha Lewis Is June Beauty Of The Month/1 IB His Nursery Is ' Always Turning ’■* Up The Green/1 C Che Cljarlotte Volume 19, No. 45 THURSDAY JUNE 24,1993 50 Cents Swinton From Charlotte Test Of The World. Allen Alumni To Honor Swinton Allen University alumni will meet in Charlotte this week end to help save their school. Alumni are spon soring a "Save Our School" weekend re union June 25-27 at Ad ams Mark Hotel at 555 S. McDowell St. The group will honor Dr. Sylvia Poole Swinton (Class of 1931) of Columbia, S.C., a former in terim president of the school. Swinton oversaw Allen's emergence from bankruptcy and Its accredi tation. Tickets for the reunion are $60, which Includes a recep tion, cookout, banquet and celebrity ball. For reserva tions, call the Adams Mark at 1 (800) 444-ADAM. For more Information, call Lu die Ivey-Norton at 366- 3462 or Doris Dixon Jen kins at 392-9475. A Vigil Against Violent Crime Several local groups will meet Sunday to protest vio lence and crime In Char- lotte-Mecklenburg. The organizations, which Include Citizens Against Vi olent Crime and Stop The Killing Crusade, will gather at Marshall Park at 8:05 p.m. In a candlelight vigil. Participants are asked to bring their own candles. Police Chief Ronnie Stone, Mecklenburg County Com missioner Parks ffelms and Mayor Richard Vlnroot are expected to speak and enter tainment will be provided starting at 7:30 p.m. Talking About The Summit A lecture/dlscusslon about the recent African-Afrlcan American Summit will be held next week In Charlotte. Charlotte delegates Mario Azevedo, Ahmad Daniels, Paula Newsome and Mi chael Todd will discuss what they learned at the Summit and how It could be used In Charlotte on June 30 at Walls Memorial AME Zion Church at 2722 Ban croft St. The event, spon sored by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement Or ganization Charlotte chap ter, is free and open to the public. For more Information, call 598-6733 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. For Women Entrepreneurs The Carolina Association of Black Women Entrepren eurs and NationsBank are having an Expo. The event will be held July 15 at Founders Hall at Na tionsBank Corporate Cen ter. Registration Is $60 and the deadline is July 11. Free seminars wUl be offered. For more Information. HlCi:, FOOD DID FOOniiLL .ST PHOTO/CALVIN PBR0U80N Mark Richardson, general manager of Richardson Sports, says the Denny's controversy has given the potential NFL team owners a chance to show their commitment to equal treatment of African Americans. Leader Of Carolinas NFL Drive Pledges • Equal Opportunity By Herbert L. White THE CHARLOTTE POST hls is the sound Mark Richardson loves to hear. Phone lines at the uptown offices of Richard son Sports are Jammed, with a dally average of about 2,000 callers inquiring about the possi bility of a National Football League (NFL) team coming to Charlotte. Enthusiasm Is high be fore a make-or-break ticket drive that can sep arate the Carolinas market from its four ex pansion city competitors. But there's concern, too. Flagstar Cos. Inc., owned by Mark Richardson's father Jerry, has come under fire for alleged racial discrimi nation at Its Dermy's restau rants. From coast to coast, reports abound with com plaints by African Ameri cans that Denny's treats cus tomers of color differently. For Charlotte and the Caroli nas, it's a hot topic that has made the younger Richard son a bit uneasy. "It's been uncomfortable, but also It's given more pub licity to the commitment we have to involving all people of all races, said Mark Rich- ardson, Richardson Sports' general manager. "It's been an uncomfortable way to pub licize It, but what It's done Is given us the opportunity to discuss and have people listen to what we're going to do." Some don't think Richardson Sports deserves one of the two new teams. The Rev. Jesse Jackson, president of the National Rainbow Coalition, has asked for a meeting with See DENNTS On Page 2A Should Richardson Sports be awarded an NFL team? Write us at P.O. Box 30144, Charlotte, N.C. 28230 or fax us at (704) 342- 2160. We'll print your responses in the July 8 Post. A Calculated Political Risk Scarborough Bets On Narrowed At-Large Council Field By John Minter POST CORRESPONDENT ■When Ella Scarborough an nounced she Intends to seek an at-large seat on Charlotte City Council, many African- Americans asked why. Had not the lesson of Ron Leeper been learned? African Americans don’t win at- large council races in Char lotte. Leeper, after 10 years of hard work as a District 2 rep resentative, lost In an at- large bid in 1987. No one's tried since, until Scarborough made known her Intentions In May. Why? She’s moving out of District 3 and looking for a home In the northeast area of the city. 'The decision was a difficult one made for me by the mere fact of my husbernd’s death," Scarborough said. "His dying (of a heart attack) at my house made It difficult to start a new life In that house. I have to be at the pulse of my children’s need to start a new life." But moving from District 3 doesn’t mean Scarborough wants to end her council ser vice and she has no desire to challenge fellow African- American district council members Hoyle Martin In District 2, and Naslf Majeed in District 4. "I believe that I have more to offer and want to continue PHOTO/PAUL WILLIAMS m Charlotte City Council member Ella Scaiborogh (left) is try ing to win election to an at-large seat in November. to serve on the council,” she said . "I have not found any place in District 3 to move. In order to look for a new house and start life all over again. If I want to continue to serve on council, I need to run at-large." But any elementary school child knows running and winning ain’t the same. Scarborough knows that’s true, particularly for African Americans. 'We have had good people lose, but we always have to take risks,” she said. 'Tou have to work hard and pray...do all you can do. Af ter doing all those things, you have to wait for the re sults and whatever the re sults, you have to live with It. Tm a person who believes in running to win. I feel good about It." Leeper, a popular council member during hls years as District 2's representative before losing, praised Scar borough’s decision. "You have to take your hat off to anybody that would, want to take that step," Leep er said. "Certainly, I can' commend her for that. It is certainly a difficult task, as history has shown, but it is something we need to do. 'We need to keep pushing the ^stem,” Leeper said. 'We need to keep challenging this community, to look at itself See SCARBOROUGH On 3A Here’s To The Winners : r'l. I -I, PHOTO/CAX.VIN FEROUBON Jean Little (left) won the women's title last week in a tennis tournament sponsored by 100 Black Men of Charlotte. Also pictured are (second from left) 100 Black Men president Lenny Springs, runner-up Gwen Jackson of The Post and WPEG general manager Wayne Brown. Cornel West, Author Of ’Race Matters’ To Speak At Unitarians’ Assembly Sat. By Robin B. Redfem And Cassandra E. Wynn THE CHARLOTTE POST Cornell West, author of the best-selling book "Race Matters" wlU speak at the Char lotte Convention Center June 26, at 12:30pm for the 32nd annual Unitarian Unlversallst Association's assembly. He will present hls argument that current Ideologies have left racial politics In a state of crisis. West, a professor of religion and director of Afro-American studies at Princeton Univer sity. is considered the nation's foremost acti vist for inter-racial dialogue. He is described by the New York Times as "a young, hip black man in an old white academy; a believing Christian In a secular society; a progressive socialist In the .age of triumphant capital ism..." West is currently tour ing the nation In 12 cities promoting hls first book, which was deliberately pub lished on the first anniver sary of the Los Angeles riots. The book offers solutions to many racial difficulties ex perienced In this socitey. It is already on the Boston Globe's best-seller's list. The General Assembly will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center through June See AUTHOR On Page 2A West i6A-7A Editorials 10A Religion 1B Arts & Entertainment Story Idea? Call 376-0496 12B Classifieds

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