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The Charlotte post. (Charlotte, N.C.) 1918-????, October 30, 1997, Image 1

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Confidence high for Panthers Biakabutuka/IB Faith, dance ^ inspire Mel Tomlinson/1 OA Preview of 1998’s top vehicles in special auto section tKIje Cliarlotte http://www.thepost.mindspring.com THE VOICE OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 30, 1997 VOLUME 23 NO. 7 75 CENTS ALSO SERVING CABARRUS, CHESTER, ROWAN AND YORK COUNTIES Sisters with voices PHOTO/ANDREA SPOOL-WHITE Thousands of African Americans lined Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia Saturday for the Million Woman March. Estimates vary as to the number of peo ple who actually participated in the rally, but organizers claim the march for unity among women of African descent met its goal of 1 million. Hundreds of buses transported women from the Carolinas, as did trains and airplanes. From near and far, women rally for community By Michael A. Fletcher and DeNeen L. Brown THE WASHINGTON POST PHILADELPHIA - Hoping to ignite a renewed sense of unity among women of African descent, hundreds of thou sands of black women rallied here for the Million Woman March, an assembly that at once resembled a family gath ering, an intense and uncen sored call to duty and a huge open-air bazaar. AH along the mile-long march site, flowing from the steps of this city's famed Museum of Art, marchers ignored the raw, damp weather Saturday to pose for pictures with families, hug old friends and pore over the array of items being hawked by the scores of ven dors who Lined the way. At the same time on the main stage, singers and poets per formed and a long line of speak ers admonished black women to ignore their differences and unite as one. “From this moment, sister, no longer will you walk by your sister and not acknowledge her existence,” said Asia Coney, one of the two Philadelphia activists who called for the march. The bulk of the marchers seemed discormected from the intonations of the eclectic series of speakers, in part because the speakers’ platform was barely visible from many parts of the assembly. Also, a faulty, low- tech sound system made it dif ficult for participants to follow the day’s events in other parts of the crowd. But those problems seemed secondary to many of the women who gathered, often with the hope that they would be a party to histoiy. “You can teU this was impor tant for a lot of women because they came without knowing a lot about it,” said Johnnie See RALLY on page 2A Rally had shortcomings, but was worth the effort MELODYE MICERE STEWART In the spirit of Ma’at Editor’s note; looking outward, there was no doubt in my mind that Post columnist at least a million African American women gathered Melodye Micere themselves at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway m Stewart was a fea- Philadelphia. In terms of numbers, the Million tured speaker at Woman March was a phenomenal success, made pos- Saturday’s sible by the Divine. Divine energy pulled thousands, Million Woman despite the weather, disorganizational confusion and March. media invisibility. From the stage This historic event operated on two levels; surface structure and deep structure, as it is known in African cosmology. Some things were not right on the surface of things. Several newspaper articles in Philadelphia documented various divisions and irregularities. Yet I had prayerful confidence of the Creator’s working of circumstances, people and events. We were not necessarily nice to each other. Was there comradeship? There was some. Certainly in See ON on page 3A Richard Mack touched lives through music and cosmetics By John Minter THE CHARLOTTE POST McCoimells, S.C., businessman Richard Mack, who died Monday, will be buried Saturday after a funeral at New Home AME Zion Church in York. Mack, 65 at his death, founded several businesses, including Nature’s Development Corp. and Lee Mack Cosmetics in McCormells. He was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran who had also worked in the recording industry at Atlantic Records and CBS Records. He was a promotions director who worked with Aretha FrankHn, Roberta Flack, Donnie Hathaway, The Jackson Five, Isaac Hayes, Lou Rawls, Earth, Wind & Fire and the RoUing Stones. In 1980 he started Nature’s Development, which manufactures structural wall systems used in home construction. The company is the core of a 516-acre development that includes Mack Estates. This week, friends and co-workers recalled Mack as a giving human being who epitomized the phrase “my brother’s keeper.” Charlotte Post General Manager Bob Johnson said he had known Mack since 1994. “I found him to be a very warm human being, a veiy giving human being,” Johnson said. “He was also a benefit to any community he was in because See RICHARD MACK on page 7A PHOTO/PAUL WILLIAMS I Candace Butler, Fannie Butler, David Butler Jr. and April Butler helped dedicate David Butler High School Sunday. The elder Butler, a popular teacher died earlier this year in a house fire. Schools, bonds, city council top ballot By John Minter THE CHARLOTTE POST A final push of candidates is crisscrossing the community as election day approaches, with a dead heat racpected in the District 2 school board race. Vilma Leake and incumbent Sam Reid are splitting endorse ments in the district. Leake has been endorsed by the Black Political Caucus and The Post, while Reid has gotten endorse ments from several school board members and the Young Democrats. The race is so confusing, the Yoimg Democrats listed Leake in • The Post’s list of endorsements for election day can be found on page 4A. error when it released its endorse ments last week. Also on the ballot Tuesday are remaining school board district races, Charlotte City Council races and $500 milUon in bonds, $415 million for pubhc schools. Mecklenburg elections supervi sor Bill Culp said the bonds will likely pass, though there is some opposition. One opponent, Mecklenburg commissioner Joel Racism benefits whites: Franklin By John Minter THE CHARLOTTE POST Historian John Hope Franklin told a race reconcilia tion conference this week to not let whites absolve themselves of blame for past discrimina tion. “Don’t let anyone tell you in 1997 that they aren’t responsi ble for what happened 100 years ago,” Franklin said at a luncheon Tuesday. “People who go to first rate high schools in 1997 and have in that same town third-, fourth- and fifth- rate high schools, they are enjoying the benefits of that which has come down to them over the years. They are the beneficiaries of what happened 100 years ago. “Those who benefit from bet ter job opportunities, paved streets where others, have unpaved streets, garbage pick up, police protection...they are the beneficiaries of discrimin/i- tion and amenities not neces-' sarily extended to all.” Franklin, chair of President Clinton’s Initiative on Race commission, was the keynote speaker the Conference on Racial Reconciliation, which drew nearly 500 people to the Adam’s Mark in uptown Charlotte. The conference was spon sored by Gov. Jim Hunt and the task force he formed in the wake of black church burnings which swept across N.C. and the South over the last five years. U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno spoke at a dinner Monday night, promising continued fed eral action to end hate crimes and bring the races together. Franklin, a Harvard gradu ate who has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and been inducted into the N.C. Order of the Long Leaf Pine, is a retired Duke University professor. In his speech, Franklin recalled stories from history and his personal life about the effects of racial discrimination. Franklin noted that in 1640, when three indentured ser vants were punished for run ning away, the two white men See RACE on page 6A Mack owned a cosmetics company. Carter, is pushing a pay-as-you-go sales tax proposal and has engaged in debates with feUow conservative commissioner Bill James. “There is generally a positive feeling in the community about education,” Culp said. “Even with a few bumps in the road, educa tion is a priority.” The school bonds should help pull bonds for Central Piedmont Community College and a new county jail through, Culp said. Interest in a strong black vote for the bonds led officials to open a second headquarters on the westside. The first headquarters See VOTE on page 3A Inside Editorials 4A-5A Strictly Busine^ 6A Religion 10A ;, i 4 Health 13A -' J j, Style 16A Sports 1B A&E 6B U? Regional News 12B Classified 14B' To subscribe, cali (704) 376- 0496 or FAX (704) 342-2160. © 1997’the Charlotte Po^ Commefc? Oiir e-mail address Is: charpo|t@clt.n|it}c^ring;td'm World Wpe Wefc page ^dress: htt|)://w«^.the[^^|»^ring.com 1988/ UUUU1

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