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BY SUSAN USHKK
Workplace Of The Future
bred I). Hall urged audience
members to "embrace the future"
and help create a more innovative,
productive and inclusive workplace
in the 21st century.
At the annual Martin l.uther King
Jr. birthday observance at
Brunswick Community College, he
looked into a sociologist's "crystal
cube" to explore three "master"
trends in the workplace and how
they relate to the late Martin l.uther
King Jr.'s efforts on behalf of human
lights and economic justice.
"It was the despised and rejected
of the world?regardless of why
they were?that he channeled his
energies toward." s.iiii Hali. .111 assis
tant professor of sociology at the
University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill whose research interests
are race relations and industrial rela
He addressed what he called a
"wonderful mosaic" of about 75
people Friday night, representing the
UNC-Chapel Hill Bicentennial
Speakers Bureau. A program of
gospel and patriotic music set the
tone for his remarks on inclusive
ness in the workforce of the 21st
The program was one of at least
three countywide observances hon
oring the slain civil rights leader. A
freedom march was conducted
Sunday afternoon in Southport from
the I LA hall, while on Monday af
ternilon a children's observance was
held at the Public Assembly Build
ing at the Brunswick County
As America and its workforce
become increasingly diverse. Mall
said economic pressures or desire
have live groups pressing for greater
representation and participation in
the economy: women, blacks and
other "persons of color." the young,
the elderly who cannot afford to quit
work, and immigrants.
Most of those jobs must come
from the grow ing service sector and
its increasing reliance on informa
tion and information exchange.
How and whether those five
groups find a larger role in the work
place depends greatly on the conver
gence of three master trends that to
some degree "are under our control
as human beings," Hall said, citing
the study, "The Social Organization
of Work," by Randy Hodson and
Teresa A. Sullivan.
He placed these three trends along
continuums within a see-through or
?organization and technology are
STAFF PHOTO BY SUSAN USHCR
FRED HALL, speaker at last Friday's Martin Luther Kina Jr. birthday observance at BCC, sees three
master trends?and how they converge?as having a strong impact on the workforce and workplace of
used to increase productivity hy
complementing the abilities of
skilled workers or are used to re
place workers and deskill jobs;
?innovation and productivity in
crease or productivity stagnates; and
?women and minority groups ap
proach equality with majority men
or they disproportionately occupy
low-wage and part-time jobs.
Hall recalled his early days in the
fast food business, when cashiers
needed to know product prices, how
to calculate taxes and compute
change. Today the cashier doesn't
have to know the "three R's of read
ing. writing and reckoning," he sug
gested as one example of the "ue
skilling" of a job iinough technolo
Stagnating productivity results
when "everybody is trying to get
something for nothing." he said. "In
the South I was raised that if you
don't work, you don't eat. That's not
true in the Northeast with its hus
"That (Northeast trend) is not the
direction we want to go. It creates
problems like we're seeing now that
we don't need."
Evidence of some people's dissat
isfaction is the growing level of vio
lence in the workplace by "people
who feel they have been taken ad
"They are venting their anger and
frustration in a way that makes the
world less safe for all." he cau
To move society in more positive
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A grant from the Cape Fear Gulf
Course Superintendents Association
to N.C. State University will be used
for research and education projects
in a three-county area.
Bruce Williams, area Cooperative
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check at the annual meeting of the
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held Jan. (> in Winston-Salem. N.C.
State is the home of the state's
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The money will he used for re
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three counties Williams serves:
Brunswick, New Hanover and
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which leads to dissolution.
"The answers to our problems lie
in the fruit of our womb." he said.
"That means we have to put our
children on the right path, and we
can't do that if we're not on the right
"We need to rush forward and
embrace the luturc, seeking innova
tions in workplace relations anil a
renewal in all of us, toward the day
when we are judged only 'bv the
content of our character," he said, re
calling King's often-quoted words.
"Only then we will he able to say
'Free at last, free at last.'"
Lewis Speaks At King Observance
District Court Judge Ola M.
I x-wis spike about the roots that an
chored Dr. Martin Luther King's vi
sion anil courage last Friday .is the
keynote speaker at Sunny Point
Military Ocean Terminal's King
Lewis, who serves the 13th
Judicial District, snoke to employ
ees of the 1303rd Major Port Com
mand in the Community Services
Center at Sunny Point.
"I can only imagine what Dr.
King would say today about pover
ty. crime, homelessness. but I am
sure he would tell us to anchor our
selves in love, truth and religion."
Judge Lewis said.
"We must prepare ourselves and
never accept complacency with the
demon of discrimination." she con
11 nuci I
Col. Larry M. C'urlin. 1303rd
MFC Commander, said thai Dr.
King succinctly described his civil
rights struggle during the Mont
gnnii'rv (Ala ) I1""* hovcolt when he
"We are not just trying to im
prove the Negro Montgomery. We
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Judge Lewis was escorted by her
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the cube requires changing attitudes,
a letting go of the past and embrac
ing of the future, moving toward in
clusion not exclusion, toward love
the "creative force" rather than hate.
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