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Volume XVII, Number 4 February 5, 1987
□ We Shall Overcome
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□ It’s Greek to Me
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□ Love Is in the Air
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McKissick Tells Blacks to Help Themselves
If blacks are going to be helped, they
are going to have to do more to help
themselves, former director of the Con
gress on Racial Equality (CORE) said at
the sixth annual Martin Luther King, Jr.
Lecture on January 19.
“We must understand our problems
as black people and understand that we
still suffer from the residuals of slavery,"
the Rev. Floyd McKissick told a crowd
of 300 in Memorial Hall.
He said the problems of blacks in
cluded those of ecomomics, education and
cultural lag.
“Our minds have got to be changed
so that we don’t deal in stereotypes,” he
said.
McKissick was one of the first black
students ever to attend the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1951,
he and three other blacks sued the Univer
sity for admission to the law school.
He said although segegation still ex
ists, it is not as visible as it once was.
“Our enemy is no longer a sign that
says ‘blacks here, whites here,’” he said.
“Segregation is no longer overt so you see
it because it goes by code
words... conservatives. ’ ’
McKissick said that society had made
a major mistake in confusing integration
with interfacing.
“Integration is when two things come
together and lose all properties, become
as one and their properties all mixed,” he
said. “Interfacing means things come
together and keep their same properties,
like water and gasoline or oil.”
McKissick said many people believe
that hiring one black into a department or
job is integration. He added that the con
cept can be carried into integrating an en
tire campus.
“Just one, which we must stand up
and say ‘we will no longer accept,’ should
not be tolerated,” he said.
He emphasized that blacks did have
a place in world history and had con
tributed as much as whites.
“I think our history today depends in
part on what we know about where we
came from,” McKissick said. “Without
knowing about where we came from, you
don’t know where you are and you’ve got
major problems.”
He said black people did not know the
value of their history and felt inferior
because of this.
“You need to wonder why people
want to canceal this (black history) from
you,” he said. “You’ve got no reason to
hang your head down in shame. You’ve
paid your price.”
McKissick said people, like King,
McKissick speaks at Memorial Hall during Mar
tivities. (photo by David Foster/Yackety Yack)
paved the way for blacks to be able to
achieve what they wanted to achieve in
life. He added that blacks should not let
people choose their heroes for them.
“It becomes necessary for us to
develop a more sophisticated struggle to
make the progress we wish to continue as
Dr. King started,” he said.
By Andrea Shaw, Managing Editor
Roach Wins MLK Scholarship
I 1
The 1987 Martin Luther King, Jr.
Scholarship was awarded to Janet Roach
at the Martin Luther King, Jr. lecture on
January 19.
Dr. Audreye E. Johnson, associate
professor of the School of Social Work,
presented Roach the scholarship which in
cluded a plaque and a book. King: A
Biography by David Lewis.
Roach, a public policy analysis ma
jor from High Point, is a member of the
Ebony Readers, a newscaster for WXYC
and a reporter for Student Television
(STV).
The scholarship is given annually to
a junior student who has demonstrated
outstanding leadership, dedicated to civil
rights and is in good academic standing.
Others nominated for the scholarship
were William Barksdale, Rochelle Bran
don, Darrin Pool and Linda Shealey.
By Andrea Shaw, Managing Editor
Associate Professor Audreye E. Johnson
awards MLK scholarship to Janet Roach.
    

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