HTtI TO lUta. »Cf*IT f Mtfl gj^ie April 1977 WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY Vol. X, No. 5 Chairnmn Speaks On Wilmington 10 Case a Imani Kazana photo by Bryan Kluttz - Sentinel Imani Kazana, chairman of the National Wilmington Ten Defense Committee visited WSSU on Wednesday March 16. Ms. Kazana explained that she was here in North Carolina to help explain and inform the public on current develop ments in the Wilmington Ten case. She further stated that there are obvious distortions and misconcep tions about the case which she hoped could be cleared up. Later in the evening, Kazana talked to a small group of concerned students and citizens in an effort to give a better insight into the case, and ask for their support. Kazana made use of a slide presentation to introduce the group of to the victims in the case. The “Wilmington, N.C. Ten are young civil rights workers — nine black males, and one white female - who were sentenced to a total of 282 years in North Carolina prisons on frame-up arson and conspiracy charges. Rev. Benjamin Chavis is serving the longest sen tence, a total of 34 years, for his leadership role. The Wilmington Ten case grew out ot a long history of racial antagonisms and prejudices present in Wil- 1" mington, N.C. which reached a high point following court ordered - desegregation of the New Hanover School system. WilHston, the black high school, was downgraded to a junior high school. Black students were then dis bursed and then bused to two previously all-white high schools. During the first semester of desegregation the racial antagonisms of the larger community were translated into the educational environ ment. Blacks began to complain when they found or felt that they were excluded from much of the extra-cur ricular activities at the two desegregated high schools. Several racial oriented fights broke out that finally resulted in the black students staging a boycott. The boycott was sparked by the refusal of the local high school to allow Black students to conduct an assembly program to honor the birthdate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. During the boycott, blacks would meet at Gregory Congregational Church. The pastor of the black congrega tion was Rev. Eugene Templeton, a white man. As Blacks continued to meet at the church, unknown per sons in cars and trucks began to ride by and shoot at the church. The situation worsened, but appeals to the mayor and Chief of Police to provide protection for these people were in vain. Getting no positive re sponses from the city and law enforcement officials. Rev. Templeton requested and received aid through the National Office of the United Church of Christ and its Southern Conferences. Leon W^hite and Benjamin Chavis were dispatched to Wilming ton on February 2, 1971 to aid the boycotting students and the local congregation. Continued attacks on the church prompted officials of North Carolina-Virginia Field Offices of the Commis sion for Racial Justice to ask that a curfew be imposed. As a result of city officieils’ refusal to do so, racial passion erupted. Two per sons were killed and several were injured. Death victims were a black youth and a white man. The curfew was immediately imposed follow ing the death of the white man. In mid March 1972, police arrested 13 persons on charges growing out of the February disturbance. Among those arrested were the Wilmington Ten. The trials of the victims were long and difficult. They were sentenced in Februsiry of 1976 and surrendered to See KAZANA, p. 8 Author To Speak At Honor’s Day Program WSSU’s Annual Honors Day Program will be held on Wednesday, April 6 at 10:00 a.m. in the Kenneth R. Williams Auditorium. The public is invited to attend .vithout charge. In announcing plans for the occasion, Mr. Warren C. Oldham, Director of the Scholastic Achievement Pro gram, explained, “There has been a concentrated effort to heighten the academic achievement aspirations of the student body by calling attention to those students who have maintained out standing academi(j records. Honors Day, which is held in the spring of-each year, is designed to focus on those students.” The university pays special tribute to alal full-time students who have made high achievement in various academic fields during the school year. Students having the highest average in each of the four classes and students having the highest average in each major are honored. Recogni tion is given to those students with a cumulative average of 3.3 or better. Grading is based on a 4.0 scale. The principle speaker for the Honors Day Program will be Dr. Margaret Walker Alexander, professor of English and director of the Institute for the study of History, Life, and Culture of Black People, Jackson State University, Jackson, Missis sippi. Alexander is an author and poet of note with “Jubilee”, a civil war novel, and several books of poems to her credit. These include “For My People”, “Proph ets for a New Day’', “October Journey,” and “A Poetic Equation: Conversa tions between Nikki Giovan ni and Margaret Walker.” 1977 Honors Day Award Recipients Highest Cumulative Average By Class F'reshman — Mary Eaton - Henderson, N.C.; Sopho more - Phillis Hardison - Sneads Ferry. N.C.; Junior — Wanda Ledford - Winston- Salem, N.C.; Senior — Helen Baker - King, N.C. Highest Cumulative Average By Department Business Business Administration - Belinda Moore - Atkinson, N.C. Business Education — Mazie Capers - Winston-Sa lem, N.C. Education Early Childhood — Della Wiggins - Kinston, N.C.; Intermediate Education — Janet Brower - Cameron, N.C.; English and foreign Languages - Patricia Eu banks -- Winston-Salem, N.C.; Mathematics — Karen Coleman - Norlina, N.C.; Music — Elise Donald Charlotte, N.C.;' Nursing - Helen Baker - King, N.C.; Physical Education - Harvey McIntyre - Atkinson, N.C.; Social Sciences History — Joanne Glenn - See SPEAKER, p. 6 WSSU ParenU^ Day Held Winston-Salem State Uni versity held its annual Parents’ Day Conference on Sunday, March 6. The theme for this year was “Moving Together in Unity”. Com menting on Parents’ Day, Dr. Haywood Wilson, Jr., Director of Student Affairs and Chairman of the Parents’ Day Committee, explained that it provided parents the opportunity to see how students live and to meet with faculty members. He pointed out that if a student is to succeed he must have parental backing and the support of faculty and staff members. Activi ties such as Parents’ Day are held to promote this necessary understanding and cooperation. The Parents’ Day Convo cation was held at 11:00 a.m. in the Kenneth B. Williams Auditorium with Chancellor Kenneth R. Williams as the See PARENTS, p. 2 '