ROBESON COUNTY, N.C.
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THE CAROLINA.INDIAN VOICE
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CHAPEL RILL,:iO A GOOD PLACE TO LIVE
STRIKE AT THE WIND CAPTURES THE
I JUST LIKE STRIKE
AT THE WIND
BY Bruce Barton
‘Strike at the Wind!' is told with whole delightful dream together,
humor and pathos and anger but always
with hope that things will be better. As
Carl Sandburg has said, “Hope is an
echo...hope ties itself yonder, yonder.”
AND LYRICAL WILLIE LOWERY
SINGS A PRETTY SONG...
And ‘Strike at the Wind!’ is hope, an
echo that ties itself yonder, yonder.
Rboda Lowrie [played by Hope St.
Rerre, far right] smUes at her make-
believe husband, Henry Berry Lowrie,
[Derek Lowry] who is the hero of the ters. Momma Combo and Allen Lowrie,
new outdoor drama,‘^STRIKE AT THE Henry Bear’s parents In the play
WIND!” Also pictured are the charac- [Magdalene Lowry and John Pat
STRIKE AT THE WIND!, Robeson
County’s new outdoor drama after
. opening Thursday night, July 1 to a
crowd of about 1000 is receiving critical
acclaim. Those who have attended the
drama at the Lakeside Theatre 3 miles
west of Pembroke include members of
the press and noted dignitaries.
Robert Ely of the Fayetteville Times
said: ‘‘one of the best outdoor drama
anywhere.” Dick Brown of the Fayette
ville Observer said: ‘‘STRIKE AT THE
WIND!” was (is) a success.” Lee
Hamilton of the Robesonian said: ‘‘the
hard-hitting story...was told with furi
ous impact by Randolph Umberger’s
outdoor drama STRIKE AT THE
WIND! ” Bill Morrison of the News and
fascination with Lowrie (Henry Berry)
equals my respect for the Lumbee
Indians. And, certainly, I wanted
‘Strike at the Wind!’ to be as good as it
proved to be. The surprise of discovery
captured my fancy, but it was the
quality of the production that sustained
“Directed by Arthur mcDonald with
crisp, nicely stated rhythms, the show is
both a rousing entertainment and an
affecting drama. It could well prove the
best of the productions that have
cropped up across the Nation in this
Along with many press members, the
University of North Carolina television
Observer said, ....‘‘Now I admit my system has been represented as well as
Rod Locklear appointed to
Council on Indian Affiars
barriers which currently make access to
DREW funded or supported programs
and services difficult for Indian people.
In appointing Mr. Locklear as the SRS
Representative, the office of the Admin
istrator stated that Mr. Locklear is
uniquely qualffied to bring to the
Council a good overview of all SRS
programs, including AFDC, Medicaid,
and Title XX.
Roderick G. Locklear
Mr. Roderick G. Locklear, Regional
Operations Representative, Social and
Rehabilitation Services, DHEW, has
been appointed by the office of the
Administrator to represent SRS on the
Secretary of Health Education and
Welfare’s Intra-Departmental Council
on Indian Affairs.
The Intra-Departmental ’ounci! on
Indian Affairs was establis ed in 1975
by the Secretary of HEW to be the
Department's focal point fc coordinat
ing Indian Affairs. The IIK A consists
of 26 members representii % the De
partment’s major offices an^ programs
and has as its general \ irpose to
promote coordination, coopt •ation a?
complementary utilization c ’ the
partment’s resources for Indi .n pe'
it is also charged with the res lonsi
of developing a consistent an 1 uni.
Departmental policy on India i Affa
In order to achieve its objective t'
Council is expected to identif: speci
legislative, '’administrative, and regu
latory changes necessary
optimum application of effective Indian
policies, in addition to impro’ ig
delivery of resources and servic. i to a)l
Indian people. In addition, the Council
will address those issues that are
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Mr. Locklear, the son of Rev. C.E.
Locklear and the late Mrs. Annie L.
Locklear, is a native of Pembroke and
was a co-founder and charter member of
Lumbee Regional Development Assoc,
along with Mr. A. Bruce Jones, Mr.
Gerald Sider, and Att. Horace Locklear.
Mr. Locklear is married to Ruth L.
Locklear, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Emery Locklear, of the Mount Airy
community. Rod and Ruth have two
sons. Roderick Glenn Locklear, Jr., and
Clarence Eden Locklear, 11.
VIP’s connected with the drama and the
The play is being put on by area actors
and actresses, many of whom hLve
never had any experience. The play is
sponsored by the non-profit organiza
tion Robeson Historical Drama, Inc.
STRIKE AT THE WIND! runs every
Thursday. Friday and Saturday nights
at 8:30 at the Lakeside Theater on the
Riverside Country Club 3 miles west of
Pembroke. Tickets are S3.50 and S4.00
and are available at the gate. Reser
vations can be made by writing Box
1059, Pembroke or calling (919) 521-
2401. STRIKE AT THE WIND! runs
through August 14.
Mrs. Evelyn L. Cummings, serving as
postal clerk of the Pembroke Post Office
for the past 33 years retired last June
30, 1976, thus ending her career of 33
years as a postal employee of the U.S.
Postal Service System. All of her 33
years were spent working with the
Pembroke Office. A graduate of Pem
broke High School, Ms. Cummings
attended Pembroke State College and
completed business courses at Muncie
Business College in Muncie, Indiana. In
the year of 1942, Ms. Cummings came
to work with the Pembroke Post Office
which was located in an old wooden
building (now tom down) located in
front of Oxendine Jewelry Store. At that
time Post Master was the late Mr.
James R. Lowry. Ms. Cummings in
working with the Post Office says ‘‘we
have moved three times during my
employment years.” Moving from the
old wooden building, the Post Office
re-located in the building now known as
Sally’s Fabric Shop. The third move was
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Pembroke Post Master Jimmie Me- L. Cammings a plsqae of dedication and
Vickers shown presenting Mrs. Evelyn appredation.
Underscoring the beautifully written
script is the music of Willie Lowery.
Poetical, under stated, but there like the
view of gold in the rock. Pretty words,
Always, the characters look ahead to nice rhythms, a song sung. Willie
the future as the Boy in the play says to Lowery has the soul of a poet. He sees
the Leader, ‘‘Sir, t‘9 fist is also a things that most of us over look. He is
hand ...a handj^^) reach out...” the poet, the singer, the music maker.
1 just like ‘Strike At the Wind!’ 1 like
the tri-racial board of directors and I like
the tri-racial cast. ‘‘By God!”, an
elderly Indian gentleman said as he left
the play after premiere night, “Indians
play Indians, whites play whites, and
Blacks play Blacks. That’s the way it
ought to be...” Thanks be to the Great
Spirit, there is no white college student
parodying as the Eagle Dancer in this
play. Indians are Indians...real ones!
Everyone in the cast is superb. They
care.iGood vibes flow between the cast
members. Director Arthur McDonald has
introduced them to one another and
they sincerely like each other. They
applaud one another ...a white Red
Springs realtor. Bob Van Hoy and a
former Tuscarora leader, Camel! Lock
lear, meet in the play as Boss Strong
and Sheriff King and it is obvious by
watching them on stage that they have
met and taken oneanothet’s measure.
That’s the beauty of the play...people-
Red, Black and White. After the play is
over Camell Locklear and Bob Van Hoy
will know one another and they will
meet and talk over the joys of sharing
the excitement of ‘Strike at the Wind!’ I
doubt they would ever have met in their
respective social circles if ‘Strike at the
Wind!’ had not brought them together
as human beings. That’s what Henry
Berry Lowrj^ .vws aM abwt. He despised
condescension and man’s frail notion
that the color of a man’s skin is of any
significance. A man is either a Human
Being or he is not. Respect is the true
ADOLPH DIAL AND
Hector Mdean said, ‘‘Strike at the
Wind! will never succeed until an
Indian takes charge and makes it
work.” McLean is a big man, bigger
than most of us. We birth a dream and
suddenly we demand the right conver
sely to put it to death. We hold it to our
bosum in a death dealing grasp. But not
Hector McLean. He shared the dream.
He gave it to Adolph Dial because the
symbolism of the moment demanded
that an Indian bring it to fruition. And
Adolph Dial did.
Adolph Dial is a doer. He gets the job
done. After succeeding Hector McLean
as chairman of the Robeson Historical
Drama, Inc., the sponsoring agency of
‘Strike at the’ Wind!’, he began
assembling a true and representative
board of directors to help him. Indians,
Blacks and whites. McLean continued
as vice-chairman. No one on the board
has looked back since. With the
symbolism in order, 'Strike at the
Wind!’ began to materialize.
ROCK KERSHAW BELIEVES IN THE
LITTLE THINGS THAT MAKE
UP A BIG THING...
Seldom has anyone taken on the
challenge that Rock Kershaw assumed
when Adolph Dial talked him into taking
on the at the time empty position of
General Manager of ‘Strike at the
Wind!’ he was general manager of
nothing, no form, no logic, just an idea
that an outdoor drama could be
realized. And he began to do the little
things that make a Big Thing. He was
fund raiser, carpenter, exhorter, writer,
and the enthusiastic energizer of cynical
Robesonians. We distrust one another:
Indian, Black and White. We use one
another terribly and, most times, for all
the wrong reasons.
Kershaw put the pieces together.
Often he came and talked to me when
his enthusiasm was flagging because he
knows that 1 too am a dreamer. Said
Kershaw, at times like that, ‘‘God, I
don’t know if it will work or not...but I
am gloriously happy!” It always works
for those who. are gloriously habe y at
their tasks. Always.
AND ARTHUR McDONALD MADE US
TALK TO ONE ANOTHER...
Arthur McDonald is serving as
director for this first and trauma-ridden
season. He likes to work with clay. He
took a mostly unprofessional cast and
made them professionals. He introduc
ed them to each other. They talk and
share and it works. McDonald is the
catalyst, the cement that holds the
RANDY UMBERGER DOES ALRIGHT
FOR A WHITE MAN...
Randy Umberger, who wrote the
script for ‘Strike at the Wind!’ does
alright for a White Man. He feels
things. He understands what it is like to
be an Indian in a strange land, with the
rules changing from day to day.
He has something to say in the drama.
And he says it. He is also a poet. Only a
poet could have written ‘Strike at the
Wind!’ He did not have to know what it
is like to be Henry Berry Lowrie. He
took the time to learn about another
Human Being. He has captured the
beauty and the humor of Henry Berry
Lowrie. He understands the blood and
retaliation without necessarily condon
But ‘Strike at the Wind!’ is the cast.
They are the force and vigor and life of
‘StrUce at the Wind!’ They are all
superb-everyone of them. They care
about ‘Strike at the Wind!’ All of
them-Indian, Black and white. They
establish a dialogue of sorts, they talk
back and forth across the stage. Things
happen. Magic is in the air. It works.
DEREK LOWERY AND
HOPE ST. PIERRE BUTLER-
HENRY BERRY LDWR5E ..
Derek “Lowery plays Henry Berry
Lowrie the only way you can play the
man-myth-bigger than life. Under
statement will evolve with time. He is a
vibrant force on stage.
Hope St. Pierre Butler is beautiful and
moving as Rhoda who had to share
Henry Berry Lowrie with the masses
and his pursuers. She is a talented lady
and improves with each night’s per
formance. She is beginning to under
stand the nuance and subtlety of Rhoda,
a strong but weak woman...a woman in
love with a man bigger than himself.
WHAT A DEUaOUS AND CRAZY
AND MAD AND ANGRY GANG
They could have been farmers,
fishermen, loggers, husbands, doting
fathers, but history made them into
Henry Berry Lowrie’s gang-a little
crazy, out of step with their fellow men.
They ran and fought until the end
because they were sacrificed to history
and the insanity of the times. Their
destiny was to die in a bloody and no
hope land. They all went down swinging
and singing and lamenting their fates.
Carnell Locklear is Boss Strong,
brother of Rhoda, best friend to a
madman. He knows that life has denied
him. He understands the ludicrous
moment after and before and during the
Civil War when everyone went a little
bit crazy. Camell Locklear is marvelous,
strong, comical, sad, fretful, singing
with a loud voice to keep ft'om crying.
And the rest of the cast-Isaih
Cummings, Hoyt Ransom, Rodger
Gibson, Tom Cope-all of them. What a
gang? Each presents a special and heart
rending vignette of the character they
play. They become the part.
Ralph Suehr is brilliant as Hugh
McGreggor. Bruce Proctor is deliciously
evil as Sergeant Porter, David Miller
captures the essence of Hector McCord.
Julian Ransom is just right-resonant
and strong-as the Leader. Hughes
Oxendine is precocious and appealing
as Indian Boy.
And what a beautiful bunch of
Indians-Adore Clark, Brenda Jacobs,
Teresa Oxendine, Jeannette Oxendine,
Dora Chavis, Welton Lowry, Dosey
Chavis, Millicent Locklear, Q.B. Cum
mings, Scott Blanks, Mary Alice Teets,
Magdalene Lowry-all of them.
And Plummer Locklear creates an
appropriately sneaky and nasty and
mincing Donahoe McQueen.
Every single person in the cast is just
right for the part they play..
What more can I say? Go see ‘Strike at
the Wind!’ and have a marvelous time.
KILLSl, INJURES 3
A 22 year-old Pembroke man was killed
and three others were injured during a
shooting involving 30 or 40 persons
gathered in a convenience store parking
lot early Saturday morning, Robeson
County Sheriffs Department detectives
James E. Dimery was shot and killed
during the gunfire. Officers said Dimery
was shot with a .22-caliber weapon.
An official said 30 to 40 persons
witnessed the shootout in which several
men fired shotguns, pistols and rifles.
The fight began just outside the
Pembroke city limits about 3 a.m. at
Little Giant Convenience Store.
Three other persons suffered gunshot
wounds. One appeared to be seriously
injured. Detectives said they had been
unable to determine what sparked the
Officers had not recovered any of the
pistols, rifles or shotguns used in the
incident at press time. No arrests had
been made in Dimery’s death by late
Treated and released at Southeastern
General Hospital were Roger Deese, 21,
of Pembroke who was shot through the
leg; Paul CummingSj^ 37, of Rowland,
who was grazed on the head by a pistol
shot; and Mortis Jacobs, also of
fgabroke who was hit in the Irg with
NATIVE ROBESONIAN TOURS
HOME AND OTHER STATES
Bobby Bell of North Miami Beach,
Florida, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clayton
Bell of Pembroke, NC spent his vacation
last month in Pembroke. He visited his
parents and sister, Mrs. Sue Deese.
From Pembroke he visited New York
City and saw the stage play ‘‘The
Norman Conquests,” and also the stage
show at Radio City Music Hall. He took
a tour of Lincoln Center and saw the
American Ballet Company in “Steeping
Beauty.” Next he visited the birthplace
of Theodore Roosevelt. Next stop was
Cape Cod, Massachusetts where he
toured the Kennedy Compound. Bobby
then traveld to Martha’s Vineyard for
an over night stay. The next point of
interest was Province Town, Mass.
Then he toured Newport, Rhode Island,
where he visited Newport’s famous
mansions, “Rosecliff.” In 1973 Rose-
cliff was the scene of the filming of The
Great Gatsby by Paramount Pictures;
The Beakers House, Cornelius Vander
bilt’s mansion, Gloria Vanderbilt’s
grandfather’s summer home. Then he
returned to Pembroke for a few days
and from there back to North Miami on
July 1. 1976.
ROWLAND INDIAN COMMUNITY
ORGANIZATION TO MEET
The Rowland Indian Community
Organization will meet for its monthly
meeting August 6, 1976 at 8:00 p.m. at
Dogwood Baptist Church Fellowship
Hall. All interested community persons
are urged to attend.
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Locklear of
Pembroke announce the birth of their
first child, a daughter, Misty Celest
Locklear. Misty was bom at Southeas
tern General Hospital on June 7,1976 at
10:30. She weighed 5 lb. and 15 ounces
and was lOVi inches long.
SECOND FRESHMEN TESTING DAY
The second of three Freshmen
Testing Days scheduled this summer at
PSU will be held Saturday, July 24,
beginning at 8 a.m. with in-coming
freshmen having the opportunity thru
CLEP tests to pass off a maximum of 30
semester hours before attending their
first college class.
Classes for the testing on July 24 will
be on the second floor of PSU’s Mary
Livermore Library, and the tests will be
directed by Dr. Ray Von Beatty, director
of Testing and Placement at PSU. First
test at 8 a.m. will be the English
General Examination followed by the
Strong Vocational Interest Bland. Total
cost for these is $3 with all freshmen
required to take both.
LUMBEE LONGHOUSE LEARNING
The early childhood education
program sponsored by the Indian
Education Project of LRDA is accepting
applications for the 1976-77 fiscal year.
In order to qualify the child must be
Indian and between three to five years
of age. The centers operate on the same
school schedule as the Robeson County
School System starting possibly one
week later. The hours are fron 8 a.m.
-12 noon. They are located at the
following sites: 1) Reedy Branch Church
and Community Center, 2) LRDA
Annex Building, Pembroke; and 3)
thefirst house directly behind the
Saddletree Church of God.
THE BELLS VISIT FLORIDA
Mr. and Mrs. Clayton C. Bell of
Pembroke are in North Miami, Florida
spending a few weeks with their son,
Bobby. MR. and Mrs. Bell toured
Disney World in Orlando, Florida last
week with Mr. Clayton Bell’s sister,
Mrs. Lillian Huggins of Fort Lauderdale
Fla. They stopped over in Daytona
Beach, Florida where Mr. Bell attended
the Daytona 400 car race. The Bells are
expected back home the last of July.
ROWLAND CHAPTER OF NAACP
TO RECEIVE CHARTER
On Sunday, July 18, 1976 at 5:00
p.m. at Cedar Grove United Methodist
Church Rep. Joy 3. Johnson will
present a charter to the Rowland
Chapter of NAACP. Also he will discuss
the legal defense for William McLaugh
lin, an inmate who died from mysterious
causes in the Wagram Prison Unit on
July 18. All Robeson County Branch
Presidents will be there to take formal
action and get involved in the case. Rep.
Johnson will formally request theiSBL
to investigate the case. Pastors of the
Maxton Community and the Robeson
County Church and Community Center
will be requested to help with the social
rehabilitation of the family.
BURNT SWAMP JAYCEES
The Burnt Swamp Jaycees held a
raffle. First prize was a digital watch
which was won by Mr. Pittman Hunt.
Second prize was a rod and reel which
was won by Mr. James Harold Maynor.
The drawing was held July 8 at the
Union Chapel Multi-Purpose Center.
Harhe W. Locklear, Jr. sold both
winning tickets. He sold 92 tickets.
Melton Clark sold 82. The Burnt Swamp
Jaycees would like to thank everyone for
by Drenna J. Oxendine
Linda Gail Locklear
Linda Gail Locklear of Maxton, NC
was crowned Miss Lumbee 1976
Wednesday night, June 30, at the Miss
Miss Locklear, 21, will reign for one
year, and will enter the Miss North
Carolina competition in June, 1977 in
Winston-Salem. The winner selected
there will compete in the Miss America
Pageant in September in Atlantic City,
Linda is the daughter of the late Mr.
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