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Page 2-The Chronicle, Saturday, January 31, 1981
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Fire From Page 1
Firemen dragged Broadus Johnson out through a
window, but the children were already dead.
Gwendolyn Johnson, the victim's mother told firemen
attention because it was part of the elder Johnson's
Ms. Johnson was awakened a short time later by
smoke, according to her statement, and saw her father
trying to drag an overstuffed chair outside that had
caught on fire. The chair got hung in the door and the
house was ignited.
The fire totally gutted the inside of the Johnson
dwelling and burned several hours before firefighters
were finally able to extinguish the blaze.
Two other grandchildren who lived in the house,
Curtistine, 11, and SidraJL4, were treated for minor smoke
inhalation and released from & local hospital.
Johnson, when contacted at the home of his son-in-law
at 1515 E. 24th St., late Tuesday said that fire officials
are wrong about how the fire started.
"1 don't know who said that about me starting that
fire. 1 didn't start no fire," said Johnson who told
firefighters that he had no idea how the fire did att
Scales said that a series of incidents which lead the fire
department's involvement in the Johnson case could
have prevented the tragedy.
A little before 3 a.m. a Southern Bell telephone
operator received a call from someone who said that their
house was burning.
According tojtbe operator, the person dropped the
phone before she could get an address.
The operator then called the fire department and
alerted them while officials at the phone company
attempted to trace the call.
When the number had been traced, fire officials had to
match the number and the city directory to find a
corresponding name and address Once the location was
confirmed, firefighters were dispatched to the scene.
According to Scales, if a name or address had been
given to the operator, there is a chance that the two
Johnson children might have been saved.
Scales was quick to add, however, that he was
speculating and was not placing the blame on anyone.
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~Klan Watch From Page 1
that direct, aggressive action in the political arena is our
most appropriate course of artinn ?
Dr. Hooks said that the NAACP, mobilized by the
' "vote white" strategy of former Philadelphia Mayor
Frank L. Rizzo, turned out 80 percent of the black vote
two years ago to defeat a referendum that would have
% allowed him to seek reelection.
?- "We've proven by Our-past actions in Philadelphia in
'78 and 33 targeted areas in '80 that we've learned the
political ropes," he noted. "Now, we'll direct our experience
and strength at Klan candidates, Nazi party
members and others expressing hate on the campaign
Dr. Hooks said that extremists have been encouraged
to seek public office for two reasons:
The highly publicized republican primary election
victories of two white supremists seeking
congressional seats last year in southern California
and Michigan; and
Recent statements by congressional leaders which
-? "When the incoming chairman of the Senate Judiciary
Committee announces one of his priorities is to eliminate
" the 196T Voting Rights Act from the statute books, the effect
is to encourage extremist candidates," Dr. Hooks
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saiu. n is unaer mis act that black registration rose in
Senator Strom Thurmond's South Carolina from 144,000
to 213,000. This jump from 38.7 percent of the black
voting-age population to 57.3 percent simply would not
have been possible without the Voting Rights Act. It was
also Senator Thurmond, along with North Carolina's
Jesse Helms, that led anti-bussing legislation successfully
through the closing days of the Senate's 96th session last
November. Radicals see this type of behavior on. Capitol
Hill as the signal to go public with their hate."
He said the growth of the Klan in pure numbers is not
impressive-up an estimated 7,000 actual members from
the assumed 6,000 to 8,000 base in 1965.
"The danger is in the alarming increase of sympathic
7 Klan onlookers," Dr. Hooks pointed out. "In
Michigan's 15th Congressional District race last year, the
GOP candidate, Gerald Carlson, got 53,000 votes running
on the platform that would make it illegal for negroes
to live and shop in Dearborn. He also advocated a dusk
to dawn curfew for all blacks. He amassed this total, best
ever for a republican nominee, at a campaign outlay of
just $180.flOrHTsxgmpatgn~was quite high profile, and the
republican chairman of the district said that stunning
vole total was deliberate and based on the knowledge that
he was a former Nazi party member advocating a white
supremist way of life."
Klan alert, to be administered by Joe Madison, head of
the NAACP's Detroit-based Voter Education Depart- 1
ment, will dyject money, volunteers and a variety of inkind
services to NAACP branches faced with opposition
from the Klan, the Nazi Party or other known supremist
groups. In some instances, where strategy dictates, it will 1
never be made public that the organization was in the J
Last year, Madison administered a $500,000 program t
aimed at registering 2 million new blacks. This growing (
base, Dr. Hooks said, will provide the foundation for the t
new program. "With
more than 1,700 branches and nearly 460,000 r
members, we have personally been responsible for p
registering more black voters than any other group/' He s
concluded, "But in this climate of suspicion and hate, we (
, muit now take our activism a major step further. Klan d
T.I.Pi From Page 1
' vvoVnivs, W?n ^ t Ckautiei
six counties whose rates were lower.
In addition to increased pregnancies, the rale for
venereal disease in youtig women is also on the increase.
In 1979, there were 27 cases of gonorrhea for the 12-14
were 694 ^ases of gonorrhea, two Tases of sTpliTirsTnirTJ
nonspecific urethritis cases.
For further information concerning getting discussions
in community houses, churches, or recreation centers,
contact jT.l.P. at 727-8172 or visit the office on the 5th
Flobr, Reynolds Health Center at 741 Highland Asenue.
YMCA From Page 1
definitely going to be the black community in
new site of the East Winston-Salem under con\xr:
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yynision " r. siaeration.
Hauser did say, however,
that the Patterson Avenue
"YM would not close down
until a site had been chosen
and an interum facility had Wm ^
been chosen to house 4he
YMCA and the senior II ?
citizens center currently
housed in the YW section. I I _
"We need to get out of
the Patterson Avenue
area," _ said Art Brown,
general director of the 1^^^
Metropolitan YMCA. I
Brown explained that the I II
Patterson "Y" is located in I ^
an area of town that "has I
deteriorated into rubble and I
is now being sought by R.J.
to the plight of the Patterson
MY" and has taken the
facility's meaning to the
present treasurer, chaired
the groundbreaking committee
and presided at the
Alderman Virginia K. ^ ^jNPpjfcMP
Newell, who represents the ^ ^PwraHj
ward, welcomed the group
and spoke briefly. Father mSFfcWyfe
Michael Curry gave the in- W^tJJMyyl
vocation, and remarks were ?
made by Mayor Wayne A ^
Development Director Gary
^Wester Johnson. Mrs.
of the association, respond- ~ ^^nQSBt
breaking.' Participating in
the act of groundbreaking
were Mayor Corpening,
Assistant Citv Manao#?r Tr?*? MiMJmMmwm
H. Berricr, Gary R. Brown,
Sister Edmund Marie and JKESSr '
Mrs. Vanessa Rawls who - jjsuggested
the project to the > ptfmjjjmffl r jni* t
Others ^participating in ^ m
the act of groundbreaking I '" '5
were Alderman Newell, Ms. I I *2*
Gwyn, Mrs. Hill, Mrs. III
Vernetta Braham who is
assistant secretary of the
association, and Mrs.
Agnes Cook an association I BP
The association purchas- I I I I I
ed the land upon which the
houses will be built from
the Redevelopment Commission.
It takes bids for_ . ? he
the homes it will build from
prospective buyers, and TOUI
contracts to have the houses
built. A prospective buyer
may furnish his own plans
ur scieci pians trom the
homes will sell for SlZ?
around $38,000. In order tc _ ? , ^ ^^ ,,
purchase one of the homes, 50 XOO
i family must qualify on a CA" Q A "
?cale based on income and 5U Xo4
he number of persons in
he household. 75 X63
Persons who are in- ? ? jj 0 A n
erested in contracting for 75 X84
)ne of the homes who think
hat they may meet the
guidelines, and who may
teed help in developing
>lans for home ownership, .
hould contact Mrs. Gloria no, be "arable
Goore, project coor- in every color,
linator, at 722-0918 or
22-3051 for further details.
?Black History JV
achievements of Blacks and urged the board to take steps
in the future to remedy this situation.
There was general agreement on the board with the
the matter would set an unhealthy precedent and that it
could be better handled administratively.
It appeared that after the discussion that the matter
would be ended with the chairman thanking the representatives
from the Association for the spirit in which the
matter had been presented and a move to the
4'Homework Hot Line."
Discussion on the request was resumed when Clifton
Graves rnsp fmm rh?* .-i ;r
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was going to be taken on the request.
A rflotion was made by Mrs. Wooten and seconded by
Dr. Sheppard calling for the Board to acknowledge
February as Black History Month and urging the schools
to provide information to their students on the contribuenow...
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Hons of fctacks'ier rhc American Rentage;
In the discussion before the motion was passed
unanimously, Dr. Sheppard called attention to the fact
that notation of the celebration of Black History would
MWMiUui nnTTft rttelW WCtttel beri559*<Htt V>th iftrMiS
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and city levels.
Graves spoke to the issue saying that "the Association
wanted the Board to take a moral stand on the issue and
let the administration work out the logistics."
Dr. Adams stated that there was no need for board ac
tion as he was in sympathy with the spirit of the motion
and could handle it. Also, he encouraged the association
to work at the state and local levels to effect the selection
of materials which would reflect the contribution of
Blacks to the American culture.
Mr. Wood seemed to be bothered by an action which
.he said would be a new departure, but voted for the motion
when he was informed that similar resolutions had
been adopted in the past.
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