Vol. VU No. 30 U.S.P.S. No.
By Donna Oldham co-workers, and the second
Stqff Writer was a newspaper article in
which he said he saw people
Two things made North "licking their chops,"
Ward Alderman Larry Lit- waiting to find someone
tie decide not to quit. One else to take my seat." Little
was the support and con- said he wouldn't give them
cem expressed by his the satisfaction,
friends, constituents and Little hand delivered a
"Southern Bell Disc
VBy Donna Oldham
Citing discrimination, harassment by management and
loss of hearing due to their jobs, repair clerks for the
Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Co., picketed the
company's office Monday morning. The employees,
members of local 3616 of the Communication Workers of
America, told the Chronicle that they were holding the
protest, not a strike to let the public know of their plight.
"We are tired of being forced to lie to the public and
we're tired of Southern Bell treating us like we're
animals," said Betty Carter, a spokesperson for the
According to leaflets that a dozen or so sign carrying
"protesters distributed, thcfe protested the fact that...
-The repair clerks are forced to deceive the public,
with the threat of being discharged if they don't say
" Replacement of your phones NOW is handled at our
phone center store at no charge."
According to Ms. Carter and Judy Carmichael, shop
Stewart, that information is not correct.
"We are not allowed to inform our customers that the
monthly rate they pay does indeed include home visits
free by the repairman. In other words, the trip to the
Phone Center Store is unnecessary unless the"customer
wants to buy a Designline phone," Ms. Carmichael said.
The women also cited...
-Timed restroom breaks, where they have to sign in
and out, state how many minutes they were in the
-Repeater squeals called accoustical shock, which they
believe are causing them to go deaf.
-southern Bell management insists on harassing
employees and yelling at them as though they were
?Management is inconsistent in policies.
?Repair clerks are told which doors to use to enter and
leave their departments.
-Employees are required to wear their headsets, even if
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Time To Unite
By C.B. Hauser CIA and the FBI are tools
Special To The Chronicle used in this sinister scheme.
He called upon his audience
to recognize .this
Dick Gregory, the "craziness" and to unite to
celebrated activist, make the American system
philosopher and comic, ap- work as it can work for the
peared before a near capaci- benefit of all peoples,
ty audience at Salem Col- The progress which has
lege Thursday. His perfor- been made recently to immance
was almost a carbon prove the condition of
copy of his appearance at blacks and whites has been
Wake Forest University due to the work of a hand
some two weeks earlier. full of committed blacks
Gregory spent two hours and whites who have united
and 45 minutes, alternating to make the system work
from the comic to the right. He identified the
serious, commenting on committed groups as the
almost every aspect of NAACP, the SCLC, and
American society and oh the Urban League and askthe
major issues of the day. ed his listeners to support
His message was that "a them,
few old men, motivated by Gregory criticized blacks
greed, play on the fears, for listing athletes and
prejudices, and hatreds of entertainers as the most adpeople
to keep them divided mired persons of their race
and fighting each other and scorned black fraterwhile
they are being ripped nities and sororities for
Gregory said that the See Page 12
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wvipviiiug un i ucbuay aurumcniai in nciping to
afternoon rescending a almost terminate his job as
resignation that he had an academic counselor at
hand delivered to the Winston-Salem State
mayor's office Friday after- University,
noon. Little delivered the seHe
said he resigned in- cond letter Tuesday and for
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Repair clerks aI Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph
picket outside the phone company office.
they are not at their desks or consoles. They must wearthe
headsets at all times, even while in the restroom, or
they will be written up and the complaint will be put in
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Delegation Studies Bill
City To Get
By C.B. Hauser
Special to the Chronicle
The Forsyth County Delegation to the General
Assembly may change its policy and introduce the Board
of Aldermen's request for enabling legislation permitting
the enactment of a fair housing ordinance.
The chairman of the delegation, Senator Marvin Ward
(D-Forsyth) told a forum sponsored by the New Horizons
Fair Housing Committee that he would ask to make the
change this week. The delegation has a policy of not asking
for local legislation if the request for it is not
By Donna Oldham
The three black Winston-Salem aldermen said that
they were not pleased with the city's proposed affirmative
action plan and will refuse to acknowledge it
until drastic changes are made by the city manager
and his staff.
The aldermen's comments came after a meeting a
week ago in which all the aldermen, with the exception
of Virginia Newell, who was absent^ refused to
vote on the affirmative action plan and also refused
to comment on the plan. The "Silent Strategy," as
their actions were to be called, was unintentional,
"It wasn't a question of remaining silent," said
North Ward Alderman Larry Little.
went at it because there are a number of
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mail to the mayor.
"1 was at the lowest point' ^ ?
of my life Friday, that I had .' * & **vV
ever been and I had to get
out of town and think, and V ***", M
then when I picked up the
Sentinel Monday and saw HSb" ^jyj
how Joe Parrish was saying 4
that he wanted the same m
rights that the Republicans B I
had when Cavanaugh
decided to run for the ygUpy^
Senate, I almost got sick to
my stomach," Little said. K j
He was referring to Joe "'* %*
Parrish, chairman of the ws" * * jL
Forsyth County Democratic ' <, ^WK- j*ZS
Party, who had stated in a -r
newspaper article that he - # " *;
wanted to be able to pick Remember how much fun it was
someone to take Little's Smith, Jr., Kevin Wilson, Patrici
alderman seat in case he ments sure do.
should officially resisn.
"It really upset me. They
didn't ask is the man sick, is
something wrong, no, all J
they want is the same rights M M
that the Republicans got. M W Mjf^\ M\
They showed no concern kJ w/ \
whatsoever, just ready to
move. Then, I said to
myself, 1 could never, I
would die. When 1 saw that, K a
hey, I'm not even tired, it M m M #
tot my adrenalin going. I'm JL JL JL. %
more determined than ever
and stronger than ever to go
ahead on and do the things By Donna E. Oldham
that I know I have to do Staff Writer dai
and in this city. I used to tell aft
myself that I had to take The Winston-Salem State sp<
what they throw at me, no University Board of wo
matter what, 1 had to take it Trustees has recommended po<
and take it. But sometimes to Chancellor H. Douglas ent
you have to retreat, Covington that the contract wit
"sometimes you're not ready employing Alderman Larry boi
to battle on the spur of the D. Little as an academic ad- 1
moment and .1 u/acn't r?d? vienr until 1f\
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unanimous. The aldermen's request was passed 5-3. saic
The meeting which was attended by about^45 persons I
had been called to share information on why the bill was 11, s
not introduced in the state legislature calling for an enabl- by (
ing act to allow the Winston-Salem Board of Aldermen to uni
pass a fair housing ordinance. ger
Attending the meeting were State Senator Marvin cha
Ward and Senator John J. (Jack) Cavanagh and Rep. to
Margaret Tennille of the delegation, and Mrs. Vivian vie
Burke and Mrs. Virginia Newell of the Board of
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tion Under Fire for!
ded Over Plan S
departments in the city that are still lily white. Little poli
said that because the county-wide labor base was be- bac
ing used as a basis for comparison, blacks were not "
being hired to work for the city like he feels they it >
should be. Litt
"There are a number of discrepancies with the aga
plan that were presented and I didn't want to offer sou
amendments on the floor at the time," Little said, the
adding that he was in "total disagreement" with the the
"There are too many black folks unemployed and the
I refuse to vote for the plan the way it is," he said. said
Little and Alderman Vivian Burke met with City the
Manager Bill Stuart last week and aired their com- fact
plaints about the plan, but Little would not reveal the nov
outcome of the meeting. me
Alderman Eugene Groce said that he made no "
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rhe board's recommen- If you play the game
lion came Tuesday night straight as 1 have attempted
er almost a week of to do, you go in the hole if
;culation that Little that is your only source of
uld be fired from his income. I looked at the job
iition because Covington at Winston-Salem State as
ered into the agreement providing me with some
h Little without the work experience, that I
ird's knowledge. needed, and the opportuni-ittle's
" victory," did ty to buy my mother a
come without some house. That was centered in
d feelings, as several my mind, to buy my mother
mbers of the board told a house. 1 just did not want
Chronicle following the to see my mother, who is
eting. approaching 70, spend her
4It was the lesser of two last days in the public hous1s...cither
honor the con- ing projects," Little said.
:t for six months and pay He continued, 44I said to
tie the $9,000, or be in myself, what do they want
irt for the next three - me to do? I have struggled
rs because we breeched and I have sacrificed in this
contract/4 a trustee city as much as anybody has
i. and here they're trying to
,ittle was hired on March blackball me in my own
is an academic counselor hometown, after I go to
Covington. According to that institution" and I
versity policy and the graduate with honors and
leral statues, the then I go and get a masters
ncellor has the authority degree and then they're gohire
anyone under the ing to tell me that they
e chancellor level don't want me to work. I
lout the approval of the mean I can't understand
tees. how blacks can sit back
,ittle said that it was his when we should be opening
lerstanding that inform- up the door for young black
the trustees of the hiring leaders; to sit back and just
in employee was 44just a try to pull somebody down,
nality." I mean, these people didn't
Vhen Covington inform- want me to eat and that was
the trustees that he had a heavy thing to deal with. I
jd Little during an ex- just couldn't believe what
tive session last Thurs- was happening. I mean, I'm
, the board expressed over here working. There
irvations about Little's was so much work to be
itics, his reputation and done in that area and I
kground. didn't have a chance to get
'My sources told me that into the students like I
vasn't a white against wanted to, because the files
le thing, but a black had to be updated and for
inst me thing. My them to sit up there and try
rces also told me that and pull that stuff. It was
chancellor's staff left unreal."
trustee meeting for the Little said he was part
time in the history of ticularly concerned because
university because they sources had told him that
I, "how can you slam former alderman C.C.
door in an alumni's Ross, Sr., had voiced strong
;?" They trained me, reservations about his hir/
they don't want to let ing.
work," Little said. "I wasn't in there and no
'I wanted that job one has come up to me and
ause, as an alderman, said any one name, but
don't make any money. See Page 22