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Vol. Vll No. 50 U.8 P.S. No. 06".
By Yvonne Anderson
Executive Director of the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Benjamin L.
Hooks, made a short visit to Winston-Salem last Monday,
taking just enough time to blast the Reagan budget
cuts and the apathetic attitude of black people.
Greeted with a standing ovation from an audience that
packed the annexed room of Shiloh Baptist Church on
Highland Avenue, Hooks began his speech by describing
the times in which we live as difficult.
"I've met with th$ president three times and if you
think he's a dumb washed-up actor, you're wrong," said
Hooks. "He's the best politician since Franklin
Roosevelt and he's about the business of changing this
Hooks stated that he didn't believe Reagan was a
racist. "He (Reagan) sincerely believes that what he's do.
ing is going to help black people, I sincerely believe that
; he s wrong," said Hooks to the roaring approval of the
Hooks attacked the administration for promoting the
myth that the social programs have not worked in the
Lola M. Parker Achievement A ward presented by Dr. Frea
By Yvonne Anderson
After many weeks of speculation and rumor, Larry
Little, alderman of the North Ward, has announced his
intentions to seek re-election to the aldermanic seat.
Little said that after careful consideration he had
decided to seek another term as alderman of the North
Ward because of the amount of trust the people of the
Ward had gtven-htmr ^
"I'm very appreciative of the confidence that the peo
By Yvonne Anderson
In his 31 years, Donald Lowry has experienced
more of life than most people have at 50. He has been
through the rituals of education, the conglomeration
of banking and the ordeal of prison. Having just
been released seven weeks ago, Lowry is staging a
new life as a gospel singer while working as a cook at
Reynolds Cafeteriar? ?
"Singing has always been my dream and now I'm
I going to actively pursue those things that I've always
wanted to do, but never did," said Lowry in a soft
voice, full ot emotion.
Lowry is no stranger to music, working with the
I group the Mighty Wonders, since high school. But,
^ hc was also interested in business. He attended St.
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"They have worked, we've seen senior citizens become
able to live in dignity, low income children receive a hot
-meal everyday, and ensured the people who couldn't afford
to buy the necessary amount of food, feed their entire
family. You can't tell me those programs have not
worked," Hooks belted inthelone ola Sunday sermon.
He also chided the black community for its attitude
and apathy while addressing recent comments about the
poor stale of the NAACP.
"I understand that the NAACP is not what it ought to
be, but it's the best thing black folks have to fight the injustices
in this country and we ought to support it belter
than we do."
Hooks went on to say that blacks generate a gross national
product of $140 billion a year and that the time has
come to spend that money wisely. He said that blacks
should use education and the vote to combat the current
"We need to use our vote wisely, if we vote right we
could have a black senator from North Carolina who
understands what it is to be poor and underprivileged,"
Hooks said, alluding the conservative N.C. cartel of
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Ida Witherspoon, National President, /o Dr. Violet Ma!one
pic of the Ward have placed in me by electing me to serve
as the elected representative of this district for three-and
one-half years," Little said.
He stated that he believed his record would reflect his
conservative budgetary attitude in not supporting tax increases
and such extravagant ideas as the building of a
"At the same time, I've been strong in my support for
programs that would benefit the disadvantaged," Little
stated._Hc added that he would not support any tax in~See
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Andrews Presbyterian in Laurinburg, N.C., majoring
in business administration. Lowry worked lor
Wachovia Bank and Trust during his summer breaks
which later lead to a position in the stock transfer
department of the company.
"I knew that singing wouldn't pay the bills," he
explained, "But, it was my family who put the idea in
my head to study business. Once I got into it I liked it
and I really wanted to become a business man."
But Lowry's life turned full circle when -he was
convicted of forgery and afmcd robbery in 1974. He
was sentenced to 25 years and remained in prison for
seven and a half years.
"When I first went to Central prison I felt a lot of
hopelessness," L.owry reflected. 441 mean I couldn't
face the fact that I was going to be in there (prison)
for 25 vcars."
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Saturday, August 15, 1981
Sens. Jesse Helms and John East.
Security for the event was tight as sheriff's deputies
and city police stood watch outside the church while
Hooks spoke. Inside, the atmosphere was one of excitement
as the audience responded jubilantly to Hooks'
"We've got to rebuild a white alliance because
throughout our struggle, there have always been whites j
who helped us," stated Hooks. Giving a plug for the
September 19 Unity Day march to be held in
Washington; D.C., Hooks called for busloads of
Winston citizens to descend on the White House to let the |
administration know that the people are not in agreement i
with their domestic policies. i
Hooks also commented on the status of the Voting i
Rights Act which is due being debated lor extent ion in
Congress. He saiu during reconstruction, there were
stronger civil rights laws on the books than the Voting
Rights Act and they were outlawed.
"The Voting Rights Act changed the cmuplexion of
this country and we must tight to keep that law on the
-The Rev. Jesse Jackson^ the-Coke -business. _
Founder of People United --Coca Cola's minority
to Save Humanity (PUSH), hanking program is totally
has agreed to end its
beyeett of tbo Coea ?
Company in return for the A ^ xx fYl 1 C
company agreeing to spend \JX XXX A X J.
- some $30 million in the
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The national boycott was I - *1 T1
spearheaded by PUSH and A A J. A J
supported all over the nation
by black leaders and
community organizations. Faced with uncertainty
Specifically, the boycott OVer federal and state budgrew
out of Coca Cola's get decisions county cqmgene>al
policies toward the missioners will open the 1
black community. PUSH 74^ Annual Conference of
. complained thai: Not one the North Carolina Associa- :
black sits on the company's tjon of County CommU.
18 member board of direc- sjoners here # ,.ght Q|
t0rSr, ?o r vein and close il with
--wui v/i j j\j uviiiti i i ailchises
and 4,000 fountain Pr?ye^.....
In between, the confewholesalerships,
none are . . . . *
owned by blacks. rence- scheduled for the ,
-Out of $169 million Benton Convention Center
spcnl on domestic advertis- August 13-16, will feature (
ing, less than $500,000 is workshops dealing with the <
spent with Black overal1 ,he e "Managing t
newspapers and magazines. With Less. t
-Coca Cola has reneged Governor Hunt is sche- 1
on its promise to create a duled to address the Confe- '
venture capital company to rence on Friday evening. 1
aid "Btaclc cntreprenews-kv - August 14. \
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Benjamin L. Hooks smiles as he makes a point during a
43 minute speech held at Shi/oh Baptist Church.
inadequate in that it provid- additional $114,000 to- be
ed for only a, $1,000,000 deposited among eight
deposit in one bank and an See Paxe 2
sioners To Meet
Workshop topics will in- care cost, Medicaid, interclude:
"County Impact of county annexation, public
Federal and State Budget assistance funding and
Cuts," "Human Services: mandates/Financial strain.
Matching Management and Members of the Council
Services to Fiscal Re- of State and the Governor's
straints," "Understanding Cabinet will be honored at
Public School Budgets," a Shrimparoo on Thursday
"Revaluation," "City/ evening; and at that event.
County Relations," "The awards will be presented to
1981 General Assembly," outstanding members of
ind "Public Relations." affiliate organizations.
President Claud (Buck) The annual business ses3'Shields
of New Hanover sion will be held Saturday
County will preside over a afternoon, with First Vice
esolutions committee President Grover Lancaster
neeting Thursday morn- of Craven scheduled to be
ng. Resolutions submitted elected as incoming presin
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ion so far deal with federal Second Vice President
>lock grants, .domiciliary See Page 2
He said that while in prison he stayed secluded and
made less friends. His inspiration to survive canto I
through the being of his younger brother, who was I
attending school out of state at the time.
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i k-h nidi ii iic couiu conuuct nis me away from
home and he way younger than me,'lhen, I too, could
take ad\antagc of some opportunities and change m\
life," Lowry said forcefully.
He then began taking courses in the extention program
from University of North Carolina. Wl>cn he
transferredToTh<TT;adkinville prison, Lowry emercd" ' ~~
Surry Community College on the study release program.
He took all the vocational cla^e.s he could, including
cooking and pastry-making, which later
enabled him to get his present job with Reynolds
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