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Some People Just Don't Understa
By ROBIN ADAMS
They came into the courtroom together as husband and
wife ajid they sat together as most married couples do.
judge, they suddenly became strangers.
"The black robe scares them, They feel like
they might get some time or that somebody in
the court system is out to get them. "
- Howard Johnson
The woman had taken a warrant out against the man
for trespassing. According to her testimony, her husband
came into their house and scared her sister, who was also
But the man testified,"I live there too, your honor.
This here is my wife. We got three youngin's and she fixing
to have another one."
Hooks' F uture H
By RICHARD WILLIAMS
The struggle for power between the two top offfctafctiv
the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization
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Executive Director Benjamin L. Hooks was indefinitely
suspended last week by the chairman of the
organization's 64-member board, Margaret Bush Wilson.
According to members of the NAACP board, the two
have differed over various issues since Hooks was elected
director seven years ago. Mrs. Wilson has been with the
organization since 1975, and had been considered along
with Hooks for the directorship when former Executive
Director Roy Wilkins retired in 1976.
"It's been a personality clash between them for a
while," says Walter Marshall, vice-president of the
By RUTHELL HOWARD
It's an oasis amid downtown congestion and traffic: a
meeting nlaee! a nlaee to rest, visit, chat nr even aet
periodic blood pressure and vision check-ups.
Downtown, across from the post office, elderly
residents are likely to wander into the Urban League
Senior Citizens Center just to say hello. Others may go
there regularly for crocheting classes, rap sessions or exercise
44It just gives me all kinds of enthusiasm to see a senior
citizen reblossom," says Gaylom Thomas, coordinator
of the center, which last week celebrated its first birthday.
44They have reached the retirement age. They no longer
provide. They are a part of a family, but kind of pushed
aside. But in here, they become individuals again. They
can express themselves in crafts and they have somebody
to listen to them.'*
The center opened last year on May 5 and has since
become a hub of activity for elderly residents, black and
The Monday crocheting classes are 10-1 p.m., the
Tuesday Cracker Barrel rap sessions for elderly men
1-2:30 p.m., and the Wednesday coed pinochle group -
which Thomas describes as a "lively bunch ? 12-3 p.m.
In addition, the Tuesday and Thursday "Add Health To
Our Years" exercise classes help keep the senior citizens
entertained and in shape, Thomas says.
"The purpose was to create a facility so that the seniors
in the county could come in and do their own thing,"
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The sister, who initiated all the action, did not appear
in court, and the man's wife was not at home during the
incident, so that ruled her .out as a credible witness.
The judge instructed the man, who was not represented
uy cut anurncy, 10 asK ior a motion 10 dismiss, an act
which the man soon performed, ti the judge's insistence"
?When asked after?the court?proceedings*^ HE*"
understood what had just taken place, the man said, "All
I know is that 1 get to leave the courthouse without paying
any money and without having to go to jail.*1
The situation that black man faced is similar to many
others that occur from day to day in District Qourt.
The majority of the people who appear in the courtroom
are usually poor black people who wind up there
suddenly or not so suddenly.
Whatever the situation, most black people come into
the courtroom without the services of an attorney and
most do not understand all of the legal proceedings that
For example, when court starts at 9:30 a.m., the first
thing the districTattorney does when he arrives is to call
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NAACP. "It hasn't been a wide-open
thing, but people in the organization have known that it
Mrs. Wilson gave no specific reason for relieving
" Hooks of his duties.
Board members have called for a special meeting on
Saturday, May 28, to discuss the issue, but are unsure
what actions the board might take.
In the meantime, local NAACP officials say the
suspension will not hurt their efforts here^
"I don't think that it will have an effect on the
organization locally unless Hooks is not supported by the
board," Marshall says.
y Some board members say that, under the NAACP's
constitution, the chairman has the power to suspend
Hooks; others say they are not so sure Mrs. Wilson has
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An Explanation Of
By ROBIN ADAMS
Five years ago, school board member John Wood suggested
to his colleagues that they open 4'traditional
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students, would be more academic, with emphasis on the
basics - math, English and science ? and less concern
with athletics. j
The school would also have more rigid discipline and a
stronger dress code.
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Lula Mae Robinson is afraid to go out after nightfall.
"I live with my sister and when we have to go out, we
make sure it's early in the day," says Mrs. Robinson, 65,
who lives on Jackson Avenue. 4'Last December, 1 went
out one day and got knocked down and someone took my
pocketbook with what little money I had for bills. My leg
still gives me trouble."
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"I've been robbed before. If I hear a knock, I call the
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But at that time. Wood says, "they (the board)
jumped all on me and stomped and killed the idea.'*
But now the issue is before the school board again.
This time, a committee to study traditional schools was
appointed and a survey designed to measure interest in
the plan has been distributed to parents and students. The
results of the survey will not be available until the first
school board meeting in June.
But Wood is still doubtful if there will be traditional
schools in Forsyth County for another three or four
"They promised to consider traditional schools,"
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141 live in Sunrise Towers," says one elderly woman
who wishes to remain anonymous. "I don't feel too
scared around my building, but I try to stay away from
streets where men or boys crowd around."
Officials of the Winston-Salem Police Department say
there are no statistics kept on the specific types and
numbers of crimes committed against the elderly.
However, they do offer the following observations:
"There are three general areas where elderly are the
victims/* says Capt. E.L. Moreau of the Winston-Salem
Police Department's Detective Division. "The first and
most common is the flim flam.
"The elderly seem to be very susceptible to it. They
tend not to trust banks, but they generally trust people on
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Wood says, "but 1 doubt that they will be in place. They
keep putting it on the back burner."
"They promised to do it after they get the school
reorganizational plan intact, but then they will continue
to nut if r*ff
"Because of the more academic concerns of the state
and the federal government, we will be forced to have
more academic schools," Wood said. "Everybody is
beginning to bear down hard on more academics."
Despite Wood's belief that traditional schools won't be
established in the near future, he says he is pleased with
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