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VOL. IX NO. 41 U.S.P.S. K
Officer Says l|B
By RUTHELL HOWARD I
Staff Writer H
Public Safety Officer James F. Hull I
says black officers in the Winston-Salem
Police Department support a reverse I E
discrimination suit that he and 26 fellow I
-^white officers recently filed against the ci- H I
ty and the police department. I I
Charging that Police ChieT Lucius
Powell was "discriminatory** in throwing I | I
out the results of a Jan. 8 department nro- H
motions test, 28 of 35 officers who passed H
the test filed the suit in Federal Court in
Greensboro on May 16. I
44We have received . contributions
(toward the suit) from black officers/' H
Powell decided to throw out the test, I
saying that it was unfair to minorities and I I
women after there were only two black I I
males and one white female among those I
35 who passed. H ^ 1
Put one black officer disagrees. H
44It was not/' says the officer, who
the exam. "I haven't heard one Cj
black officer who took the test say it was H 1
(discriminatory)." H "
He says the test consisted of questions H
on police-related situations and adds that HI
a few of the black officers who took the I
test said there was only one question they H ^^11
had reservations about. 44I don't feel it
was discriminatory," the officersays^
The officer adds that the chief should
have stated in writing, before he administered
the test, that if a certain
number of minorities did not pass the exam,
it would be invalid. 4'People took
months preparing. This is what they were
upset about," the officer says. H Julie Lai
Hull says there are other blacks who H School, 1
support the suit, but those questioned by H teens na
the Chronicle refuse to comment on the H title. Tti
situation. H co-spom
Hull says a white female also supports H Corporal
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Blacks Unhappy \
By ROBIN ADAMS
During a heated two-hour meeting before an overflow
audience Monday night, the city/county school board voted
7-1 to establish eight four-year high schools and
middle schools with independent districts by the fall of
1984 and at a cost of approximately $9 million.
Under the board's new independent districting plan,
studertts who start elementary school (grades K-6)
together might be separated when they attend middle
schools (grades 6-8) and again when they attend four-year
But the new plan the board adopted last night does not
include recommendations made recently by members of
'Courting:' Elderly I
But They Don't Liki
By ROBIN ADAMS
Janic Thomas can remember her first boyfriend with
the ease that most people can recall their names.
441 was at the bus station in Greensboro waiting for the
bus to take me to college/' Mrs. Thomas says. "And he
looked at me and said, 'You are cute. What's your
name?' Well, I loibked at him and said, 'Some call me
honey, sbme call me sugar, you can call me baby if you
Well, Mrs. Thomas is not college-age anymore -- now
she's 78 going on 79, but that still hasn't stopped her
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the blaclT community and the NAACK
4This doesn't sit well with us at all," said NAACP
Vice President Walter Marshall following the meeting.
"Under the label independent districting, no clear
methods are used to draw lines. Political pressures and
the affluent community can determine where the lines
The plan that uses geographic lines - under which
children who start out in elementary school together will
be assured of attending middle schools and high school
together, unless they move from their districts - is the
plan Marshall says will best serve the black community.
The other concern Marshall expressed with the plan endorsed
by the board is that the majority of the elementary
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from enjoying herself.
"I still have a good time and still enjoy living/'
Thomas says. "Now I go out with a lot of ladies my age
and we go to different parties. I don't have many male
friends now, but I'm not against male friends. I have had
male friends who wanted to marry me. But I wasn't ready
"When you are younger, you view males differently
than the way I see them now. Now they are basically companions.
I have a friend who comes over and fixes the
faucet or the door bell. But it's companionship and not
courting," Mrs. Thomas says.
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Community Since 1974 "
Thursday, June 9, 1983
By ROBIN ADAMS
The meeting room was full. In fact, all of the permanent
seating was occupied and extra folding chairs had to
placed in the aisles.
But out of the estimated 200 or so people who were
there, only a handful were black.
The meeting was the recent public hearing by the
WinstonrSalem/Forsyth County Board of Education on
the four-year high school plan and the reorganization of
On the agenda were numerous issues that at least indirectly
affect black people in general and many others
that specifically and directly affect any parent who has
Twenty-one citizens had signed up to speak at the hearing
and only six of them, most without school-aged
children, were black.
But the recent public hearing is not the only meeting
where black parents don't show up. In fact, at most
school board meetings, very few, if any, of the people in
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me auuicnce are oiaCK.
And, according to observations of teachers and other
school officials, black parents generally don't participate
tin the individual school PT A meetings, school programs,
By Aldermen, Businessman
Use Of City Fu
By RUTHELL HOWARD
Two members of the Winston-Salem Board of
Aldermen strongly criticized the city's Community
Development (CD) and Jobs Bill programs at Monday
night's meeting, saying economic development is
gradually gaining priority over housing and community
Alderman Larry Womble and a private businessman
opposed making a short-term loan of $333,000 of CD
money to First Stevens Limited Partnership for private
development downtown. And Alderman Larry Little
I Also Inside:
A Winston couple did such a good ioh nf
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I planning their own wedding that they made a
business of helping others tie the knot.
C.C. Ross is retired from the political
arena, but he still loves to talk politics.
More on our continuing efforts to secure an
interview with District Attorney Donald
Our look at local communities focuses on
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Ask Yo/onda A10
Editorials A 4
Magazine Page B1
People A 6
Love And Sports
Twenty-two years ago, the Twin City
League was formed to give black youth love,
sports and valuable lessons in life. It still
Sport*. Page B2.
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parent-teacher conferences or any other school activities.
One teacher notes that less than five percent of the
black students in her class this year had parents who participated
in any school activity.
"I feel very lonesome down here sometimes," says
Beaufort O. Bailey, the only black school board member.
"I think some parents use the excuse that it's
- too farxmt, dt ttiat they don 7 have transporta- ~
tion, too often. "
? Mildred Griffin
"Our children are suffering if the parents aren't taking
an interest. I don't care what kind of English you use '
when you come down here, but just come and be concerned."
"The number of parents we get to come out depends
on the type of program offered," says Fran Douthit, an
assistant principal and teacher at Clemmons Elementary
School. "If we have a program where the children have
to participate and the parents have to come and bring
them, then we have black parents there. But if we are
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questioned whether the Jobs Bill money would be used to
provide employment for those who really need it.
Both programs were adopted by the board, but not
without heated debate from both sides, "no" votes on
the CD Program by Aldermen Womble and Little and a
"no" vote on the Jobs Bill by Womble.
Womble said that loaning CD money to First Stevens
was "getting away from the original intent" of Community
"We have a very serious housing problem here and we
haven't proposed a really strong housing program,"
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Students, Parents Disagree
By RUTH ELL HOWARD
A number of black students in the WinstonSalem/Forsyth
County school system and their parents
agree that black children are punished corporally more
often than their white classmates - while others say they
haven't perceived a problem.
Statewide statistics rank the area's system as reporting
the largest number of black students punished corporally
and the eighth largest percentage.
Black students from grades five to 12 say there are problems
with corporal as well as other types of punishment.
"Teachers don't treat us right," says one ninth-grader
who asked not to be identified. "If we do something
wrong, they write us up. White students, they can talk all
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ioua and stuff, but if we do something, they'll write us
"It seems like, since they got the white principal, we
get punished more often than the white children," says
Jeff Nivens, a 12th-grader.
Anthony Hazel, a 12th-grader at West Forsyth Senior
High School, agrees. "I feel the same way because, in
some classes, they don't lei black kids get away with what
the white kids get away with," he says.
Tamia Miller, a student at Kennedy High School, and
Sharon Washington, a former Kennedy student who will
attend the Optional Education Center next year, also say
black students are treated unfairly. "If the white kids
wear shorts, they don't sav nothing," Miller says. "But if
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