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By JOHN HINTON
Chronicle Staff Writer
. Poor black people who live near the corner of
Liberia and Free streets rarely receive visits from
' tall, white politicians ? even with police escorts.
Stuart W. Epperson, a Republican candidate for
I' the5th District U.S. House seat, ventured into their
neighborhood last week to announce the creation of
a drug-abuse task force in Winston-Salem.
"I learned that, on this very corner, it is not
unusual to see 9-year-old children selling drugs to
others their own age and younger," Epperson said.
"This is the most notorious drug corner in the city
Epperson held his news conference in Happy Hill
Gardens, a predominantly black housing project
near Old Salem.
Drug abuse spans all economic, social and racial
classes, Epperson said. 4'It is a staggering problem
affecting every member of our society in one way or
The goal of the nine-member task force is to stop
the demand for drugs, Epperson said. "Anyone
who is serious about the problem will support our
program," he said.
The task force includes among its members, according
to a release on Epperson's campaign stationery,
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School bus drivers
get raises, benefits
By CHERYL WILLIAMS
.Chronicle Staff Writer
; Driving school buses in Forsyth County is lookring
more attractive these days.
I The city-county school board, at its Monday
night meeting, approved a new benefit and compensation
package for bus drivers totaling $176,370.
The additional allocation was one of several adjustments
the board approved for its 1986-87
The county commissioners denied the board's request
for $375,000 in its original budget for adult
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Roots you can torn
By TOM MINEHART
A?oclated Press Writer
CRESWELL - Dot Spruill Redford walks 1
- manor house of Somerset Place plantation, pas
slave hospital, past the kitchen where a Union so
woman in 1862. She gazes at the canal her ance
then reaches out to a 5-foot-diameter cypress tr<
That's the one thing you can put your hand
? slaves planted these trees," Mrs. Redford saic
black people can't go back and touch somethi
;; their past."
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ihronlcfe Staff Writer
HIGH POINT - Public relations excutive
Robert J. Brown still clans to
vork privately with black South
Africans even though he will not be the
J.S. ambassador to that country.
Brown said in an interview Tuesday
hat he is leading a group of black
>usiness people to Johannesburg and
Capetown in late August to helg blacks
xgin their own businesses there.
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Chronicle Staff Writer
Three black custodians in the city/:ounty
school system say that since the
ystem's custodial staff is almost totaly
black, at least one of the two supervisors
should be black also.
"More than 90 percent of the staff is
>lack and there're no black supervisors/*
said one head custodian who
lid not want to be identified. "Where
he money is at, you don't have any
"It needs to be brought to the attenion
of the public and the school
)oard," he said. "I think custodians
jiay a main pari in inc scnooi sysicm
idants to gathei
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be plenty more to touch on Aug. 30, w
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ng a business trig
"Blacks in that country don't own
anything," Brown said in his B&C
Associates office. "Black people need
to control businesses in and out of their
"You can't change apartheid overnight,"
Brown said. "But something
has to happen while this process is going
on. The black folks there must
achieve economic freedom."
Brown, 51, withdrew his name last
week as a candidate to be the first
"We are not going
any more slums."
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By JOHN HINTON
s j ' Chronicle Staff Writer
Enough is enough, say t
^ - members of the city's Board
Many blacks in East Winsi
-already live in decaying, deni
$ v v <*; j packed public housing projc
with no central air conditionii
!say Southeast Ward Alderrr
Larry W. Womble and No
Ward Alderman Patrick
Hairston. The last thing the bk
community needs, they say,
more of the same.
"We got a lot of apartment*
the blac)c neighborhoods with
conditioners in the windows z
clothes- flapping all over
place," Womble said during 1
week's aldermen's meeting.
don't want any more hous
projects like that."
At issue is a proposed, c
financed $2 million housing p
ject on University Parkway n
13th Street. The board had vo
in January to build duplexes
fry James the site.
J. Aubrey Kirby of Kirby-A
here are the blac
but they are the lowest things on the
Steve Clodfelter, classified personnel
administrator for the school system,
said tnat the system employs 240 custodians,
including supervisors, lead
housekeepers and assistant
Ninety percent of the custodial staff
is black, Clodfelter said.
Of the 240, two people are supervisors
and theyare both white.
Of the 238 people remaining, 43 are
considered lead housekeepers or head
custodians. All are black except five.
The black employeee, who has been
a head custodian in the system for eight
r atplantation fc
1 there is than 2,000 descendants of the
ation 50 there for a "Homecoming." }
nion after 10 years of resear
?? other Somerset slave families
amlly "* think ^ out of a pe
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we're coming back as a famil
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black U.S. ambassador to South.
Africa. In the meantiitle, he said he has
notified the Pretoria government of his
impending business trip.
"We want to talk with whites and
blacks in South Africa and begin to
establish some links between the two
groups," said Brown, a former assistant
to President . Richard Nixon.
"Black people are not going to stop
eating just because of apartheid. They
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to let them create
$ for slums?
Associates, the architect who
developed the plan, said he
wo followed the city staff's instruc0*
tions for the complex. But
Hairston and Womble contended
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financed project ehould
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(photo by James Parker).
>ro- that the apartments, whch would
ear consist of flats and townhouses, .
ted would be too plain and too close
on to one another, and would offer
few amenities. '
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years, said that although he is satisfied
with his job, he feels that there is no
room for him to move higher in the
"I'm as high as I can go," he said.
"You can't get no higher when you're
head custodian. This is as far as you
can get if you're black.
"I'm at my peak right now," he
said. "I've got 10 more years to work.
I might as well be satisfied."
He said that at least one of the supervisors
should be black.
"We've got quality guys in this
department who can do the job," he
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slaves of Somerset Place are expected
tfrs. Red ford, who organized the reuch
on the history of her family and
i, said it is the first gathering of its
rsonal need I had to connect with and
o,M said the 42-year-old supervisor of
i? Va. "It seemed a natural culminato
actually see all these descendants,
here our ancestors wer? slaves* but
ly attending a truly huge family reue
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