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Vol. XIII, No. 15 U.S.P.S. No. 06:
I Miami's Yahwehs:
I By DAN SEWELL
Associated Press Writer
MIAMI - It was open house at the Temple of
B Blamed for murders, racketeering and brainI
washing, and under fire in the news media, the
Yahweh sect last week invited reporters and
cameras for a two-hour tour and a meeting with the
I King Week '87
By The Associated Press
ATLANTA - The birthday of slain civil rights
leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will be
celebrated next year with a weeklong series of
events, including a rally in Washington and a
radio tribute to be broadcast on 9,000 stations.
The second observance of the national holiday
in January honoring King also will be marked by
bell-ringing ceremonies in various cities across the
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The activities were included in a preliminary
schedule released last Friday by the Martin Luther .?
King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in
"We invite everyone to lake partin the activity <
in Atlanta or in your own city if you are unable to
take part in the national events," said Coretta
Scott King, King's widow and chairman of the
federal holiday commission that is coordinating
Lloyd Davis, executive director of the King
Federal Holiday Commission, said more than 100
nations participated in the King holiday activities
last January, and others are expected to join in the
King would have been 58 next Jan. 15, and Congress
has declared Jan. 19 as a national holiday in j
nis honor. The Atlanta native was shot to death in
Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968.
The 1987 observance will be launched with a
reception and rally in Washington on Jan. 14.
Federal employees will rally in the auditorium of
the U.S. Department of Labor at 1 p.m., and a
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; E. Winston library
By CHERYL WILLIAMS not under contro
Chronicle Staff Writer Adding to Jacl*
n f ? loud and unruly <
Before attracting more patrons fek we nM|
o the East Winston Branch ,ot of ^ jn OTd
. Library, Director Tim Jackson ^,
J n V u j . . . , to come in here t
M Jr- first had 10 ask some ?leave- library " he sav?
W "There were a lot of street oeo- " \. he wys
i. . . going it was s<
pie coming in," says Jackson, a * we had
Birmingham, Ala., native who . .
. 4. . !_ . we meant busines
has run the branch since 1984.
"We were right next door to (the With support I
Forsyth-Stokes) Mental Health ups at the Main I
(Center), and a lot of people and his staff c
coming in were, in my opinion, firmly laid down
"I remember he (the doctor) sold, 'W?
legionnaire's disease.' My wife and 11
Then I just told, 'People die from legk
- The Rev. Leonard V. Lassiter Jr.
The Rev. Lassiter: J
By ROBIN 8ARKSDALE carri
C^ronjcj+Staff Writer usua
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As he finished his benediction at a conven- ^
tion banquet, the Rev. Leonard V. Lassiter ^
Jr. never suspected that the flu-like symptoms
he'd begun to feel foreshadowed a
16-week fight for his life. ^ five
What Lassiter thought was an ordinary blac
cold turned out to be legionnaire's disease, a New
pneumonia*like illness caused by a tion
bacterium called legionella pneumophila. the
The disease breeds in stagnant water and is "It
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True descendants <
self-styled son of God himself, Yahweh ben
There were visits to the sewing shop where the
white robes and pants are made and to the laundry
room where modern washers and dryers keep them
white. And to the ice cream parlor, grocery store
and "bit of fish" store.
And to Job's Beauty and Haif*Salon, where a
patron having her hair put in cornrows passed the
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Mayor Andrew Young of Atlanta at a 1985 ceremc
the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (photo by James
comes back strong
1." were no longer allowed to loiter
tson's woes were in the library. When extreme
child patrons. situations called for the police to
tied to change a remove someone, the library ad
er to get people ministration supported his deciind
say this is a sion, Jackson says.
i. "In the early M1 was very firm in getting
>rt of difficult them out," he says.
to show people In the case of disruptive
is." children, Jackson says, the
library sponsored youth prorrom
his higher- &am$ deaiing with manners, peer
-l ary, Jackson pressure and showing respect.
the law. People Please see page A2
> think you might hove
looked at each other.
>nnaire't disease, dont
He was given a new
ed through the air in water vapor. It gressivel)
lly strikes without warning and renders pneumoni;
irgcts virtually helpless. Fewer than 10 me."
ent of its victims survive. Legionr
issiter is one of the lucky ones. thc pub|jc
rhe last thing I did before I got ill was to blamed fo
the invocation and benediction at the who had a
k newspaper publishers (National vention in
spaper Publishers Association) conven- Lassiter
at the Hyatt in June/' recalls Lassiter, began on s
pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church. Mys it waj
started out like a cold, but I got pros
Trjtfl Richie teaches
/IaWMT by example
Thursday, December 4,1986
of Judah or shades
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time by reading an unabridged dictionary* On sale
were Yahweh comic books, T-shirts, booklets,
pamphlets, posters and records. Dotting the
workplaces were small signs exhorting: "Life is better
with Yahweh" and "Come on op to Yahweh.'
Smiling young men, carrying tall wooden staffs,
offered homemade doughnuts and refreshments
before their leader appeared.
"(The Bible says) you shall know a tree by its
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Hjl Revlon boj
H by Twin Q
Mock funeral i
I By CHERYL WILLIAMS
Chronicle Staff Writer
1" OPERATION PUSH V call for
I tionwide boycott of Revlon has gain<
port locally among some black beaut
Meanwhile. Winstnn.Ral*m rhorl/M
IFayetteville demonstrations again
firm's products are planned.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Op<
PUSH leaders called for the boyc
response tocdmments made by Revl
quoted in the article as saying that
owned hair-care businesses will diss
and be sold to white companies in th
Bottner, president of Revlon's P
sional Products Division, also implie
black hair-care products are infer
"We are accused of taking business
from the black companies, but blac1
~ sumers buy quality products ? too
their black brothers didn't do thei
good," Bottner said in the Newswee
Edith. Williams, owner of E
oenests Beauty Salon; located ii
bny honoring Business and Technology Center, sa
i Parker). would support the boycott of Revloi
By CHERYL Wl
Chronicle Staff Wfl
. what her n
I classroom or ano
St. told board m
child, Keshia Kn
I her daughter h
received good gi
lease on life ^HR
r thought had
It didn't alarm me or shock
lairc's disease was first brought to
's attention in 1976. The virus was Hggr
r the deaths that year of 34 people
ittended an American Legion conPhiladelphia.
s uphill battle with the illness
i Saturday evening in June, and he
m't until the middle of September j\y% Rev. L.V. I
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This place Isnt
your ordinary bank
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of Jim Jones?
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.fruits. I hope you enjoyed my fruits today,'9
Yahweh ben Yahweh, born Hulon Mitchell Jr. 51
years ago in Enid, Okla., said after the tour of the
sprawling headquarters in Miami's Liberty City
area and of the nearby Yahweh Education Center.
"1 thank my father Yahweh for the chance to
meet all of you and to dispel some of the rumors
about the nation of Yahweh," he said in his first
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s planned in the city
Ms. Williams, a hair designer and
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cosmetologist, said she learned of the
boycott from information sent to her by
na~ the American Health and Beauty Aids fan
sup" stitute, or AHBAI, a black trade organizaicians.
t ^h Thc lcttcr ur8c<1 thc boycotting of
s e Revlon products and the buying of products
manufactured by black firms that
;r? 10n display AHBAI's "Proud Lady" symbol.
[?L In Ms. Williams said that her salon current_on
ex" ly uses relaxers made by Revlon. "Wa have ?J
... jars left," she said. "We will not buy
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One of the main reasons that her shop
ippear Revlon relaxers is because her
e next customers requested it, she said. But she
said that she doesn't feel her business will
. . be damaged if she discontinues use of the
4 th,at product.
ior o "Right now there are a lot of better
black hair products on the market," she
?away said ??Qnce t^c see how it can
<l?n" benefit them, they won't give Revlon a seotten
any Tomi Richard, owner of Hair by Tomi,
artl" located at 3601 Shellwood Road, said that
she will also participate in the boycott.
dith's Ms. Richard said that she had also i
i the / received information from AHBAI. She I
id she said ^at although she presently carries
i pro- Revlon products, she can always take them
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Transfer, don't test
LLIAMS grades on her first report card
ter this year show a decline.
,, . , Mrs. Pollock places some of
nt t0 sc ?? the blame for this decline on her
onday t at child*S fear of the teacher.
eeds is another <<If my chUd u no( happy ta a
er sc oo , no teacher's class, then I'm not happy,"
vl Mrs- Pollock said that she has
smbers that her to th* 1
de^'a^BoUon <* * " sch^'toTS.
S ? ? "? - ? - or. Howwd
- *~iA Sosne, an assistant superinten*"
"d "WW? *?<
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^ssiter His outlook has changed (photo by