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The Twin City's Award-Winning Weekly
U.S.P.S. No. 067910
Thursday, January 14,1988
42 Pages This Week
letter on KKK plot
By The Associated Press
WINSTON-SALEM - Seven weeks after a letter sup
posedly detailing a Ku Klux Klan plot to topple black
African governments was discovered, officials at the
U.S. State Department and a North Carolina church
drawn into the controversy are wailing for the mys
tery to be solved.
■'We’ve not had any information get back to us in a
while," said Bob Gribbin, a spokesman for the depart
ment. "We're in the dark right now."
The controversy started in November when Presi
dent Daniel arap Moi of Kenya expelled 16 American
missionaries after Kenyan newspapers published the
Tie letter, written on what appeared to be stationery
from the Foscoe Christian Church near Boone,
outlined a plot to overthrow several African presi
dents. The plot was alleged to be financed by $80 mil
lion and, to be carried out by missionaries in Kenya as
Officials with the State Department called the letter
hoax and have said they suspect the letter was writ
ten by David M.S. Kimweli, a Kenyan minister living
1 Carrollton, Ga., west of Atlanta. Kimweli operates
non-profit religious group and spoke at the church
ear Boone 11 months ago, the V/insion-Salem Jour
Kenneth Caswell, the preacher at Foscoe Christian
Church, said earlier this week that the church received
a Christmas card from Kimweli. Several members of
fie church also received copies of a newsletter frcmi
Kimweli, Caswell said.
'He was basically maintaining his innocence,"
Casweil said. "He said that he had nothing to do with
writing that letter."
Caswell, who was described in the letter circulated in
Kenya as the treasurer and director of covert opera
tions for the KKK, said publicity from the controver-
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"/ am one of the body of the
National Council of Negro
Women and I don't think the
other members think of me as
~ Pat Stanley, 1st VP, NCNW
unique 1st VP
By ANGELA WRIGHT
Chronicle Managing Editor
On the surface there is nothing unusual about
Pat Stanley. She was bom and bred in Winston-
Salem and lives in a comfortable home in Salem
Wxxis. She boasts (as any proud mother would)
about her beautiful daughter, the model, who lives
in Tampa, Fla. She has two d(^s - a black toy poo
dle named "Precious" and a lame dog that her
daughter rescued from imminent euthanasia while
working for a veterinarian.
But a closer evaluation reveals that Stanley is
indeed unique; she is a white woman in an Afro-
American women's organization. She is the first vice
president of the local secticm of the National Coun
cil of Negro Women (NCNW).
The NCNW was founded in 1935 by the leg
endary Mary McLeod Bethune, Afro-American edu
cator and civil rights activist, as a forum to address
the needs and concerns of Afro-American women
wd their families.
As first vice president, Stanley .is responsible
for identifying the issues on which the local organi
zation will focus and for designing the programs to
address those issues, according to Manderline '
Scales, state president for the NCNW. Scales noted
that some of the local programs are mandated by the
How does a white woman acquire such a
tremendous responsibility for issues affecting Afro-
American women? According to Scales, Stanley is
a "special person who has wcM-ked diligently at the
grass roots level."
"Others have as much or more know-how,
but she is concerned ^d she gets things done," said
Scales, who is also assistant vice chancellor for stu-
demt affairs at Winston-Salem State University.
"I don’t think of myself as a 'white woman',"
said Stanley.' "I am one of the body of the Nadonal
Council of Negro Women arid I don’t think the
othCT members think of me as being 'white’."
Stanley, who has been an NCNW member
for more than 10 years, said she has always had a
profound interest in Afro-American histay-. .
NCNW member Savannah Johnson was
instrumental in getting Stanley to join the organiza
tion. Johnson said the NCNW has had white mem-
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$6,000 reward offered
Six thousand dollars in cash
rewards is being offered for infor
mation leading to the arrest and
convictiwi of the person ot people
who killed Winston-Salem resi
lient, lamatha Ann Myers. Myers
was last seen alive on Aug. 8,
The North Carolina Governors
Office is offering a $5,000 reward
and the Winston-Salem Forsyth
County Crimestoppers program
will pay an anonymous cash
reward of up to$l,000.
Myers was last seen leaving
te Bee Hive Restaurant on Green-
way Avenue accompanied by a
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By ANGELA WRIGHT
Chronicle Managing Editor
Southeast ward alderman Larry Womblc has
named Earline Parmon to chair the local Jesse Jackson
presidential campaign and they have asked nationally-
known authcff, poet and playwright Maya Angelou to
serve as one of the co-chairs. Womble, who is disuict
manager for the JackscHi campaign, said Parmon will
effwts in Win-
and Forsyth W
within the 5th
"We plan to organize a grassroots campaign,"
said Womble. "We will build a coalition of viuious sec
tors of people across a broad spectrum."
He said the campaign would involve the elderly,
youth and the handicapped. A site for the campaign
headquarters has yet to be identifietl, but Womble said
they were looking at potential sites downtown.
• 'We want the downtown area because of the
access it provides for the handicapped and the elderly,"
said Womble. He also said that downtown was the
best site because it is accessible to bus lines.
Wimble recently led a signature drive to guar
antee Jackson’s placement on the slate ballot for the
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MLK funds to go to UNCF
lamatha A. Myers
Black students targeted
or teaching profession
BV JOHN FLESHER
Associated Press Writer
Raleigh - More blacks are
retiring from teaching than are
filtering the field, but officials
liope to reverse that trend with a
program that is designed to draw
more talented black students into
So far, the program has helped
(iouble the number of black appli-
for scholarships for prospec-
teachers, officials said
I think it’s going to have a
iromendous effect," Rep. Dan
Rlue, D-Wake, said. "We are los-
mg minOTities in the teaching pro-
more rapidly than ... in any
Since Project Teach was started
July, 144 minority youngsters
^''0 applied for scholarships
^der the North Carolina Teaching
Allows Program, which provides
400 scholarships per year to stu
dents who agree to become teach
ers after college.
In the 1986-87 academic year, 69
blacks applied for the scholar
ships, which provide $20,000 per
student over four years.
Leaders of the Public School
Forum of North Carolina, a non
profit group that promotes better
public education, reported on Pro
ject Teach to an audience of legis
lates, members of the State Board
of Education and educators.
Sen. Tony Rand, D-Cumberland,
said teaching was more attractive
to blacks and women when few
other paths were open to them.
"With changes in society's
views, they have more opportuni
ties and ... they’re going elsewhere
where they can make more
money," Rand said.
Project Teach was modeled after
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THE NATION'S NEWS
Compiled From AP Wire
Super Tuesday will
be good for Jackson
Super Tuesday once was viewed as a way for the
South to restore a down-home conservative look to
the Democratic Party, and possibly send a Sam
Nunn or Chuck Robb to the White House . Instead
the March 8 primaries and caucuses are emerging as
a Jesse Jackson showcase across Dixie, the kind of
day many black voters never dreamed about in 1965
when marchers battled for the basic right to vote.
Report: School bosses
an 'old boys' club'
WASHINGTON — The people who run public
schools are disproportionately white, male and older
than their counterparts in other occupations, accord
ing to a survey released today.
The phrase 'old boys' club' has true meaning
when it comes to school administrations.
Last guests move out of
The last guests and the longtime owner of the Lor
raine Motel, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
was assassinated in April 1968, have moved out
They packed their belongings Sunday, setting in
motion the process of turning a dilapidated, $18-per-
nighi motel into an S8.8 million civil rights museum
and educational center.
M.L.K. Jr.: Anti-Contras?
Martin Luther King Jr. would have opposed aid to
the Contras in Nicaragua, just as he opposed the
Viemam War, says Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich
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By ANGIE MARTIN
Chronicle Staff Writer
The ' ommemoration Committee for
the Birthday of Marlin Luther King Jr.
announced yesterday that funds raised dur
ing the memorial services here Mcrnday will
be donated to the United Negro College
Fund and to the East Winston Community
Dr. Serenus Chum, head of the com
mittee and pastor of Mount Zion Baptist
Church said that $12,000 will be earmarked
to assist North Carolina institutions support
ed by UNCF. Churn was speaking on
behalf of the Minister's Conference of the
Winston-Salem Area at a press conference
yesterday. The Minister's Conference is
sponsoring the King Day activities.
Churn said last year the Conference
raised more than $10,000 to benefit the
"Those mcHiies in excess of that will be
used to help underwrite f unding for the F-ast
Winston Community Development Corpo
ration," Chum said.
The East Winston Community Devel
opment Corporation is still in iLs infancy
stages but plans to address economic
rest(xation in the East Winston area.
'We're very excited al>out this program
and we feel that it is going to be a itulcsfone
of community cooperation and dcvelop-
menL" Chum said.
A series of activities are being planned
for King Day by the committee for Monday,
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Tony Brown helps local
woman convicted of larceny
By ROBIN BARKSDALE
Chronicle Staff Writer
The plight of a Winston-Salem woman
has caught the attention of syndicated
national columnist Tony Brown and prompt
ed him to pay her attorney's fees and court
Brown addressed his weekly column to
circumstances surrounding Veronica Bitting,
a former employee of a local Thalhimer’s
department store who in December was
charged with embezzlement. Bitting, who
subsequently had the charges against her
reduced to larceny, wrote a letter to Brown
volunteering her services to help promote
his anti-drug movie, "The White Girl." In
the letter, Billing described her own situa
tion and expressed her concern that many
young Afro-Americans facing conflict turn
to dmgs. Fortunately, Billing said, she was
"1 have encountered a lot but God kept
me away from dmgs and I was real down,"
said Bitting, a 26-year-old unemployed
mother of two young children. "I wrote
him (Brown) a letter responding to his
column on 'The White Girl' and I was
but that drugs never even entered my
mind. I told him how sad it was that peo
ple resorted to dmgs."
Bitting said she was "devastated" by
the whole experience of being charged
with embezzlement and the publicity that
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