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The Twin City's Award-Winning Weekly
mXIV, No. 28
U.S.P.S. No. 067910
Thursday, March 3,1988
28 Pages This Week
Jackson's victory: From 'Bloody Sunday' to 'Super Tuesday'
By KENDAL WEAVER
iated Press Writer
iSELMA, Ala. - For Jesse Jack-
s(Hi and his Deep South campaign
army. Super Tu^day may well be a
victory march that began on a
bridge on Bloody Sunday.
Black marchers seeking the right
to vote were routed by Alabama
|p>opers on the bridge at Selma on
• what became known as Bloody
Sunday, March 7, 1965. As that
anniversary approaches, black vot
ers are now forming ranks across
Dixie to make Super Tuesday,
S^Jarch 8, 1988, a landmark march
to the ballot box.
Political and campaign officials
say Jackson, the black candidate
for the Democratic presidential
nomination, could win six states _
Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana,
Georgia, Viiginia and North Car
olina _ with some whites joining
his core of black support.
They say he possibly could run
first in Arkansas, may be in the
top two in Maryland, and likely
will run among the leaders quali
fying for rich numbers of delegates
in the South's big bookend states
of Texas and Florida.
"February is black history
month,” says Rose Sanders, a black
who brought her Harvard Law
School degree back to handle civil
rights work in Selma. "We're
telling young people to make super
Lance predicts Jackson win
ROME, Ga. - Bert Lance, bud
get director for ihen-President
Jimmy Carter, said he expects the
Rev. Jesse Jackson to win next
month's Super Tuesday Democrat
ic presidential primary, forcing a
"brokered" national conv^tion in
Lance, in an interview pub
lished in Sunday’s editiems of the
Rome News-Tribune, said he
expects Jackson to win the most
^legates in the March 8 primary,
in which 20 slates, including 14
southern or border states, are
holding primaries or caucuses.
That scenario, Lance said, could
result in none of the six Demo
cratic candidates having enough
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black history on Super Tuesday."
Eleven Southern states with dou
ble-digit black voting percentages
are among 20 that hold primaries
or caucuses March 8. A 12th,
South Carolina, Jackson's home
state, holds Democratic caucuses
four days after Super Tuesday.
More than 900 Democratic
National Convention delegates are
at stake among this Dixie dozen,
with Jackson in position to claim
perhaps a third or more.
That would delight his followers
and also disturb his critics who see
him as an unelectable candidate
threatening to fracture his party. It
will take 2,081 delegates to win the
nomination at the convention in
Atlanta, far more than any cam
paign operatives or political
observers see Jackson cornering.
Rivals such as Sen. Albert Gore
Jr., who is expected to win over
whelmingly in his native Ten
nessee, are angling for their share
of the Southern delegates. Mas
sachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis
and Missouri Rep. Richard
Gephardt _ whose home states are
also in the Super Tuesday lineup _
are counting on scores of delegates
from Super Tuesday states such as
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"When graduation time gets
here, i wiii... do a holy dance
across the stage to get my
degree. It seems like It's so far
away, but still you realize how
quickly time does pass."
of Party's motives
idjusts to dorm life
By ANGELA WRIGHT
Chronicle Managing Editor
fey ROBIN BARKSDALE
Bh/onicle Staff Wrter
There's nothing'too unusual about a college student packing up her
aggage in the fail and taking up residence in the school's dormitory.
Jnless, of course, that college student is the 45-year-oId mother of three
Such is the case of freshman library science student Mary Watts, a
[transfer student from Statesville who came to Winston-Salem Stale Uni-
Iversity in August. Watts has gone the non-traditional label one better.
[Not only has she relumed to school late in her life, but she has chosen to
[take on the whole collegiate package, complete with roommate, shared
I shower facilities and cafeteria food.
"I would advise anybody labeled a 'non-traditional student' to give
[serious thought to going all the way with being non-traditional," said
l%tts, a resident of the campus' Dillard Hall. "If you come to live on
Icampus, you can avoid a lot of things that you have to worry about
■when you live off-campus. Don't let anyone tell you that you shouldn't
[ do it because of your age. Age is just a number you pul in a space when
I someone wants to know how old you are."
After her high school graduation, Watts received a full-tuition
[scholarship to Livingstone College in Salisbury. Although she originally
[thought she would enjoy home economics she soon discovered that her
lime interests were in library science. At that time, she said. Living
[did not offer a library science program. Walts said that while she wres-
Itled with career choices, another option presented itself: marriage.
Making The Grade
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Maty Watts, a 45-year-oid mother of three and a WSSU stu
dent, spends time working toward graduation (photo by Kim
Albert F. Grisard Jr., candidate for the Forsyth County Commission,
said he questioned the motivation behind a statement recently made by the
chairman of the Forsyth County Democratic Party. Grisard said the com
ments made by Michael R. Wells "kept the issue of race in the forefront."
Wfells said at a recent Democratic Party function that he would prefer
that the county party nominate an Afro-American to serve on the County
'With the percentage of bl^ks in the county, we should have someone
personally familiar with the black community's needs," he said.
NVfell's said he did not intend to imply that white County Commission
ers were not sensitive to the need^ of blxks. Grisard, a white candidate,
said he believed Wells’ comments were intentionally divisive and designed
so that the "current power structure maintains control."
"No one can be more personally sensitive to those issues than I am,"
said Grisard, who is the executive director of Big Brothers-Big Sisters of
Forsyth County Inc.
Grisard said that when he entered the race, friends had advised him
that the local Party would be supporting Gerald Long, Mazie Woodruff and
James Ziglar for the three County Commission seats which are up for re-
"My guess is that the black candidate they are talking about is Mazie,"
he said, "but I’m not sure they are in tune with how the black community
feels about the candidates."
Two Afro-Americans have declared their candidacy for the County
Commission. In addition to Woodruff, Ann Simmons, a Wachovia Bank
service representative, is a candidate.
\Nfells said that he also believed that the other candidates for the com
mission were "outstanding."
"But putting a minority there ought to be a priority," he said. He said
he thought an Afro-American would be elected to the county commission.
"The party ought to place special emphasis on electing a black," he
said, "because it is difficult to elect a black in Forsyth County."
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Chief won't discuss complaints
ITHE NATION'S NEWS
Compiled From AP Wire
/Ian sentenced to NAACP work
Chicago - Janfes Kalafut Jr., a white man sen-
fenced to perform community service work for the
NAACP after he harassed two blacks, was charged
1 a secOTd alleged racial incident, an assault on a
regnant woman with an Hispanic surname, police
[fKalafut was charged with etimic intimidation, bat-
/ and violation of his court-supervised sentence
ttor he allegedly punched a pregnant woman in the
omach and shouted racial slurs at her.
Judge Stuart Nudelman said Kalafut had been
feaught to hate blacks" and sentenced him to per-
Iprm 200 hours of community service for the
|f AAO’ and one year of court supervision.
riz. to consider King Day
[OENIX, - State lawmakers say they believe they
be able to approve a holiday to honor slain civil
jhts leader Martin Luther King Jr. after the
ipettehment ttM of Gov. Evan Mecham.
•'T promised the (acting) governor (Rose Mofford)
lat after the trial’s over that'll be one of the first
Jings we’Ii try to do," Senate Government Commit- j
tee Chairman John Mawhiimey said last Thursday.- : .
By ANGELA WRIGHT
Chronicle Managing Editor
The manner in which citizen complaints
against police officers are handled by the
police department is beginning to raise a few
eyebrows. A local minister says he has assist
ed several residents in filing complaints, but
none of those he assisted were ever told the
specific outcome of the investigation into
The Rev. John Mendez, of Emmanuel
Baptist Church, said that in one case the com
plainant was told only that the guilty officer
had "been disciplined.” He said that another
complaint he helped a citizen file about six
weeks ago has yet to receive a response.
According to Police Chief George L.
Sweat, a citizen need only call the police
department to register a complaint against an
offica-. But recent attempts by the Chronicle
to determine how many complaints had been
filed by citizens during calendar year 1987 --
the nature of those complaints and the dispo
sition of the complaints -- yielded little use
Assistant city manager Alexander R.
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Chavis says economics key to black empowerment
By ROBIN BARKSDALE
ChronkJe Staff Writer
Afro-Americans must actively con
centrate on economic empowerment or
continue to be shackled by psychologi
cal enslavement, the Rev. Benjamin
Chavis told an audience at Winston-
Salem State University last week.
Chavis, the executive director of
the Commission For Racial Justice of
the United Church of Christ, said that
there is a wave of negativism about
Afro-Americans sweeping the country
and that Afro-American communities
are buying into it in large doses.
”We must be aware that there is an
attempt to psychologically re-enslave
our people," Chavis said. "We should be
careful about thinking that just because
we don't have chains on our ankles that
we are free.”
Chavis, a member of the Wilming
ton 10, spent four and a half years in a
North Carolina prison during the 1970s
before the convictions of the Wilming
ton 10 were overturned by a court of
appeals and their records and names
cleared. He said he could remember a
time when "it was all right to be black -
it was a joyous occasion. Then the
assumption came, unfortunately, that we
had made it and we drifted back to our
old ways. In the 1980s, we're not just
drifting back, we’re being taken back."
Chavis said that such terms as the
stock market's "Black Monday," the
"black sheep of the family" and similar
references are destroying the pride that
Afro-American children have in them
selves and in tiieir heritage. Afro-Ameri
cans, he said, must avoid accepting neg
ative references which he said are per
petuated by the majority community in
the business world.
"I couldn't believe that everyone
kept referring to 'Black Monday' after
the stock market crash. Black people
didn't have anything to do with the
stock market crashing,” Chavis said.
"In the western world and in the busi
ness world, when something fails it's
something black. I was riding on the
subway in Harlem and sisters and
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