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Salem Chronicle
The Twin City's Award-Winning Weekly
. XIV, No. 49
U.S.P.S. No. 067s to
Winston-Salem, N.C.
Thursday, July 28,1988
32 Pages This Week
Funeral directors convention draws national personalities
^hfonlcle StaH Writer
The Rev. Jesse Jackson will
^und out a star-studded list of
akers at the National Funeral
fcirectors and Morticians Associ-
tiion Convention to be held at
The M.C. Benton Convention
Center Aug. 6-12.
About 2,000 people are
ixpected to attend, including
1,500 association members, sev
eral exhibitors and special
Jackson and Democratic
Party presidential nominee
Michael Dukakis were invited to
attend, and Jackson recently
accepted his invitation, Jerry
Gilmore, III of Gilmore's Funeral
Home said Tuesday. Jackson's
arrival time has not yet been
finalized. Dukakis is expected to
attend also, but has not yet been
confirmed. "It will be on a pop-
in basis," Gilmore said.
Gilmore said the national
organization has a membership
of over 2,200. Harry J. Carter of
Chicago is the outgoing presi-
denL Carlton C. Douglas of Bal
timore, currently president-elect,
will take the helm as president at
the end of this convention.
Gilmore is running unopposed as
president-elect and said he
expects to take over as president
of the organization in two years.
Tony Brown, a nationally
known public speaker and syndi-
cated columnist, will highlight
the Tuesday, Aug. 9, Award Ban
quet The event will be followed
by a dance with music provided
by the Sweet Dreams band.
Please see page A11
{lection plan
fiay not pass
Konicle Staff Writer
I The county electoral district
t, the result of an NAACP suit
linst the county, is nowhere near
loming a reality, as the local dele-
fclion of the state legislature
pdy appears split on the issue.
iThc president of the local
pch of the NAACP, Walter Mar
ti County Commissioner
b HoJlcman agreed to a modified
ftet approach on the eve of the
is court date. U.S. District Court
ige Eugene A, Gordon signed the
■eraent two weeks later.
I The National Association for
lAdvancement of Colored People
d the county in 1986, claiming
kt the county's at-large election
pern diluted the Afro-American
fi and prevented Afro-Americans
n participating fully in Forsyth
fenty politics. Many community
jders hoped a straight district elec-
Please see page A11
School board continues
public forum on two issues
Debate grows over academic standards,
selection of school superintendent
Chronicle Managing Editor
Photo by Mike Cunningham
Jamian Clark and Corry Gwynn, both 3 years old, don't waste any time in preparing for a
soothing and relaxing "foot dip" In the sand.
"Qualifications" has been the
operative word at the most recent
school board meetings, both of
which were special sessions to
allow public input on two contro
versial issues: the selection of a new
school superintendent and a propos
al to abolish academic requirements
for membership in school service
The first special session was
held July 18, but as the discussions
concerning the proposal to abolish
academic requirements became
heated and prolonged, the board
decided to continue the public hear
ing on Wednesday, July 27.
Given the diversity of sugges
tions from the public on the qualifi
cations for school superintendent,
the next one must be all things to all
people. The one point on which
most of the citizens seem to agree is
that the person should come from
within the local system.
Most of those making presenta
tions represented community and
educational organizations. Janet
Wheeler, of the Alpha Kappa Alpha
sorority, said the new superinten
dent should have ", values
and motivational skills...She said
that such individuals currently exist
"within the administration staff."
The Rev. Diane Dixon-Proctor,
associate pastor of First Baptist
Church, suggested that the school
board consider someone "sensitive
to the cultural diversity of the stu
dents" within the local school sys
One concerned parent, Beverly
Gamble, came to the meeting even
though her children have now grad
uated from the local school system.
Gamble said she still had concerns
about some of the problems she
experienced when her children were
in school. She called upon the
Please see page A11
Low self-esteem major problem in adulthood
Compiled From AP Wire
Pprah leads group to S. Africa
Abused children turn into abusive parents
Chronicle Staff Writer
■ALEXANDRA, South Africa (AP) -- An American
foup sponsored by television personality Oprah Win-
Fy on Friday treated elderly residents to a hot lunch
p is to become a weekly feature in this impover-
ped black township.
Organizer Armstrong Williams said Ms. Winfrey
never been to South Africa, but became interested
I w Alexandra after interviewing Mark Mathabane,
l|lio grew up in the township.
One out of every three or four
women was sexually molested as a
child, and one of every eight men are
molested by their 18th birthday, a local
child protection official said recently.
And many more have suffered
physical abuse.
The people who commit these acts
are usually parents who carry a well-
defined load of psychological baggage
which contributes to their troubled rela
tionships with their children.
Abusive parents' relationship with
their children often reflects their child
hood relationship with their own par
ents. An abusive parent often had little
emotional support, care or love as a
child. "Fear, frustration and anger are
associated with these unmet needs, and
abusive parents are more likely to act on
impulses," according to the U.S. Depart
ment of Health, Education and Welfare.
"Abusive parents often lack the skills
and abilities necessary to provide for
their own emotional stability...and they
have not learned how to cope with the
anger, fear and frustration they feel."
The result is often low self esteem,
a characteristic common to most physi
cal and sexual child abusers. Low self
esteem leads to low expectations, which
leads them to reject positive relation
ships with others creating a vicious
cycle that follows them far into adult
hood. These problems lead them to
avoid social interaction and sometimes
hurts career advancement
Such behavior leads to another
common characteristic of abusive par
ents —isolation. They often avoid rejec
tion and anger by breaking off close per
sonal relationships. They are afraid to
reach to others, causing them to look to
family members to fill all their emotion
al needs, adding pressure to the family
unit and increasing the likelihood of
I No charges against Mrs. Richie
Fnda Richie, wife of pop
^er Lionel Richie, appar-
won't be prosecuted
X ^^t3cking her husband
beating a young model
found him with in a
Hills, Calif., apart-
fni last month.
Residents make way
for new fairgrounds
Please see page A10
Chronicle Staff Writer
Nfd approves black frat membership
I., V*®ON, Miss. (AP) - The state College Board
IIapproved a lease for a 20-member fraternity to
the first black group to live on all-white Fra-
fnity Row at the University of Mississippi in
The board approved the lease without debate
I blacks lags in Navy
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Navy is studying why
• promotion of blacks in its ranks lags behind that of
f other services, 40 years after President Harry S.
tttan Ordered the nation’s military to integrate.
The residents of Shore Fair
Drive have endured the sounds of
the annual Dixie Classic Fair and
the not-so-distant roar of the crowd
from Ernie Shore Field for more
than a decade.
But the neighborhood will
soon be nothing but a memory for
the residents, mostly retirees, some
of whom have lived there almost
30 years.
The west side of the street is
already gone, the people moved,
the 11 houses pulled from their
foundations and placed on Clark
Avenue. The fair midway will
soon replace them.
Those on the street's east side
may have only one more fair to
contend with. Their houses will
likely be placed on Clark Avenue
as well, in an area which has stood
vacant since the city levelled con
demned housing there almost 10
years ago, city Real Estate Super
visor John Cockerham said.
The residents on the west side
sold their homes for an average of
$65,000 to $70,000 and moved
with the help of the city Housing
Services Department, Cockerham
said. The houses will be resold
once they are rehabilitated on
Clark Avenue, and the current resi
dents will have the option to buy
them back from the city.
And as the process is ending
for the west side of the street, it is
Please see page A10
Photos by Mike Cunningham
An angry Mrs. Frances Hall stands at the end of her yard just across from where con
struction work Is being done to complete the new fairgrounds on Shorefair Drive. The
city has purchased the houses on the west side of the street and is now moving them
to other locations. The homes on the east side will soon meet the same fate.

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