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VOL. 2 NO 29 CHARLOTTE.NORTH CAROLINA 28216-Thursdav. January 23 1070 ~ ' " 1 '
Miss Sylvia James
Is Beauty Of Week
By Polly Manning
Post Staff Writer
Our Beauty for this week is
— Miss Sylvia James, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. David James
of Jamaica, New York.
Miss James is a very fas
cinating young lady. She was
born and raised in London,
England. While there she
attended Aylestone Senior
High School. She was a mem
ber of the swimming team, the
chorus, dramatic club and she
ran track. Her family moved
to Jamaica when Sylvia was
fourteen, but because she -
didn't like New York she was
allowed to stay in Ixmdon and
complete her high school edu
cation.
At the age of 15, Sylvia
graduated from Aylestone and
came to Jamaica to live with
her parents, with the impres
sion that she was now ready
for college.
The rules being different in
the United States, Sylvia
quickly found that college
would have to wait because 15
was to young to take the high
school equivalency test.
Our Beauty then had to
enroll in John Adams Senior
High School, where she parti
cipated in the same activities
as she did in London. Miss
James graduated at the age of
^6 from John Adams High
receiving honors and recogni
tions in the fields of English,
French and music.
After graduating, Sylvia
chose Johnson C. Smith as the
institution where her educa
tion would be furthered. She is
now a sophomore majoring in
communications. When asked
why she chose this field she
stated; “1 love to socialize
with different people and I
find it easy to express myself.
I feel that through communi
cations I can fulfill one of my
dreams and that is to help my
people. One thing that I found
here that I didn't see in Lon
don is a tremendous amount of
prejudice. I really want to see
what I can do about it."
Miss James, who is 18 years
old, is born under the sign of
Gemini. Her hobbies include
making her own clothes, cook
ing, writing, and martial arts.
She became interested in
the martial arts through her
brother and a relative who has
a black belt. She also feels that
it’s good exercise which helps
vour figure.
Her interest in writing
stems from another one of her
dreams, and that is to become
a writer. Her goal is to have
written her first book by the
time she graduates from
Smith.
Sylvia stated the first thing
she noticed when she returned
to the Untied States was the
style of dress.
Subscribers Can
Charge Post To
Bank Cards
Initial efforts to develop a
circulation department here
at The Charlotte Post are
bringing results in the form of
better services for subscrib
ers.
Rex Hovey, new Post circu
lation specialist, announced
this week that subscribers
may use their Master Charge
or HankAmericard accounts
to purchase subscriptions.
Customers who wish to use
this new service may call the
Post at 392-1306 and leave
their name, address, tele
phone number and bank card
number or request the Mr.
Hovey get in touch
Another new service allows
subscribers to buy subscrip
tions at the three Mechanics 4
Farmers Bank locations
Non-subscribers may pur
chase the Post in t>f* ' <*
loi ._y...^r
locations are soon to be added.
Present locations are Bitsy
Bounty, 3201 Beatties Ford
Road; Busy Bee No. 1, 505
Beatties Ford Road, Busy Bee
No. 2, 3018 Barringer Drive;
Dalebrook Pharmacy, 2504
Beatties Ford Road; Lunsford
Grocery, 125 North Irvin
Street; Mini-Pantry, 2305
I^aSalle Street and Queen City
Pharmacy, 2206 Beatties Ford
Road
Hovey said new billing pro
cedures are also being deve
loped which will allow for
more accurate subscription
billings than in past years.
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Food Stamps
Iifesaver For
Poor People
Attitudes about food stamps
differ, but Charlotte-Mecklen
burg officials are aware that
recipients favor the program.
"I'm convinced that they
(recipients) are very much in
favor of the food stamp pro-'
gram," said Lee Burgin, an
eligibility Supervisor with the
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Food
Stamp office.
Burgin said the program
gives a recipient more free
dom of selection than pro
grams in the past. He said the
present program allows a re
cipient more dignity than
other attempts by government
to help the poor.
The food stamp udmmstra
tor said politicians sometimes
make a target of federal pro
grams like this for political
advantage. He said his agency
will administer whatever
alternative ideas these public
officials enact. He is only
hopeful that such alternative
ideas are better ways t( help
the poor rather than worse
ways.
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been basically objective in its
attempts to inform the public
about food stamp program
policies. He said some bugs in
the program have been ironed
out over the last year and a
half and that not much publi
city is being given to the
program at this time.
Some press reports in the
past have reported social ser
vices like the food stamp pro
gram as being a waste .of
money and a •rip-off" of the
government. Many whites
consider these reports true.
In spite of these attitudes,
most observers agree that the
program is actually a life
saver for many families. With
the present state of economic
depression, statements from
food stamp recipients in re
cent published reports bear
this fact out.
One lady, the mother of five
children between the ages of 2
See FOOD on page 11
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New Law Give Tax Break
If your taxable income was
less that $8,000 in 1975. Uncle
Sam may owe you up to $400.
Ih most cases, family assis
tance such as welfare doesn't
count as income.
Working men and women
with low incomes should find
oul if they- qualify for a new
tax break called the Earned
Income Credit, urges H&K
Block, the nation's largest tax
preparation service. The com
pany has launched an infor
mation program, as has the
government, to alert those
whom the new law is designed
to benefit.
To claim the special pay
ment as a refund or credit,
eligible persons must file a
1975 Federal income tax re
turn -- even if not otherwise
required to do so. It doesn't
matter whether or not em
ployers took out Federal with
holding taxes since the credit
can create a refund
Individuals who can ans
wer yes to two key questions
probably qualify. They ire:
I Was vour adjusted gross
income (including earned in
comet less than $8,000'.’ -
2. Did you maintain a house
hold the whole year in the 1' S.
for yourself and one or more
children whom you Van claim
as dependents and who were
under l'J years of age or full
time students'.’
For purposes of this credit,
earned income includes salar
ies, wages, tips, and other
employee compensation alter
the sick pay exclusion, and
any net earning from self
employment income.
A widowed, separated, or
divorced mother who took a
job as domestic help to main
tain a home for her children
may qualify. Married couples
are required to file a joint
return to get the new tax
break
However, if for any reason a
joint return can't be tiled
when you are married and
living apart, you are consider
ed single for lax purposes and
may qualify for the credit if
you meet the following requir
ements: yon file a separate
return you paid more than
hail the cost to keep up you
home in 1975. your .spouse did
not live in vour home at any
time during 1975; and lor over
six months of 1975 your home
was the mainliome of one or
more children you can claim
as a dependant.
The Famed Income Credit
gives those wfm qualify a 10
j>er cent refund or credit a
gainst taxes owed based on a
maximum ol $4,000 of earned
income. It income exceeds
$4,000. any credit determined
thus fur is reduced by 10
percent of the excess over
$4.(Kin It you- have income of
more than SK.lMHI there can be
no credit. For example:
A qualifying individual has
adjusted gross income totall
ing $6,000 of which $5,000 rep
resents earned income al
ready explained His Karned
Income Credit is $200 deter
mined as follows 10 per cent
ot the first $4,000 of earned
income equals $400, 10 per
cent of the excess over $4,000
equals $200,
ur. King nevivrs
Beat Of Civil Rights Movement
The Kev Martin Luther
King Sr,, will not be leading
many street marches in (fie
manner which brought fame
and honor to his son, but when
he addressed an estimated
10,000 persons honoring his
son in Atlanta, he managed to
i ingle handedly revive the
beat of the civil rights move
ment.
In a response to pleas of
' preach, preach," the fiery
father of the slain civil rights
leader told a parable of poor
people who walked to a doc
tor's office only to find the
office closed and a sign on the
door. ''That was like Martin's
sign, too," the elder King said
Appearing to fight back tears,
he continued "It said, ‘Still in
business. just moved
upstairs.' "
"Daddy King." as he is best
known in Atlanta, continued to
excite the crowd by telling
them that he was glad his son
did not qult'despite the threats
and harrassment he received
By the time he finished, the
crowd had erupted into cheers
and applause.
The march/ which was bill
ed as a march for full employ
ment. was led by Dr King s
widow and president of the
Martin Luther King Jr. Center
for Social Change. Mrs Coret
ta Scott King. She led the
marchers from the Ebenezer
Baptist Church where King
once pastured to th^ Federal
Reserve Bank Building in
downtown Atlanta
Dignitaries of all kinds join
en the march. The Mayor of
Atlanta, Maynard Jackson,
was among four big city may
ors in the march The others
were Coleman Young of De
troit. Richard Hauher of
Gary, Ind.. and Abraham
Beame of New York.
U S Congressman Andrew
'i oung of Atlanta and Murray
H. Finley of ihe National
Committee for Full Kmploy
ment were among the other
national figures sharing a
platform provided by the city
for the event
The march in Atlanta was
the first on what would have
l>een the 47th birthday of the
slain civil rights leader
The crowd of mostly blacks
and only a trickling of whites
sang familiar civil rights
songs and carried placards
urging passage of legislation'
to make the birthday of Dr
King a holiday and ones urg
ing Gerald Ford to bring about
full employment
The Georgia legislature
paused for periods of silence
honoring King and the 22 black
I
I)r Martin Luther King Sr
Father of slain leader
representatives in the state s
legislative both will introduce
bil|s ihis session to in.ike Dr
King's birthday a state hole
day Similar .measures last
year tailed
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In Wake Of Bier in Removal
NWCAA Officials Call For FuU
Scale Investigation Of CAF
Volatile Group To Wage
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Letter Writing Campaign
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Blacks in Ihe Northwest
Community Action Associa
tion have called for a full scale
investigation of the Charlotte
Area Fund (CAF-i in the wake
of the agency's recent transfer
of a popular white community
organizer.
. Lewis C. Coleman. NWCAA
president, said the request for
an investigation of the CAF is
contained in a letter his group
has sent to the William Walker
regional director for the
Community Service Adminis
tration located in Atlanta.
"The action the Charlotte
Area Fund has taken in re
moving Dave Blevins from the
Northwest area is an indica
tion that the Fund is not at
tempting to serve the needs of
the people it was designed to
serve.” Coleman said this
week.
'll is the feeling of the
executive committee of NW
CAA that some kind of move is
afoot from some place to un
dermine community organiza
tion like ours,” said Rev.’
Howard Campbell of NWCAA.
The controversy surround
ing the Charlotte Area Fund
developed when Dave Blevins,
a white community organizer
was removed from the north
west area on the grounds that .
the CAF was being reorganiz
ed He was sent to east Char
lotte w here lie will be working
with a community of about
8,000 compared to the 45,000
persons, black and white, he
had been helping.
Blevins has filed a griev
ance with the CAF but mem
bers of the NWCAA have not
been allowed to officially
speak in his behalf "The cha
irman fo the CAF hoard put us
out of his office and refused to
hear us," Coleman said
Campbell said the group
must now resort to waging a
letter writing campaign to the
various news media and mem
bers of the board of the Char
lolte Area Fund, One third of
thcU'AF board is composed of
elected officials or their rep
resentatives.
Campbell said it will take
the dedicated effort of all per
sons in the 12-group commun
ity action association to w in a
reversal of the transfer of
Blevins
Blevins, 33, is currently of
the Northwest Charlotte area
He joined the CAF in IMF
Scramble On Io
Replace Wilkins
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•sow mat Hoy Wilkins has
announced his decision to re
tire from the Nationa Associa
tion lor the Advancement of
Colored People, the scramble
is now on to replace him.
Sources in the NAACP have
told the Charlotte Post that
more than 20 applications
have been received for the
$30.oooa year job as executive
director of the na on's oldes
civil right organization.
W ilkins announced recently
that he will retire elective
Jan I, 1977, but remain with
the group as a special consul
tant
The retiring NAACP direc
tor leaves alter directing a
fund raising campaign to help
the civil rights group erase a
debt of over $250,000 The na
tional office of the NAACP has
reported to loc al slate chap
tors that the fund drive is
paying ofl and the debt is close
to licmg paid in full
Alan Kousseau. state coor
dinator of the North Carolina
NAACP chapter believes a
formal announcement that the
debt has been paid off will
come in March or April Me
sa id concerned persons in the
state contributed more than
$10,000 toward retiring the
debt
We are still encouraging
contributions " Kousseau said
and he urged interested per
sons to attend the Charlotte
Mecklenburg NAACP's birth
day celebration Fob 7, at the
Holiday Inn. Woodlawn. just
olf Interstate 77 He said the
celebration will be- part ol a
national membership drive
and Mrsi Margaret Bush Wil
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Kelly Alexander Sr
Assistant Board Chairman
son the lirst black chair
woman ofr the NAACP's na
tional Iwiard of directors will
speak at 7 :w pm al the $10
per plate affair
Kousseau would not admit
it. but sources in the NAACP
report that officials in the
states NAACP unit are
among those seeking the post
hold by Wilkins The sources
also said that the heads of
other civil rights groups and
national black politicians are
among those applying for the
joli
A special IS member com
mittee set up to review appli
cation has boon established by
the NAACP and Dr. Montague
iCobb of Howard University
w ill chair the group
In a related action. Kelly
Alexander. Sr . of Charlotte
has been named assistant
chairman of the national
board of directors of the
. NAACP He is currently serv
ing as president of the North
Carolina NAACP
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MISS SYLVIA JAMES
...Jamaica. fJ^Y. native
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a handful of good life is
better than a bushel of learn
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Learning makes a good man
better and an ill man worse.
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MOTHER ELLA LYNCH BOYD
.... Talks uImhiI her life
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