OUR FREEDOM A XJ T 1 Di i O pOUR BEST DEPENDS ON J XI Xl UXl/HHjl! " A 1 Aft Jtl MU l ADVERTISING MEDIA THE BLACK PRESS „ r ai i ,Qon^ L- Charlotte s Fastest Growing Community Weekly” CALL 392-1306 VUL. L INU. 33 MRS. ALFREDA FALLS ...Likes actor Billy Williams Mrs. Alfreda Falls Is Beauty Of Week For the past three weeks it seems as if the trend of our beauties is to select Billy Dee Williams as their favorite actor. This week proves to be no exception and it seems that they all agree that his physical features are his most out standing attributes Mrs. Alfreda Falls, this week’s beauty, says that she admires Williams because “he is so cute." Obviously these same sentiments are shared by thousands of other women across the land. The graduate of West Char lotte High School is married to Robert C. Falls and rsides at 2930 Amay James Avenue. They have one son,' Charles. While attending West Char lotte our beauty was a mem ber of the basketball team. She is the daughter of Mrs. Hattie Craig of 2842 May flower Road. Villa Heights School To year Dr. Day Dr. Barbara Day. a nation ally-known expert on early childhood education, will speak to the Villa Heights Elementary School PTA on Thursday, February 19. The public is invited to hear Dr. Day discuss how a child learns in kindergarten through the third grade. The meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. at the school, 800 Everett Place. Professor of early childhood education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Day has written extensive ly on the subject of the early years in school. When asked how she felt about being chosen as beauty of the week Mrs. Falls replied, “I think it is really exciting. I never thought it would happen to me.” The Falls family attends Greater Galilee Baptist Church where Rev. Warren McKissick is the minister. Alfreda's hobbies are sew ing and listening to music. As a family she and Robert enjoy playing basketball and foot ball with Charles. Mrs. Falls is employed part time in the Toy Department of Service Merchandise. She admits that she enjoys her work. The other part of her time is spent at Central Pied mont Community College where she is studying account ing. “At West Charlotte I took a course in Bookkeeping," ex plained Alfreda. "This stimu lated my interest in the accounting field." What does she plan to do with an accounting degree? "My husband is studying business administration," she went on to explain. "Eventual ly we plan to start our own business with him handling the business end of the deal and me handling the books Our beauty who is born under the sign of Lihra enjoys watching "Good Times", eating chicken, and wearing the color orange. NNFA Head Bla*ta Senator Jarluon Washington (NNPA) In a heated message to Senator Henry M. (Scoop) Jackson of (he state of Washington who is running hard for the Demo cratic nomination for the Presidency, Dr. Carlton B Goodlett, president of the National Newspaper Pub lishers Association - the Black Press of America ~ warned him on his anti busing stand. Dr. Goodlett's message re flects the feeling expressed by black editors and publishers during their Mid-Winter Workshop in the Virgin Is lands last week. His wire to Senator Jackson follows: “We want you to know that the mood of black editors and publishers at the National Newspaper Publishers Asso ciation's Mid Winter Work shop jyaa one of indignation over (’residential candidates See NNPA on page 10 410’ Defense Fearful For Rev. Chavis Ms. Della Man, treasurer of the Wilmington 10 Defense Committee, said that her or ganization is "particularly fearful of Rev. Chavis' safety” while he is detained at Central Prison in Raleigh. Chavis and nine others of the Wilmington 10 began serving a total of 282 years for convictions stem ming from riots which took place in 1971 in Wilmington. The ten were engaged in or ganizing the local community against the city's school sys tem which was said to be discriminatory to blacks. They were convicted of con spiring to commit arson and attack emergency personnel one year after a local grocery store was fire bombed. Just two weeks ago the U.S. Supreme Court voted not to hear the case which involves nine black men and one white nwiiM.ii. ii wpv. iui icvjcui bond was lost last week when a federal magistrate at the U.S District Court for Eastern North Carolina re fused to hear from character witnesses or read samples from some 150 character affid avits during a hearing on the bond question. Several prominent witness es, such as Rev. Ernest Gib son, executive director of the D.C. Council of Churches and T. Knighton Stanley of Wash ington's Bicentennial Commission appeared at the hearing only to find that the magistrate would not allow . anyone to speak. The defense committe is now seeking a stay of execut ion order by the U.S. Supreme Court while the ten defendants exhaust all legal appeals in the lower Federal courts. READ THESE FEATURES! AS I SEE IT PAGE 2 WHAT’S HAPPENING PAGE 4 MACEDONIA CHURCH PAGE 13 BASKETBALL ROUNDUP PAGE 8 On O'Herron (kun/xiign Rev. Bob Walton Says It’s Too Early To Make A Committment By Sidney Moore Jr. Post Staff Writer Former city council candi date Bob Walton gave the bendiction for the O’Herron for Governor breakfast held Monday, February 16 but said later that the campaign may not have his blessings. Walton, a local bank man ager and pastor of St. Paul United Presbyterian Church, said he likes Ed M. O'Herron, who formally announced his candidacy for Governor in the breakfast meeting, but feels it is a bit too early to make a commitment. He said he was asked to give the benediction and saw no reason why he should not. But, he has not fully joined the O'Herron camp just yet. O'Herron made his announcement before about 600 people ana a representa tive press contingent. The candidate made several pro mises. “We need to address oursel ves openly to the questions and concerns and consequen ts of sexual and racial dis crimination,” chimed O'Herron, “these questions and concerns of discriminat ion have not been adequately responded to by our state-wide leaders. And you know that these questions and concerns were not just dreamed up. We need to respond in a positive manner.” This is one of four major points the candidate said his leadership in state govern ment would be concerned with. His campaign is also concerned about rising utility rates, "the constant and coun ter-productive. quarreling that has gone on between tht piemdont and the other parts of the state and developmeni of the state's urban potential. O’Herron also said govern itient should help not hindei the small businessman and farmers. He said crime and health care are areas of part icular concern to his cam paign. He said 14 years in government and 30 years in business qualify him for the office of Governor. Walton agrees that the state needs a businessman in the Governor's office. However, he supported former state Senator “Skipper'' Bowles for Governor in 1972 and is wait ing to see if he is going to enter the race this year. Walton feels that the presen Kepublican administration ir the State House resulted frorr See Rev Walton on page 4 Dr. Connor Moves Berean Ahead A little known but signifi cant development in the Char lotte religious community is taking place at the Berean Seventh-Day Adventist <SDA> Church under the pastorship of Dr. Robert C Connor Dr. Connor accepted the pulpit post at Berean in January 1975 after a lengthly search by officials of the South Atlantic Conference of the SDA Church headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. In the six months prior to Pastok Connor's move to Charlotte, Berean was without a full-time minister. By the time of his arrival in January of last year, active church membership had fallen U> less than 350 from a church role of nearly 600, desperately need ed church repairs were at a critical point, moral among many church leaders was low, the church's financial situa tion was in need of consider able improvement, and ten years of planning and re-plan ning for a church school was in limbo. As Dr. Connor's first anni versary passed many changes were evident at Berean First, the church membership had grown to nearly 700 through the baptism of 210 new con verts and the renewed spirit ual awakening of 140 inactive members. These efforts were in part the result of a big six week "Christ is the Answer Crusade" held late last summer. Secondly, church repairs, which are nearly complete include all new windows, a complete renovation of the church balcony with new wall-to-wall carpet and new pews to seat 120 people and a new stairwell leading to the balcony; all new doors on the front side and back of the church; new light fixtures in the sanctuary; and a beautiful church sign on the front lawn. A third change resulting from Dr. Connor's leadership has been iri the renewed spiri tual enthusiasm exhibited by the church's elected officers of 1976 Many new and innova tive programs have been planned and implemented as are many others to follow Connor has also been respon sible for a complete restruct ing and management of the church's financial affairs In addition to the eliminating a substantial deficit the church's finances are sound and in the black for the first time in a number of years. Finally, after 10 years of off-and-on planning Connor purchased a tract of land for the building of a church school to relieve the overcrowed conditions at the school which is currently housed in a pari of the church. Pastor Connor expects construction to begin on this school by the fall of 1976. Dr. Connor was ably assisted in these many ac complishments by Brother Thomas Morrison, a retiring elder after 2S years of service, and Brother Vanard Menden Dr Koberi Connor An able church leader hall Jr., first elder of th church. Ur Connor is a native t Orangeburg, South Carolina and holds degrees from Oak wood College and St Andrew University. He is married t< the former Jacqueline Kurlov of New Rochelle. New York and is the proud father of tw children Princes Denise age 1 and Robert C. Jr age 7 a Community, Church Moan Loss Of Beloved Presbyterian Minister Rev. Moore’s Leaving Great Loss To Charlotte By Abigail L. Flanders Post Staff Writer There are times when silence is not golden....Like when a minister works for fifteen years in a fairly large church, with a fairly large congregation in a fairly large city that quietly appreciates, admires, and even loves him. Then suddenly, he resigns, and silence become a dark grey mist that will linger long after he has gone. Rev. Ezra J Moore, resign ing pastor or First United Presbyterian Church is only now being rewarded for long hours spent with patients who needed someone to talk to and did not have anyone who would listen, people who were and were not members of his church, people that he did not know...Only now members of the city will speak out and say what a great community leader he was and how his absence will leave a void that cannot be filled. Members of his church will now speak up and tell how hard he has worked and how many of his messages were sometimes distorted and sometimes com pletely overlooked. Now. nearly two weeks before Rev. Ezra J. Moore bids Charlotte and his .congregation a fond adieu. Charlotte and the members of his congregation pay tribute to a man who personified love, understand 11 'PS • UIIU iicai VJ nui l\ HARVEY GANTTT: "I think Rev. Moore will really be missed by Charlotteans. He and his wife gave a lot to the community. My family con siders it a personal loss be cause my wife knew his wife and my children played with his children. We think a lot of the entire Moore family.” MRS. DANNELE HILL imember of First United Presbyterian Church) “I was shocked when Rev. Moore resigned I have dealt with he and his wife as a team and I’ve known them to come to the aid of a lot of people, regardless of the hour or the circumstances. 1 know that both Rev. and Mrs. Moore's leaving will be a great loss to both the church and to the community." MRS. ROXXY (Member of First United Presybterian Church) "It has torn us quite a i bit. He's about the finest Christian man there is. He loved his congregation and people as a whole, but I don’t think the people showed him just how much they appre ciated his work I think that’s part of the reason why he decided to take the position in Dayton. Ohio. The church and the city will miss him and his family." MRS ALUKKiE ROSS (Member of First United Presbyterian Church; “If there has ever been a real pastor. Rev Ezra Moore has been one. He's started new things in the church and work Ied hard with all the church groups I've been with him at hospitals and funerals. He goes all times of the day and night I've known him for a long time and it certainly has been a pleasure working with such a fine man Since he resigned. 1 guess I've cried a f r'ver , RE\ HOWARD W. GIVENS i Pastor of Memorial United s Presbyterian Church) "Rev , Ezra J Moore has been an ,■ asset to the City of Charlotte , well as to the Presbyterian j ministry I personally consid I er it a great loss, but I join with many others who wish him great success with his new position." On Tuesday afternoon. Rev Ezra J. Moore was honored at the Share and Care luncheon given by the Elderly Citizens of Charlotte Tuesday evening, the Uptown Coopera tive Ministries, of Charlotte honored him at First Presby terian Church. Sunday even ing. the members of his con gregation will give a special dinner in his honor at the Holiday Inn'North. The dynamic imprint that Rev Ezra J. Moore has left on the hearts and minds of the people who appreciate, admire, and love him should be some reward for fifteen years of service to the church and to the community of Charlotte Walter I^awrence, an author and poet wrote what so many people who are so totally moved by his leaving are probably trying to say to Rev. Ezra Moore: “People so seldom say I love you And then it's too late Or love goes. So when I tell you that 1 love you. it doesn't mean that I know you'll never go.Only that I wish you didn't have to " Senior Cjtizens Eligible For Health Classes By Sidney Moore Jr. Post Staff Writer Senior citizens are eligible to take part in health classes being sponsored this month by the Community Health Asso ciation. In a calendar recently plan ned by the association perrons • over 60 years of age will be provided with health educa tion. counseling, information and referral services and var ious testing services. The ' association will work with elderly people in several loca tions convenient to most neig hborhoods. The association will test in dividuals for diabetes by appointment at its office Fri day, February 20 .Senior Health Clinics will be held Monday, February 23 from 9 to 11 a m at Plaza Baptist Church; from 1 to 2 p m. at Greenville Neighbor hood Center, from 2 to 3 p m at the Willie Hart Clinic. i-k vuim, win ur iiciu iruni » a m, to noon Tuesday, Feb ruary 24 at Davidson Community Center. A Community Health Associa tion Board of Directors meet ing will be held at 12 30 p m at the association office, 301 S Brevard Street, room 106 Clinics will be held Wednes day, February 25 from 9 to 11 a m at Robinson Presbyter ian Church and from 1 to 3 p m at Philadelphia Presby terian Church. • Health Clinics will be held from li a m to 2 p.m. at St. Martin's Episcopal Church Thursday, February 26. A Senior Forum Board Meeting will be held at 10 a m. Individual diabetes tests will be given by appointment Friday. February 27. Call the Community Health Associa tion for further information about these programs— 372-7170. TUKTLE'WA IF THOSE SPACE MEN are so smart why do they all COUNT BACKWARDS????? V GROUND BREAKING SERVICES for the new edifice of Gethsemane Baptist Church, attended by approximately 300 persons, was held last Sunday at 4:00 p.m. on site at 2670 Dr. Carver Road. Rev. C. E. Dewberry, church pastor since 1966, at right. Chalmers Neely, Chairman of Deacon Board, center, and Lennie Williams, leR. foreground, Chair man of Trustee Board, turn first shove’s of earth at ceremony. They are asisted in the act by longtime church member Rebecca Jewell of the 1,000-member congregation which pre sently worships at 1236 Winnifred St. Con struction of the $300,000 structure will begin in a few days and is scheduled for completion around Christmas. The new building will be located on a four and one-half acre tract, have 20 classrooms, a 40x40 Fellowship Hall. Kitechen, Nursery, and oOxlDOfeet sanctuary. Photo by Peeler.