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L- Charlotte s Fastest Growing Community Weekly” CALL 392-1306
VUL. L INU. 33
...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
“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
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
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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.
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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.”
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
(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
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
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
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.
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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—
so smart why do they all
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.

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