___ i MM'*.- jmuju;viiu OUR FREEDOM JlflyuiA. WM_ ^ _ DEPENDS ON f fl P FTT A 10 T 1 I^F^FT? T} l k O Op YOUR BEST ™E BLACK PRESS X XXXj \J JOl XA JHlXill f X X Xjl X \ FO X Anv^TKNG MEDIUM . _“Qiarlotte’s Fastest Growing Community Weekly” - 2-1306 VOL 2 NO 34 ^—____ " ' ——— ■——- CHARLOTTE.NORTH CAROLINA-28216-Thursday, February 26 1976 phipf oor Post Office To Cut 15,000 Jobs The number of paid employ ees in the Postal Service has been reduced by nearly 15,000 positions from the same per iod last year, the most recent payroll reports of the Service indicate. The equivalent reduction in man-years approximates a cost reduction of $200 million, Postmaster General Ben jamin F. Bailar said. Bailar announced the paid employment reduction figure as part of his nationwide pro gram to reduce postal costs by as much as possible without cutting essentia) postal ser vices. "The Postal Service is in a financial bind and cannot foresee any hope of immediate solution to its operating deficit problem,” Bailar said. "Faced with a $1.4 billion deficit, we are compelled to do everything within our power to reduce postal costs to the maximum extent feasible." Bailar said over 50 per cent of the positions eliminated represent career positions, removed from the rolls of the Postal Service by attrition. The remaining positions were casual and part-time posit ions, he said. As of January 2, the most recent reporting date, there were 699,650 paid employees on the Postal Service payroll, compared to 714,4% on that date a year ago. Joblessness For Blacks Is Higher Than Admitted ATI^ANTA, Feb. 26 -- At a time when the national administra tion has vetoed a massive public works bill and Congress has sustained that veto, laid off workers in the South are rapidly using up their unem ployment benefits. Moreover, present methods of counting the unemployed and the ex istence of widespread subem ployment in the region puts the South at a disadvantage in terms of funding for present manpower programs. These are among the con clusions released today In a 38 page special report by the Southern Regional Council. The report points out sev eral failings of unemployment counting methods not general ly mentioned in growing nat ional criticism of the way the “unemployment rate" is de rived. Discouraged workers, who have given up their active search for work because they have concluded it is futile to look further, have increased in large numbers in the reces sion, but they are not counted among the unemployed be cause they are def initionally not part of the labor force. In an introduction to the report, George H. Esser, Jr., Executive Director of the Council, is critical of national policies “which have failed to bring about economic security for those who need it most.” MISS SHIRLEY WHITE ...Enjoys playing basketball Miss Shirley White Is Beauty Of Week By Polly Manning Post Staff Writer A television comedy center ed around the 50's has cap tured the heart of our beauty for this week. Miss Shirley White. The show is “Happy Days.” It deals with the era when hanging around the malt shop was for the incrowd, converti ble cars were really in, and black leather jackets and mo torcycles were just coming onto the scene. Rock & Roll was the best thing since soda pop. Shirley is really fasci nated by the role that Fonzi plays. The 14 year old Wilson Jun ior High School student is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James T. White of 2732 Coro net Way. At Wilson, she was a member of the Volleyball Team, which ended the season with a 10 4 record. They were third overall among Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Pre sently she is on the Girl’s Basketball team where she plays guard, forward, and center. So far the team has won 7 games and lost 6. The most points Shirley has scored . in a game is six. Because she plays on the second team she usually averages 2 to 4 points per game. She enjoys playing basketball because it’s a fun way to stay in shape. She also finds it fun to visit schools and play against different teams. Shirley's favorite'subject is Science. “I like it because it is interesting as well as fun lear ning about different things that happen around us,” she stated. Her favorite teacher is Mrs. McGraw who was her volley ball and is her basketball •coach, I Miss White's hobbies are traveling and going to movies and dances. "I enjoy doing anything that is fun. While traveling I often take notice of how I look, feel and react to different places and situat ions,” smiled Shirley. Our beauty’s future ambi tion is to become a model. She is born under the sign of Tau rus. She describes them as being very quite people, very considerate and very stub born. Shirley and her family at tend St. Luke Baptist Church where Rev. Parker is the pas tor. Shirley plays on the church softball team Barry White is her favorite singer. She especially likes his "Can’t Get Enough of Your Love." Her favorite color is blue and her favorite food is hamburger and coke. Shirley stated that she feels really good about being cho sen as Beauty of The Week. Steven McCullough is the per son most admired by Miss White. Jackson To / Open Office Here Sunday Many local and state politi cal leaders will be on hand > here Sunday for the opening of the “Jackson For President” Headquarters in the Century Hotel, formerly the Down towner Coliseum, 3024 E. Independence Blvd. Purpose of the meeting, which opens at 7 o'clock, is to formerly open the headquart ers and announce the steering committee for Mecklenburg County. Mayor John Belk, who is the district chairman, will offic iate at the meeting. Jim Ramsey, former speaker for the North Carolina House, and State Chairman for the "Jackson For Presi dent Committee", will be in attendance. As will state senator Herman Moore, who has agreed to take a leader ship position in the Mecklen burg County "Jackson For President" Operations. Casual dress will be .the appropiate wear. Veterans Service To Open Office In Pineville The Mecklenburg County Veterans Service Office has opened a satellite office in Pineville. The Office is open from l until 4 p.m. every Thursday in the Office of the Chief of Police in the Pineville Town Hall. The Pineville office is the second of three branch Veterans Service Offices planned for Mecklenburg County. Black Democratic Meeting Here Maybe Very Historic Pipe Plant To Provide More Jobs A new pipe fabrication plant in the Arrowwood area south west of Charlotte may improve area job prospects. Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held recently to open a new division of Dravo Corpor ation. The company now has a plant in Pineville. It is a Pittsburgh, Pennsyl vania based company operat ing on a national scope. Com pany officials describe the company as a diversified eng ineering, construction and manufacturing company with over 15,000 employees. The new Charlotte plant is designed to fabricate pipe for use in power plants and chemcial and pertochemical facilities. raoncatea pipe for these industries can be as large as 60 inches in diameter, and the walls of the pipe may be as thick as six inches. A section of pipe can also weigh as r -uch as 60,000 pounds. For critical service, most welds must be perfect and are checked by radiography or other non destructive tests. Pipe for a coal-fired power plant must withstand pressure up to 4,500 pounds per square inch and 1050 degrees Fahrenheit, according to a statement by Dravo officials. Top level activity for the new plant is anticipated by 1977. The plant site is designed for future expansion as de mand requires. Current em ployment of 125 people is also expected to gradually increase during that time. One spokesman suggested the employment figure may each the 300 mark. /U fid wlJ cy ui^3^ f Effective March j BIG SISTER Daisy Stroud, right, chats with Little Sister Johanna Surratt, during get acquainted meeting. The Big Sister Interna tional endeavor is an annual project of the Charlotte Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority's 5-Point Project Committee Photo by Peeler. Delta Sigma lheta Sorority To Assist “Big Sisters” By James Peeler Post Feature Writer The Charlotte Alumni Chap ter of Delta Sigma Theta Sor ority has chosen Big Sisters Internation as its main public service project for the year of 1975-76. This project is spearheaded by the sorority’s 5-Point Pro ject Committe composed of sorors Daisy Stroud, Chair man; Sarah Richardson, Pat ricia Dowdy, Frances Maske, Sarah Bellamy, Doris John son, Joan Holmes, Juianita Craighead. Daisy Roberson. Letee Stinson, and Lillian McRae. The officers of the Charlotte Alumni Chapter are: Hellena Tidwell, President; Rogerline Lee, Vice-President; Shirley Goodman, Secretary; Lucielle Batts, Treasurer; and Sarah Stroud, Parlimentarian. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, [ I inc a puDiic service sorority, is a society established to promote high cultural, intell ectual, and moral standards among its members for its own benefit and for the benefit of society in which it exists. The sorority considers service a major aspect of morality and Deltas activities and finances are devoted largely to such services as can be rendered for the benefit of the individual, the community, the race and the nation. Delta’s program is carefully formulated to enable its membership to make the best possible contribution in se lected vital areas of human need. Charlotte Alumni Deltas have chosen as its annual benefit project THE DEBU TANTE COTILLION. The year several beautiful Debs will be presented at the Park Center on April 9 at 9 p m the big Sisters Program is a voluntary program that provides social work techni ques to assist an emotionally mature woman volunteer in developing a supportive friendship with one girl. Through contacts, visits, and activities. The Big Sister helps the Little Sister develop per sonal identity, self-love, and inner security It is a one-to one individualized and volun tary relationship; One Big Sister to One Little Sister. Emphasis is on preventive work with children who are found to be presenting begin ning problems of disturbance rather than rehabilitative with delinquents or emotionally ill youths. Big Sisters deals with young lives, the process of becoming an actual Big Sister is highly selective The process re quires interviews, recom See Delta page 8 Dr. C. D. Rippy Resigns From Charlotte Civil Service Board By Sidney Moore, Jr. Post Staff Writer Charlotte Civil Service Board members will have to conduct board business with out Dr. C. DuPont Rippy. be ginning in March. Rippy, associate professor of sociology and director of the undergraduate social work program at Johnson C. Smith University, submitted his letter of resignation in the February 17 meeting of the board. He has served since November 1972 and Is now vice chairman. "Please accept my resigna tion as a member of the Char lotte Civil Service Board, effective February 29, 197*,’’ Rippy’s statement said. "The increasing demands on my time by my work at the uni versity, and because of my desire to be of more service to my church on the local and national levels, (makes) the above decision necessary," He described his association with the board as rewarding. "The work has been very demanding, but my life has been enriched by the fellow ship," Rippy said. Although there was hesit ancy, the board referred the resignation statement to City Council for its approval. Several board members said they wanted Rippy to recon sider. Board Chairman C. D. Thomas read the statement in the board meeting and stated he would like to decline accep tance of Rippy's resignation. He said Rippy impressed him from the first meeting he attended and said he has been "a wonderful asset” to the Board. Other board members pre sent made similar remarks. Dr. C. D. Rippy ...J. C. Smith professor Rippy may have anticipated this reaction when he was writing his resignation. "To have known and worked with each member of the board is an experience I shall not soon forget," said the re signation statement In a recent interview. Rippy said most people mis-under stand the work of the Civil Service Board He said the work involved approving promotions of city employees, hearing complaints and re commending administrative procedure changes. One of the biggest problems the board had to deal with while Rippy served on the board was the matter of re cruting and upgrading minor ities and women, he said. He thinks the board made pro gress in these and other areas "If I have contributed in some small way toward making our city better, I am grateful," said the resigna tion “Of this I am sure, I brought to this assignment a deep sense of responsiblity and sincere effort “I pray that God will blesi you so that you can continue t< be a blessing to others,' Rippy's statement concluded Civic Center To House April 30 Meet By Sidney Moore. Jr. Post Staff Writer Whatever influence blacks will have with the next U. S President may be decided in Charlotte April 30-May 2. This influence may be gam ed when the Caucus of Black Democrats meets here to plan strategy and to interview then active Democratic Party candidates. If this strategy session is successful and if a Democratic wins in Novem ber. the Charlotte meeting may turn out to be a very historic occasion. Mecklenburg County Commisioner Rowe Motley, chairman for minority affairs in the N. C Democratic Party, played a great part in per suading caucus officials to choose Charlotte over places like Washington, D. C. and Chicago He expects 1,500 to 1,800 people to attend the three-day meeting at the Charlotte Civic Center according to recent press re ports. me announcement was made in Washington this week by Basil Patterson, vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee and con firmed in Charlotte by Motley "I sold them Charlotte over the phone," Motley reportedly said. ,-I told them black America doesn't know about the South They think Utopia is somewhere else. I convinced them to come and take a look at it." Frank Cowan, national Democratic chairman for minority affairs and Mttlcom Daye. representing Mayor Coleman Young of Detroit, another caucus member, flew to Charlotte Friday and Motley showed them the city. He also arranged a meeting with officials of local Holiday Inns, who will coordinate arrangements with other motels to accommodate the delegates. It was reported that Cowan said all announced Democra tic presidential candidates will be invited to the confer ence and quizzed on issues of concern to blacks. He could not give names of the candi dates being invited, but said it depends on who is still seeking office after the early presiden tial primaries are run ."National Democratic Party officials are saying the pur pose of this conference is to mobilize black voters across the nation and try to educate those voters on the candi dates’ positions on key issues It is also hoped that these candidates will put blacks in key positions on their cam paign staffs. The caucus will not endorse a candidate, however. Issues expected to be de signated as important by the conference include full em ployment, national health care, welfare reform, national postcard voter registration, economic development and a plan to save ailing cities. Motley said he planned to try to ’’get some merchants or somebody to pick up part of the cost" of renting the Civic Center. “We were quoted about $1,500 for the Civic Center,” Motley reportedly said. « Motley may be successful in doing this because several 1 business representatives have ; expressed delight that the conference will be held in Charlotte TURTLt-WK fc-ft sf Even if you're on the RIGHT TRACK, if you JUST SIT THEREjrou'll be RUN OVER.