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Miss Janice Gresham
...Junior high school student
Ms. Janice Gresham
Is Beauty Of Week
by Polly Manning
Post Staff Writer
“The person I most admire
is Michael, my brother. He is
very good in sports and this
makes me very proud of him.
He’s also a big help to me
wher. I hove questions that are
somewhat puzzling.” This is
the reply that came from out
lovely beauty for this week,
Miss Janice Gresham, when
asked to describe the person
she most admired.
A Pisces, Miss Gresham
feels that her friendly nature
and big broad smile mat at
tribute to the many friends
that she has.
She is a junior high school
student who is so active that
one seems to wonder when she
has time to sutdy. She is
co-captain of the Varsity Che
erleaders, Secretary of the
Student Council, a member of
the Orchestra where she plays
the violin, a member of Inner
School Relationship Commit
tee and as a teacher assistant.
As a teacher assistant for
Mrs. Virginia McGranahan’s
8th grade English class, her
duties include creating bullet
in bbard ideas, running var
ious errands and various other
activities.
Being an English assistant
is very helpful for Janice be
cause English is her favorite
subject “English teaches us
Or* to talk correctly and to
pronounce our words correct
ly,” she smiled. “I think this is
important.”
Janice’s hobbies are skat
ing, dancing, and swimming.
She stated that she enjoyed
skating because it is- fun and
it's something you enjoy lear
ning to do. She likes swimm
ing because it's good exercise
which is good for your body.
When asked of her future
ambitions Janice commented
that she would like to become
a model. "I think I would like
to design and model clothes,”
she explained.
Miss Gresham smiled and
said that she was just enthus
ed about being Beauty of the
Week.
Good Times is her favorite
television show. “I like the
way the actors and actresses
act on the show. They really
depict the life of the black
family," she stated.
Mr. Odell Robinson has cap
tured our beauty's heart as far
as her favorite teacher is con
cerned. She described him as
a teacher that seems to make
learning fun. She continued by
saying that he has patience
and understanding which is
mainly what it takes to be a
teacher.
She and her family attend
Mt. Carmel Baptist Church
where Rev. Leon Riddick is
the Pastor.
Janice sings on the Sanc
tuary Choir and she is a junior
usher.
n. u Mutual
Closes $26
Million Deal
North Carolina Mutual Life
Insurance Company, the lar
gest black-managed insur
ance conpany in the nation,
recently closed a $26 million
employee life insurance cov
erage deal with Duke Power
Company.
The contract represents 10
percent of the utilities $260
million employee life insur
ance program. Duke officials
say the deal is in keeping with
their policy to do business with
minority owned companies
where circumstances permit.
North Carolina Mutual, or
iginated in Durham in 1898,n.?„v*'
has assets of $146.5 million and
has $2.2 billion in insumace in
force. It now ranks as the
165th largest insurance com
pany in America.
Pilot Life Insurance Com
pany of Greensboro, also lo
cated in Duke Power’s Pied
mont Carolines service area,
will retain the remainder of
the company's life insurance
coverage.
William H. Kennedy, III,
president of North Carolina
Mutual, said that the pact with
Duke Power mirrors his com
pany’s image as a growing
company and Duke's concern
for the continued development
of one of the strongest black
oriented business enterprises
in its service area.
Noth Carolina Mutual sha
res in the life insurace cov
erage provided employees by
many of the nation's major
corporation.
W* •/
TUKTLt-WK
FOLKS call it "TAKE
HOME" pay because there is
no other place you can afford
to go with it.
Famed Black Businessman S.B.
Fuller Will Speak Here Sunday
Here l uesday
Gov. Carter Expected To
Lead Democratic Primary
Dy sianey Moore jr.
Post Staff Writer
With New Hampshire, Ver
mont, Massachusetts and Ill
inois past them, presidential
hopefuls are looking to North
Carolina as the next battle
ground for their continuing
contest.
Having won handily in Illin
ois, former Georgia Governor
Jimmy Carter comes to the
state with a strong, popular
and national following. But, he
will not escape the head-to
head confrontation Alabama
Governor George Wallace has
plotted for him here.
Observers say this confron
tation will cause most blacks
to suport the Carter cause.
Fear of Wallace’s identity as a
racist and common knowledge
of his stand to prevent the
University of Alabamaro from
being integrated in the mid
1960s adds up to little of no
support for Wallace from bl
ack boters.
This Carter-Wallace Dem
cratic race by far overshad
ows the Republican contest
between Ronald Reagan and
President Gerald Ford. Rea
gan, formerly an actor and
Governor of California, has
not managed to win a primary
contest thus far. With dwindl
ing funds and polls that pre
dict a Ford victory in North
Carolina, this hopeful is said
to be looking ahead to making
a good showing in the New
York and California primaries
later this year.
With such a setting, some
black leaders are curious as to
why more is not being asked of
Carter in return for the sup
port he is getting from blacks.
It is being said that the Wal
lace threat is causing a get-on
the-bandwagon attitude
among blacks.
Carter officials say blacks
support their candidate be
cause most of them sense he is
a fair-minded and competent
mam They point to the endor
sement Carter has received
from Dr. Martin Luther King
Sr. as an indication of a strong
sentiment for Carter among
black leaders.
Rep. Morris Udall of Ariz
-vii uic uauui iur
March 23. He recently receiv
ed an endorsement from Geo
rgia State Rep. Julian Bond.
Udall pointed out in his ack
nowledgement of the endors
ement that he thinks he is the
most liberal candidate. He al
luded to the situation of blacks
supporting Carter out of fear
of Wallace and indicated that
if this situation did not exist,
he would receive much more
black support.
Udall will not receive many
votes in North Carolina, obser
vers say. Because of money
problems, his campaign lead
ers say they will concentrate
on the New York and Wiscon
sin primaries.
roor reople
Asked To Fight
Fire With Fire
Politics threatens a cut
back of the food stamp pro
gram and the Leadership Con
fence on Civil Rights suggests
that groups representing poor
people fight fire with fire.
A bill is scheduled to reach
the Senate floor shortly that
would deny stamps to mil
lions who need them, accor
ding to a recent statement
from the conference. The con
ference is composed of a num
ber of civic, social, fraternal
and civil rights groups. It is
headed by A. Philip Randolph
and Roy Wilkins, who is also
the executive secretary of the
NAACP.
The statement from the con
ference said 3 million persons
will be cut from the food
stamp program and another 3
million will have their benefits
reduced if pending legislation
is approved.
In additon, said the state
ment, changes President Ger
ald Ford seeks to make in the
food stamp program through
administrative action are
worse than the bill before the
Senate.
LEROY “POP” MILLER
~~With Teacher Ms. Susan Miller
Infections Pop Miller Is
City’s Greatest Achiever
oy ADigaii L. Flanders
Post Staff Writer
Leroy ■'Pop" Miller is one of
the most popular, well-known
and well-liked men in Charlot
te. Ever since he came to
Charlotte back in 1945, he has
been one of Charlotte's great
est achievers...institution a
kind of baffling discipline and
heart-felt loyalty in his stu
dents that seems to mesmer
ize even the greates authori
tarians, including principals,
teachers and even most
parents.
“It was back in 1954 when I
was first called ‘Pop’. I re
member it was when I was
teaching Industrial Arts. One
of my students kept disrupting
the class. When I finally pad
died him, he said ‘Oh, please
don’t hit me anymore Pop’ ...
And it's stuck for all of these
years,” the jovial Mr. Miller
explained. “Later on, that stu
dent’s mother told me that T
was the first teacher that ever
whipped her son and that he
seemed to really like me.” Mr.
Miller continued.
Although Leroy Miller was
born and raised in Salisbury,
.North Carolina, most of the
good memories he holds began
back in 1945 when he took his
first job at West Charlotte
Senior High School. He had
just graduated from A&T Sta
rtle University with a Bachelor
W Science degree in Industrial
AHfc^nd Mathematics, but he
realized that his youth and
lack of work experience were
not the greatest assets to his
chosen career as a high school
teacher. "1 was young, so I
looked to the older and wiser
teachers for asistance. I'll ne
ver forget how impressed I
was with Jack Martin, He
became my big brother fig
ure," Mr. Miller said with a
hint of nostalgic emotion in his
voice. ‘‘You know every young
teacher who is just starting
out looks to a more experien
ced teacher,,.someone he can
emulate. I always thought that
he (Jack Martini communica
ted so well with his students.
Actually Jack Martin and the
late Clinton L. Blake were the
two people who really helped
me during those green years
when I was just getting star
ted,” he said.
From his first job as a
teacher of Industrial Arts in
1945, until today, Leroy Miller
has always has a special af
fect upon every student who
has ever had the good fortune
of spending his high school
years under his administra
tion and guidance. His charis
ma, understanding, and abil
ity to communicate with stu-,
dents are probably the ingred
ients that helped to make his
the first Assistant Principal of
West Charlotte Senior High
School in 1965, a position that
he held until 1971 when he was
asked to take the job as prin
cipal in one of the Junior High
Schools that was under scru
tiny because of racial difficul
ty.So. “Pop” Miller armed
with only his love for people of
all races, colors and creeds set
out to distroy the dynamic
forces of prejudice and hatred
during a time in which the
school system was undergoing
complete and total change. It
was a time in which "separate
but equal” was cast aside for
total integration. "I’ve always
been an optimistic person and
I’ve always ben a people per
son. I don’t believe that you
can treat one group of kids
different from another group
of kids and not have any kind
of disorder. It's just not the
natural order of things. I love
all of the kids and I get along
with all of the kids because
they’re all the same to Pop,"
he said smilingly.
Leroy Miller is now the prin
cipal of East Mecklenburg
Senior High School, a school
that was once all White and is
now totally integrated He is
totally accepted and loved by
all of his students both Black
and White alike, the same as
was loved when he was a part
»f the backbone of the Wc3t
Charlotte Senior High School
earn This love was especial
ly shown on his birthday, Feb
rueary 25th when the entire
school honored him by dres
sing up and having a special
party in his honor
omun suiunnus
W.F. McIntosh Jr. Is Selected
Morganton’s “Man Of The Year”
rue Kev. Willie Flemon Mc
Intosh Jr., who has pursued a
dual career as teacher and
preacher, was announced as
Morganton's Man of the Year
for 1975.
McIntosh, a resident of Bur
ke county for 26 years, is the
first black selected for the
honor since It was begun as an
annual affair in 1948.
Assistant principal of Free
dom High School and minister
of the Green Street Presbyter
ian Church, McIntosh has
been active in a wide variety
of community enterprises.
His selection as Man of the
Year was announced at last
week's luncheon meeting of
the Morganton Rotary Club
which sponsors the program.
Club president. Dr. Philip T.
Howerton, said a secret com
mittee as usual make the se
lection after considering a
number of prospective recip
ients.
The trophy emblematic of
the Man of the Year title will
be presented to McIntosh a i
community-wide dinner, and i
date for that event will b*
announced later, the presiden
said.
As soon as plans are com
pleted for the Man of the Yea
banquet, tickets will be mad*
available to the public. Dr
Howerton said.
The judging panel, Hower
ton said, pointed out that th*
new Man of the Year ha
amassed an impressive rec
ord of accomplishments ii
community and professions
affairs and, in addition, he i:
credited with bringing stabil
ity and understanding in th<
matter of racial relations dur
ing an important period ol
adjustment.
McIntosh is assistant princi
pal of Freedom High Sc hoc
and also an ordained minister
serving as pastor of Green*
Street United Presbyteriai
Church.
In the education field, he ii
chairman of the Burke Count;
1 unit of PACE (Political Ac
> tion Committee on Educa
- tion), a life member of the
t National Education Associa
ion, and a member of the
- North Carolina Association of
‘ Educators.
- He is vice president of the
Burke County Ministers' Con
ference, reporter for the Mor
ganton Ministerial Associa
8 tion and radio chairman for
> the Burke County Ministerial
• Association.He serves on the
> board of directors of the Burke
I County Council on Alcoholism,
> on the education committee of
the Burke County Chamber of
8 Commerce, is a member of
the Burke County Chapter of
the National Association for
the Advancement of Colored
People, Omega Psi Phi frat
1 ernity and a member of the
• Queen of the West Lodge No.
8 70, Free and Accepted Mas
8 ons, and associate member of
the Fraternal Order of Police.
8 A Johnson C. Smith Univers
' ity graduate, McIntosh is dir
W F McIntosh
.. has impressive record
ector of the North Carolina
chapter of the university's al
umni association and a mem
ber of its executive commit
tee. He also is a President of
the Big Brothers Club. While
at Johnson C. Smith, he was
voted the most outstanding
student in the graduating
class and was editor of the
yearbook, newspaper, home
coming bulletin and freshman
manual.
Appearance
To Kick-Off
4-Day Meet
by Sidney Moore Jr
Post Staff Writer
Communications is the key
to successful salesmanship,
according to S B. Fuller. That
message and other Fuller
ideas will come to Charlotte,
Sunday. March 21, when the 70
year-old president of Fuller
Products Company will ap
pear here to kick-off a four
day series of sales meetings.
Fuller and Rick McGire,
president of Seaway Furniture
Company which is said to be
the world's largest black
owned furniture chain, will
head a noon meeting at Dud
ley's Beauty Center & Salon,
2020 N. Graham St. About
1,000 salesmen and observers
are expected to attend the
meetings
A spokesperson for the be
auty salon said the meeting
will mark the beginning of a
special "Christmas in March"
sales promotion The annual
promotion is a time when the
sales records of the best cos
metics distributors are recog
nizes and awards given.
The success of the proftitr
tion will no doubt be aided by
the appearence of Fuller and
McGuire. Both men are known
for their abilities to motivate
sales employees.
Fuller, a veteran of some 40
years in the cosmetics busi
ness, began his career in the
1930's. He took his last $25,
bought a load of soap and
peddled it door to-door in Chi
cago. That sum multiplied At
the height of his career in the
late 1950's, he was considered
one of the wealthiest blacks in
America.
Fuller Products at that time ~
was grossing more than $10
million and employed 5,000
people. In 1975, the company
grossed about $1.5 million and
employed about 2,500 people.
While his heyday has past,
Fuller still is recognized as an
important supporter of the
“personal contact" method of
marketing cosmetic products
“There are 3,000 companies
and 3.5 million people involved
in door-to-door selling," says
Fuller. “And they're doing
better than ever.”
The decline of Fuller Prod
ucts Company began in the
early 1960's when whites be
gan to challenge Fuller's en
try into the manufacture of
cosmetic products for whites
In fighting that battle, Fuller
got involved in several ill
fated financial affairs and ali
enated blacks who felt his
ideas on racial issues were
outdated.
rloyd McKissick
To Talk Here
April 5
Soul Cily developer and fou
nder Floyd McKissick wil ap
pear in Charlotte for the 40th
Annual Dinner Meeting of the
Board of Managers of Me
Crorey Branch YMCA.
The dinner will be held Mon'
day, April 5, at 7 p.m. in the
YMCA gymnasium. Reserva
tions for tickets to the dinner
may be make by (filling 394
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