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v APR 1 6 1976 ' N'c> 28202
CHARLOTTE, N. C. 28282
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_ • _“Charlottes Fastest Growing Community Weekly” ^CALL392-1306
VOL. 2 NO. 41^_;_-_ _
-CHARLOTTE. NORTH CAROLlNA^Thursday. Apri! 15, 1976 .-Read b".000 Charlotte^-' -- ^
...Youth Council Vice President"
Sharri Garnett Is
Beauty Of Week
By folly Manning
Post Staff Writer
Our Beauty this week ans
wers to the nickname "Poo
chie”, which was fondly given
to her by her father when she
vas just a baby. She is Miss
Sharri Garnett, daughter of
Mrs. Lilly Garnett and Jacob
Hamilton of 2706 Rozzells Fer
ry Rd.
Sharri attends Quail Hollow
Junior High School where she
is Vice President of the Char
lotte-Mecklenburg Youth
Council, a member of Project
Aries, an organization design
ed to try and help needy peo
ple in the community, to main
tain a good student-faculty
relationship at school and
many other worthwhile tasks.
So far this year they have
tried to get an activity period
whereas the students would go
to various classes that are
sponsoring different types of
activitedx that they feel they
would enjoy This project has
failed so far but the mebers
are still trying. The group also
has a drive going to recruit
new members. They will spon
sor a workshop in May where
they will discuss business of
the past, new business, and
plans for next year.
Sharri's favorite subject is
History. “I love learning
about things in the past,” she
stated. “Youth of yesteryear
interest me a great deal and
also the old systems of law and
justice. Our Beauty’s favorite
teachers are Miss Streater
and Mr. Starnes. She stated
that they are understanding,
they love to help their students
by trying to understand their
problems, and they are good
Miss Garnett’s hobbies are
skating, swimming, and going
shopping. She likes skating
because it is fun. Her favorite
place to skate is the Ice Palace
on South Blvd. She loves to
swim in the summer because
it is hot and the water cools
you off and because it's some
A farmer Vows he increased
egg production by putting this
sign in the henhouse: "AN
ming 10 ao.
Born under the sign of Aries,
Miss Garnett describes them
as being leaders, very out
going, understanding, and
compatible with Aquarius.
Her future ambition is to
become an actress. “1 think it
is a nice profession as well as
an interesting one. I have
plans of going to college and
major in Drama,” she stated
somewhat excitedly.
When asked what college
she had in mind she admitted
she had her heart set on Liv
ingstone College in Salisbury.
‘‘My uncle went to Livingstone
and I am looking forward to
going also.”
The Garnett family attends
Greater Providence Baptist
Church where Rev. Johnnie
Wallace, Jr. is the minister.
She is a member of the Junior
Usher Board and the Junior
Missionary Society. She also
belongs to the Baptist Young
People’s Association.
Cicely Tyson is Sharri’s fav
orite actress. ‘‘I love the way
she carries herself. I was very
fond of the movie “Sounder”
and I was especially impres
sed with the “Autobiography
of Miss Jane Pittman,” ex
plained Sharri.
The person she most ad
mires is her uncle Robert
Death To Lurk
State Highways
This Weekend
RALEIGH...Edward L. Po
well, Commissioner of Motor
Vehicles Tuesday reminded
motorists that the four day
Easter Holiday weekend will
begin at 6 p.m. Friday, April
16 and end midnignt Monday,
April 19. Last year during the
four day period, 25 persons
lost their lives and 645 persons
were injured on North Caro
lina highways.
During the Easter holiday
last year there were 1,141
traffic accidents in the State
with 1,014 violations of the
motor vehicle laws.
Food Town Leases
6 Kreage Stores
Food Town Stores Inc., Sal
isbury, North Carolina, an
nounced today that leases had
been signed with S.S Kresge
Company, Troy, Michigan, for
six food stores adjacent to six
of their Department stores
operated as K-Marts. The
stores are located in North
and South Carol ina and Food
Town expects to open same in
April and May of this year. '
Dr. Benjamin E. Mays
Black Educator Says Prejudice
Creates Need For Black Schools
Superstars To
Meet Here
The political superstars of
the national black community
will be in Charlotte April 30
through May 2 to determine
the issues they think Presiden
tial hopefuls should be con
cerned about if these hopefuls
want the black vote.
Non-participants in the con
ference will have two occas
sions to mix with these lead
ers. A luncheon will be held at
noon Saturday, May 1. Con
gresswoman Yvonne Burke
will be the keynote speaker at
the luncheon. Tickets are $10.
Non-participants may also
attend a dinner scheduled for 7
p.m., Saturday. This event
will feature Mayor Tom Brad
ley of Los Angeles. Tickets are
Tickets for the luncheon or
dinner must be purchased on
or before April 21, at the
Charlotte Civic Center, ac
cording to one of the organi
zers of the conference. About
500 tickets are available for
me mncneon ana 1,000 for the
Mayor Coleman Young of
Detroit if expected to kick-off
the conference Friday, April
30. He will be introduced by
N.C. Senator Fred Alexander
following welcome statements
from a number of local digni
Young’s speech and the
workshops that follow begin
ning at 3 p.m. will reflect.the
conference theme, “Miximi
zing the Influence of Black
Democrats in 1976.” Friday’s
activities will conclude with a
reception sponsored by a host
committee at 6:30 p.m., ac
cording to a schedule released
by a caucus representative.
In addition to the lunch and
dinner planned for Saturday,
other activities have been
Mayor Richard, Hatcher of
Gary, Indiana will speak in a
plenary session at 9 a.m.
Supports of former Chapel
Hill Mayor Howard Lee, a
candidate for Leiutenant Gov
ernor, are also making plans
dial are expected to be tied
into the activities of the con
On Sunday, May 2, announc
ed persidential candidates will
be given an opportunity to
make ten minute presenta
tions to the conference.
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•~7 miles north of 1-85 on Beatties Ford Road
Luther Caldwell:
“Memorial Gardens Doing
Better Than Our Proiections”
by James Peeler
. Post Feature Writer
Six black men decided that
there was a definite need for
a Memorial Garden on Char
lotte’s west side and in 1971,
with and investment of $200,
000, founded Beatties Ford
Memorial Gardens, a perp
etual care cemetery on a 50
acre site seven miles north of
1-85 on Beatties Ford Road.
The far-sighted men were
Luther Caldwell, President;
Jesse Younge, Vice-Presi
dent; M.L. Greene, Treasur
er; Kenneth Powell, Secre
tary; Venton Caldwell, Assis
tant Secretary; and Romeo
Alexander, Assistant Treasur
Since opening in 1972, "The
corporation has sold over 5,000
Burial Estates," according to
President Luther Caldwell,
and they have approximately
2,000 more spaces available in
the presently developed por
tion of the 50 acre tract.
An obviously pleased Mr.
County Offices Will Be
Closed Easter Monday
Mecklenburg county Gover
nment offices and agencies
will be closed Monday, April
19, for the Easter Monday
The Board of Conty Com
missioners, which usually
meets the first and third Mon
day of each month, will meet
Tuesday, April 20, at 9 a m.
instead of Easter Monday.
The meeting will be in the
County Office Building.
The Main Branch of the
Public Library, which is usu
ally open on Sunday, will be
closed both Sunday and Mon
day. All day care centers op
erated by the Department of
Social Services will be closed
both Friday, April 16, and
Easter Monday.
Caldwell says, “We have done
much better than our projec
tions to date and our presence
in the burial business has cau
sed white cemetery owners to
actively seek blacks for their
Beatties Ford Memorial
Gardens presently has two
beautiful monuments strateg
ically located on its well-kept,
flower and shrub-filled groun
ds and plans call for the cons
truction of several above
ground crypts in the future.
No standing head stones are
allowed in Beatties Ford
Memorial Gardens but they
offer bronze markers which
range in price from $200 to
President Caldwell says,
“People are buying early to
get a better lot selection and in
anticipation of price increas
The office of Beatties Ford
Memorial Gardens is located
at 1929 Beatties Ford Road
with office hours 9-5 Monday
through Friday and from 9-12
on Saturdays. Inquiries can be
marip hv rnllina 'IQO.QQQA
Another trice Increase
Cost Of Mail Continues To Soar
oy 3ianey Moore jr.
Post Staff Writer
Higher fees for Special deli
very, registered mail, insu
rance and other special ser
vices are scheduled to become
effective Sunday. April 18, the
postal service announced this
The higher prices do not
reflect any change in postal
service policy to provide the
"best possible service at the
most economical cost," said
postal information service of
fical Willie Stratford. He ex
plained that this rise in fees
is part of the overall effort the
service is making to become
financially self-sufficient by
19B4, as it is mandated to do by
federal law.
He said some businesses
and individuals pay more to
get packages delivered by pri
vate companies and then com
plain when the postal service
raises its fees to be more in
line with private competitors.
Stratford also said the amount
of fee increases are small
compared to increases con
sumers are paying for other
goods and services.
The benefit of higher fees,
according to Stratford is a
more efficient postal service.
He said the sevice now has a
greater ability to process mail
and that it is doing other
things besides raising postal
fees to increase its ability to
process mail.
"We are not without fault,”
Stratford said. But he empha
sized that much of the resis
tance the postal service gets
from the public because of its
effort to become self-sufficient
is based on the high visibility
of the service rather than the
actual faults of the system.
“We lay our ability to per
form on the line everyday of
the week,” said Stratford
The new temporary fees are
up to 33 percent higher than
current levels, which have
been in effect for a number of
years. The last time special
delivery charges were raised
was 1971. Certified mail fees
were last increased in 1966 and
special handling fees have
been the same since 1957.
When the increases become
effective at 12’;01 a m., April
18, the basic special-delivery
charges will go from 60 cents
to 80 cents, the minimum mo
ney-order fee from 25 to 30
cents, the certified-mail fee
from 30 to 40 cents and the
minimum registered-mail
charge from 95 cepts to Si 25
International fees for availa
ble special services are being
increased at the same time
Willie J. Strafford I
Post Office spokesman
The new fees are based on a
request for recommended
changes in fees for domestic
sfiecial services the Postal
Service filed with the Postal |
Rate Commission Jan. 5. ,
Two Denominations
To Raise $7.5 Million
Were it not for the existence of
minority institutions of higher
learning. Dr. Benjamin E.
Mays declared here March 27
the education of minority
young people would have been
“blotted out" in the United
Mays, the president of the
Atlanta Board of Education
and president-emeritus of
Morehouse College, praised
the efforts of his fellow Bap
tists to raise money in support
of minority schools.
CHA Starts
The Charlotte Housing Auth
ority will begin taking appli
cations on Thursday, April 15
for a federally funded rent
supplement program for low
inrnmA ru>nnIP Tnfaractn/j nnp
sons may apply at the Author
ity offices, 1301 South Boule
vard, from 8 a m. to 12 p.m.
and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m on week
The new Housing and Urban
Development Section 8: Exist
ing Housing Program is a
form of rent supplement to low
income people, enabling them
to find suitable existing hous
ing wherever they choose. It
may also provide rental assis
tance to low income persons
living in standard housing.
To be eligible for the prog
ram in Charlotte, a family of
four must not make more than
$8,100 annually. This amount
is figured as 80 percent of less
of the Charlotte area median
income of $10,125. Rental as
sistance is adjusted to fluctua
tions in the family’s income.
Information of the amount of
actual rent supplement may
be obtained from the Housing
Families presently on wait
ing lists for other subsidized
housing may apply to the rent
supplement program without
affecting their position on ex
isting lists.
The Housing Authority has
requested local realtors and
property owners to participate
in the program by making
rental units available to elig
ible families. Specific advant
ages of the rent supplement
program include:
- Little government red
- Rental assistance con
tracts may be issued for up to
three years. Annual adjust.
ments are possible.
- Upon violation of a lease,
the housing owner receives 80
percent of the contract until
the unit is leased or up to 60
Jays, whichever comes first.
City Government
Io Observe
Easter Monday
All offices of Charlotte City
[overnment will be closed ,
Monday, April 19 in obser- |
ranee of Easter Monday. Bus- |
ness will resume at 8 a m. ,
Puesday, April 20
Because of the holiday,
here will be no City Council
neeting Monday. S
it wntie historians had
cared enough, good enough -
and if the founding fathers had
had the Black man in mind
when they wrested the 13 orig
inal colonies from England
and founded this country —
there would have been no need
for the Fund of Renewal and
no need of Negro colleges."
The Fund of Renewal is a
national fund raising program
of the predominantly black
Progressive National Baptist
Convention, and the predom
inantly white American Bap
tists churches in theU.S.The
two denominations have ban
ded together in an historic
effort to raise $7.5 million for
minority development.
The scene for Dr. Mays'
remarks here was a celebra
tion luncheon held at the Inter
nationale Hotel March 27. For
me tirst time since the Fund of
Renewal campaign began in
1972, nearly a quarter of a
million dollars was distributed
to 15 Baptist minority institu
tions of higher education.
Eventually, the Fund of Re
newal will provide the schools
with $4,400,000.
Affirming the need for the
Fund of Renewal, Dr. Mays
said minority institutions pro
vide, “images, the things that
tell people they are somebody,
that they count."
In turn, it is the responsibil
ity of the graduates of these
institutions to "tell the people
what America is all about,"
Mays declared.
"It is my considered judge
ment,” Mays said, "that Mar
tin Luther King had to come
out of Morehouse, a Fund of
Renewal participant."
"Morehouse taught its stu
dents that a Negro could ride
in a segregated street car...
and still be free," Mays poin
ted out. "Harvard could not
have produced Martin Luther
Over 250 guests, including
clergy and lay leaders from
churches in the south, politic
ians and civic leaders from
Atlanta, and representatives
from the schools and from -
other minority groups were at
the March 27 gathering here.
Presiding was Dr. Thomas
A. Kilgore, Jr., pastor of the
Second Baptist Church of Los
Angles and former president
of American Baptist Chur
It was Kilgore's idea to mob
ilize local church support for
minority development which
eventually became the PunH
Df Renewal. Kilgore, who is
second vice-president of the
Progressive National Baptist
Convention, was in a unique
position to see how the two
groups could work together in
that effort The Fund of Re
riewal marks the first time
in history that two Protestant
denominations have joined in
an effort of this type.
Reacting to Mays remarks
were Dr. James Chuck, pastor
)f the First Chinese Baptist
Church, San Francisco, Ca.
and past president of Board of
Directors of Asian Center for
rheology and Strategies, Ber
keley, Ca. and. Congressman
\ndrew Young of Georgia
The three leaders set the
itage for the distribution of
he grants to college presi
lents or their representatives
>y specially selected presen
ors The recipients were Ba
■one College, Muskogee, Ok ;
tenedict College, Columbia,
• C.; Bishop College. Dallas,
rx.; Lemoyne Owen College,
ee Black on page 4

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