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VOL.»NO. 10 CHARLOTTE. NORTH CAROLINA-282u8 Thur,day. Sep,ember .6. !976 " ..Rcad by ^500 Jharlo(teans.. pR1CE 2Qc
...Leads an active life
Ms. Della Tinsley
Is Beauty Of Week
By Abigail L. 1- landers
Post Staff Writer
Cute, intelligent, vivacious
and energetic are only a few of
the adjectives that describe
this week's exciting beauty,
Ms. Della Tinsley.
Ms.Tinsley leads an active
life that is paced by her busy
occupation as an MTST (Mag
netic Tape Selectric Type
writer) operator at Jefferson
Pilot Broadcasting Co. and a
close-knit family life with her
loving mother, Mrs.Helen Tin
sley and five brothers.
‘‘I enjoy my work very
much because of the people
that 1 work with and the kind
of work that I am doing," the
pretty petite Ms. Tinsley said.
"My job is word processing,
which involves programming
machines to type articles and
letters for the station.”
Since her graduation from
Harding High School back in
1969, Ms. Tinsley has been
thoroughly infiltrated in the
business activities at Jeffer
son Pilot. She came to the
station right after high school
and worked in the Radio Traf
fic Dept. Later, she was trans
ferred to the Public Affairs
Dept, then to Xerox. The last
three years of her working
career have been spent in
MTST, a job that is both time
consuming ana very impor
tant to the station. She handles
important correspondence for
practically every department
in both radio and television, a
job which she has recently
handled alone because of the
illness of a co-worker. ‘‘I love
keeping busy, so the work load
didn’t bother me,” Ms. Tins
ley said wearing the sparkling
smile that reflects her ami
able personality.
Born under the sign ofAqua
rius, Della’s charm and beau
ty, like that of many Aquari
ans, goes far beneath the
surface. She is well-liked by
those who know her and re
spected by those who would
like to know her.
Her hobbies include practic
ing the karate techniques that
she recently learned, playing
football, soccer, and volley
ball. Ms. Tinsley has one basic
philosophy that she feels to be
a great aid in helping her to
•keep an even balance in life.
“Live and let live is my
basic philosophy. I don't be
lieve in interfering in the lives
of others and I appreciate a
certain amount of freedom in
my own,” she stated emphati
Surely, that’s not too much
for a pretty young woman who
practices patience, kindness
and, oh yes, karate, to ask!
Nation’s School
Enrollment Drops
Specfal To The Post
Total enrollment in the na
tion's schools and colleges is
expected to drop by 0.1 per
cent this fall to approximately
60 1 million. On the other
hand, total expenditures for
education will increase to over
$130 billion, according to a
"Back to-school" forecast re
port released Wednesday by
the National Center for Edu
cation Statistics of the Federal
Department of Health, Educa
tion and Welfare
The report says, "Education
this fall will be the primary
activity of some 63.6 million
Americans. In addition to stu
dents attending classes, al
most 3.2 million persons will
Courtesy is too cheap for
some people to be interested in
be employed as classroom
teachers, and an additional
300,000 will be working as
superintendents, principals,
supervisors, and other in
structional staff members.”
With a national population of
approximately 215 million,
this means that about three
out of every 10 persons will be
direct participants in the edu
cational process.
Enrollment In regular edu
cational programs from kin
dergarten through graduate
school this fall will come close
to the all-time high of 60.2
million reached in the fall of
1975, the report notes. The
number of pupils in public
and private elementary (K-8)
institutions is expected to be
34.2 million, down by more
than one percent from the 1975
enrollment of 34.7 million.
Total high school enrollment
is expected to reach a peak
this school year, exceeding
15.8 million - an increase of
less than one percent over last
The report also notes that
the number of earned degrees
to be conferred by colleges
and universities during 1976-77
is estimated as follows: ba
chelor’s degrees, 918,000; first
professional degrees, 60,000,
master’s degrees, 338.000; and
doctorates, 37,000 Except for
the bachelor's level, these are
all-time highs
In Tuesday Primary
Lewis Coleman Wins In Runoff;
Lee Loses Bid For Lt. Governor
Rises For
Black Youth
By Sidney Moore Jr.
Post Staff Writer
Unemployment for black
teenagers rose to 40.2 percent
from 34.1 percent the month
before, according to figures
recently released by the Bu
reau of Labor Statistics.
The figures showed that
overall unemployment rose in
August for the third straight
month, lifting unemployment
to its highest level of the year.
Labor leader Geprge Meany
relates these reports to cur
rent political campaigns.
"In the two years of Mr.
Ford's presidency,” quoted a
labor publication, “the official
rate of unemployment has
risen from 5.5 percent to 7.9
percent. That means there are
2.5 million more Americans
unemployed now than when he
took office."
Meany hinted that such em
ployment data will not help
the President's campaign.
"The President says he is
going to run on his record
Well, so be it,” Meany report
ed! v said.
Ford’s chairman of the
Council of Economic Advis
ors, Alan Greenspan, is said t9
be backing off from his predic
tion that unemployment would
be cut to 7 percent by the end
of this year.
Democratic presidential
candidate Jimmy Carter call
ed’ rising unemployment fur
ther evidence of the Ford
Administration's failure.
Analysis of employment fi
gures show blacks to be more
affected by increased unem
ployment than whites. The
jobless rate for white men
workers was the same in both
July and August. But the rate
for black men workers moved
up in August to 13.6 percent
from 12.9 percent the month
before, said the report.
Women workers were more
affected by age than race.
Women over 25-years-old act
ually experienced a decrease
in the jobless rate. But women
between the ages of 20 and 24
claimed fewer jobs.
8TH ANNIVERSARY of Rev. Warren McKis
sick, 5th from left, was celehraiedH by
members and friends of Greater Galilee
Baptist Church last Sunday Church officers
pictured with Rev and Mrs. McKissick, <>th
Photo by Peeler
from left, are: Jelester Gamer, Allan Boston,
James H. Davis, Mrs. Annie T. Davis, Mrs.
Winifred Galmon, Rev. Winifred Galmon,
Bennie Thompson. Paul Mclllwain, Roosevelt
Korie. Arthur Givens, and George Carter.
Creater Caiilee Celebrates
Rev. McKLssick’s Eighth Year
By James Peeler
Post Staff Writer
The 675-member congrega
tion of Greater Galilee Baptist
Church, 501 West Park Ave.
celebrated the 8th Anniver
sary of their pastor, Rev
Warren McKissick, last Sun
The celebration, the first
sinct iiev McKissick became
their full time pastor last July,
began at 1:30 pm. with a
lavish dinner of home-cooked
foods in the church’s Fellow
ship Hall located on its lower
The Fellowship Hall was
beautifully decorated by .Mrs
Annie T. Davis and was high
lighted by a three-tiered cake
and a floral arrangement of
Deacon Bennie Thompson
was Chairman of the Anniver
sary Committee which also
conducted a formal program
in honor of Rev.McKissick and
fealured Rev James McCoy,
pastor of Piney Grove Baptist
Church, as the guest speaker
During the program church
member Angela Smith noted
that since Rev. McKissick
came to Greater Galilee Bap
tist Church on the first Sunday
in September, 1968, they have
retired a $90,000. 25-year-loan,
in 5 years, they have built a
heated baptismal pool, formed
several new organizations
such as The Willing Workers,
The Tower Gospel Chorus,
The Youth Choir, and the
Young Men's Training Union;
redecorated Sunday School
rooms, painted the sanctuary,
more than doubled the mem
bership. acquired the full time
services of Rev McKissick.
and now have an annual bud
get of approximately $60,000
as compared to the $5,000
when Rev. McKissick became
Also participating on the
3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. pro
gram were: Henry Smith,
Monroe Glenn, and the Hymn
Choir which conducted Prayer
Service; Doris Cunningham,
who gave the Welcome Ad
dress; Bennie Thompson, who
introduced the speaker; Larry
Clyburn, Harry Roseboro, and
Rathford Sanders who took
the Offering; Minnie Pender
grass, who extended Words of
Thanks, and Albert Williams,
who presented Rev and Mrs.
McKissick with a monetary
gift from the congregation.
Rev. and Mrs. McKissick also
received a Silver Cup from the
Pastor's Aid.
Music for the occasion was
furnished by Piney Grove
Baptist Church Choir and the
Mass Choir of Greater Galilee
Panficl r^nrr'h
Civil Rights Activist
Ben Chavis Ends 131 -Day Fast
By noyie h. Martin Sr.
Post Executive Editor
The Rev Benjamin F. Cha
vis, Jr., civil rights activist,
who was sentenced to 29 to 34
years for allegedly firebomb
ing a Wilmington, N.C., gro
eery store during racial unrest
in 1971, ended his Self-imposed
131 days fast on Sept. 8.
Chavis, a graduate of
UNCC, concluded his "spiri
tual fast and political hunger
strike" after the successful
National March for Human
Rights and Labor Rights held
in Raleigh on Labor Day. Sept.
6. The "March" which drew a
crowd estimated at 3,500, was
sponsored by the National
Alliance Against Racist and
Political Oppression
According to Charlene Mit
chell, executive secretary of
the Alliance, th,e major pur
pose of the “March" was to
demand the freedom of the
Wilmington 10. the Charlotte 3
and other "political prison
ers" in North Carolina Ms
Mitchell also expressed con
cern for the future welfare of
the Rev Chavis. She said
uuimg me i.arxir uay rally,
“Ben began his fast in April to
protest the dangerous and in
human conditions to which he
was being subjected There is
every reason to believe the
North Carolina authorities
will try to continue those
The "Wilmington 10" refers
to nine black men and a white
woman who are currently ser
ving a total of 282 years in
prison following their convic
tions on charges growing out
of racial turmoil in Wilming
ton. N.C.. in 1971
The “Charlotte 3” repre
sents Jim Grant. T.J Keddy
and Charles Parker, who were
convicted in 1972 of burning
the “I^azy B" stable which
resulted in the.death of 15 in
1988 Grant sfjjd Reddy are
free on f>ond pending an ap
peal Parker ii but of^rison on
Rev Chavis^tW^'transier
red from Caledonia Prison
Farm in Tillery. N.C. to the
McCain Prison Unit in Mc
Cain. N.C. for organizing the
Caledonia inmates to get a
redress of their grievances.
Chavis' efforts led to the
Caledonia inmates winning
concessions from prison offi
cials and the establishment of
an on going Inmate Steering
Committee. As part of the
alleged harrassment against
Chavis for the efforts, he was
transferred to McCain in an
attempt to isolate him and
reduce his organizing capabi
lity by housing him in a
hospital ward with tubercular
and mental patients. Yet, Cha
vis is neither mentally or
physically ill. Prison officials
deny the harrassment charges
and claim that Chavis was
transferred for his own safe
Chavis began the 131 day
fast on April 30th in protest
—auamsl h*» heing HOVed to the
McCain unit Jim Grant. Char
lotte area coordinator of the
Alliance and currently on bail
as a member of the Charlotte 3*
said Tuesday, "Rev Chavis'
fast was designed to focus
attention on the way prisoners
Rev Ben Chavis
...Civil right activist
are treated in North Caro
Dr Helen Othow, a member
of the National Wilmington 10
Oefansa Cnmnutlee^and the
N C Alliance and the sister of
Rev Chavis, told the POST on
Tuesday that her brother had
lost 40 pounds during the fast
but that he is feeling well."
She talked with Chavis on
Friday, September 10
Coleman’s Victory Most
Dramatic In Primary
Post Executive Editor
In Tuesday's primary run
off election, Mecklenburg
County Commission candidate
Lewis C. Coleman won a con
vincing victory. Howard Lee
lost a bid to be the Democratic
candidate for lieutenent go
vernor, incumbent school
board Tom Harris received
the lowest vote total among
the five winners elected to the
non-partisan Charlotte-Meek
lenburg School Board, and
David T. Flaherty won the
Republican gubernatorial no
Coleman's victory was pro
bably the most dramatic a
mong local candidate^ be
cause he had to overcome
adverse published reports
concerning a number of finan
cial and personal problems.
He finished first with 10,925
votes or 3,000 votes ahead of
Harry McKinnon the second
place winner in the run-off
election for the Democratic
nominations for the Mecklen
burg Board of County Com
Coleman and McKinnon will
join incumbents Liz Hair and
Peter Foley along with ano
ther newcomer, Bob Walton,
on the Democratic slate in the
In reference to the fact that
there will be two blacks on the
Democratic ticket in Novem
ber, Coleman said, "Charlotte
is big enough to elect two
blacks (himself and Bob Wal
ton). If blacks are elected to
the Commission, they will
work to represent all the
people just like any other
candidate should."
Howard Lee's bid to be the
first black elected to a state
wide office in the South fell
short as Jimmy Green, a
conservative and speaker of
the North Carolina House,
drew 56 percent of the vote
Green received 238,367 votes
to Lee's 226.639
While Lee stated many
times during the campaign. "1
am not running as a black
man, I'm running as a man
who happens to be black,” he
reportedly said he thought the
vote in the lieutenant govern
or's race had polarized along
racial lines.
Lee and his supporter in
Raleigh on Tuesday night ex
pressed disappointment in the
low black voter turnout and
the expected strong urban
vbter support from both
blacks and whites that did not
occur Lee had expected the
urban vote and heavy black
support to off-set Green's ru
ral and small town strength
According to unofficial re
turns, the Democratic black
vote was about 28 percent, the
same as the percentage for
Democratic voters generally
W inston-Salem
School Of Nursing
Graduate* 3 LochIh
Three Charlotte nursing stu
dents are among 54 members
of a two year study program
who graduated Sunday, Sep
tember 12, from Winston
Salem State University
The capping ceremony
markeOlhe beginning of elini
cal practice in health care foi
the nurses, said a statement
from the school
The students are Harrietti
W Blakeney, Vontina Sim
mons and Carol E Taylor
burg School Board race, attor
ney Ward McKeithen led the
field of nine seeking five seats
He received 17,544 votes. Ci
ther winners and their vote
totals were: Carrie Winter
16.341; Wade Fox. 15,806. Pat
Lowe. 15,761; and Thomas
Harris with 14.794 Business
man and former Davidson
College basketball star Barry
Teague finished sixth with
13,670 votes and former board
member Henderson Belk fi
nished nineth and last with
only 9,594 votes
The major surprise in the
school board race was the
incumbent Tom Harris finish
ed last among the five winners
In the August primary Harris
finished third. In responding
to questions about his last
place winner's vote total. Har
ris said his vote to fire Holland
Jones might have hurt him.
especially among black vot
ers. It has been generally
assumed that blacks support
ed Dr. Jones because of his
outspoken positions cm dese
gregation and related educa
tional matters.
In other state-wide races,
former state secretary of bu
man resources David T Fla
herty defeated Coy Privette
by gaining 60 3 percent of the
Republican vote in the guber
natorial race Flaherty re
ceived 45,372 vote to Privette's
29,926. This vote' total repre
sents less than 15 percent of
the 570,000 registered Republi
cans in the state
Area Fund To
Push Discount
The Charlotte Area Fund
announced this week that it
will soon continue the effort of
approaching businesses in
Charlotte that will participate
in the Merchant's Apprecia
tion Program, a voluntary
program of price reductions
for senior citizens This effort
by the Area Pund is being
conducted in cooperation with
the Mecklenburg County
Council on Aging
The discount program ini
tially launched in May. is
sponsored by the Mecklenburg
County Council on Aging and
the Charlotte Chamber of
Under the program, each
• merchant decides what kind of
discount he will give, the
products and services to
which it will apply, and the
age for which the discount
would begin Among the busi
nesses being contacted under
the program are food stores,
drug stores, and other ser
vices used frequently by elder
ly citizens Those merchants
participating can be recogniz
ed by the Council on Aging
Chamber of Commerce logo in
the store.
rresenuy, nuy one busi
nesses and chains in Mecklen
burg County offer special dis
count prices to people over 60
and 65 in selected goods and
services The solicitation of
these businesses was conduct
ed initially by the Charlotte
Hornet's Nest Kiwanis Club
during the month of May
The efforts of the Charlotte
XHBl rmi l in i to hagi" *he
week of .September 20, through
the Area Fund's senior citizen
program, coordinated by
Anne Sheffield, Community
Development Specialist for
Senior Citizens

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