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To Meet
Black landowners will meel
Saturday, October 2, in th*
Harrison Auditorium on th*
campus of A&T State Univer
sity in Greensboro, N.C. Th*
purpose of the meeting is tc
organize a state association ol
Black landowners.
There will be free registra'
tion and coffee hour from 10-11
a m. The program will includ*
a statement of the seriousnesi
* of the Black land loss problem
by Attorney Lester Solomon ol
Duke University, and an ad
dress by Attorney Alvarea
Ferrouillet. The afternoon ses
sion will include one hour foi
District Caucus.
Landowners from 100 coun
ties in North Carolina will
divide into 10 districts which
will elect members to serve or
the State committees. Each
district will select one nomi
nee for president and one fot
secretary of the association
Two members from each dis
trict will be selected to serv*
on the steering committee.
In the General Assembly
state officers will be elected
The officers along with th*
steering committee will speai
head the activities for Stat*
organization and represent
North Carolina at the National
meeting on December 3rd and
4th at Baton Rouge, Louisi
. The public is urged to attend
the organizational rfieeting in
Greensboro, N.C.
Motion, Inc.
With Pride
— JSy. Sidney M .'ore Jr.
Post Staff Writer
Officials at Motion, Incorpo
rated, a local non-profit hous
ing firm, are brimming with
pride over the completion of
their Orchard Park apartment
Dignitaries joined Motion
staff personnel and residents
for a brief but enthusiastic
ribbon cutting ceremony Fri
day, September 17. The com
plex was opened for residency
one week later.
A private company assisted
Motion with financing the 42
unit structure under a federal
mortgage guarantee pro
gram. The project is located in
Third Ward at the corner ol
Clarkson and Cates Streets. II
is said to be the first multi
family housing unit built ir
any of the city community
development areas, according
to a Motion official.
Kent supplements are avail
albe for 20 percent of the
residents. All rents are based
on income, said the official.
An extensive promotional
campaign initiated in August
by potion resulted in a neai
full-occupancy situation at Or
chard Park. Motion hopes to
maintain the community enth
usiasm for the complex by
soliciting fruit sappings to be
planted on the project site.
In the ribbon-cutting cere
mony, Mayor Pro Tern Jim
Whittington planted the first
such tree.
Others attending that cere
mony include State Senator
Fred Alexander, City Council
man Harvey Gantt, Council
woman Betty Chapin and Mo
tion Executive Director Er
nest Afford. _
HEREDITY is something
every MAN believes in until
his own SON begins acting like
...East Mecklenburg senior
Miss Shelby Rich
Is Beauty Of Week
By Melvetta Jenkins
Post Staff Writer
Broadminded, outgoing, un
predictable, independent, and
pretty are only a few of
the positive adjectives that
describe this week's Beauty -
Shelby Rich.
Shelby, the daughter of Rev.
and Mrs. M.L. Rich who lives
at 1649 Patton Ave., is the
middle child in the family,
bordered by two brothers.
Our seventeen-year-old
Beauty is a Senior at East
Mecklenburg High School who
| plans to attend Bethune-Cook
man College in Tallahassee,
Fla. next year to study medi
cine, She later plans to apply
to Meharry Medical College in
Nashville, Tenn. Her profes
sional goal is to be an Obste
trician. Shelby finds obstetrics
an appealing field because it
Conference On
Prevention To
Attract 300
The University of North Ca
rolina at Charlotte will be
hosting 300 participants in a
state conference on primary
prevention, October 3 through
5. The focus of the conference
will be developing methods of
preventing, rather than treat
ing, emotional problems
The Director of the confer
ence ,^Dr. Johnnie Horn Mc
Leod, Charlotte physician and
educator, maintains “A gram
of prevention is worth a kilo of
treatment.” By bringing toge
ther North Carolinians inte
rested in prevention efforts,
Dr. McLeod believes the con
ference will provide an impe
tus to positive mental health
Representatives will come
from a cross-section of the
state's mental health, educa
tional,, religious, and social
service agencies and institu
tions. Local sponsors include
Mecklenburg's Mental Health
and Allied Services, the Char
lotte Mecklenburg Schools,
the Public Health Depart
ment, the Youth Services Bu
reau, the Council of Aging,
and the Council of Alcoholism.
The host agency will be
UNCC's College of Human
Development and learning ,
Will anew hci to deal with
people and life. Her favorite
subject is Math, "because it is
logical.” Her favorite teacher
is Mr. Caskey, ans algebra
teacher at East Mecklenburg.
Shelby is a first-year majo
rette at East Mecklenburg
where she is also a member of
the Yearbook Staff and the
Vagabond Club.
She attends Gethsemane
A.M.E. Church in Greenville,
where her father is the pastor.
Her hobbies include sewing,
embroidering, playing tennis,
and, of course, twirling her
Shelby, says her mother is
the person she most admires.
“My mother is very tole
rant. I've got two brothers and
wish I had the tolerance and
patience that my mother has
had in dealing with three
children,” Shelby said.
Shelby said her favorite co
lor is green and her favorite
perfume is “Unforgettable ",
by Avon, because "It has a
lingering scent, even though
it's not strong.”
When it comes to food our
Beauty says she eats “practi
cally anything.” The fact that
auc 13 dl dliu weigms 1 in
pounds tells us that she is one
of those lucky people who can
eat anything and not worry
about a weight problem.
Shelby's philosophy about
life may help her in her quest
for furthering her education
and reaching her goals.
"I am optimistic." she says.
"I'm not a religious fanatic,
but I do believe strongly in
God. I also believe in helping
Shelby was born on Febru
ary l and falls under the
astrological sign of Aquarius.
We at the POST take pride
in presenting to you our
' Beauty of the Week," Miss
Shelby Rich.
SBA No Longer
Accept* Application*
tember 23 -The U S. Small
Business Administration an
nounced today that until fur
ther notice it will no longer
accept applications under its
I-ease Guarantee Program.
Demand for assistance un
der the program has been
declining for the past three
years, and SBA's Fiscal Year
1977 budget does not include
funds for the program
Flight May Not Be Related ’
Ronnie Long
Rape Trial Opens
Special lo me post
The trial of Ronnie Long
began here Monday with jury
selection. Long is accused of
the April rape and burglary of
Judie McKinley, the wife of a
Cannon Mill executive. Seve
ral organizations and towns
people in the mill town con
tend that Long is innocent and
is a victim of a racist frame
up. Demonstrations in front of
the courthouse began this
week and are scheduled for
the duration of the trial.
The case of the prosecution
is certain to rest heavily upon
the credibility of its chief
witness, Judie McKinley, the
alleged rape victim, who con
tends that Long entered her
home around midnight on
April 25, 1976 by force and
forced her to perform a sex
act. She reported to police
after the alleged attack that
the rapist was Black and had a
stocking cap over: his head.
She also reported that, during
the rape and her struggle to
resist, she scratched the ra
nict'c faro
Mrs. McKinley identified
Long as her assailant days
later while he was defending
himself in an unrelated tres
pass case in the Cabarus
County District Court, stating
that she recognized his voice.
Long is being represented
by attorneys Atkins and Fuller
of the firm of Chambers, Stein
and Ferguson of Charlotte.
The manner of Mrs. McKin
ley's unusual identification of
Long as well as the failure of
arresting officers to find
scratches on Long's face are
certainly to be key elements of
the defense.
Long has been in jail since
his arrest because his parents
and supporters have been un
able to raise the $100,000 bond
set at a preliminary hearing.
Long contends that his trial is
a political frameup because he
was outspoken and a civil
rights advocate. In a letter
sent from a jail. Long said the
police had stopped him seve
ral times in the weeks prior to
Mrs. McKinley’s alleged rape
and had asked him to be an
informant for them in the
Black Community.
Concord's Black community
has not been silent and a
number of the people in this
At Mu Carmel Chu
lown-wnile and black-have
shown support for Ronnie
Long There have been de
monstrations, fish fries, and
protest marches. The most
recent was a protest at the'
Arvin Caldwell Park in Con
cord Saturday, September 25,
which attracted over 300 per
sons. Several speakers at
tacked Long's trail as a
scheme of the Klan and Can
non Mills to keep Black and
White workers divided so that
wages can be kept low and
working conditions poor.
Wanda Witherspoon of Con
cord, representing the Ronnie
Long Defense Committee,
said at the rally Saturday that
workers from Cannon Mills
will fill the courtroom every
day. Among the organizations
that have taken up the defense
of Ronnie Long are the Char
lotte Alliance Against Racist
and Political Repression and
the October League.
34 Countries
To Participate
In Festival Here
Representatives of 34 coun
tries will participate in Char
lotte's All Nations Festival
October 15, 16 and 17 in
Freedom Park.
Food and drink, dances,
music, crafts, costumes and
fashions from the 34 nations
will highlight the festival, the
first of its kind ever held in the
A special feature will be
performances of LeGette Bly
the’s "Thunder in Carolina”
on the Saturday afternoon and
Sunday evening during the
three-day festival.
Charlotteans, whose heri
tage stems directly from the
34 nations, have planned the
festival to pay tribute to the
first settlers of this country.
The All Nations Festival,
part of Charlotte's Bicenten
nial celebration, will be like
Festival in the Park, but with
a foreign accent added
Admission will be free and
all Charlotteans of all ages are
Hours of the cultural and
educational festival will be 6
p.m to 10 p.m. Friday.
NAACP Officials Hope
To Raise $5,000 Sunday
By Sidney Moore Jr.
Post Staff Writer
NAACP officials in Char
lotte-Mecklenburg hope to
raise $5,000 Sunday, at 4 p m.
at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church,
412 Campus Street.
A.Mississippi judge award
ed 12 Port Gibson, Mississippi
merchants $i.2S million in a
damages suit due to a 19M
boycott by black citizens to
their businesses Since the
national office of the NAACP
does not have that kind of
money on hand, said local
officials, a national campaign
has been launched to raise the
judgement plus legal fees
National NAACP General
Counsel Nathaniel R. Jones
of New York City is coming td
Charlotte to speak at the
"Save The NAACP'' Mass
Rally. Jones is expected to
discuss the court decision.
The attorney has been with
Nathaniel Jonea
.. .General Counselor
the NAACP in his present
position since 1969 An Ohio
native, he has practiced law in
his home state and he served
as the Assistant U S Attorney
in Cleveland from 1962 to 1967
Jones holds honorary Doctor
oi laws degrees form youngs
town and Syracuse llniversi
Kelly M. Alexander Sr., vice
chairman of the national
Board of Directors and State
NAACP President, is coordi
nating the special fund-raising
campaign in thts state He
aaid contributions may be sent
to the State Office of the
NAACP, 112 N. Irwin Avenue,
Charlotte, N.C 28202 or to the
National Office of the NAACP.
1790 Broadway, New York,
N.Y. 10019
Individuals or businesses
desiring to deduct contribu
tions from their taxes should
make checks to NAACP Spe
cial Contribution Fund, said
Efforts are being undertak
en in cities across the country
to raise money Attorney Jon
es is a member of a special
committee assigned to speak
at rallies such as this one
...House of Prayer leader
Sunday Morning
Bishop McCullough
To Baptize 1,900
By Moyle M Martin Sr/
Post Executive Editor
Bishop Walter McCullough,
leader of the more than :i
millions members of the Unit
ed House of Prayer For All
People, will baptize 1,900 con
verts here Sunday morning.
The event, one of the two
closing events of the 50th an
nual convocation, will end a
week-long celebration of the
church which began here Sun
day. September 26
Elder Claude Wilkerson,
pastor of Charlotte's Mother
House of Prayer For All Peo
ple, site of the Convocation,
and chairman of the state
assembly of "Houses", told
the POST in an interview on
Tuesday that the annual event
will bring approximately H.OOO
delegates from 17 states
where the, religious sect's
three million members reside
Bolder Wilkerson said fur
ther that the week long cele
bration. includes daily busi
ness sessions and mighty pro
grams of music and preach
ing The gala celebration will
conclude on Sunday. October
3, with a Mass Baptizing be
ginning at 11 a m and March
ing Band Competition begin
ning at 2:30 p m.
The local elder, pastor of the
Charlotte "Mother House" for
the past seven years, pointed
out that the Church's spiritual
leader Bishop Walter McCul
lough expects to baptize, the
new members on Sunday
morning in the waters of the
outdoor pool located at the
rear of the sanctuary B'ur
thermore, nine marching
bands and the Washington.
D C. Bugle Corps will appear
in the band competition which
will pat* m review before
Bishop McCullough and other
church dignitaries
Bishop McCullough, who is
in lh<> rilv In nrnciHo mio the*
annual convocation and
preach, will host the featuring
of a "Candle Burning Ser
vice by the General Council
on Friday night The council is
composed of all state chair
man. assistant state chairman
and elders
The United House of Prayer
for All People was founded in
1919 by the late C M "Sweet
Paddy" Grace He was sue
ceeded by Bishop McCullough
Klder Wilkerson said that
Bishop McCullough may
preach at any of the nightly
sessions but added he had no
specific obligation to do so
The nightly programs of
preaching and music begin at
7:30 p ni
Wilkerson added that a
number of city, county and
state officials have been sent
invitations to the celebration
The general public is invited
~to attend all versions of the
Post Staff Writer-^
Three academic studies
sponsored by the Atlanta bas
ed Southern Regional Council
(SRCi say busing and ' white
flight" may not be related
Migration patterns and dif
ferences in the birth rates
between urban blacks and
whites are factors many stu
dies have ignored, said the
study It points out that whites
were moving to the suburbs
and blacks to the cities long
before integration orders took
affect. Also, once in the cities,
younger black women produc
ed more children than their
older more settled white wo
men counterparts
"Such migration had taken
place prior to court orders
involving busing and likely
would have taken place even if
school desegregation were not
an issue." said a SRC state
ment on the studies
A random sample of 83
percent of principles in 139
southern schools "reported no
drop in white enrollment caus
ed b> desegregation in their
schools,: said the council
Initial apprehension over
desegregation "tends to be
resolved through time." re
ports the council.
It was also noted that "to
day more than half of the
schools in the south are reia
lively free of segregation
The studies indicate that
desegregation has benefited
'While the academic perfor
mance of white children tends
not to he affected by desegre
gation/' said the council, "the
academic performance of
black, children is tending to
improve in desegregated
classroom settings."
As to school problems, the
council says "desegregation
does not create problems in
education, rather, it uncovers
Studies of white teachers
attitutes strongly suggest a
generally negative view to
ward minority children, is
one such problem according to
the council
The most serious problem is
that "today's progress is
threatened by growing na
tional reaction against imple
. mentation of school desegre
gatiom in various northern
communities," said-SRC
iah'M Democrat*
To Boo*t Their
Democrats will boost iho»r -
Tuesday, November 2, Gene
ral Election candidates m
Charlotte, Monday, October
One of 27 rallies in this state
will be held on Monday, at
cording to a list of dates and
places recently released by
state Democratic officials and
the Jimmy Carter Campaign
No further information as to
the place and time of the rally
was released
Charlotte members of De
mocrats for Carter Committee
were listed as Senator Fred
Alexander. Louise Brennan,
Flo Bryant. Julius Chambers.
Luther Hodges Jr , Rowe Mot
ley. Liz Hair, Milton Short and
Arthur Goodman Jr
Several Charlotte commit
tee members joined more than
4t) state committee members
recently in Raleigh

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