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Althea Buchanan
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Is Beauty Of Week
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Post Staff Writer
With a smile that encour
ages friendly words, our Beau
ty of the Week, Miss Althea
Evyonne Buchanan, says one
of her favorite past-times is
talking with people.
Althea is a senior at Johnson
C. Smith University where she
'is majoring in Communica
tions Arts. Althea is presently
employed at WGIV Radio Sta
tion where she can put some of
what she’s learned at Smith
nto practical use. She serves
AS a commercial copy writer
and also gets the opportunity
to record commercial materi
al sometimes.
She plans to pursue an occu
pation as a Speech and Hear
ing Therapist because it’s a
branch of Communications,
which is her favorite field.
‘‘Communications is a
broad field and it’s very inte
resting,” Althea said, explain
ing her choice of the area.
Althea is a native of Fa
yetteville, Tennessee. She is
the daughter of Mrs. Lettie
Buchanan and one of two
children. She graduated in
1973 from Central High School
where she participated in the
band and the chorus.
Since she came to Charlotte,
Althea has held the office of
president of Smith’s United
Negro College Fund,_Station
it/^iager for WJCS, Smith’s
campus radio station, and she
was a freshman counselor.
Althea is a Sagittarian born
on November 23. She is 5’7t4"
Mint Street Closes
Until October 15
The northbound lanes of
Mint Street were closed Mon
day, October 4 to allow re
placement of pavement on
Mint Street torn out during the
construction of the Mint Street
- Poplar Street connector, ac
cording to a news release from
the Public Service & informa
tion Department of Charlotte.
The lanes will remain closed
through Friday, October 15.
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nited States would probably be
ami weigns impounds.
Her hobbies include sewing,
which she finds to be practical
as well as satisfying to her
quest for self-expression.
“I can make each pattern
different to fit my personal
tastes,” she said. "I prefer
making my clothes, rather
than buying clothes that all
look just alike in a store.”
Althea is a Catholic and
lives by one of the Ten Com
mandments that says “Do
unto others as you would have
them“do unto you.”
“I guess my most important
philosophy in life is to treat
people the way you want to be
treated,” she said. “I realize
this is hard because no matter
how hard you try, some people
just refuse to accept your
kindness; but I’ll try until I’m
tried out. So far, while at
Smith, I’ve met some truly
nice people and I’ve also met
some people that were hard to
get along with.”
Althea says she was sur
prised to be chosen as Beauty
of the Week.
“It’s an honor, surely,” she
said. “But I didn't believe the
photographer when he told me
what the picture was for.” ' '
Join the POST in welcoming
Miss Buchanan as this week's
Beauty. Also listen for her
voice on WGIV, you’ll enjoy
hearing her.
Park Center
Rally To Aid
Martin Campaign
One of the major campaign
events of 1976 will be held
Tuesday, October 12 at Park
Center, according to William
K. Van Allen, General Chair
man of the Congressman Jim
Martin reelection campaign.
Van Allen said the “Con
gressman Jim Martin Cam
paign 76 Rally” signals the
beginning of 3 weeks of inten
sive campaigning by the Con
Van Allen also announced
that Charlotte business execu
tive Charles R. Jonas. Jr., will
serve as Chairman of the
Jonas said, “The program
will feature food and enter
tainment which should result
in a relaxing evening for the
entire family." He went on to
say that the “rally, in past
campaigns, has served as a
generator for increased en
thusiasm and interest in the
Congressional campaign and {
has been one of the keys to the
Congressman's election day
successes in 1972 and 74.”
Jonas also announced that
John Conlan. Charlotte busi
nessman, will be the ticket
chairman for the rally.
NEA Sets Up $50,000 Fund To
Assist NACCP In Mississippi
Carter Leads
Ford 6-1 In
Black Poll
presidential nominee Jimmy
Carter commands a substan
tial margin of votes over
President Ford from potential
Black Voters. Carter leads
Ford 59 to 10 percent accord
ing to results of the last ACRA
Black Opinioit Survey, con
ducted among a cross-section
of 388 randomly selected
Black households nationwide
following the Republican con
Associate Control Research
& Analysis, Inc., (ACRA), an
eight year old Washington
based firm, is reputed to be
the only Black-owned, profes-.
sional services organization
doing research and analyza
tion, designing public opinion
surveys, conducting polls, and
collecting advocacy data on a
national basis. ACRA’s presi
dent James S. Gee says his
firm entered the field last
January to fill an unmet need
and give greater credibility,
accuracy and relevance to
information flowing into and
out of the Black community.
ACRA's survey methods
were developed in conjunction
with Survey Research Corpo
ration of Bethesda. Their ap
proach consists of a newly
designed, random, digital
dialing telephone technique
that completes a survey in less
than 48 hours.
ACRA's direct focus on
households among America’s
23,000,000 Black families, con
centrates on using computer
generated numbers. This me
thod was favored because of
the following points:
1. It proportionately reaches
unlisted telephone households.
2. It insures the anonymity of
those called, which together
with ACRA’s Black perspec
tive, induces greater candor
and responsiveness from mi
3. It reaches a proportional
cross-section of Blacks at all
ages, economic, demographic
and incorte levels.
The monthly sample size
was set to produce reliability
at plus or minus 5 percent. It
confirms that while Carter’s
lead is at present decisive,
there is still a large percen
tage (31 percent) of uncom
mitted voters. Of those re
sponding to the question:
"Suppose the Presidential e
lection were being held today,
which candidate would you
vote for, President Ford or
Governor Carter?" thirty-one
percent were undecided, indi
cating that Ford could, with
careful attention to the con
cerns of Black voters, close
the gap considerably.
Post Office To
Observe National
Hobday Monday
Monday, October 11, will be
observed as a National Legal
Holiday by the U.S. Postal
There will be no regular
mail delivery service.
A service window will be
open at West Trade Street
from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and at
classified stations from Sa m
to 10 a.m.
Self service units will be in
operation. Stamp vending
machines are available at all
postal stations.
Special delivery mail and
parcels containing perishable
matter will be delivered.
Normal Saturday service
will be provided October 9.
—W ard off militant protesters
Was Long Guilty?
Ronnie Long Never Had A Chance ?
special lo inet'osi
Ronnie Wallace Long never
had a chance. That was the
concensus of about 200 blacks
after an all-white jury convic
ted him of first-degree, rape
and first-degree burglary, Fri
day night at 8 p.m.
The 20-year-old Black man
had been charged with rap
ping and robbing Sarah Jud
son McKinley Bost, a 54 year
old white widow of a promi
nent Concord executive. Her
husband, Gray Bost, was trea
surer for Cannon Mills for
about 30 years. She lives one
block from the new Cabarrus
County Courthouse in a stately
two-story home at 158 Union
Street. _
Among other things, the
clerk of Cabarrus County Su
perior Court, Eustus White,
said they 're close friends. As
sistant District Attorney Tim
Hawkins said she used to
babysit him and he was too
close to her to work on the
Members of_ the Ronnie
Long Defense Committee said
a $10,000 reward was offered
for information leading to the.
capture of the suspect who
raped and robbed Mrs Bost on
April 25. The committee said
Cannon 'Mills offered the re
ward. Police Chief Jack
Moore, whose job allegedly
depends on his Cannon Mills
support as does most every
body else’s in Cabarrus Coun
ty, said he wouldn't comment
on wno ouerea me rewara or u
it was collected.
Also a couple of weeks be
fore the trail District Attorney
James Roberts told a report
er. "I’m being squeezed on by
one-side by the bluebloods
and the other side by the
radicals.” „
Trial-Jury selection started
out somewhat unique with
only 24 prospective jurors on
duty for the trial Monday
morning. White admitted to a
reporter that it was unusual,
noting that they usually call 50
people for a court session, but
he didn’t explain the abnorma
Judge William Z. Wood of
Winston-Salem; who dips
snuff and tries dry humor
during court recesses, sum
moned an additional 50 jurors.
The defense used 16 to 20
challenges, without cause, to
remove jurors, while the pro
secution used 4 of 15 challen
ges, three of those to remove
three of four Blacks out of a
total of 70 perspective jurors.
Wood removed the other
Black juror, leaving an all
white panel
More than half of the dozen
jurors and two alternates
work for Cannon Mills or their
spouses were employed by the
company. They said during
questioning they knew of the
widow's husband and most of
them had read about and
discussed the case But Wood
did not remove them from the
The state's case was based
around the testimony of Mrs
Bost that she saw Long's face
several times that night when
he broke into her home. She
described her assailant as
being 5’5" to 5’9", slim, very
light-skinned, wearing a black
leather coat, dark tobaggan
and possibly gloves. She also
said he was a plain-spoken
man with no apparent ac
Long was first identified by
Mrs. Bost on May 5th in the
Cabarrus County District
Court where police had asked
her to attend to see if she could
identify her assailant. After
waiting for an hour and a half
Mrs Bost said she recognized
the man that raped her by his
voice. That testimony was
contradicted by a neighbor
that had accompanied her to
the courthouse. Donnie Ven
nell, who lives next door to
Mrs. Bost said under cross
examination that Mrs. Bost
identified Long before he
sDoke in court.
Mrs. Bost, whose distin
guished gray hair and refined
mannerism have an upper
class tinge, pointed to Long in
the courtroom Tuesday even
ing. “There’s no doubt in my
mind that this is the man," she
said, pointing at Long who has
a chocolate complexation
The defense presented
Long's mother. Elizabeth and
girlfriend. Janice Spears, as
his key witnesses Mrs Long
said her son came home that
Alonzo Mackins Sr. Dies
ujf James rceici
Post Staff Writer
Alonzo Mackins, Sr., well
known and well-liked Char
lotte businessman died last
Sunday in Memorial Hospital
after a lengthy illness at the
age of 61.
The business acumen of Mr.
Mackins is legendary in Char
lotte where he reportedly be
gan his business career selling
hot dogs and peanuts from a
push cart on Charlotte streets.
"Daddy O", as he was affec
tionately called was an imma
culate dresser and his per
sonality always exuded a
warmth that made it a plea
sure to be in his company
* During the course of his
business career he owned se
veral highly popular night
spots and restaurants and was
a Mecklenburg County Bail
Bondsman at the time of his
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Alonzo Mackina Sr.
...Well-known businessman
Mr. Mackins was married to
the former Myrtle Johnson
He is survived by his wife,
three sons: Alonzo Mackins,
Jr, Larry V. Mackins, and
Willie J. Mackins He is sur
vived by four daughters Mrs
Connie Wingfield of Philadel
phia, Mrs Elaine Gibson of
Hamlet, Alonrema Mackins
and Laura Ann Mackins
The Mackins' lived at 1904
St. John Street in a large
house on a spacious lot Mr.
Mackins, who had extensive
real estate holdings, once
laughingly said, "I had to sell
some of the land around me to
I'd have some neighbors.”
Mr Mackins was a member
of First Baptist Church, pas
tored by Rev J B Humphrey,
a member of the Chamber of
Commerce, the Mecklenburg
Bondsmen's Association, the
Ancient and Accepted Scottish
Rite Masons and the Elks
Funeral services for the
beloved Charlottean will be
held October 7, at 4 p m at
First Baptist Church with
Grier’s Funeral Service ir
charge of the service
night at 8:30 p.m. and remain
ed home until his father re
turned at 10:30 p.m. Miss
Spears, who has a three year
old son, Anthony, by Long,
said they talked on the tele
phone from 9 to 9:45 p.m. that
night Mrs. Long testified that
she talked to her grandson
during that time while Long
was also on the telephone
The rape and burglary oc
curred about 9:30 p.m. that
night according to police and
Mrs. Bost. According to the
testimony offered by Long's
mother and Miss Spears, Long
could not have been the assail
■ Judge Wood and the attor
neys on both sides were "po
litely" saying race was not an
issue in the trail. But when it
was over, it was obvioysly too
much to ask an all-white jury
to take testimony of all-blck
defense witnesses for a black
defendant and give equal
weight given to testimony by
white state witnesses for the
When the jury foreman an
nounced the guilty verdicts
after the three and a half hour
of deliberation, 200 black peo
ple released tension building
throughout the week in a
simultaneous scream, ‘'no".
Women began to cry
throughout the courtroom,
ling's mother hugged he son
and asked somewhat vainly of
the court "do you call this
People began to head for the
door in disgust before Wood
could poll the jury, others
hugged Long who was trans
ferred hastily to Central Pri
son in Raleigh
Police officers and deputy
sheriffs had been called in
advance, a defense attorney
speculated by Cannon Mills,
with two dozen lining the
courtroom walls at the time of
the verdict. They ran down the
hall in back of the courthouse
after some shoving began at
the public entrance to the
courthouse They manned riot
helmets and two foot sticks,
and used mace forcing the
crowd outside the courthouse
into a heavy rain.
Most of the crowd were
women and children, some
were beaten and several taken
to the Cabarrus County Me
morial Hospital treated and
There were minor rock
throwings at the police Satur
day and one house was burn
Fund To
Serve As
Seed Money
National Education Associa
tion has set up a $50,000 fund to
serve as seed'money to assist
the National Association for
the Advancement of Colored
People and 130 black defen
dants currently in litigation in
NEA's affiliates will be en
couraged to contribute to the
fund, which is to aid the
NAACP and the Lawyers
Committee for Civil Rights in
appealing a $1,250,000 judg
ment against the NAACP
The NEA fund will be made
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the Lawyers Committee joint
ly to help pay attorney's fees,
court costs, and other expens
es related to the litigation
Under Mississippi law, in
order to appeal, the NAACP
must post a bond amounting to
125 percent of the judgment
or a total of (1,563,000. Failure
to raise the amount “can
mean the end of the NAACP."
according to the NAACP's
Washington, D.C. office
NEA President John Ryur, -•
in a letter today to Gloster B
Current, NAACP Associate
Executive Secretary, New
York City, pointed out the
NEA presented its 1976 Friend
of Education Award to Roy
Wilkins, longtime head of
NAACP, “in recognition of the
contribution that the
NAACP...has made to the ad
vancement of human and civil
rights in this country."
"It is with the firm Convic
tion that the NAACP must be
allowed to continue its fine
work that the NEA has taken
the present action,” Ryor said
concerning the establishment
of the special fund.
The Aug. 9 judgment a
gainst the NAACP stemmed
from a suit brought by 12
white merchants of Port Gib
son, Miss. The merchants
charged that the NAACP had
been involved in a 1966 boycott
by local citizens, aimed at
eliminating employment and
voting discrimination and o
ther racial abuses.
J.C Smith
Plans Two-Day
Festival Activities
A re-enactment of the first
intercollegiate football game
between two black colleges
will be held at Charlotte Me
morial Stadium Saturday, (>(
tober 16.
Johnson C. Smith University
(JCSU) will host Livingstone
College of Salisbury The 1 30
p.m match also promises i
festive two days of activities
The Bicentennial Football
Classic will feature a schedule
of events that include a con
memorative banquet at 8 p n.
Friday, October 15. Admission
for this banquet is $7.50.
Events for Saturday start at
11 a m. with a gala parade
from Sycamore Street and
West Trade to the stadium A
pre-game show begins at 1
Kick-off for the classic is at
After the game, a patio
dinner will be served at JCSU
Memorial Union Dinners will
be $1 50 for students and $2 25
for adults
Two balls will “be held Sat
urday night.
Bicentennial Classic Ball II
will be held at Charlotte Park
Center also from 9 p.m. to l
a m Admission is $3 per per
son with'student identifica

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