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-VOL. 3 NO. 16
OCT 2 9-157^ _
"Charlote's Fastest Growing Community Weekly'
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"Read by 55,000 Charlotteans"
Why Vote
November 2
M, Carl Holman
National Urban Coalition
So you're not going to vote?
You're sick of politician·
and the way they behave.
Turned off because of all
those earlier promises that
dicta't pan out. Uninspired by
Uwkandidates. Out of work of
too tired to care. It might rain
or turn cold on Election Day.
You can't get up that early oc
back home that soon and youx
lunch hour isn't that long. Yon
can never remember when
your polling place is. You
certainly don't have the time
or gas money to take othef
people to the polls. Don't have
the time or gas money to take
other people^ to the polls. Don't
have the energy to see to it
that your church or club house
that day becomes a supervis
ed play center for children,
long enough for their mother*
to go and vote. Besides, what
difference will your one vote
make when it's all said and
Tell that to Martin Luther
King, Jr., to Medgar Evers, tc
Chaney, Schwerner and Good
man. But then, of course, they
can't hear you. They died too
soon. In Memphis, and Jack
son and in that rural county in
Mississippi where three young
men who thought that the
right to vote was important
were bulldozed into a grave.
But then maybe they were
not as smart as you. They
didn't realize that it really
doesn't matter who sits in the
White House, or the Congress,
th« state capitol, the county
court house, city hall, the
committee rooms and agency
offices. They didn't under
stand that it doesn't very
much matter who decide:
whether it is easier or hardei
to get Jobs, or houses, 01
money, or that uncommor
commodity called justice.
Why vote? Because if you
don't the record suggests thai
others won't. Bad habits, un
fortunately, are catching.
Why vote? Because if you
don't vote, many people not
particularly interested in your
well-being will. Maybe enough
of them to make the differ
Why vote? Because if you
don't a lot more politicians
will write you off, write oil
your concerns.
Why vote? Because if you do
vote, there is the real chance
that better laws will be passed
and enforced, fairer decisions
made, that better candidates
will be encouraged to run.
Maybe there are some peo
ple who can afford not to vote.
Who will not suffer, whose
families will not suffer, whose
neighborhoods will not suffer
whether they go to the polls or
not. But before you decide to
let this harvest pass, be abso
lutely sure you really can't be
helped or hurt by the outcome.
Frederick Douglass remind
ed us that freedom is not a
gift'. November 2, 1976 is not a
good time to bel that Douglass
was wrong.
Think about it. Then go to
your polling place and. vote
And take someone with you.
Explorer Poet 259
Explorer Post 259 will pre
sent Terror Theatre and Dra
cula at Children's Theatre,
1017 E. Morehead, October
FRUSTRATION is not hav
ing anyone to BLAME but
' ...J. C. Smith junior
Vernay Peterson
Is Beauty Of Week
By Melvetta Jenkins
Post Staff Writer
A pretty young lady with a
lot to say, Vernay Peterson is
our present Beauty of the
Vernay, who is more used to
being called "Coffy", is a
junior Communications major
at Johnson C. Smith Univer
She is a native of Philadel
phia, Pennsylvania and the
only child in her family. Coffy
" says that her mother is the
person who has had the most
influence in her lifp, and there
fore is the person she most
"Without my mother's gui
dance and understanding, I
don't think I'd have a purpose
or goal in life, like I have
now," Coffy said.
At Smith, Coffy is a member
. of the Kappa Sweetheart
Group, whicfi she joined in her
freshman year. Also during
that year Coffy reigned as
Miss Carter Hall.
Coffy plans to secure a job in
television broadcasting after
her graduation in 1978.
"1 don't have a particular
place where I want to live or
To Talk To
The People
Governor James E. Hol
shouser, Jr., in an qnprece
dented move, has speift more
than $13,000 in personal funds
to "talk to the people of North
Carolina" on Monday and
'Tuesday nights.
The Governor declined to
specify the subject matter
Nine television stations will
carry the special broadcast.
Six channels will broadcast
the show at 7:00 p.m Monday.
They include WCCB-TV and
WRET-TV in Charlotte;
WTVD-TV in Durham,
WFMY-TV in Greensboro;
WXII-TV in Winston-Salem
and WGHP-TV in High Point
Two channels will air the
program at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
• They are WITN TV of Wash
ington and WRDtJ-TV of Dur
ham WNCT-TV of Greenville
will broadcast the film at 7:30
p.m. Tuesday.
The program was produced
by Roger Ailes and Associates
of New York, in cooperation
with Century Studios of Ra
worK," she said. "Wherever
I'm able to get a good paying
job in my field, which is
Communications, is where I'll
Besides being a broad field,
Coffy says that Communica
tions is interesting.
"I chose to study Communi
cations because in it, you're
constantly able to see new
faces, and new faces mean
new experiences.'/
Coffy is a Virgo who is very
interested in the science of
astrology. She says Virgos
tend to be very frank, unpre
dictable, and love a challenge.
Being a student at Smith
isn't always easy, according
to Coffy. She feels that the
social attitudes at Smith need
to be reevaluated and chang
"If you'ré not in a sorority,
fraternity, or a member of the
upperclass, you might as well
not exist," Coffy said. "In my
eyes people are people, and if
an individual is nice to me and
respects mer, I'll be nice and
respectful to him, regardless
to whether he belongs to a
fraternity, sorority, or the
"Titles are nothing if there
is not a real person behind
Our Beauty enjoys dancing,
swimming, and playing ten
nis, but says that dancing is
her favorite hobby because it
"involves music, which I
"I never dreamed of being
Beauty of the Week," Coffy
said. "But I'm glad I was
chosen. I'm overwhelmed
with happiness."
The Post introduces with
pride Miss Vernay "Coffy"
Peterson as its Beauty of thé
Local Politicians' Dreams
Will Be Tested Tuesday
Ingle To
Support Fair
gle, the Executive Director of
the North Carolina Human
Relations Commission, says
that he now supports a draft of
the Fair Employment Prac
tices Act to be introduced in
the 1977 Session of the North
Carolina General Assembly
by Durham Representative H.
H. Michaux and Guilford Sen
ator Kathy Se bo.
Ingle previously had criti
cized the proposed draft to
prohibit age, sex and racial
discrimination, stating that it
would "create more problems
for the very afflicted parties
which it is trying to servethan
jt will solve." The criticism
was made in a letter sent to
Senator Se bo, Michaux and
Human Relations officials a
round the state.
Ingle changed his position
following a' workshop on the
bill in Charlotte at the N.C.
League of Municipalities on
October 19.
apecmc oDjections included
(1) lack of power to gain
access to employers records,
' 2) lack of power given to local
human relations commissions
■to— enforce and investigate
employment discrimination,
(3) the formation of a new
commission to enforce the law
would "negate the need for a
State Human Relations Com
mission" and (4) implied
placement of The Commission
under the Department of La
bor rather than the North
Carolina Htynan Relations
Commission Which Ingle
In an interview following the
Charlotte workshop, Ingle
said that "In effect" the pro
posed law allows whichever
agency is designated to en
force the law to request volun
tary compliance from the em
ployer and if thé employer
refused the complainant could
go before the commission for a
hearing at which time supoena
powers to get necessary re
cords would be available to
the commission.
ingie saia mat tne local
Human Relations Commis
sions would have investiga
tory powers which would de
pend on voluntary compliance
with its orders. If an employer
failed to comply, the com
plaining party could appeal to
the N.C. Human Relations
Commission for a hearing and
record attainment.
Ingle admits that the law
will need broad based support
from civil rights groups to
ensure passage. Similar legis
lation was deadlocked in com
mittee until nearly the end of
thtf. legislative session before
It was defeated.
bert "Bob" Walton, tight, with wife, Cathy,
child, and Campaign Manager Marshal
Smith, center, speaks to crowd of supporters
at opening of campaign headquarters. Walton
is seeking one of 5 County Commission seats
in the November 2 election. ' *„·.
115,000 Expected To Vote
In Presidential Election '
By Hoyle H. Martin
Post,Executive Editor
Approximately 115,000 to
125,000 county residents will
vote in Tuesday's presidential
election, according to infor
mation released to the POST
Wednesday by William B.A.
Culp, executive secretary of
the Mecklenburg County
Board of Elections. While
weather forcasts for election
day are nof yet available, Culp
said heavy rain might reduce
the expected voter turn-out
"as much as 10 percent."
• Voters on election day will
find 94 candidates represent
ing five political parties and
two non-partisans seeking 49
seats in offices ranging from
the presidency of the United
States to governor, to county
commissioners to district
court judgeships Specifically,
47 Democrats, 31 Republicans,
β American, 5 Labor, 3 Liber·
tarian, and 2 non-partisans
will be seeking election to the
49 public office^
The polls will be open from
6:30 a.m. to 7:30 ρ m. to
accomodate the vçters at 107
local voting locations.
Without a doubt thfe most
important ^contest will be in
the race for the presidency of
the United States. According
to a number of national polls
released earlier this week, the
race between Gerald Ford and
Jimmy Carter will be extre
mely close, some observers
nave saia u win De like me
1960 election when John F.
Kennedy received 50.6 percent
of the popular vote as com
pared to Richard Nixon's 49.4
Considering the overwhelm
ing number of registered De
•rrtocratsin Norjh Carolina as
compared to Kepuhlieans,
Jim Hunt, the candidate for
governor, and the other De
mocrats seeking state-wide of
fice should have little difficul
ty getting elected. iMuch of the
competition for many of these
offices was probably more
evident in the party primaries
than will be évident in the
general election. «■
In the 22nd Senatorial Dis
trict, the 36th Heuse District
and the Mecklenburg County
Commissioner races there will
probably be a larger percen
tage of Republican winners
when compared with state
,wide office races. In these
"local" elections party lines
are less rigid, the Republican
Party is stronger, and voters
will tend to support candidates
more on the basis of their
records apd personalities than
on party identification.
With the possible exception
of the presidential and guber
natorial races, local interest
will probably be focused on
the Mecklenburg County Com·
missiorieeJs race for a number
of reasons. These include ttw
possibility of two blacks being
eietieii, u,iz nair s cnance 10
retain the chairmanship, arrd
the efforts of William H. Booe.
the former controversial
school board member now
seeking a seat on the commis
sion as a Republican candi
date. '
The highly popular and well
respected Mrs. Hair will pro
bably win re-election as will
Jipr Democratic Party collea
gue Peter, Foley. However,
Mrs Hair's chance to repeat
as chairperson of the Commis
sion may well rest on the
success or failure of black
candidate Robert Walton.
Walton, a highly respected
banker, minister and civic
leader, âppears to hqve wide
•support among voters and is
probably the one candidate
among thp remaining Demo
cratic hopefuls who can at
tract at least as many voters
as the apparent Republican
party front-runners, Ed Pea
cock and Thomas F. Moore.
Another interest in the Com
missioner race will relate to
how well Lewis C. Coleman,
the other black candidate, can
do after overcoming adverse
published reports about his
finances to get 10.925 voters in
September run-off primary.
A final interest may be in
how voters will react to Bill
Booe's quest for a Commission
seat after six years of creating
- controversy on the school
• t λ
Three Blacks
Seek Local
By Sidney Moore Jr.
Post Staff Writer
Time, money and the
dreams of local, state and
national politicians will be
tested Tuesday, November 2.
Lewis C. Coleman and Rev
Robert L. "Bob" Walton, can
didates for County Commis
sion, are two of the few black
hopeful! on the ballots for the
general election. The only o
ther minority candidate is
Fred D. Alexander, candidate
for State Senate.
These three join 44 other
Democrats for the contest.
The Democratic Party tic
ket is headed by Presidential
candidate Jimmy Carter. His
running mate is Walter Mon
dale. Arthur Goodman Jr. is
conning for Congress.
Jim Hunt heads the ticket of
state office seekers. He is
•joined by James C. Green for
Lieutenant Governor, Thad
Eure for Secretary of State,
Harlan E. Boyles for State
Treasurer, Henry L. Bridges
for State Auditor, Rufus L.
Ldmistcn for Attorney Gene-—
ral. James A. Graham for
Commissioner of Agriculture,
John Ingram for Commission
er of Insurance, John Brooks
lor commissioner of Labor
and Craig Phillips for Superin
tendent of Public Instruction.
(Jthçr State Senate hopefuls
are Craig Lawing, Jim Mc
Duffie and J. Carlyle Rut
Candidates for the State
House of Representatives are
Louise S. Brennan, Ruth M.
Esterling, Gus Economes, Jo
Graham Foster, Parks Helms,
Joseph E. McMillan, Ben Ti
son and Fred W. White.
Other County Commission
candidates are Peter A. Foley,
Elizabeth G. "Liz" Hair and
Harry A. McKinnon.
Associate Justice candi
dates are Joseph Branch and
J. Frank Huskins.
unopposed Democrats are
shoe-in candidates for judge
ships at four levels.
For the Court of Appeals is
Gerald Arnold, R.A. "Fred"
Hedrick and Earl W. Vaughn.
Superior Court candidates
ffre Lynn Bradford Tillery Jr.,
Darius B. Herring Jr., Giles
R. ClarK, Ronald Howell and
W. Kelly Johnson.
Candidates for the 26th Dis
trict Court are Clifton E.
Johnson, P.Β Beachum Jr.,
Larry Thomas Black, L. Stan
ley Brown, William G. "Bill"
Jones and Chase Saunders.
Charles Ε Crowder is the
candidate for Register of
These Democrats will face a
Republican Party ticket head
ed by President Gerald Ford
and his running mate Robert
Congressman James G
Martin is facing re-election,
Republican Senatorial can
didates are Sam C. Cesena,
Carolyn Mathis, Barry G. Mil
ler, and James B. Rowe
State House candidates are
Steve M. Bingman, Marilyn R.
Bissell, Bob Harkey, E. Alan
Jaffre, Daivd D Jordan, A.
Ray Mathis and LeRoy (P
Local County Commission
candidates are William H.
Booe. William L. Griffin, Tho
mas F. Moore Jr., Edwin
Peacock and Jerry Taylor
Republican candidate for
District Court Judge is David
Β Sentelle
"Beat Way To Prevent Crime99
Hunt Proposes Repeat Offenders Program
»y Sidney Moore Jr.
Post Staff Writer
"The best way to prevent
crime," according to guberna
torial candidate Jim Hunt, "is
' to let the criminal know that
he will be caught, he will be
tried quickly and, if convicted,
he will be punished."
Hunt made this statement in
his press release concerning
his proposed Repeat Offen
ders Program. He is offering
this approach as one way to
fight crime.
"I am proposing that we test
this program for 18 to 24
mc/nths in two or three of the
large judicial districts in our
state with high crime rates -
perhaps Charlotte, Raleigh or
Fayetteville," said Hunt's
statement. "Then we can de
cide whether to expand it."
The program is aimed at
individuals who habitually
commit crimes
"Stopping the repeaters
must be a top priority of our
system of justice," said a
Suth Yepeaters comprise a
large number of the prison
population of North Carolina,
the statement indicated This
situation is bad for public
"And nothing is more crip
pling to public confidence than
hearing about the çriminal
who haft been able to circum
vent justice again and again
and remains loose among us,"·'
Hunt said.
Although no figures were
given as to the effectiveness of
other such programs, the
statement said 17 cities across
the country have similar pro
Cost of the program would
be "perhaps $55,000," said the
statement Hunt hopes to get
federal assistance to finance
the program. It would ipvolve
the hiring of two or three
special assistants to the Dis
trict Attorney's offices in the
area where the program' is
Repeaters would be defined
"as anyone who t has been
convicted of two separate fe
lony offenses or of rape, mur
der, kidnapping, abduction,
robbery, arson, selling and
dealing in drugs or engaging
in organized crime "
"I believe this is a creative,
innovative approach that"
could enable our system of
criminal Justice to better pro
tect us against the threat
Jim Hunt
.. Gubernatorial candidate
posed by repeat offenders."
said Hunt s statement

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