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Will President Jinuny Carter Appoint A Black Man?
By Benjamin Hooks
Special To The Post
Will Jimmy Carter appoint
a black man to the Federal
Communications Commission
to take my place? I know he
will.' I believe that President
elect Carter is highly cogni
zant of the fact that Blacks
furnished his margin of politi
cal victory and will, some
disbelievers notwithstanding,
respond by not only naming a
black to the FCC when I
depart sometime in 1977,. but
will also appoint qualified
* black * tnfn and women
throughout the hierarachy of
government during his admi
I say this on faith because I
have not talked personally
with Jimmy Carter about this.
I believe, however, he is a
man of integrity, a man who is
as good as his word
In several columns I have
written of.the number of com
missions and agencies, in
Washington that touch every
aspect of our lives, yet black
people not only have not serv
ed on many of them but are
unaware of their existence or
the power and influence they
In light of the heavy support
Blacks gave Carter, I think it
is worth mentioning again
But black support is not the
crucial thing, I might add. I
expect President-elect'Carter
as an eminently decent and
humane man to be a President
of all the people, black, white,
red, brown, yellow.
A few Blacks such as Leon
Higgenboiham. of the Federal
Trade Commission, now a
federal judge, Constance New
man of the Consumer Pro
ducts Safety-Commission, now
of HEW, Howard Jenkins of
the National Labor Relations
Board, and a pumber of
blacks, includirig Tour succes
sive chairman of the Equal
Employment Opportunity
Commission, have served on
some of these bodies
But for the most part Blacks
have not served on the Securi
ties and Exchange Commis
sion. the Federal Maritime
Commission, the Nuclear En:
er'gy Commission, the Civil
Aeronautics Board, the Inters
state Commerce Commissiojt
the Federal Power Commis
sion. and until I came, on the
Federal Communications
P nm miccmn
And there are a host of other
commissions and agencies on
par with or just slightly below
the above-named in terms of
power and status These in
, elude the Energy Research
and Development Administra
tion. the Federal Aviation Ad
ministration. the National La
bor Relations Board
The list goes on and on. plus
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and with the Foreign Service,
where Blacks are still em
ployed in far too few numbers,
and in positions that lead
-Not long ago. I ^.remarked
that some forty or fifty items
may come before the Com
mission every week for resolu
tion and most of those items in
some way touch on Black and
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^—————— CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA-28208-Thursday.
Commissioners’ Last Action
Northwest Residents Win,
Lose In Zoning Request
—4t swearing in ceremony Monday
Walton Says Being A __
“Public Offical Is A Hard Job”
By Sidney Moore Jr.
Post Staff Writer
Community desires for pu
blicly financed services, cou
plec with resistance towards
higher taxes makes being a
piulic official a hard job,
according to County Commis
sioner Bob Walton.
The newly elected commis
sioner was referring to a
request for $75,897 from Char
lotte Memorial Hospital in the
Monday December 6 County
Commission meeting. Action
on 'he request was deferred.
Walton favors the program,
which reportedly serves near
ly 3,000 poor persons a year.
He indicated that the county
has not budgeted the funds for
the clinic.
Accreditation from the A
merican Dental Association
for the 36-year-old clinic will
be lost without the money,
according to published re
ports 41ie funds would be used
for new equipment and dental
Walton, who was elected
with 61,000 votes in November,
says the $119 million county
budget is not. as much as it
seems when all the services
people demand are consider
Since his election, the ex
candidate has been recupera
ting from a hectic campaign
schedule and preparing to
assume office. The commis
sioner recalls campaigning as
many as 14-hours-a-day for
sometimes 7-day sa-week dur
ing his 6-month campaign. He
announced for the Democratic
Party primary on Mav 20.
0 ■ .
...Do not expect that EVERY
Preparations tor office in
clude attending a seminar on
county government at the Uni
versity of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill and conferences
with county department
He sees no problems con
cerning working with four
fellow commissioners.
Walton doubts that any ef
fort to lower property taxes
will succeed. He favors reduc
ing wasteful spending and
applyine monies thus saved to
otner needed services.
The politician has been the
pastor of St. Paul United
Presbyterian Church for four
years. He is now a branch
manager with First Union
National Bank, where he has
been employed for seven
Regarding a sensitive issue
unrelated to county govern
ment, Walton wants to "urge
city council to move with all
deliberate speed to bring a
bout a settlement” to Char
lotte’s bus strike.
Mrs. Lucile McNeel
Decries Lack Of Action
McNeel decries lack of action
by city officials to end Char
lotte's bus strike.
She led 100 people to a city
council meeting and presented
a petition with over 1,600
signatures to request action.
When the council refused to
become involved, a smaller
group including McNeel made
two additional, but unsuccess
ful attempts to meet with
Mayor John Belk.
When the mayor, council
members and the city mana
ger went to Denver, Colorado
recently for a convention of
chided the officials. Tele
grams were sent to Belk and
the chairman of the meeting
urging the Charlotte Delega
tion to return home.
“This is a grave situation
that our city is in,” said
McNeel in a recent statement.
“And it is TIME that our
mayor and city council recog
nize the needs of these people
and take action.”
The protest group says,
“Hundreds of Charlotteans
cannot get to work, to the
doctor, to school, etc. due to
(the) Bus Strike.”
rost 8 executive tailor
Hoyle Martin Sr. Director Of LBDO
Hoyle H. Martin Sr., execu
tive editor of the CHAR
LOTTE POST, waa elected
last week Chairman of the
Board of Directors of the
Charlotte Local Business De
velopment Organization
, (LBDO). Martin, who is also a
lecturer in economics at the
University of North Carolina
at Charlotte, succeeds Isaiah
Tidwell, who resigned upon
being transferred to Winston
Salem by his employer.
A native of Brooklyn, New
York, Martin, who has served
as the LBDO's treasurer for
the past 8 months, was elected
to the chairmanship, accord
ing to executive director Tho
mas Staton, "because of his
commitment to the needs of
minority business people and
his wide experiences in work
Ing with federal and state
Chairman Martin was the
first full-time director of the
Charlotte Opportunities Indus
trialization Center (OIC) in
the late '60s He also served
for 3'? years as the executive
director of the $2'i-mtllion-U9
staff Charlotte Concentration
Employment Program
(CEP). Simultaneously. Mar
tin served for four years as the
chairman of the 8-county Co
operative Area Manpower
Planning System (CAMPS).
These experiences afforded
him the opportunity to work
closely with many federal a
gencies that coordinate and
fund some local social service
type and manpower pro
grams. He is currently a
member of the Mayor’s Advi
sory Manpower Committee
for the city's Manpower De
The new chairman has also
served as a management con
sultant for minority business
and has conducted numerous
seminars about such busi
nesses, their needs and pro
An honor graduate of Bene
dict College, Martin received
the MA degree in economics
from Syracuse University. He
has also studied at the univer
sities of South Carolina, Mis
souri, North Carolina State
and Emory.
Formerly affiliated with the
Progress Association for Eco
nomic Development (PAED),
the Charlotte LBDO is funded
by the U.S. Department of
Commerce and receives tech
nical advise and assistance
from the Office of Minority
Business Enterprise (OMBE).
LBDOs have the responsibility
of providing technical assis
tance, information and consul
tation service, loan packag
ing, and back-up management
assistance to new and existing
minority business
Area Fund
Will Help
Poor People
A recently funded program
of the Charlotte Area Fund
(CAF) will help poor people
protect themselves against
cold weather.
Samuel H. Kornegay, CAF
executive director, said $20,
290.72 was granted to his
agency for this effort by the
f'xlcra! government. He listed
two ways the money can be
Up to $50 can be paid to
utility or power companies on
behalf of an individual or
family “to prevent hardship
or danger to health,” said a
statement from CAF. This
“crisis intervention” payment
is available to low-income,
elderly or near-poor people.
Up to $120 can be spent to
make repairs on the dwellings
of needy persons. First priori
ty will be given to stopping the
infiltration of cold air by
repairing broken windows,
patching roofs and walls,
caulking cracks and joints,
and weather-stripping doors
and windows.
Second priority for repairs
include insulation for attics,
floors, walls, exposed heating
ducts, storm windows and
Persons interested in re
ceiving help may call CAF at
372-3010, said the statement.
CAF first initiated the pro
gram last year. Records show
135 families received “crisis
intervention” payments and
115 homes were repaired. A
total of $5,410.41 was paid to
power and utility companies
by CAF on behalf of destitute
poor people and $8,746 28 was
spent to repair their homes
Kornegay said additional
money for this program is
expected from the state.
Families applying for help
must meet federal income
...Eighth grade student
Tammy Roseborough
Is Beauty Of Week
By Melvetta Jenkins
Post Staff Writer
Our Beauty for this week
comes in the form of 14-year
old Tammy Koseborough, a
5’5”, 125pound talented enthu
Tammy is the daughter of
Mrs Mary Koseborough of
1713 Patton Ave. She is an
eight grade student at Pied
mont Middle School where she
is a member of the chorus and
will participate in the school s
Variety Show as a singer ana
dancer. In the December 13
show. Tammy will do the
"Charleston" and a tap dance,
as well as sing "Old Man
Iceskating is only one of our
Beauty’s accomplishments
and hobbies. Among others,
she takes ballet and tap les
sons, voice lessons, plays the
piano and skies She also
enjoys her pet cat, Snowy, who
is a white Persian - Siamese,
her guppies, and her stuffed
Citing science as her favo
rite subject and Miss Howard,
a Language Arts instructor at
Piedmont Middle, as her favo
rite teacher. Tammy goes on
to say that she wants to be
a medical technician later on
in life She plans to go to West
Charlotte when she reaches
the 10th grade level, but she
hasn't decided which college
she will attend
Piedmont Middle .School is
an open school and Tammy
says that she prefers an open
school learning atmosphere to
a traditional school because
there is no pressure to make
you learn. Tammy says, while
describing Piedmont Middle.
"My school is different from
(he rest You work on your
own level and don't always
have someone telling you what
to do We go to a lot of places
and met a lot of famous
people ”
The POST thanks young
Miss Roseborough for bring
ing with her a "breath of fresh
air" and invites you to enjoy
her being Beauty of the Week'
Governing Agencies
Give Mixed Responses
dj nuyie n. iviarun ar.
Post Executive Editor
In its last official action
before going out of office, the
Mecklenburg County Com
mission and the Charlotte City
Council each gave mixed re
sponses to' the Charlotte
Mecklenburg Planning Com
mission's recommendation to
deny a zoning petition 176-60 >
request made by the residents
of the Northwood Estates
community in the vicinity of
Beatties Ford, Hoskins and
Capps Hill Mine Koad area.
In separate actions on Mon
day, the two governing bodies
each approved parts of the
petition request The Commis
sioners rezoned a residential
area involving Fern Valley
Drive, Plumstead Road and
Northwood Drive all located in
the Northwood Estates com
munity. In addition they re
zoned the tract of land on
Beatties Ford Koad where the
McCrorey YMCA is located.
The zoning change calls for
allowing a lower level of dense
development than in currently
permitted. The end result of
this action means that apart
ment complexes cannot be
built in these areas. The City
Council approved one zone
rhancir* and cnnl nine* nf Oi
neighborhood parcels back to
the Planning Commission for
further study and considera
The Northwood Estates
Community Organization
(NECO) had requested the
zoning changes to protect
their residential area from
more commercial establish
ments and apartment com
Mrs Johnsie Evans, coordi
nator of NECO, told the POST
on Wednesday, "we feel much
better since the governing
boards did give us fair and
proper consideration instead
of washing our request down
the drain.” Mrs. Evans' com
ment refers to the fact that her
organization was upset over
the fact that the Planning
Commission, in their view,
had refused to consider ade
JCSU Auction Sale To
Benefit College Fund
Appliances, jewelry, house
plants and other Christmas
J__ . • 11 1__i i_
Biddle Auditorium of Johnson
C. Smith University on Satur
day, December 11, at 1 p m
Goods and services have
been donated by local busi
nesses Proceeds will be do
nated to the United Negro
College Fund (UNCF)
Sponsors of the auction are
the university and WGIV ra
' The auction presents the
opportunity for you to get
some of that Christmas shop
ping behind you and to contri
bute to a very worthy cause,"
said a statement from the
University Office of Commu
nity Relations It Services
quaieiy me menu of the
zoning petition as required by
law before forwarding their
recommendations to the go
verning bodies.
In addition to NECO's con
cern about population density
in their area, Mrs. Evans told
the POST as she had stated
during a public hearing on
zoning change request, "our
group desires to continue to
up-grade the zoning in our
community. We have present
ed such a large area to be
rezoned because we wanted
you to develop an overall
zoning plan for the area, in
stead of changing zoning
piecemeal." Both governing
bodies appear to agree with
Mrs Evans on this point,
however, they would not agree
to the extent of rezoning pro
perty of persons who did not
agree to the zoning change
r ui mu reason me county
commission denied NECO’s
request as it related to 13
tracts of land owned by people
not in agreement with the
zoning change.
Roll Shows
RALEIGH- Based on the
number of welfare recipients
for the month of October, it
appears that Christmas will
be bleak this year for more
tarheels than last year.
There were a total of 195,487
Aid to Families with Depen
dent Children <AFDC> recipi
ents across the state this
October compared to only 190,
849 during the same month
last year This represents an
increase of 4,638 recipients
AFDC provides a monthly
check to families where child
ren have been denied the
support or care of one or both
parents due to their death,
continued absence from the
home or incapacity The vast
majority are female-headed
The average payment per
recipient in October amounted
to only $54.97.
"Three out of four of these
AKDC mothers have never
finished high school This fact,
coupled with the unemploy
men! rate and present econo
my. has made it more and
more difficult for these mo
thers to secure employment."
Dr. Renee Hill, director of the
N.C. Division of Social Ser
vices said
"Many county social ser
vices departments across the
state will be accepting food,
clothing, money and toys to
hdlp make Christmas a little
brighter for these families. I
urge our fine citizens and
organizations across the state
to contact their local social
services department to see
how they can help," Dr Hill

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