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..Washington. D.C. - The,
participation of Blacks,'
Hispanics and other minor
ities in the housing pro
grams of the Housing awl
Urban Development will be
stepped up to 17 percent,
said Samuel R. Pierce Jr.,
Secretary of the federal
agency.
■ • In setting minimum
goals for minority business
participation in Section 208
housing programs for the
elderly and the handi
capped, he said this will be
seven percent more than
last year.
The only black member
of the Reagan Administra
tion, Pierce explained that
the effort would be chan
neled through the Depart
ment’s ten regional admin
istrators. Each will be pro
vided with specific nu
merical targets.
This is the first time the
Department has assigned
specific region-by-region
Minority Business Enter
prise goals of this kind, the
Secretary said.
The Secretary noted that
this effort implements Pre
sident Reagan’s announced
objective of increasing
minority business partici
pation in government pro
curement.
In New York City Rev.
O. B. J. Burson, pastor of
Holy Trinity Baptist
Church, said he welcomed
the idea of involving more
nonprofit groups into be
coming 202 housing spon
sors.” If every black
church in the city built
senior citizen houses we
would reduce the need by
50 percent,” he added.
Membership
Drive
Hie NAACP membership
drive has been extended
until May X, according to
Anna Hood, membership
chairperson. A member
ship goal of 2,000 total
members has been set.
"Breaking through the
apathy that is prevalent
among the middle-class is
taking more time than was
anticipated,” Mrs. Hood
said.
Several churches, organ
izations and individuals are
working with the NAACP
in an effort to secure
members. Churches,
groups and individuals who
secure a substantial num
ber of memberships will be
recognized at the close of
the drive.
Captains for the mem
bership campaign are:
Kelly M. Alexander Sr.,
Lillie B. Beckham, Chris
topher Bennett, Mary Brit
ton, Mary Clarke, George
Dunlap, Cora J. Drayton,
Richard Ellis, Homer W.
Fennell, Katheryn Garnett,
Bruce Harris, Jesse John
son, Virginia Owens and
Donald White.
Persons wishing to sub
scribe to a membership
with the NAACP can con
tact any of the above
named persons or send $10.
payable to the NAACP to:
Anna Hood, 1337 Orvis St.,
Charlotte, N.C. 28218,
333-4885 after 5:30 p.m. or
Kelly Alexander Jr., Pre
sident, Charlotte Brandi,
NAACP, 112 N. Irwin Ave.,
Charlotte, N.C. 28202,
333-1187.
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Politicians, like show
people, give ths public
Mine truth and Mine
hokum.
CQLLEENE DAVIS
...Treats others generously
Colleene Davis Is
Beauty Of Week
By Teresa Simmons
Post Managing Editor
Upon various visits and
stays in the hospital Yvette
Colleene Davis has de
cided that her profession
will, like the many who
work in the hospital en
vironment, entail aiding
others. t
"I'd like to be a doctor,”
Ms. Davis stated. “I’ve
been to the hospital a lot
mYiitff ■vhrn I waa sick and
mospbere.”
The atmosphere of one
person helping another is
what appeals to Ms. Davis
and even at the precious
age of 13 she realizes that
this goal will be an import
ant one in her life.
So far Ms. Davis has
been greatly and positively
influenced by her cousin,
Jenniffer Elaine Burton. “I
spend a lot of time around
her and I have a lot of fun
with her.” From her cousin
and her parents, Laura and
James Davis, our beauty
has surmised, too, the im
portance of treating others
generously. “I’ve always
felt that we should treat
people as we would like to
be treated and try not to
mistreat anyone.”
Bom under the Zodiac
-sign of Aries, Ms. Davis
describes herself as honest
and soft-hearted. She cer
tainly has thoughts about
the many starving indivi
duals in the world and
wishes that she could
“...send food to every hun
gry child in the world.”
•4 • .
Bike riding, shopping for
clothes and in general go
ing places are all hobbies of
Ms. Davis. She also enjoys
spending time with her
family: her parents and
two brothers, Vernon and
James Jr.;h«r grand
parents, Dorothy and Alex
ander Weather and Ivory
W. Davis. She also has fond
memories of her grand
mother, Mae Davis.
Ms. Davis is the youngest
in her immediate family.
An eighth grade student at
Eastway Junior High
School she also finds time
to worship at O’Zion AME
Zion Church.
Entertainment is another
facet of life in which Ms.
Davis has decisions of good
taste in. Her favorite
singer is Diana Ross. “I
remember her from the
Supremes but I like her
music much better now. I
also enjoyed her movies,
“Mahogany” and ‘Lady
Sings The Blues,” she con
cluded.
Ms. Davis is a young lady
of rare essence, and one
who adds to the beauty of
caring for others.
Bible School Workshop Scheduled
The Church Growth and
Development Workshop
will present a one-day
Vacation Bible School
Workshop April 16 at the
Radlsson Plaza from 8:30
a.m. until 3 p.m.
Church Growth and De
velopment Workshop, a di
vision of Education and
Planning of the National
Baptist Publishing Board
based in Nashville, Tenn.,
is designed to maintain and
Improve the professional
skills of Church School
feathers and administra
tor*
The organization has
scheduled an intensive tour
of hne-day workshops
across the country begin
ning in Austin, Texas: A
complete new package of
Vacation Bible School ma
terials has been developed
The package includes a
resource book for students
of all ages; directors's
manual; record books; at
tendance charts; and en
rollment cards and certifi
cates. There is also includ
ed in the package promo
tional posters; flyers; post
cards; buttons} arts and
crafts; and audio visual
aids.
The Workshop is spon
sored by the National Bap
tist Publishing Board. The
public is cordially Invited,
for more information call
or write: Ctna-ch Growth
and Development Work
shop. P. O. Box m,
to
Nashville, TN 37202,
Forum To Discuss “The
Rights Of Unemployed”
Ford Visits
Piedmont
Courts
On the eve of his eight
night Charlotte Crusade,
evangelist Leighton Ford
will extend his outreach
into the community with a
visit to the Piedmont
Courts area of the city,
April 9, at 3 p.m. The Cru
sade will be held April 10-17
at the Charlotte Coliseum.
He’ll be emphasizing to
Piedmont Courts residents
and their neighbors that
“There Is Hope” for every
one in today’s world, the
Crusade’s central mes
sage.
in addition to meeting
and talking with Ford,
Piedmont Courts youths
will hear “The New Direc
tions,” 20 high school and
college students from
across the nation who sing
and share their Christian
faith with people through
out the world.
Ford and “The New
Directions” will be at Pied
mont Courts until about
4:30 p.m., and Woody
Lamm, field coordinator
and video promotions man
ager for the Burlington
Leighton Ford is an asso
ciate evangelist and vice
president of the Billy
Graham Evangelistic
Association and was or
dained as an evangelist in
the Presbyterian Church in
the United States. He and
his family reside in Char
lotte, although his work
with the Billy Graham As
sociation has taken him
around the world speaking
to thousands on every
continent.
The Crusade will feature
such well-known guests as
Charles Colson who be
came a “bom again”
Christian after his convic
tion in connection with the
Watergate scandal, quadri
plegic Joni Eareckson
Tado whose story has in
spired millions worldwide,
Charlotte native Bobby
Jones who plays profes
sional basketball for the
Philadelphia 76ers, and
Tom Landry, head coach of
the Dallas Cowboys pro
fessional football team.
MAYORAL CANDIDATE ED PEACOCK
Faces Tremendous Challenge
Economic Development Is
Biggest Challenge City Faces
By Andrew McCorUe
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Mayor of Charlotte Ed
Peacock said last week
that the biggest “chal
lenge” facing the city was
creating business and eco
nomic development.
Peacock, 40, explained
that the planned $8.5 mill
ion uptown redevelopment
package to beautify eight
blocks of Tryon Street, the
refurbishing of First and
Third Wards, and the cre
ation of University Park
are projects that attract
new businesses and indus
tries to the area, providing
opportunities to its resi
dents.
“If we provide jobs and
economic opportunity, then
lots and lots of other pro
blems will kinda fade into
the sunset,” he stated in an
interview.
Peacock, considered to
be a Party favorite, was
one of the first major con
tertders to announce his
candidacy. A former
county commissioner, he
served on the board from
1974-80, and was chairman
■M fro«n 1WW». ■1. ■
He is currently serving
as an at-large member of
the city council.
Although the city’s mass
transportation system has
traditionally operated in
the red, Peacock favors
continued funneling of
monies into the bus system
to attract new ridership.
“We have a problem at
trading new ridership,” he
explained, "but if people
are made aware that we
have 19 new buses and that
they offer safe transport
ation that operate on time,
then maybe we can im
prove the ridership.”
He added that a bus
system was “imperative”
to getting people to and
from uptown.
Peacock was intrument
al about one year ago in
establishing a plan to aid
minority- and women
o per a ted businesses to gain
access to obtaining city and
private contracts.
A bill has recently
passed in the General As
sembly that allows the
Are Children Egggecited?
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How Are Eacler Egg Hunts Fairing?
By Teresa Simmons
Post Staff Writer
Easter may be over but
you probably still have
some of that Easter egg
basket grass stuck in your
carpet or even worse a
forgotten egg from a hunt
left....and you still can’t
find H.
How are Easter egg hunts
fairing recently? Are the
children as egggcited about
the egg hunts today as they
were 15 years ago?
The Post performed an
egggtravagant survey of
several children Easter
Monday and found out that
most still enjoy the sport of
searching for that special
surprise.
Adults, however, who
have viewed many egg
hunts-feel that the excit
merit has decreased snd
fewer younger people are
participating.
Tameka Butts, 10 year
old, didn’t get to go Easter
egg hunting this year but
she wished that she had
been able to. “We were
going to the Easter egg
hunt at the church Satur
day but the weather was
Twanna Tarry
...Prepared for egg hunt
too bad,” Tameka com
mented “I would want to
t
Her sister, Shonda who is
eight and her brother,
Damieon, also 8 both en
joy Easter egg hunts.
"It’s fun to find so many
eggs and eat them after
you get them,’’ Damieon
suggested
Tiffany Tucker, 11, en
joys Easter egg hunting
also. “I went with friends
and at church this year.’’
Robin Hubbard, also 11
corporates her Easter egg
hunting with the meaning
of Easter "I like it,’’Robin
began, "It’s a way to cele
brate Easter, the time
Jesus was crucified.”
Bobby Hubbard, 6, finds
Easter egg hunting enjoy
able, especially if he can
find the lucky egg and win
the Easter egg hunt
Marcellina Goines, 9,
enjoys the hunt but more
than anything likes to eat
the eggs.
It seems though that as
one gets a little older there
is less of a desire to find
eggs. Priscilla Dowdy, 13,
feels that she is “too old'
for that.” I used to when I
was smaller but I stopped
when I was about 9 years
old.”
Deacon Carl Dixon, su
perintendent of the Sunday
School at Second Calvary
Baptist Church which
sponsors an annual Easter
egg hunt, stated that the
modern generation seems
to be getting away from the
hunts. “I think the child
ren like it but I don’t think
they like it as much as the
children did IS years ago.
People just don’t care for It
like they used to.”
Earl Fant, who brought
his daughters out for the
hunt stated that it seems
like hunts are on the de
crease. "It seems like
there were more people
interested in the past, but
the hunt is getting smaller
every year.”
Will the Easter egg bun
ny survive the competition
of modern pastimes for
children and the changing
interest of this new com
puterized-video game
generation? Is it possible?
Could we have an egg-head
Pac man game on the way?
Let's hope that Easter egg
hunting won't end up that
way.
s
County, City of Charlotte
and the Chamber of Com
merce fund a program to
help minority businesses to
compete with other busi
nesses without a quota,
set-a-side or goal system.
“So many times the pro
blem is access,” stated
Peacock. “The struggling
black businessman or wo
man or white women,
don’t have access to the
people who will buy the
product or service.”
The program, which will
go into effect immediately,
will allow minority busi
nesses to go to the Cham
ber of Commerce and get
their help in obtaining
contracts.
Peacock said he was
against set-a-sides and
quotas because too often
minorities are hurt rather
than helped by the system.
“They created a false
sense of security for minor
ities,” he stated. Many
times if a set-a-side pro
gram calls for minorities to
get 15 percent of the busi
ness, then that’s all they
get, explained Peacock.
“If black business pro
vides the better service
or product, he should get
100 percent of that busi
ness,” he said.
"I want black businesses
to say that we don’t want 15
percent of the business. I
want all of it because we
provide the better ser
vice.” •
Peacock said that when
minority business prosper,
the city prospers as a
whole.
Youth Council
To Sponsor
Seminar
Are you unemployed...
still looking for work?
Maybe the upcoming four
hour seminar on April 9,
sponsored by the Charlotte
Mecklenburg Youth Coun
cil, can help you.
This seminar, free and
open to the public, begins
at 9:30 a m. and lasts until
1:30p.m. The event will be
held at the United Com
munity Services Audito
rium, 301 Brevard street.
You can find out whether
you should retrain for )obe,
what Charlotte industries
will die out or gear up in the
next few years, and bow to
know If you’ve picked the
right company for you.
If you have any ques
tions, call the Youth Coun
cil at 334-3034.
Rallies
Planned
For April 15
By Eileen Hanson
Special To The Post
Are you out of work and
facing legal and financial
problems? How are you
personally coping with un
employment? How can the
unemployed help them
selves and each’ other?
These questions will be
discussed Thursday, April
14, at a Forum on “The
Rights of the Unem
ployed,” to be held at St.
Martin’s Episcopal
Church, 1510 E. 7th Street.
The program begins with
a supper at 6 p.m. fol
lowed by the Forum at 7
p.m.
The Unemployment
Forum is part of a local
commemoration of “Jobs
with Peace Week,” April
10-16. Jobs with Peace is a
national campaign working
to reduce the military bud
get and put more tax dol
lars into jobs and human
services. Forums, demon
strations and actions on
Tax Day (April 15) are
planned across the
country.
Other activities in Char
lotte will Include state
ments at the City Council
meeting, April 11, when
Jobs with Peace petitions
will be presented. On April
15 members of the cam
paign will petition at local
post offices as taxpayers
file their 1982 tax returns,
“Fifty cents of every
dollar that you pay in in
come taxes is going for
military related spend
ing,” according to Frank
Clemente of the National
Jobs with Peace Campaign
in Boston. “That’s money
that could be used to cre
ate jobs and fund programs
in housing, health care,
environmental protection,
education, infrastructure
repair and mass transit.”
“In Charlotte, each fa
mily of four contributes
$2,800 to military related
expenditures,” explained
Carrie Graves, N.C. Jobs
with Peace coordinator
“That’s an average
amount, based on a total of
$592.3 million paid into the
Pentagon from our Char
lotte tax dollars,” she said
“Many people don't even
make that amount of
money ”
The Unemployment
Forum will feature several
resource persons speaking
about legal and consumer
rights of the unemployed,
and how unemployed work
ers can benefit from avail
able social programs.
Speakers include Marshall
Swan of Legal Services of
Southern Piedmont; Carol
Jordan, a teacher at Cen
tral Piedmont Community
College; Bill Pickens of
United family Services,
and Cleveland Ardery of
the Employment Security
Commission.
Also speaking will be
Eileen Hanson of the Jobs
with Peace Campaign, and
Dr. Herman Thomas, pre
sident of the Chartotte
Mecklenburg Southern
Christian Leadership Con
ference.
The program is free and
open to the public For
more information about the
forum, or about the Jobs
with Peace Campaign, con
tact 377-9328 (evenings) or
527-1398 (mornings) or
372-4780 (afternoons)
The Charlotte Jobe with
Peace Campaign is a coa
lition of labor, civil rights
and community groups, in
cluding the Equal Rights
Congress, Client Council of
Southern Piedmont, and
Central Labor Council.
    

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