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    Beta Omlcron Sigma Chapter, Sigma
Gamma Rho Sorority, inc. recently
inducted into the Beta Omlcron Sigma
8ororUy'a Philo Club aeven new mem
bers. The Philos are a part of Sigma
Gamma Rim Sorority, Inc. The cere
mony was held at Gethesemane AME
Zion Church. The Philo Regional Coor
dinator, Mrs. Mamie Haywood of
Raleigh. N.C. conducted the ceremony.
Fnllnwtng-tho—Induction ceremony a
reception was held for the new members
in the church’s Fellowship Hall.
The new Philo Members pictured above
from left to right are Mrs. CuMa
Spaulding, Mrs. RosaTee Corley, Ms.
Cathey McUwain, Mrs. Flossie North,
Mrs. Mary Harris, Mrs. Mamie
Haywood, Mrs. Mary Vaughn and Ms.
Peggy McClain.
Fayetteville To Host Negro
Women’s Club Convention
The North Carolina Fed
eration of Negro Women’s
Clubs, Inc. and Youth
Federation of Girls will
hold their Seventy-Fifth
Annual Convention at the
Holiday Inn of Fayetteville
1-98 & 53 Fayetteville NC,
June 21, 22, and 23.
The convention theme is:
“A New Beginning-in
Accelerating our Support
and Involvement in
Education and Human
Need.” The Southwestern
District will Host the Con
vention. Mrs. Retha Jones
is the Southeastern District
In 1909, less than SO years
following the Emancipa
• tkm Proclamation, when
even the American
woman’s suffrage move
ment was in its youth, a
-- small group -of Afro
American women from the
state of North Carolina met
in Charlotte, North
Carolina to organize a
league of clubs known as
the North Carolina
Federation of Negro
Women’s dub Inc. Not
only did this effort aim at
uniting Negro women’s and
girl’s clubs throughout the
state but also enriching the
lives of its members and
advancing both the
.spiritual and social status
of the race.
They were inspired by
women like Mary Church
Terrell, first president of
the National Association of
Colored Women, who so
eloquently publicized the
effects of the convict lease
system and the denial of
public accomodations to
the Afro-American;
Margaret Washington, wife
of Booker Washington and
President of the Afro
American Federation of
Colored Women, who made
the nation aware that many
of our children were
receiving less than four
months of schooling a year.
North Carolina pioneers,
including Charlotte
Hawkins Brown Tour
founder) conceived and
initiated a series of service
projects which were unique
in their day. Young black
people, faced with
problems such as teenage
pregnancy, delinquency
and orphanage were denied
service through the major
social welfare agencies.
Thus the creation of Efland
Home for Wayward Girls
by the N.C. Federation of
Negro Women and their
support to Oxford
Orphanage for Colored
Children and Morris
Training School for Boys
gave many youth a second
chance to become useful
—hi uic td years since tne
founding of the organiza
tion, the membership has
grown to include 1,200 in
dividuals represented by 90
affiliated organizations, is
a symbol of success em
bodied in the group’s
motto: “Lifting As We
Climb.” Nevertheless, we
find that the conditions
which inspired us, the need
to support those causes
which tear at the heart of
our community remain, the.,
same. Thus we. have
updated our aervices sot
that our efforts have
meaning in the modern
Today, the North
Carolina Federation of
Negro Women’s Clubs, Inc.
supports activities for boys)
and girls at youth
correctional centers, the
Sickle Cell Foundation and
the NAACP.
In Durham* Saturday
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Noted Black Women To Address Conference
Two nationally known
black women will be
speaker* for the “Black
Women and the Vote” con
ference on Saturday, June
23, in Durham.
The conference, which
wil be held at North
Carolina Central Univer
sity, will feature Geraldine
Gray Thompson, executive
director of the Voter
Education Project, Inc. in
Atlanta, Georgia, as its
luncheon awards speaker.
Ms. Althea T. L.
Simmons, director of the
Washington Bureau- of The
National Association for
the Advancement of
Colored People, will also be
featured as the keynote
speaker for the one-day
As executive director,
Mrs. Thompson is respon
sible for overseeing the
operations of the nonpar
tisan, nonprofit, tax
exempt organization which
sponsors and conducts
voter registration and edu
cation campaigns in eleven
southern states, provides
technical assistance to
elected officials, and con
ducts political and public
policy research.
Prior to this position,
Mrs. Thompson was the
.Regional Administrator of
the Department of Housing
and Urban Development’s
largest region, Region IV.
She has also served as
Director of Federal
Retettene for the City of
Atlanta; coordinator of the
ten southern states for the
Carter-Mondale campaign
in 1976; specialassistantto
the Mayor for Community
Affairs; co-coordinator of
the Maynard Jackson for
Mayor 1983 campaign;
associate director of the
Atlanta NAACP; and dir
ector of scheduling for the
1972 Andrew Young for
Congress campaign.
... Mrs. Thompson has been
the recipient of numerous
awards, including the 1979
Young Person of the Year
Award given by the Atlanta
Omega Chapter of the Y’s
Men International; the
Collections of Life and
Heritage Award for
Achievement in Govern
ment; the Department of
HUD’s two top awards, the
Distinguished Service
Award, 1981 and the Cer
tificate of Merit, I960; end
the first Congressional
Award for Exemplary Ser
vice to the Public, 1961.
The Memphis, Tennessee
native is an honors
graduate of LeMoyne
College in Memphis and
Atlanta University:
Keynote speaker, Ms.
Simmons, is a graduate of
Southern University in
Louisiana, the University
of Illinois, and Howard
University School of Law.
She has aWetudied at the
University 01 Southern
California at Los Angeles,
the American Society for
Training and Develop
ment, and the American
Management Association,
the New School for Social
Research (New York), and
the National Training
After working as a
college teacher and news
paper woman, 'Ms.
Simmons joined the
NAACP staffTand after 23
years with the NAACP, she
has served as National
Educational Director,
National Training Direc
tor, and Special Voter
Registration Drive Direc
Before., assuming her .
present position, Ms.
Simmons served as
Associate Director of
Branch and Field Services
where she had the respon
sibility of supervising tne
Program Set
Careers Conversations
“Career Opportunities in
an Informational Society"
will be the subject of dis
cussion at a “Career Con
versations" program spon
sored by the Mecklenburg
County Women’s Com
mission Thursday, June 28.
The program will be at
5:30 p.m. at Valentino’s,
3014 E. Independence
Blvd., and it will begin with
a reception sponsored by
United Carolina Bank.
p.m., and at 7 p.m. Doris
Cromartie, Assistant Se
cretary for Women in Eco
nomic Development, N.C.
Department of Commerce,
will speak on career op
portunities for women in an
informational society.
The program has been
planned to provide an op
portunity for women in
terested in changing ca
reers or starting or re
entering a career to meet
other women in various
career areas. Informal dis
cussions will take place
over dinner, and following
“Ms.' ' OromarSe’s ‘ speech,
concerning career areas,
requirements for employ
ment, etc. Career women
will be present from such
Adds as retail and whole
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technology we have to offer you in this
new Information Age, we at Southern Bell
haven’t lost sight of the needs of our cus^
fomers. In fact, with alt the changes in our
becomes even more important. After all,
convenience, and sometimes, emergencies.
So we know how important it is that your
phone always works. Thatk why we have
people on duty 24 hours a day, every day
of the year. It’s the kind of effort you have
expected from tie in the past. And we are
not about to let you down now, or in the
our families pick up their phones— future. Because we’re Southern Bell,
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Southern BeN
A muatXlTH Compaq
sale sales, education, ad
ministrative secretarial
word processing, com
munications, spiall busi
ness operations, travel,
health care, banking, and
law enforcement
Advance registation is
required by Tuesday, June
26. You may make your
reservations by sending a
check for $7.50, paying
-Emma- Quinn-Career Con
-versations, 1018 Heather
far, Charlotte, NX. 28209.
For additional informa
tion, call 336-3784.
NAACP’s nation-wide net
work of branches, field
staff, membership, and
youth and college division.
Ms. Simmons then
Moved on to become the
Washington Bureau Dir
' Both women will address
the conference which will
begin with registration at
8:30 a.m. and conclude at
5:30 p.m.
Three workshops will
also be held which will
address the Jopica^Voter
Education: Issues, Politics
and the Women’s Vote; and
Challenges and Opportun
ities for Women in Politics.
The conference is being
sponsored by the North
Carolina Voter Education
Project in conjunction with
the Women’s Vote Project
of the Voter Education
Project in Atlanta,
As part of the activities,
awards will be presented to
North Carolina black
females for their political,
social, and economic
contributions throughout
the . state. Individual
counties will also be
recognized for their regis
tration activities.
The registration fee for
the conference will be
f 10.00 which includes work
shops and lunch.
Individuals and
organization representa
tives wishing to attend the
conference should contact
John Edwards, director of
the North Carolina Voter
Education Project, Inc. at
(919) 683-3233.
* ' » •: * ’
Friday Night, June 22, 1984
I West Mecklenburg High I
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