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Vivacious Gina Scott Believes In
Putting Her Priorities In Order”
By Jalyne Strong
Pott Staff Writer
Gina Scott is “putting her pri
orities in order" now that she’s
completed the Urban League’s Job
Training Center and has landed a
' Ji>b with LEAD Associates, a man
agement consultant firm.
A secretary-receptionist for the
company, Gina says she’ll also re
ceive extensive training in word
processing on the job. She had some
: '.clerical experience from attending
Centra] Piedmont Community Col
lege, however, through the job
training program, Gina informs, "I
brushed up my skills, plus developed
math skills and was taught a great
deal about the business world."
M Ciena’s very excited about her new
job and has big plans for the fu
ture. "I’m looking forward to de
veloping a career In word process
ing and maybe one day moving up to
a management-supervisor posi
tion,” she projects. Gina also wants
to buy a new car for her next
birthday.
She calls the opportunity gained
through the Job Training Center
“my lucky break. It gave me the
direction I needed when I had no
future outlook,” she reveals.
For hobbies, this 23-year-old
beauty claims she enjoys dancing,
shopping, cooking and plants. “I like
to get plants, though often I just
watch them die,” laments Gina.
"I don’t have a green thumb.”
She also likes “good, long, mys
tery novels,” listening to music,
- swimming and working out at Wo
man’s World three times a week
“I can’t sit around doing nothing,”
Gina smiles. “I like to keep my mind
occupied.”
She stays pretty active taking care
of her three-year-old son, Terry
“T.J.” Mackins Jr. “He’s all boy,”
says Gina. T. J. is hearing im
paired and his mother says he’s
recently fallen in love with his
hearing aids. “He’s realized that
they help him,” Gina notes.
She often works with her son and
his speech therapist and explains,
“If I’m there it seems to be an extra
incentive for him'to try harder.”
Gina's favorite person is T. J., of
course. “He’s my little man,” she
admits. Her favorite celebrity is
Jayne Kennedy. “She’s a very suc
cessful, beautiful black woman,”
Gina points out. “And from what
I’ve read, she’s had a few hard times
but has prevailed. , ^
“I’m assertive, outgoing and I like
to have fun,” Gina says about
herself. “I’m just a people person.”
Her interest in other people
leads Gina to believe that ‘all
prejudice, fighting and hunger in the
world” should be ended. If it was in
her power, Gina expresses, “I’d give
more people the opportunity I’ve
had, an opportunity to prove them
selves. So many people never get the
chance.”
Also if it is possible, the one thing
in the world she wants more than
anything else is for her son to hear.
Fauntroy Is NCLD Dinner Speaker
• > m Special To The Post
The North Carolina Legal Defense
and Educational Fund will hold its
annual fund raising dinner on Sa
turday, April 13, at the Adam’s Mark
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The event will begin with a recep
tion at 8:45 p.m. followed by the
dinner at 7 p.m.
Congressman Walter E. Fa untroy
of the District of Columbia will be
the guest speaker. The noted civil
rights activist and minister Is the
first person to represent the District
of Columbia in the House of Ftepre^
t sentaUves in more than 100 yean
Also on the program will be form
er Charlotte attorney Julius Cham
bars who now serves as General
Ctonaul far the national Legal De
fense and Educational Fund. The
ftod provides legal assistance to
: Learning la a tonic which think'
tag people take every day.
minorities who are involved In dis
crimination cases and also pro
vides scholarships to aspiring young
minority lawyers.
According to Zoel Hargrave, co
chairperson of the fund raising
committee, “We are making an all
out effort to make a good financial
showing this year in support of
Julius and as our vote of confidence
in him and the work of the Fund. We
expect a sell-out for the event and
hope that the contributions will hit a
new high, ” he said.
Hargrave said that in addition to
the leeal suppeet, persons in adja
cent towns and counties are also
good num
WANT TO ATTEND?
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Cost. $30 individual; $1(3
factor (8 tickets).
Mayor Ford Urges
War On Social Decay
Special To The Post
Hollywood Urging civic and reli
gious leaders gathered at Celebrity
Center International to join hands in
wiping out illiteracy, drug abuse and
crime in our cities, Mayor Johnny
Ford of Tuskegee, Ala., and presi
dent of the World Conference of
Mayors (WCM) invited solutions
which he could propose to Presi
dent Reagan in a meeting at the
White House.
Ford’s distinguished audience at
the opening of a weekend confer
ence on global peace included State
Senators Diane Watson and Charles
Green, WCM International Director
Sam Tucker and such civil rights
leaders as Heber Jentzsch, presi
dent of the Church of Scientology,
and Rev. M. M. Merriweather, pas
tor of the New Mount Pleasant
Baptist Church in Inglewood. Mayor
Tom Bradley’s executive assistant,
Wanda Moore, surprised Ford be
fore the assemblage with a com
mendation from the City of Dm
Angeles Tor his humanitarian works
Ford stressed the urgency of
finding new solutions to old pro
blems. “By combinding the forces of
various religions, the world’s ma
yors and other groups in a grass
roots movement,” he said, “we can
arrest the decline of social and
moral values in our cities.”
WCM, founded by Ford in 1984, is a
non-partisan group which supple
ments the work of the United Na
tions and other organizations by
John Ford
.WCM president
solv ing worldwide problems through
“the' five T’s - trust, trade,
techrfStogy transfer, tourism and
twin city relationships,” he ex
plained.
Ford said he would be meeting
with President Reagan soon to
discuss the Youth Employment
Act which Reagan is working on as
well as some of the solutions dis
covered during the weekend con
ference.
As president of the 600-member
network of mayors, including ma
yors from 16 nations, Ford -- who has
been mayor of Tuskegee. Ala , since
1972 — said the problems of cities are
growing worse each year In De
cember. 1984. Ford said, WCM at its
first annual meeting at Monrovia,
Liberia, overwhelmingly resolved to
adopt recent technical break
throughs developed by L Ron Hub
bard to solve these problems
“Working together,” Ford said,
“we are striving to achieve the aim
which Mr. Hubbard stated so aptly:
'A civilization without insanity,
without criminals and without
war, where the able can prosper and
honest beings can have rights, and
where man is free to rise to greater
heights...’”
Hubbard, best-selling author and
philosopher, developed technical
breakthroughs in such areas as drug
reform and rehabilitation, an inno
vative learning technology to better
educational systems and morals and
mental health with proven results
around the globe
Ford urged others to join him in
implementing all workable means
for improving human-life
“Whether you are white, brown,
yellow, or red, and whether Catho
lic, Baptist, Methodist, or Muslim.”
Ford said, “it is time to stand up and
reach out into our cities, seeking
new friends with common inte
rests,” Ford urged, "and work for
the betterment of mankind.”
For further information regard
ing WCM and its programs, con
tact Sam Tucker. 202-331 7532
Black Publisher Breaks Ground
For Blacks In Newspaper Business
Minorities comprise only 5.8 per
cent of newsroom professionals,
according to a 1984 study by the
American Society of Newspaper
Editors, and 61 percent of the na
tion’s dailies do not employ any
minorities.
Given those figures, Pam John
son, president and publisher of the
Ithaca Journal in upstate New
York - and the first black woman to
become publisher of a general
market daily in the U S - has her
work cut out for her.
Johnson, who is the subject of a
cover story in the April issue of
Black Enterprise magazine, has a
staff that has less than one percent
minority representation, but rapid
turnover in some areas such as the
newsroom will give her a chance to
improve that statistic, she told
Black Enterprise.
Her present staff, however, is
making a noticeable effort to im
prove Its .coverage of the black
community. “The reporters are
much more sensitive, careful, and
respectful of the black community’s
concerns in areas such as education
Special Celebration To Highlight
First Ward School’s “Rieh Past”
Nancy Jtill
count delightful and poignant tales
dating back to the early 1900s An
intricate 8x12’ wall hanging being
stitched together with the help of
dozens* of other present-day stu
dents depicts First Ward scenes of
the past, including the oldest sur
viving. residence within Charlotte’s
original four wards. Already 75
former students have been invited to
return for the celebration and more
are being heard from as the news
spreads. "It’s not unusual for me to
answer the phone and have some
one say, ‘I went to First Ward in
1908.’ It's amazing how much they
remember," says school adminis
trative assistance Bettye Hutchison
The Sakes Alive spirit is spread
ing to many outside the school as
well. More than 300 businesses have
donated Rems for an auction fea
turing treasures such as ooe of
Arnold Palmer’s putters, labor to
paint a room, a mink skin scarf, a
white-water raft, a case of wine, a
medical exam, aad a dazzling selec
tion of resort weekends, restau
rant dinners, hair cuts, make
overs," and much more Items for
an size pocket books will be offered,
with a silent auction at M am and a
live auction beginning at noon
*•* SPECIAL On Page I4A
or police relations than before,"
explains professor James Turner,
director of the African Studies and
Research Center at Cornell Uni
versity.
Gannett Co., Inc . onwer of the
Journal and 86 other dailies, in
cluding the national newspaper USA
Today, is pushing for more mi
nority involvement in the newspaper
industry - 18 1 percent of Gan
nett's newspaper work force are
minorities.
Jay Harris, a black columnist for
the Gannett News Service, told
Black Enterprise. "More blacks in
the newsroom becomes even more
important as we see a reemer
gence of black and minority issues
getting front-page coverage ’
"No matter what anyone says, it
doesn't just happen," says Made
lyne Jennings, senior vice presi
dent of personnel and administra
tion at Gannett "It takes effective
college recruitment programs and
management training seminars.”
Mervin Aubespin, president of the
National Association of Black '!
Journalists, applauds Johnson’s \
promotion "Pam s appointment
gives credibility to what black
journalists have been proposing for
years," he told Black Enterprise.
"Blacks can indeed run a news
paper, we can manage a diverse
fied newsroom and produce a qua
lity paper that will serve a diver
sified community."
Johnson was formerly a Journal
ism professor at Norfolk State Uni
versity She get her start in the
newspaper business in 1M7 report
ing race riots for the Chicago
Tribune as one of only two Mack
reportars. She was hired by the
Gannett chain became, "we saw
£mmI management potential in
prise. "We liked her view of what a
newspaper should be about and what
its role should be within the com
munity/’
Ausbeapin agrees with thoee c;
teria. ‘ We must be hired in ail areas
of newspaper publishing - advertis
ing, promotion, circulation/’ he
says.
    

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