Slave Descendent Union At Somerset
LIFESTYLES/ PAGE 8A
Knight Comes To Charlotte Another Day
ENTERTAINMENT/ PAGE IB
Vol. 14, No. 13
Thursday, August 25,1988 THE AWARD-WINNING "VOICE OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY"
To Spare College
GREENSBORO (AP) — North
Carolina congressmen are lob
bying Congress to amend chang
es In the Title 111 program that
means Bennett College and 10
other historically black Institu
tions In the Southeast will lose
$2.3 million in federal funds
they had expected to use In the
In a letter to Rep. Augustus F.
Hawkins, D-Callf, chairman of
the House Committee on Educa
tion and Labor, Tar Heel con
gressmen said; "We do not be
lieve It was the intention of
Congress to disrupt grants im
mediately for 1988 and 1989. We
... cannot accept the sudden can
cellation of these previously ap
Title III Is a federal program
that began in 1965 In an effort to
move developing Institutions,
Including historically black
schools, into the educational
The schools won't get the mon
ey because Congress recently
prohibited black Institutions
from receiving funds from both
the major parts of the Title III
program, known as Part A and
In June, Bennett was awarded
funds from both parts. It is the
only North Carolina school to
get funds from both parts.
Gloria Randle Scott, Bennett's
president, said this week she
will be hard-pressed to make up
about $100,000 her school had
expected from the federal Title
"It hurts us pretty badly," Ms.
Scott said. It means the school
has to find the money some
where else, she said.
Ms. Scott said about $70,000 of
the lost funds had been ear
marked for salaries.
Ms. Scott said this week she
has asked the North Carolina
congressional delegation to of
fer a technical amendment that-
provides Bennett and the other
schools an exemption from the
"As a result of this action,"
Scott wrote in a letter to Rep. Ho
ward Coble, R-N.C., "We have
been unfairly and unjustly cut
from appropriations allocated
in the 1989 federal budget with
out prior notice or considera
tion of its Impact upon our en
tire program. ... We have no
sources from which to draw
funds which will be cut."
A spokesman in Coble's office
See DELEGATION On Page 2A
Vincent Armstrong, a senior from Philadelphia,
left, and Lilton Marks, a sophomore from Fay
etteville, unpack for another year at Johnson C.
Smith University. phoIo/calvin fehguson
Smith Opens New Year
By HERB WHITE
Post Staff Writer
No more school, no more
books, no more teacher's dirty
looks ended Wednesday for stu
dents at Johnson C. Smith Uni
versity as the institution started
its 122nd year of operation.
The number of students rose
for the 1988-89 academic year,
with 1,250 enrolled, said Scott
Scheer, Smith's university rela
tions director. Inchided are 450
freshmen, an incrcascjover last
Jcations for admission
were up at the school, with an
increase of 51 percent overall
and 30 percent among Charlotte
high school students, Scheer
"It is a very large Increase in
students. The alurrml have done
a real good job of recruiting as
did the admissions office."
Smith, much like other
schools, is benefitting from an
increasing awareness placed on
a college education, Scheer said.
"What we're hearing is that a
lot of students are saying that a
college education is the key to
the future," he said.
For some, the future is getting
the senior year over with. Vin
cent Armstrong of Philadelphia
stated his Intentions matter-of-
"Tm Just ti7,’ing tr. gc. out •,1
here," hie said. "I think it s going'
to be a very good and prosper
Armstrong, an education ma
jor, said he plans to become
more Involved with extracurricu
lar activities, something he
didn't have much time for as an
Teresa Miller and Carmen
Morton, two freshmen from Na
zareth and Washington, Pa., are
making college a family affair.
The cousins were enjoying their
first semester of school. Know
ing there are no parents to look
over your shoulder can les a cer
tain responslblitiy, Morton said,
but her cousin is like a m^m
away from home. |
"Everytime I walk out the dear.
Mother (Morton's nickname rpr
Miller) Is asking 'do you bay ;
your keys or do you liave yqij.
stuli,"'she said. ,■ . : . -
Miller said Smith's small cam
pus and friendly people are a
plus. Having Morton around
helps ease being away from
home as well.
"I think it's a nice atmosphere,"
Miller said. 'We're cousins and
we stick together."
Dennis Schatzman, executive director of the N.C.
NAACP and public relations director Rodney
Sumler, left to right, show reporters a list of the
organization's nearly 36,000 members as state
president Kelly Alexander explains the Fair
Board’s Findings Draw Fire
NAACP Seeks Fair Share
By HERB WHITE
Post Staff Writer
The state NAACP wants candi
dates for statewide office to put
their campaign money where
their mouths are and spend
some of those dollars with
Kelly Alexander, state presi
dent of the civil-rights organiza
tion, announced at a Monday
press conference that 10 candi
dates have signed Fair Share
agreements pledging to employ
more black campaign managers
and consultants. Increase pur
chases from black businesses
and advertise with black-owned
Democrats and Republicans
alike signed, Alexander said,
dispelling any notion that the
NAACP is primarily a liberal or
'We pursue policies, not ideol
ogy," he said.
Among the candidates signing
the agreement are Democrats Lt.
Gov. Bob Jordan, Lt. Gov. candi
date Tony Rand and congres
sional candidates Charlie Rose,
Steve Neal Tom Gilmore and
Mark Sholander, who faces 9th
District Incumbent Alex McMil
Even Republicans signed
agreements, including John
Carrington, who is running
against Rufus Edmlsten for sec
retary of state, Ed Gamer, Ren
frew's competition for state au
ditor and N.C. Appeals Judge
Among those who didn't sign
were Gov. Jim Martin, who is
running against Jordan and
Instead of signing up, some
candidates, such as Edmlsten,
Attorney General Lacy Thorn
burg Insurance Commissioner
Jim Long and Labor Commis
sioner John Brooks sent letters
stressing their support for
bringing blacks into their cam
Signing agreements has pro
duced some friction between Re
publicans. Jack Hawke, party's
chairman, joined the NAACP
last month at the request of
Dennis Schatzman, the organi
zation's executive director. News
of Hawke's membership sur
prised R.E. Carter Wrenn, execu-
See FAIR SHARE On Page 2A
By HERB WHITE
Post Staff Writer
The Mecklenburg County
board of elections backed away
from its original findings that
second primaries discriminate
against black voters, says the
attorney for a candidate beaten
in a runoff.
Greensboro attorney Marshall
Hunley, who represents former
Democratic Mecklenburg regis
ter of deeds candidate Kelly Al
exander, said the board origi
nally found that mnoffs are
inherently unfair to black candi
dates. The body, however, voted
2-0 Wednesday to send its find
ings to the state board of elec
tions for consideration.
Alexander's complaint stems
from Alexander's narrow May
loss to Judy Gibson in a mnoff.
Gibson attended Wednesday's
meeting with attorney John All-
red, who filled in for Ray Farris.
"It surprises me that they
backed off from their findings,"
Hurley said. "At the first meeting
(Aug. 10) they as much as said
runoffs dilute black votes. They
told us we had half a loaf. Well,
now they've taken the half a loaf
and all the crumbs."
Elections supervisor Bill Culp,
however, said the board's job
was to present its findings to the
state board, not make a ruling.
"Lawyers have their own inter
pretations for what they hear,"
See ELECTION On Page 2A
New Children's Care Center Opens In Charlotte
By LORA VANDERHALL
Poat Staff Writer
University Child Development
Center had their grand opening
The center Is owned by Cyn
thia and Ray Kennedy.
The opening of this facility is
the first of its kind in this area.
The concept is called child care
at the workplace.
"Company sponsored child
care is the wave of the future.
There are tremendous advan
tages to the employer in con
tracting on or near-site child
care in today's work environ
ment...our operation provides
this service in a quality way,"
said Cynthia Kennedy.
The facility is located at 8303
University Executive Park adja
cent to University Place in
northeast Charlotte. They are
locate in close proximity of IBM,
Allstate, Verbatim and many
Aside from being in a conven
ient location. University Child
Development Center offers top
The curriculum of the program
alms to allow children to live
comfortably in their youthful
world. It encourages children to
be actively Involved in the learn
The children learn through
play that is planned by adults to
teach language, concepts about
the physical world, social skills,
problem solving, motor coordi
nation and self-confidence.
The Center provides each
child with brealUast, lunch and
a snack dally. Mary Hewitt is
the full time dietician.
It is licensed for 167 children
and it occupies more than 6,500
square feet of space.
'We have an upscale facility
because we wanted to provide
the children a nice place to
spend their day. We added extra
space beyond the state require
ments and we have two-way
mirrors so that the parents can
observe their child," added Cyn
See COMPANY On Page 2A
Cynthia Kennedy, owner of Unlvenity Child De
velopment Center, is pictured above with stu
dents from the day care center.
VD Rate Rises In Blacks, Center Report Maintains
ATLANTA (AP) — Federal
health officials said a jump in
the syphilis rate shows the "safe
sex" techniques promoted in
AIDS education campaigns have
not become widespread among
The national Centers for Dis
ease Control on Thursday, Au
gust 18, reported 35,241 cases of
syphilis in the United States in
1987. The rate of 14.6 per
100,000 people was up from 11.4
a year earlier and equaled the
1982 rate as the highest since
1950's rate of 16.7.
'The Increase ... was greatest
for blacks and Hlspanics
groups for which incidence rates
were already high," the CDC said
in its weekly report.
The Increases came during a
period when sexually transmit
ted disease rates were falling
among homosexual men, the
largest group at risk for AIDS.
"Homosexual men ... have tak
en safe sex messages seriously."
said Dr. Joel Greenspan, a CDC
specialist in sexually transmit
ted diseases. "They have changed
their behavior. Minority people.
and particularly heterosexuals,
have not gotten that message."
From 1986 to 1987, among
Americans 15 to 64 years old,
the syphilis rate for black males
Increased 36 percent, from 106
per 100,000 people to 145; the
rate for black females shot up 43
percent, from 56 per 100,000 to
See VD On Page 2A
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Editorials Pg. 6A
Entertainment Pg. 1B
Lifestyles Pg. 8A
Sports Pg. 8B
Church News Pg. 11A
Classifieds Pg. 14B
Obituaries Pg. 14A
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