Dr. Abdul Muhammad: On Problems Of Black America lifestyles/ Pa^e IB Debbie Allen’s T.V. Success Entertainment/ Page 7A Herron Rediscovers Family Roots Lifestyles/ Page IB Inside The Alliance "Stick" Williams Manages At Duke Power Page IIB Cljarlotte VoL 14, No. 36 Thursday, March 2,1989 THE AWARD-WINNING "VOICE OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY" so Cents Blacks Seek New Action From Spiingfest, Inc. Jones By JALYNE STRONG Post Editor Last month, Springfest, Inc., In effect, closed the door of op portunity for possibly the only black vendor who would partici pate In the 1989 festival. An alarmed black commu nity has begun to discuss ways to ad dress the situ ation. Charlotte's African- Americans are concerned about their part In the downtown festi val that annually brings hun dreds of thousands of people to the city. The fact that Carolyn Mason, owner of Balloon-A- Grams and four-year Springfest vendor, would not be able to sell at the festival this year because of a new policy, compelled many blacks to ask whether they would only be able to participate In Springfest as consumers -— never pr^ucers? And If the an swer Is yes, what should the black community's response be? At Friendship Baptist Church last Sunday, SprlngFest was a point of reference in Rev. Clif ford Jones' sermon on the social Issues that affect the African- American community. In a telephone interview Tues day, Dr. Jones related,” 1 made mention of Springfest and pointed out If this event Is sup posed to be wholletlc. Involving Mills Young the entire community, then It must represent till sectors of the community. African-Americans must be Involved not only as purchasers but also as vendors. And If this cannot occur, Afri can-Americans should recon sider whether they should be at tending." There has been talk of a black boycott of this year's Springfest and Or. Jones said that action could be considered, but first, he pointed out, "We need to talk to the powers that be to let them know we are part of the city. 'The African-American com munity must look at the system and how It operates. If the sys tem Is not equitable. If a seg ment of the community Is being excluded, those who are exclud^ should reconsider whether they want to take part In the system. "Someone needs to ask the hard questions, and the cor,mu- nity Is deserving of an answer," said Dr. Jones. See CITY On Page 2A Drafting Jackson For D.C. Mayor Draws Support BY RICHARD KEIL Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — A mem- ter of the city school board and a leader of the Statehood Party of the W District of Co lumbia said last Friday they plan to organize a campaign seeking to draft civil rights activist Jackson Jesse Jackson to run fi>r ma}ror next year. R. Calvin Lockrldge, a school board member, and Tom Chorl- ton, a Statehood Party leader, told The Associated Press they are planning to organize the draft-Jackson drive, expected to center on gathering petition sig natures. They said Jackson, who made unsuccessful bids for the Demo cratic presidential nomination In 1984 and 1988 and recently denied being Interested In seek ing the mayor's ofUce, had no knowledge of their plans. Jackson, who has owned a home In northwest Washington since 1984, and embattled Mayor Marion Barry Jr., a Dem ocrat who was first elected In 1978 and has not announced W n if. oVi oVe ^ Ihcj f : Ban y an .k to/ ’i.' UNC Cb volp'* Byron Dtakins (in white) drives ti against^^ff^Mna-Birmingham's Larry Rembert f) coup , lal status, ill a located al tin Luthe/ ,o. PhotiVCALVHI FEROUSON Belt basketball game. Dinkins, a senior and Charlotte native, played his last regular-season game for UNCC. Scho*d'i'?‘C.“'3ncerns !ore Vocal Response whether he will seek a fourth four-year term In 1990, were not Immediately available for com ment. However, after leading an anti- drug rally at a local hl^ school two weeks ago. Jackson said: "I've expressed no Interest In the Job." He added that "under no condition would I run against Marlon Barry." "We want to show Jackson that he should express Interest In the job," said Lockrldge. "Barry has not decided what he will do, but I think this movement will help him come to the right decision. For now, we're just asking Jesse to listen to what the voters will have to say." "The district Is suffering a cri sis In spirit," Chorlton said. "We need a leader — Jesse Jackson — - who can pull people together toward something positive." Barry has been trying to deal with a drug-related crime wave In the city, and has appeared be fore a federal grand jury investi gating his ties to a drug suspect. He has repeatedly denied using drugs or knowingly being asso ciated with drug dealers or us ers. Under city law, Jackson could qualify for the 1990 election by switching his voter registration from Chicago to the district by November 1989. By HERB WHITE Post Staff Writer Ashley Hogewood, chairman of the ChaTJotte.-Meckles4)urg School Board, was feeling ^little stressed Tuesday. As the board faced another series of long debates over pupil assignments, midway schools and the capital Improvement plan to build new schools. Hoge wood took a little test. After pressing his finger on a heat-sensltlve stress card, he proclaimed to feel a little peaked. "It went right through the top," Hogewood said to the laughter of file audience. But for the most part, the meeting was very serious as parents and supporters pleaded with the board to reconsider some of Its proposals. The panel, going through the yearly ritual of assigning stu dents, heard from several speakers, both black and white, as part of Its public discussion of the reassignment plan. The current proposal, which would shift about 1,345 students next school year, will be voted on lat er this month. Many speakers lined up to tell the board that they support In tegrated schools, realizing that Busing Is the only means to ac complish It. Libby Randolph, a former teacher, said Integration is the best way to preserve "the subtle humanity of our commu nity, regardless of race." Acknowledging that schools are asked to bring together peo ple who live apart because of housing patterns, Randolph urged the board to remain com mitted to Integrated schools. "Busing will remain the only consideration of desegregating our schools as long as our neighborhoods are segregated," she said. The school system's five-year capital plan for building new schools also came under public scrutiny. The proposal would build new schools In mostly white southeast Mecklenburg County to accommodate that area's growing population. Madlne Falls, Director of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Urban League, said that policy should be reexamined because It sig nals a shift away from Inner city schools located close to black neighborhoods. "I don't believe a conscious ef fort has been made" to study al ternatives to building suburban schools, she said. Parents from the Chantilly community, an Integrated neighborhood, took up the cause for their school, which the board Is considering turning into the county's first midway school. Chantilly Elementary, they said, should be spared that designation because It meets the system's standards for natu ral Integration. "I believe our school and our neighborhood should be recog nized as the Ideal and our chil dren should be allowed to attend school together," said Carol York, a white parent who brought her two sons and three black classmates. "We have earned the privilege of attending a neighborhood school by choosing to live In an ' integrated neighborhood. We believe the Ideal situation Is a neighborhood K-6 Integrated school." Robert Baxley, a south Meck lenburg resident and Clear Creek Elementary parent, op posed midway schools as well. "The definition of a midpoint school Is a neighborhood school where neighborhood students don't attend," he said. Ron Leeper, a former city council member, said the debate over busing to achieve racial balance shouldn't even occur. Charlotte's busing plan, held as a national model since It was Implemented In 1971, should re main. 'This community Is going in such a way that there is a seri ous concern," he said. "This Is one clock we can't afford to turn back." The GOP To Blacks: We Want Your Vote By HERB WHITE Post Staff Writer The Republican Party realizes blacks aren't going to flock to It In the next election, says N.C. Sen. Larry Cobb, but It could happen In the future. Cobb, a Mecklenburg Republi can who Is a member of the N.C. GOP Voter Outreach Task Force, said the party can form a work ing relationship with African- Americans. The 35-member board Is charged with encourag ing blacks to join the party. 'The Republican Party needs to go Into the black community to explain the position of the Repulsllcan Party,” he said. "Especially in the South, the Re publican Party Is seen as racist when that's not true.” The GOP, Cobb said, has helped Americans of all colors during the Reagan-Bush years by providing millions of new jobs. That economic prosperity has helped African-Americans. "There have been many blacks who have prospered In the last eight years and have gotten Into mainstream America," he said. The task force met last month with Jack Hawke, chairman of the N.C. Republican Party, Gov. Jim Martin and Lt. Gov. Jim Gardner to map a strategy for attracting black voters, who make up about 20 percent of the state electorate. 'The Republican Party can't af ford to continue to automatical ly discount 20 percent of the vote In North Carolina," said Da vid Stlth, chairman of the task force. "Our challenge Is to help See GOP On Page 2A Bodies Of Black Civil War Soldiers Discovered On S.C. Islands By Cheater A. Higgins Sr. NNPA News Editor WASHINGTON, DC - A large construction firm excavating on Folly Island, S.C., in 1987, acci dentally dug into graves, of 19 black. Civil War soldiers, NNPA has learned. The accident not only has held up construction since that time, but It has triggered a hurried up visit by a University of South Carolina team of archeologists . and anthropologists headed Steven D. Smith who quickly petitioned the State Historic Preservation Commission to lhalt development until the site could be thoroughly Investlgat- ed and the soldiers identified. Memorabilia including uniform buttons and Insignia have pin pointed soldiers' unit Identities. It launched a brief tug of war between the cities of Florence and Beaufort over which would receive the signal honor of re burying the soldiers. Each city has a national cemetery. Beau fort has won, and Its citizens, black and white, are working to gether to raise money to pay for the re-burial. Folly Island, one of the famous coastal sea Islands, Is situated just south of Charleston. Wil liam Grant, veterans affairs offi cer at Beaufort, a sea coast town, said Folly Island "was used as staging area by troops of the 55th Massachusetts Regi ment In the winter of 1864." Grant said that the 55th and the 54th as well as units of the First South Carolina and First North Carolina artlUeiy and Infantry operated during that time "fiorn Hilton Head to Charleston." Black troops were a prominent part of the engagement called "the Battle of Honey Hill." Re-burlal is set for May 29, Me morial Day, Grant said. Cost of soldier re-burlal is about $500- $600 each. Grant said. Pentagon officials reportedly told volun teer officials that It could not by law provide funds for the project. Full military honors and a color ful parade are planned. 55th Massachusetts, and that Grant said the recently dlscov- each soldier was burled Indlvid- ered soldiers belonged to the ually. Inside This Week Editorials Pg. 4A Obituaries.... Pg- 4B Entertainment... Pg. 7A Sports Pg. 7B Lifestyles Pg. 1B Classifieds... Pg. 10B Church News.... Pg. 3B Alliance Pg. 11B Subscribe To The Charlotte Post, Call 376-0496 Gov. Martin To Speak At U. L. Banquet N.C. Governor Jim Martin will speak when the Charlotte- Mecklenburg Urban League, Inc. hold Its 10th anniversary ban quet on March 30. Madlne Hester Falls, president and chief executive officer of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Urban League, said the banquet will be at the Marriott City Center In uptown Charlotte. "The mission of the Charlotte- Mecklenburg Urban League Is to enable blacks and other minori ty group members to cultivate and exercise their full human potential on par with other Americans," Ms. Falls said. In conjunction with that mis sion, the celebration also will serve as the Urban League's an nual equal opportunity banquet There will be awards for people In the community who have con tributed significantly to equal opportunity efforts, she said.