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400,000 Black Men March for Unity
BYROBYN TOMLIN HACKLEY
STATE & NATIONAL EDfTOfl
WASHINGTON, D.C. A sea of
Fathers cradled their youngboys in their
arms, while octogenarians marched along
with two and three generations of their
Nation oflslam leader Louis Farrakhan
said it was a “sea of peace, a sea of tranquil
But a peaceful march did not mean a
passive one. What was billed as a holy day
of reconciliation and atonement was also a
day of political activism, diverse voices
and divisive issues.
Million Man March organizers claimed
that the event lived up to its name. At the
end of the day, they were estimating an
attendance of between 1.5 and 2 million
people. But figures released by the Wash
ington, D.C., police and U.S. Park Police
differed. The official estimate was4oo,ooo,
making it the second-laigest event of its
The 1969 Vietnam protest drew6oo,ooo
to the capital. The 1963 march on Wash
ington, which featured the Rev. Martin
Luther King Jr. ’s “I Have a Dream” speech,
touted 250,000 men, women and children.
Despite the negative feelings about the
exclusion of women from the event, the
mostly male audience seemed unaffected
by the presence of thousands of women
who chose to show their support physi
cally as well emotionally. Shana Godard,
Valerie Ann Johnson, a professor of African-American Studies, speaks to students in the Pit on Monday about the DTH,smANfracLEi
Million Man March. Students were encouraged to stand up and voice their feelings about the march.
Stabbings in Carrboro
Might Be Connected
Carrboro police are investigating a pos
sible connection between two separate stab
bing incidents this weekend.
One victim was listed in fair condition
late Monday afternoon at UNC Hospitals,
while the identity and the condition of the
other victim is not yet known.
Jesse Martinez, 27, and Victor Rivera,
22, were arrested Saturday and each
charged with one count of felony assault
with a deadly weapon inflicting serious
injury. They were arrested in connection
with an early morning altercation at Spinx
Oil at 207 W. Main St. in Carrboro.
According to police reports, Martinez
and Rivera were involved in a heated argu
ment at Spinx Oil with Jose Huerta of P-11
Old Well Apartments in Carrboro.
During an ensuing scuffle, Huerta sus
tained a deep cut to his left arm, along with
multiple stab wounds to the face, neck and
The wounds are believed by police to be
caused by a butcher knife’s blade recov
ered from a nearby lawn.
Fired for Being a Man:
A transsexual loses his job at FSU.
State 8 National News, Page 3
TODAY: Sunny; high mid-70s.
WEDNESDAY: Sunny; high 70s.
“I only hope my sons will
remember this day as they
grow to become strong
black men. ”
Million Man March attendee
a black woman, said she came to the march
from Philadelphia to support her husband.
“I don’t feel that my presence at the
march will jeopardize the integrity of the
march,” she said. “This march may be for
men, but it’s also about women.”
From 5 a.m. until after 6 p.m., speakers,
singers, poets, musicians, politicians and
members of various clergy paraded across
a stage on the steps of the Capitol building.
George Augustus Stallings, the arch
bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal
Catholic Congregation, called on black
men to “put down your guns, and take up
your babies,” while H.H. Brookins, AME
bishop, asked those in attendance to “turn
from your wicked ways. Let us heal the
The conservative mission of the march
was in many ways overshadowed by the
somewhat controversial opinions about the
march organizers. In the past, Farrakhan’s
statements that have been interpreted as
anti-Semitic, homophobic and sexist have
drawn him considerable controversy in the
“We ’re boking into the second
attack and investigating a
possibb connectwn between
the two. ”
Carrboro Police Captain
Upon the arrival of the police, Huerta
was taken to UNC Hospitals to receive
treatment for his injuries.
“(Rivera) is alleged to have assaulted
and stabbed Huerta,” Carrboro police Capt.
Carolyn Hutchison said. “We don’t think
that Martinez took part in the stabbing, but
he stood by as it happened.”
Martinez was arrested at his home at
Merritt Mill Square and arraigned in dis
trict court in Hillsborough. He is currently
in Orange County Jail under $1,500 se
Rivera was also charged with one count
of breaking and entering and one count of
See STABBING, Page 2
under way for
election to fill
We consume our tomorrows fretting about our yesterdays.
Chapol Hill. North CaroGu
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17,1995
Many platform speakers touted the in
tegrity of the Nation of Islam leader, ask
ing marchers not only to support the mes
sage, but the messenger as well. Million
Man March director Rev. Benjamin Chavis
told the crowd that Farrakhan had been
called by God to organize this march.
“Attempts have been made to separate
the message from the messenger,” said
Chavis, the former NAACP director. “We
are not going to let this happen.”
Rainbow Coalition director Rev. Jesse
Jackson said Farrakhan’s call for black
men to take a more active role in commu
nity building and to increase personal re
sponsibility “touched a nerve deep in the
hearts in people yearning to be free. We
want an America where we all play on the
same playing field, under the same rules.”
The intensity of the platform speakers’
messages built as the day progressed. Poet
Maya Angelou delivered a heart-felt and
emotional rendition of anew poem created
especially for the event, and the Rev. A1
Sharpton said he wanted to let the angry
white man meet the enlightened black man,
a man he described as an active participant
in the political process.
But the pinnacle ofMonday’s event was
the long-awaited address by the march’s
keynote speaker. In a speech lasting more
than two and a half hours, Farrakhan used
biblical and ancient symbols as metaphors
for many of the racial, economic and social
See MARCH, Page 4
Sometimes a group of students will get
really lucky and find a nice big house to
share within walking distance of campus.
These students probably pay a hefty rent,
part ofwhich goes to fund the local govern
ment through property taxes.
But my bet is, few of the more than
12,000 UNC students who live in Chapel
Hill vote in municipal elections or go to
Town Council meetings and public hear
ings. Those students renting the nice his
toric district house might find out that a
council ordinance forbids them from hav
ing more than two cars. Or they might even
find out that town regulations prevent them
from being able to live there at all.
Chances are the council members will
make decisions that limit your options in
Chapel Hill, and they’ll do it over the
summer while you’re gone. They feel free
to ignore students because they don’t feel
we’re a crucial part of the town’s character
or life. The message is, we can fund this
town and make it tick, but our input is not
wanted when it comes to addressing the
future of Chapel Hill. The town acknowl
edges our financial contribution through
rent, property tax and the more than S4O
million we pour into the local economy.
But they often ignore our civic voice.
For instance, they voted this summer to
make drinking alcohol from an open con
tainer in public a misdemeanor, putting it
on your permanent criminal record.
Come to the Great Hall tonight at 7
p.m., and let the candidates running for
Chapel Hill mayor and Town Council
know that they can’t continue to ignore us
as they run this town. Ask them your
questions, and see if you like their answers.
Don’t forget, you have the power to vote
them into office —and to vote them out.
Thanassis Cambanis, editor
Kwame Jackson says goodbye to a friend before boarding one of two
chartered buses to Washington, D.C., on Sunday morning.
UNC Students Debate,
Celebrate on Campus
FROM STAFF REPORTS
While 90 UNC students went by bus to Washington, D.C., to
attend Monday’s Milhon Man March, black students who were
unable to go to the march because of academic or other commit
ments showed their support for the day of atonement and reconcili
ation by attending activities sponsored by the Black Man’s Coun
Workshops on issues ranging from the economic development
of the black community to the black family were held in Upendo
Lounge throughout the day, while speakers were in the Pit from 11
a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Speakers in the Pit began by reading a declaration heralding the
day as a “Holy Day.” The statement, first read by 80 religious
leaders Sept. 19 at Howard University, asked that there be no
work, sport, play, entertainment or profanity on the day of the
Milhon Man March. They also called upon people “to repent, to
atone and reconcile ourselves to the God of our creation and
Valerie Ann Johnson, professor of African and African-Ameri
can studies, discussed the goals of the on-campus events in the Pit.
These goals included creating a positive image of the black man,
getting black men to look at the home and be respectful of it, and
See LOCAL REACTION, Page 4
SRC Reopens 2 Months After Flooding;
New Carpet Expected Early Next Month
The Student Recreation Center opened
all its doors at 6 a.m. Monday for the first
time since the Aug. 27 flood which caused
nearly SIOO,OOO damage to the center and
temporarily closed UNC’s most popular
Although students were not allowed to
use the free weights, Monday’s reopening
came earlier than previously announced.
SRC Director Lauren Mangili said offi
cials had decided to open the center before
new carpeting had been installed.
She said the carpet was scheduled to be
in place by early November, at which point
the free weights would be available to stu
dents. The center will close for five to seven
days while the carpet is being installed, and
a grand reopening will follow, she said.
“We all wanted it open, and we would
have preferred to have everything ready,”
she said. “We’re still planning a grand
reopening that will present it almost as a
Students working out at the SRC on
Monday said they were happy the facility
had completely reopened.
“I’m glad they have it open,” said Rob
Kozar, a graduate student in psychology.
“I wasn’t impressed with the other facili
ties at Fetzer (Gymnasium).”
Until Monday, students could use only
the exercise bicycles, stairmasters and tread
mills on the second level of the SRC. With
a return to its regular schedule, the center
now offers access to its cybex weight sys
tem and its cardiovascular equipment.
Regular weekday hours are 6 a.m. until
midnight. Weekend hours are limited.
Repairs to the center involved every
thing from fixing dry wall and repainting
to drying out step machines, Mangili said.
She said workers had managed to salvage
Senior Ryan Whaley works out in the Student Recreation Center, which
reopened Monday morning after flood-damage repairs were completed.
most of the equipment.
“We are looking into investing in some
new equipment, because we’ve made more
room on the lower level after moving some
of the machines upstairs,” Mangili said.
Mangili attributed the bulk of the dam
age costs to the replacement of carpeting in
the lobby and lower level of the SRC,
which covers a 1,700 square-foot area.
Mangili said the main cause of the flood
was the inability of drainage pipes under
neath the SRC to hold the floodwaters.
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■ The charge of harassment
was filed against an ALE
agent by two UNC students
earlier this fall.
Anders Lyndrup and Xavier
Chakravarti, two juniors at UNC who were
stopped by Alcohol Law Enforcement of
ficers in August, received word that the
investigation into ALE agent Christopher
Waters had been concluded without ac
The initial investigation had been com
pleted and sent on for further review, ALE
supervisor John Simmons said. “Our in
vestigations have been completed and are
being forwarded to my superiors,” he said.
The investigation was initiated by
Lyndrup and Chakravarti after they were
stopped Aug. 25 by Waters at the Sav-a-
Center on Airport Road for possible alco
hol possession. Upon searching them,
Waters found that Lyndrup and
Chakravarti had only bought ravioli and a
six-pack of Sprite.
Lyndrup and Chakravarti said they
thought they had been targeted by Waters
because they had each been given a cita
tion by him in the past, and this time they
thought they had been singled out.
Chakravarti was given a slocitation on
Aug. 23 foralcohol possession and charged
for the citation two weeks later, after the
Sav-A-Center incident on Aug. 25.
“We were stopped, said this guy (the
ALE supervisor in Raleigh), quote, ‘be
cause we were youthful-looking and be
cause we walked over by the beer sec
tion,”’ Lyndrup said.
Because the students thought their rights
had been violated, they filed a citizen’s
complaint. They filed the complaint be
cause they wanted to check into the cred
ibility of Waters, Chakravarti said.
“We first filed a citizen’s complaint,
and it was then forwarded to John
Simmons, ALE supervisor,” Chakravarti
said. Simmons also told the students that
further questions would be taken up with
the ALE supervisor in Raleigh.
The students did not learn of the
investigation’s completion until a month
after the complaint had been filed.
Because there was no such action taken
against Waters, Chakravarti said he and
Lyndrup were talking to an attorney about
possible legal action.
“We can’t change the size of the drain
under the building,” she said. "The engi
neers are trying to figure out what would be
our best option.”
Monday’s attendance at the SRC was
moderate, Mangili said. “We had a steady
flow, but people realize we’re not offering
access to free weights yet,” she said.
Senior Kim Egner of Clayton said she
was still anxious to use the free weights.
“At least we have something to come back