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VOL. 29, NO. 47 GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1970 PRICE: 10 CENTS
SEARCH FOR THE BLACK CPA
HEIGHTENED BY A&T PROJECT
The black certified public ac
countant, once as hard to find,
as a snowball in Hades, is be
coming more visible in business
Don't get me wrong. There is
still no surplus of black CPAs,
but the 150 out of a total of
100,000 available in the United
States today is a far cry from
the 47 blacks available in 1962.
A unique program now in op
eration at A&T State University
is seeking to guide more college
youngsters into the field.
The program is a project to
bring some of the black CPAs
into contact with A&T students,
presently manning in account
"This is a tremendous pro
gram," said Dr. Herbert N. Wat
kins, chairman of the Depart
ment of Accounting at A&T.
"It helps the University to bridge
the gap between the theory we
give the students and the prac
tical knowledge the executives
bring to the campus."
Watkins said the visiting lec
turers (eight during a semester)
are all high level people in pres
tigious CPA firmst business and
The executive lectures to the
advanced accounting class twice
a week, then the class coordinat
or, an A&T facility member,
conducts a wrap up session at
the end of the week.
James Polk, a youthful black
CPA from California, talked re
cently about his experiences in
the A&T program.
"The students really enjoy
this approach as shown by their
enthusiasm," said Polk. "There
seems to be almost a hungry
desire for knowledge about op
portunities in Industry. They al
so want to know what is neces
sary to acquire these opportun
The A&T project is sponsored
by the National Urban League
and the American Institute of
Certified Public Accountants.
Polk is a tax expert for the
huge Levi Strauss & Company
in California. His company paid
for all expenses involved with
his trip to A&T.
| "I was glad to get this teach
ing opportunity," said Polk, "I
feel it is one small way I can
help the black student in a real
way, and to let them know that
| success is within their grasp."
Polk recalled his own experi
ences trying to become a CPA.
"I guess I was somewhat dif
I ferent," he said. "I never let
the fact that the opportunities
might not be there, stop me from
] wanting to become a CPA. I
thought the opportunities would
Polk joined Strauss & Com
pany two years ago, after spend
ing seven years with the U. S.
, Internal Revenue, a little more
| liberal in the hiring of black
CPAs than business and indus
The A&T accounting students
have nothing but praise for the
"It moves you away from the
book," said Miss Joan Bennett
of Bridgeport, Conn. "You can
also ask questions from the ex
pert and that really helps."
According to Dr. Mahesh Jain,
coordinator of the R&T pro
gram, there are more than 200
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Mel Grooms of A&T State
Performing Like Real All American
How good a football player is
A&T's Mel Holmes? Some of
the experts think that he is one
of the best to be found in the
colleges and they are not adverse
to saying so.
A number of pro scouts watch
ed the Aggies' Little All-Ameri
can candidate in action against
Johnson C. Smith Saturday |
night. A&T lost the ball game,
but Holmes would have gotten
an A under the grading system I
the pros used in the weekly
As an offensive blocker, the
250-pound Holmes has few
"He's the best offensive tac
kle I've seen all season," said
Jack Putt, area scout for the
world-champion Kansas City
Chiefs. "He really stays with
his man. I quit writing about
him at half-time because I just
about ran out of adjectives."
Putt and the other scouts
watched Holmes do his thing 1
against Smith's defensive tackle
big John Fairley, also a prime
The 6-4 Holmes just about
drove Fairley out of the sta
dium, opening up gaping holes
for the Aggie backs, who pound
ed out 248 yards on the ground.
The A&T backs simply rode
Holmes' backside for most of
the yardage, which included
"I think that Holmes is much
better now than a No. 1 draft
choice who went out this state
last year," added Putt.
Off the field, Holmes is a
rather mild mannered young
man. On the football field, he
wants it known that he is there
strictly for business.
"Some people say that I'm
mean." said Holmes. "It's not
that. It's just that I think mean
on the football field."
Holmes starred at Mays High
in Miami before moving to !
A&T, where he saw a lot of
action, even as a freshman.
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Veteran Black CPA Aids A&T Students
Black CPA James Polk of California checks accounting problem with A&T State
University students Joan Bennett, Bridgeport, Conn, and Jerome Williams, Greens
boro, N. C. The unique Urban League project at A&T seeks to encourage more blacks
to become CPAs.
The Man Behind The Headlines . . .
And The Woman Behind The Man
The stojfc>Af a life shared ?
by a man and a woman with
their children and with a people.
The man and woman are Martin
and Coretta Scott King, and
their story is told with the per
sonal insights that only Co.etta
Scott King could bring to 't in
"My ".if( With Martin Luther
Although this memoir by the
widow of the civil rights leader
does take in the career of the
great man we all remember, its
major focus is on the mau few
of us ever knew, the man be
hind the headlines, and the wo
man behind the man.
Coretta Scott King reveals the
whole fabric of fears, joys,
hopes, ambitions, sorrows and
disappointments that lurked be
hind the steadfast images she
and her husband put forth to
The narrative goes back to
Coretta's childhood in rural Ala
bama, traces her education to
Antioch College and her meeting
with Martin Luther King, Jr
The story of their courtship and
marriage; their lives together as
husband and wife, parents, de
voted friends and leaders of 'heir
religious community is played
out against a background of in
creasing world recognition and
involvement in the movement.
In "My Life With Mar'An Lu
ther King, Jr.", Coretta Kir.g
tells what life was like for her
self, her husband, and their
children ? six people l."ing at
the center of the glorious and
terrible history of their time.
WILLOW RD. MISSIONARY
The Willow Road Missionary
Circle will meet at the home of
Mrs. Ortney Foster, 1205 Ivey
Heights at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct.
11, 1970. All members are asked
to be present and on time.
Mrs. Kathy McGibboney, pres
A&T Co-Ed To Ride In Style
A&T coed Miss Victoria Burke of Hobbsville, N. C.
receives keys to brand new Vega 2300 from B. H. Collins,
fleet lease manager at Tal Williams Chevrolet Co. in
Greensboro. Miss Burke won use of the car free for ninety
days in a nationwide promotion. Looking on is Haywood S.
Statum, salea representative.