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Woodlawn Booster (Newspaper) - May 23, 1967, Woodlawn, Illinois NEXT WEEK IS THE WEEK! WATCH FOR THE BOOSTER CASH CONTEST Blackstone Rangers Score With Musical, "Opportunity Knocks" A PRESTIGE NEWSPAPER A PRESTIGE COMMUNITY Eye Testing GETTING A VISUAL EYE TEST while Ukinfl advantage of the continuous health fair being Inglcwood Urban Progress Center, W. Mth it Yvonne Cravat, 6316 Sin. gamon; Green, 4434 Peorla; Orel Bums, 513S Drexel; Barbara Payton, 4020 Aberdeen; and Rachel Jones, Union. The fair hat large exhibit of health material and ether information for residents wanting to knew about measles, small pox, tetanus, and ether tests. SHIFTING SCENES Is Virtue Its Own Reward? By Hurley Green, Editor SOMEONE made the observation earlier this week that seemingly the only way to get recognition in the news media was to attack someone who stood head and shoulders above everyone else. Though it is a sad commentary on the times in which we live, such a remark is not completely unfound- ed. EXTENDING this same remark a little further, I can see a corallary of circumstances within a segment of our own particular sphere of op- eration. For the past two years, the communities of Woodlawn, Park Manor, Englewood, Chatham and Chesterfield have sought ways and means to cope with a rising incident of juvenile criminal behaviour In the very beginning, it was generally felt that these were simply a few youths breaking the law who would soon'be corraled. But as the months rolled by, it was apparent that these were not isolated in- stances of 'ghetto rebellion.' Instead, even the Chicago police officially recognized the weight and power of one of the groups when no less than police superintendent O. W. Wilson saw the wisdom of sitting down at a 'peace table' to talk terms with a group of sneering, hip-talking youths. RESPONDING to this concession by the police, some of the same teen negotiators, a few nights later, went on another shooting spree, injuring not only other youths but a Chicago police officer. The list of crimes and other atrocities committed by these youths are already leg- endary. Yes, a few of these youths were arrested, some wore sentenced to a few months in correctional institu- tions and other special schools, but by in large, the ma- jority of them were given 'paternal talks' and sent back out to try for more serious violations. THE COMMUNITY has been told repeatedly by the authorities that these offenders are citizens and as such are entitled to every right under the terms of the U.S. Constitution. As a result, today's teen offenders are as versed in their 'rights' as their adult criminal counter part. Most of the often-arrested gang members are able to quote the law when he is unable to spell the name of the'street from which he operates. IT IS CERTAINLY not my intention to reject the democratic processes of our judicial system; I certainly believe that every American has the right to his day in court and the protection thereof. HOWEVER, I am somewhat appalled when I suddenly begin to realize that the same youths who in the past have gunned down adults and other youths alike, are suddenly becoming paid spokesman and representatives of the community. I as more disturbed when word leaks out that these same youths are the direct recipients of tax-payers monies! We have indeed come to a sad state of affairs when the law and the community virtually admits defeat and succumbs to out and out blackmail. I can understand monies being poured into communi- ty projects to provide better housing, better education facilities, better recreational facilities; but the thought of putting money directly into the soiled hands of a teen gangster, leaves me in a state of shock. ALREADY there are politicians, businessmen, minis- ters, and other leaders who have joined the 'bandwagon.' This week I was informed that certain members of one of the community's most publicized gangs, are paid at the rate of per speaking engagement, in the city's northern scburbs. This kind of help arrives on the heels of other efforts to help these 'unfortunate like financial aid in the operation of a community business, federal funds to begin pointless projects, and even a 'clubhouse-church' to store their weapons when not needed to protect 'their territories.' NOW THE POINT in all of this is, what kind of image arc we projecting to the boys and girls who resist the temptations of crime and violence? What is a teen-ager who has never resorted to taking what he wants to think, when he reads that the guys who break, bend, and cir- cumsize the law, receive all the recognition and commu- nity assistance? AS THE GOVERNING generation we are duty-bound in recognize and reward the child who is attempting to follow in the footsteps of rightousness and at the same time correct and discipline the repeated offenders. Somewhere along the way, we seemed to have switched concepts. Further along the way, someone will have to pay! Teen Agers Proved To Be "Rich With Talent" the wake of the successful mu. steal production, "Opportunity "I AM delighted that the Blackstone Rangers have had the opportunity to dis- play before this entire city the Blackstone Rangers lac. how talented they really OSCAR BROWN, Jr. well- said the Rev. John known singer, composer, pro. Fry, pastor of First Presby- terian Church, 6400 Kim- by THIRTY-THIRD YEAR NO. 18 Published at 639 E. 71st St., STewart 3-1040 Week of May 23 thru May 29, 1967 bark. Rev. Fry's comment came in Woodlawn Moves Ahead With Plans for Integrated Camp Woodlawn In Clean Up Drive IN A CONCERTED drive to improve the appearance of the neighborhood in which they re- side, members of the 6100-6200 Kimbark-Woodlawn Block club will have a Clean-Up Parade May 27, its president, 'Mrs. I. M. Cress disclosed early this week. The parade will focus atten- tion on the need for collective cooperation between landlords and tenants to improve and beautify the. area. "THE PLAN is to encourage our neighbors, the landlords and tenants to work harder to keep our neighborhood Mrs. Cress added. The cooperation of children, 7 years and over also is urged. Parents were asked to "help your child to get ready for the parade." MRS. CRESS suggeslcd that the children make banners, noise-makers from tin cans, drums from large cans or old pans "Take an interest and help clean up she urged. In commenting on the glass in the area, Mrs. Cress told of a personal incident where her own tire was cut by glass, causing a flat which re- sulted in her arriving late for work. "MY NEIGHBOR'S little girl fell on that sharp piece of glass, cutting her knee. She had to go to the emergency room of the hospital nearby for stitches, and the family's dinner money was used to pay the she further commented. Mrs. Cress urged parents and interested residents to teach children safety rules and good citizenship "Breaking glass bottles is a danger lo eyes, hands and feet, and costly to drivers of -she said. "PUT BOTTLES in contain- ers for that purpose or in bas- kets strategically placed on cor- ners throughout the neighbor- hood That's being a good Mrs. Cress asserted. T.W.O. Rules VICTORIOUS AND UNITED-, newly elected of- ficers of The Woodlawn Organization (T.W.O.) present a front of "togetherness" after the cli- max of their successful convention at the Grand Ballroom, 6400 Cottage Grove earlier this month. Epitomizing a "united front" the many problems and issues facing the Woodlawn community (from left) Waverly Carter, Sgt.-at-arms; area vice presidents: Andrew Taylor, East Woodlawn; Mack McEw- en. West Woodlawn; Silas Thomas, business- men; Charles McGill, Parkway Garden; Rev. Thomas Ellis, clergy; Rev. Lynward Steven- son, president counsel; Mrs. Mamie Martin, Washington Park; Mrs. Katherine Cragg, Sooth Shore; Lee Smith, Central Woodlawn; Rev. Arthur Brazier, president elect; Father Tracy O'Sullivan, clergy; Mrs. Eula Mae Anderson, secretary; A. C. Smith, correspond, ing secretary; Rev. Lee Koonce, assistant treasurer; Charles Collins, treasurer; Orville Fitzgerald, East Woodlawn and Bolin Bland, executive vice president. Funeral Asso. Meet May 26th How religion influences funer- al practices and how funerals affect religion will be discussc.l at the annual meeting of the Continental Association of Fu- neral and Memorial Societies Friday May 2G, at the Cenler for Conlmuing Education, 1307 E fiOlh St. Speakers will be: Catholic VICAVS. John Philbm, Execulive Director. Major Roman.Catho- lic Cemeteries of Ihe Arch- diocese of Chicago; Jewish, Slaunlon 0. Flanders, Highland Park; Protc.stanl, Ihe Reverend E. Spencer Parsons, Dean of Rockefeller Chapel. University of Chicago Discussion will fol- low. The Continental Association is1 composed of some ninety local socicites in Canada and the United States. The societies are devoted to evaluating the proce- dures surrounding death and to developing appropriate action The headquarters of the asso- ciation are at 59 East Van Bur- en Street, Chicago. The society serving Illinois is the Chicago Memorial As.socia. lion, 7016 Euclid. Dr. Paul E. Hanchetl is the executive. Hey, Now Brown, 6516 Kenwood; Charlotte Jackson, 1156 E. 62nd; Aver 6153 University; Leona Kraim, 6437 Kenwood; Alberta Ivory, 6834 Dorchester; Margret Preston. 6430 Kimbark; Oeena Jetton, 1170 E. 63rd st.; Audrey Lub- ben, 6504 Cottage Grove; Leola Haynes, 7738 Chappcl; Margarine Lamb, 6412 Vernon; Ralph Norman, WUPC; Gertrude Yancey, 818 E. 80th st.; Josephine Aldrich, 8323 Ellis; and Deloris Porter, 8118 Sangamon. TIME OUT FOR REFRESHMENTS during the recent Outreach Neighborhood Program co- sponsored by Woodlawn YWCA, 1170 E. 63rd st., Woodlawn Urban Progress Center, 1030 E. 63rd St., and Woodlawn Immanuel Lutheran Church, 6401 Kenwood, site of the gathering. Present were Mesdames Hazel Malone, 6536 Kenwood; Susan Karlson, 6050 Ingleside; Les- lie Andrews, 6050 Ingleside; Julene Harris, 6516 Kenwood; Annie Brown and baby, 6516 Ken- wood; Michelle Jackson, 1156 E. 62nd St.; Julia How Well Do You Know Your Here's How To Show It YOUR POWERS of observa- tion be put to the test soon but it be worth it you, of However, those powers of ob- servation also will depend on whether or not you are a WOODLAWN BOOSTER fan. If you are, cash awaits you! FOR NEXT WEEK your BOOSTER is introducing a fabu- lous, know your neighbor, con- lest chockful of intriguing, ex- citing, engrossing and fascina- ting innovations. All you have to do is "Know Youi cour- teous, capable and charming in- Jividual who, do doubt, has served you often as you've visi. ted and made purchases m stores along 63rd street from Collage Grove to Stony Island. THIS TIME, it will behoove you to put your powers of oh- scivation to work, for this time it will be up to you to know (remember) your neighbor in business and cash dollars arc yours just like that His or her picture will appear in the BOOSTER advertisement Inls yiiui home or sland, May 30. The contest rules are simple and easy. All you have to do is select the picture and place it in a blank spot in ads at the bottom of the page which will identify her or him as your "neighbor" at that particular store IT'S JUST THAT easy' We reiterate: Each picture at the top of the page advertisement will be that of a salesman or sales-woman who has served (Continued on AV.ce 3) 'STEP' New Effort to Aid Youth WOODLAWN RESIDENTS and other interested persons are being urged to help neigh- borhood youngsters spend an enjoyable and educational sum- mer in an integrated camp un- der the auspices of STEP. STEP Students Tutors Ele- mentary Project is an after school study center held at Woodlawn Methodist Ohurch, 1208 E. 64th st., as a University of Chicago student activity. NORMALLY, during its sum- mer operation, third to fifth grade students from Wadsworth Elementary School, 6434 Uni- versity, are tutored individually by STEP personnel twice a week. The students also 'participate in regular group activities on Fridays, and go on Saturday field trips besides working in the arts workshop. HOWEVER, the bit "thing" to most of the youngsters is going away to camp for a nev- er-to-be-forgotten experience. Last summer STEP took 38 children to an overnight camp at a farm in Hancock, Wiscon- sin. The summer fun lasted for two weeks divided into two ses- sions. Typical camp activities included making arts and crafts, camping, and swim- ming. ABOUT six volunteer staff members joined the vacationing young people and helped shop, clean, conk, and maintain the SO acre farm complete with .stream, woodb, pond, and hay- loft. According lo information re- ceived by the BOOSTER, the summer camping trip spon- sored by STEP aflows racial barriers to fall and students en-, joy themselves in an uninhibit- ed manner. MOST OF the students return from camp, it is said, with re- newed self-confidence and bol- stered spirits as a result of their group activities. Sponsored by Woodlawn Methodist Church, 1208 E. 64th st., summer camp will again be a realization and fun for the children provided the minimum budget of can be raised this year. Said Miss Ann Schryvcr, a STEP official; "CAMP THIS summer should he even hotter We have some experience now, and we've iK't'n running a bioader tutoring program this year." Emphasizing that children only pay a nominal fee, Miss Schryvcr said: "Our basic need is funds. We need money for transportation, food and gener- al upkeep ALL CONTRIBUTIONS in the fni m of food (canned goods, meat, arts and crafts sup- plies, tools and buildings mate- rials, and a will be highly appreciated by STEP of- ficials. Interested persons are urged to write to STEP, 1208 E. 64th .si or call 363-4425, 3'30-5.30 p.m Monday, Wednesday, or Friday Singer Jean Pace, who de- veloped the dances and de. signed tile costumes. PERFORMANCES were held last week end, May 19-21, at First Preslbyterian Church, 6400 Kimbark, and included 50 teen- age singers, dancers, and musi- cians. A chorus of 40 voices sang original songs and popular hit tunes under the direction of Larry Fortson. SpeciaBy impro. vised dances highlighted the show. Nearly everyone wtoo attend- ed the performances reacted fa. vorably to the musical, which consensus agreed seemed to verify Oscar Brown's theory that "there's gold in the ghet- toes." Commenting, Brown em- phasized: "Our young people are rich with talent." BROWN SAID he hoped the work and the success achieved 'by the Rangers in Woodlawn would be an incentive to devel- op similar programs in other communities. THE REV. John Fry, who al- ways has been .a staunch de- fender of the Woodlawn group, is being credited with having encouraged Uhem when "almost the whole city was against them." The Rangers performance last week was held in Rev. Fry's church. Some months ago, Rev. Fry engaged in a verbal match with authorities when police reportedly seized a cache of weapons in his church, and also arrested Rangers who were holding a meeting in the church. FOLLOWING THAT alterca. lion with police, Rev. Fry gave a speech in Lake Forest where he said the Rangers had been mis- understood. He also blamed po- lice, at Hie time, for not treat- ing the youth properly. Nearly two weeks ago, the Blackstone Rangers failed lo keep an appointment with a group of White House FeUows. White House Fellows are 17 young men and one woman all 'business executive trainees who have been spending a year working with the President, vice-president, and White House cabinet officials. ALTHOUGH THE Rangers never gave any explanation for failing to keep the appointment, Rev. Fry explained lo the Fel- lows dial the Rangers had "previous, pressing commit- ments elsewhere lo keep." Asked by the BOOSTER whal these "pressing were Rev. Fry said the Rang- ers were busy rehearsing for their musical production last week; and they are also work- ins towards opening a restau- rant somewhere in Woodlawn. (A GROUP of businessmen have agreed to lend the boys money to open the restaurant and also to show them how to manage their books and bud- get.) Rev. Fry also noted that some members of the Rangers recently earned apiece for lecturing at Lake Forest Com- munity College. THE WHITE HOUSE Fellows were in Chicago to visit the mayor, police superintendent, business officials, and civic groups. These visits are report- edly designed to help cement better relationship between Washington and future business leaders. The Rangers were ap- parently on the list of visits the Fellows were to make. AFTER A SPECIAL pre- miere of the musical held at Jackson Park Ficldhouse, 6400 Stony Island, Fifth Ward Alder- man Leon Despres said: "THE BOYS HAVE done a marvellous job. Oscar Brown deserves lots of credit for work, ing with them Che way he ob- viously has." Best Food Buys This Week Each week the Booster publishes the best food at your local food store, as advertised in your FRESH _ GROUND HOURLY GROUND BEEF 49
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