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Woodlawn Booster (Newspaper) - June 13, 1967, Woodlawn, Illinois Million Dollar Grant T Purpose: To Train 800 WO Plan Education In Basic Job Skills THIRTY-THIRDYEARN0.21 at 6391. 7Tit St., ST.w.rt 3-1040 Wtekof, BY JAY SMITH 80MB YOUTHS in Wood- lawn are now eligible to receive SO weeks of basic education and vocational training resulting from a federal grant of awarded last week to The Woodlawn Organization, 1133 E. 63rd st., to train "severely dis- advantaged youth." Commenting on the award, the Rev. Arthur M. Brazier 19 TWO president said: "THE EYES OF the nation will be focused on Woodlawn In my years in Chicago, I have never seen a program for the youth that was designed more practically and more creative- ly." Rev. Brazier described the program as having two avenues of endeavors to meet the needs of the youngsters. One, he not- ed, will be for young pe IN WOODLAWN out be entered fat the new, Neighbor- WOODLAWN BOOSTER Contest Btoetta BULLBTIN-BOOSTER one might be entered In this netting new contest. Were are more than enough to make the judging one ble lob 'P have Sta the big prise monies. There's nothing to it; fust cUn the t or finish a sentence starting. "I like to shop on East lncky wtolers "M STER First prize is Second prize is 175; and third prtoe is Ki. It pays to "Know Your Hyde Park Evening School Helps Pave Future For 53 Graduates Green SHIFTING SCENES By Hurley Green, Editor to Speaks For The Adults? NORMALLY, the number of letters that pass across columnist's desk is read, possibly discussed among co- workers and then edited for our Community Voice sec- tion. Recently however, I was the recipient of a missle that lends it- self very well to further comment. IN A MAY 24th column, entitled, 'Is Virtue Its Own I at- tempted to point up the fact that seemingly in today's world, recog- nition comes quicker to the offend- ing youth than to the defending youth. I noted that, for example in Woodlawn, one group of teenagers had run the gauntlet in crime and destruction and-as of the notoriety gained therefrom, were being treated as visit- ing dignitary. And in addition being paid cash money for their efforts in not breaking the law. ON THE OTHER HAND, there is a vast majority of kids in this same Woodlawn, who have broken no laws, who carry no guns, and who generally attempt to stay within the confines of law and order. My summation was, what is this second child to think when he learns that society knuckles down to force and violence and by-passes the scholar? Quoting from the letter which took exception to this point of view, my reader said: "You sound like a "Dixie- crat" in your views for dealing with the teen gang prob- lem in the neighborhood. In fact your article is in oppo- sition with the front page story of the Blackstone Rang- ers and-Oscar Brown. It sounds like sour grapes to me, that someone dare try a more humane approach to a very modern problem." CONTINUING in the same vein, this reader opines that, "The Rangers obviously are here to stay so there- 'ore harrassing will not make them go away. As a com- munity leader, why not find out just what makes them tick, what do they want and explore possibilities of meet- ing them halfway? This is much more in keeping with our 20th century educational approach rather than rev- erting (Or regressing) back to the "good old days." To answer such a letter, I would first begin by say- ing that in reviewing my original article I made no suggestions that violence be met with violence as in the "good old days." I must confess however in honesty, that I have often wondered if this might not be closer to a direct approach. My main contention and fear was that since, this particular group had been corrupted some- where along the line, would we not make the same mis- take in not rewarding the youngster who was making an effort to live up to civic responsibility? I must further admit that since I am a graduate of the ghetto (And not too long I am very much aware of the temptations so offered there. It is difficult for me to understand the violence and bloodshed generated in today's ghetto especially since today's offender spends more for ammunition than my family had to spend for food. I FIND IT increasingly difficult, to visualize the extent of today's deprivation when so many jobs and education- al facilities go unattended. It appears more logical to explain why I might steal potatoes on 58th Street in 1938 than it is to explain armed wars and economic blackmail on 63rd Street in 1967. It seems to me that we spend so much time trying to understand a child's point of view that we lose sight of the adult's view. And finally in a last respond to the letter, without divulging the writer's name and address (as I note that she lives in an far Southside community which hardly compares with Woodlawn. I would surmise that if lived in Woodlawn and was forced to face the dan- gers of the street at night, she too might take a different slant. I WOULD CERTAINLY welcome and support any reasonable measures to bring peace to the community, but I believe that the first duty is to the adult taxpayer rather than a misguided hoodlum. Counseling Post Open In Area HERE'S good nevs for quali- fied job seekers. The South Side Small Busi- ness Service Center, Chicago Small Business Opportunities corporation is seeking a man- agement assistance counselor who holds a degree in business administration or four years ac- counting or auditing experi- ence. THE S8000 per year job is open to a male, 21 years old or over. His duties include coun- seling small business; coordi- nating corporate and university volunteers; auditing small con- cerns and analyzing financial statements of southside small businesses. The job also offers benefits including paid life and hospital- ization insurance and a compa- ny-sponsored annuity plan. The five-day LEAVING friends and associates is sometimes a time filled with sadness and regret. On the other hand, leaving can also be a time of satis- faction and pleasure. Pleasure for having met many wonderful people; and, satisfaction over a job well done. The latter two reasons apply to seven nuns from St. Clara's Church, 6415 Woodlawn, who are leaving the BOOSTER neighborhood to assume other duties else- for seven paid holidays; three weeks vacation the first year and four weeks thereafter and one day per month sick leave. THOSE INTERESTED are advised to contact Anthony R. Stadeker, business program co- ordinator, for appointment at Woodlawn's Urban Progress Center, 1030 E. 63rd; telephone 684-7801. where. During a recent going away party held for them, the honorees received many tokens of appreciation from parishioners and friends they met during their association with the church. Enjoying pleasant moments at the par- ty were (from left) Sisters Othmar, Ethelbert Laverna, Tressa, Jola, Novella, and Claire. All persons present wished the sisters much happi- ness and satisfaction in their new assignments Area Resident Nears Climax Of Instruction Getting the feel of the class- room teaching situation, and nearing the day of graduation is a BOOSTER area resident currently attending Northern Il- linois University in DeKalb, Illi- Evelyn K. Westermann, 6020 Ingleside, is among 347 seniors and graduate students who did nine week student teaching The teachers-to-be worked in approximately 80 northern Illi- nois communities which cooper- ated with the university pro- gram. About 33 university fac- -vredsp n sjaquiaui jfyn ments supervised the students, from April 3 to June "2. Parkway Stages New Production CONTINUING ITS policy of presenting outstanding stage productions and premieres to southside residents in general, and devotees of plays in partic- ular, Parkway Community House, 500 E. 67th St., has scheduled another hit for 10 weekend -.-uns. "My Sweet C h a r 1 i a Broadway hit, will have its midwestern premiere at the Parkway every weekend, Fri- day through Sunday evenings, until July 23. The play is direct- ed by Dick Gaffield. Curtain time is pm on Friday and Saturday and pm on Sunday. For reserva- tions and more information, call 324-3880. THESE TALENTED YOUNG ladies were a sensational hit at the recent talent contest spon- sored by the Advancers Club at Woodlawn YWCA, 1170 E. 63rd st. Co-sponsors of the contest were Woodlawn Urban Pro- gress Center, 1030 E. 63rd St., Talent In Miniature Woodlawn YWCA, and Wood- lawn r m m a M u e I Lutheran Church, B401 Kenwood. Brim- ming with confidence and "pretty as a picture" the little ladies are Carlene Wilkins, 6410 Kenwood; Dcbra Childress, 6358 Kimbark; Yolanda Lesser, 1321 E. 64th St.; Alexis Collins, 6404 Kenwood; Isabel Muller, 6102 Kenwood; Cateria Simmons, 1327 E. 64th St.; Iris Flonrnoy, 6352 Kimbark; Michelle Wade, 6359 Kenwood; and Lesa Reno, 6459 Kenwood. Aid. Oespres Takes Pen In Hand; Goes to Woodln's Aid Area Policemen Get Diplomas TWO ROOKIE PATROLMEN receive their diploma as police officers during recent police graduation ceremonies held in the annex auditorium of Central Police headquarters, 1111 State. THEY ARE: James Nelson, 8734 Lowe, and James O'Rourke, 8500 Stony Island. THE BULLETIN area offi- cers were among 34 graduates who completed a 14 week train- ing course in which they were taught law, judo, fire-arms, first aid, human relations, de- partment relations, and other police-related subjects. WOODLAWN WILL be an area "of dignity and beauty" if the suggestion of Alderman M. Despres. 5th Ward, to the De- parlment of Urban Renewal is iieeded. Alderman Despres, in a letter to Commissioner Lewis Hill, dated June 5 pointed.to the ur- ban renewal plans for the 63rd and Dorchester area and for the larger Woodlawn area and urged "careful consideration" of plans for a civic center in the area. THE CENTER, the Alder- man's letter suggested, might include a health center build- ing, a building where a new Streets and Sanitation Ward yard might be established, and "perhaps one or two more mu- nicipal or state centers in close proximity to a shopping cen- ter." The letter further pointed out: "WE RAVE LONG needed the dignity and attractiveness of a little civic center, which would benefit from the shop ping center and enhance it as well." Alderman Despres' com- munication asserted: "THE WHOLE tendency of modern government is to try to bring the services to the people in an attractive and interesting way, he stated, adding the ur- ban renewal plans for the Woodlawn areas "offers us an outstanding opportunity." On the same day, the militant 5th Ward alderman directed an- other communication, this one to Mrs. Jean Carney in the City Council requesting that orders for the demolition of "danger- ous buildings" at 6333-35 and 6337-39 Harbor be demolished. A LETTER to the Depart- ment of Buildings on the same date referred to the shocking condition of these "burned-out buildings" which Alderman Despres described as "danger- ous hulks." It concluded: "The local Block Club and all of us will appreciate your help in effecting demolition." .1UNE 5 was indeed a busy letter-writing day for the busy alderman. Another communication to Ihe Woodlawn Progress Center, JC30 E. 63rd directed to the attention of Mr. Bacon, point- ed out that members of the 65th Harper Blackstone Block club had called his atten- tion to the "urgent need for re- creaiion facilities on the vacant lots in the 63rd-65th-Illinois Cen- tral-Stony Island area." THE LETTER recognized the fact that Chicago Park District lacked authority on private land WPC's aid, as "the only agency that can meet the need." was elicited, as the ald- erman recalled "the attractive playground last year at 6MO Harper." "IF YOU want block club help and guidance, I am sure you can obtain it from the Block President, Mrs. Mattie Preston. 1530 E. the let- ter concluded. Graduates To Go On Studying SYMBOLIZING THE great joy of accomplishment, and re- flecting intense desire and de- termination, some 34 persons received high school diplomas during graduation ceremonies at Hyde Park School, 6220 Stony Island. About 19 others received ele- mentary certificates during the graduation ceremonies. IN ALL, 53 students have been attending Hyde Park eve- ning school in pursuit of the ed- ucation that had eluded them, for one reason or another, until now. Tears of Joy and obvious satisfaction were the mixed emotions the new graduates ex- perienced. The new graduates are: WAHEED ABDULLA, Craw- ford. Allen, ,Esmy Bickman, Richard Boyd, Charles Broad- way, Berrnyece Brooks, Kath- leen Brooks, Shirley Brown, Shirley Burks, Doris Collins Gladys Franklin, Elizabeth Frazier, Sidney Goodman, Pamela Griffin-Johnson. Also, Shirley Harrell, Eliza- beth Hill, Sarah Howard, Flora Jones, Maggie Jones, Grace Manley, Lewis McClain, Harry Moore, Sheryl Nix, Mendrelean Odom, and Vedobell Phelps. THE GRADUATE'S roster also included Monica Reynolds Sara Rivers, Joette Robinson Gwendolyn Roundtree, Marvin Thomas, Aaron Trimble, Shir- ley Weathers, Linda Webb, and Grace Woods. Elementary graduates are: Sidney Bennett, Orville Brooks, Verna Brown, Cathe- rine Burge, Ralph Carter, Au- gusta Crafl, Cynthia Dailey Rosetta Dorsey, Clorann Holley Robert Howard. ALSO, E v e r i c a n Ingram, Sweetiemae Jackson, Willie Jackson, Alice Meza, Willie Porter, Annie Robinson, Marie Ross, Luaizer Thames, and Ruth Sherman. In a message to the gradu- ates, Dr. William Rohan, prin- cipal of the evening school said: "KNOWLEDGE, skills, and habits acquired from many ev- enings of hard work take on new meaning in our American way of life." Dr. Rohan praised the gradu- ates as he commented: "THOSE GRADUATING from high school will open new gateways in the world of work or will look ahead to obtaining additional education and new job skills." Spiegel Honors Local Employee A DILIGENT and loyal em- ployee from the BOOSTER area was recently guest of hon- or at a special luncheon given by Spiegel, Inc. to mark im- portant on-the-job anniversaries for members of the mail or- der's operating team. Mrs. Eloise Robinson, 1557 E. 61sl was honored for having completed 15 years efficient service with Spiegel's. young people who already have completed 8th grade and who have some job skills. The other, will be de- signed especially for those per- sons who do not have 8th grade reading, knowledge, or employ- able skills. IN MAKING THE announce- ment, the Office of Economic Opportunities in Washington de- clared: "The Woodlawn Organization founded in 1961, has a history of deeply successful programs fo- cused on slum fighting, citizen participation in urban renewal job re-training, early childhood development centers, and voter registration education." CURRENT PLANS call for the youthful trainees to earn weekly allowance during their pre-vocational and on- the-job training. Several organizations will work closely with TWO on this new program. The University of Chicago will provide infor- mal counseling and will at- tempt to explain the program to the community, in addition to recruiting part-time commu- nity workers to help with the program. ACCORDINGLY, the Urban League plans to help secure jobs for the young trainees and furnish bookkeeping services. The Legal Aid Bureau will offer all legal advice as required by the agencies in the program. CREDITING the involvement of the young people in Wood, lawn with the successful lation of the program, Rev. Brazier said: "All of us have seen what good works these young people are capable of by the recently held show, "Opportunity, Please featuring the Blackstone Rangers, under the direction of Oscar Brown Jr." THE TWO PRESIDENT also said there has been a marked decline in teen crime in the area since the Rangers signed the recent pact last April 27. An OEO official statement In- dicated that the purpose of the project is to show there are an. alternatives to anti. social behavior; and, that anti-social behavior can be sub. stantially reduced by the for- mation of the present and siml. lar projects. ALMOST like the proverbial "when it rains it TWO also received another grant of for community organiza- tion from the Hock River Meth- odist Fund. The grant was pre- sented through the Woodlawn Methodist Church, 1208 E. 64th st, and its pastor, Rev. John F. Baggett. The Methodists approved the grant based upon a proposal to finance a program for parents in Woodlawn submitted by TWO nearly four months ago. TWO will give thorough accounting of expenditures and allocations reguarly throughout the year. Loretto Spurs LEAP Program PERSONS WHO ARE willing and eager to further their high school education are presented with an opportunity to enroll in LEAP, a special summer pro- gram sponsored by Loretto Academy, 1447 E. 65th st. Subjects to be offered are speed reading, developmental reading, mathematics (three English (three typing (beginning, and social studies (study of ths CLASSES WILL be held Mon- day, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, p.m. Classes may also be chosen in se- quences of three classes per evening from to p.m: or, two classes per evening, p.m. Registration is scheduled for Monday, June 19, p.m. INGREDIENTS Concentration of ability and continuity of effort are necei- sary for success. 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