Cincinnati Herald (Newspaper) - November 20, 1971, Cincinnati, OhioCitizens Groups Join CMHA Fight
The North Avondale Naigh* bohhood Aitociation have gained the aupport of tlx community council! and three civic organization! for the special preeentation of their grievance! they made to Congreeeman WiUiam Keating, repreeentoUve of the Houaing end Urban Development Depart mat t and member! of the Cincinnati Metropolitan Houaing Authority.
The meeting, held Wed* neklay, November 17 in the Community Cheat Building, 3400 Reading Rd. came, aa a result of the NANA protest concerning row type houaing
being constructed on Clinton Spring! Avenue. The three dVic organization! are the Women’s City Club, Houaing Opportunities Made Equal and the NAACP.
The Cindnnati Herald was supplied with the folk)wing statements made by representatives of the Coundis and the dvic organizations;
EUGENE ELLIS, Housing Chairman for the Walnut Hills Area Housing Council; “The Walnut Hills Coundl is not opposed to public housing in its area, nor do we feel that the socio-economic level of the residents would present any
problem that the comimfility could not deal with. But we do feel that serious consideration should be given to the effect such a population impaction would have on the schools and other community facilities. Therefore, we highly recommend the scattered site concept which we feel would be the objectives of both the community and public housing needs. We further recommend
that'when a community expresses opposition to action in a non-discriminatory manner such feeling should be respected and their opposition carefully weighed.
JAMES JOHNSON, NAACP Housing Chairman, Cindnnati Branch; The Cindnnati branch of the NAACP charges theti, S. government and the dty of Cincinnati with creating segregated housing through
their choice of sites for public housing.
Individual units should be obtained or built on scattered sites throughout the metropolitan area. Community organizations should be part of the (inning process.
Marian Spencer, President, Woman’s City Club: No federal or local housing agency has made an aggressive search for scattered sites throughout the
county. The CMHA guideiinis for site selection should be county-wide. Every effort should be made to diversify communities, rather than impacting them with the same ethnic, racial, social, or economic groups. No public housing should be placed in neighborhoods which have already reached their population saturation point.
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VOLUME 15 NO. 20
SATURDAY. NOVEMBER 20. 1971
PHONE 221-5440Methodists Will Save Black Church
Rev. Samuel Ross Wright, pastor of the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Walters and Altoona conferred with the District Superintendent of the Wilmington District concerning the possible “death” of a wie hundred year old Black Methodist Church in Batavia, Ohio. The “death” of the church resulted when the 25-member church failed to file for a tax exemption. This failure resulted in the cflurch being assessed $2000 which the members are unable to pay.
This week Miss Janet Kilgour, a Cincinnati member of the Taylor United Methodist Church, visited the Herald offices to confer with Mrs. Marjorie Parham, publisho*, and William Spillers, vice president of the Herald. Both Mrs. Paiiiam and Spillers are former members of the church. Mrs. Parham’s family has a longJRistory with the church as her father dug the foundation, financed the church and pasaed the church archives cm tq his daughter.
Miss Kilgour was concerned that the assessment of $2000 would bring about the forced sale of the church $ite because, in the past there had been efforts to sell the churdi by the Methodist paucas.
Mrs. Parham expressed a willingness to make a sizeable contribution with the stipulation
that the church memb«*s also put f(N*th an effort to save the church. Mrs. Kilgour has presently scheduled a songfest that will feature the contributory talents of the Noel Singers, Cincinnati Choral Union, Bobbie Gazaway and the Brown International Singers.
The church has two things going fw it. There is a bill currently in the state legislature requesting exemption from the law for those churches which have failed to meet the requirements of “Caesar”. The second asset is the fact that, even if the law * passes, any monies raised can be used tor the sorely needed renovation of the one hundred year old building.
Rev. Wright, initially, promised to confer with the District Superintendent, changed his mind and^laced a telephone call. Rev! Wright learned that the church community in the Wilmington Dlxtript pcepacad to
jjay the tax assessment in the event that the proposed legislation fails. As a result the church will be saved, but will sUll be in need of public contributions to meet other obligations.
The Cincinnati Herald urges its readers to give financial support to the Taylw United Methodist Church by sending a
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To Review Program
There is a segment of the Avondale Community that has recently shed its dormancy. A strong coalition has been formed; and the Businessmen of Avondale have reorganized in an attempt to become instrumental in the constructive building and development of the economic and sociological aspects of the community.
Recently dected officers arc Mr. J. Williams, president; Mr. H. Champion, vice presidoit; Mrs. M. Andrews, secretary; Mrs. L. Wright, treasurer; and Mr. C. Cruickson, public relations director.
Initially, the Businessmen’s Association was confronted with the task of making a monumental decision. There is a proposed Avondale Cluster Development to be centered at RodutaJe Avinue and Reading Road, and the Businessmen have been requested to submit their input to the Development Task Force. Their input will have a majc»' bearing on the
Cincians Attend Joint Conference
Bar Member to
Speak on ''White Law
In an audio program to be broadcast by a number of the nation's radio stations this week, Don Stocks, executive director of the National Bar Foundation, says blacks are confronted by “white law” in which they are arrested by whites, judged and convicted by whites and guarded in prisons by whites. But the Foundation and the National Bar Association are working to change that.
The predominantly black bar association has committed
itself to helping minority communities get more black,-brown and red lawyers, judges and other professionals in their legal systems.
The interview of Stocks was made as a public service of thé Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C. and is available to radio stations and others who telephone (2fíi2) 333-0017. It is one of a continuing weekly series of such programs designed especially for black-oriented radio stations.
The International Association of.Chiefs of Police together with the National Conference of Christians and Jews are conducting a series of seven regional conferences involving a select group of law enforcement officers, juvenile court judges, attorneys, educators, probation officers and social agency representatives. This talented group will focus upon inter-relationships within the juvenile justice system and thkr bearing upon delinquency prevention.
Findings of the conference will be presented to the Youth Development and Delinqu^icy Prevention Task Force, Social and Rehabilitation Service, U. S. Dept. H.E.W.
Cincinnati is represented at the Chicago Conference by Sergeant Terrance Colley of the Youth Aid Section, Cincinnati Division of Police and Mr. Emanuel Jackson, new Associate Director for the Cincinnati office of the National Conference of Christians and Jews.
Keating Wants Jury Duty tor Youth
William J. Keating (R., 0.) today told a Congressional Committee that 18-year-oId citizens should be allowed to be selected for jury duty.
Testifying before the Judiciary Committee, the freshman Congressman said there has been a “substantial effort by the Federal government to permit greater participation by our young citizens in the political and legal' processes of our co^try,” Keating,.a co-sponsor of the legislation, served nine years as a judge in Hamilton County, Ohio before being el^ed to Congress. , #
The Congressman said that under the 1968 Jury Selection Act, Federal juries are to be^ selected from among the list of Vegistered voters.
“Since this law was enacted, we have seen the enfranchisement of more than 11
million voters between the ages of 18 and 21,” Keating told the panel.
“Therefore, enactment of this legislation before the Committee today would also serve to plug an existing gap in the U. S. Code.”
Keating said his experience as a judge “served to convince me of the importance in allowing a large measure of participation in the criminal justice system by our nation'a youth.
“If we continue to exhort our young people to have faith in the 'system' it seems only fair to allow them an increasing share of the responsibility for making that system work.”
Keating also pointed out that although the repeater rate among criminal offenders is substar|tial for men and women of all ages, the Incidence of recidivism is greater among persons under 20 years of age.
WILBERFORCE,' OHIO-The Presidential Screening Committee established by the Central State University Board of Trustees has met to elect officers and begin the process of finding candidates for the presidency of the University.
The 13-member committee was established by the trustees in July, The committee consists of four members of the Board of Trustees, four members elected by the University Faculty Smate, three meml^rs elected by the student body and two members appointed by the CSU Alumni Association.
Dr. Fuad K. Suleiman, chairmati of the political science department, has been elected chairman of the screening commiitee; Mrs. Mary E, Lee, professor of social work, will serve as secretary.
Meeting on the campus Saturday (November 6) the committee considered criteria for prospective candidates and decided to revise criteria adopted by a previous committee which was desolved by
the trustees’ action establishing the new Screening Committee.
In other action the Screening Committee considered a tentative budget to be presented to the trustees and voted to meet again during November. Meeting of the Screening Committee will be closed to the general public.
Members of the Screening Committee are; William A. Dupree, Trustee, Cincinnati; Richard A: Johnson, Trustee, Fairborn; Lloyd E. Lewis Sr., Trustee, Dayton; Lowell Schleicher, Trustee, Xenia; Mrs. Lee, faculty, Wilberforce; Dr. Suleiman, faculty, Columbus; Dr. Thyrsa F. Svager, chairman of the mathematics department, faculty, Wilberforce; Dr Edward L. Wingard, director of student leaching, faculty, Xenia; William G. 'Smith, student, William H. Toliver, student; William H. Si^ift, student; Kenneth E. Blackburn, alumnus, Xenia; and Dennis Dowdell. alumnus, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Civil Rights Comm. Says Feds Discriminate
Black Wins Election Faces Racist Ouster
shopping center portion of the development becoming a reality w not. If the plan or an alternate is approved, their input will be instrumental in establishing guidelines to direct the develq>ment of the Cluster.
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WASHINGTON, D. C.-A report issued today by the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights credited several key Federal agencies with making notable progress in developing necessary mechanisms for carrying out their civil rights responsibilities. The overall performance of the Federal Government, however, continues to get low marks, said Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, Chairman of the Commission.
“In the C(xnmis8i(Mi’s view, actual performance in the resolution of problems, not progress in the development of mechanisms along, is the realistic yardstick by which the Govemmént’s civil rights efforts should be measured,” IlMbiiivft ssld.
Hesburgh spoke at a press conference held by the Commission to release its “One Year Later” report, an evaluation of Federal agencies’ response over the past year to the findings and recommendations of its milestone October 1970 report, “The Federal Civil Rights En
The 1970 report Strongly criticized the Federal Government for its ineptness in en-fwcing dvil rights laws. A followup report last May showed that the Federal Government has responded with tentative first steps for improvement with “promises to do better in the future.”
One year later, the Commission, an indq>radent, factfinding agency created by Congress in 1957, examined the promises and performances with questionnaires and interviews with more than 30 Federal agencies from the White House throu^ Federal regulatory agencies.
The Commission pointed out Oiat the WMté House has eakan some important steps toward fulfilling its civil rights leadership role by providing more attention and improved mechanisms for civil rights affairs.
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The polarization of the old guard and the new liberal citizens of Wyoming will face a court test if an effort to revoke an old ordinance is unsuccessful. The fight will come about as a result of a black man winning a seat on the Wyoming City Council in the recent election.
The problem ev(4ved whai Henry Johnson, Jr. ran second in a field for seven positions on the council. The top runner garnered 2,223 votes while Johnson, a black candidate, ran second with 2,174.
In previous elections black candidates had failed to win office. Soon after Johnson won and old ordinance was invoked pointing out that any employee 'mkmg in e gmtHie job ineligible to hold office in the
Johnson had cleared the Hatch Act with his employer. The Hatch Act prevents federal empl(^ee8 from participating in PARTISAN elections.
At the Herald press time it was announced that a group of citizens will attempt to get the offending ordinance revoked. If they fail there will be an appeal to the courts on the basis that the ordinance is unconstitutional inasmuch as it denies a citizen his legal right to h(4d public (rffice.
The new Council will be installed December 1 to take office^ in January.
One citizen of Wyoming pointed out to the Herald that the ordinance had not been lATflkid until § black maa won office.
At left Lt Prands Hiker, Commander of the Youth Aid Section, Cincinnati Division of Police looks on while Donald Flemer (at rt), NCCJ Director for Southern Ohio presents commissions to Emanuel Jackson (1. center) of NCCJ and Sgt. Terrance Colley (rt. center) of the Cincinnati Police Division to attend Chicago Regional Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Conference sponsored by NCCJ, I.A.C.P. and H.E.W.
Postal and Federal Employees opposition to the possible appointment of William H. Rehnquist to the Supreme Court was voiced by the predominantly black National Alliance of Postal and Federal Employees. The Alliance represents some 45,000 members in more than a hundred major cities throughout the United States.
National Alliance of Postal and Federal Employees, National Legislative Director John W. White speaking for National President Robert L. White referred to pass statements of Mr. Rehnquist contained in a September, 1970 address on “Public Dissent and The Public Employee” as
showing a desire of the appointee to suppress government employees in their right of dissent and free speech.
Mr. White stated, that while Mr. Rehnquist in his address showed some compassion for freedom of speech guaranteed under the first admendment, he place greater emphasis on restrictions to complete freedom of speech, the need to preserve order, the need to afford a remedy to the innocent victim of libel and the need of government to govern.
Mr. Rehnquist made it perfectly dear as to his feelings on the right of government to govern by stating, “the government as employer has a (Continued on Page 10)
Ex’Cels To Give 500 Families Food
The Ex’Cel Clubs of Cincinnati, is a unique, civic minded organization with a very new and refreshing insight of methods for helping to solve some of the social problems that confront us today. For examples: poverty, youth, and the aged.
The Ex’Cels membership numbers twenty (20) people consisting of four (4) men and sixteen (16) women, making it primarily a women's organization. The occupational areas of the membership of Ex’Cel Club, takes in a broad
area of resources. Some are educators, builders, and social workers. While the name Ex’Cel might seem new, the Ex'Cel Club is not a new organization. The Ex’Cel Club is made up of two-organizations; the Excelsior-and Celestial Clubs, which merged to provide a more caicerted effort to solve some the social problems of today.
(5(X)) hundred needy families in the Cincinnati area at Thanksgiving time, by providing each family a basket of groceries.
Swne of the projects which the Ex’Cels will undertake throughout the year, will be an attempt to feed almost five
Many of the city’s faculties are expected to be aided by the Ex’Cels, in their massive food drive. Volunteers will be going into all neighborhoods throughout the city of Cincinnati collecting donations at each home.
The food will be gathered by teenagers from many area schools. Some of these
teenagers, during the month of December, will participate in the Ex’Cel’s First Winter Cotillion at which scholarships will be awarded to many of the debutantes who will be presented during the Winter Cotillion.
The Ex’Cels have many other projects planned for youth in the coming months. (Example) Visits to the Childrens Home, Home for the Aged, Veterans Hospital, Christmas greeting cards to soldiers in Vietnam, etc.