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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 30, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta j i norviuucj i nui nu TEN YEARS LATER- Blacks count gains but goals still distant of Washington watched as petitioners gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to demand equal justice. And much of Wash- ington cheered when at last the feature of the a melodious and melancholy black got up to speak. have a said Martin Luther King day on the red hills of Georgia. that one day even the state of Mississippi. that one day the entire nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed 'we hold these truths to be self that all men are created Again and again he said it have a dream .I have a And when he concluded with the words from a song 'at free at thank God almighty I'm free at it was clear that the Civil Rights movement in America had come of age and the Second Reconstruction had commenced. Newspaper Enterprise Association WASHINGTON -It has been 10 years since Martin King revealed his dream to a visionary assurance that one as he was later to sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of And what a decade for minority dreams. Blacks not only became in the words of Georgia legislator Julian they became the focus and preoccupation of some of the nation's most powerful forces. A president became their cham- a long disinterested Congress lifted them to the top of the domestic an entire generation of young people rallied to their cause. Jim Crow passed so did Aunt Jemima and suddenly the country stopped laughing at Stepin Fetchit. Now it appears the popular climate has changed again. The black people's movement has or at least gone out of fashion. The war on poverty ended before Viet- political priorities may be doing an about face worry says one con- the white and the atten- tion span of the never much to count has shifted to whether to wear their hair long or oily or dry. Even blacks themselves seem weary of the struggle. Roy Wilkins of the NAACP is no longer an Of the leaders and groups who stood with King during the March on only Wilkins an Uncle Tom to some remains at the movement centre. King is so is Whitney Young and Malcolm X. Eldridge Cleaver is in ex- Stokely Carmichael married H. Rap Brown is locked in jail for a petty holdup and Shootout. SCLC they've all shrunk or become unimportant. And so where does this leave Martin Luther King's the of democracy for At least partly realized say some. say mostly unfilfilled. The including black educator John Hope believe political ac- tion in the past decade was the far-reaching guarantee of human rights ever put into law by an American The Civil Rights Act of 1964 foretold the end of The Voting Rights Act of 1965 enfranchised 2.5 million new black voters. The presiden- tially ordered National Com- mission on Civil Disorders emphasized in the strongest terms at such the truth of institutional racism in America. The result of it ac- cording to a recent commen- tary by political statisticians Richard Scammon and Ben as concerns black short of Using census the writers said following a decade of frenzied upward 52 per cent of black families now qualify for their defini- tion of middle class. according to Scammon and as well as other statislical com- today's black represenlalion in labor unions per is equal lo the black proportion of the pop- ulalion million out of 210 black family median income is rising at the rate of more lhan a black families outside the with heads of households un- der 35. enjoy salary parity with white families of the same black unemployment has dropped one full percentage poinl in Ihe the number of black college students has grown from in 1963 lo in and the en- couraging effectiveness of black political power and represenlalion has been fell in all 50 stales and Ihe District of Columbia Of the perhaps the lalter is most impressive. In 1964. according lo reporls from Ihe Joint Centre for Polilical available slalislics listed 103 black peo- ple in eleclive American of- fice. Today Ihe figure is including legislators in each slate and 15 national congress- people. there have been gains But dreams come Black leaders say no. Behind every statislical The LetHbridge Herald think PART IV PICTURE QUIZ 5 POINTS He is the President of Cambodia. What Is his name HOW 00 YOU 91 to 100 points TOP 81 to 90 Excritent. 71 to 80 Good. 61 to 70 FKr. 60 or FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTION What do you think of the government's decision to put export controls on some YOUR NEWS QUIZ PART I NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL Give yourself 10 points for each correct answer. 1 Trade Minister said the federal controls on meat exports will continue until the market stabilizes In the where a freeze on beef is to be lifted September 12th. a-John Turner b-Robert Andras c-Alastair Gillespie 2 India and Pakistan began a new round of talks concerning the return of prisoners held since the 1971 war that resulted in East Pakistan be- coming the Independent nation named.. 3 King George Papa- promised a return to parliamentary government as he was sworn in as President of the new Greek republic. 4 Troops led by a former air force commander staged an unsuccessful coup against the govern- ment of Premier Souvanna Phoumain.. a-Cambodia b-Laos c-Thailand 5 Transportation in Argen- has been disrupted by a nationwide truckers' which was called last month by truck owners seeking government guarantees against nationalization of their Industry. PART II WORDS IN THE NEWS Take 4 points for each word that you can match with its correct meaning. a-to cover or conceal b-expressed in coarse language c-to spend foolishly d-to settle to abate 1.....sporadic 2.....shroud 3.....scurrilous 4.....subside 5.....squander e-occurring at Irregular intervals PART III NAMES IN THE NEWS Take 5 points for names that you can correctly match with the cluea. l.....Alex Campbell 2.....Charles Munro 3.....Marlene Strait 4.....David Barrett 5.....Beryl 827-73 British Columbia b-head of food prices review board c- Canadian Federation of Agri- culture d- Prince ird Island STUDENTS Save This Practice ValuahlP Material for Exams. i women'a amateur golf cham- pion PAGE they Ihere is racial stagnation Says Roy Scammon and Wallenberg figures are a pile of baloney. According to black families are sup- posed lo be living high because they now earn a me- dian But the white median family in- come today is The traditional gap has widened difference was in and anybody who is 700 behind in the general scale of things can't be said to be making breakneck speed Black critics do not deny some progress. says Dr. Herrington Bryce of the JCPS. cheer progress in a dynamic society where most things are progressing borders on banality. It is real- ly the exceptions and remain- ing inequalities that are in- bothersome and deserving of extra He cites himself as an example of black born in a poor family in the Panama he is now a fairly well paid in- tellectual but nothing similar has happened to the majority of his people. Bryce says mat while it's true black families outside the with heads of households under have reached parity with white this kind of Negro unit represents only 10 per cent of the black com- munity. The important he is while both blacks and whites are doing better to- day than in the black still is short-sticked by com- parison. The ugly declares is lhat 33 per cent of all black people and 40 per cent of all black children still live below the of- ficial federal poverty level a The cor- responding figures for whites are 16 and 12 per cent. is nothing to Ihe stalislics black unemployment while down from 11.2 per cenl in 1963 lo 10.2 per cent is still double thai of Ihe while work black male while increasing in are four limes less likely lo complete school than black life expectancy 25 years is still six years less than and the black infant mortality rate. 23 per live is three times that of the white population. Beyond the stalislics Ihere are Ihe visual facts lhat black urban if have grown worse since Dr. King's dream. More than three million blacks moved into the cities in the 1960s and 2.5 million whites moved out. Urban drug addiclion has tripled since 1963 lo an es- timated Ihe suicide rale among 15-24 year olds has and Ihe percenlage of black people arrested for crimes 27.5 per cent of total arrests in not shrunk a minute. Despite some statistical many black activisls believe that the view of the 1960 civil disorder com- mission is still the nation continues a trend toward two -black and separate and une- qual. As black educator Kenneth Clark racial in- justice is as American and ever popular as apple pie. Yet while gloom continues as the rhetoric and the right of those still at the equality the last decade's Second Reconstruction has nevertheless in purely judicial the finest period in the history of black America. If for no other reason than the fact segrega- tion by law has been effective- ly ended and black people are now above dis- crimination. What's as Roy Wilkins also been a change in people's The day Martin King told of his dream a Maryland man was on trial for killing a Negro waitress. The man had walked into a bar and ordered a when he decided the waitress was not hurrying fast enough for he don't have to take that from a and killed her with his cane. That kind of bar- based on the lie of white is no longer the routine it once was. Not even in the South. was in Mississippi says 40 years with the were meeting in the middle of a town square and I can tell you it was not like it used to be. When we starled lo sing 'We Shall Over- come' a white Mississippi mayor took my hand and join- ed in I won't tell his name. He could still get in trouble for it. But the fact is here was a white official taking the The ugly truth is that 33 per cent of all black people and 40 per cent of all black children still live below the official federal poverty level. The romantic Spaniards will sing and dance at the drop of a hat. Some say it's the sun And some say the Sangria Sangria is a tantilizing blend of fine red wine and the refreshing flavour of fresh fruit. You can serve Andres Sangria as is Or chilled Or garnished with slices of oranges and lemons But the best way to serve Sangria is soon. Andres Sangria. If you want something excitina to celebrate a ANDReS VINTNERS OT FINE WINES ;