Clarion Defender_1972-06-29

THIS NEWSPAPER IS THE OLDEST BLACK PUBLICATION IN THE NORTHWEST JUNE 29, .1972 3 Black power! · .Polities in Blaek Blacks clinch win for McGovern (8pedal To The Dalw Defender) WASHINGTON,. D.C. Senator George McGovern clinched the Democratic no– mination for .President Wednesday in an off-the-record meeting . with key mem– bers of the Congressional Black Caucus the Daily Defender learned ·Thursday: Rep. Louis Stokes, chairman of the Cau– . CIT:S, Rep: William Clay of St. Louis and Rep. Walter Fauntroy of D. C. led the discussions at the meeting. Needing on 1 y a 105 delegates to reach the \509 votes required for nomi– nation, Sen. McGovern was assured of the support of more than 125 blai:k de– legates, most of whom were uncommitt– ed, who have been mobilized by the Black Caucus leaders. The · is.surance i:ame after Sen. McGovern agreed to support and work for the . black agenda which i:alled for action on basic im– provements of the black condition. A formal announcement Of the re– sults of the meeting with Sen. McGov– .em is expected to be made by tbe Con– gressional Black Caucus within ·next two or three days. · The meetini with the senator also involved discll'Ssions of how best to em– bark on a massive campaign to register blai:ks in the North and· the South and to get out a full black vote on election cay. . One suggestion included tlte ereation of a black advisory com{llittee to the Senator on campaign organization and structure. Over a million new black voters will be sought in the· registration rampaign to boost the national total of black votes close to the 9-million inark. lit addition to the efforts of the Con– gre.;sional Black Caui:us, Sen. Mi:Govern can count on support from many na– tionaliy known .black leaders, some of whoin have already campaigned for him in tlie · primaries. These leaders include: Mrs. Coretta King, ·State Rep. Julian Bond, the Rev . Jesse Jackson and a m:mber of non-political black celebri– ties. However, Rep. Dan · Rostenkowski (D., Ill.) said in an interview here Wed– nesday that he would olac:e the odds now at !'about 5 to 1" against McGovern de– feating President Nixon· in Illinoi.>. "And · I think he (McGovern) could also cost us control of' the House -and th(' Senate," Rostenkowski added. "It could be a shellacking like we've never seen before." Rostenkowski, statement seemed to jeopardize McGovern's chances of win– ning over the bloc of 95 un~ommitted delegates from Illinois on the first bloc ballot. · Meanwhile, Angelo Geocaris, Illinoi.~ ·C~ mpaign manager for Sen. Edmund S. Muskie's drive for the DemocratiC pres– idential nomination , said Thursday that "between 15 and 45" of the 58 Illinois deiegates pledged to Muskie m i g h t switch to McGovern, if they were freed to do so. Morehouse · ''HAMP'S" NEW DANCE -Martha Duncan, 23, and Alet-ha Tho- ..Glee club tours Africa· The Morehouse C o 11 e g e Glee Club of Atlanta, Ga., swept through a c o n c e r t tour of Africa last month on a wave of applause. · The. 44•man student choir, traveling under the aus-pices of the State Dept.'s Cultural PresentaJtions P r o g r a·m, earned the traditional Afri· can ovation - a thundering ~&mbination of foot-stamp– mg ..and ~and-c 1 a,p p i n g– from audiences everywhere. On tour for one JllQnth the Glee Club performe'd in Senegal, G h a n a, Nigeria, Uganda, and Ethiopia. In some 34 appearances including sixte·en 90-minut~ concerts and four television broadcasts, the audience re– action was instant. rapport with "our b r o t h e r s from across :the Atlantic." In Kampala, Uganda, the chor– isters' performance before · a standing-room-only crowd was heralded as "one of the b:est musical presentations ever held in this country." And in Dakar, Senegal, the Glee Club sang four encores before the audience allowed them to leave the stage. From Senegal to Ethiopia the c:hoir, under the direc– tion of Dr. Wendall Whalum, charmed audienoes witb its collection of gospel songs and Afro-American spirit– uals. At the National Cultur– al Centre in Kumasi, Gha– na, the singers surprised the audience when they :sang the Ghanaian farewell s o n g "Nkradi" in Twi, the native language of the country's second lar.gest city. While on tour, the group learned several new African songs to add to its repe.rtoire·. One of the group's most popular selections, "U g I y Woman," alway& brought c:heers and laughter from the crowd as the soloist explain– ed the reasons why "a man should always marry a wom– an uglier than him." . . h "Th N. II mas, 22, of Wash1ngton, D. D. re earse ). e 1xon, new dance created by famed ·jazz musician Lionel Hampton. Aletha, a secretary on D..C. Mayor Walter Washington's office, is a contestant in this year's ''Miss Black District of Columbia'~ contest and a student at the Barbizon School of Modeling. Marhta, . office manager at the Committee for the Re-election of the President, is studying ballet. With four other "Nix– onettes," the girls introduced the dance at the $100-a-glate dinner climaxing the "Getting Ourselves Togetl!er at the ·washington Hilton Hotel recently Black Broadcasting System, Washington bureau, which began broadcasting new and sportcasts daily from coast to coast, a·re pictured at a reception held 1 From le ft are Jeanette Tyee, at Chez Brown recent y. traffic director, Mutual Broadcasting System; · Robert J. Brown, guest, assistant to President Nixon, and Abbey Kendrick, correspondent, Mutual · Black Network News. 2,500 BLACKS TURN OUT TO SUPPORT RE-ELECTION OF THE PRESIDENT Twenty-five hundred blacks have turned out at a $1 00-a-plate dinner to support the re-election of the President. The Washington, D.C. dinner-hail~d by White House Assistant Communications Director Stan Scott as " the first national black fund-raising dinner ever held for a President or Presidential candidate"– was sponsored by the Black Committee for the Re– Election of the President. Robert Blackwell, black Republican Mayor of High– land Park, Michigan, who served as Master of Cere– monies, set the tone for the evening in his opening remarks: "This is the message that we must carry back to our black brothers and sisters-that we no longer can be taken for granted by any one party, that partisan loyalty does not in fact represent black political ·power." Democrats Behind Times Floyd McKissick, former director of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), told the audience: "I don't believe you can get from the Democratic Party what you can get from the Republican Party." McKissick . said that he felt black people ought to have the right - fo make the kind of decisions they want concerning themselves and about themselves and he doesn't be– lieve the Democrats understand that language "be– cause they are talking the language of the 1950's and the 196q's." The black civil rights leader said that within a two-party system it's "stupid" for all black~ to be in just one party. "A lot of ·people are going to be surprised this year,'~ declared Paul R. Jones, Executive Director of the .Black Committee . for the Re-Election of the President. "The President only received 12 percent of the Black vote ·in 1968, but he's going to do much, inuch better this time.. .because he's earned it." A list of those attending the dinner rea.ds like a "Who's Who" of black leadership: Dr. Charles Hurst, President of Malcolm X College, Chicago ; Mark Rivers, President of Watts Mai1Ufacturing Company, Los Angeles; professionaf football great and motion picture star Jim Brown; C.A. Scott, publisher of the Atlanta Daily World, the oldest black newspaper in the nation ; W.O. Walker, r>ublisher of the Cleveland Call-Post; baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robin son; ·Arthur Fletcher, former ·Assistant Secretary of Labor arid President of the United Negro College Fund ; jazz star Lionel Hampton , who presented a Cavalcade of Mu sic for the evening's entert ainment ; recording star Billy Eckstein ; and former Dodger star Don New– combe; and 2,500 others. ARMY ANNOUNCES SPECIAL ENLISTMENT BONUS. Armor, Artillery and Infantry ask more of a man. And now they pay more, too. These branches are now paying a special enlistment bonus for a determined period of enlistment. This bonus is over and above the Army's new starting salary of $288 a month. Find out if you're the special kind of man we'll pay a special bonus to get. Talk it over with your local Army RepreseQtative. Call Today's Army wants to join you. This offer is limited to quota. 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