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Homecomings Have Always Been Gala, Story Page 5 WU'O REGISTER "COMPLETE AWARENESS FOR COMPLETE COMMITMENT" VOLUME XLV.. NUMBER 13 NORTH CAROLINA AGRICULTURAL AND TECHNICAL .STATE UNIVERSITY, GREENSBORO OCTOBER 12. 1973 Says Save Black Schools Jackson Addresses Convocation JESSE JACKSON Janice E. Smith Speaking to a capacity crowd at Moore Gym, the Rev. Jesse Jackson told the Homecoming convocation that there must be appreciation of the ethnic, ethical, and efficient. Jackson, an A&T alumnus and national director of PUSH (People United to Save Humanity), who used as his subject, the saving of Black schools, said that, at presenj the great debate is between reconstruction and retrogression. He emphasized the importance of learning Black history, not for the purpose of bragging, but in order to keep it in perspective and to study the errors and successes of the past. Jackson noted the progress of the Blacks in this country by pointing out achievements in the past 100 years. "We don't have time to puncture our veins with dope while the great debate is going on," he asserted. Homecoming To Be 'Really Big9: 20,000 Persons Expected To Show "The really big one" is the way the 1973 A&T Homecoming weekend is already being described. What with three bands for the Homecoming ball, a mile-long parade, a thrilling football game and nearly a half dozen informal socials for the ole grads, there is little doubt that a record attendance can be expected. More that 20,000 persons are expected to pour into Greensboro for the celebration, beginning Oct. 12 and ending Sunday, Oct. 14. According to James E. Garfield, general chairman of A&T's Homecoming, most of the alumni festivities will be held in the Hilton Inn. As in past years, visitors will also be invited to attend the annual Mardi Gras, sponsored by the Tau Omega chapter of the Omega Psi Phi in the National Guard Armory. This dance will be Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. Saturday's festivities will include an alumni breakfast at 9 a.m. in Brown Hall, the parade at 10 a.m., and the A&T versus the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore football game at 1 :30 p.m. in the Greensboro Memorial Stadium. The post alumni ball is being sponsored this year by the Mideast Region, chaired by W. E. Jenkins of GreensboraThe event will feature dancing at the Hilton Inn and the Golden Eagle Motor Inn Saturday night beginning at 9 p.m. A special highlight of the celebration will be the; presentation of the musical revue, "Jacques Brel is Alive and. Well and Living in Paris," by the Richard B. Harrison Players. The play will be staged Friday and Saturday nights. Meanwhile on the campus, the students have an equally impressive celebration planned, with a pre-dawn dance, a pep rally, campus decoration spree and a host of private dances and parties slated. Jackson said the great debate deals with the reapportionment of voting districts which includes the terminology, "at large votes and at large schools." "An at- large school means the submerger of the Black school and not the merger," he stated. He continued, "Under the facade of integration, there is the move to disintegrate* Jackson referred to the image of America as a melting pot of races as erroneous with the explanation, "People do not melt; they associate." He said, if there is justification for universities such as Harvard and Yale, which primarily serve white • Anglo-Saxons, there is justification for predominately Black schools. "Black schools exist not as an only, but as an option," he said. But he added, "It is no contradiction to be Black and have a universal mind." Jackson, in illustrating the importance that Black colleges have played, said that 83 per cent of the Black doctors in the world and 98 per cent of Black elected officials in the country came from predominately Black colleges. While acknowledging that Blackschoolshave weaknesses, he said, "But there is no wickedness." Making a comparison Jackson stated, "In the white school for the Black student.there is wickedness." In explaining the need for Blacks to be efficient, Jackson re -e m phasized an earlier Statement on the importance of learning and determination. "We are in the economic era. To bring about significant change, you've got to have more than desire; you've got to have sufficient tools." Continuing, he said, "You can't teach what you don't know and you can't lead where you don't go." "It's not your aptitude; it's your attitude that will determine your altitude," Jackson concluded and a thunderous standing ovation followed from the audience. Jackson began the emotionally overtoned speech with a refrain of "I AM SOMEBODY" which he termed as the battle cry. During the first part of the convocation, SGA president Marilyn Marshall called on the student body, faculty and administrators not to lose sight of the fight to save Black schools amidst the week's festivities. In the Homecoming spirit, she said, "Homecoming week-A&T, come home." A highlight prior to Jackson's speech was the introduction of the 1973 Aggie football team by Coach Hornsby Howell. Also catalyzing the Homecoming: mood were selections by the University Choir, the Gospel Choir, and the University band along with the introduction of the cheerleaders. Jackson, a native of Greenville, S.C, while a student at the University led protest marches in 1963 that succeeded in desegregating downtown Greensboro. Before transferring to A&T, where he starred in football, he attended the University of Illinois for a year. After graduation, Jackson studied for two years at the Chicago Theological Seminary. Crowd Packs Gym To See Miss A&T's Banimi About 3000 students and faculty members were jammed into Moore Gym Thursday night to witness the official installation of Delores Mitchell as Miss A&T 1973-74. The Banimi (coronation) had as its theme, "More Power Through Unity. Dignity and Struggle: Harambee." Addressing the crowd, Delores said the struggle for unity and dignity is not for material things. "Whatever we do for the struggle, we must do il together," she said. In presenting to her the sword, the official token of her power to reign. Chancellor Lewis C Dowdy described her as the epitome of leadership and unity. Queens, escorts, speakers and invited guests were dressed in African attire while the red, green and black liberation colors were prevailing in the decoration scheme. Delores described the University family and the Black race as "proud, endurable people." She was dressed in a white African gown, trimmed in gold.and wore a blue turban. Queens from Shaw, Johnson C. Smith, South Carolina State and the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore were on hand for the festive, yet solemn ceremony. SGA President Marilyn Marshall, Vice-President Lloyd Inman, and Lorna Lawrence were narrators for the occasion. Music was provided by the Black Explosions with featured selections from the University Choir and the Gospel Choir Ensemble and an African dance by three A&T coeds. A dramatic essay by Debra Williams on the unfinished history of the Black man in this country brought students to their feet in applause. The African exchange students acted as escorts: to Miss A&T's attendants, thus adding to the originality of the cermony. Delores is a senior English education major from Enfield.
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