The Register, 1970-02-27, page 1
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1- the4'5 register -COMPLXTK AWAKENK88 FOB COMPLXTB COMMrTMKNT- VOLUME XL1, No. 16 NORTH CAROLINA AGRICULTURAL AND TECHNICAL STATE UNIVERSITY, GREENSBORO February 27, 1970 " Hi i u --»>■>■ Powell Lauds New Black Attitudes By Brenda Thornhill Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., black Harlem district congressman, spoke on the subject matter of "The New Establishment" on last Wednesday night in Moore gymnasium. "Black power means the way you think," asserted Powell, "it does not mean we're anti-white; unless whitey makes us anti- white," he continued. Powell said that he was proud Adam Clayton Powell a Congressman from Harlem, N. Y was of ms Black PantherS) and surrounded by stodents after he delivered an address in Moore condemned the police for un. Gymnasium on The Establishment . necessary brutality. The congress- man continued by saying that Edwards Win $102,000 Research Grant A new research project at A&T State University could provide a breakthrough in the search for a rapid method of diagnosing protein deficiency in underfed persons. Dr. Gerald Edwards, director of the divison of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and his wife, Dr. Cecile Edwards, chairman of the Department of Home Economics, have, been awarded $102,000 for the three-year study. Sponsors of the project are the National Institutes of Health, U. S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. "We believe that this research is significant in that it will aid in understanding malnutrition," said Dr. Cecile Edwards. "In addition, it may suggest alternative methods for early treatment of severe protein malnutrition and provide information of value in improving diets based on cereal grains." "We are also concerned how poorly-fed persons use protein in general," she added. "A large percentage of the world population suffers from inadequate protein intake, particularly in Central and South America, Asia and Africa." Dr. Edwards said this is true because in those countries, cereal grains, such as rice and corn often provide the main dietary staple. She said that protein malnutrition, called kwashiorkor, is particularly prevalent in children between the ages of one and four. Dr. Gerald Edwards said the project will be called a study of the "Metabolism of Methionine in Protein Deficiency." He said that methionine is one of the amino acids in protein such as that normally found jn meat and: milk. "Proteins are formed by linking together of several amino acids, some of which must be supplied by food and are termed essential," he stated, "and others which the body can make from nitrogen sources. Methionine is one of the essential amino acids in proteins." Dr. Edwards said that in diets which contain a large proportion of foods from plant sources, amino acid and certain others may not be present in adequate amounts and this may affect growth of children and maintenance of tissues in adults. The two scientists said the study will be conducted on rats. They will induce malnutrition by using radio-active samples of methionine. By using the radioactive samples, Dr. and Mrs. Edwards hope to observe how the body makes protein. Dr. Cecile Edwards said that the A&T project represents a second phase of adding basic biochemical information which will be useful to scientists in the fields of nutrition, biology and medicine. She said the first series on the utilization of methionine, also sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, was completed in 1968, following eleven years of mtensive work. Joining the Edwards in the study will be Dr. Alfreda Webb, an A&T staff member and consultant in microtechnique; and Mrs. Evelyn G. Jones, a research associate. Dr. Gerald Edwards, also a chemistry professor, has previously conducted studies of polymers, such as those used in making plastics. His wife has conducted studies on the improvement of vegetable- protein diets, odd dietary practices of women; effect of supplement to the diets of aemic, pregnant women and the improvement of persons by dietary supplements. She was con .ltant to President Nixon's White Conference on Foods and Nutrition. As a research team, the Edwards have published more that 30 papers in professional journals, resulting from their studies on methionine. Dr. Cecile Edwards holds membership in the American Institute of Nutrition, American Dietetic Association, American Home Economics Association, Society of the Sigma Xi, National Institute of Science, and Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Society. She is certified by the American Board of Nutrition as a specialist in human nutrition. Dr. Gerald Edwards is a member of the American Chemical Society, and has served on' its national committees; the Society of the Sigma Xi, National Institute of Science, American Association of University Professors, North Carolina Academy of Science and the American Association of University Professors. (See EDWARDS, Page 3) black power means black dignity. Reiterating his statement, Powell added that blacks are proud of the fact that they are black, their heritage, and of what they are doing. "We're proud that America is going to be a second-class power unless they put blacks side by side with the whites," exclaimed Powell. He added that the economy of America is going down, and that "if you don't do your thing, and do it now for 1972, then this nation is lost and you're going to go down the drain with it." He urged all blacks, "not to wait until '72, start now." Taking his stand on a few controversial issues, Powell asserted that: the voting age should be lowered to 18, that the minimum wage for all people should be established, and that Blacks must realize the power they have as balck people and not to underestimate themselves. Powell, in his natural witty air, drew much applause and reaction when he explained that "Blacks do not believe in subscribing to the doctrine of total nownonviolence," adding, "if we begin to walk around with chips on our shoulders, let the chips fall where they may." Commenting on integration, the 62 year old congressman said, "don't get hung up on this bag of tricks of integration. It means being lost, baby, lost!! I don't believe in separatism. I do believe in decentralization in school systems. We don't want integration; we can do our own thing and do it better because nobody knows a black except a black." The congressman further said that certain civil rights organizations are literally, "gone with the wind." Such examples were the NAACP and the Urban League. Reinforcing the fact that blacks should fight for more black visibility in depth, he also encouraged blacks to learn to use armed forces to defend ourselves. On the subject of law and order, he pointed out the assasinations which have baffled the nation. Rather emotionally, Powell said law and order was the act of "why so many blacks in this nation were shot in the back by policemen, not knowing whether they have committed a crime or not." Ending his 45 minute long address to the students, Powell held a brief question and answer period. SGA Begins Series Of Discussions On Narcotics Authorization For Tuition Increase Next Sem. Given Authorization for the employm ent of a community relations specialist and approval for an increase in tuition were principal actions taken at a meeting of the A&T State University board of trustees here last week. Tuition for out-of-state students at A&T State University will increase next fall from the present level of $750 to $950, according to a resolution adopted by the Board. The $200 boost was authorized by the last session of the General Assembly. The authorized increase for students whose legal residence is in North Carolina was $50, and this too was approved by the trustees. The current in-state rate of $201 will thus be increased to $251. Dr. L. C. Dowdy, president of A&T, reported to the board that the university will employ a full- time community relations specialist next July. He will report directly to the president and represent the univer sity in affairs that relate to the community at large in efforts to eliminate gaps of misunderstanding between town and gown, said Dowdy. The specialist will also serve as an adviser to students whose interests and activities may involve the city. Dowdy said the community relations program of the university would be extended vigorously with expectation of making resources of the university well known in Greensboro. The first year's program will be financed with $22,682 made available through the State Board of Higher Education from the federal government. Dowdy also announced that the University will receive funds from the Board of Higher Education to add an assistant to the president. He named three administrative officers. Jonah Smith was appointed bursar; James Garfield, director of auxiliary services; and Edward Billups, chief accountant. By Ronald Topping "Narcotics: A Political Maneuver to Sabotage the Struggle of Black People, "The first of a series of programs on drug abuse sponsored by the Student Government Association, was presented Tuesday night in the Student Union Ballroom. The program was opened by Horace Ferguson who explained that the series of programs were a direct outgrowth of the recent SGA workshops held on narcotics. Robert Spero explained to the audience, "Who Supplies the Drugs to the Black Community and Why?" Spero put forth the idea that the "Establishment (Nixon)" is allowing large quantities of drugs to come into the Black community to ferment disunity and chaos as was done in China during the Opium Wars of last century. Later in the program, he presented a demonstration oi how the addict adminsters heroin (scag, smack, duji, white lady) to himself with a hypodermic syringe (gun or works). Nancy Price and Ora Strickland, two A&T Nursing students, explained the differences between hard and lesser drugs and the effects of each group. The "lesser drugs," the audience was told, include pep pills, speed, bennies, and football. These drugs are stimulants which, with short- term use, causes abnormal happiness, limitless energy and aggressive behavior. Some of the long- germ effects are mental fatigue, agitation, high blood pressure and psyhic dependence. These drugs have become popular since the long-term mental and genetic side Horace Ferguson effects of LSD have been revealed. Acid, the slang term for LSD, refers to the fact that LSD eats away the brain tissue of the user. The so-called "hard drugs" were discussed next. They are heroin, morphine, and opium. Three aspects of these drugs were brought out in the discussion: (1) tolerance- the more you take, the more it takes to get another high; (2) situation- the drugs are used as a means of escape; (3) dependence- the body forms an organic need for the drug. Heroin was said to be the most dangerous of the drugs. It produces a "floating high"; the user can also be given a feeling of orgasm. Heroin, it was explained, is often mixed with cocaine (leaf or snow) to form a speedball. The effects of heroin wear off in about six hours. Although the topics were of importance to all Black students, the program drew only about 50 people.
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