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® 1 ’ v Auniwta Nms-SeuW Vol. 2 BUCKSHOT MAY HAVE BEEN USED Governor Hints Error in Block Student Killings By Martin Waldron Special To The New York Times BATON ROUGE, November 17 Two young black men slain in a campus confrontation yesterday were “possibly” shot by a policeman who mistakenly loaded a buckshot shell instead of a tear-gas shell, Gov. Edwin W. Edwards said today. The remark came at a news conference on the fourth floor of Louisiana’s skycraper state capitol. Last night the Governor said that neither the state police nor county sheriffs deputies had fired anything but tear gas in the melee on the campus of Southern University here. “From this distance,” the Governor said, gesturing toward a row of seats 10 feet away, “you can’t tell one of the shotgun shells from a tear-gas shell.” The local coroner, Dr. Hypolite Landry, said that each of the two black men had been killed by three lead pellets that struck him in the , left side of the head. The pellets were “not inconsistent” with being from No. 3 or No. 4 buckshot, Dr. Landry said. He said that a buckshot pellet of this size would be about the same WHITES ARE GENUINE’ Black Church Joins Southern Baptist Convention The Rev. J.A. Wilborn, pastor of the Union Baptist Church in Atlanta, announced that his church has joined the previously all white Southern Baptist Convention. Rev. Wilborn is President of the New Era Missionary Baptist Convention, said that only seven members of Southern Baptist Convention opposed the admission of the predominantly Black Church. “L think that people on both sides of the racial line are beginning to think seriously” and realize that “we are going to have to learn how to live together; that we are going to have to learn how to respect each one and believe that each other can make a contribution to the other ... 1 am looking forward to the day when the Baptist of Georgia will be Baptists,” with no racial labels. Rev. Wilborn said he had not heard one word of resentment stemming from the decision to join the Southern Baptist Convention. “The only calls I’ve had have been from whites who called to congratulate us; they felt that it was time for this to happen. They welcomed us. They said ‘We’re glad to have you’.” Wilborn says that he “sees a change” on the part of whites because “they’re convinced that we’re all tied up in the bundle of life together.” He pointed out that the Southern Baptist Convention’s Board of Missions had contributed $20,000 to the New Era Missionary Baptist Convention which met in Augusta last week. Another $5,000 has been added for the salary of a secretary for the Convention. “They know what we’re trying to do and there was no weight as a ,22-caliber slug. The Justice Department announced in Washington today that it was beginning an investigation of the confrontation between Southern University students and the police. Deputy Attorney General Ralph E. Erickson said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been asked to determine if there had been any violation of Federal law in the melee, which bagan when the police ordered the students to vacate the administration building at Southern, the nation’s largest black college. Governor Edwards said that he “welcomed” the Federal investigation and added that the state would cooperate. At the same time, he said, the state wiil undertake its own inquiry. State Aides Accused The state investigation will be headed by State Attorney General William Guste, the Governor said. Governor Edwards said he was not “speculating” that the fatal shots had been accidentally fired by deputy sheriffs but he said it was “possible” and could not be discounted. M begging or pressure. They sought an opportunity to help. They realize that if they don’t help the Black church now, they won’t get many more opportunities, because we are getting further apart. They are reaching out towards us more than we are toward them. It is not healthy for religion that we have two separate and distinct groups of Christians because of color. “I believe that Southern whites are really at work on tiiis problem. I’m convinced they they’re genuine.” Rev. Wilborn regularly has white worshippers at his services at Union Baptist. He has baptized some of them. He explains, “For one thing, they mistake our church. They Sheriff Al Amiss was present at the Governor’s news conference but left by a back door of the conference room when reporters asked if they could question him. While the investigations were being ordered, some Southern students were accusing state officials of plotting to murder student leaders at the state-supported university. The students have been demanding a bigger voice in the administration of Southern which has a main campus at Baton Rouge and branch campuses at New Orleans and Shreveport. Fred Prejean, the main spokesman for dissident students, said at a news conference in Baton Rouge, “The incident which took place yesterday we believe was a conspiracy on the part of the president of Southern University, Leon Netterville; the sheriff, Al Amiss, and the Governor of this state.” Calls Educator ‘Concerned’ Mr. Prejean, who was in jail at the time of the confrontation; said there appeared to be a pattern. “There was the Kent State Rev. J. A. Wilborn think it’s a white church. It’s built on the style of Southern Baptist.” Black members have criticized the church’s architectural style saying that tht balcony represents slavery. Rev. Wilborn argues that the balcony represents “overflow.” “I ain’t got no hang-ups. I’m an American.” His paternal grandfather was white. But he says his mother’s father was the color of his shoes.“ Color doesn’t mean anything to me. God made us all. But he’s got some helluva children. I admit that, Black and white. And that white one has shown himself to be the meanest thing almost on this earth. But some of them are good ones, trying to do right, putting forth a concious effort.” THE PEOPLE’S PAPER Augusta, Georgia murder, a Jackson State murder and a Texas State murder, and yesterday there was a murder of Southern University students,” Mr. Prejean said. Charlene Hardnett, another student, said that student leaders had viewed television film of the confrontation on the sprawling campus north of Baton Rouge. “Two students that were standing around were shot down, were murdered,” Miss Hardnett said. “We are aware of the fact that Dr. Netterville sets students up for mass slaughter.” Dr. Netterville was not available for comment today. Governor Edwards said that he did not blame the university president for “maintaining a Augustans Give Thanks Mrs. Rosa T. Beard, who earlier this year, was faced with an eviction notice or! the home she had built, paid for and lived in for almost 20 years. She recently learned that the home had been built on the wrong lot. Mrs. Beard wishes to thank all the persons who came to her assistance. She was able to secure a loan to buy the lot on which her home was mistakenly built. Mr. and Mrs. Livingston Wallace wish to thank the organizations and friends who have assisted them during her illness. Mrs. Willette Stone Wallace receives treatments twice a week from a very costly Alumnus Impressed With Paine’s Growth Among the regional directors of Paine College Alumni Association returning to the campus last week was Lawrence Hutcherson of the Class of‘6l. Hutcherson, a native of St. Simon’s Island, now lives in Chicago and is employed as Assistant Director of Children Services by the Department of Health Education and Welfare. He has been with HEW for 714 years. He serves as president of the Chicago chapter of the PC Alumni Association. As a regional director for the Association, he is responsible for maintaining contact with Alumni in the States bordering Illinois. His Chicago Chapter has approximately fifty members. Visiting Paine for the first time since he graduated 11 years ago, Hutcherson said he was “amazed” at the growth of the College. He gave each building a personal inspection reviving mernories of his student days. “I was very much impressed with what I saw.” He was also impressed by the fact that a number of his classmates now serve on the low profile.” “He’s very concerned,” the Governor said, “about reports they’re out to get him.” The sheriff’s office said tonight that it still had not learned the identity of one of the two slain men. A spokesman said that the man’s fingerprints had been sent to tlie state police and to the F. 8.1. in Washington. Governor Edwards said that the state police had been unable to identify the body and that no report had yet been received from the Federal agency. The Governor said the fact that no one at the university had been able to identify the See Slain Page 4 dialysis machine which takes over the function of her Tii’e Waliitces have announced that she will soon receive a dialysis machine from the American Kidney Society, which will relieve most of their financial burden. They emphasized that they are not making an appeal. They just want to say thanks. Mrs. Wallace taught in the public schools for 38 years. Let us all pause and give thanks for our blessings, for the triumphs over our personal struggles, and for strength that we may live to make someone rise’s burden a little easier. L/,. Lawrence Hutcherson faculty and staff. “These individuals,” he said, “have not only selected Paine as the institution to provide them with the tools necessary to deal in life, but also thought enough of the college to return to help the brothers and sisters who are coming along at a later date. Hutcherson’s wife, the former Earnestine Robinson, is also a Paineite. They have a son, Andricus Augustus, ten months old. Phone 722-4555 BOWMHMTWITTn" HrPi 1I i L -• 111 r I • h fj* ik Im V L z t fl® The CSRA Business League is having its Second Annual Awards Banquet Saturday, December 2, 1972 at 7:30 p.m. at the Richmond Hotel. Working on the souvenir booklet for the banquet are (left to right) Miss Edwena Jones, Mrs. Lunette Brigham, Mclntyre To Head State Organization MACON - Edward M. Mclntvre. member of the Richmond County Board of, Commissioners, was elected Saturday as president of the newly organized Georgia Association for Black Elected Officials at a meeting here. The group’s inception came in Augusta last spring during discussions by black officials gathered to participate in “Jack Ruffin Day,” Mclntyre said. This weekend’s approval of a constitution and by-laws Hollowell Returns To Augusta Outstanding civil rights attorney Donald Hollowell returned to Augusta Sunday as Men’s Day speaker at Trinity C.M.E. Church. Hollowell was the chief attorney in the early years of the civil rights struggle in Augusta. Hollowell chastised Blacks who drive “whale tail Cadillacs” and “live in tri and quad level homes” but aren’t supporting our schools and churches. A former president of the Alumni Council of the United Negro College Fund, he said it was Paine College students who showed the “guts’’ and “led' this community during the early sixties.” Hollowell is currently the regional director of the Equal Employment Commission. He McGovern Gets 87% of Black Vote WASHINGTON, D.C. - A survey of sample black precincts and wards in 22 major cities shows that George McGovern won about 87 per cent of the black vote while President Nixon received about 12 per cent. The Center estimates that in 1968 Hubert H. Humphrey won 90 per cent of the black vote and Richard Nixon won 10 per cent, based on an extrapolation of estimates made by a Gallup Poll and NBC News. The Center’s survey was November 22, 1972 No. 36 Mrs. Arnestine Howard, Miss Ella Tutt, Noble Benefield, Joseph Jones, Harvey Johnson, John Radeck and Mrs. Naomi Walker. The speaker will be Dr. Berkeley G. Burrell, President of the National Business League, Washington. D.C. We and election of officials in the Macon Ijilton concluded months of efforts by persons throughout the state, the new president said. The purpose of the organizations was stated by the president as “an organization to improve the efficiency of black elected officials in Georgia through self-improvement programs. The organization is not designed to work against anybody but only to try to fill has the jurisdiction over the States of Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina and South Carolina. Frequently quoting from Malcom Boyd’s book of prayers ARE YOU RUNNING WITH ME JESUS, Hollowell said separatism is not the solution for freedom. “The panacea for freedom is Chirst, not in building a new nation. If we have a new birth, we can have pride in Blackness, but is is a mistake to make Black the standard for right.” Others appearing on the program included Y.N. Meyers, Jr., James Dunn, Bernard Morgan, Bert Thomas, Attorney John Watkins and Mrs. Mary E. Terrell. Rev. L.R. Neal is the pastor. based on unofficial returns in heavily black election districts. The Joint Center for Political Studies is a private, non-partisan organization which provides research, education and technical assistance to black and other minority group elected officials, and to individuals and organizations representing minority group interests. According to the Center’s survey, the city giving Mr. See McGovern P-3 are expecting 500 guests at this gala affair. Tickets for the banquet are on sale at Pilgrim Insurance Company, Gephert Drug, Georgia Railroad Bank, Gwinnett Street Branch and the Business League’s office. ■’ ’ ’ ~7 f Edward Mclntyre educational void for black officials. We are not geared to endorse candidates nor do we want to be involved in that sort of thing,” Mclntyre said. Elected to serve with Mclntyre were State Senator Horace Ward, Atlanta, vice-president; State Rep. Albert Thomas, Columbus, treasurer; State Rep. Ben Brown, Atlanta, secretary; Mrs. Delores Cook, Bibb County Board of Education, assistant secretary. Sectional chairmen include State Sen. Leroy Johnson, Atlanta, black state officials; George Lott, Hancock County Board of Commissioners, county officials; Maynard Jackson, Atlanta, vice-mayor, Atlanta, city officials and Dr. R.J. Martin, Bibb County School Board, school board members. Mclntyre, assistant vice-president and director of public relations for Pilgrim Life Insurance, said quarterly meetings will be conducted at different sites in the state with the next session scheduled for January in Atlanta. A continued effort to gain black steering committee members from each of the state’s 10 congressional districts will be made, the president said. Mclntyre said, “I am honored to be elected president of an organization designed to help all Georgians and feel this brings honor to the whole Richmond County community.”