Progress Index August 15, 1968
Sen. Gray Turns Down Wye Visit " WAVERLY — State Sen. Gar-, land Gray indicated today he did not plan to meet with civil rights loader the Rev. Curtis W. Harris Harris in a tent in Waverly's Wye area. Harris suggested this in a telegram to Gray Wednesday. Although he had not seen the actual telegram. Gray said, he was aware of its contents. Gray said he would not met with Harris, president of the Virginia unit of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, under Harris' conditions. The senator noted he previously had stated the circumstances under which they might meet. Gray had replied to Harris in response to an invitation to ali state legislators to visit the Wye area last Saturday. He said he would not be able to attend the Virginia State Given Grant For Faculty x PETERSBURG - Virginia State College will receive 521, W9 to provide faculty stud} grants, according to announce ment made today by the Foix Foundation'. Three predominantly Negro colleges in. Virginia shared in the.$4.1 million, program grants given by the' foundation. The program grants were made in support of a variety of programs programs Tor Negroes, both in predominantly predominantly Negro colleges and others in mostly white institutions. institutions. Hampton Institute received a $9.693 faculty study grant and Virginia Union University at Richmond was one of 17 colleges colleges sharing in a $128,500 grant to help improve business office operations at the colleges. Virginia Union University also will share in a $84,832 grant with 11 other colleges in a program program permitting business office staffs to serve internships in the business offices of larger schools 'Get-Acquainted -With -Poverty- 'our," but would talk with Harris Harris later. Conditions specified by Gray in he letter were that the meeting should take place in his office at the Bank of Waverly after Aug. 15. He said he would meet with Harris and several representatives representatives from the Wye. He also indicated in the letter i he thought the Waverly tour was an effort to embarrass him. He told the civil rights leader his desires had apparently been prompted by the 1967 Virginia General Assembly elections in which" Harris had been defeated by Gray. In the Harris telegram Wednesday, Wednesday, the Hopewell minister agreed to meet Gray on 'Aug. 19 in the Wye "to see for yourself yourself the want, the need and deprivation" deprivation" of the section's residents. residents. "The format of this meeting involves the question of your positive, positive, concern for Virginians locked locked and bound in poverty and. the best approach to the sources available for eradicling 'depredation 'depredation and resructuring minds," Harris told Gray. The proposed meeting marks the first time Harris and Gray have had a direct two-way correspondence correspondence since the SCLC- sponsored Wye project began in June. Harris has continued to attack the state senator for his lack of attention for the area, in which he owns several houses, while Gray has- had little to say. Harris concluded his telegram saying, "Only through this . direct direct contact arrangement can re- sponsible citizens and leaders honestly an'd intelligently and in good faith begin to suggest and take deliberate measures toward eradicating those demoralizing conditions existing throughout the state of Virginia. "For this reason I am not sble to meet in your office at the Bank of Waverly but we will, however, touch'base with you at your office in. the bank at 1:45 p.m. Aug. 19 and travel to the Wye section together."