Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on March 31, 1968 · Page 13
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 13

Phoenix, Arizona
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Sunday, March 31, 1968
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Vy-, MAIL M% The Arizona Republic (3 Sunday, March 31, Black Nationalists Ask Independence DETROIT (AP)-Delegates to a black nationalist convention yesterday drafted a declaration of independence from the United States, which, among other things, called for "blacks who go into the street, fight for freedom and ftH into American hands" to b> treated as prisoners of War. ; The proposed declaration of independence xvas combined $th a draft of a constitution for a separate Negro nation t& be set Up in five states in the South. TThe new nation would be called the "The Songhay Republic" after what was de- stribed as a medieval African empire.. THE DOCUMENT said the new government "would give status to black guerillas," but issued no overt call to arms for American Negroes. The leaders of the convention said 50 Negroes had achieved "delegate" status at the convention by indicating they intended to renounce their American citizenship and become citizens of the new country. Those delegates who sign the final version of the declaration of independence and constitution today will have formally renounced their U.S. citizenship, said a source close to the convention's leaders. The document called for- a "government in captivity," supported by Negroes who wished to renounce their American citizenship, to take office on Tuesday. "THE OBJECTIVE of the government must be to acquire land, on what is now the U.S. land mass, over Plea Made to Force Lawmakers to Marry NAIROBI (AP) - Kenya's national assembly broke out laughing when legislator Odero Sar urged Atty. Gen. Charles Nijonjo to introduce a law compelling I a w m a k ers to marry on grounds that "leaders need wives to understand human problems." Njonjo, a bachelor, pleaded that he had been rebuffed by all the girls to whom he pro- uosed. which it would have complete control," the draft said. The authors of the declaration proposed to acquire Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Louisiana, "through negotiations with the United States, through po* litical activity and secession, or through a combination of these moves supported by appropriate military action." Milton Henry, one of the organizers of the convention, said the delegates represented "thousands of black people in this country who have never been citizens, but only nationals." The convention, held at a church on Detroit's West Side, was open only to Negroes. Fifty delegates and 100 observers from New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Gary, Ind., Cleveland and Cincinnati attended, a source said. THE SOURCE said many of those at the convention wore African tribal dress. He said the assembly was "like an Indian nation powwow with people claiming to belong to different African tribes. Henry, a former Pontiac, Mich., councilman and a graduate of Yale University law school, and his brother, Richard, are both leaders of the Malcolm X Society, which sponsored the meeting. Richard Henry writes technical manuals for the U.S. Army's Tank-Automotive Command in suburban Warren, Mich. A spokesman for the command said that Richard Henry's security clearance would be reviewed should he renounce his citizenship. THE ARCHITECTS of the constitution claimed that although Negroes supporting the new government would renounce their U.S. citizenship, they would retain "prerogatives of American citi- with the exception of being drafted," because "all people have basic rights to which they are theoretically entitled anywhere in the world." The drafters cited as a precedent the status of Filipinos who were considered U.S. nationals, with rights in Ameri- .can courts, but not U.S. citizens during the period before 1964 when the United States held the Philippines. Civil Rights Leaders Seek Memphis Shooting Probe '$•{: MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Shut down by a dusk-to-dawn curfew, usually colorful downtown Memphis was patrolled jy national guardsmen last night, and police reported no recurrence of racial violence which left one Negro youth dead Thursday. The city was relatively quiet yesterday, and 500 civil rights workers and striking garbage collectors staged another peaceful march to protest the city's failure to settle the 48- day-old strike. CIVIL RIGHTS leaders called for a federal investigation into the death of Larry Payne, 16, who was shot Thursday when a march led by Dr. Luther King erupted in violence. More than 60 persons were injured. A Negro boy, Alfred Jamison, 6, was wounded with a pellet gun yesterday while walking in the Beale Street area, but police said they have no evidence to connect the shooting with the scattered clashes and violence which followed King's march. The child was only slightly wounded. The Rev. James Lawson, a leader in the move ment supporting the garbage strike, and Jesse Turner, president of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, asked the Justice Department to investigate the shooting of Payne. POLICE SAID the youth was shot after he threatened an officer with a butcher knife, but Lawson said he was statements from 15 witnesses who swore Payne was unarmed and was shot when his hands were in the air. Meanwhile, heavily armed police and 4,000 national guardsmen, sent to preserve order in this city of 202,000 Negroes and 400,000 whites, patrolled the area around historic Beale Street. Plyboarded shop College Students End Boycott, Sit-in at Bowie Washington Post Service BOWIE, Md. — Following a near confrontation with state troopers and hours of negotiations, students at Bowie State College ended a boycott of classes last night and relinquished control of college buildings. State officials promised they would seek prompt action on demands ranging from better food to improvement in the curriculum. The settlement was reahced shortly after 7 p.m., ending a four-day protest at the predominantly Negro college -in Prince George's County. As negotiators met behind closed doors in the office of College President Samuel L. Myers, students sat in the administration building hallways, defying an ultimatum from Gov. Spiro T. Agnew that they relinquish control. OUTSIDE the building, 150- riot-equipped state troopers were poised with orders to clear students forcibly from the building if necessary. But the troopers were not used. Terms of the settlement BRAZIL AIRPORT TAX RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Departing passengers will have to pay an airport tax amounting to 95 cents for domestic flights and $3.10 for international flights at major Brazilian airports, effective Monday. were announced at a meeting in the school's cafeteria. They were accepted overwhelmingly by students, but the protestors insisted the boycotts will be resumed if concrete action by the state is not forthcoming. There were no specific commitments from the state except to seek funds to improve conditions at the school, which has an enrollment of about 600. Today, members of the state Senate's Committee on Taxation and Fiscal Matters will tour the campus with Atty. Gen. Francis B. Burch to see what needs to be done and decide where they can get the money for it. They will report to Agnew. NEGOTIATORS consulted with Agnew frequently by phone during the sessions. Burch and student spokesmen said they hoped the governor would meet with students to discuss their demand by Wednesday but Agnew insisted he "had made no commitments or promises to anyone." He did not rule out a meeting, however. With acceptance of the settlement, students immediately began leaving the campus. Blankets and mattresses were carried quickly out of the administration building and returned to dormitories. Within an hour most students had gone home or returned to their dormitories. CHRISTIAN DIOR STOCKINGS COMPLETE COLOR AND SIZE RANGE Style Description Reg. Actionwear 400 Demi-toe, nude heel .., 1.65 Diorette Diorella Ultra Dior Cantrece Actionwsar Hosiery Seamless, heel and toe 1.65 Seamless demi-toe 1.75 Seamless Ultrason Dress Sheer 1.75 Heel and Toe 1.75 Stretch seamless panty hose... 3.00 Sale 3 pair 1.29 3.85 1.29 3.85 1.39 4.15 1.39 4.15 1.39 3.85 2.39 2/4.75 fronts and broken glass stood as testimony to the Hhursday violence. Another single-file sidewalk march was staged yesterday afternoon by 500 garbage collectors and civil rights workers. . The march was marred by two incidents. The first came when officers searched—and then released—a white an ,wfro was watching the stration from a sidewalk. The second incident came when Sam Evans, a police inspector, jerked a young Negro from the line of marchers. Baxton Bryant, director of the Tennessee Council on Human Relations, protested Evans' action. Asked by Bryant why Carles Owens, 21, a Vietnam veteran, ttas «6t fflftotei to march, the inspeictdf replied, "He's Black Pow&f.'V Before the march begaft, demonstrators gathered is* side a church to hear the rev. H. L. Stark urge them to «&, ercise "self-discipline fid ffiat* ter what the revocation. 1 am fully persuaded that the path of nonviolence is the one we should walk in." i McCall's Pattern #1014 COHAMA AND McCALL'S JOIN DU PONT ZE PEL® AND DACRON®! Cohama, the very fabric of imagination, has created a Gold Medal collection of fabrics for spring and summer '68. Packables in blends with Dacron® polyester, treated with Du Pont Ze Pel® stain re- peller. Fabrics that move. Fabrics that travel. Fabrics to sew by and to live in happily. 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