Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 29, 1975 · Page 48
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June 29, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 48

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ISC -June 29,1975 Sunday Ga**te-Mail -- Clurlnlon Wt*t Virginia ' fVAACP Board Arranges Retirement of Director Allies Reject U. S.-Soviet Pact (C) ftr* Tim* Stnit* . . The board of directors of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and its executive director, Roy Wilkins, have worked out an arrangement for the retirement of the long-time leader in the civil rights movement, The New York Times has learned. The arrangement calls for Wilkins, who is 74, to serve for at least one more year before stepping down as head of the nation's largest and oldest civil rights organization. In the meantime, a successor would be hired and brought into the association as an understudy. A search committee has been named by the board to find a replacement, according to officials of the organization, who insisted on anonymity. JHE FIRST STEP in the departure pro- cjss will com$ in the next week during the 66th annual convention of the association in Washington. At that time, two aides of Wilkins, Gloster B. Current, who is direc- ti»r of branches and field administration, and Mildred Bond Roxborough, executive assistant to the director, will be appointed special assistants to help out in adminis- tfation during.theinterim. * The actual retirement of Wilkins is set to be announced next year at the organization's convention-in St. Louis, the birth- rjjace of Wilkins, the sources reported. · The sources emphasized that the two ·Rectal assistants would not be candidates tb succeed Wilktai. Current will handle external affairs for the director while Mrs. Boxborough will be in charge of internal Matters. , I The search committee has the task of (joining up with a replacement for the man Who has dominated the civil rights move- Roy WUkJns Retirement Arrangtd ment for the last two decades. Potential successors,.-whose names have come up before, include Clarence Mitchell Jr., head of the NAACP Washington Bureau; Nathaniel R. Jones, NAACP general counsel; Clifford A. Alexander Jr.,-a Washington attorney and former chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Julian Bond, Georgia state .senator; the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, president of Operation People United to Save Humanity in Chicago, and Vernon E. Jordan, executive director of the National Urban League. The departure : of Wilkins had been exf pected, but no one knew when and he has consistently refused to give any indication. His departure will end a 40-year association with the NAACP as well as an era in the civil rights movement. » * * THE INTEGRAT10N1ST policy and philosophy of the association, particularly its continued stanch defense of busing to achieve integration and its focus on school desegregation, have brought renewed challenge from many whites and some blacks. There seems to be growing frustration and complaints from some in the black community that the NAACP is wasing its time, effort and money in continuing to place emphasis on school integration. The association is also finding itself under increasing pressure over the issue of affirmative action and seniority rights from some of its members and officers who are connected with organized labor. The NAACP has taken many labor unions, as well as companies, to court on charges of job discrimination. Association lawyers also have attacked the seniority system as protecting mostly white workers during layoffs, especially in the current recession. The successor to Wilkins will have these and other vital civil rights matters facing him, including getting the association moving faster again, the sources said. Hikes Planned (C) Afev ft** TtaM Stnttn GENEVA - United States allies have turned down an American-Russian compromise oo a key issue about advance notification, of military exercises that was worked out about three weeks ago in hopes of making a breakthrough to conclude the European security conference here. The allies turned down the compromise as "unrealistic." Negotiations on the point are continuing here between the Russians and the British, according ID senior Western diplomats. Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger reached an agreement on details of what the security, conference calls "confidence-building measures" with the Soviet ambassador to Washington, Anatoly F. Dobrynin. * · * THEIR COMPROMISE was conditional, however, oo acceptance by all the Atlantic Alliance countries and when that was not forthcoming, the United States joined the position of the allies. Kissinger and Dobrynin set figures for the width of the area! the minimum number of troops and the notice time for informing participating countries before military exercises. The figures were kept secret, but the sources said that when then were reviewed by the members of the Atlantic alliance, all the members, including the United States, agreed that they were not adequate. --So the question was sent back to Geneva for further negotiation. It has become conference practice for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization group to pick one member to negotiate with the Russians on behalf of the others when sticking points are reached. Tke British arc tprakiif br.the alHet M thb military tone, M they are fettle the talk* her*. B*t *1) tte cwntriet nmt tp- fwve before ai afreemnt cu be CM*- derei tetirte. ,The question of advance notice of military maneuvers as a way of increasing confidence on the two sides of the east- west frontier is one of the outstanding issues. 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