The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 4, 1985 · Page 10
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 10

Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, April 4, 1985
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The Salina Journal Thursday, April 4,1985 Page 10 NAACP chairman dead at age 69 Alexander CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NAACP Chairman Kelly Alexander Sr., who survived bombings in the 1960s and stressed negotiation over confrontation in opening doors for American blacks, has died at the age of 69. Alexander died Tuesday night at his home after suffering stomach pains. Alexander was a gruff man whose election last year as chairman of the 400,000-member National Association for the Advancement of Colored People capped a 47-year struggle for civil rights. "My objective is for people to learn to love each other and live happily together," Alexander said last year. "I don't think there's any better Utopia than that." Alexander's major contribution to the civil rights movement was "the hope and aspiration he provided for minorities across the country," said Julius Chambers, director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. "Kelly was somewhat like a father in the movement. Kelly was never that big on open demonstrations. He preferred sitting down and getting people to reason. "If he engaged in any loud protest at all, it was only after efforts to sit down and negotiate had failed." Alexander died "sitting up in a chair," his son, Alfred Alexander, 32, said Wednesday. "He always said he wanted to die on his feet." The cause of death had not been determined, hospital officials said. Kelly Alexander Jr., 37, Alexander's other son, is president of the North Carolina NAACP. Alexander said recently that the Firm ready to produce lethal gas INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) Union Carbide Corp. officials said Wednesday that work has begun to prepare its Institute plant for renewed production of methyl iso- cyanate, the gas that killed thousands in a leak in India, in "10 to 15 days." The company said the Institute production unit has been revised to make it safer since MIC gas, used to make pesticides, escaped from a Carbide plant Dec. 3 and killed more than 2,000 people in Bhopal, India. The Institute unit was shut down after that leak. Carbide said it wouldn't resume production until after it was able to study the India leak. When production resumes in Institute, the plant will be the only site in the world where the chemical still is made. Robert Olford, president of Union Carbide Agricultural Products Co. Inc., said engineers and technicians plan to run final checks of the Institute unit in the next two weeks. He said MIC production could resume after that. Carbide spokesman Bill Hoerger said MIC stocks will be kept low by reducing the chemical into more stable derivatives, and that Carbide has made a number of other changes in its handling of MIC. Hoerger said Carbide has remodeled, safety valves and vent lines "to provide even greater margins of control in the remote chance of even gross contamination in the storage tank." He said that to reduce the chances of water contamination in the MIC storage tank — which company officials say set off an explosive chain reaction at Bhopal — Carbide has switched tank refrigerants from a brine solution to chloroform. The plant also has installed new emergency vent scrubbers in the unit capable of handling as much as 150,000 pounds an hour of MIC vapor, he said. The unit's flare system, designed to burn off escaping vapor, also has been revised with what Hoerger called a "computerized vapor emission tracking and warning system." segregation gripping the South during the late 1930s struck him not only as unjust, but absurd. "When I was a young man, I could never understand why a fountain with the same water in it had a white side and a black side," he said. Alexander joined the NAACP in 1938, attracted by its emphasis on legal methods to give full rights to blacks. That year, whites tried unsuccessfully to get their black employees to boycott his Alexander Funeral Home. Mid America Inn Restaurant "SUPER SUNDAY SPECIAL" 2 piece Fried Chicken Dinner, choice of potato, tossed salad, roll and FREE SUNDAE (Make your own). *2.95 5p.m. 'till 10p.m. , 1842 N. 9th Salina, KS During the early 1960s, he fought quietly but effectively to integrate restaurants and hotels in Charlotte. On Nov. 22, 1965, bombs went off in the homes of Alexander and other black leaders in Charlotte. Alexander said he survived by sheer luck. Alexander also was behind Swann vs. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1969 that opened the way for busing to integrate schools. He pushed other lawsuits to open opportunities for blacks in long-distance trucking, Chambers said. In addition to his sons, Alexander is survived by his wife Margaret, 60, and two brothers. The family said Alexander's funeral probably would be Saturday in Charlotte. RALPH WEIGEL Bonds • Insurance Phon* 827-29O6 115 East Iron THANK YOU Your support for my campaign of U.S.D. 305 School Board was greatly appreciated. DAVE JACOBS Pol. adv. paid for by committee to elect Dave Jacobs— Clyde Calhoun, Treasurer. 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