Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on September 2, 1972 · Page 3
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Alton, Illinois
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Saturday, September 2, 1972
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L&C College seen in lead role Alton Evening Telegraph Saturday, September 2, 1972 A-3 ByDENNISMcMURRAY Telegraph Staff Writer Uwis & Clark Community College must take the "community" part of its name seriously and "be a force for good and for community change," says Lewis & Clark vice president for institutional services, Dr. Jefferson II. Ware. Ware says he wants the junior college to "go to where the people are" and he has already submitted a proposal and is waiting for approval of federal funds for a "street academy" aimed at reaching black youths in the Alton area, while at, the same time he is working on special programs to reach what he calls the "Appalachia like" poverty of rural whites in the northern part of the junior college district, Ware also believes that the junior college can "take the leadership role in bringing the two sides together" in the conflict between Alton police and Alton black residents. He added, in an interview with the Telegraph, that "if things need to be clone on a municipal level and no one else is doing them, the college is obligated to become practically involved." However, Ware added that the college also did not want to be caught in the middle in the politics of Alton's current troubles either. Ware may be uniquely qualified himself to play a mediator role in the conflict between police and the Alton black community. He is black and grew up In a poor family in East St. Louis. He says he can under s t a n d the fear and sometimes hatred black people have developed from coming from the South where "the She"iff is king." Ware said he has personally seen Sheriff's officers "beat and kick almost senseless a young black man because he refused to say sir," and has known "black families run out of town because they were biggitty." "With this cultural background how can black people come to Alton or Chicago and now just love the police?" Ware asked. But Ware himself has been a law enforcement officer, spending 7 years from 19581965 with the Los Angeles Probation Department, including a stint as head of a juvenile institution. He has taught juvenile delinquency and police-community relations courses to California police and Sheriff's officers, at the St. Louis Police Academy and at St. Louis University, SIU-Edwardsville, the St. Louis Junior College District, and at Kent State University, where he held an administrative post before taking over the Lewis & Clark job on July 1. Dr. Ware said he had a great admiration for former Los Angeles Police Chief Parker, "the greatest police chief in the country, Walts notwithstanding," and he believes that "all over the country police departments are changing and the quality of officers is increasing." 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For appointment please write (Including name, address and phone number) to Jack Johiisun. 11 West Third St., Alton. 111., 62002, or tall 462-8775. Our representative will call OD you without obligation. JEFFERSON WARE evenly every segment, of the community," Ware said. Dr. Ware criticized the higher education "establishment" fov its "snobbery" and over-emphasis on degrees, but he has earned a string of degrees himself, which he shrugged off as "academic union cards." Ware holds his bachelor's degree from Howard University, and a .].!)., LL. M., and an LL.D. from Van Norman University in Los Angeles. He also has a diploma in criminology from the University of Montreal. Ware also was a voice student at the highly prestigious Julliard School in New York City, and he likes to describe his philosophy toward education in terms of music. Education, like music, should novcr be restricted to one specialty or field but should give people a broad taste and experience of human existence. "I like bebop, which probably shows my age, and I like Dizzy Gi'lospic but I also enjoy classical music," he aided. Ware said that the education "establishment" Itself was to blame for the increase in both high school and college dropouts by overemphasizing "p r e r e- quisites." "we don't reward the person who has had 20 years of experience and who knows more than the teacher but can't even get into the course because he doesn't have the prerequisite course hours." Ware said he came back to the junior college partly because the community college concept is "trying to me«t a man on the level he is and take him from there." Ware was one of three administrators who started State Community College in East St. Louis off, "working 16 hours a day, seven days a week" to get classes ready for 1,000 students in September, 1909, after the bill creating the college had only been signed by the Governor in July. He left SCC because he felt internal politics and "patronage" were interfering with the operation of the college. Ware said he strongly believes that education must be related to helping people function better in their community and improve that, community. "If you're going to have sociology it has to be living a n d practical and not theoretical. A professor is not worth his salt unless he can teach his students to use that knowledge out there in their community," Ware said. Ware added that he sees education "as a means by. which youngsters can attain a better life, especially black youngsters." "I'm not President of the United States but I'm satisfied with some of the benefits that have come to me because a teacher took extra time to see that I remembered "Thanatopsis" in the 9th grade and a teacher at Lincoln High (East St. Louis) had faith enough in me to give me her signed check on payday to cash for her and pay bills for her," Ware reflected. Ware also strongly believes that people who might seem the least likely to take over leadership roles can do so if they get the chance and with some training. Ware is a founder of the St. Clair County Economic Opportunity Commission, the Madison-St. Clair County Urban League ( he was the first president of its board and then its first executive director) and helped draft the East St. Louis Model Cities program. He said "Black people in East St. Louis who were driving cabs a few years ago are not holding key positions in city government and in agencies and think nothing • now of flying to Washington and sitting down with highly educated federal administrators and negotiating with them." "It's fantastic how people who get a chance can really J & A Springman PAINT Godfrey. 111. Ph. 406-3431 GUARANTEED SUNRISE FRESH \ AM. THIS ANHD TOP VAL.UE STAMPS TOO! SHOP KROGER!! ** ID)! DISCOUNT 1 ikffl STORE }Mt frith • Jail Bis Dimatlti LABOR DAY SPECIALS! 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