Black Emphasis Week Announced

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A tentative schedule for the events occurring during the Black Emphasis Week, April 10-15, 1972, has been released by Natalie Dyer, chairman of the Black Emphasis Week committee.

Monday, April 10, a seminar will be held during the day in the Student Union Ballroom. Several presidents from the Black Cultural Centers all over the state along with leaders from this campus will participate in the lectures and discussions. That night a Black fashion show will be given at 8 p.m. in the Ballroom.

Tuesday, April 11, art — paintings, sculpture, crafts — will be featured in the T.V. lounge. Muhammad Ali, former heavy weight boxing champion of the world and Muslim convert, will speak at Barnhill Field House at 8 p.m. He will be honored at a reception in Reid Hall following his speech.

Wednesday, April 12, recordings of records of Black music will be available for listening use in the T.V. lounge. At 8 p.m. the BAD Choir will be in concert in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

Professor Adolf Reed, noted lecturer, scholar and Professor of Black History at the U of A campus, will be guest speaker at the Banquet, which is 7 p.m. Thursday.\

Friday, April 14, will be film day. Three films, “Angela: Like It Is,” “A Rap Session with Huey Newton,” and “A Tribute to Malcolm X,” will be shown in conjunction with Arkansas Union Films in S E Auditorium.

Tentatively scheduled for the dance Saturday, April 15, is Robert Travis and the 25th Century Dimensions, a group from Little Rock. Arrangements are being made to try and get the dance booked at one of the local clubs.

Basketball intramural sports for men’s and women’s divisions will be held each day of Black Emphasis Week, with the finals being played Friday. All living units — Residence halls, Fraternities, Sororities, and off-campus groups — are eligible to participate in these events. There will be a $15 entrance fee, but there will be no admission cost to the game.

Two trophies will be given to each of the division winners. The intramurals are designed to bring about participation by all groups of the University in the week’s activities.

Note that the day time slots for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of Black Emphasis Week are left open. This is done in order to provide time for any activities that students or others — Black or white — would like to arrange, display, or present.

One ticket for the whole week’s events can be purchased for $3.25. This does not include the price of the Muhammad Ali symposium. If each ticket was purchased separately, the total price would be $4.75. Tickets will be on sale in the Student Union beginning March 27, 1972.

For further information concerning Black Emphasis Week contact Natalie Dyer, chairman or any of these committee members:

Lonnie Jones
Linda Taylor
Erma Williams
Gertia Smith
Rose Grigsby
Jackie Kearney
Arkie Byrd
Wanda Davis
Julia Bailey
Alice Clay
Barbara McBeth
O.C. Duffy
Joe McDaniel

The BAD Times: A Black Forum, vol. 1, 1971, 1.

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“The major part of the U.S. military task can be completed by the end of 1965, although there may be a continuing requirement for a limited number of U.S. training personnel.” –Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara

A Four-Year Bummer, vol. 1, no. 2, 1965, 2.

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by Airman, 50th Sqdn.

Harassment of the troops doesn’t always come from the Brass nor is it always a major action.

For example; a Sgt. Fearer stood not to far from a group of leafleters outside the North Gate and was harassing airmen who had accepted the literature by taking names and serial numbers. He also attempted to take the leaflets. This is an infringement on one of the basic principles of ownership and personal property covered in the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which we all swore to uphold when we took the Oath of Enlistment. This is indeed illegal under military law and is a blatant form of harassment.

Lesser forms of harassment range from Sgt. Lee’s Charm School to another Sgt. deliberately climbing into a tree and shaking it violently in an attempt to distract airmen marching in formation so as to cause them to be written up.

Does this sound like an efficient military organization? Certainly not!

A Four-Year Bummer, vol. 1, no. 2, 1965, 2.

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by Gary L. Todd
R.O.T.C. Cadet Captain (ret.)

A while ago (180 years to be more precise), someone got the brilliant idea that people had rights and that these rights ought to be protected by law. Crazy notion, and it was hotly contested, but when the vote came it passed by a scant one vote and thus today we have the Bill of Rights. Every high school student must memorize these rights; politicians sing praises to the Founding Fathers who thought them up; and presidents and military officers tell us to go out and fight to protect these rights and to secure them for others. Unfortunately no one tells us to use them! And oftentimes when we try to use them we find out that they really were not our rights to use. Think I’m wrong? Well, just take the 1st Constitutional Amendment from the Bill of Rights, walk up to the base commander and say, “Sir, I am a free citizen of the United States of America. I’ve been told all my life that this amendment gives me the right of free speech.” Then proceed to tell him what is wrong with the Air Force, why we shouldn’t be in Viet Nam, or why enlisted men should not be forced to eat shit while officers and cooks eat food. That should cure most GI’s of the crime of taking his rights seriously. It might even get him an undesirable discharge for being a subversive.

A Four-Year Bummer, vol. 1, no. 2, 1965, 2.

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According to official sources (New York Times, 2-24-66), 113,000 South Vietnamese soldiers (or approximately 20 per cent of their armed forces) deserted in 1965, an increase of 50 per cent compared with the previous year.

A Four-Year Bummer, vol. 1, no. 2, 1965, 2.

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American counter-insurgency forces broke the Geneva agreements by entering South Vietnam in 1955 under the cover of numerous U.S. government agencies, including the CIA.

A Four-Year Bummer, vol. 1, no. 2, 1969, 2.

Are You a CO?

If you joined the Air Force to avoid killing people you may be a CO!

CO Discharge — you are given a job in civilian life for your remaining term of duty. You may request discharge under provision of AFR 35-24. Address request to the Director of Military Personnel, Headquarters USAF, Washington 25, D.C., and forward with attachments through your commanding officer.

Patience and persistence are essential. Ordinarily it is honorable discharge but it is usually done at the convenience of the government.

For information and assistance: CCCO is prepared to counsel any CO seeking noncombatant status of discharge from the armed forces. Send CCCO full details of your situation and beliefs. Your request for information or assistance will be given prompt attention.

Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors
2006 Walnut St.
Philadelphia 3, Penn.

A Four Year Bummer, vol. 1, no. 2, 1969, 2.