Asheville Area Human Relations Council


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Teen-Agers Human Relations Organization Considered Here


By LUTHER THIGPEN Citizen Staff Writer


The Asheville Area Human Relations Council agreed Tuesday night to explore with the Asheville-Buncombe County Youth Council the possibility of setting up a human relations organization for teen-agers.

The idea was discussed at the Human Relations Council's quarterly general meeting in the South French Broad YWCA. ~" A teen-ager, Jessica McCol-lum, who had been working on the idea for some time, and Katherine Rorison, chairman of the Youth Council, asked assistance in getting the organization started.

They said there are unlimited ' possibilities for youth to work out problems through a human relations council.

Chairman Robert S. Busey agreed to appoint a committee to work with the Youth Council and report back to the Human Relations Council.

Miss Rorison invited members of the group to attend a Youth. Council meeting at 8 p. m. Aug. 28 at North Asheville Community Center when problems in the human relations field will be discussed.

Mr. Busey appointed Ruben J. Dailey chairman of a nomi-

nating committee to 'select a new slate of officers for the Human Relations Council. Other members are Mrs. Thelma Caldwell, Mrs. C. E. Dameron and Henry W. Burts.

They are to report at the next meeting of the group at 8 p. m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the South French Broad YWCA.

Much of Tuesday night's meeting was taken up with a discussion of employment problems of Negroes.

George Gragg, human relations coordinator for the Buncombe County Planning Council, said Project 3,000, whose goal was to find jobs for 3,000 young people this summer, was successful to a degree. But he said some Negro youngsters felt like they were discriminated against.

Several members present said the problem of jobs for Negro adults is a serious one and needs to be tackled.

Gragg and others said a number of jobs are being offered to Negroes by industry in the area, but for various reasons only a few of those available are being filled.

Among the reasons given were lack of transportation to and from work, lack of knowledge that the jobs exist, a disbelief

on the part of Negroes that jobs are actually open to them, and fear of an unfriendly reception by white workers.

Gragg said he could use an additional member on his staff to deal with the employment problem.

Mr. Busey said the next chairman of the Human Relations Council might want to consider an enlarged employment committee to step up the Council's efforts in this field.

A young man who identified himself as Charles White of West Asheville, and said he was a member of the National Socialist White People's P'arty, read a statement to the council which he said would solve the racial problem.

The statement said he proposed setting aside $10 billion a year for the next five years to set up a nation in Africa, and granting $10,000 to each American Negro family which went there.

He asked for questions when he finished, and when there were none, he said, "Heil Hitler," and left.

Council members, who appeared a little puzzled by the intrusion, continued the meeting without comment on the incident.


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