Southern Illinois University Carbondale Daily Egyptian Diversity News Archive (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
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TranscriptFor Community ProgresB
Carbondale Blacks Organized
Dy Inez Rcnchi-T {Flrflt of a ScrlcA)
Tho black people of Cnr- bondalo hovo organized to do thIngB for thcniBolvefl by thornoolveo*
CharlL-n Simon, clialrmzin of a binck organization fio now that Uo name (tentatively Northcaot Community Devel¬ opment CongroDB) and bylawB have not been ratified, said he conoldorcci reproocntatlon, dincufifilon, action and unity the moBt Important goals for the black section of town,
"There are flcveral thinga wo can do for ournclvco, " Simon Bald,
Residents of tbe predomin¬ antly black nonhcaot section are raking first thlngn flrfit au they go about community improvements, Tbo flrot all- black election in the hintory of Carbondale was conducted July 13 for the purpose of as- Buring equal nnd fair repre¬ sentation Intbecommunltyor- gani/atlon.
The pioneering group wblch gave birth to the organiza¬ tional idea formed an election committee and proceeded to divide tbo 2, 000memberblnck community Into five areas to allow best representation, Simon said.
Tho election was open to teenagers, 13 to 17; young
adulcii, 16 to 29; and adults, 25 and older, Tho younger
groupn elected one represen¬ tative in each designated area division, and tho third group chose two representatives from each area,
"Thin Is tho only body that baB ever been organized so thoroughly for one cause, " Simon said, "Wo realize, too, that some problems Ceenagorn might have, adults might not bavo/'.^ -
The elected representatives meet weekly to discuss prob¬ lems and propose action to help solve them All persons are encouraged to attend
meetings, make suggcBtlons and work on commirtecfl, Si¬ mon said,
lie also said areanclghbor- liood meetings are urged prior to the Joint meeting when nec¬ essary and convenient, lie noted that already moBt of tbe area divisions meet each week,
Simon, who 1b employed as a city code enforcement officer, also works closely with bis area division,
"Our aim is organization, " he said, "1 think we've got a good thing going, "
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