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Egyptian19710129SIU; Egyptian19710129SIU.tif
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TranscriptSIU grad talks black economics

Darfy Etrvusn $i*oM WriItr
Warm D. SL I
graduate erf SIU. returned to ihe
CarfaonUe campus Wednesday to
speak ao "Black Nation.! Product"
and to jpve a loo I picture of Mack
tbe fi rsl undent lo be
from SIU with ihr ce
received a B.A. in
and government, -tad a
decree to education and
Recall.nig hu graduation, he said.
Thry aoktd me why I wanted to
Cet l-hrer decrees, and I (old them
nobody Hsr had received three; I
.ranted lo be the first.student'*
St James entered SIU in 123 and
intrrruptrd toss studies from 1K2 until l*ti for military lervicr. He
returned (o SIU in IMS. and left in
While at SIU he was a member of
[far ercas^ountry and track teams
arid later bacame a high sxhoot
ctaach for a learn which included
comedian D-ck Gregory. He b
credited for Gregory's CWpMC lo
SIU ai student
Sc -lames completed post doctoral
He b chairman of
(he department of Economics at
Sassau College in Gordon City.
N.Y.Jud also president^ the Dick
Gregory Cosmetic Company.
St James said 1971 will oot focus
around what blacks hare in black
productivity, but what blacks don't
hare. This year will be the
revelation of what richtfulJy belong
to the black people to regard
produethrily.~ he said.
"Black people in this country
produce more than any but three
countries. Our gross national
product (GNP) b 45 billion dollars,
but when compared to 45 trillion
dollar*, we have nothing/* he continued.
He said that an oft arising
question b "Wherr do wr get the
skills and manpower?'*
"The answer b black talent The
black talent b here in this country."
he said.
•"The big problem b where are wr
going and which way lo get
then?. The black revelation ot 1971
ts here now, " he explained
St James said the evidence of
bla<fc caucuses and black conferences b proof of this. Uis reference
was lo black corscressmen boycot
ting President Richard Nixon's
St James said he b gathering Information which b lo be compiled
within the next rnomn and published
in a major magarine.
'"The most important thing as I
see it, b for black people lo receive
this information. We've pointed out
the growing inequities for blacks.
but have not developed any positive
"Krom a Sttld#nlaa ttanrlrvvnl
they can parti
projects with thnr
mod what we call
opate in initial
do oot know their
particxpaie in a
St James said he basically plains
lo pet ihe mutual concept gotcg
wherr blacks contribute to ihe?r own
-Noting SlU's.structure in 1901
with comparison to the present
amount of positions held by blades,
tie said. -I see a particular need for
more black professors, ll becomes
apparent to me as I move around
the country that.Southern ts behind
other colleges in ihrir ccenixuitmcnt
to black people."
*"Thosc of us who were insirunx-n-
tal in obtaining the changes from a
normal school to a university feci
that his school has an obligation
now to repay thai asj-istancr by
gi ving a mort greater decree of acceptability to black people in
all aspects of the university's
dc-xloproenl/* he said
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