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[[24 images]] Yes, Blacks, (in these United States) have progressed since the first Issue of DELEGATE MAGAZINE in 1966. And some Blacks have done exceedingly well. But we still have a long way to go. Here, in these turbulent eighties we are again under attack and Blacks, if not vigilant, risk loosing all the gains fought for during the sixties and seventies. The first Issue of DELEGATE MAGAZINE called "Its a Small World After All" was published during the last year of the New York World Fair and DELEGATE MAGAZINE takes credit for bringing 6 national black conventions to New York to help the City and the Fair erase some of the deficit. And then progress begun. Blacks marched on Selma, Alabama; this resulted in the passage of the Civil Rights Voting Act bill of 1965. With power of the ballot, more than 6000 Blacks were elected and appointed legislators, Judges, Commissioners, Sheriffs, Assemblymen and Assemblywomen, Congressmen and women; State Senators, Federal Judges; Edward Brook, a Black United States Senator; Thurngood Marshall a Black member of the Supreme Court of the land; and Andy Young was U.S. Ambassador to the United National. Blacks were also elected Mayors in Urban cities like Gary, Indiana; Newark, New Jersey; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, Georgia; Cleveland, Ohio; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and new New Rochelle, New York. Some of our ghetto youth crashed the inner circles of the corporate world protected by Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunities; which the present administration is now hellbent on reversing under the guise of taking government off the backs of the tax payers. Blacks became more education conscience and some deserted our black institutions of higher learning to go to white universities, who up until the sixties did not welcome us. Blacks entered a subdued seventies, relaxing our fight for progress to join the establishment and thus began the erosion of all we fought for during the turbulent sixties. We became fat and lazy and contented. We thought everything was all right. Then the other side, spurred on by a new wave of conservatism, and an administration in the oval office which dragged their efforts on enforcing our rights, began to vocalize opposition to our efforts. Continued on page 128
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