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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Six THE MICHUGAN DAiLY

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Gregory, Bond, Powell:
Study in blackcontrasts

By HENRY GRIX
They call each other "broth-
er", but Dick Gregory, A d a m
Clayton Powell and Julian
Bond, who shared the stage of
Hill Aud. Sunday for a dis-
course on "Black Power in the
United States," are studies in'
contrast.
However, if the black breth-
ren disagreed, no one knew
about it. The speeches and re-
sponses of the first panel in
the University Activity Center's
Controversy '68 lecture series
seemed designed to burnish and
compliment each other.
Bond, the 28-year-old lead-
er of the Free Georgia dele-
gation at the Democratic Na-
tional Convention in Chicago,
set the pace explaining "color
and powerlessness are respon-
sible for the other problems"
confronting the black man -
poverty and underemployment.'
Bond's words are not new,
but his style is. The young
state congressman possesses a
sophisticated Soul that drew
squeals from the more uninhib-
ited coeds in the capacity crowd
of 4300. At the same time, his
approach is more literate tilan
"revival meeting" emotionalism
which seared earlier black
power conferences at the Uni-
versity. He speaks with polished
reverence about the by-now
hackneyed concepts of black
power..
"The lesson of history might
suggest uniting," Bond said,
"but black men h ve refused"
to consolidate. The audience
rallied behind him.
"Since the immediate pros-
pects for a revolution are lack-
ing," blacks must "organize to
get what we need," he reason-
ed. As his speech gained mo-
mentum, he railroaded toward
a more militant conclusion:
"We ,want it all, and we want

it now," he shouted. "Someone
must pay if we fail."
The crowd clapped loudest
for Gregory, and he obliged.
Always the entertainer whose
wit bites back, Gregory knew
the crowd expected a great
deal from him. Gregory, who is
running for President on his
own Freedom and Peace Party
ticket, had already warmed the
audience by distributing cam-
paign bread - dollar bills dis-
playing the candidate as Fath-
er of Our Country, and good
for one vote, that cannot be
bought, traded or sold.
The candidate began review-
ing the routine first heard last
October at the Washington
mobilization: "The first thing
I'd do if I were elected Presi-
dent is paint the White House
black."'
Once he humored everyone
into listening, he became more
solemn. "The black people ;in
this country used to have empty
stomachs, but now they have
full stomachs and hungry
minds," he said.

"Some people say it eloquent,
some people say it like it is,
but we're tired of insults and
we're not going to take them
anymore.
Bond had been the eloquent
speaker, but Gregory was tell-
ing it like it is.
"Give us liberty or give us
death." Gregory shouted.
Gregory is a hard act to fol-
low. And Adam Clayton Powell
who admitted earlier at a press
conference that he is "the old
man of the sea," couldn't carry
his charisma of significant sta-
tistics to an audience whose
ideology was similar to his own,
but whose styles are different.
Dressed in turtleneck a n d
wearing a medallion, the un-
seated congressman sounded
the new philosophy: "Black
power is not anti-white, it is
pro-black and nothing is bet-
ter than that."
He said, "Black is not the
color of a man's skin, it is the
way he thinks and feels."
But Powell shined best in the
question and answer period,
skillfully fielding the polite
queries from the assembly.
"Let's unite in getting rid of
segregation, then we can in-
dulge in the luxuries of separa-
tism," Powell said.
Gregory, an ascetic monk of
Black Power, whose non-vio-
lence is manifested in his vege-
tarianism, said, "To change the
system within the system,
which is very difficult within
the capitalistic system, we
have to force legislation." His
"militant nonviolence" dictates
economic boycott as a valid
form of protest.
In the last analysis, the elo-
quent Bond concluded, each ij1-
dividual must make his own
philosophy. He lyricized: "Look
at that girl shake that thing,
We can't all be Martin Luther
King."

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