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Saturday, May 27, 1972


News Phone: 764-uD55


Expo to boost black
business in Detroit
Detroit's black merchants will have an opportunity to
publicize their accomplishments and gain support during
Detroit's first "Black Expo." It will be held at the Michi-
gan State Fairgrounds from Friday, June 16 through Sun-
day June 18.
Sponsored by the Michigan chapter of the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the expo will
feature performances by nationally and locally known
black performers and speeches by black leaders. In addi-
tion, over 150 black-owned businesses will offer exhibitions.
According to Rev. James Hood, Operation Breadbasket
director for the state chapter of SCLC, the purpose of the
expo is "to introduce the
1*businessman to the con-
Inuian claims sumer and thus to give the
black community a chance
to become acquainted with
state of 'war black businesses."
Another goal of the expo is
to give buisnesses a chance to
w ith A m erica recruit more black workers.
Hood also hopes that during
CHICAGO (A) - An American the expo, businessmen will es-
Indian charged with setting fire tablish or extend "professional
to a yacht contended in court contacts" with each other.
this week that he could not be Daily activities are planned
prosecuted because the Chippewa in honor of different black per-
Nation is at war with the United sonages.
States and setting the boat afire Berry Gordy, head pf Motown
was part of the fighting. Records, will receive a presen-
A lawyer for Harold Potts told tation Friday in recognition of
a Circuit Court judge that the his work with the music in-
United States has violated a dustry.
peace treaty with the Chippewa Several major Motown ar-
signed in the 1930's and, there- tists will perform in a "Mo-
e, the Indians consider that tists wl et n a "Mo
a ,state of wr still exists. . town Show." Singer Aretha
The attorney, Richard Halpin, Franklin will entertain Satur-
said Potts is not a U.S. citizen day night.
and is entitled -to belgerency Sunday will be a day dedi-
status, "like any citizen of a cated to the memory of Dr.
country that is at war with the Martin Luther King.
United States." International law Other activities planned for
should prohibit Potts from being the expo include performances
charged with arson, Halprin said. by Concept East Theatre, a
Judge Saul Epton did not dis-' black theater group, and a
miss the charges on the Indian number of displays of black
war issue but did not preclude painting and sculpture.
use of the argument during the Seminars on topics, including
trial. The prosecution contended how to obtain a loan to start a
that Potts is a citizen, given business, are scheduled.
that status by the treaty. The Organizers modeled the De-
case is scheduled to go before a troit expo after similar black
jury June 5. expos in Chicago.
Potts was arrested July 1 dur- According to organizers, last
ing a confrontation between In- year's Chicago expo was enor-
dian activists and police at a mously successful and channel-
lakefront park. The Indians had ed over $28 million into black
occupied the buildings of an businesses. Over half a million
See INDIAN, Page 9 people attended.

Melts in yotir hands
A young lady inspects her mangled Good Humor bar, while her father sits helpless. It was a good
time for ice cream yesterday, as temperatures sailed above and beyond 80 degrees for the ninth
straight day.
Asst. to supt. resigns ater
eontroversy over credenlials

Following a two-week contro-
versy over allegedly falsified cre-
dentials, the Ann Arbor Board
of Education last night accepted
the resignation of Mildred Bau-
tista, assistant to the superin-
Superintendent of Schools R.
Bruce McPherson told the board
and over 350 observers that he
had asked for Bautista's resig-
nation following an investigation
revealing many inaccuracies in
her resume.
Bautista was not present at
last night's session.
The board had directed Mc-
Pherson to Investigate charges
made by The Ann Arbor News
that Bautista had falsified data
in a summary of credentials.
McPherson said that all school
personnel records will be review-
ed to make certain that the cre-
dentials of all employes have
been checked.
The State Departmuent of Edu-
cation is reportedly investigating
.the certification status of Bau-
.tis'a and all administrative ap-
pointees of the city public
According to Bautista's res-
ume, she received a B.A. degree
from the University of Califor-
nia in Berkeley, and was work-
ing toward her PhD from the
Berkeley campus.
However, according to a May
17 article in the News, University
of California (Berkeley campus)
officials say they have no rec-
ord of her ever being admitted
there, and no record that a de-
gree was ever granted.
University of California (Davis
campus) undergraduate records
show, according to the News,
that Bautista enrolled there in
September 1964, was placed on
academic probation in June 1965
and dismissed for poor scholar-
ship in Feb. 1966.
Bautista's resume also report-
ed the publication of several
articles which the News claims
were never printed.
McPherson, previously the as-
sistant superintendant in Phila-
delphia, was appointed superin-

tendent of the city schools last
year. Several of his associates
from Philadelphia, including
Bautista, transferred to Ann
Arbor last year to join McPher-
son's staff.
"I must bear responsibility for
not having checked Ms. Bau-
tista's credentials more care-
fully at an earlier date," Mc- .
Pherson said last night. "I as-
sumed that because she had

been employed by the school
district of Philadelphia before
being transferred to my office
there such a check had been
made. I do not offer this as an
excuse, however."
McPherson, Bautista and Dep-
uty Supt. Philip Mcllnay re-
turned early yesterday from
California, where they had been
investigating the allegations
made by the News.

E at a weed a day
Daily Science Editor
Millions of Taraxacum Offici-
nales are insidiously invading
Ann Arbor, overrunning lawns.
gardens and even cracks in the
Taraxacum, commonly called
dandelions, are enjoying an un-
usually prolific spring in the
state this year. Part of the rea-
son, according to Jim Duffield.
gardens assistant at the Uni-
versity's Botanical Gardens, was
a drought last year which killed
grass and flowers, but left the
dandelion very hearty.
'The dandelion grows best in
disturbed areas, where the nor-
mal ground, cover is mising,"
Duffield says, "It seems to fol-
low iman."
The plant, originally a native
of Greece, is now common all
over North America. Asia, Eur-
ope, and even the Arctic. It
can reproduce without fertiliza-
tion, and the flowering top clos-
es during unfavorable weather,
giving rise to its use as a rain
predicter by farmers.
The name of the plant is a
corruption of the French "dent
de lion," or lion's tooth, because
of the jagged, toothlike shape of
the leaf. Its scientific name,
Taraxacum, comes from t w o
Green words which also mean
"lion's tooth."
Although it is generally taken

SUPT. OF SCHOOLS R. Bruce McPherson pause
Mildred Bautista's letter of resignation last night.

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