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, i ( Note: CIm] Smothers, native and fourth of fr and Mrs. J. W. Smothers five childr', has toss- h.s hat in the state political as ublican candA. for Place 12 in the state llatta. Clay and his fam- ily are known throughout the nation for  work with St. Pa tate, an orpharmge lo- on the baaks of Cedar just 3 miles North of Mal- akoff which tmUl this swing al- maintaL, ll a 12 grade public orphange continues, (as the few in the nation) to :provide lter and guidianee for homeless black children, al- pressure from the govemmem for rat- :the all black public school. Page Ten : ...... ? ; 2 New Voice O/A Silent Majority the children are tramtxed u, the Malakoff schools, for class- room study. Clay, now a Dallas resident who owm and operates a South Oak Cliff Grocery in Dallas, was news director of radio sta- tion KNOK prior to anaouncing his candidacy for the political post. For the benefit of area residents wo are not aware of the outstanding accomplish- ments of the hometown boy, the feautre which appeared in the September 15th issue of the Oak Cliff Tribune Advertizer is re- primed below. Note that Tri- bune Staff Photographer Larry Russell used familiar hometwn backgrounds for the feature. The story is by Doris Eanan Harris, Managing Editor of the T r'me. ) THE MALAKOFF NEWS Friday, Oct. 2, 1970 Malakoff, Texas BY DORIS EASTMAN HARRIS Tribune Managing Editor Clay Smothers is a black man. But when he speaks, white men listen. He has been talking about justice for his people since he was eight years old, but he has never smashed a window or shouted "pig" to get his way. His father used to teach him long Negro poems and he would recite themmfrom memory to whites and blacks across the state. They listen, and cheer him, because his message is different from that of the militants, the misfits and hate mongers who dominate the news headlines. His philosophy is a fresh constructivism which has so impressed the Republicans that they have tapped him as one of only four black men on the Texas slate this November. He will oppose attorney Sam Coats for Place 12 in the State Legislature. "My people can't look back on the past in anger; they must look forward with awareness," Smothers often declares to both black and white audiences. His lean height would easily qualify him for pro- fessional basketball, but he has been groomed from boyhood for public office. Born the fourth of five children to Alice and J. W. Smothers, he was reared on white peas, corn- bread and conservative politics. He learned compas- sion and patience and hard work from his parents, who run the only black orphange in Texas which has never recieved a federal handout. The orphange located outside the small farm com- munity of Malakoff where Clay Smothers was born, raised and eventually returned to maintain the family tradition as an educator there. St. Paul In- stitute has thrived on private donations and the har. vest of the farm land for 28 years. "You know," said Clay on a recent visit to the homeplace, "I disdain the SDS, the Black Panthers, the Weathermen, the Klansmen, and the Minuteman. I disdain extremists to the left or right because they both harm the American cause. The progress my people has made in the past decade is the result of optimism, patience and hard work, not violence and hate. "You see," he explained, reaching out to wipe a young waif's nose as he passed him on the playground, "not one of these extremists who call themselves helping the country has ever given a single dime to kids like these. "Khruschev once vowed that Russia would bury us without PACK SAVING00IJ0000ERYSACK lllll FOLGER'S Pound IIIII I CRISCO Pound Ca. 79 with pur. $5.00 or more excl. cigs. II II III Shurfine Instant Coffee 10 "oe Jar I. 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After graduating from Prairie View College and working on Ms master' degree in pol- itical science, Clay and his wife Barbara, moved to the 7//indy City to work for several year during their early mar- ried life. Clay firmed his views on wel- fare while serving as Mayor Richard Daley's Commission Clay SmOthers is a black man, setting out to prove that the American dream is still very much alive and wrking. for all race. Hopefully, he is what they really mean when they talk about Black Americans. Portrait Of Smothers: A Man With A Mission The scenes are different but'each plays a vital part in the motivation of Clay Smothers-- teacher, businessman, political candidate, hus- band and father. At upper left, he strolls the main street of his beloved home town of Malakoff, and at right, chats with youngsters at the or- phanage founded by his parents. Lower left, much effort is devoted to the operation of his South Oak Cliff grocery business, but, at right, there is still time for home and family, T i I j FASHIONS FOR THE: FAMILY 2-0 % OFF MEN'S SPORTS COATS Single and Double Breasted Styles reg. $23.00 reg. $3500 reg. $45.00 $18.35 $27.94 $35.94 J on Youth Welfare, an explor- cRhfsiR S'. atory unit which emphasized Last 2 Days youth gang control. After his daytime teaching job, he also patrolled some of CMcago's worst ghettos as an officer for Pound  a detective agency, empowered with the same authority as city police. SALE ENDS OCTOBER 3, 1970 Later, Smothers servedwith Contac Cold Capsules Pkg. Good-N,Rich CAKE MIXES & FROSTINGS 3 Boxes 2 II I Texas ORANGES Pound Bag Fresh t Shurfine CANNED HAM 3 2.69 Can Shurfresh the Opportunities Industrial- ization Center, a government agency. While supervisor of its job development division in Dallas, he placed 800 blacks in jobs. "But, that doesn't mean they kept them," Clay inoerted. He and Barbara returned to Texas in 1964 so that Clay could take charge of employee and student personnel for his parents' orphanage. Be later served as principal of St. Paul Elementary School in fife public system at Malakoff. By that time his own son and daughter were becoming of school age (they are now 12 and 13 respectively). His work with job develop- ment, kept him in close con- tact with television and radio personnel, and he eventually went to work as news director for KNOK Radio, a vosition he held until filing his cand- idacy for legislature. Inaddi- tion, he was host for a Sunday television program, Signs of Progress, on Channel tl. Now, he and a partner, Lewi Jones, own a small groceey market in South Oak Cliff, an endeavor flavored with the Smothers philosoplD'. "We'll be competing with a major chain store' which charges outrageous prices for its merchandise. We feel this is a constructive way to fight some of the injustices to our race. "I recognize the unique pro- blems the blacks have encount- ered. but any sensible person can see the problems are melt- ing away. Those that still exist are aggravated, not by blacks and whites, but by yellows and reds--the cowards and com- munists." BISCUITS ....... Hacienda, Apple, Desert Rose rove $5.00 on 16 piem starter sets $16.95 ,..,.,.., Also on Sale- Madeira, Pebble Beach Reg. $23.95--now $18.95 sore on 4 pc. place settings $4.49 oe,, Ses Also on Sale--Madeiro and Pebble open stok $9.40 - now $4.99 Smothers intends to do a lot of public speaking. He will encourage what he calls the "silent black majority" to look forward with awareness "I feel the true work of a politician is not merely to attend the 90 day session. He must be a promoter of peace and understanding. Theseare the things which can't be leg- islated." Tetepbone A: C. 214-489-46,6 Now you can save $5.00 on 16 pc. 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