Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
In one corner of Barney and Jewel Coleman's party for solicitor General Wade McCree Jr., the conversation was rapid French on southern Africa. Across the room, the talk was of a landmark utilities case, and not far away of memories of Fisk University.
Until two months ago Jewel Coleman, a communications consultant hadn't seen McCree since the 6th grade at James McCosh School on Chicago's South Side. To make up for lost time she and her husband, a former Foreign Service officer who is now a consultant gave a small reception Wednesday for McCree and his wife, Dores.
"This is Charles Wartman, who used to be the editor of the Michigan Chronicle. And this is Jonathan Kempner, an attorney here. I knew his parents. And that man is James Lawson, who used to be the president of Fisk, my undergraduate school," said McCree as he introduced his own friends around the room at the Sheraton Park Hotel. The Colemans, who have a mjor African art collection, brought over the ambassadors of Mali, Upper Volta and Chad to meet McCree.
Telephore Yaguibou, the ambassador of Upper Volta, listened intently to William Gould, a professor of law at Sanford University, who had recently been to South Africa to study the black labor unions. Gould left two days before the death of Steve Biko, the country's leading black spokesman.
Discussing the U.N. arms embargo against South Africa after the recent crackdown on government critics, Ambassador Yoguibou said, "I think it's another international hypocrisy. The arms embargo is not enough. There should be diplomatic isolation, and South Africa should be made to look like an outlaw."