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CHICAGO, ILL, SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 1922
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June 10, 1922
itntered as Second-Class Matter, Aug
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HAMPTON STUDENTS PLAY AS
WELL AS WORK
By Win. Anthony Aery
Hampton, Va. The Hampton In
stitute students, in addition to theii
-recent presentation of "The Drum-
Major," a romantic opera of the First
Empire of France, at the commence
ment' season, have recently presented
several stage productions which have
won the thanks and praise of critics.
The Shakespeare Dramatic Club,
assisted by a boys' orchestra which
wac directed by R. Nathaniel Dett,
presented "Julius Caesar" with appro
priate costumes and stage settings,
Edward L. Dabney, of Hampton, Va.,
played the role of "Caesar"; S. Miller
Johnson, of Thornton, Ark., "Mark
Antony"; Olivia S. White, of Nor
folk, Va., "Calpurnia"; Harry E.
Cook, of Belroi, Va., "Brutus;" Ber
tha Q.' Agee, of York, S. C, "Por
tia," and Stuart L. Whiting, of Nor
folk, Va., "Octavius."
A number o? the Hampton Insti
tute girls, under the direction of Miss
Wilhelmina B. Patterson, teacher of
vocal music in the Academy, pre
sented, in costume, "Gitanos," a Span
ish operetta, written by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor,
whose father was a na
tive of Sierra Leone, at one of the
school assemblies, held in Ogden
The Sophodean Dramatic Club pre
sented Stephen Phillips "Ulysses," a
dramatization of 'The Odyssey," with
artistry and , keen insight into dram
atic values. R. Nathaniel Dett in a
review expressed this appreciation:
"It must be said that the Sophodean
players made the most of
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CHARLES E. STUMP, THE WOULD-BE
REGULAR TRAVELING CORRE
SPONDENT FOR THE BROAD AX,
IS STILL STRANDED IN THE
SOUTHERN STATES. HE IS HEAD
ED FOR CALIFORNIA.
MRS. CARRIE WARNER
The Foster Mother of the Late Lieut. George L. Giles Who Had
the Honor 6f Unveiling the Bronze Tablet in Honor of His
chances. They threw themselves into
the portrayal of the classic legend
with such zest and spirit that the ef
fects, which they obtained, rivalled
those of the professional stage. Ar
tistic color schemes and well designed
costumes made each scene a delight
to the eye. It was the excellent de
livery of the lines, however, which
made most of the success. It is note
worthy that costumes and scenery
were made by the hands of commit
tees which had been drawn from the
membership of the Sophodean Club."
In the annual prize-speaking con
test at Hampton Institute the winners
were: First, John H. Calhoun, Jr.,
Greenville, S. C, Kipling's "The Ex
plorer;" second, John T. Jones, Mont
gomery, Ala., Hugo's "Jean Valjean;"
and third, Annie B. Wilson, Eheart,
Va., Van Dyke's "The Toiling pi
CONGRESSMAN DYER WANTS
ACTION ON ANTI-LYNCH-
Writes Letter to Senator Knute Nd
son of Judiciary Committee
COLORED BAND TO GIVE
Mayor Browning, of Baltimore,
Md., has employed a Colored band of
thirty-five musidans that will give
six concerts during the months of
June, July and August in the Negro
districts of Baltimore. Jack Thomas,
who had a band at Camp Meade dur
ing the war, will be the leader and
many members of his organization
were members of Kis Camp Meade
band. The season opened the first
week in June and the six concerts will
be given under the general direction
of Frederick R. Huber, municipal di
rector of music of Baltimore. There
will be jazz music, street dandng and
their i community singing.
HON. EDWARD H. WRIGHT
lyntlici CmhhUmku f the Second Ward, Who Ably
f xSrTedasJli&str-fCer05iies During the Exercises of the
' ' UteftSms (:th Brtie TaWet, in Hoaor of the Memory of
- Obi Lale lib-Grse.L. Giles, and to the Memories of the
1 Qm HwMlrwi jMstFarty-aM Other Members of the Eighth
JUtuHwit, Wio Lost Their lives on the Battlefields o$
The National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People, 70
Fifth Avenue, New York, has re
ceived from Congressman L. C. Dyer,
a copy of a letter he wrote to Sena
tor Knute Nelson, Chairman'' of the
Senate Judiciary Committee, asking
prompt action on the Anti-Lynching
Bill now being held up in the senate.
Mr. Dyer's letter says in part:
"I feel that the situation is so seri
ous that no delay other than abso
lutely necessary should be permitted.
The most horrible lynchings are now
taking place in some of the States of
"The Congress certainly ought to
legislate if it has the authority to do
so. It is beyond dispute that States
arc unable to protect citizens of the
United States resident in the respec
tive States where lynchings are go
ing on. If the United States Gov
ernment has no authority under the
Constitution to protect its citizens, as
indicated, then that fact should be
"Since the House of Representa
tives believes we have the Constitu
tional authority, I am in hopes that
the Senate will pass the Bill referred
to, and I feel sure the Supreme Court
of the United States wH sustain the
constitutionality of it. In case it does
not, as some think, then we can do
what has been done in other in
stances, endeavor to secure an amend
ment to the Constitution.
"The Attorney General of the Unit
ed States says, he is ready to go to
the Supreme Court upon the Bill as
passed by the House, and feds satis
fied that its constitutionality will be
sustained. The United States is dis
graced the world over on account of
mob law prevailing in many of the"
States. The Federal Government
ought to be able and willing to pro
tect its citizens from such. We com
mand our ritizens from every state to
fight for the preservation of the honor
and integrity of our country. If wc
can do that and then not be able to
protect them from mobs, we are cer
tainly in a bad way. Something
ought to be done. The House has
acted, and"r do-not-believejthat any
effective results can come from'ahy
conferences concerning the legislation
until the Senate has acted, .and the
matter can then go to conference as
provided by the rules of the Senate
of the House.
(Signed) L. C DYER."
59TH COMMENCEMENT AT
San Antonio, 4Texas. When you
are through praying for yourself and
you have any prayers left, I wish you
would let me have a few words, for
you see that it is not you but me that
i-s standing in the need of prayer. Of
course I have a few brothers and sis
ters down here with me. I am right
in Texas. It is better to be right
here than "wrong here.
They have been having lots of fun
in this state, killing, cooking and hav
ing barbecues, until I am afraid at
times the may mistake me for some
thing to he boiled or cooked or barbe
cued, and I consider that I am en
tirely too much flesh to go to waste.
I am sorry that mob violence and
lynchings arc permitted to gd in our
country, for it gives us a bad name
and says to the world we arc not capa
ble of enforring law. We can make
laws, put them on the big books to
be studied by those who desire to be
lawyers, but there are lawless men
who tramp them under feet, and bring
disgrace upon Old Glory.
I think about the editors of our
papers who are every week putting
their brain on paper pleading for law
and order, and the preachers who are
preaching it, and holding in check
here and there the men who would be
lawless. They tell them to "look to
Jesus," declaring that Jesus can do
more than shotguns. "Throw away
your guns and bludgeons, and get on
your knees," has been the advice for
years, and I shall continue to give it
I do this because I believe in Jesus,
and I believe that God is not dead.
But here and there I find that sortie
mischievous fellow has put a question
mark behind my statements and make
all of my sentences interrogative.
But none of these things move me.
I saw some fellow saying that the
Negro was being driven to" the con
dition of heartless, and there 'are thou
sands of them who have declared that
a southern jail was only the place to
make it possible for the lynchers to
get hold of a Negro, and many of
them had decided to select death
rather than be arrested, to be made
an easy prey. I hope that this is a
mistake, that while rthers may disre
gard law, let us submit. The men
who take part in lynchings are the
men who are degraded and they are
way beneath the helpless victim they
lynch. Some fellows are saying that
there is but one way now to check
lynchings and that is to resort to the
Old Moses law or something like that.
I never heard of that law, hence I
don't know whether to recommend it
to our young men or not But they
say it is a law. Moses gave to us the
Ten Rules of Law, and they are good
and if that is what they represent it
is all right, but some man was telling
me that it has something to do with
eyes for teeth and teeth for eyes, or
something like that
Now there is no need in me talk
ing about what I don't know, but if
that is the law against lynch
ing, I will ask Congress of the United
States to borrow it from Mr. Moses,
and let us have it since they have said
that the bill proposed, by Congress
man Dyer, and passed by the House
of Representatives is not in harmony
with the Federal Constitution.
At times when I would become dis
couraged, I am led to some collegeor
high school, and see the struggling
young people, the men and women
who are taking in thought, I am then
and there caused to think with this
army of thinkers coming out of
schools and taking their places, some
thing is going to dc stopped. Con
tinue to trust God.
Last week, I was in Kittrell col
lege, Allen University, Morris Brown
University, Morehouse college; Clark
University; and ended the week at the
State Normal School, Montgomery,
Ala., with that noble man, and prince
of scholars. Prof. G. W. Trenholm,
who is a product of the man who was
sold through the famous Richmond
Slave Pen, William Hooper Counctll,
who has long since gone on to his
eternal reward. But there is Prof.
Trenholm, who is doing a great work,
and wc are to have a greater school
in Montgomery. Under his leader
ship it is taking on new life.
I had the pleasure of attending the
commencement exercises May 31, and
1 heard the orations, and then I heard
the address by Charles Stewart, who
declared that the world wanted a man.
one who could measure up to the
standard of a man and not color. He
put man up as a thinker, and with his
think-tank not operating, then he be
came as a child, and was so regarded
and color had nothing to do with jt.
J wish I could tell you just like Be
told it, but he did say that a white
fool and a black fool were just two
fools. I think he then said a white
thinker with his mind tuned in har
mony with God and the black thinker
the same were just two thinkers. He
declared that the time would come
when proud America would, measure
manhood not by color but by thought
by mind. Just as the Huns made
President Wilson and those in charge
seek manhood minus color, and that
thing would some day be repeated, but
"Wc arc going to stay with Old
Glory." he said, "and wc have a right
to do so. No man has no more claim
on this flag than I have. The first
blood spilled for it was that of Crispus
Attucks on the streets of Boston, and
he was a member of my race. Full
of African blood as a bed bug full
oT- human blood, after a good night
on some human carcass.
But let us think, and bear in mind
that you can get a new sight into life
by visiting the National Negro Busi
ness League, August 16, in Norfolk,
Va. They are arranging a great pro
gram for this meeting. They arc go
ing to be there. It will be where
many of the thinkers of our race will
spend their vacations. I expect to be
there to drink in some of their thought.
I suppose you heard that Dr. Em
mett J. Scott has resigned the posi
tion of secretary of the National Negro
Business League. You see he holds a
big position at Howard University, and
they keep him so busy at all times that
he cannot give to the League the time
that he used to give it, and rather
than neglect it he handed in his resig
nation, and the assistant secretary,
Albin L. Holsey, has taken hold of
the work, and will push it onto Nor
folk and you will hear from him from
time to time.
Dean L. B. Moofe, formerly of
Howard University, is now serving as
National Organizer, and he will call
on you before the meeting in August.
He is out on the road right now, talk
ing about the National Negro Busi
ness League. This is one of the things
planted by the late Dr. Booker T.
Washington that is going to live be
cause of the good it has accomplished
and is still accomplishing. Dr. Rob
ert R. Moton, the successor to Dr.
Washington, is putting his life into it,
and all of the friends of Booker T.
are rallying to it.
I shall have more to say about the
Business League in another letter. I
am going to be in New Orleans, and
then to California. I am not at all
well, and the trip to California is in
search of health, although I may not
have lost it out there, yet it could have
drifted out there and if so will find it.
I made it from Montgomery to New
Orleans, then to Crowley, La., Hous
ton, Texas, and right where I am now.
You will hear from me next week on
the Grand Lodge of Texas. They
are doing things here. I think I will
have to bring this letter to a stop for
this time, but will have more to say to
you in another letter.
CHARLES E. STUMP.
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HON. ALBERT NOWAK
Member of the Board of Commissioners of Cook County Who
Will Be Re-elected as Such This Coming Fall.
ALDERMAN WALTER P. STEF
FEN, ELECTED ONE OF THE
JUDGES OF THE SUPERIOR
COURT. CARRIED THE SEC-!
OND WARD WITH THE AID
OF ATTORNEY A. L. WIL
LIAMS AND THE OTHER FOL
LOWERS OF HON. EDWARD
J. BRUNDAGE, RESIDING IN
AN INTERESTING MUSICAL
WILL BE GIVEN AT THE
BEREAN BAPTIST CHURCH,
MONDAY EVENING, JUNE 12,'
BY THE BETHESDA SINGERs!
UNDER THE DIRECTION OF
MRS. MARTHA B. ANDERSON.
On Monday at the -Judicial election
all the Coalition candidates were re
elected judges of the Superior Court
with both hands down, namely Mr.
Justice William E. Dever and Judges
Sabath, McDonald, Sullivan, Gridley
and Hon. Walter P. Steffcn, who can
be rightfully classed with the true
friends of the colored race in the City
Council, for in the past he has been
striving to secure justice for the rela
tives of the colored people who lost
their lives at the hands of blood thirsty
mobs in this city in 1919, and remem
bering this fact Lawyer A. L. Wil
liams and the other followers of Hon.
Edward J. Brundagc among the col
ored people residing in the Second
Ward greatly assisted to carry that
ward for him.
Alderman Steffcn is still receiving
the hearty congratulations from his
hosts of warm friends over his elec
tion as one of the judges of the Supe
rior' Court of Cook County.
The rarest musical treat of the sea
son will be rendered by the Bethesda
Singers, singing Farmer's "Mass in B
Flat" in English and Dett's "Music in
the Mine," first time in the west at
Bercan Baptist Church, 52nd and
Dearborn streets, those participating
in it: Leon Smith, violinist; T Theo
dore Taylor, pianist; Walter E. Gos
sctte, organist; Mabelle Hill, accom
panist; chorus of fifty voices, Mrs.
Martha B. Anderson, director.
COMPLIMENTARY DINNER AND
RECEPTION IN HONOR OF
MR. L. WILBUR MESSER,
OF THE Y. M. C. A. OF
CHICAGO, AT TH
POPULAR SINGER RETURNS
TO CHICAGO FOR A
Mrs. Julia Mae Wilkerson has re
turned to this city after a five months'
tour throughout the south. She is
associated with the famous Williams'
Singers. She will sing at St Mark
Church, 50th and Wabash Avenue,
Sunday morning, June 11, 1922. She
leaves on a western tpur ending at
Los Angeles June 28, 1922.
Monday evening, June 12,
bash Avenue branch of the Y.
of Chicago, will give a comp
dinner and reception in hone
L. Wilbur Messer, General i..v.o
of the Chicago Association.
The affair will be held at the Ap
pomattox Club, 3632 Grand Boulevard
Short orations will be delivered by
many of the leading speakers in Chicago.
OHIO BARS MOVIE IN WHICH
Columbus, O. Jack Johnson mo
tion pictures will not be allowed to
be shown in Ohio jut because it's
The decision, with this as the rea
son, was announced after Mrs. Eva
lyn Snow, film censor and the censor
ship advisory board reviewed "As the
Years Roll On" in which the ex
champion pugilist is the star The
vote was unanimous.
(Special to The Broad Ax)
June 15 will mark the dose of a
very successful year's work at Wil
berforce University, and on that day
more than 200 young men and wo
men will complete the prescribed
course in the '$t?T5 departments.
Notwithstanding the fire and the
many hindrances .incident vto it, 1414
students have registered in all de
partments outside of the Summer
Because of the large attendance ex
pected at this Commencement the au
thorities, are planning o hold the ex
ercises of the Commencement Day
proper on the Shorter rlall campus,
weather permitting. All the .other
features 'will be hdd in Galloway Hall
Two BigT events wilj occur on the
15th which are significant""in the life
of Wilberforce. As has been previ
ously announced, Hon. Robert Wil
berforce, great grandson of the man
whose name the institution bears, will
deliver the Commencement Address
before the graduating class at 10
o'clock. Mr. Wilberforce, of Oxford,
England, is the director of the Brit
ish Library of Information in the
At 2:30 p. -m. Wilberforce Lodge,
No. 21, Free and Accepted Masons,
together with the allied branches of
Masonry of the State of Ohio, will
lay the cornerstone of the New James
A. Shorter HalL The contract has
been let, and the workmen are al
ready busy on .the new structure.
These two great events will truly
mark this Commencement as a real
Wilberforce Day, and it is but fitting
that this should be a home-coming
occasion to many of the graduates
and former students. Bigger and
better things are thus promised to the
oldest and largest school, owned and
controlled by Negroes, for the edu
cation of men and women of their
MRS. BLANCHE WRIGHT-PAGE
RETURNS TO CHICAGO HER
OLDHOME. TOWN TO PER
MANENTLY RESIDE? -
The middle of the past week Mrs.
Blanche Wright-Page, who has been
living in Washington, D .C, for the
past ten or twelve years; who was in
the employ of the Federal Government
most of that time, returned to this
dty to reside in the future.
While in Washington, D. C, she
studied law real hard in connection
with her other duties and she is now
a full fledged lawyer. In the mean
time she was happily united in mar
riage to Mr, G. Morris Page, who is
also a lawyer, and in a short time he
will follow Mrs. Page on to this dty
to reside. ,
At the present time Mrs. Page is
stopping at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
J. Gray Lucas, 3646 Grand boulevard,
and she has established her law office
at 204 East 35th street, sear Indiana
avenue, in .the same suite with Attor
asp -Mfco . IPiiiiiffllK
COL. FRANKLIN A. DENISON
Former Commander of. the Old Eighth Regiment of Illinois, Who
Paid an Eloquent and Glowing Tribute to the Undying
Memory of Lieutenant George L. Giles Last Saturday-Afternoon.