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Tlie Sunday School Congress Meets in Nashville, June 13 to 18, 1917.
NASHVILLE A CITY OF OPPORTUNITY THE LEADING NEGRO JOURNAL IN TENNESSEE.
NASHVILLE. TENN., FRIDAY, APRIL 6. 1917.
"We hold these truth to be self
evident, that all men are created
equal; that they are endowed by their'
Creator with certain unalienable
rights; that among these, are life,
liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
THE SATURDAY NIGHT MEET
ING NEGROES WILL CONTINUE
Not Satisfied With Splendid' Cam
paign Efforts Vote to Have General
Cleaning Up ot Colored Y. M. C.
A. Building Soon.
. C. A.
NEGROES OF NASHYILLE ACCEPT CHALLENGE AND PUT
OYER ANOTHER CAMPAIGN, CLINCHING THEIR NEW
BUILDING FOR THE Y. H. C. A.
After a seven days whirlwind cam
paign for cash and subscriptions, the
Negroes of this city reported last
Friday night, collections and suii
ecriptions to the amount of $20,140.88,
with subscriptions still coming tn.
Much enthusiasm was injected into
the campaign from the very opening
day, Friday, March 23rd, until, it
closed, Friday, March 30th. Patriotic,
race-loving citizens, whether men,
women, boys or girls, participated
in the campaign. All records were
smashed on the last day when more
than $10,000.00 was reported as the
result Of one day's work. Nashville
virtually suspended its business in-so-far
as Negro business men were con
cerned, and all hands were busy and
ail hearts bent on the one big task.
When the Campaign Committee mbt
at :306 in the New Y. M. C. A.
building and the meeting called to
order, supper was served Immediately
in the parlors, because the dining
room had been arranged for gymnas-
tic exercises. "Let us hear the re
port!" was the clarion call from
Chairman J. C. Napier after devotion
bad been pronounced. Report! re
port!' Report!!! was sung to the
tune of '"B!est be the tie that Binds."
by every member of Divisions A and
B. (Jollification and merriment, were
rampant. The rivalry between the
two divisions was keen, as Divisiion
' B under Ceii Preston Taylor, Lieut.
Gen. Jasper T. Phillips, assisted by
Mr. Enoch Brown and Prof. T. B.
Hardeman had led each night, not
withstanding Division A under Mr.
W. D. Hawkins with Lieut. Gen. D.
Wesley Crutcher, assisted by Dr. 3.
L. Leach and Mr. T. Clay Moore, had
given them a run for their lives.
The five teams under the captaincy ot
' REV. T. J. KING, D. D.,
Richmond, Va., Secretary of the Na
tional Baptist Convention (unincor
porated), who sent out the call for
tlie Executive Committee to "meet in
Nashville, in June and who will at
did work of the school boys who
came in on the last lap, with the
marvelous report and great Cnancal
assistance given to the campaign on
the last day by the students of Me
harry Medical College, Fisk Universi
ty and the A and I State Normal,
were pronounced as one of the great
est that has ever been known of.
When the benediction was pro
nounced by the Rev. Dr. Stevens at
the end of the campaign it was the
concensus of opinion that the battle
had been fought and the victory won.
A SPLENDID RESULT, "WE HAVE
iRAISED IT ALL OVER TWENTY
THOUSAND DOLLARS RAISED BY
ARDENT CHRISTIAN WORKERS.
As far as the colored Y. M. C. A.
campaign for $20,000 Is concerned, they
cave "raised it an." As a result of
the day's work Friday cash and sub
scriptions to the amount of $9,305.78
was reported at the meeting Friday
night held in the parlor of the Duncan
Hotel, now the home of the Colored
Y. M. C. A.
This splendid result came only
after an effort in which the combined
stren?th of the workers was thorough
ly utilized, and then some. The re
gular workjng force was supplemented
by workers from the various schools
and colleges and men and women who
had nreviouslv worked in the campaign
of 1914. Probably the efforts ot these
additional workers are largely respon
sible for the splendid victory which
spelled triumph in the face of defeat.
The men hnd set out to do the work
in the allotted time, and anything
short of this on the part of the colored
workers meant, according to their way
of thinging, doom to the work for
which they had iworked for many
The opening scenes of the evening
were of a nature that predicted the
triumphal march of the workers as
they came filing In from all parts of
the city. First came the boys of the
Pearl Hiph School divisions. then' the
workers of the Wowen's Auxiliary, fol
lowed closely by the resprsentatlves
who covered the larger educatifl in
stitutions of the city and then the re
gular workers. To this was added the
maneuvers of Division B, headed by
Milam's baseball hand, who were cele
bratinz in advance their victorv over
u.naivu . iu ihioiiii, vita iai
amount of cash and subscriptions dur
ing the campaign. Later on, however,
this splendid spirit was dampened
when the reports of the evening showed
that a team of Division A had wrested
the pennant from a team of Division
B. by turning in for the day the lar
gest amount of subscriptions. This
honor went to team number five, Di
vision A. Wm D. Laws, Captain. His
actual team report amounted to $536.
75, but the report of his supplemental
workers from the several universi
ties swelled his grand total to $3,850.
Following the report of the teams
The Negro Y. M. C. A. workers
voted Saturday night to continue their
collections and solicitations until the
campaign being conducted by the
Central Association closes. This was
agreed upon after a discussion of the
matter by the workers, the sentiment
being that, although they had sue
ceded in raising the $20,000.00 the
amount they set out to secure, a larg
er sum should be subscribed to take
care ot the shrinkage which must
The workers met at the Negro Y.
M. C. A. building to hear the final
returns and to discuss the future
situation, and it was not long be
fore the drift of opinion showed that
they were unwilling to stop work as
long as the white people are forced to
remain in the field. It was declared
that the struggle which they are mak
ing Is nartly on .behalf of the Negro
Y. M. C. A. and that this seemed to
have inspired the Colored Association
workers to continue their efforts.
It was decided that as much cash
as could be collected should be se
cured durlne the future canvass and
the men are to meet Tuesday and Fri
day nights and make their reports of
their cash and subscriptions
TO CLEAN UP DUNCAN HOTEL
The worklers also voted to have a
general cleaning up of the Duncan
hotel, the new home of the colored
Y. M. 'O. A., in the near future. The
men will gather at the building, about
one hundred strong, and give the
house a thorough cleaning from top
to bottom. The furniture will be
polished, and everything will be put
in as good condition as possible.
vv,ii n, i-n'uo u in Iip re
modeled and equiped for Y. M. C. A.
purposes, it is understood . that as
soon as possible the Negro men' and
boys are anxious to make such use
of the house as they can until final
work of remodeling Is begun. Be
sides, the furniture and decorations
are sorely in need of attention, as
the hotel has stood unoccupied for
many; months. The date for the
general housecleaning will be decided
upon at the 'meeting of the workers
next Tuesday night.
At the meeting Saturday night
$420.00 in cash and subscriptions whb
reported by the two divisions
The following letter was sent to a
list of persons asking that they pray
for the success of the Association
campaign Just before it started
As we face the great responsibilitv
now upon us, as Nashville under
takes the duties of this another cam
paign for better manhood, we feel the
necessity of turning to a "Power not
our own." Friday morning 100 men
will start out to secure $20,000.00 in
cash and subscriptions, the balance
of our prorata of the $100,000 neces
sary to equip an association plant for
meeting the needs of Negro men and
boys of Nashville.
We feel that we hold a rightful
claim on success. But it is easy to
fail With the best tWed plans where
prayer and the. spirit back of It is
This Ir a ca,ll to prayer. Pray flint
thiB entire movement for $165,500.00
in Nashville be a success 'March 22
Pray especially that the 40.1'v'
BY ASTERN STAR C0URIS
Big Rally At Lea Avenue
Christian Churcli Last San
day Sermon Preached
by Rey. Preston
TENNESSEANS MAKE GOOD
The war with Germany, in which
the United States is said to be cer
tain to take active part, has b, ought
cut many of the military experts,
end at the same time, has developed
a search for experienced military
There was visiting in Nashville In
June 191.r, a Mr. Wm. W. Robinson,
who was the first Sergeant ot Com
pany B., 24th U. S. Infantry. While
here he was the guest of Rev. Pres
ton Taylor. Mr. Robinson left Nash
ville to join his regiment then located
in the Philllpplne Islands. It devel
opes now that Mr. Robinson is back
in the states, and is located at Co
lumbus, New Mexico. In a recent
communication Mr.' Robinson stated
that the record thus fur shows that
the Tennesseans now with the regu-
i lar army, made the best soldiers from
any state In the Union. He Is one
; among a number who is eligible to
the promotion of Captain in case Ne
gro regiments are called out.
"I hope we shall not have to go to
war with Germany, but I see no way
to avert it. In the event o war. I
"We hold these truths to be self
evident, that all men are created
equal; that they are endowed by their
Creator with certain unalienable
rights; that among these, are life,
liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
:Eight courts of the Order of East
ern Star with three lodges of the
Division of Masonic filled the audi
torium of the Lea Avenue Christian , ,nll1H rnf!lln na i havo .,.-..
Church last Sunday afternoon to l)ar-!fuUv pasged tIie examination for Cap
tlclpate in the Palm Sunday services ta, ot tne overs' reserved corps."
and the rally held under the order of j declarea Mr. Robinson In writing to
the Eastern Mar. the inclement a friend this past week. He stated
weather which prevailed in the nature jurther that the hardships and loneli-
or a steady downpour or ram, was ' nes8 Mexico are almost unbearable.
not enough to dampen the ardor of ;ne said their regiment left Mexico
the real workers among the women oi , feb. 5th and was a part of
PRES. JONES CALLS BAPT.
WILL MEET IN NASHYILLE JUNE 13-18 TO MAKE PRO
GRAM FOR NATIONAL BAPTIST CONVENTION-WILL
BE WITH THE S. S. CONGRESS FORCES
stun of the conference men who hnd! With the call of the Executive
been pastors of these people stood Committee of the National Baptist
on me noor oi me cumuiem-v m i
with tears in their eyes and sobs in
their throats pleaded to be allowed
to eo with tlie r congregations. "Not
the I that we want to go for our own sake,"
the organization. The services beean ! nrimitive oxned'tion to eo out of old I they said, "but for the sake of our
Mexico. In his communication he people. We
promptly. Lea Avenue choir furnished Mexico. In his communication he
musio for the occasion. After the;paid a very high compliment to Co.
invocation and the singing of "Old g under its present officers, and said
Hundrer," the regular routine exer-jif he was called out, be knows of no
clses were indulged in. The object
and purpose In the main on Sunday
were for stimulating interest in the
Company that he would rather
connected with than Company G
F ' r." l.
'''' I I
nr .) - V - - j' .
know it means suffering
and hard living, but we will work
with our hands for our support, that
we may minister to our people, may
.keep them together that they may
not drift and be swallowed up in
the great cities of tlie north with no
spiritual or moral guidance lo keep
them I'rom the downward path."
They are going at night, these reru
pees; tlie trains are full of them, and
they are going with a mighty fear
upon them. A friend oi mine was
the old home to go into a great,
strange world, their poor belongings
in clumsy, homely looking bundles in
tlie seats beside them. The stock was
left, ihey could not sell it, they said
Convention, unincorporated, to meet
in Nashville Thursday, June 14th,
there conies an assurance of even a
greater attendance to this city aug
menting the Sunday School Congress
forces. Information concerning this
call was received in Nashville last
week when the oflicial announcement
signed by Rev. E. P. Jones, D. D.,
President of the National Baptist
Convention, unincorporated, who is
located at Vlcksburg, Miss., and Rev.
T. J. King, D. D., Secretary of the
convention, who is located at Rich
mond, Va. In the call the president
and secretary of the convention
urged a large attendance and set
icrth that the purpose of this Execu- "
tive Committee meeting is to take
into consideration important matters
leu. ine cou.u ..m .i. .. affecting their contention, and to
and much of their household stuff, ei for U)e conTen.
poor col.cctum ot years of labor-but J ' , , , , m
Why They Go.
"But why do you go?" my friend
asked. The old man, with trembling
during the month of September in
It is estimated by Baptist leadon.
in Nashville that the meeting of this
Executive Committee will bring iJ-
I -proximately one hundred fifty Ritp-
I fingers drew out trom pock a " a'nd
rrunipieu pupm mm buc,iu il vmiv i-c-
i lore them. At the top of thn sheet
I was crudely drawn a skull and cross
bones, below was written: "You aro
the following were evenly divided
between the two divisions.
In order to make the test more
spirited, it was decided that on the
last night instead of reporting by di
. visions, the reports, of the various
teams would alternate. Team No. l
from Division A made the first report,
and cheers went up when they an
nounced their total. This was fol
lowed by team No. 6 from Division B.
There was more cheering. This was
kept up until the ten teams had re
ported and until the Campaign Gom
mitttee had made their final an
nouncement with the aliove results
;-s"tht the campaign had been put
ever with the greatest shove that
;had ever been given to any benevo-
lent movement or charitable Con in
' the city. The individual pennant for
. ,last night was taken off by team No.
' 1 of Division A, the chairman award
. . ing them the pennant, ruling that
they had reported the largest indivld
: ual amount for the night, which was
: $2700.00. fhe honor for raising the
largest amount of money- throughout
; the campaign went to Division B.
,. The gladiators of the campaign shook
hands one withf the other, then the
: ; campaign song, "We Have Raised It
-' ; All," that had been especially written
r 'hy Dr. Jasper .Phillips, sung to the
, tune6f T Surrender All," rent the
air with its volume. Hardly had this
- ' died away when Prof. Hardeman be
; gan to sing the African song with
- ; its ninety-nine verses all the same,
; ; under the caption of "Go on, Go on,
.Go on." Thegrand, total was -re-
ported by Divisions and teams. -
Immediately congratulations ' were
showered upon the campaign commit
" tee and the Committee of. Manage
. ment of the Advisory Board. The
. .; heroic work, on the -part of the- worn
," en who were recruited Into the cam
paign on the last day, and the splen-
Chairman Napier announced that they
had In hand certified and supplemental
subscrlntfons that guaranteed the $20,
000, This was the signal for an out
burst of applause such as had never
been heard before in the walls of this
well known hostelry, which has stood
for years a pride to the common wealth
of the city. Elderly men, young men,
boys and the women and girls present
alilce rejoiced in the consummation of
the task which means so much for the
young colored manhood of the com
They .revelled and rejoiced in their
victory until Secretary Watson an
nounced that it was all over, but the
shouting. The grand total Is expected
to even siurpasa the rough figures
given our Friday night.
The reports of the teams Friday
night were as follows:
REV. EDW. P. JONES, D. D.,
Vlcksburg, Miss., President of the bis Fxecutive Committee to meet iu
Negroes of our city shall be willing .National Baptist Convention (unln- Nashville in June and who fill pro
to pay the price for success In thlsicorponited), who issued a call for side over the sessions. I
matter where thev have an absolute ! I
right to a glorious victory. $20,000 0" j work of the Order as 'well as to make laborers. ,Our hearts have been stir
in cash and bonaftde subscriptions j arrangements for the raising of fumU red, our indignation aroused ns we
in eight days Is the objective. Pray I for the purpose of stock in the Mason-. read of fathers, sons, husbands and
for this and all that goes with it. Jc Hall Association. The Grand Pa-, brothers torn from their children,
This a a pull tn nrnver Prnv nmtrnn Mr J H Arinma nn hnnrl to : their Wives and sweethearts, from
J. A. Crockett
Jerry M. Baker
- J. P. Porter
J. C. McCauley
Wm. D. ILam's
'Supplemental report $3,313.85
B. H. January $542.45 .
S. H. Johnson $808.00
L. J. "Johnson $ 57.85
Dr. A. L. Wlhittaker $459.50
Geo. McCaster 249.00 ' .
Total Division A ....$4,4195
Total Division B r ..... 2,116.80
Total for, day .... 6,536.65
Previously reported . . .10j835,08
Grand total of teams to oatel7.371.73
Supplemental subscriptions . .1,000.00
Certified subscriptions . . .1,169,15
Grand total 20,140.88
though failure of this effort was cer
tain in the absence of your prayer.
WfM. N. SANDERS, Executive
The Association is grateful to the
following persons who responded to
the call: .
ILOCAL: Dr. F. A. McKenzle, Miss
Ada F. Morgan, Dr. A. M. Townsend.
Dr. Geo. E. Haynes, Revs. Snencc
Jackson, W. R. Stephens. Samue'
Bryant. W. E. Mitchell, J. R. Evans.
J. Hi Omith, J. A. Brown. D. T.
Bunch, ,T. C. Jfelds. Jesse P. Price.
H.:A. Alfred. Prof. W. J. Hale, Mrs.
M. L. Crosthwait. ,
OUT OF TOWN: Dr. John R. Mott,
New York City: Wm. J. Parker,
CMcae-o; H. W. Porter, Philadelphia;
Wabash Ave. Branch Y. M. C. A
fihicRgo: F- E. DeFrantz. Indianapolis r
W. J. Trent, Atlanta; H. S. Dunbar.
Cincinnati: H. A. Peterson, Beaufort,
S . C; Secretarial Staff, Passeo
Branch Y. M. C. A., Kansas City, Mo.;
Sergt, Wm. W. Robinson, Columbus,
N. M.' 'Frank W Ober,- New York
iend assistance and encouragement to . the old loved surroundings, and borne
the occasion. The church was decor-' forcibly to labor in regions strange
ated with palms, and the men in their; and new, under conditions galling
uniform with a hord of well-gowned nd humiliating,
women, added buch to the occasion. H"1 there is another deportation,
The Courts took their collection pre- 8nother expulsion going on under
ceding the sermon which was preach- j 0,,r verV , eves, that comes to us
ed by Rev. Preston Tavlor, and which ! nearly-some of the causes for
closed the services for the day. The f h"'d make "f ih oi
.,. ti,. nm fthn div I" Frent, free nation, hang our head?
DR. MiBROOM PASSES AWAY.
' The many friends of the McBroom
family will be grieved to know that
Dr. Harrison McBroom, passed away
last week In Franklin, Tenn. Dr. Mc
Broom ' is survived by a wife and
daughter. Mrs. McBroom is an in
valid. The McBroom family1 Is one of the
bo'st known in the city. Mrs. Flor
ence Cowan, the mother, having
reared a large family of boys and
girls at the home on Jefferson street.
The boyhood of Dr. McBroom was
passed in Nashville, where his litera
ry as well as medical education was
nrocured. For several years Dr. Mc
Broom practiced in North - Alabama
but, a short while . ago moved to
Franklin, Tenn., where nt the time of
his sudden demise be bad a flourish
ing practice. The deceased was - a
member of th. First Baptist Church
on 8th avenue, North. The funeral
services were held from the home, the
Rev. W, S. Ellington officiating. W.
H. MoGavock and Company were un
dertakers in charge.
Mr. Prior Williams, Patron;
'Mosella Blythe. W. M.; Mirs.
Floyd, A. M.; Mrs. Annie Brown, Con
ductress: Mrs. Amanda Bailey, A.
Cbn-luctress: Mrs. Frankle C. Carter,
Adah; Mrs. Bettie Brown, Ruth; Mrs.
Jessie B. Litiimore. Esther; Mrs.
Cornelia PHco. Martha; Mrs. Mary
Candle bearers: Mrs. Louela Evans,
Mattle Fletcher. Dora White. -.
The Grand Officers were as. follows:
J. H. Adams, G. R. Patron; Mrs. L.
A. LaPrade, G. Royal Matron; Chas.
Hayes, Won. A. G. Patron; Mrs. Bettie
Hayes, Hon. A. G. Matron: Mrs. W.
T. HigMotfer, Mon. G. Treasurer;
M.rs. If. L. Mosley, Hon. G. Secre
tary: Mrs. Hat'tle Boman, Hon. G.
'Conductress: Miss N. -E. Perkins, Hon.
The following Chapters represent
ed:' Electa. No. 1; Golden Cross, No.
8- Golden Rod, No. 15; Susanna, No.
3i; M.f. Piserah, No. 57: Mnha, No.
130: Nashville, 'No. 181; Five Point
Star, No. 1S4.
(Program Committee: Mrs.: J. A.
Britt.-CNrnam; Mrs. Jessie B. Lnt
timcre, JI!is. W. M. Haywood, Secre
tary. . '
Mrs. Susie Oden, Organist; Mrs.
Edna iSfott, Marshpl.
IMrs, Fpnnie Thompson, Gen Chair
manjiIra. Amanda Bailey, Secretary.
THE NEGRO EXODUS A
SOUTHERN WOMAN'S VIEW.
: By ' Mary DeBardlshen.
The following article, remarkable
in form ad spirit Is reprinted from
Th'e we'eyan Christian Advocate of
Atlanta. Ga,.one of tha - organs ot
the Meuiodlst Episcopal Chureb,
South. . '-. - '
The papers have been full of late
of the tragedy of the German expul
sion or deportation of the Belgian
in shame, shoultl send us. as pro-
ereby warned that you and your en
tire family must lie gone from this
community within forty-eight hours.
Your attention is called to symbol nt
top of notice." In the community
near which the man lived a woman
had been burned at tlie stake a few
months before. Her crime wa due tn
the naturalNH impulse of mother
hood. She had dared to protect her
child from blows administered by a
wbit0 man. And so tlie old man,
fearing for bis life, was fleeing In
the dead of night.
In another town in Georgia four
four innocent Negroes were foully
murdered In the usual way by an
ii'sanc mob. The father of th0 fami
ly was lodged in jail for assault on
an officer who came to arrest, him.
The mob therefore seized the family
the mother, two daughters, one of
whom was soon to become a mother,
and a ten year old boy. I cannot go
:into the revolting circumstances of
it all. Suffice it to say that little
white boys saw it and hence seeds of
brutality, hatred and revenge were
planted in their young hearts. Many
Negroes are leaving that section.
A Negro woman in Georgia resisted
the offensive attentions of a white
ruffan, with the result that her house,
with all her possessions was burned,
and note was served on her to lenvc
the community at once or she would
pay the penalty at the rope's end.
It Is not simply the poor, Irre
sponsible, shiftless Negro that undei
goes such treatment at the hands ot
a senseless mob, for example, the re
rent occurence In South Carolina,
when a Negro worth anywhere from
$20,000 to $50,000, a jaw abiding
c'tizon. was crueilv nut to death and
ibis family ordered to leave. His son
tliey are to meet at the same time of
tlie Sunday School Congress, it is
said that it means much to the city,
because they are representatives and,
leaders in their respective cities.' Ic
Is not known at what church the ex
ecutive session will he held, this
presumably having beon left entire
ly with the local ministers. Arrange
ments to this effect are expected to
I d nia'le at the Baptist ' Ministers"
Conference Monday, when they will
announce tlie personnel of the local
Reception Committee, the Committee
on Homes ami General Arrangements.
Thousands Take Flight.
Julia ! r"V" riJi:. " " ' v;- ...' owned a drue store, where he was
cruel neglect. f"'" l'siness, all of which
bad to be sacrificed.
Of course, these outrages are per
petrated by the coarse, brutal mob
I speak of the great exodus of the element. But what are tb0 civil
Negroes from our Southland. There jtuthorities doing about it? With the
is much being suid about It in the ' exception possibly of the cne, citer
press these days. O, yes, we are bo-,rom Snilth Carolina where Governor
ginning to talk and question now, Manning is demanding nn investiga
tor we are beginnine to fear for our I tion, we know of nothing being done
nnrkpt linnkn Tlitif whl,h n rop-nril :to restrain the1 mob spirit which
REV. PRESTON TAYLOR,
Pastor of Lea Avenue Christian
Church, who delivered the annual
sermon for tlie order of Eastern
Star last Sunday.
for common just'.ce, fair play, human
rights could not accomplish, a fear
for our bank accounts is doing and
and we are asking: Why is the Ne-
eeems to be rampant
And what is the church dolna
about it? Do we know anywhere ot
any church taking an out mid out
gro dissatisfied? What can we do! stand against such? We seem to bo
to keep him in the South. We can't 'lound hand and foot. What is it we
afford to let him go; he means too are afraid of? To bring it closer
much to us financially. He works home: What Is our great Methodist
for little: his upkeep costs us littlo, Episcopal Church, South, doing
for we can house him in any kind of about it? Where Is her influence?
hark nnd make him pay as well for Where is her voice? Who has gagged
that : we do not have to be careful her? Is she a slave cf prejudice? 13
of his living conditions; be is good- she a coward? Or is she asleep? Wc
natured, long-suffering and if ho prefer to believe it is he last, but It
should happen to give us trouli'e we is time for her to awake up or n
can copo with that and the law" will great opportunity will have passed
uphold us in anything we do. Am I and God will find another Instrument
exaggerating?. If we do not thus through which to voice the wrongs ot
reason audibly we, as a white race an oppressed . people,
and employers' of labor, assume or I Not onlv does she seem to be tak
allow assumed. j jng n0 measure to change exlstinc
But' the Negro Is going, going In conditions, not only is her pulpit si
scor.es in hundreds and in thousands, i lent with regard to these atrocious
In some sections of South Georgia wrongs, but she, this great Methodist
there are stretches of country almost , Episcopal Church, NSouth, Wealthy,
destitute of Negro population. Country ; strong, influential, is actually failing
churches which ence hnd congrega-' to meet the responsibility of a task
tions of two nnd three hundred havb ' already assumed. Paine College ia
now only twenty or thirty members, j the one avenue through which as a
talking to nn old man who, with his church, she has even pretended to
wife, sons and daughters was leaving! minister to the Negro race, by train
One Negro conference of the colored j ing its leaders, Its preachers, its
Methodist Episcopal church that hBd ! teachers, its parents of the genera
a membership in 1915 of. 11,000 has tions to come.
now barely 5,00O. At a recent sea- o, Church of the Christ whomlnis-
Such distinguished representa lives
as Hubert Mitchell, vice president-at-large;
J. E. Wood, w. B. Woods,
John II . Frank, 0t Kentucky; W. M.
Wyatt, B. W. Curry, of Ohio; Wm. Z.
Thomas, B. F. Fcrrell, C. H. Lewis,
of Indiana; R. Kemp, Jas. D.
Brooks, G. B. Hancock, E. W. Bowen,
of South Carolina; C. M. Cartw'iight,
U. W. Dance, of North Carolina; R.
H. Bowling, C. P. Madison, L. W. R.
Johnson, of Virginia; F. Marshall, F.
W. Lancaster,, of Florida; K. R. Car
ter, B. J. DaviN, Kiest Hull of
Georgia; A. C. Williams, T. J.
James, E. H. Pierson, ot Alabama;
E. D. Hubbard, M. W. Barlow, J. P.
Alexander, R. J. McGowan, Wm.
Hicks, of Mississippi; A. Hubbs, J.
L. Burrell. H. B. N. Brown anu! E.
1). Simuis, of Louisiana; L. L.
Campbell, H. M. Williams, C. J. W.
Boyd, S. R. Prince, J. S. Ladelle and
others from Texas; J. P. Robinson,
G. A. Long, D. B. Gaines, 'R. B. Por
ter and others of Arkansas; S. S.
Jones, Wm. Harrison, W. H. Woods,
(Continued on Page 8.)
tered to the neglected, the out casts
and the alien, do you not hear Ilia
call today to follow in the footBtep '
of your Master ami minister abund
antly to this child race, this oppress
ed people In our midst? Can yon
face Him with the blood of this peo
ple upon your soul? Wil you not
Loose the bonds of wickedness, undo
tlie bonds of the yoke and let the
oppressed go free?" Will you not
"Deal thy bread to the hungry and
bring the poor that are cast out to
thy house" of protection, and warmth
and safety? "Then shall thy HgbC'
O, Church of ChrlBt, "break forth a
the morning' and thy heaing sprlna.