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7, NO. 23
Rev. Gerald L. Hayden
Received Divorce Dec. 16
In Ramsey County Court
REV.; GERALD L. HAY DE N
RECEIVES DIVORCE IN
. < DISTRICT COURT
i .Rev. Gerald L. Hayden, former
pastor- of St. James A. M. E.
Form Permanent Council;
Delegates Elect Newman
. . Representatives from. 38 Minne
apolis organizations met Sunday,
Jan. 12, at Wheatley Community
House to complete organization of
the Minneapolis Council of Negro
Organizations. Fifty-four dele
gates took. part in the adoption of
a .constitution, and by-laws and a
program for the council.
Newman Made President
The delegates unanimously
elected Cecil E.-. Newman first
president, of the council. Dr. W.
D. Brown,. temporary president,
who had charge of the planning
uf the council was not a candidate
for the position not being a dele
Thomas, Combs Vice-Presidents
Other officers elected
Henry Thomas, first vice-president;
Marguerite Combs, second vice
president; C. W. Washington, sec
retary; Isabelle Noble, assistant
secretary, and Wendell C. Jones,
2 Executive board members elected
Uere M. L. Bohannon, Chester
Johnson and Izetta Greer.
Delegates to Council
* Delegates to the council were
Talmadge B. Carey, Curtis Chivers,
Martin Brown, C. J. Smith, Henry
Thomas, Magnolia Latimer, George
W. Hall, Bessie Lewis, Clarence
Hughes, Mary ' Grump, Mattie
Owens, Marguerite Combs, Mattie
Dearing, Lena Wormley, Elizabeth
Rodgers, Elizabeth Ewing, Annie
Crews, Vesta Mosely, C. C. Under
• wood,. W, C. .Crews, Marguerite
’ Washington, Mabel L. Bell, Helen
.* Morris, Emma Howard, M. O. Cul
\ berson, J. W. Pate, Virginia Dil
\ lard, B. L. Greer, Raymond W.
v Cannon, Chester Johnson, Mar
v rianne Carter, Harriet Lane, Myrtle
. Polk, A. A. Lee, Jane Lee, Mildred
Bohannon, W. C. Jones, Carrie
Jackson, Wanna Glenn, Frederick
Jones, Charles Noble, Eva Sessions,
Nettie Shepherd, Mrs. James Kirk,
Mrs. Weller White, Alene Neal,
Elizabeth Duncan, Rosa Mae Chris
topherson, Isabelle Noble, Maxwell
Bohannon, Boyd Crawford, 'Robert
Mallory and Cecil Newman.
Organizations represented in the
council were Associated Negro
Credit Union, Minneapolis Urban
League, Negro Joint Labor Coun
cil, .St. Peter A. M. E. ' church,
Anchor Hilyard Lodge, NAACP,
Johnnie Baker Post, Phyllis Wheat
ley Settlement House, Ward No. 2,
Sumner Field Homes, Minnesota
lowa Club, Past Exalted Rulers
Council, Southside Community
Center, Brotherhood of Sleeping
Car Porters, Phyllis Wheatley Set
tlement House Auxiliary, Booker
T.- Washington Study Club, Wom
en’s Auxiliary of the Minneapolis
Urban League, Border M. E. Men’s
Club, Border M. E. Church, Moth
er’s Effort Club, Progressive Club
PhyMis . Wheatley House, Ames
Lodge No. .106, I. B. P. 0. E. W.,
Wayman A. M. E. church, Business
and Professional Association,
Working Girls’ Council, Go-Getters
Club, Local No. 516, A. F. of L.,
Credjafawn Social Club, Minne
apolis Lawns & Gardens Club,
Twin City Forty Club, Twin City
Golf Association, Women’s Auxil
iary, St. Thomas Episcopal Church,
Dining Car Waiters Union No. 516,
Masters’ Queenly Reserve, Hum
boldt Heights Civic Club, Bridg
ette Card Club, Men’s Club St.
Thomas Episcopal Church, and
Hotel and Restaurant Employees’
Union, Local No. 614.
MRS. LULA STEPHENSON .
Funeral- tervices -for Mrs. Lula
Stephenson, 149 E. Chicago, St.
Paul, were held from the Neal Fu
neral Home, St. Paul, Saturday
afternoon, Jan. 11, Rev. Benjamin
Burial was in Crystal Lake Cem
etery. Neal Funeral Home in
charge of arrangements.
J u I I I I I i I I, i __j.
| ST. PAUL RECORDER >
” T ‘MINNESO jgtalDAY
Church in St. Paul, received a di
vo.ce in District Court ,on Decem
ber 16, from his wife, Mrs. Emma
Judge Gustav Loevinger heard
The ole King of Hi-de-ho him
self, Cabell “Cab” Calloway, and
his band and the Cotton Club Re
vue is holding forth from today
(Friday) at the Hennepin-Orpheum
Theatre. The distinctive “Cab” and
his group of performers are said
to be in rare arid entertaining
form. • •
, Lr Zion Jan. 26
Zion Baptist Churdi services on
Jariuary 26 at 2:30 p. m. will be
conducted as an old-fashioned get
together meeting. The services will
be in charge of the Volunteer Club.
The committee ? cordially invites
all churches of the Twin Cities to
attend this meeting , and begin the
New Year with a spiritual revival.
Choir .representatives from all
churches have been invited to par
ticipate in the song service of the
Rev. H. W. Botts is pastor of
Zion Baptist Church; Ethel Saun
ders is president of- the Volunteer
Club, and Esletine Boyd, secretary.
ALPHA CHAPTER MEETS
Mu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity held its regular bi
monthly meeting at the home of
the president, John R. Lawrence,
Jr., 947 Iglehart Avenue, on Sun
day, January 6. A large number
of members were present to hear
the reports of the recent Kansas
City Convention. The delegates
were Robert Gardner and N. Wal
ter Goins; alternates were John M.
Patton and John R. Lawrence, Jr.
Other members of Mu Chapter that
attended the convention included
T. J. Posten, Raymond W. Cannon;
former members were William R.
Simms, Arnold Walker, M. Wool
folk, and Lionel Newsome.
Thomas Munson, former member
of Beta Tau Chapter, New Or
leans, was appointed Correspond
ing secretary of Mu at the Sunday
meeting. Stanley Harris was re
ceived as a pledge to Alpha Phi
Alpha. The Alpha's basketball
team will soon begin its season.
Victor Calloway is manager of the
team. Next meeting of the chapter
will be held with Raymond W. Can
non, 3400 Oakland Ave., Minneapo
lis, on January 26.
ON HONOR ROLL
. Ruth Reed, .826 Fuller Ave., has
been on the Hopor Roll at the Wil
son High School consistently since
last September. Miss Reed is the
daughter of Mr.'and" Mrs. Gerone
E. Reed. '
Many .a .housewife meets the'
postman Friday morning with ,a
smile because he brings this paper
Minnesota Sorority Beauties
One of the most delightful holiday affairs was the>ecent Eta Chapter Alpha Kappa Alpha formal at Coff
man Memorial Union. A group photo of chapter me mbers is shown above.
Front row, reading left to right: Sorors..Shirley Sarris, Thelma Berry, Elizabeth Schuck, Pauline Alex
ander, bas ileus; Mildred Munson, Jeanette Dorsey and Frances Brown. . ,
Back row: Beatrice Brown, Sylvia Ross, Elizabeth Moore, Elizabeth McCracken, Myrtle Wormley, Beatrice
Schuck, Alyce Louise Stewart, June Hawkins and Ar etas Blaney.
ST. PAUL N.A.A.C.P. MEETS
SUNDAY AT 3 P. M.
An important meeting of the St.
Paul Branch of the National As
sociation for the Advancement of
Colored People will be held Sun
day afternoon, January 19, at 3
-p. m., at Hallie Q. Brown House.
Members are urged to Attend And
be present on time.
Embree Says U. S.
Flaw in Democracy
.. (From PM) .
Negro Status Called Loss to
New Haven, Jan. 11.—The most
striking flaw in American democ
racy is its treatment of Negroes,
Edwin R. Embree, president of the
Julius Rosenwald Fund of Chica
go, declared here in an address to
the Yale Graduate Sociology Club.
“Our attitude toward this race
is a threat to the whole theory and
practice of democracy,” he de
clared.. “So long as we degrade one
segment -.of the people, we ■ set a
pattern Of caste and discrimina
tion that-may easily be transferred
to other groups.”
To prove the progress of the Ne
gro, he cited the following statis
tics: literacy has jumped from 5
per cent at the time of emancipa
tion to 85 per cent today; the death
rate has dropped from 32 per 1,000
in 1890 to 15 pet 1,000 today; eco
nomic status has climbed until 700,-
000 Negroes now own their own
homes and 150,000 own their own
“They are still far from making
their full contribution to American
culture and prosperity. We must
go much further in equalperity,”
he said. “We must go much fur
ther in equalizing opportunities.”
In Your Paper...
• News about local people, your
friends and neighbors, given you
while it’s news.
• Editorials concerning local prob
lems, written by persons familiar
and sympathetic with them.
• Comment from the Negro Press
from all parts of the nation.
• Features such as “Inqnisitivs
Sal,"' “Listen to This," “Abbe Wal
lac*?," . “Poptic Thoughts," “Twin
Town Talk" (the two towns’ killer
diller and moat widely-read eol-
• Advertisements from many of
the leading Irma in the community
all. :ahxkms to serve our readers
awlappreciating their patronage.
• “In the Sportlight,” by Jimmy
Lee, written .by an athlete who
• AND a policy of news preasnta
tion and editorial policy which has
gataad for it notice all over the
Citizens To Hear Speakers
On Discrimination In State
And National Defense Work
ST. PAUL BRANCH NJLA.C.P. SPONSORS
SUNDAY MASS MEETING
The status of the Negro in state and national defense will be dis
cussed at a public mass meeting of the Hallie Q. Brown Sunday Forum,
January 19, at 4 p.m.
Participant# in a round-table discussion on “The Negro in State
and National Defense” will be: Clarence Mitchell, Jr., Executive Secre
tary of the St. Paul Urban League; Cecil Newman, newspaperman; Erma
Clardy, Public Relations Counsel
of the Council of Negro Students;
and Frank Alsup, District Organ
izer of the Packinghouse Workers
Organizing Committee (CIO).
Samuel Reed, president of the St.
Paul Branch of the National As
sociation for the Advancement of
Colored People, will act as chair
To Stop Ban
Asks OPM to Remove Ban on
New York, Jan. 14.—A plea for
the removal of restrictions against
Negro workers seeking employ
ment in defense industries was ex
pressed today by Lester B. Gran
ger, assistant executive secretary
of the National Urban League, in
a letter- to Sidney Hillman, associ
ate director of the Office for Pro
duction Management, National De
fense Advisory Commission. -
- “The Urban League,” stated Mr.
Granger; “has carefully gathered
data from all parts of the country
showing that the restrictions
placed against Negro workers by
a large part of American industry
will not soon be relaxed, even in
the interest of national defense, un
less the Federal government takes
definite steps to show the need for
such relaxation as well as its in
sistence upon it.”
Christian Center Building
Burns; Damage Is SB,OOO
Approximately SB,OOO worth of
damage was done to the Christian
Center Building, 603 W. Central
Ave., by fire of undertermined ori
gin Which swept through the rear
of the building Friday morning.
The blaze, which caused one regu
lar and two special alarms, was
discovered shortly before 6 a. m.
The building is of tile and brick
structure and the blaze was con-
Twin City News Briefs
ILL WITH PNEUMONIA
Mrs Alice Whitley, 604 Seventh
St. N., is seriously ill with pneu
monia which she contracted short
ly after returning, from a trip to
Chicago. .rx 1 i-.-.......
The Rawjjess Club will meet
Saturday, January 18, at 8 p. m.,
and thereafter on the third Satur
day of tiie. month; 'The club re
cently elected officers. Tpin Carroll
is "president; Leo Bohannon, vice*
president; Chas. Noble, secretary
and Percy Hughes, treastmer.
REVIVAL—The Church-of God
in Christ at 627 Olson Wvd., is con
ducting a revival. Mrs. A. Burress
is in charge, and. is being assisted
by Mrs. L. B. Vaughn. Rev, J.
The NAA CP hopes the commit
tee in charge says in sponsoring
this meeting to lead a vigorous at
tack on the particularly vicious
race prejudice which exists in na
tional defense units and industries,
and in the Minnesota Defense
For this reason the NAACP
stated that it wishes to particular
ly emphasize the importance of this
meeting and urges all Negroes and
friends of the Negro people who
are interested in establishing quali
ty for the black man in the defense
system, to attend this meeting and
make their wishes known.
An open discussion will immedi
ately follow the formal program.
fined - to the rear but traveled
through all three stories before the
fire fighters could bring it under
control. No one was in the build
ing at the time of the fire.
The Holy Catholic Church of Je
sus of the Apostolic Faith, of which
Elder August A. Johnson is pas
tor, occupies the building. An in
vestigation is being made to de
termine the cause of the fire.
Graham is pastor of the church of
God in Christ.
Services begin at 7:30 each eve
ning. A special prayer service is
conducted each day at twelve
o’clock. The public is invited to
Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Payne, 3783
Fourth Ave. Minneapolis, ob
served their 51st wedding anniver
sary last Saturday, Jan. 11. The
couple married at Atoka, Tenn., in
’' Arthur Harness, 'who formerly
lived in this city and who is now
a member of Troop F, Ninth U. S.
Cavalry, 'stationed at Ft. Riley,
Rah., spent several days here re
cently on furlough as guest of Mr.
and . Mrs. Nellie Walker, 3616
■Fourth Ave. S.
The Minneapolis Rusjnes*
Young Mill City Woman
Dies as Result of Auto
Accident Last Weekend
Professional Association held its
annual election of officers Tuesday
night. Dr. W. D. Brown was re
elected president for the fourth
consecutive year. Other officers
are Jasper H. Gibbs, Jr„ vice
president; C. E. Newman, record
ing secretary; Raymond W. Can
non, corresponding secretary, and
Chester Johnson, treasurer. Execu
tive board members elected were
James Miree, McDuff Woodard and
Clarence M. Mitehell, J?., was
one of the speakers at the Better
Housing Mass meeting at the St.
Paul Y. W. C. A. Wednesday night.
Mr. Mitchell is a member of the
Mayor’s Housing Committee.
John L. McHie, 2911 13th Ave. S.,
left Thursday, January 16, for Der
troit. He will be the guest of his.
sister, Mrs. Frances McHie Chavis.
Speaks at Forum
Robert M. Sentman, Assistant
Regional Director, United States
Housing Authority, will be the
speaker at the Minneapolis Sun
day Forum, January 19, 4 p. m.,
Phyllis Wheatley House. The pro
gram will be sponsored by the
Humboldt Heights Civic Club of
which Mrs. H. T. Russell is the
president. Myrtle Lewis, student
at MacPhail School of Music, will
render a vocal solo, accompanied
by Miss Florence Christopher.
The Forum program marks the
closing activities of Better Hous
ing Week sponsored' by the Min
nesota Better Housing Association
and the Minneapolis League for
Better Housing. These organiza
tions, together with affiliated
groups throughout the state, are
seeking the passage of ja housing
enabling act by the present legis
lature. Mr. Sentman and other of
ficials of the USHA are in the
city to co-operate with the move
If a housing bill is passed, it will
be because the citizens of the state
demand its passage. Negroes are
a poorly housed group and, there
fore, should *be deeply interested
in the success of this housing bill.
Mr. Sentman will explain the im
portant features of the bill and the
general benefits to be derived by
Charles Bradley Em
ployed at Florsheim
Charles Bradley> 254 E. Four
teenth St., is employed at the Flor
sheim Shoe Store, Wabasha St. at
Fifth. A shoe-shining stand is a
part of the equipment in the new
Florsheim Store and it is operated
The annual winter shoe sale is
now in progress and you are in
vited to come in and look oyer the
Charles Bradley will be here to
greet his old friends and to make
new ones. Pay the Florsheim Shoe
Store at Fifth and Wabasha Sts.
a visit this week-end or early next
week. Bradley says, “See our ad
elsewhere in this issue” of the
The Two O’Clock Bridge Club
will meet Saturday, December 18,
at the home of Mrs. Clarence
Smith, 3827 sth Ave; Si, Minne
Advertisers in this paper WANT
AND APPRECIATE patronage.—
Town and Gown Ball, Phyllis
Wheatley House, Jan; 18, 8 p. m.
Music by “Down Beats."—Advt.
All the news, .the family likes to
Weekly Visitor to
es of Many
Dorothy Johnson, 17, 3945 Fourth
Ave. S.-, died Wednesday at General
hospital, Minneapolis, from head
injuries suffered in an automobile
accident at Fifth St. and Third
Ave. S., Minneapolis, Saturday,
Louis Robinson, 20, 140 Hyland
Ave., driver of the ear; and June
Carter of Emerson Ave. N., a pas
senger, were unhurt in the three
car collision. Vincent Westberry,
988 Bryant Ave. N., the fourth oc
cupant of the air, is still in General
hospital. His condition, Wednes
day, was reported fair.
Funeral arrangements had not
been completed at press time.
Former St Paul
Kansas City, Mo.—Earl Wilkins,
newspaperman and former St. Paul
man, died here Saturday. Mr. Wil
kins was buried in Kansas City.
He is survived by his wife, the
former Helen Jackson of Minne
apolis, and a child. Mrs. Wilkins
is connected with the Y. W. (}..A.
movement. Roy Wilkins, editor of
the Crisis, is a brother of the de
ceased. - " .
■ Mr. Wilkins came here from-St.
Paul several years ago to take a
position on the Kansas City Call.
He worked his way up to the busi
ness managership of the. Call.' Lat
er, overwork caused his illness.
For several years he was con
fined to a -hospital in this state.
Two years ago he returned to 'the
Call, working a few hours -a day.
Both Earl and Roy Wilkins were
reared in St. Paul, attending-the
public schools and the University
of Minnesota, where Earl was'an
outstanding student, winning a Phi
Beta Kappa key. He served as edi
tor of the St.- Paul Echo during 4ts
existence and was active .in.-athe
civic and religious life of the com
The Associated Negro Credit
Union held its annual meeting at
Hallie Q. Brown Monday night.
Members heard reports of officers
and rc-elected two directors and its
supervisory committee and credit
Rev. C. F. Stewart and Percy
Hughes were re-elected board mem
bers, George Mundell, Jos. B. Yevy
and John M. Patton were elected as
supervisory committee. C. W.
Washington, Tom Carroll andlzet
ta <Jreer were re-elected to the
credit committee. . *
The annual financial statement of
the union appears elsewhere in this
issue of the paper. ’ ‘’
Owen Howell, veteran business
man, highly praised the organiza
tion in an extemporaneous talk.
- • Mr. Peterson, managing director
of Credit Union League, stated that
the Associated Negro. Credit Union
reserve funds were much higher in
proportion to its liabilities than the
average credit in Minnesota.
STATE PA DON BOARD CUTS
SENTENCE OF AGNES SHANKS
The State Pardon Board, meeting
in St. Paul . Monday, December 6,
cut the sentence of Agnes L.
Shanks, convicted in Ramsey coun
ty for abortion on May 13,' 1940.
to one year. ' Mrs; Shanks* 3 was
originally sentenced* to j&rrvfe a
term up to four years. -
Review Of Case
Washington, D. C., Jap. 13. —The
U. S. Supreme Court. refused to
grant, W.S., Neal a review of the
ease in which a Federal jury, found
him guilty of concealing money
which -his brother, John- -L. Neal,
was convicted of embezzling from
the First National Bank in Minne
Neal is confined to ' Federal
Prison at Sandstone, Mihri. He
fought fox .over two years to keep
his freedom- ...
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