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Everywhere people are demanding
that barriers erected against individ
uals because of sex or race be swept
away. In fact, though the fear of
atomic destruction is uppermost in
many minds today, this century is wit
nessing the steady strengthening of
another force, a constructive force,
which future historians may deem to
be more important to the progress of
the human race than the splitting of
the atom.—N. Y. Times.
Humphrey Asks Truman
To Set Up F.E.P.C.
For Defense Help
Washington—A proposal to establish by executive order
a commission to eliminate discrimination in defense and gov
ernment employment was made today by Senator Hubert H.
Humphrey, (D., Minn.)
In a letter to President Truman, Senator Humphrey de
clared that a commission similar to the Fair Employment Prac
tices Commission of World War
H was necessary to put a halt to
discrimination in defense indus
tries. "Many American citizens,’’
he said, “are today unable to
contribute their skills and abili
ties to defense production solely
because of their color or religion
or national origin,
The letter follows
Dear Mr. President:
The people of the United States
have appreciated and repeatedly
honored you, your record and the
support you have given to civil
rights. Under your leadership, dis
crimination is being eliminated in
government service. You created
a Pair Employ
ment Board to
handle com
plaints of dis
crimination i n
government ser
vice. Your Com
mittee on Equal
ity of Treatment
of the Armed
Services has
made significant
strides in
achieving equal
ity of opportun-
Humphrey ity for all in
military service. You appointed a
Committee on Civil Rights and a
Commission on Higher Education,
both of which have issued epochal
reports which have received wide
spread attention and acceptance
by the American people. Your ad
vocacy of legislation in behalf of
human rights has surpassed that
of any other President in Ameri
can history.
Our democratic way of life is
being threatened by aggression.
You have exercised your leader
ship to mobilize America, its re
sources and its friends to resist
that aggression and once again
make America the arsenal and
the defender of freedom every
where. As one member of the
United States Congress, I offer
you my support on that effort. To
achieve that program, we need
the energies and talents, the im
agination and the intelligence of
every American.
Discrimination is inexcusable in
a democracy because it violates
the principle of human dignity
and equality upon which demo
cracy is based. It is damaging to
our efforts to achieve a free
world and to persuade the mil
lions of colored peoples in the
world that democracy rather than
totalitarianism will meet their
needs best. Discrimination is self
defeating to our urgent and
strenuous efforts to mobilize
Many American citizen* are
today unable to contribute their
skill* and abilities to defense
production solely because of
their color or religion or nation
al origin. Discrimination in em
ployment is an evil at any time,
luit at a time when our very
survival Is threatened, such dis
crimination violates national
self-interest and defense.
We face a critical manpower
shortage. Our increased military
effort today comes at a time
when we realize that our man
power is limited. Our economy is
today operating at its highest
peacetime level in history. Labor
surpluses have declined and shor
tages of skilled workers are al
ready appearing. Unemployment
is low. Your Executive Director of
Defense Manpower. Mr. Robert C.
Goodwin, has warned the Ameri
can people that we face "a pro
gressive tightening of labor mar
ket conditions, growing short
ages in an increasing number of
occupations, and a sharp pick-up
in recruitment of manpower for
defense production."
I therefore urge. Mr. Presi
dent. that you create the nec
essary effective machinery to
eDminate discrimination In all
areas of federal and defense
activity so that our manpower
resources may be fully utilized.
For you to issue an Executive
Order, Mr. President, providing
for fair employment practices in
the utilization of our manpower
resources, would further enrich
the democratic tradition which
has come to represent you and
your Administration. Such an Ex
ecutive Order is crucial to our
national security and will prove
to the other nations of the world
that we accept for ourselves the
principles of liberty and equality
which we proclaim to all.
Finally. May I respectfully
urge that In issuing such an
Executive Order you provide
enforcement power necessary
Mill City NAACP Brand
Progress to Elimi
At its regular meeting on Sunday, January 21st. the Minneapo
lis Branch, NAACP, will hear a complete report of progress in the
action which is being taken to eliminate segregation and discrimina
uon in the Army.
As a result of the reported discrimination and segregation at
Camp Rucker, Alabama, the Branch has activated public officials and
other organizations to lend their efforts to obtain complete integra
tion in the Army, as was ordered by Presidential directive.
Last week. Branch officials conferred with Governor Luther
Youngdahl, who immediately wrote President Truman, asking that
the Presidential directive be carried out and that complete integra
tion immediately be put into effect.
Members and friends are urged to attend this meeting at Phyllis
Wheatley House, 809 Aldrich Ave. North, at 4 p. m., Sunday, Jan
Hinn. Historical Soc.
CEdar 0922
Young Sioux Falls
Man Builds Good
Business Venture
By Minerva Bridgewater
Sioux Falls, S. D.— A success
story of which this city is proud
is that of Charles Smith, 1311 No.
Phillips Ave., who, with enter
prise and hard work has built a
large window cleaning business.
Mr. Smith, a native of Jack
son, Miss., was a World War II
draftee from Chicago. He was
stationed during the war for three
and a half years here in Sioux
Falls, with the rank of sergeant.
He made up his mind that Sioux
Falls was a good city.
After his discharge, he obtained
a job as a short order cook in a
cafe where he was employed for
a year.
Seeing the possibilities of a
first class window cleaning ser
vice he contacted a single down
town merchant and secured his
order for regular service. After
his first customer was obtained
Mr. Smith “walked and talked”
and soon hr had other orders.
As his business grew he pur
chased a 1929 Ford truck which
had no top on the body. His sec
ond car in which he moved from
customer to customer was also a
1929 Ford truck. Other trucks of
later make followed as his busi
ness grew.
Soon it was necessary to hire
several men to assist him in
carrying on his business. As a
sideline the enterprising man
raised chickens for a time.
Smith faced severe problems as
his business grew and many times
it looked like he couldn’t make a
go of it, but as time went on his
work and the service he rendered
Became recognized.
About four years ago he pur
chased an all modem home. A
year ago he built a two story
building to house his business
storerooms and offices. On the
second story there is an apart
ment which he rents.
He uses two vehicles in his
business today, a 1949 Jeep De
livery panel truck and a 1950
Chevrolet. The family car is a
1950 Cadillac. In addition to the
four employees who do the act
ual window cleaning. Mr. Smith
has a stenographer and book
The business man is married
and has two children, Kenneth,
six, and Constance, four. Ills
wife is now a student at Nettle
ton Business College, taking a
business course.
The Smiths own property in
Minneapolis and nearby towns.
Their success furnishes an ex
ample to other young men and
women who have the good sense
and ambition and are able to see
what industry has accomplished
for Charles Smith.
to make It effective. Experience
in our states and municipalities
and the testimony of many ex
perts prove that the existence
of enforcement is necessary for
conciliation to be effective.
Mr. President, I know that the
American people will support you
in such a move. The Senate rule
which has prevented the majority
from enacting civil rights legisla
tion in the Senate has not in any
way dimmed the determination of
the American people to be guided
by the principles of the Golden
Rule. They have spoken through
state and municipal FEPC or
dinances, through their churches,
schools and colleges, labor organi
zations. fraternal and business
groups, athletic groups and the
The American people realize
full well. Mr. President, the bur
densome responsibilities which
rest on your shoulders. I join with
them in praying that God may
bestow his divine wisdom and
guidance upon you.
Sincerely yours,
Hubert H. Humphrey
h to Hear Report on
inate Army Bias Jan. 21
The Negro soldier pictured with his fellow white members of
the 47th Viking Division is unidentified. Efforts to find out his name
and home proved fruitless as the outfit moved out to lunch soon after
the mustering services.—Bust Brown photo.
Youth, Minor Girl
Found Dead From
Gas Poison In Auto
The bodies of an 18-year-old youth and a 12-ycaf-old
girl, victims of carbon monoxide poisoning, were discovered
in a car in a closed garage shortly after 10 a. m. Saturday,
Jan. 13.
The victims were: Ardies
Rufe Propps, 488 Carroll Ave
Mr. and Mrs. Solon Ellis, 361 N.
Western Ave
The two were found in the back
seat of a car in a garage at the
rear of the Propps’ home after
Mr. Ellis, father of the girl, had
searched for her since early Sat
urday morning.
The girl had attended a dance
at the Hallie Q. Brown Commun
ity house earlier Friday evening.
Her father set out to look for her
after she failed to return by 1 a.
m. Saturday morning.
They were found in the back
seat of the car. The ignition was
turned on and the gas tank was
empty. Police said the pair ap
parently entered the car and
turned the motor on to keep
warm. They had been dead sev
eral hours.
Up to the time of discovery of
the double death, no one thought
of looking in the garage.
Funeral services for young
Propps were held at the Brooks
Funeral Home chapel Wednes
day, Jan. 17 at 2 p. m. Elder H.
Childress, church of God in Christ
officiated. The interment was at
Elmhurst cemetery.
Propps survivors are his par
ents. Mr. and Mrs. Rufe Propps
three brothers, Joe. Adolph and
Clyde Propps and other relatives.
Howard Ellis, and a grandfather.
Ed Moore of Clarksdale, Mias, and
other relatives.
Girl’s Funeral
Miss Ellis' funeral was held
Tuesday. Jan. 16, Camphor M. E.
church with Rev. I. D. Dorsey of
ficiating. Brooks Funeral home
was in charge of all funeral ar
rangements. The interment was
in Elmhurst cemetery.
Survivors of Miss Ellis are:
Mr. and Mrs. Solon Ellis, parents,
and two brothers, Tommy and
Howard Ellis.
Hallie Sponsors
Popularity Contest
The contest is on. And who will
be crowned “Miss Hallie Q.
Brown of 1951" is the question on
the lips of the members of Hallie
Q. Brown Community House.
Those in the running are: Nina
Tolliver, sponsored by the "Teen
Debs Club; Peggy Fullbright,
sponsored by the Jr. Debs Club;
lone Douglas, sponsored by the
Las Herman as Club and Dana
Woods, sponsored by the Night
Hawks Club. Independent con
testants are: Dorothy Mac Neal,
Charlotte Robinson. Shirley Pat
terson and Joyce Henderson.
The Contest will end Friday
Friday night, January 26 at the
Hallie House, with a dance and
Coronation Ceremonies honoring
the lucky winner of the title,
"Miss Hallie Q. Brown of ’sl".
The Community is being ask
ed to support these young ladies
in this effort. All proceeds raised
will go toward purchase of much
needed gym equipment.
Mrs. Vera Oden, chairman; Mr.
Cornelius Tucker, athletic dep’t.
head; Mr. Wm. Dickerson, pro
gram director.
The Starlit Hour Ten Club met
Wednesday. Jan. 10 at the home
of Joeanna Wilson, 3825 Clinton
Ave. So. A luncheon was served.
The next meeting will be held
Wednesday, Jan. 17 at the home
of Virginia Ash, 3609 Clinton Ave.
Propps, son of Mr. and Mrs.
and Louise Ellis, daughter of
Mrs. Robert Mansfield
Resigns From St. Paul
Urban League Post
Mrs. Robert J. Mansfield,
(known to many as Mias Bessie
Powell) who has been on leave
from the St. Paul .Urban League,
has resigned.
During her nine years tenure
with the League, she became
known to hundreds of St. Paul
citizens for the courteous and ef
ficient manner in which she car
ried out her duties.
S. Vincent Owens, Executive
Secretary of the St. Paul Urban
League, today said Mrs. Mans
field's leaving the Urban League
is a definite loss. He spoke highly
of the very capable manner in
which she carried out her duties.
Miss Harriet E. Banham. 711
Carroll Avenue, recent graduate
of the Minnesota Business Col
lege. has been employed as the
new Administrative secretary.
m. k. Mcknight under
M. K "Mack" McKnight, 980
Fuller Ave.. St. Paul, who re
cently underwent a serious oper
ation at the University hospital,
Minneapolis, can use additional
Friends of Mr. McKnight, long-
time city and county employee
may give blood by going to the
blood bank at the University hos
pital on the campus in Minneapo
Each donor should indicate that
the contribution of blood is for
Mr. McKnight.
Mr. McKnight's condition was
reported Tuesday of this week as
The incomparaoie coiuruuo, ...anon Auae.auit, w.u Oe heard as
guest artist with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Anton Dor
ati conductor at that organizations annual pension fund concert,
Tuesday night, Jan. 23, at Northrop Memorial Auditorium on the
University of Minnesota campus.
Tickets are from SIBO to 13 60 tax Included and may be purchas
ed at the Symphony ticket office at Northrop Auditorium, the Down
town ticket office in Minneapolis and Field Schlick's in St. Paul.
The soldiers in the above pictures are members of Headquarters
company, 284 AA Battalion of the Minnesota 47th Viking Division
of the National Guard which went into Federal service Tuesday, Jan.
14. Delbert Crushshon and Eugene Harris (standing), behind Crush
shon are believed to be the first Negroes mustered Into Federal ser
vice with the previously all white Guard Unit.—Buzz Brown photo.
Veterans of Foreign
Wars Demand End
To Army Jim Crow
The Third District Veterans of Foreign Wars represent
ing 35 posts ami auxiliaries passed a resolution Sunday in
Minneapolis at the district meeting condemning segregation in
the armed forces.
Action of this veterans group which represents 10,000
persons and their families in the Third Congressional district
of Ml
The resolution called on the U.
S. Army to comply with the non
segregation order and permit men
of all races to serve together.
called the present Army pol
icy, fuel for the Communists and
their satelltes.
Frank Adams of Hopkins, Minn,
is Fifth District commander. He
said Wednesday that the resolu
tion was significant in view of
the fact that there are Negro-
Minnesotans in the 47th National
Guard who are being sent to
Camp Rucker, Alabama.
The VFW resolution said:
"Whereas It has been brought
to our attention that when ship
ment of men inducted into the U.
S. Army are sent to training
(amps from this area a notation
is made on their orders as to their
“And whereas those noted are
ent to a separate camp for col
red troops only;
"And whereas it Is against the
stated Army policy to segregate;
"And whereas it is against the
policy of this organization (VF
VV) to approve any discrimina
tion because of race, color or
"And whereas we are a demo
cratic nation this policy runs
contrary to democratic practices;
"And whereas continuation of
this policy gives our enemies of
Communist countries and their
satelites fuel for their propagan
da machines, which In turn will
cause us to shed blood, sweat and
'Therefore be It resolved by the
Third District Veterans of Fore
ign Wars in encampment assem
bled that It go on record request
ing this policy to be terminated
immediately and that there be no
segregation in the armed forces."
The action of the VFW which
strengthened the hands of such
national leaders as Senator Hu
bert H. Humphrey, who, in Wash
ington this week asked Frank
Pace, Secretary of the Army to
abolish segregation and called
attention to the attitude of the
bulk of Minnesotans who resent
the sending of Minnesota Negro
youths to segregated units In the
southern camps.
Thursday, Jan. 11, Seabrooks
Sydes, husband of Mrs. Clemen
tine Sydes, died at 960 Iglehart
Ave. The 75 year old man, a na
tive of Balitmore, Maryland, was
a member of Pioneer Lodge No.
l, F. and A M.. Queen of Sheba
Chapter No. 5, O.E.S.
The body laid in state at the
Brooks Funeral Home chapel
Sunday. Special candlelight ser
vices were held from 10 to 11 p.
m. Sunday. Jan. 14. Regular
funeral rites were held the follow
ing Monday at 2 p. m. at the
Brooks Funeral Home, Rev.
Floyd Massey Jr„ officiating. The
Interment was at Elmhurst ceme
Survivors of Mr. Sydes, be
sides his wife are two children,
Paul Sydes of York, Penn., and
Mrs. Ethel Turner of Chicago, 111.
Y W Leader To
Speak At 59th
Annual Meeting
Mrs. Maurice T. Moore of New
York City, chairman of the Fore
ign Division of the National
Board of the Young Women's
Christian Association, will ad
dress the fifty-ninth annual meet
ing of the Minneapolis Young
Women's Christian Association
Tuesday. January 23, In Benton
Hall. On Invitation of the U. S.
High Commission, Mrs. Moore has
recently served as American dele
gate to the conference of German
women in Bavaria. She will
speak out of a broad background
of acquaintance with association
work in 65 countries. She was
born in China of missionary par
She is the wife of an attor
ney and sister of Henry R. Luce
publisher of Time, Life and For
tune magazines.
“The Y's Terrific Like South
Pacific," a revue by which the
year's activities will be reported,
will be presented by the YWCA
players. A dance by Eunice
Brown will be a feautre.
The balcony will be open to
guests at 7:15. Mrs. Kenneth R.
Johnson la general chairman for
the meeting.
Three State Negroes
To Go South With
Minnesota Guard Force
By Oscar ]
A history making preceder
16 at the St. Paul Armory whei
ria, 18, Delbert Crushshon, 19
white members of the 47th Vi
National Guard, were sworn in
The ceremonies were beir
Juanita Mitchell
Opens Law Office
In Baltimore, Md.
Baltimore, Md.—Juanita Jack*
•on Mitchell, former resident of
* fir '
St. Paul, recently opened law of
fices after passing the Maryland
state bar examinations.
Mrs. Mitchell la the wife of
Clarence M. Mitchell Jr., head of
the Washington Bureau of the
NAACP and former executive
secretary of the St. Paul Urban
The new lawyer la an active fig
ure In the Baltimore metropolis
as she was during her stay In St.
Paul. She Is former youth secre
tary of the NAACP.
John 0. Rockafallor Heads
Notional UNCF Council
New York (ANP) John
D. Rockefeller Jr., will serve as
chairman of the National Coun
cil of the United Negro College
fund for the 1961 campaign, it
was announced thla week at fund
headquarters here.
Under Mr. Rockefeller's chair
manship, nationally prominent
business executives and men and
women active in civic and edu-
cational affairs will be recruited
to serve on the national council
for the current year, to aid the
fund’s program in support of Its
32 privately financed colleges and
The fund will seek to raise ap
proximately 10 per cent of the
combined educational budgets of
its 32 member colleges In 19S1, to
supplement the other 90 per cent
provided by income from tuition,
endowment and annual church
board grants.
In Minneapolis, Judson Bemis
of Bemis Bag will head the col
lege Fund drive again as he did
in 1950.
T. Marshall Flies To
Tokyo To Defend
Accused Negro G.l.’s
New York, Jan. 15- Thurgood
Marshall, special counsel of the
National Association for the ad
vancement of Colored People, left
the Idlewild Airport here today on
the first lap of a 7,000-mile night
to Tokyo, where he will under
take the defense of accused Gls
of the 24th Infantry.
Scheduled to arrive in Japan on
January 14, Mr Marshall will be
gin an on-the-scene investigation
of the circumstances surrounding
the court-martial conviction of
36 Negro enlisted men and offi
cers who have appealed to the
NAACP for such assistance. He
will also confer with General of
the Army Douglas MacArthur,
the Inspector General and other
top officials of the Far East Com
Mr. Marshall expects to be
overseas for about a month, re
turning to San Francisco on Feb
ruary 14. Upon his return he will
begin a cross country tour, re
porting to local branches of the
NAACP on his findings in Japan
and Korea.
la a press conference here be
fore leaving, Mr. Marshall told
newsmen that “information
from courts-martial defendants
. . . and other sources Indicate
that the trials were an attempt
at mass disciplinary action dur
ing the dally retreats which
Those who speak most of progress
measure It by quantity and not by
quality; how many people read, and
write, or how many people there are,
or what Is the annual value of their
trade; whereas true progress would
rather Ue In reading or writing fewer
and better things, and being fewer
and better men, and enjoying life
more.—George Santayana in “Wind*
of Doctrine.”
$4.00 Par Yaarj 10 Cants Par Copy
H. Newman
'nt was established Tuesday, Jan.
>n three Negro men, Eugene Har
l and one other, along with 600
iking Division of the Minnesota
nto Federal service,
ing repeated in 59 communities
' throughout the state of Minneso
ta where guardsmen have been
called up for federal duty.
The 47th, prior to IMS was
aa all white organisation bat
became Integrated after aa ex
ecutive order from Governor
Lather Youngdahl Issued Nov
ember «, IMS, opened eoHst
meata to Negro-America as,
Cruahshon, the son of Mrs.
Dolly Cruahshon, M 3 Bt. Anthony,
was one of the first of hla race to
enlist, joining Deo. 13, IMS, along
with Theodore Proem, son of Mr.
and Mrs. John Freese, 527 Car
roll Ave.
Hurts, a member of the guard
for ten months, la tbs sou of
Mrs. Oliva Harris, 66# Bt. An
thony Ave., enlisted In April,
1960. He and Chuahahon are both
members of headquarters battery
of the federallsed 26#th AA bat
The three young men are be
lieved to be the first of their
race tad acted Into Federal ser
vice with a national guard
group from the State of Min
In Minneapolis the two Negro
members of the 47th were re
leased one, George Woods because
he was under age, and the other,
William Brown on a dependency
There Is nationwide interest In
the Viking Division because of Its
Integrated pattern. Thera Is also
conjecture as to whether the U.
S. Army commanders at Camp
Rucker will order the Negro
youths from Minnesota, transfer
red to Jim Crow units or whether
they will be permitted to rsmaln
with their regular units.
In view of the former possibil
ity, the Minnesota NAACP last
week requested Governor Young- \
dahl to wire President Truman,
commander-ln-chlef of all U. 8.
Military forces, requesting that
Minnesota Negro personnel of the
47th be kept with their units.
The message was sent to the
president Friday.
Camp Rucker, Alabama, has
long had a bad record for Its Jim
crow policies and was one of the
worst camps for Negro soldiers
In the entire south during World
War 11. Recently, letters were re
ceived from s Minnesota Negro
soldier who charged prejudice and
mistreatment at thla same camp
during our present emergency.
Officers and men whom we
talked to. declined to give their
names, but said they would do all
In their power to maintain the
same policy carried on by the
division before federalisatlon.
They were also familiar with
Camp Rucker s poor World War
II record but confident no .at
tempts would be made to remove
any men from their units.
marked the early days of the
Korean conflict, and that such
discipline was not Inflicted up
on white troops."
Following receipt of such In
formation and appeals from the
convicted men, the NAACP de
cided to send Mr. Marshall to
Tokyo to make a first hand in
vestigation. At first his request
for an entry permit was denied
by General MacArthur. A direct
appeal to the General by Walter
White, NAACP executive secre
tary, opened the way for Mr.
Marshall to make the trip.
The NAACP. Mr. Marshall said
at his farewell press conference,
believes that it is imperative that
discrimination of all sorts be
rooted out of the Armed Forces, .
especially at a time when these
services are expanding and be
ginning to play a more import
ant part in the lives of every
citizen." (See Black Dispatch
{Editorial, Pgge 4.)
Hector Vasaar, 923 St Anthony
Ave.. secretary of the Local 516,
Dining Car Employees Union. Is
a member of the Ramsey County
grand jury.
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