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MWL 30. NO. 40.
Annual Meeting, New York City,
Let the American people, ana" espe
cially the President, in view of the
bloody war of all Europe and the
probable grant of freedom to Irelana
and suffrage to women, freedom to
Poles and Finns and relief from seg
regation and political disabilities foi
the Jews, induced by the needs of
son to free Colored Americans
Americans but those of color, is seri-
a 3lttanp of Atlanta
Silent God, Thou whose voice afar in mist and mystery hath
left out ears an-hungfered in these fearful days
Hear us, good Lord!
& L'sten to us, Thy children: out faces dark with doubt, are made
a mockery in Th sanctuary. With uplifted hands we front Th
heaven, O God, crying
We beseech Thee to hear us, good Lord I
J* We are not better than our fellows, Lord, we are but weak and
human men. When our devils do deviltry, cutse Thou the doer and
the deed: curse them as we curse them, do to them all and more
than ever they have done to innocecce and weakness, to womanhood
Have mercy upon us, miserable sinners I
J* J* And yet whose is the deeper guilt? Who made these devils?
Who nursed them in crime and fed them on injustice? Who ravished
and debauched their mothers and their grandmothers? Who bought
and sold their crime, and waxed fat and rich on public iniquity?
Thou knovjest, good God I
J- Is this Thy justice, O Father, that guile be easier than innocence,
and the innocent crucified for the guilt of the untouched guilty?
Justice, 0 Judge of men I
o* J Wherefore do we pray? Is not the God of the fathers dead?
Have not seers seen in Heaven's halls Thine hearsed and lifeless form
stark amidst the black and rolling smoke of sin, where all along bow
bitter forms of endless dead
Atvake, Thou that steepest I
J- Thou art not dead, but flown afar, up hills of endless light,
thru blazing corridors of suns, where worlds do swing of good and
gentle men, of women strong and freefar from the cozenage, black
hypocrisy and chaste prostitution of this shameful speck of dust!
Turn again, 0 Lord, leave us not to perish in our sin I
From lust of body and lust of blood
Great God deliver us I
EQUAL RIGHTS LEAGUE
Meets in New York and Issues Stirring' Address to the Country.
protests in strong words Against Lyncriing, Disfranchisement
and Segregation in Every Form.
SUMMARY OF ADDRESS TO COUN
TRY OF NATIONAL INDEPEN
DENT EQUAL" RIGHTS LEAGUE.
warring nations, remember that 12,- Monroe TrottPr Ronton
000,000 native citizens in this country
are worse proscribed than those of
Europe. We appeal to President Wil-
from Jim-crow cars, disfranchisement,
lynching and segregation, especially
under the Federal government at the
Federal capital, now, rather than await
Another delegation to see President
Wilson on undoing Federal segrega
tion is advised.
As an attempt to reduce Colored
Americans to permanent caste is so
powerful", acceptance of non-legal seg
regation in philanthropic institutions
in the North is opposed.
Signers of the address to the country:
Byron Gunner, N. Y. J. L. Johnson,
Ohio C. L. Miller, R. I. R. C. Ran
som, N. Y. M. W. Thornton, Thom
as Walker, Washington, D. J. A.
Hagan, Conn. W. A. Sinclair, Penn.
B. W. Arnett, N. Y. J. E. Church
man, N. J. Josephine E. Holms, Ga.
Andrew J. Smithe, Va. Miller,
Rea TLJ c.
renders the Colored citizen helpless civilization while any men in the
in as cowardly fashion as the lynch- world are left out of it? and that no
ing which its disrespect for law race or no nation can go far forward
breeds. while other races and nations lag be-
Jim-crow cars were absurd enough,
but residence segregation shows the "Let the white person again tread
South Knows no limit in proscriptiou the black person under his heel! (Say!
If let alone. which is trodden under heel after
Segregation of Federal employees Is
the most alarming symptom. The pe- It is not
tition presented against it to Presi- alie nations our learning, our relig-
dent Wilson by a delegation of this
persons is the only means to gain posterity th possession land
rights or retain them if gained. comfortnd(though this has been the be-
We protest against disfranchise-
ing independently for our rights ana gSSg.?^u}^
liberties and not for party. menauness, saennce new rertintytha
wider sweep for faithperish, and final tri--
Greetings and appreciations are ex-
and the Constitution Leaguoet .for
against segregation and opposing it.
rt_ _ lkl
BURDEN O BEIN^ WHITE
Ray Stannard Baker, the Amerv-
some awful war here.
Southern disfranchisement encour- Oh, my friend, why will
ages other forms of lawlessness and
see that there can be no true
only the rights all others enjoy, even fjtfc^o ?he "of 10^^
the foreigner. We shall never cease
until all citizens have full equal rights
giveythe science Wha signif all
league checked it only. We ask Pres- these things? Are we hurt by giving
Ident Wilson to entirely remove this them? Are we not, on the contrary,
nationalizing of caste. the materialt No,fundamentae we must
This proscription, visited upon no PrePared
to ggainers?th further than that else
ous and not to be minimized. Col- concept of religion,
ored citizens are warned that they It is not the great task of any natio-n
must ever resist it by agitation and that it shall remain pure,eTor white, or
organization. Organization of Colored learned, or thatoomt
i shall assure to its
ment, lynching, segregation, denial of ^c from the beginning of time). The
civil and political rights. We want
in every state. war, hatredr,a barren exclusiveness, and
We urge the use of the ballot as Anally degeneration and failure a
the real weapon of self-defense, vot- ?J
stand for racial aristocracy means
democracy and bro-
illation,i the kingdom of humanity,
umph. Individuals may suffer in
S A* National Association for pr0C ess nations may but civ
A.J ^SS?5 Chinamen, or Hindus or for our own
wH 1 bcom
Conrgessman T. C. We are willinee to do everything fo
re ibeautiful!r "6
Federal segregation as practiced in teach them the religion of resignation
the departments and encouched in va- yes, give them shoes and coats but
rious bills should be made an issue do not disturb us in OUT luxury.
as to supporting candidates for Con- It won't work it won't work. So
greas, and no doubtfulU men on these long as we refuse to give ourselves
Issues should beMvote-d*for. we have failed utterly.
rU a tav 1
es sential thing,
educate them (a little) yes.
Practically complete returns from
the state-wide election, last Tuesday,
show that prohibition carried and that
the state will be "dry" after Novem
ber 1, 1916. Richmond, Norfolk, Alex
andria and Williamsburg returned ma
jorities for local option.
it is estimated that the state will
lose an annual revenue of $600,000 as
a result of the election, and state offi
cials are now trying to work out a plan
to raise that amount from other sourc
es, though just how an additional tax
can be levied and on what, is causing
some worry, according to statements
made regarding the matter.
ST. PAUL AND MINNEAPOLIS. MINN.. SATURDAY: OCTOBER 3, 1814
A LITANY OF ATLANTA
BY DR. W. E. BURGHARDT DU BOIS
II THE INDEPENDENT
ROM lust of power and lust of gold,
Great God deliver us I
From the leagued lying of despot fejjjd of brute,
Great God detfoer us I
:jt Jt A city lay in travail, God our Lord, and from her loins sprang
twin Murder and Black Hate. Red was the midnight clang, crack
and cry of death and fury filled the air and trembled underneath the
stars when church spires pointed silently to Thee. And all this was to
sate the greed of greedy men who hide behind the veil of vengeance!
Bend us Thine ear, 0 Lord!
In the pale, still morning we looked upon the deed. We stopped
our ears and held our leaping hands, but theydid they not wag their
heads and leer and cry with bloody jaws: Cease from Crime I The word
was mockery, for thus they train a hundred crimes while we do cure one.
Turn again our captivity, 0 Lord!
J. J. Behold this maimed and broken thing $ dear God it was an humble
black man who toiled and sweat to save a bit from the pittance
paid him. They told him: Work and Rise. worked. Did this man
sin? Nay, bt some one told tiovr some o.n,e, said another didone
whom he had never seen nor known. Yet for that man's crime this
man lieth maimed and murdered, his wife naked to shame, his
children, to poverty and evil.
Hear us, 0 heavenly Father!
& & Doth not this justice of hell stink in Thy nostrils, 0 God? How
long shall the mounting flood of innocent blood roar in Thine ears and
pound in our hearts for vengeance? Pile the pale frenzy of blood-
crazed brutes who do such deeds high on Thine altar, Jehovah Jireh,
and burn it in hell forever and forever!"""
Forgfbe us, good Lord we knovj not what n say
Bewildered we are, and passion-tost, mad with the madness of
a mobbed and mocked and murdered people straining at the armposts
of Th Throne, we raise our shackled hands and charge Thee, God,
by the bones of our stolen fathers, by the tears of our dead mothers, by
the very blood of Th crucified Christ: What meaneth this Tell us
the Plan give us the Sign!
Keep not thou silence, 0 God!
DR. W. E. BURGHARDT DU BOIS
Editor The Crisis, the Great Manhood Magazine. Author of "A Litany of
Atlanta," Published Originally in The New York independent
and Reprinted by Permission in The Appeal
Employes Who Get By.
That our men and women are* su
perior in every way to the average
wage earner found in these stores is
without question, but worth doesn't
count Vhen prejudice steps in, so we
must fight fire with fire, and those that
are able to "get by" peace be with
them and it is our duty not to hinder
them in any way.
Russians and Americans Alike,
It will be a "commendable event in
the march of civilization" if the war
brings freedom to the Jews in Russia,
but we fear the Russians are wholly
like their cousins, aunts and uncles in
America and will, after the war, drop
back into the time-worn habit of see
ing around the beam in their own
eye the mote in their neighbor's.
White Rapist Lynched.
ciarksviile, Tenn.,Le Warner, 17,
white, was shot and killed by a mob
of Afro-Americans after it was alleged
he assaulted a colored girl. A coro
ner's ju?y returned a verdict of "justi
I no longer blind, Lord God, deaf to our prayer and"dumb to
our dumb suffering. Surely Thou too art not white, O Lord, a
pale, bloodless, heartless thing
Ah I Christ of all the Pities
Forgive the thought! Forgive these wild, blasphemous words.
Thou art still the God of our black fathers, and in Th soul's soul sit
some soft darkenings of the evening, some shadowings of the velvet
Igg a* But whisperspeakcall, great God, for Th silence is white
|p|| terror to our hearts! The way, O God, show us the way and point us
Jjg||j the path,
jjj^H J* Whither North is greed and South is blood within, the
|sd coward, and without, the liar. Whither? To death?
p Amen I Welcome dark sleep I
P*K jt Whither? To life? But not this life, dear God, not this. Let
||g| the cup pass from us, tempt us not beyond our strength, for there is
JjS^jj that clamoring and clawing within, to whose voice we would not listen,
yet shudder lest we must, and it is red, Ah God! It is a red and
j( g| jt jt In yonder East trembles a star.
BW Vengeance is mine I mill repay, satth the Lord!
We*? J* J* Th will, O Lord, be done!
p|| J* &> Lord, we have done these pleading, wavering words.
jggf We beseech Thee to hear us, gcod Lord!
gggfj a* J We bow our heads and hearken soft to the sobbing of women
HH and little children.
|gE| We Beseech Thee to hear us, good Lord!
jfc jf, Our voices sink in silence and in night.
p| Hear us, good Lord!
MJg In night, O God of a godless land!
J* In silence, O Silent God.
at Atlanta, in the Day of Death, 1906.-
Corps?" Let it he under the supreme
ter than his colleague's against one
half of the residents of his state, and
THE LYNCHERS CORPS
An Appeal Editorial Suggesting to the Murder Mad Monarchs of
Europe the Formation of an Army Corps Which Would Make
Their Most Inhuman Generals Look Like Pikers.
War devastates Europe. The "Chris- Bible beater who stated publicly that
tian- emperors have ordered the fool he would "not receive a colored Chris-
poor people to go out and kill one an tian into fellowship of his (not
other and after attending church where Christ's) church "Pastor" Russeii
their swords are blessed by the priests who has made a million dollars out of
and they pray to God for success, the the rot he sends out weeky about
massacre starts. Christianity and the brotherhood of
THE APPEAL wishes to call the man, but ordered colored Christians
attention of the murder-mad monarch to the gallery at the production of the
to the possibility of forming an army "Creation" in New York and the Cath-
corps in this country, which for effi- olic priest in Baltimore who ordered
ciency in its chosen line would make a kneeling christian woman, said to
the most ferocious, blood-thirsty and have been the sister of an Afro-
inhuman generals look like a lot of American Catholic priest, out of
Pikers. his church, could be utilized as
Why not organize a "Lynchers'
$2.40 PER TEAK.
command of Governor Cole L. Blease, fraternize
of South Carolina. Senator Ben Till-
man, also of South Carolina, the man Land, where their Christ was born,
who boasted in the United States ought to be the nucleus of a reserve
senate that Afro-Americans were corps of Bible buncoists. All of theS*
killed because they tried to exercise people have many times invoked the
their rights as free men, would be an divine blessing on their ungodly racial
*deal man for chief of staff. Ben is prejudices.
a great "Christian" and it is said that The ranks of the privates could be
he knows more about the Bible than recruited from the Southern governors,
any other Senator. members Southern legislature-spartici
Senator Vardaman, that great "Chris- whicha passed discriminating
tian" who has devoted his life to the
W. E. BURGHARDT DU BOIS.
Senator Hoak Smith, whose news- because it pays financially or because
paper contributed much to cause the Southern Caucasians pat them on their
Atlanta riot, are just the men for hacks and call them "good niggers."
Brigadier-Generals. ought to be gathered together and
Frank Clark of Florida, Charles designated as body servants for the
Gordon Edwards of Georgia, both officers of the corpsthey'd be de-
authors of segregation bills, Congress- Hghted to serve,
man Hardwick of Georgia, whose spe-
cialty is repeal of fifteenth amendment could be furnished by the Christian
legislation James T. Heflin of Ala- People who had charge of the Christian
bama, author of the jimcrow street Sunday School convention in Wash-
car bill Martin Dies of Texas, noted ington, D. C, a year or two ago.
segregationist are all "Christians," Christ said: "Suffer little children to
have a bitter hatred against their come unto me," but the Washington
CO-religionistS of other colors and are Christians evidently believing them-
emmentiy qualified for places as gen- selves to be superior to their leader,
erals. refusing little colored children places
THE APPEAL suggests that Frank in their parade, marched proudly along,
Park, of Sylvester, Georgia, another singing, "Onward Christian Soldier!"
"Christian" who introduced a bill in Then the whole aggregation could
Congress, making it unlawful for "ne- oe shipped away on an unprotected
groes to be designated or elected as cruiser and if their transport hap-
commissioned or non-commissioned pened to strike a floating mine and
officers in the United States Army," they were hurled to kingdom come,
be commissioned high private general "they never would be missed."
The rest of the officers could be DENOUNCE SEGREGATION.
selected from the locally prominent
segregationists and Samuel L. West, Chicago A. M. E. Conference Protests
a "Christian" and author of the Balti- Injustice Against Race.
more segregation ordinance is certain
ly entitled to a captaiflrcy. One of the most important actions
By all means, Dr. Lyman Abbott, of the A. M. E. Conference which con-
who stands preeminent among Ameri- vened in St. Stephen's Church, Chl-
can Christians who have handed out cago, Bishop Lee presiding, was the
Bible bunk in defense of subtile at- adoption by a unanimous vote of a
tacks on the rights of Americans of protest to President Wilson against
darker hue, should be named as chap- segregation in the Government depart-
lain-inJehief. Rev. Frost, who was the ments at Washington. The resolution
direct cause of the infamous Kentucky of protest was presented by Rev
law which undid the real Christian C. Ransom, editor of the A.*M. E.W
work of that saint John G. Fee and view.
dismembered Berea College, segregate Rev. A. J. Carey,.Rev. J. C. Ander-
ing the Afro-American students
Johnston Myers, the famous Baptist turned to their old charges in Chicago.,
who favor segregation
music for the march to battle
son and Rev. T. A Smythe were re-
er even whil a visit to the Hol
undoing of colored brethren Senator Pated in "lynching bees" in the South.
Williams also of Mississippi, whose re- Then all of the contemptible coward-
cent speech in Congress was more bit- *v
cur of colored race, those
thaththey are inferior to otheorwh