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. SPOKESMAN . i- - l au1 ’ Minn., Vol. 2, No. 26 - "** 'I jJ Minneapolis, Minnesota, Friday, February 7, 1936 p»w HVM CENT* Phyllis Wheatley Celebrates Eleven Years of Social Service • The real red letter day at Phyllis Wheatley is its annual meeting looked forward to by its friends in both Minneapolis and St Paul. It will be sponsored this ye*r, as usual, by the Phyllis Auxiliary, Mrs. Frances Duncan, president, and will be celebrated by a din ner and program at the House, Tuesday, February 11, at 6:80 p. m. Other Years In former annual meetings it has been possible to send outside the city for a speaker, with a special message. In later years, owing to changed economic conditions, it has been found advisable to substitute for this feature presentations from the work actually carried on in the House. This change has fitted exactly to the moods of its patrons and the affairs have gone forward to the perfect satisfaction of the hundreds who crowd the big gym at the House to capacity. Eleventh Annual This year marks the 11th mile stone in its history and Miss W. Gertrude Brown, head resident, is expected to report no lessening of its activities and a decided increase in the value of the service it has offered the people of this commu nity. Mails are not always de pendable. If you do not receive your card of invitation, phone Cherry 8098. Phyllis Wheatley does not want a single friend overlooked and you are ex- The program, chief feature of the entertainment accompanying the dinner, will be one of those eharming skits by one of the dra matic groups directed by Miss M. Louise Bohanon, dramatic depart ment head. Music The evening’s musical numbers will be given by a newly formed chorus developed from the WPA sewing unit, employed at the house and trained by Mrs. Blanche 0. Mason, head- of the department of music. Service at the dinner, an always important factor in the annual din ner, will be in charge of members from the 20th Century Club and waiters from the Curtis Hotel. Menu The menu will be prepared under the critical eye of Mrs. Mayme Battles and the guests will be wel comed by groups selected from the staff and auxiliary. Invitations are already in the mails and those who are intending to come are urged to make prompt reservation by mail, phone or in person. This will enable the man agement to exercise its usual care •in looking after its guests. The small price of 50c per plate has not been changed this year. After three consecutive victories the Border Basketball Team ran into an unexpected tartar in the Fremont Congregational outfit on the Jordan Junior High floor, and went down to defeat by the nar row margin of two points. The game ended 29-27, with the home boys still fighting with their last ounce of energy to overcome that two point lead. The race entry in the fight for the North Side Championship was forced to play the greater part of th' game with the starting line up intact, because no substitutes were available. During the last few minutes, Stafford Lott was forced to leave the game on per sonal fouls, leaving only four men to finish the game. The Border boys tired soon after the second ,half opened and saw their lead of 20-14 wilt into nothing, never io be regained. Don Strawder again paced the team in scoring with six field goals, followed by Captain Lott, with eight points. The entire team is awaiting to avenge their defeat Monday night at the hands of Fre mont Congregational. Next Mon day Jordan Junior High will again be the scene of the tussle between Border and St, Mark's Lutheran church. The remaining four games will be played at Phyllis Wheat ley House, at 9 p. m. Baby Competition Wins Attention Many and valuable will be the prizes given in the Negro baby show* to be held the evening of March 7, at the city auditorium. The first and grand prise is a Kel vinator, with its special water and milk cooler equipment, ice cream cabinets, etc. The baby show com mittee plans to display it as soon as arrangements can be made. However, the Kelvinators are al ways on display in the show rooms of the Minneapolis General Elec tric Company. This major prize will be awarded the parents or guardians of baby show entrants, who realise the largest amount of sales of the baby show tickets. These tickets are being sold now and all mothers are urged to regis ter their babies and take part in the contest. All have an equal chance and there is no cost. All mothers with their registered babies will be admitted free to the show. The age of babies eligible to enter the contest is from birth to five years. Registrations are being taken at the home of M. W. Judy, telephone Locust 9059. Prizes will be awarded children of junior and senior ages for the most beautiful girls and the most beautiful boys. Awards will be made to the youngest baby, cuttest tot, best twins and triplets. The most popular mother will come in for her share. Health awards will be given out based on physician’s reports and two five dollar prizes will be do nated by a Chiropodist who will examine all of the babies’ feet at the show. He will make his awards to the two most perfect set of feet Following is a few of the prizes that have already been donated by merchants: Gainsley-Graves Co., 916 Nicollet Ave., jewelry for baby. De Guile Academy of Beauty, 808 Nicollet Ave., beauty work. (Door prize.) New Hennepin Studio, 803 Hen nepin Ave., six frees, photos. Max A. Kohen, 13 S. Sth St., jewelry. Hasty Tasty Shop, 830 Mar quette, bakery goods. Harry Felsenberg, 8 S. 4th St, glassware set Egekvist Bakery, 113 S. 6th St, bakery goods. Century Fruit Market, 832 Mar quette Ave., assorted vegetables. J. C. Famechon Co., 145 N. 12th St., potatoes. Schmidler Food Market, 610 N. 7th St., groceries. Defective Page MASS MEETING The Twin City Ministers’ Alliance will sponsor a mass meeting at the St. James A. M. E. Church, Cen tral at Dale, St. Paul, Sunday, February 9th, at 3:30 p. m. The meeting will give information of and plan for participation in the National Negro Congress in Chi cago, February 14th. Miss W. Gertrude Brown of Phyllis Wheatley, and Rev. W. E. Wadlington of Bethesda Baptist Church, Minneapolis, will speak. The importance of this meet ing cannot be over-estimated. Prepare to come, to advise, to help. Rev. L, W. Harris, President. Above is a reading of “Silver Lining,” a play to be presented at the first Studio Formal of the season. Members in the group comprise the Senior Dramatic Class of the Hallie Q. Brown House. Reading from left to right: Tully Hickman, Doro thea Harris, Richard Stokes, Louise Har- St. Thomas Gets New Minister A public reception will be given Sunday, February 16, from 3 to 7 p. m. in the guild room of the church for the purpose of get ting acquainted with the new rec tor and family. The new pastor of St. Thomas Episcopal church comes to Minne apolis with his family, a wife and two small Children and will begin his work Bar. J. H. Thompson here Sunday, February 9. The public is always welcome at St. Thomas. Civic Club Urges Members Meet The St. Paul Community and Civic Club met Monday night, Feb ruary 3, at Pioneer. Defying the cold, most of them were present, and the discussion of business went forward. The next meeting will be held Monday night, February 10. It is urged that all members will make this meeting, as the immediate business is of utmost importance THESE FIRMS ARE UNFAIR! Minneapolis Brewing Co. Schmidt’s Brewing Co. Hamm’s Brewing Co. Gluck’s Brewing Co. YOERG BREWING CO. No Negroes are among the employed personnel of any of these breweries. Don’t spend your money with firms that practice race discrimination in the selection of their employees. Rev. Damon P. Young, Secretary. I *” History of Hallie Q. Brown Disclosed In Pageant at Annual Dinner “The Spirit of Community Serv ice,” is the title given the pageant which will so ably tell the story of the activities of the Hallie Q. Brown Community House on the night of the 7th Annual Dinner Meeting to be held Friday, Febru ary 14th, at 7p. m. The pageant was written by Miss Laura Jeffrey and directed by Mrs. Louise Wood ford, two of the workers at Hallie Q. Brown House. In the cast are twenty-five people. To some people seven years is a very short while, to others it is a long time, but to those people who know social work and its many obstacles, especially from the standpoint of recreation and health work, it is amazing to note the many accomplishments of Hallie Q. Brown House in the short period of seven years. Over this period the house has gained for itself city wide recognition, co-operation of private and public agencies, and new friends among influential citi- Cameo Social Club To Give Dance Rook Ganz and His Cotton Club Band Monday, February 10, from 9:30 p. m. on, the Cameo Social Club will give a Pre-Lenten Dance at the Hallie Q. Brown Community House, Kent and Aurora Aves., in St Paul. Rook Ganz and his Cot ton Club Band will furnish the Urban League Plans Week of Interracial Cooperation The Inter-racial Committees in the Twin Cities have made exten sive plans for the observance of Inter-racial Week. From the ninth to the sixteenth some phases of the program will be in progress. The ultimate objective during the week is to direct the thinking of the peo ple of our communities towards the Negro’s problems as well as to the cultural contributions which the group has made to American civili sation. Duniway and Steiner Speak in St Paul The Inter-racial Committee of St. Paul will inaugurate the Week’s activities with a mass meeting at Hallie Q. Brown Community House Sunday, 9, at 4 p. m. Professor C. A. Duniway of the History Department, Carleton Col lege, will speak on the subject, “The Democratic Lincoln.” Music by Pilgrim Baptist Choir. Thurs- grave, Jack Neal, Beneta Edwards, George Brooks, Hazel Butler, Louise Woodford, Mary Lyles, Boyde Patrick, Jerry Har grave, Leia Mundell; sitting in front row left to right: Mrs. Gladys Harris, director of group, Ruth Brown, Charlotine Moore, Reginald Harris. zens of both the Negro and white races. It has been able to gain and maintain the respect of the Community Chest and its officials, and has made for itself a perma nent place in the social work scheme of St. Paul. The Hallie Q. Brown House has become a necessity in the life of the hundreds of boys, girls, men and women who use the facilities offered at the institution. The Annual Dinners have always been great social events for the community because they offer the one occasion during the year when so many of the citizens get an op portunity to sit down to break bread in a friendly manner with a common interest for the good of the entire citizenry. Miss I. Myrtle Carden, who is director of the Community, has lowered the cost of the banquet to 35 cents in order to make it conve nient for everyone to have dinner at Hallie Q. Brown House on Val- Will Play music, as only they can. This is the first time that this band has been secured in St. Paul for an en gagement this year. The commit tee has worked hard to make this the best dance of the season. Ad mission is 40c. (Adv.) day, February 13, at 7:15 p. m., a mass meeting will be held at Peo ple’s Church, St Paul, sponsored jointly by the Forum Committee of People’s Church and the Inter racial Committee. Dr. Edward A. Steiner, Grinnell College, lowa, will be the speaker, music by the St. Paul WPA Orchestra. Friday, February 14, 7 p. m., the Commit tee is urging attendance at the an nual meeting of the Hallie Q. Brown Community House. Dr. John G. Rockwell, State Commissioner of Education, will speak. The Inter-racial Committee of the Urban League is the principal sponsor of Inter-racial Week ac tivities in Minneapolis. The Com mittee has received the endorse ment and co-operation of the Min neapolis Church Federation, Y. W. C. A., Minneapolis Association of Maas Meeting, Westminster Church, Minneapolis (Continued on Page Three) . -V WORK IN RACE RELATIONS It was in 1920 that two (2) rep resentatives were sent from the Southern Methodist Women’s Board of Home Missions to visit the biennial session of the National Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs at Tuskegee, Ala. As a re sult of this contact there was held in the fall of that year at Mem phis, Tenn., a meeting of invited delegates from the white churches of the South, to which four lead ing Negro women were asked to bring a statement of what they felt to be done to correct racial preju dice and improve relations between the races. The significance of that meeting was profound. For the first time white and Negro women together discussed race problems in terms of their common responsi bility as Christians, and went away with the feeling that they had seen the dawn of a new day in race re lations. In the fifteen years which have passed since that meeting in Mem phis, the inter-racial movement among church women has spread from that small group of Southern women to all of the denominations which are a part of the Federal Council of Churches. Among the projects sponsored and carried out by the church women’s group throughout the country are the holding of inter racial conferences in local commu nities, the building up of inter racial committees, the promotion of Race Relations Sunday, studies of local conditions, notably one on hospitalization and health oppor tunities for Negroes; the publica tion of an inter-racial news letter and programs for use in women's societies, co-operation in the anti lynching campaign, especially in pushing the passage of the Costi gan-Wagner anti-lynching bill, etc. The Federal Council of Churches in America now sponsor the Race Relation Program in every city where there is a local chapter. The Y. W. C. A., Urban League, and Hallie Q. Brown House have united for the last four years in the observance of Race Relations Sunday. Each year a program is held at either the Y. W. C. A. or Hallie Q. Brown House, at which time a speaker is selected to give an address to an inter-racial audi ence on some subject pertaining to better race relations. Sunday, February 9, at 4 p. m., Prof. C. H. Duniway of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, will speak on the subject of “The Democracy of Lincoln." The meeting is to be held at the Hallie Q. Brown House. Pilgrim Baptist Church Choir, un der the direction of Mr. A. V. Hall, will render the music. The public is urged to attend this meeting. During the week there will be other interesting features of Raee Relations week. Thursday, Febru ary 13, Dr. Steiner of Grinnell Col lege, lowa, an outstanding author ity on race relations, will speak at the People’s Forum at the People’s Church in St Paul, at Bp. m. Dr. Steiner is particularly well pre pared to talk on the subject of Race Relations, having been an im migrant himself. He is the author of a book, “On the Trail of the Immigrant,” which is used in many classes of sociology as a text book. The public is urged to attend this meeting for which there is no charge.