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will be found the appeals and re quests for votes from most of the leading candidates for pub lic office subject to the Nov. 3 elections. Read their ads. The fact that they advertise here is possible evidence of their inter est in the Negro people of this state and county. N OL. 9, NO. 12 j ■ w * ■ 4 CT Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Hughes, 3852 Fourth Ave. S., have announced the engagement of their daughter Glaine Clarissa to Mr. Paul Arnold Mayes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Minnesotans Urged to Vote for Elmer Benson, Former Governor, for U. S. Senator (Statement Issued by Boyd Little}chn & Herron) Negroes of Minnesota should give their whole-hearted indorse ment to Elmer A. Benson’s can didacy for United States senator. There are many reasons why we urge the election of this great Farmer-Labor leader. The reasons given here, we. believe, are perti nent to the tremendous task of win ning the war quickly and decisively. America needs leal unity if ti is to defeat its enemies both the enemies abroad and the fifth col umn at home. Mr. Benson fights for that unity. His record is one of the* best in the nation. It was Mr. Benson who exposed the Black Legion Fascist threat in 1936. It was Mr. Benson, then United States Senator, who de manded a joint House and Senate investigation of that subversive movement. The Congressional Rec ord in 1936 quotes Mr. Benson in these prophetic words: “Evidence discloses that this (Black Legion) organization plotted to overthrow the govern ment of the United States by force and violence, establish a Fascist dictatorship, and deny certain classes of our citizens the rights guaranteed under our Constitution. “The activities of such an or ganization, conducting terrorist campaigns against labor, liberals, and other groups of law-abiding citizens, is a national outrage and presents a national rather than a state problem. Unless the federal government acts quickly, we may awake to the day when our cher ished American liberty will be a relic of the past.” That same year Mr. Benson called to national attention the ac tivities of the Silver Shirts, an anti- Semitic and anti-Negro organiza tion whose leader Pelley recently was imprisoned. Because the administration gave no heed to the appeals by Mr. Ben son and other champions of the un derprivileged, it has become pos sible for some 750 subversive groups to be in existence in the United States at this time. Au thority for this statement is found in the September, 1942, issue of the Readers Digest in an article entitled, “The Ghost Walks Again.” Successors to the Black Legion continue to be active even since the outbreak of war. They were found inciting the race riots last spring against the Sojourner Truth hous ing project in Detroit. They have made trouble in war industries and in the armed services as well. These same forces are respon sible for the lynchings and terror ism which the Axis propagandists use in their efforts to create dis loyalty among American Negroes. The administration’s indifference (until Pearl Harbor) to these homegrown Fascist movements, we believe, is a contributing factor to the present state of international chaos. Therefore we pledge our efforts to elect Mr. Benson to the United States Senate where we know he will fight to: 1. End racial and nationality dis crimination NOW in industry and Glaine Hughes to Marry B Ridgeport 3595 Mayes, 3816 Fourth Ave. S. The marriage ceremony will be per formed at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Thanksgiving Day. in the armed forces. 2. Outlaw the poll tax. 3. Secure for women equal pay for equal work. The Negro soldier has many just demands. He wants an equal chance NOW in the armed forces. He wants a second front. He wants freedom for ALL oppressed people throughout the world, includ’r.g *he people of India. Mr. Benson we know will cham pion these just demands. Signed: Frank Boyd, Secretary-Treasurer Twin Cities Division Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Maceo V. Littlejohn, General Chairman, Local No. 516, Dining Car Employes. Wm. “Bill” Herron, Committee man. Veronica Luca Recital Success On the stage of the newly deco rated Hallie Q. Brown auditorium flanked with palms and colorful flags of the Colonel Young aux iliary, Veronica Lucas, in lemon yellow taffeta, pleased her audience in her recital October 16. Mrs. Katherine Mitchell accompanied her. The qualities in Mrs. Lucas’ voice were brought out in Mighty Lac A Rose, The Morning Song, by Speaks; The Cradle Song, by Brahm, and The Song My Mother Taught Me, by Dvorak. American beauty roses tied with red, white and blue ribbon were presented to Mrs. Lucas. Members of the auxiliary wore corsages of red, white and yellow, their colors. Oscar Newman Joins Navy Oscar Newman, son of Cecil Newman, newspaper publisher, signed up with the U. S. Navy Mon day. Oscar resides with his mother, Mrs. Willa Newman, 2434 Fifth Ave. S. LORRAINE CHIVERS IN RECITAL Louraine E. Chivers will be among the pupils of Iza M. Canfield, teacher of vocal and piano, to be presented in recital at the Minne apolis branch Y. W. C. A. at 8 p. m., November 13. Admission free. HALLOWE’EN PARTY AND BEAN FEED The Men’s Club of St. Thomas Episcopal Church will have their annual Bean Feed in the form of a Hallowe’en party Saturday, October 31, at 345 E. 38th St., from 8 to 12 p. m. This feed is for the boys and girls of the South Central district of Minneapolis. Movies, dancing and other entertainment will be free i with plenty of good eats. Prizes will be given for the girl and boy wearing the best costume. Mothers of the smaller children are urged to be present. Everyone is welcome. C. A. Hughes is chair man. Tela Burt, Martin Brown, J. Boyd Crawford, A. J. Clark, Jr., and Dr. W. D. Brown are other com mittee members. Sa> 3 194 S —— ■ •. i i ■ i i i i i i * i St. Paul NAACP Wires President on Lynchings Telegrams were ordered sent to the nine Minnesota Representatives in Congiess by the special meeting of the Executive Board of the St. Paul Branch of the National Asso ciation for the Advancement of Colored People last Thursday night at the Hallie Q. Brown Community House. The text of the telegrams sent by the publicity chairman, Rev. Clarence T. R. Nelson, is as follows: “Three lynchings in the same week in Mississippi make Federal anti-lynching law imperative. Five hundred and eighty-five members of our Association urge you to sign the discharge petition on H.R. 971.” The telegrams were sent to Repre sentatives August H. Andresen, Jo seph P. O’Hara, Richard P. Gale, Melvin J. Maas, Oscar Youngdahl, Harold Knutson, H. Carl Andersen, William J. Pittenger and Richard Buckler. The national office of the Nation al Association for the Advance ment of Colored People is making every effort possible to have the Galvigan anti-lynching bill H.R. 971, brought out of committee to the floor of the House of Represen tatives for a vote at this session of Congress. Members of the Association and other interested citizens are urged to write or wire our Representa tives in Congress to sign the dis charge petition for the anti-lynch ing bill, H.R. 971. A letter was received from Rep. Melvin J. Maas stating that he was the first to sign the petition some time ago. The St. Paul Branch doubled its pledge to the Community Chest this year and has paid S2O 00 in the present campaign. Ellington Plays for Credit Union Dances Saturday Duke Ellington and his famous orchest ■» will be the feature at traction at the Ninth Annual Grand Ball of the Minnesota League of Credit Unions at the St. Paul Audi torium, Saturday, October 31, from 9 to 12. Jan Savitt and his Top Hatters will head the bill at the Minneapolis Auditorium the same night. Morton Lake, chairman of the St. Paul committee, and Norman Arneson, chairman of the Minne apolis committee, announced that tickets for 1,000 Service Men who are to be guests of honor at the Grand Ball, have been delivered to the Service Men’s Centers. A Junior Hallowe’en Grand Ball will be staged Friday, October 30, at the St. Paul Auditorium for teen age people of the Twin Cities. A program of entertainment and a couple of hours of dancing have been arranged for the youngsters on that night with Duke Ellington and his orchestra doing the enter taining. Morton Lake expressed the opinion that there will be a ca pacity house. Mr. and Mrs. Woodford W. Mills, 944 St. Anthony avenue, are re ceiving congratulations on the birth of a baby girl, weighing six and one-half pounds, Wednesday, Oc tober 21, at Bethesda hospital. The new arrival has been named Carol Jeanne. The Woodford Mills have two other children, both boys. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William Mills, 944 St. An thony avenue, and the maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Earl Howard, 563 W. Central avenue. Mr. and Mrs. Huron J. Shelton, Jr, 925 E. Magnolia street, gave an informal party Saturday,' Oc tober 24, following the Minnesota- Michigan football game to honor their house guest, Dr. William L. Postles of Detroit, Michigan, who is also a talented pianist. Games were played and refreshments were served. Guests at the party in cluded Messrs, and Mesdames B. F. Henderson, John R. Lawrence, Jr., John L. Banks, Jr, Miss Nilee Nyan Luckie and Mr. A. J. Lewis, Misses Fem and June Lee, Mrs. Norma Beauford and Mrs. Ernest Baxter, Jr, of East Orange, New Jersey. . . . Dr. Postles was also the dinner guest on Saturday of Mr. and Mrs. George Lee, 1174 Sherburne avenue. . . . Sunday aft ernoon, October 25, Dr. Postles was the dinner guest of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Stevens, 3224 4th avenue south, Minneapolis. Mrs. Aaron Jones of Chicago, who has been visiting in the city as the house guest of her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Louis P. Moore, 662 W. Central avenue, left Monday, October 26, for home. MINNEAPOLIS, MINN., FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30,1942 Geraldine Lawhorn, 24-Year Blind Artist to be Presented In Recital November 5 Miss Geraldine Lawhorn, 24- year-old wonder, with her Master’s- Eye dog, Blondie, will be presented in a dramatic recital by the Cred jafawn Club, November 5, at 8 p. m, at the Catholic Youth Center, 150 North Smith Avenue, St. Paul. At the Chicago Piano College and School of Fine Arts where she is studying on a scholarship awarded by the State of Illinois, Miss Law horn is regarded the institution’s most unusual student. She plays the piano, dances, operates a stand ard keyboard typewriter and a Braille machine, and has written several short stories, some prize winning It is said that the dramatic read er’s adjustment to her handicaps, her radiant personality and cour ageous manner remove impulses to pity her, but instead inspire ad miration and respect for her spirit, determination and remarkable ability. She will present some of her most noted dramatic portrayals in the November 5 concert as well as the appearance of Blondie in one number. She will also play Dett’s “Juba,” a difficult piano interpreta tion for normal artists. Members of the Credjafawn Club believe that such a high type and unusual program will be appreci ated by the people of these commu nities and urge their support. This young lady, accompanied on her trips by her mother, has been lauded by the Chicago Daily News as well as many other leading news papers and periodicals all over the United States. Assisting on the program will be Norma Stokes Beauford, xylo phonist, and the Melody Maids, youthful singing group, directed by Arlee Harris. Patron tickets are one dollar; general admission is sixty-five cents Producing Ammunition for Uncle’s Men Among the several thousand women employed at the Federal Cartridge Corp, operated Twin Cities Ordnance Plant at New Brighton, is Mrs. Grace Bryant of Minneapolis who is shown in this St. Paul Dispatch photo intently watching and inspecting the cartridges as they go through the machine she operates. Wm. M. Smith 81 Friday Wm. M. Smith, familiar figure in Twin City newspaper, civic and re ligious circles for many years, will observe his 81st birthday Friday (today). Mr. Smith, associate editor of the Spokesman and Recorder news papers for nearly six years, retired from public life about three years ago because of ill health At that time he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Phyllis Wheat ley Settlement House and the Ur ban League, an active member of long standing in Bethesda Baptist church and active in the N. A. A. C. P. He welcomes his old friends at home now and chats alertly on world and national affairs as well as community problems in which he still has a deep interest. This is America’s most complete newspaper of its size.—Advt. (tax included for both). Tickets may be purchased from members of the club, the Melody Maids or at the Majestic Drug Store. To Broadcast On WCCO Miss Lawhorn will be interviewed on the Darragh Aldrich Women’s News program over radio station WCCO at 2:15 Thursday afternoon, November 5, the same day of the recital. On Wednesday afternoon the day before the recital at 2:15, Mrs. J. L. Sinykin who helped train Blondie, Miss Lawhorn’s dog, will apear on the same program. Mrs. Sinykin and Miss Aldrich who are personally acquainted with the artist have expressed pleasure in the anticipation of meeting her again and having her on the pro gram. Mrs. Sinykin will speak of Miss Lawhorn on the Wednesday program. John Glenn, Pioneer, Buried John Glenn, 67 years old, pioneer Minneapolis resident who died Oct. 10, was buried October 13. Born in Mississippi, educated in lowa, Mr. Glenn was married to Mrs. Addie Glenn, who survives him, at Two Harbors, Minnesota, in 1900. The couple moved to Minneapolis in that year 42 years ago. Mr. Glenn had been ill since De cember, 1941, and had not worked since March this year. Funeral services were held at St. Peter A. M. E. church. Sur viving the deceased are three broth ers, three sisters and his wife. Burnquist Committee Issues Statement Announcement has been made of the formation of a Volunteer Com mittee to work for the re-election T- of Attorney General J. A. A. Burn quist. B. M. Heinzen, Ivanhoe, Lin coln County Attorney, has been named chairman of the group. Earl F. Jackson, St. Paul attorney, is vice-chairman, Maurice Hessian, Minneapolis attorney, is secretary treasurer, and Mrs. Tess Carlson of Willmar is chairwoman. Heinzen, in announcing the for mation of the group, emphasized the importance of the office of at torney general and the splendid record Bumquist has made since taking office in 1939, winning 226 out of 253 cases in court. “The state is fortunate,” he said, “in having a capable lawyer and an efficient and experienced public officer like Bumquist as attorney general, especially in these difficult times. His experience as governor, his service as lieutenant governor and as a member of the legislature, together with his outstanding ad ministration of the legal affairs of the state in tlje past four years make him a valuable official in the functioning of our state govern ment.” “We must maintain the present impartial and judicial administra tion of this office,” Heinzen said, "by re-electing J. A. A. Bumquist.” The committee has established headquarters at 624 Endicott Building, St. Paul, and is carrying on a state-wide campaign for the attorney general. Forum Listens to Workers in Civilian Defense A representative number of Minneapolitans braved the icy blasts of a cold October wind Sun day afternoon to learn what their fellow citizens were doing to help win the war through participation in the Civilian Defense Programs. Their efforts were well rewarded, for the meeting, the first of the 1942-43 series of Minneapolis Sun day Forum, was both interesting and informative. The theme of the Forum was the “The Negro in Civilian Defense,” and the speakers expounding the subject were all members of some branch of the Civilian Defense Program. The Forum was sponsored by the Women’s Auxiliary of the Minne apolis Urban League for the pur pose of acquainting the community with the work that is being done and to urge fuller participation in civilian defense efforts. Mrs. Estelle Sims, former presi dent of Auxiliary, spoke of the or ganization’s interests in the Civil ian Defense Program and expressed a desire for the continuance of these efforts. Mrs. Mae Marshall, mem ber of the Arrangement Committee of the Civilian Defense Council; Mrs. W. D. Brown, member of the Speakers Bureau of the Civilian De fense Council; Mrs. Wreatha Max well, First Aid Unit of the Red Cross and Mr. Clarence Hughes, Precinct Captain, Air Raid War dens, were the principal speakers. These speakers painted a very clear picture of the role our group is playing in our home defenses. Mrs. N. J. Hunter, Music Director of the Auxiliary, provided appro priate musical selections for the program. Mrs. Josephine Chambers, Presi dent of the Auxiliary, and Chas. W. Washington, Executive Secretary of the Urban League, assisted in the floor discussion that followed the talks and were united in their plea for a continuance of this es sential work. The next meeting of the Auxiliary will be held Tuesday, November 3, at 8 p. m. Phyllis Wheatley House, new and old mem bers welcomed. PRICE $2.50 A YEAR—7 CENTS A COPY rOHYLAUn , fl" I THAT* V u5tD ? I I Munsingwear Now Has Two Negro Women Employed Clara Robinson, 98 Hyland Ave nue, and Leoma Patrick, 813 Oak Lake, Minneapolis, were employed during the past week by the Mun- singwear Corporation. Both of these young women were placed as machine operators and according to statements of Company officials to Chas. W. Washington, Secretary of the Minneapolis Urban League, they are making splendid progress. Others are to be employed shortly from among the applications al ready placed with the Company. At Honeywell Minneapolis Honeywell increased the number of Negro workers by the employment of Mrs. Sybil Bell, 2646 4th Avenue S., and Mrs. Al berta Pitts, 3920 sth Avenue South. The Company now employs six men and three women, one woman hav ing been employed a few weeks ago. William T. “Chatsie“ Thurston Dies William T. (Chatsie) Thurston, 62 years old, 575 Carroll avenue, died at the United States Veterans’ Hospital on Friday, October 23, after being ill for three weeks. Born in Lawrence, Kansas, Mr. Thurston had been a resident of the city for the past thirty years. He was a member of Col. Charles Young Camp No. 29, Spanish American War Veterans Funeral services were held Wed nesday, October 28, at 2 p. m., with Rev. S. E. Ware, pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church, officiating. Inter ment in the National Cemetery at Fort Snelling. His only survivor is one son who lives in Lawrence, Kansas. Operation Fatal To Mrs. Cooper MRS. MANDRILLA COOPER DIES FOLLOWING OPERATION Mrs. Mandrilla Cooper, 694 Car roll avenue, 34 years old, died on Wednesday, October 21, at St. Luke’s Hospital several days after undergoing an operation. Bom in Cowetta, Oklahoma, 34 years ago, she had been a resident of St. Paul for the past six years. She was a member of Pilgrim Bap tist Church, the Missionary So ciety, Usher Board and Gospel Choir of Pilgrim. Survivors include a 16-year-old daughter, Dorothy, husband, Leon ard, mother, Mrs. Bertha Harris of Omaha, Nebraska, and four broth ers and a father in Omaha, Ne braska, also. Funeral services were held on Friday, October 23, at 5 p. m., with Rev. S. E. Ware, officiating. A vo cal selection was given by Rev. S. E. Ware. Following the funeral services, the body was shipped to Omaha, Nebraska, for last services and interment. Revival Service at Zion Baptist Church Members and friends of sister churches are invited to attend a re vival at Zjoq .Baptist church begin ning November first, con ducted •by'■Rdv.' C _ A._ 3?>ulston of Motile, •**?’• • '.* Rev, Raulston, •paistor of one of the largest Baptist churches in Mobile, is an outstanding minister in State and National Baptist circles, Zion Baptist says, “To hear him once is a guarantee that you will hear him again.” They promise a spiritual feast and fellowship. Rev. H. W. Botts is the church pas tor. Citizens Endorse I. G. Scott for Re-election Among the large number of Northside citizens who have en dorsed I. G. Scott for re-election as County Commissioner are Thomas Miller, Mrs. Myrtle Polk, Henry Young, Charles J. Smith, F. L. Johnson, Delbert Ware, Frank Tanner, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Johnson, Mrs. Ida Wright, Mrs. Mildred Smith, Mrs. Oscar Gates, and Mrs. Audie Hoskins. Star Journal and Tribune Agree to End Old Practice The old newspaper practice of designating the race of persons in news accounts when such persons are Negroes will be discontinued in the Star-Journal and Minneapolis Tribune newspapers. This was the promise of Basil Walters, executive editor of the newspapers, and David Silverman, managing editor, made to a com mittee from the Minneapolis Coun cil of Negro Organizations several days ago. Daily newspapers all over Ameri ca have had a policy of ignoring the racial identity of all people in their news stories except Negroes. News stories carried about in the dailies are preponderantly of police court and crime variety the commit tee pointed out and the identifica tion of such persons as Negroes tends to create in the newspaper reader’s mind that the Negro fig ures very largely as a criminal. The committee pointed out that if it was improper to refer to the na tionality of other groups in the papers it was also improper to single out the Negro. Mr. Walters agreed that the com mittee’s contention had considerable merit and pointed out that the mat ter had never before been brought to his attention. In the future unless the use of the word Negro has some news value in itself it will not be used in the Minneapolis dailies’ manner formerly in vogue. Dr. W. D. Brown, W. C. Jones, Henry Thomas, Raymond W. Can non and C. E. Newman composed the committee which called at the paper. Two other dailies, the Dispatch and Pioneer Press of St. Paul, dis continued designating the race of news story figures two years ago. HALLOWE'EN PARTY AT WHEATLEY Saturday, October 31, at 7 p. m. is the time and place for the kid dies’ Hallowe'en party at Phyllis Wheatley House. Refreshments will be served. Joseph Gilbert For Full Rights For The Negro People In a statement to this paper, Joseph Gilbert, Farmer-Labor can didate for Congress from sth Dis trict, said: “It is a disgrace to the American nation that we should have such a thing as a Negro prob lem in this day and age. The real reason for the inequality of rights granted the Negro people in our so called political democracy is that the Negro question is a part of the great economic problem, just as is the labor problem, the woman prob lem and many others. It can never be fully solved in a society of con flicting economic interests, or the capitalist system. “In the meantime much can be done by according the Negro full constitutional rights in practice. , The main trouble is that racial dis | crimination is fostered and kept i alive by ignorance and prejudice. Scientists have proven that basical ly there is no fundamental differ ence between colored and white i races. All have the same potential powers, and differences are mainly due to development, physical, men tal and emotional, which are deter mined by environment and oppor tunity. That is why all citizens in a political democracy should be ac corded full and equal rights and opportunities in every respect. “A first step in this direction is by abolishing the vicious poll tax law. It will then follow that the Negro must use his political power to secure equal education, and then through education and organiza tion develop power to enforce equal status in all human relationships. The Negro must ally himself in his efforts toward complete emancipa tion with all liberal forces, indus trial, social, economic and political, and cut himself loose from tradi tion, In common with all socially minded people he must seek free dom not for his race alone but for humanity as a whole. With eco nomic freedom established and a still greater diffusion of education the Negro problem will be a thing of the past,” L. J. "BUD” GLEASON ACTIVE ON INSURANCE BILL L. J. “Bud” Gleason, candidate for re-election to the legislature from the 35th district, was active in securing the passage of the auto insurance no discrimination bill in the last session. A. Gladys Cannon Nelson, Chi cago soprano, Recital, Nov. 13, Camphor Church,—Advt.