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44 An Independent Newspaper**
R Established Aufuat 10. 1934. ||
Published every Friday by Six. desman-Recorder Publishing Co.
Editorial and Business Offices at 303 Third Street South. Minneapolis,
Minnesota, U. S, A.
Phones BRidgeport 3595—Midway 8340
Entered as second-class matter October 24, 1934. at the poet office at Minneapolis.
Minnesota, under the Act of March 3. 1879.
One year. 33.50; «ix months. 31.50. Out-of -state: 33.00 per year. 31.75 for six
be Vehna Newman— Business Manager
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newspaper assumes no responsibility for unsetected manuscripts, photos or
engravings. Such are submitted at the owners risk.
All the Negro race asks is that the door which rewards industry,
thrift, intelligence and character be left as wide open to him as to others.
More than this he has no right to request, leas than this the Republic
has no right to vouchsafe.—R. T. Washington.
Friday. January 8, 1943
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George Washington Carver
Death came January 5, as it must to us all, the high and the low,
to George Washington Carver.
Born a slave, this great man worked his way to the heights and
at the time of his death was recognized as the “world’s greatest living
scientist” Most readers are familiar with Lis contributions to the
agricultural economy of the South. His development of many by
products from the lowly (goober) peanut made new opportunity for
thousands of farmers.
Carver was a great man. That he could become great in spite of
his humble origin is a credit to America whose soil Carver loved so
His life may well be an inspiration to those who have gifts to offer
and contributions to make.
We join in the Nation’s tribute to Dr. George Carver who has lain
down for a well earned rest.
As Long As
We have had numerous inquiries from both white and Negroes as
to our attitude towards the Red Cross blood bank campaign.
As long as the National Red Cross caters to the sectional and
racial prejudices of the South and separates the blood plasma of the
two races even in the more enlightened North, we will not advise !
readers to offer their blood to the blood banks.
There is something fundamentally wrong in the thinking of those
who want and need help for worthy causes yet who have the nerve and
effrontery to insult the giver of help by suggesting that what he gives
is of such inferior quality that it must be separated and marked “black”
Those who offer this insult to the Negroes and those who coun
tenance it in effect approve the despised racial theories of Adolph Hitler.
They cannot escape the comparison no matter how much they hem and
haw, theorize and philosophize.
It is inconceivable that an organization such as the Red Cross would
continue to foster anything which would tend to embarrass our unity
and our standing before the eyes of our non-white allies.
As long as the Red Cross maintains separate blood banks they’ll
do without our blood. We will do our part where we do not have to
be insulted while doing it.
We Are Proud
The Twin Cities should be extremely proud of the fact that two I
credit unions are operating successfully among the Negro communities, i
Monday night the largest of the two unions the Associated Negro |
Credit Union with resources 5,000 is holding its annual meeting. The
place and time is announced elsewhere.
To some $5,000 resources is not a large figure but when it is ascer- |
tained that the first report showed resources of SSB the progress has ,
been splendid.
More power to credit unions and any groups designed to encourage i
people to thrift and savings for the rainy days.
Able To Take It
The Negro press which has done a good job of dishing out trouble
to enemies of Negro progress through the years ought to be able to
take a little punishment.
Because it is the chief weapon of Negroes who would be free and
an America which would be a democracy it must naturally be prepared
as all soldiers of justice are, to take the stiff blows which the enemies
are bound to mete out. Intolerant foes of the Negro who still can see
him only as a second-class citizen have awakened to the fact that the
Negro has in his press a strong, vigilant defender of his right to life,
liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Those foes are out to muzzle or
destroy that press.
Recent attempts in national magazines by an erstwhile liberal
southern “friend” of the Negro, Virginius Dabney, Richmond editor, and
later the attack by Warren Brown, a Negro whose motives are rather
questionable, and the earlier assault by Westbrook Pegler is indicative
of a trend and plan.
It is obvious that the Negro press has its weaknesses. There is
always a difference of opinion among readers as to the proportion of
good and bad in the well established daily press. Some of the charges
made by critics of the Negro press are bound to be true. In any attack
such as has been made from time to time there have been criticisms
which while probably intended not to be constructive, have been very
Alert Negro editors will not fly off the handle and revile every
Negro or white who does not agree on all of the many issues of the
times but will keep their powder dry and keep on being America’s chief
free press and America's conscience.
By all means Negro editors who have had to courageously exhaust
their very life’s blood for a people who have been too little appreciative
and only dimly aware of their sacrifices ought to not allow the blasts
at their torch bearing, wherever it originates, annoy them overmuch or
turn them from their services to God, people and country.
In this newspaper’s opinion it’s just as important to be able to take
it as it is to give it. ■»
Civilians Must Protect Those in Service
The men and women in our armed forces have a right to expect the
civilians to protect their interests while they are in the service.
Military codes set up to maintain discipline among the thousands
of diverse personalities must be rigidly enforced to develop military
efficiency. Therefore persons in the service have little privilege to
change bad conditions. Witness the fate of General Billy Mitchell!
The fact that we must have such codes does not mean that codes
and the generals who execute them are always in the best interests of
either our military objectives or our country’s future.
The enlisted personnel is helpless to change conditions in our
services which are not conducive to effective coordination, unity and
It therefore devolves on the civilians and the Congress to protect
the nation’s interests by protecting the rights of every man and woman
serving the country in military service.
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J; t, hare heard it far More than we have heeded ,1 " ;H J ’
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sated Nepreea here tn the United Staten. The
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■ " aanry that men will learn to week tepodhoe ■ I«I
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are wo are poarinp eat, weald be a waata.— N<
V K. C. Call. «
In retrospect, the year 1942 must seem to the average Negro Ameri
can a period fraught with the exclusive contemplation of race and
violence. For, added to the impact of war, has been a special violence
on the home front, both physical and psychological, following in the
wake of more clearly crystallized racial attitudes. It is true that the
entire world is possessed by these concepts which are so inescapably
a part of global war, but with the
American Negro the preoccupation
is personal and intimate, of nar
rower scope and deeper intensity.
He is not part of the suffering pop
ulation of an entirely depressed
area, but is rather a depressed in
dividual in the most favored area
of the world.
There may be those who, in the
service of certain interests, will
undertake to argue that the per
petuation of prejudice and the
techniques of its preservation are
a response to the personality and
behavior of Negroes, but the ma
jority of the American people un
derstand the proper order of cause
and effect in this phenomenon.
If ever a people were conscious
of their historical role, in the
midst of living it, the Negro in
the United States has been having
that experience since the begin
ning of the war. No citizen under
stands the issues of the war more
dearly. This realization has united
the thinking and action of the
Negro people as no other force
could have integrated them.
Race Newspapers Play Major
Until the war, unity in any one
area of Negro life has been a goal
vainly sought by Negro leadership,
no doubt for the basic reason that
race and color alone are not very
scientific means for grouping peo
ple together. On questions of race
as well as on other scores, Ameri
ca’s psychological warfare has not
been scientific, either, and in this
fact, Negro leaders have found an
ally for their task of promoting
racial solidarity.
In tabulating the gains for 1942,
our leaders who themselves be
gin to recognize the imperative
necessity for co-operative action
must give great weight to the
role of Negro newspapers. Vio
lence, hatred and insistence on
race are a part of the American
scene. In reporting these facts to
the American people, the Negro
press has brought them together
on a platform which clearly eval
uates the Negro’s status and frank
ly recommends techniques for fu
ture action.
A “Quisling” Writes on Negro
It is in view of the violence of
the battle on the home front, which
is not of the Negro’s making nor
desire, and with understanding of
the immense barriers that separate
us from participation in American
life and cause our brooding con
cern with race, that I read with
sickened heart an article in the
Saturday Review of Literature, of
December 19, entitled “A Negro
books at the Negro Press,” by
Warren H. Brown.
All the polite invectives at my
command were exhausted on West
brook Pegler last April for his dia
tribe against the Negro press. It
was hardly to be foreseen that
some need be reserved for a relic
of slave psychology of the well
known specie which outdistances
the most violent white master in
abuse of a fellow-slave to appease
the hand that holds the whip. My
impulse is to save Dr. Brown from
the scorn and obliquy in which his
people will hold him upon reading
his article, just as he might have
refrained from subjecting the Ne
gro press to further misunderstand
ing and ridicule by white people.
But he has so richly earned every
challenge that will plaque him that
his Quisling-like performance can
not be overlooked.
Brown’s Connection with
CFD Baffling
Will he Judge it significant that
the January issue of Readers’ Di
gest, carrying a digest of his ar
ticle, appeared a week before this
issue of the Saturday Review pub
lishing the original article? The
Saturday Review is read by a se
lect but influential group of edi
tors and publishers, college profes
sors and other literati who will
quote Dr. Brown at every turn of
the page in more vulgar periodi
cals. Readers’ Digest is read by all
kinds of people and a great many
of them. Dr. Brown may find,
since prejudiced white people find
great justification and solace for
their moral guilt when a Negro
parrots their sentiments, that he
is very popular in some quarters,
although he will neither know nor
care that they are the wrong quar
Dr. Brown’s connection, as Di
rector of Negro Relations, with
the Council for Democracy is baf
fling. I had understood the Council
to be the kind of organization its
name implies and would hardly
expect it to lend its auspices to
this kind of business. Of course,
some of the more radical organiza
tions in recent years have rushed
back and forth across the fence in
very embarrassing fashion until
those which follow the Party Line
are now advocating meekness by
Negroes and hail the discrimina
tory Navy policy as a “great vic
Brown Needs To Remember
Dr. Brown states that his race
can be divided into two groups:
“Negroes and sensation-mongering
Negro leaders.” Among other pos
sible divisions, not including his,
Negroes may be divided into (1)
those who believe in democracy
enough to want it for themselves,
for which inclusion they will pay
different prices, even life itself,
and (2) those who tie their hand
kerchiefs more tightly around their
heads every day and long for a
kind white father to take eare of
them and tell them which field of
cotton to pick next.
The Negro press is not without
faults, and Dr. Brown well knows
the reasons, although his white
readers will not. Since he advo
cates reform rather than repres
sion, in spite of making out a
prima facie case for the latter,
why doesn’t he seek constructive
ways to make his contribution, by
criticism to Negro—not white-edi
tors, for instance, or by bringing
his talent and insight on the prob
lem to the pages of Negro news
papers. We cannot countenance
such betrayal by one who attempts
to speak for us without authority.
A few years in Harlem apparently
have erased Dr. Brown’s memory
of the South. If not, we suggest
that he recall from that experi
ence the need for unified leader
ship and joint action by our peo
ple in the face of a threat to our
security which never in the last
75 years has been more serious.
St. Thomas Episcopal Church: St.
Thomas Episcopal Church will pre
sent a class of approximately 12
candidates to Bishop Stephen Keel
er for confirmation on Sunday, Jan
uary 10, at St. Mark’s Cathedral
at 4:30 p. m.
The Bishop’s Committee held its
regular meeting at the church on
The Annual Epiphany Party will
be Thursday, January 14, at 8
p. m. Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin will
be host and hostess.
Out of town visitors attending
Sunday morning sendee were Mrs.
C. H. Singleton of Omaha and Mrs.
William Postal of Detroit.
St. James A. M. E. Church Notes:
Due to the fact that many churches
had separate watch night services
Dec. 31, our service began at 9:30
p. m. with prayers and praise. Rev.
B. N. Moore preached op the sub
ject, “Watchman What of the
Night.” At 11 p. m. Milton Barber,
Harry S. Brown, 0. C. Hall, C. H.
Miller and J. E. Johnson, watch
men, responded every 15 minutes.
Seventy-eight worshipers partook
of the Holy Communion.
Before a large congregation at
our 10:45 a. m. service, Jan. 3, Rev.
Moore chose for his subject,
“Righteousness Exalteth a Nation,
The Need of Mankind in the Chaos
of Events Today for the Righteous
Shall Flourish Like the Palm Tree
He Shall Grow Like a Cedar in Le
The following visitors were pres
ent: Mmes. J. Smith, Jr., Des
Moines, Iowa; Lovenia Collins,
Kansas City, Mo.; Ella Ridley
Hughes, Chicago, 111. Mr. and Mrs.
Wm. H. Ridley, Misses Minerva
Bradley, Chicago, Ill.; Gertrude
Wilson, Messrs. Gerald L. Porter,
Springfield, 111., Theodore Blakey,
Yankton, S. D.
Rev. S. E. Ware, pastor of Pil
grim Baptist church, was the guest
speaker at the University of Life
hour last Sunday evening at 6:30.
Year Ending December 31, 1942
Cash | 1,550.52
Personal Loans _. 2,838.44
League Credit Union Share 5.00
Furniture and Fixtures 135.29
Expenses 158.01
Bonds ’„... 74.00
Dividends _... 59.00
Total | 4,820.26
Shares $ 4,220.81
Entrance Fees 10.00
Reserve Fund 167.29
Undivided Earnings ...... , 88.59
Interest Earned 333.57
Total „ | 4,820.26
Total Resources _...$ 4,820.26
Total Number of Members ..... 282
Total Number of Borrowers .. 79
Total Number of Loans Made (1942).... 75
Total Amount of Loans Made (1942). | 4,823.85
Total Number of Loans Since (1937)... 451
Total Amount of Loans Since (1937) (20,394.35
Board of Directors: W. B. Walker, President; DeVelma New
man, Vice President; Talmage B. Carey, Secretary and Treasurer;
C. W. Smith, Dr. E. S. Weber, H. C. Combs, Nettie Shepherd.
Supervisory Committee: Geo. G. Mundell, Chairman; J. B.
Levy, John M. Patton.
Credit Committee: C. W. Washington, Chairman; Tom Carroll,
Lula Bailey.
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Cleaned and H
Pressed Wti
Thanks Contributors
and Paper
Dear Editor: Members of the
Chas. Young Auxiliary No. 12,
Spanish War Veterans, wish to ex
press our appreciation to you for
publishing the letter from F. D.
Patterson, president of Tuskegee
Institute, who made an appeal for
clothing and money for needy Ne
gro families of the South.
We also wish to thank those who
sent large supplies of clothing in
good condition which made it pos
sible for us to send hundreds of
garments to these unfortunate peo
ple. Receipts for the cash con
tributions made by some are being
sent individually by Mr. Patterson.
The money was received at Tuske
gee in time to be used for Christ
mas. /
Very truly yours,
Mrs. Clara Turner, Pres.
Mrs. M. T. Burrell,
Committee Chairman.
We wish to thank our friends
and neighbors for their acts of love
and kindness during the illness and
subsequent death of our beloved
daughter and sister, Mrs. Henrietta
Mrs. Easter O’Shields
Mrs. Lily Bell Wright
Ruth O’Shields
William (Bill) O’Shields
“What Is Your Philosophy of
Life ?” was his topic. Rev. M. Boyd
Patrick will be the speaker next
Sunday on “Is Christianity Practi
Rev. Moore will be in the pulpit
Sunday morning, Jan. 10. His sub
ject will be “My Son Absolom.”
At 8 p. m. the service for unveiling
and dedication of the second ser
vicemen’s plaque will be held. The
quarterly meeting will be held at
St. James Sunday, Jan. 10, at 3
p. m. Rev. Robert E. Kelly of Bor
der Methodist church, Minneapolis,
will speak. An important church
conference will be held Tuesday,
Jan. 5, at 8 p. m. Three trustees
and delegates to important church
conferences will be elected.—Chas.
H. Miller.
NEWS: A large crowd turned out
Sunday morning to greet the New
Year. The church was beautiful
with flowers on the altar in mem
ory of Mrs. Veria Bledsoe and Mr.
Jerry Larkins. Rev. Ware preached
one of his favorite sermons, “All
Ashore We’re Sailing,” and Pil
grim was launched on her journey
of 1943 with the prayerful hope
that she would arrive safe and
sound into the port of 1944.
Among the many visitors were
Mrs. Lilly Vinegar and Mrs. May-
God—and a Little Brown Boy
A little brown boy knelt by his bed,
“Dear God, would you mind,” he said,
“If, tonight, I chance to pray
A little apart from the usual way ?
I must explain I’m a little guy,
Who might ask too many reasons why;
So, if I seem too fresh a sprout,
Please, Dear God, just tune me out!
Dear God, all summer I waited to see
The robins move from the apple tree,
When other birds of darker feather
Came—but they got on well together.
The next door dog and our little pup
Are pals with friendship up-and-up,
But our neighbors think us dregs and ash,
And mother calls them ‘poor white trash.’
Today, my teacher talked about war,
Democracy, whom and what it’s for—
New world freedom, social gains
For Poles and Czechs, French and Danes,
Indians, Chinese, Norse—she even knows
Of blessings for the Eskimos,
But when I asked about our South —
She said I’d better shut my mouth.
Dear God, because we’re browned,
When bom, should we be kicked around,
Left out of things, forgotten ones,
Does color make us less Your sons?”
The little brown boy climbed into bed,
Smiling, and knowingly shaking his head,
For God, somehow in His wondrous way,
Had told him—things would be okay!
me Lobbins of Chicago and Mr.
and Mrs. J. W. McMillan and Mr.
F. Parker of the city.
The B. Y. P. Y. had a lively dis
cussion on “The Divine Nature and
Mission of the Church." We are
still campaigning to raise the mem
bership to fifty and invite everyone
to attend. The main point of the
discussion Sunday was that the
church is both a divine and human
institution, a happy Christian home
for its members, where we learn to
live together on earth somewhat as
we shall live together in heaven.
Next Sunday’s topic will be “Doc
trinal and Denominational Loyal
The sermon, next Sunday morn
ing, will be, “The East Window”;
evening, “Who Do Men Say That
I Am?”
“Covenant” Sunday was observed
last Sunday in the Camphor
Church, as a part of the denomi
national observance, in prepara
tion for the week of Dedication
throughout Methodism the first
week in March. Pastor Clarence
T. R. Nelson preached on the sub
ject “A New Year and A New
Covenant,” in which he urged the
members to make a new covenant
with God. Mr. John P. Douglass
made the appeal for the coal “ef
fort” and Warren Hayes read a
three minutes’ address, urging the
members to begin to pray now for
the success of the week of Dedica
tion. Next Sunday another lay
man, Mr. James Rideaux, chair
man of the Trustee Board, will
make the three minute address for
the Week of Dedication.
A new order of service with the
regular offerings being taken be
fore the sermon met the approval
of all who attended the service.
Only the “Self-denial” offering
will be taken after the sermon.
Pastor Nelson announced that
all regular services will begin
promptly at the time indicated and
St. Thomas
Episcopal Church
Fatter M. R. Hogarth, Reetor
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Church School 9:45 A.M.
High Mass 11:90 A.M.
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Friday, January 8,1948
members and friends are urged to
be on time for the service of wor
ship each Sunday at 11 a. m., just
as they are to their daily work.
“People ought to be as conscien
tious in coming to church on time
as they are about getting to their
jobs on time,” the pastor declared.
Each member has been given a
book mark to be kept in their
Bibles, by the pastor, and they have
been urged to sign the Bible read
ing covenant and pray daily for the
Week of Dedication.—Church Re
We wish to acknowledge with
sincere thanks the kind-expressions
of sympathy from the public dur
ing our recent bereavement.
Mr. and Mrs. Milton Barber.
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Credit Union
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Sunday School, 9:80 A. M.
Regular Services, 11 A. M.
Metropolitan Florists
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"Flowers of Distinction”
44 & 50 S. Ninth Street
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