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Unthinking Conversation
There is speaking well, speaking easily,
speaking justly, and speaking seasonably;
it is Offending against the last, to speak of
entertainments before the indigent; of sound
limbs and health before the infirm; of
houses and lands before one who has not so
much as a dwelling: in a word, to speak of
your prosperity before the miserable; this
conversation is cruel and the comparison
Which naturally arises in them betwixt their
condition and yours is excrutiating. La
Bruyere.
TH IRTIETH YEAR, NO. 23-
From
Minneapolis Spokesman
&
St. Paul Recorder
Staffs
Jesse Bell Cecil E. Newman
Bradford Benner Oscar H. Newman
Curtis C. Chivers Clara Pettiford
Ercell Chadwick Wilma Randall
Arthur V. Hall Ronald Samuels
Herbert Howell Marlene Shepherd
Gloria Hayes James Sisson
Louise Hughes Earl Smalls
Harriet Jones Joan Tate
Barbara Kelley Louise Thomas
John Krause Jacqueline Thompson
Verner Larson Percy Villa
Anna McGee Hazel Underwood
Earl McGee Jerry Webinger
Kept Up Fight:
N.W. Airlines Forced
To Reinstate Marlene
White As Stewardess
Chicago (ANP) A pretty Chicago girl’s tenacity has
chalked up another victory. Marlene White, who waged a four
year battle to win a job as a stewardess for Northwest Airlines
only to be discharged eight months later for alleged inefficiency,
has been returned to flight status.
According to reliable sources, Miss White, 29, was reinstated
as a stewardess through the efforts of the Michigan Fair Em
ployment Practices Commission,
The President’s Committee on
Equal Employment Opportunity,
and the Air Line Stewards and
Stewardesses Association, Interna
tional.
The agreement was reportedly
the results of direct negotiations
with high officials of Northwest
Airtines.
Lee Leibik and Ruth Weyand.
attorneys for the ALSSA, had
filed complaints with the Michi
gan FEPC and the President’s
Committee charging Northwest
with discrimination in employment
The President’s Committee was
called in because Northwest holds
government contracts.
Miss White first applied in 1958
in Detroit for employment with
Northwest Airlines as a steward
ess. She was rejected and given a
job as reservations clerk in the
meantime the young woman filed
charges of job discrimination with
the Michigan Fair Employment
Practices Commission.
On June 19, 1962, the Michigan
FEPC issued an order requiring
Northwest to halt discrimination
In its flight operations and to
place Miss White in its next stew
ardesß class
She entered Northwest training
classes in St. Paul, Minn., in July,
1962 and, according tn Leibik, was
graduated with grades placing her
in the upper one third of her class
She was employed as a stewardess
on Aug. 11, 1963.
During her employment, attor
neys for the ALSSA claimed in
their complaint. Miss White was
required to take numerous tests
not given to other stewardesses
and was otherwise discriminated
against because of her race by
Northwest Airlines, Inc.
In citing reasons for her dis
charge, Northwest officials claimed
that Miss White, Who was a child
prodigy, had been unable to master
emergency cabin procedure.
Following heir removal from
flight status last April 3, Miss
White was reassigned to reserva
tions clerk duties in Northwest’s
IMIHI*
Chicago office. She was restored
to flight duty a few weeks ago
after undergoing surgery in Chi
cago.
The pioneer stewardess is cur
rently stationed in Minneapolis-St
Paul, headquarters of Northwest
Airlines, and is assigned to flights
operating to Midwest, West Coast
and Eastern points.
Donald Lewis, Names
St. Paul NAACP
Committee Chairman
Attorney Lynn S. Castner, 2351
Bourne Av., was appointed chair
man, Housing Committee, for the
St. Paul Branch NAACP, it was
announced by Donald Lewis,
Branch President.
The committee an Housing will
be responsible for studying hous
ing conditions in the local com
munity; oppose all restrictive prac
tices Whether public or private;
diseminate information and render
such other assistance Which may
eliminate discrimination in hous
ing; receive and seek to adjust
complaints of discrimination.
Other chairman of committees
are: Attorney Kenneth P. Griswold,
Legal Redress, Mrs. Philip E. Free
man, Jr., Youth Work, Mir. Fred
Stahl, Political Action, Mrs An
thony Mazingo, Freedom Fund,
Mrs. Ira Allen, Press and Publici
ty, Mrs. John Banks, Jr., Member
ship, and Mrs. Harold L. Feder,
Community Coordination. Addi
tional appointments will be made
alt a later date.
Granddaughter's Driving
Detroit (ANP) Luches Blair
46, has his driver's license sus
pended for one year, and a fine of
$25 (dapped on him before Traffic
Judge John D. Watts here recent
ly. Blair was arrested by police
While he and seven other children
were riding in his 1963 sports car
down Kercheval street.
The complaint charged that the
driver ot the oar was Theresa
Blair, the man’s nine-year-old
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TA. 7-4021 MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1963 TA. 7-4022
Put* Man On Foot
Minneapolis Teacher Is
Victim Of Acid
Throwing Attack
A Minneapolis school teacher,
member of pioneer Minneapolis
and St. Paul families was victim
of an unknown assailant who
threw acid in her face when she
answered the doorbell at 8:45 a.m.
The injured woman who appar
ently has lost the sight in one eye,
is the well known Myrrhene Allen
Crawford, 31, 4318 First Av. S., a
teacher in the first grade at Field
Elementary school, 47th St., and
Fourth Av. S.
The young teacher is in poor
condition at Minneapolis General
hospital where she was rushed
after the accident.
Mrs. Crawford told officers she
was completing her morning break
fast chores and paused to answer
the door. A man who she said had
a blue stocking cap pulled over his
face threw a liquid from a con
tainer into her face.
When she screamed, her hus
band Marvin, asleep upstairs in a
second floor bedroom ran down
stairs.
He called police and officers
gave him instructions to wash his
wife’s face with cold water and
apply cold compresses until the
ambulance arrived.
At the General hospital Monday
Urban League Takes Lead:
Initiate Appeal
For Family Victims
Of Recent Fire
Early Friday morning, Dec. 6,
1963, a fire swept through a 1%
Story frame house at 631 East 38th
St., Minneapolis killing four small
children. Five other members of
the family were physically un
harmed.
The four fire victims were Mrs.
Dorothy Blaylark’s youngest chil
dren, David 1; Steven 5; John 7
and Ricky 8, leaving four surviv
ing children and Mrs. Blaylark;
they are Iletta 11, Raymond 13,
Gail 16 and Denise two months.
An appeal to help the family
was slowed after it was learned
that the family was an ADC (Aid
to Dependent Children) recipient.
Naturally, many people thought
sending money or aid to the family
would affect the family’s ADC
grant; because of this and con
flicting reports from individuals
and press coverage of the fire, the
Urban League developed a special
interest in the case.
Fred Smith community services
director is in charge of the relief
efforts.
Immediate Needs Pressing
While there are a number of
circumstances that fostered this
community tragedy, the primary
concern at present, is the immedi
ate needs of the family, four chil
dren and one adult.
Without Sufficient Clothing
The family is still on ADC, how
ever, their allotment has been re
duced because there are now five
family members. This allotment in
cludes food, clothing, rent, appli
ance services and other incidentals.
The Department of Public Wel
fare is not directly responsible for
securing all of the needed clothing,
furniture and a “special or extra
food supply.” The family is without
a sufficient supply of clothing for
all family members and enough
furniture to furnish the home they
are intending to move Into. Even
with the ADC grant the family
will not be able to adequately re
place the clothing and household
furnishings destroyed by the fire
without community support. The
specific needs of the family are:
1. The family has to have $215
to pay the delinquent gas and light
bill before they can get lights and
heat in any other dwelling unit.
(ADC will not pay this back bill.)
2. Clothing and extra food sup
plies for a family of five.
3. Furniture of all sorts, chairs
bedding, silverware, dishes, tables,
blankets, quilts, etc. (The Red
Cross has furnished four beds and
a crib with two sheets and a blan
ket for each bed.)
Clothing
Adult dresses, under clothing
coats, sweaters, socks, stockings
night her condition was reported
as poor. It is understood Mrs.
Crawford will be moved to Fair
view hospital Monday evening.
Mrs. Crawford, the former
Myrrhene Allen is the daughter of
insurance man Theodore F. Allen
and singer Ermine Hall Allen. She
is a native of Minneapolis, attend
ed school in St. Paul.
She is the granddaughter of S
Edward Hall of St. Paul, pioneer
and longtime state civic leader.
The Crawfords have two chil
dren Stephen, seven and “Kim”,
four.
Police who questioned both the
victim and her husband say they
could think of no reason for the
vicious attack.
The liquid left an odor of sul
phuric acid.
There was some similarity be
tween this latest brutal attack on
a woman by an acid thrower and
a similar incident Which Injured
Mrs. Addie Few, St. Paul civic
figure about 18 months ago.
Mrs. Few described her assailant
in just about the way Mrs. Craw
ford described the latest attacker.
belts, etc. Sizes 14-18 for Mrs
Blaylark, 9-12 for Gail.
Dresses for eleven year old Ilet
ta size 12—coats, sweaters, socks,
shoes, under clothing, boots, etc.
Infant clothing for two month
old Dansie.
No Limit On Clothing, Furniture
Since ADC policy establishes a
limit of SSOO (actual dollars)
clothing or furniture, which have
no limits the family may collect
from a special community appeal
The family has requested that
the Urban League handle all fin
ances. This means that contribu
tions should be sent to the League
stating, "To be used for the Blay
lark family.” If money is sent pay
able to the League for the family
—‘the League can then make the
payment for the family directly to
the utilities companies this
would not be a part of the total
SSOO the family may receive. Also
monies sent directly to the League
expressly for the Blaylark family
may be tax-deductible.
Ministers Conduct Food, Clothing
Drive
A food and clothing “clearing
house” is being conducted by the:
Minn e a p o 1 i s Interdenominatina]
Ministerial Alliance from 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and
Thursday at St. Peter’s AME
Church, 401 East 41st St., Minne
apolis 9, Minnesota, Rev. Lovell
Johnson, pastor. Ail other days
food and clothing may be brought
or sent directly to the family, Mrs.
Dorothy Blaylark, 780 Emerson
Av. N.
All churches, social and fraternal
organizations are urged to make a
special appeal to their members to
help this family with financial
contributions, food and clothing
and furniture. Finances may be
sent payable to the Minneapolis
Urban League, 619 Produce Bank
Building, Minneapolis 3, Minne
sota, "For the Blaylark family,”
Persons desiring further inform
ation may call Fred Smith, Com
munity Services Director, Minne
apolis Urban League, FE. 5-2197.
FRED SMITH
Announces Urban league Plan
To Help Fire Victims
:W* :3F.
Jewish Hospital Gets Another Shriners 55.000
T HI
Denver, Colo.—Dr. A. L. Robinson (left), of Mounds, 111., medical
director of the Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order, Nobles of the Mystic
Shrine, shows Denver Mayor Torn Currigan and Edward Miller, presi
dent of the National Jewish Hospital, a check for $5,060 which the
Shriners presented to the chest disease center at a luncheon Dec. 15.
It was the fourth in an annual series of Shrine contributions totaling
$20,000 to NJH. Money will be earmarked for research.
Fezzan Temple No. 26, is the Minnesota Shriners unit.
Watch Night Services
New Years Eve
December 31, 1963
Zion Baptist Church, Rev. J. R
Holloway, pastor. Services start at
9:30 p.m., Which includes the show
ing of a religious film, followed by
< fellowship period of coffee and
doughnuts.
Worship service and message to
conclude service.
Come early!
St. Peter’s AME Church, Rev. L
Johnson, pastor. 10:45 p.m. annual
watchnigftt Candlelight service and
Lovefeast. Music by combined
choirs.
ATI are welcome!
Reading For Four
Readings for four male Negro
roles in a new play by New York
playwright Arthur Kopit (author
of “Oh, Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's
Hung You in the Closet and I’m
Feeling So Sad”) will be held in
the Arena Theatre, Shevlin Hall
University of Minnesota, Minne
apolis campus, on Saturday, De
cember 28, 1963, from 1 p.m. to 6
p.m. Roles to be cast are three
young men, over six feet tall, and
one older man who could prefer
ably sing and dance.
The play will be rehearsed even
ings at the Guthrie Theatre dur
ing the months of January and
February as a part of the work
supported by a Rockefeller Found
ation grant administered by the
Office for Advanced Drama Re
search at the University of Minne
sota. A public performance is not
scheduled but those cast will be
paid for their rehearsal! time and
Will work with professional actors
and directors from New York.
Arthur H. Ballet, Executive Sec
retary of the grant project, will
supervise the readings. Those wish
ing further information should
contact his office, 102 Shevlin Hall
University of Minnesota, Minne
apolis campus, telephone: 373-
3460.
TEN TOP STORIES APPEARING
IN NEGRO PRESS DURING 1963
(V'OinpiKxi oy euitorn or
Associated Negro Press)
1— Assassination of President
John F. Kennedy
2 March on Washington
3 Bombing of Sixteenth St
Baptist Church, Birmingham
4 -Assassination of Medgar Ev
ers
5 Showdown at University of
Alabama
6 Use of Negro models by
major advertising agencies
7 Formation of Organization of
African Unity
8— Conviction of Airman Nelson
C. Drummond on charges of
spying against the United
States
9 -Assassination of Sylvanur
Oiympio, President to Togo
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Roles In New
Play Dec. 28
WILLIE MAYS IS
FIRST TO WIN
TRIS SPEAKER AWARD
Houston (ANP) Star center
fielder Willie Mays of the San
Francisco Giants last week was
named the fourth winner of the
Tris Speaker Award, becoming the
first Negro to be so honored.
Mays will be honored at the
fourth annual Houston Major
League dinner, Jan. 21.
Previous winners of the award
named for the former great major
league player, have been Stan
Musial, Yogi Berra and the late
Dickie Kerr.
The award Is given to a major
league player who has made out
standing contributions to baseball.
Rights Leader Elected
Machinist Business
Agent On West Coast
Ix>s Angeles (ANP) Civil
rights fighter Herb Ward. 47, last
week became the first West Coast
Negro to be elected a business
agent in the International Associ
ation of Machinists. He won by a
margin of 14 votes in District 727
at Lockheed Aircraift in Burbank.
According to lAM officials, only
one other Negro holds an elected
business agent position in the un
ion. The lAM has a total of 600
agents. Ward is presently the Cal
ifornia chairman of the union’s
political organization, the Machin
ists Non-Partisan Political League.
In 1945, Ward was denied entry
to the union’s national convention
in New York, although he was a
paid up member. He was forcibly
ejected from the proceedings. He
later became one of the leaders of
a campaign which resulted in the
elimination of the color bar against
Negro membership.
The Lockheed District has a 30
percent Negro membership.
Your buying power does
double duty when you pat
ronize stores that ASK for
your business. See the adver
tising columns of this issue.
10 —The murder of Postman Wil
liam Moore
TOP PERSONALITIES OF 1963
(Selected by editors of
Associated Negro Press)
Government Prime Minister
Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya.
Sports Jim Brown of Cleve
land Browns football team.
Entertainment Cecily Tyson
of TV show East Side - West Side
Women Carole Joan Craw
ford of Jamaica, "Miss World”.
Labor A. Philip Randolph.
Religion Dr. Benjamin Mays
president of Moorehouse college.
Literature Author James
Baldwin.
Science Astronaut Trainee
Edward J. Dwight, Jr.
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Seven Rights Organization In Blast:
U.S. Civil Service
Survey Report Called
“Whitewash” By Groups
Seven Twin City civil rights groups joined Monday after
noon in attacking a preliminary report of a local survey niada
recently by the U.S. Civil Service Commission.
The groups objected vigorously to the conclusion in the
survey report which stated Federal Agencies are “complying
fully with the late President. Kennedy's Order No. 10925.”
Charging that the local federal agencies are not complying
with the letter or the spirit order
seven organization executives at
tacked the report as "full of
double-talk and a “nice job of
whd t e washing’'.
Twin City Human Rights organ
izations with Sam H. Jones, execu
tive director of the St. Paul Urban
League as spokesman claimed that
there are at present five cases of
alleged race discrimination cur
rently pending before the Minne
apolis FFPC, alone.
The statement issued by the
group points up that only two fed
eral agencies the I'ostoffice and the
U.S. Veterans administration In
the Twin Cities are taking affirm
ative action in merit employment
Mr. Jones and others pointed
out that “the 545 Negroes and 148
other minority group numbers
found by this survey to be em
ployed by 22 federal agencies are ’
found in very token amounts out
side of the two above agencies.
"Furthermore," the organiza
tions stated: "we fail to see how
the survey as reported in the press
i could conclude nan-dtoarimlnaUon
exists when -ft showed many in
equities. It indicated that while 29
percent of the white federal em
ployees in the Twin Cities earned
more than $5,500 a year, only 11 ‘
percent of the Negro federal em
ployees earned this amount.
"The report also indicated that
while twenty-two federal agencies
in the Twin Cities employed 545 .
Negroes and 148 other minority ■
group members, another twenty
five agencies do not employ any
minority group members.
"Moreover, few Negroes occupy
federal jobs which require college
degrees. These are, in many in
stances, the higher level and bet
ter paying positions. It is import
ant to learn why these inequities
exist before one can conclude either
that there Is discrimination or that
SAAC Protest Brings Results:
Park Board Changes
Mind; Nicollet Gets
Warming House
At its December 18 meeting, the
Minneapolis Park Board agreed to
rescind its earlier decision not to
e rivet a temporary warming ho:use
at Nicollet Park during the skat
ing season.
The Park Board had originally
planned to use the main park
building as a warming house this
winter instead of constructing a
temporary skating shelter as it
has usually done in the past. This
arrangement would have meant
the elimination of many indoor pro
grams at Nicollet in order to make
room for the skating fans.
Community concern over the
lack of a warming house at the
park was expressed to park offic
ials at a meeting of the South Side
Athletic dub at Nicollet Park on
December 11. As a result of this
and subsequent meetings with rep
resentatives from SSAC, the Park
Board agreed that a temporary
warming house was needed at Nic
ollet Park.
John Hanson, recreation director
at Nicollet, announced that the
in-door program will continue at
the park during the winter months
because a separate warming house
is now available for skaters:
Tap dancing and ballet classes
will be resumed during the week
Jamiary 6.
The tumbling class will meet at
3:45 p.m. on Fridays.
The Cheas club will meet at 7
p.m. on Tuesdays.
Teen dances will begin at 7
p.m. on Fridays.
The senior citizens group will
meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and
Fridays from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Mr. Hanson also announced that
winter activities are now being
organized at the Park sledding
club, a girl’s broom hockey team
and several boys hockey teams will
be organized during the next
icouple of weeks. All boys and girls
of school age who are interested
in these activities should contact
Mr. Hanson at Nicollet Park.
Participate In
Christmas Play
Shown in the above picture Is
Cheryl Shaw, daughter of Mrs
Pearline Shaw, 3813 Fourth Av.
S., who portrayed Mary and Todd
Hanson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wil
ford Hanson, 8357 Bloomington
Av. S., who was Joseph at the St.
James laitheran Nursery School
49th Portland Av. The picture was
taken during the Christmas party
on Friday morning, December 20
Mixing Builds Character
Avoid connecting yourself with charac
ters whose good and bad are unmixed, and
have not fermented together; they resemble
vials of vinegar and oil; or palletes set with
colors; they are either excellent at home
and intolerable abroad, or insuferable with
in doors and excellent in public; they are
unfit for friendship, merely became their
stamina, their ingredients of character, are
too single, too much apart; let them be
finely ground up with each other, and they
will be incomparable.— Lavater.
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$5 PER YEAR; 15 CENTS PER COPY
there is not.”
The statement attacked the rule
of three principle by which the fed
eral employing officer can exercise
race discrimination without detec
tion.
The statement praised the U.S.
Postoffice as "the only Twin Cities
Federal Agency that we know of
which has effectively modified this •
rule by requiring reasons to be
given if the first or second person
Is passed over. In this way, it is
more likely discrimination could be
determined as the reason for not
hiring an applicant.”
Concluding its statement the
human rights groups stated: “We
submit that the U.S. Civil Service
Commission is violating a public
trust if it concludes discrimination
does not exist in St. Paul and Min
neapolis Federal Agencies. It must
first satisfactorily account for the
inequities mentioned in this sur
vey, “the rule of three” and the
unanswered questions which we
raised. Only then can the federal
government learn how far it has
come in merit employment in the
Twin Cities and how far it still
has to go.”
The organizations which joihed
in the critical blast at the survey
reports were the: St. Paul Urban
League, The Fair Employment
Practices Commission of St. Paul.
The National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People—
St. Paul Branch, The Employment
Committee of the Joint Commit
tee on Equal Opportunity, Minne
apolis Urban League, The Fair
Employment Practices Commission
of Minneapolis and The State Com
mission Against Discrimination.
Buy where you are wel
come and wanted at stores
that tell you they want you
through our advertising col
umns.
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