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VOL. IX—NO. 9 Condemned Man To Die Unless Govenor Intervenes New York Churchman Greeted At Airport ■ jpi jp jig a JHR J|» t : SBBfmt *>| m''V'' 1 11' 1 ' 11 ' 'Sjiiiiltei fliiiiiar I % fi' ** <\, *O, ',}&/'-' < %’'/.- :>' .: '• - flip iPI ,Pi ii i? JHH :t The Rev. Frederick A. Barnhill of the First Congregational Church here greets Dr. George Kelsey on his arrival at Sky Harbor. Dr. Fred Holmes president of the Arizona Council of Churches, right, also was on hand to greet the distinguished Negro churchman from New York. Dr. Kelsey is associate executive secretary of the Federal Council of Churches. The three religious leaders are taking part in the Protestant Reformation Festival here.—(Republic Staff Photo) Date Changed For Sweetheats Os Rhythm Engagement Sweethearts of Rhythm, all girl band which was scheduled to play at Riverside, Wednesday, Novem bers), has been postponed to Wed nesday, November 16. The International Sweethearts of Rhythm need no introduction, be cause they are famous the world over. Yes siree! The Sweethearts of Rhythm is the sensational dance band the whole country’s talking about —18 gorgeously beautiful girl musicians—slick chicks with hot licks—playing dreamworld music— captivating rhythm that makes you want to dance. V. F. W. IN MEMBERSHIP DRIVE DAVE BRYANT of Miami, Arizona, (left), receives his 1950 V.F.W. Membership Card from Commander Lonnie McCloud (right) while Sgt. Wilbert E. Tanner, Post Quartermaster, looks on. Published in the Interest of the Social, Political and Economic Welfare of 60,000 Negroes of Arizona. Paradise Baptist State Officers Announced The Paradise Baptist State Con vention which closed its twenty nine session here last week elected new officers for the year 1950. They are: Rev. L. B. Nelson, Phoenix, president; Rev. T. S. Jackson, Tuc son, first vice-president; Rev. S. Thornton, Flagstaff, second vice president; Rev. H. L. Norman, Eloy, recording-secretary; Mrs. C. R. Cross, McNary, corresponding sec retary; Mrs. L. A. Ford, Phoenix, treasurer; Mrs. S. J. Shelton, Phoe nix, re-elected head of Woman’s Division, and Mrs. L. B. Nelson, su pervisor of State Youth Depart ment. The president has started work ing out a three-fold state-wide pro gram to be presented to the body PHOENIX, ARIZONA, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 1949 WATCH THE ARIZONA SUN grow! Circulation is increasing at the rate of 100 yearly sub scriptions per week. Call 3-3682, or drop in at the Arizona Sun office, 12 N. 9th Street, for your subscription to day! at its next board meeting which will convene at the Antioch Bap tist Church of Phoenix, Friday, January 20 next. The three-fold program is as follows: Missions, Evangelism and Christian Educa tion; also includes a membership campaign for five thousand mem bers: Motto: “Arizona for Christ.” Oscar Engelder Makes Address “Science and Religion” was the subject of an address last evening by Oscar Engelder, chairman of the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of North Phoenix, according to Mrs. Francis Johnson, 1001 West Solano Drive. Mr. Engelder charted the forma tion of the earth from its beginning as a molten mass of material two billion years ago, through the first signs of vegetation about one bil lion years later, to the present stage of layer upon layer of igne ous and sedimentary rock forma tions. The age of modern man dates back hundreds of thousands of years, Engelder further stated, quoting from an article in “Scien tific American” of July 1948. Since science and religion, ac cording to the Baha’is teachings, must be in perfect accord, the speaker pointed out that Adam was the first man in the Adamic cycle. We have no knowledge of the num ber of cycles before man’s power of memory became developed enough to hand down God’s messages re garding the creation of the earth and man, as recorded in the book of Genesis. We know, from our study of the Holy Books, that at least for the Fifth Appeal To Save Willie McGee, Negro, From Electrocution In Missis sippi Filed By Civil Rights Congress With U. S. Supreme Court To Speak Nov. 7 For more than three decades Walter White, executive secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, who will speak here on Novem ber 7, at the First Presbyterian Church, Fourth avenue and Mon roe, has devoted his life to the fight for human, and particularly for Negro rights. His books, his arti cles and columns in leading news papers and magazines, his political and legislative activities have earn ed him high respect both in Amer ica and abroad. Fair-skinned, blond and blue eyed, this militan crusader in be half of his people has been active in the NAACP in an official capac ity since 1918. Up to that time he lived in the South, having been » » Ilii, ■* •; _ '9hß| EliiiHK iliiii& mm WALTER WHITE born in Atlanta, Ga., and educated at Atlanta University. He did post graduate work in economics and sociology at the College of the City of New York. As an official of the NAACP —he has been executive secretary since 1931 —Walter White has made per sonal investigations of forty-one lynchings and eight race riots; he has traveled more than 2,000,000 miles in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. He has been tireless in his efforts to secure Fed eral anti-lynching legislation and for “his tact, skill and persuasive ness” in working for such an en actment as well as for his investi gations of lynchings and race riots, he was awarded the Spingarn Med al by Governor Frank Murphy of Michigan in 1947. For his achieve ments he has also received honor ary degrees from Howard Univer sity and Atlanta University and New London Junior College. The Republic of Haiti conferred the Or der of Honor and Merit on Mr. White in 1949. Walter White’s political activi ties began when he was appointed a delegate to the Second Pan-Afri can Congress held in 1931 in Eng land, Belgium and France. During the war he served as a war correspondent in the European, North African, Italian, Middle East and Pacific theatres of operations. He traveled more than 75,000 miles visiting Army camps and conferring with officers and enlisted men. (Continued on Page 8.) last 6000 years God has sent His Divine Manifestations to educate humanity, continued the speaker. The Baha’is believe that the most recent Manifestation was Baha’u’- llah, who declared His Mission in Iran one hundred years ago, un raveling some of the secrets of the past, and formulating a Divine Plan for mankind for the future. FIVE CENTS PER COPY A fifth appeal to save the life of Willie McGee, 34-year old Negro, from electrocution by the State of Mississippi has been filed by the Civil Rights Congress with the U. S. Supreme Court. In announcing the appeal, the Civil Rights Congress warned that if it is rejected and other contem plated last-minute legal moves fail, the life of Willie McGee can be taken any time after November 4, 1949. Pending a decision by the Su preme Court, the CRC is urging that letters and telegrams be sent immediately to Gov. Fielding Wright, Jackson, Mississippi, re questing executive clemency for Willie McGee. McGee, father of four children, was forced to sign a “confession” by three Mississippi police officers on threat of being turned over to a lynch mob. He had been picked up after a dragnet was thrown around the Negro community in Laurel, following a claim by a middle-aged white woman that she had been raped by “a man with kinky hair and a T shirt.” She gave no other identification. The alleged rape took place at four o’clock in the morning on No vember 3, 1945, while a sick child admittedly slept with the woman, Mrs. Troy Hawkins, and her hus band and two other children were sleeping in two adjoining rooms. McGee has since undergone three trials in Mississippi court houses surrounded by lynch mobs. He has been defended either by court-ap pointed attorneys who were unable to confer with him, or by local de fense counsel who were forced to leave the courtroom without sum ming up because of threats of bod ily harm. Three times, the Civil Rights Congress has taken appeals to the Mississippi State Supreme Court. New trials were ordered twice, but the third conviction was upheld. The United States Supreme Court recently refused to review. The newest CRC appeal urges a new ground for the reversal of the conviction, namely “that Negroes are systemmatically excluded from the jury system in Mississippi as a result of the fact that juries in Mississippi are limited to persons who are qualified electors, and Ne groes are therefore almost entirely prevented from becoming jurors.” The petition also pointed specific ally to this exclusion as a result of the Mississippi poll tax law, and also pointed to the jevidenec brought out by the Special Commit tee to Investigate Senatorial Cam paign Expenditures 1946, which in quired into the campaign and elec (Continued on Page Two) Members of Masonic Lodge To Make Loan For Building The Grand Masonic Lodge has requested each member of the Mar icopa Lodge, No. 1, F. & A. M. to make a loan of $25 each to their temple to hasten the completion of remodeling. The Temple which is located at Fourth street and East Jefferson is the oldest lodge in the Arizona jurisdiction. A memorial service for the late John D. Washington, founder and president of the Phoenix Civil Wel fare League, Inc., and a faithful member of M&ricopa Lodge No. 1, will be held the second Sunday in December at the Tanner Chapel A.M.E. Church. The lodge will turn out in a body.