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FOURTH YEAR, NO. 22, 12 PAGES CHRISTMAS IS FUN, BUT THE WAITING PERIOD IS HARD i vl^BbkP''' * j3JS!rMEB ■ :T| j* * ' jH 1 ■/ IP ' jfl 1 \ Jaggs S >j§ Oh a E 4® '-J -s wla afa * wSSWgSPs''^'•“•• i",.*» F ,4 I** 1 I \ HL§9 JSkSm Bs? \ mnw|KL \ V M \ ? \ * », \ . 4/y^Pii ; ji-i v , \ « fftWlßl s '-4* \ O : \ ' “ P' iBF m Sr | ✓ MB M \ B , ■r - «. . tB \M S; L : rn** jxEßs rrr-itS - 1J» . .‘ ' ~~ 1 ■ ft ..^iL Denzil, Terri Jo and Virgil Solomon, children of Mr.and Mrs. Sam Solomon, 2438 W.Jefferson Street, take a few inquisitive looks at the various sized packages underneath their Christmas tree. Childhood visions may include toys, clothes, food, books or even a turtle. It is a long wait for children at Christmastime. MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM EDWARD AND ELOISE BANKS Pictorial Weekly FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1961 CHURCH MEMBERS INCREASE IN U. S. NEW YORK - Last year 63.6 per cent of the American peo ple belonged to a church or syn agogue, according to the National Council of Churches’ newly pub lished 1962 Yearbook of Amer ican Churches. Protestant membership' was 63.7 million or 34.4 per cent of the total; Catholic, 42.1 mil lion or 23.6 per cent of the total. There were 22V Protestant bodies reporting, with a total membership of 63,668,835. Total number of Catholics was reported as 42,104,900. Jews totaled 5, 367,000. PHOENIX 40, ARIZONA ALABAMA PARKS TO CLOSE JAN. 1 BIRMINGHAM, ALA. - Faced with a federal court order to in tegrate public recreation facil ities next month, Birmingham city officials have moved to close most of them Jan. 1. The city parks and recreation board approved a skeleton bud get which would result in the closing of parks, playgrounds, swimming pools, golf courses and community centers. U. S. District Judge H. Ho bart Grooms ruled last October that the city must integrate its parks by Jan. 15. TEN CENTS GIRL RETURNS FROM RUSSIA NEWARK, N.J. A 14-year old Negro girl who started going to school in Moscow in Septem ber “to help fight segregation” is coming home for Christmas. But Huldah Clark will return to Russia after spending the holi days with her five brothers and sisters in their low-rent housing development apartment here. When Huldah flew to the So viet Union, at the invitation and the expense of Premier Nikitft Khrushchev, her father said she was fust “the first in a series of Negroes "who eventually would be sent to Moscow for an edu cation. “The Jim Crow type of schools in this country deprive our chil dren of decent learning,” Clark said. NEGRO NAMED HEAD UN TRUSTEESHIP Atty. Robert K. Shoecraft, a Negro lawyer of Xenia, Ohio,has been appointed Attorney General of the Trust Territory of the Pa cific Islands. Sec. of the Interior Stewart L. Udall made this an nouncement today. Mr. Shoecraft is the first Negro to be appointed to this position. He has served as assistant attor ney general in the land and claims department. Since 1958 he has served in the trust ter ritory department. A graduate of Central State College, he holds a law degree from Ohio State University. He had a private practice before being appointed assistant prose cuting attorney forGreenCounty, Ohio. He served in the U. S. Air Force from 1942 to 1947. The trust territory, of the Pacific Islands was captured from the Japanese during World War 11. The United States administers it through a trusteeship agree ment with the United Nations. Comprised of the Mariana, Car oline and Marshall Islands, the area has a population of nearly 77,000 persons. . JAILED IN SOUTH ALBANY, GA. -The Rev. Mar tin Luther King, Jr., and two other Negro leaders were among 266 marching, singing Ntegroes arrested during the fifth anti segregation demonstration in five days at this south Georgia city. Arrested with King, who is president of the Southern Chris tian Leadership Conference, were the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, president of the Montgomery (Ala.) Improvement Association, and Dr. W. G. Anderson, presi dent of the Albany Movement. The march, which began at Shiloh Baptist Church in the Ne gro residential section .of the city, followed a breakdown in bi racial negotiations. A truce was in effect while the talks were in progress. Officials of this south Georgia city agreed to release 427 jailed Negro demonstrators in time for Christmas. The Negroes agreed to a 60day halt in their anti segregation demonstrations.