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DURHAM, N. a, June 5-—Dr. James
E. Shepard, Principal of the Durham
Stale Normal School in this ci J.
member of the State Inter-Racial Com
mitteei President of the North Caro
lina Colored Teachers Association ana
one of the outstanding representatives
of the Negro race in America, has giv
en to the newspapers a very compre
hensive interview in regard to the in
ter-racial relationship of the Soutn
and the educational advancement of
the colored people, especially in North
Carolina. One portion of the inter
view which is of particular interest to
the colored people generally is Dr.
Shepard’s statement in regard to Ho'v
ard University. Dr. Shepard was ask
ed to state frankly his views whether
or not he thought a Negro President
should be placed at the head of How
ard University and other schools
where white men are now at the head
He stated his position as follows:
“I rejoice at the growing progress
of my race in educational matters in
the country at large. The remarkable
achievements of President Hope 01
Morehouse College and of Dr. Moton
at Tuskegee and distinguished Negro
presidents of other institutions are
convincing proof that the Negro is cap
able of successfully operating large edu
catiional institutions. The time is fast
coming when institutions devoted ex
clusively to the education of the Ne
gro youth of the country must be head
ed by Negroes.
“In the particular instance oi nv»
ard University, to be perfectly frank 1
do not believe that that time has yet
come and it will not come until Negro
es are willing and able to put in suffi
cient money to operate such an insti
tutions upon the present or even a
larger scale. This will require an enorm
ous endowment and this endovvineat
is not in sight. UntiL that time comes
Howard University must be the ward
of the nation and depend upon appro
priations from Congress*
"A white President would naturally
be moie able to secure and hold ibu
ear of the senators and representatives
ooming as they do from widely scatter
ed sections and with various view
points, better than the colored presi
dent could hope to do. This is not dis
counting in any sense tihe ability of
Negroes to secure results along any
line when they desire. We must face
conditions rather than theories.”
Bpeaking of Dr. Durkee, the pres
ent president of Howard University Dr.
Shepard was strong in his endorse
ment of him. He said be had known
Dr. Durkee for several years and that
he was an unselfish worker seeking to
advance the cause of the Negro and si>
cure for the Negro a hearing in the
forum of the world. “I have heard Dr.
Durkee speak in the North and' in the
South,” said Dr. ShepartJ, “before
white and colored audiences, and he
has presented the cause of the Negro
to those particular audiences in a diff
orent and far more convincing way
than a Negro could have done. I recall
with pleasure,” said Dr. Shepard, the
address of Dr. Durkee before the State
Colored Teadhers Association at Slat
er School, Winston, N-. C„ on Thanks
giving, 1923.
in me auuieui^ wcio wuivc uv«iuvi*i
ers and over a thousand colored teach
ers of the State. President Durkee
made an address then, which held the
audience spell-hound and he made a
plea for the Negro which could not
have been surpassed by any man white
or black before any audience. He en
deared himself to the colored teachers
of North Carolina as few men have
done in a generation. His aim for How*
ard University, as I understand it, is
to put every department in Class A
and to raise sufficient money for these
various departments so that they will
be properly endowed and then it is his
desfire to relinquish bis job to anyone
who can carry it on because then How
ard University will be an independent
I deplore the various attacks of the
colored people or white people for that
matter upon any man who is rwillv
working for the advancement of the
race and I know from personal knowl
edge that Dr. Durkee is unselfishly
working for the Negro race. I hold no
brief for him,, because I feel he needs
no defense at my hand. I simply, as a
Negro who believes in his race and is
working in every way to advance it.
desire to speak the truth and to give
a word of praise to those white men
who are fearlessly championing the
cause of the Negro. As I view the
growth of Howard University I think
all of its friends will agree that it has
really made more progress in the last
five years than in any twenty years
previous. I do not think I need to be
quoted further along this matter, but
I desire to go on record as a friend of
Howard University and a friend cl'
President Durkee.”
ROANOKE, VA., June 4.—Rev.
W R. Howerton, D. D. of 115 Sev
enth Avenue N. W. left the city
Tuesday at 1:30 A. M, to he Present
at the commencement exercises of
Kittrell College, Kittrell, N. C. He
is one of the trustees of that insti
The Ants Dramatic Club of Mt.'
Zion A. M. E, Church had their
monthly meeting Tuesday evening at
the home of Mrs. Bettie Wright, of
Seventh Avenue, concluding the so
cial function of this meeting at the
parsonage, the residence of Rev and
Mrs. W. R. Howerton, where all en
joyed the festivities of the occasion.
Mr. Thomas Ward, of Northwest
Eighth Avenue has been quite indis
posed for the past two or three
weeks. Friends will kindly remem
ber this good man in his hours of
The services at Mt. Zion A. M E.
Church were very fine and well at
tended morning and night. Rev. W.
R. Howerton, D. D. spared no pains
in delivering a gospel message to
the members and friends of the
parish The Reverend delivered two
wonderful and very helpful sermons
duriDg the day. It was Communion
Day and 191 persons communed. The
offering was ?110.62,
Mr. Lester Minnis, of 525 Tenth
Avenue, N. E. died Saturday, May
31, after an illness of nearly five
months. Hje died at 2:30 P. M.
Funeral services were conducted
from the residence by Rev. A. L.
♦Tames, pastor of the First Baptist
Church. He leaves to mourn their
loss a loving mother and father, two
brothers, and a host of relatives and
friends. He was 24 years of age.
interment in Midway Cemetery. Tie
polite funeral director and embalmer
of Gainsboro Avenue had charge.
Rev. S. M. Beane, of Los Angeles,
California, ex-pastor of St. Paul’s
Memorial M. E. Church has been in
the city since Saturday. He preached
to a large audience Sunday at St.
Paul’s and greeted many old friends
of days gone by. He reports that
he is getting along fine; he looks it,
Mrs. Maggie Morton of Lynchburg
Avenue is indisposed this week,
Mr. C. R. Burks of Wytheville,
left for home Saturday afternoon,
after having spent ten days here
with his sister, Mrs. Mary J. Colvin,
of 418 Tenth Avenue, N. E.
Miss Louise Cooke of York, Va.
is the guest of Rev. and Mrs. J. H.
Mrs. Lelia Brigmon departed this
life Mav 25th after a brief illness of
« few hours. Fuueral services were
conducted on Wednesday afternoon
at the home, the Rev. J. R. Lauder
back officiating. The Pittman sisters
rendered music and Mr. W. E. Davis
spoke of her as a good neighbor.
She leaves to mourn their loss a
husband, two brothers, one sister, a
sister-in-law and a host of relatives
and friends.
The A. M. E. Ants Dramatic Club
met at the home of Miss Eva Taylor
707 Eighth Avenue, N, W., where
the hostess served a very elaborate
supper. All present enjoyed them
selves in the highest. There were
about 40 members present.
Planets and pills. Salvasena, plas
ters, and the finest of colognes made
may be secured here at 153 Wells
Alley, N. W., where the Agent lives.
Mrs. J. F. Hudson, of Stamford,
Conn, is spending some time with
her mother-in-law and husband, Mr.
and Mrs. J. H. Hudson, of Prince
Edward County.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Big
ger, a fine baby girl. Mother and
baby are getting along fine.
The second oldest son, Lester
Bigger will graduate at Hampton
June 4th. Mr. Bigger attended the
Mrs. C. *1. Dickerson plans to visit
the Buckeye State in a few days.
In a few days the Grand Lodge,
K. of P- will assemble at Lynchburg
where men and women will meet
again after an absence of 12 months
and many who met last year have
crossed the Great Divide never to
meet again in the lodge room. It
should be a solemn note of warning
to you and me and all of the broth
erhood. - *
In sad but loving remembrance
of our devoted daughter, Jennie E.
Miles, who departed this life June
5, 192 2, at Farmville, Va.
“My dearest daughter, we miss
thy voice, no more we see thy face.
For she has found a home above,
before the throne of God. We 11 meet
in Heaven some sweet day forever
to remain, where we join in joy and
love and never part again. She was
one with soul divine, whose heart
was constant and true; one who was
the same at all times, Dear Jennie,
that was you.
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SINCE DR, H. V. HARLAN, an expert in the Depart
* ment of Agriculture, returned from Abyssinia with the an
nouncement that Abyssinians “are not Negroes and have
nothing in common with Negroes except color,” the sociological
“pros” and “cons” have been scratching their heads bald
trying to advance new truths concerning the trend of descent
of dark Ethiopia’s stock. And now that Prince Ras Taffari
Regent of Abyssinia and descendant of King Solomon, with
his escort of Ethiopian aristocrats, is doing a friendly marathon
over France, Americans, both white and black, who are in
indulging in health tours in that gallant country, have been in
a quandary as to whether or not the Prince and his human
accompaniments should be welcomed or scorned, as the case
might be. _ .
The problem was so perplexing that some German scientists
were consulted and they unanimously described the Abyssinians
as a mixed Hamito-Semitic people, who contained no Negro
blood whatever, and none of the Negro qualities, either physi
cal or mental. Furthermore, it was said, “over there that,
upon the ground that they are Ethiopians, pure-blooded
Abyssinians hotly resent being considered Negroes. To cap
the climax, it is said that when an Abyssinian Emperor was
asked to head a so-called Pan-African movement for the ben
efit of the Negro race, he quickly said: “I am not a Negro;
I am a Caucasian.”
Thus, the elimination process has reached Abyssinia, and
who can say what may eventually happen to all Ethiopians
when they are permanently separated from their Fatherland?
Either they’ll all become Negroes or mulattoes or else they’ll
form a new species of human-kind, void of a genealogical past
so far as the root is concerned. It s no wonder that Samuel
W. McCall, former Governor of Massachusetts and ex-mem
- ber of Congress, once said: “If a Jew goes wrong, it is be
cause he is a Jew; but if a Christian does the same thing, it
is because he is dishonest.” Transposing this conclusion, we
have the unhappy theory that if a Negro goes wrong, it is
because he is a Negro; but if an Ethiopian does the same thing,
it is because he is dishonest. Going a step further, we have
the illuminating knowledge that a Negro is an Ethiopian, and
an Abyssinian is an Ethiopian; but, not even for the love of
Mike, is an Abyssinian a Negro. Stand up, before the bench
iA DOCUMENTARY TEAM was made of Congress
man Foster’s Bill, H. R. 3228, “to create a Negro Industrial
Commission,” and Congressman Celler s Bill, H. R. 5364, to
create a Commission on the Racial Question,” and after Chair
man Graham, of the House Committee on the Judiciary, had
called the august Committee together, and the two Congress
men, a Republican and a Democrat, respectively, had paid
each other appropriate legislative courtesies, an array of wit
nesses, both for and against a Negro “commission” awaited
the Chairman’s call, eager to be “placed upon the record.
President J. Stanley Durkee, of Howard University, put
his OK on the "commission,” saying that “it should tell the
Nation the results of its work, and influence the thought of the
Nation.” ' f IS.
Mr. Perry W. Howard, Special Assistant to the Attorney
General, said: “I want to give my unqualified indorsement to
House Bill 3228.”
Mr. Isaac H. Nutter, Attorney, of Atlantic City, N. J.,
approved the “commission” saying: “I think the vital thing for
that commission is the appointment of men of both races, wjho
are not only learned, but who have some equilibrium, some
poise that will give and take and get at the root of this thing.
Prof. Jesse Lawson, President of Frelinghuysen University
and creator of the Spencer Commission Bill’ of which the
Celler Bill is an exact counterpart, after admitting that he
had been studying the racial problem for 22 years, presented a
very elaborate argument as to why the Celler Bill should be
passed. Prof. Lawson seemed to be an enthusiastic supporter
of the Celler Bill, but only luke-warm upon Mr. Foster’s meas
After decrying any tinge of politics which might have silent
ly soaked into the “commission” project, and, further, after
resenting an insinuation that he was a Democrat, Col. Giles
B. Jackson, Attorney, of Richmond, Va., had put into the I
record his testimony of 1923 when he appeared before the
same Committee upon a similar “drive.”
Mr. William A. Byrd, of Jersey City, N. J.; ex-congress
man Thomas E. Miller, Rev. John L. Holloman, Dr. R. E.
Jones, of Philadelphia; Mr. Don Goodloe, Mr. Samuel H.
Thompson, of Bristol, Tenn.; Mr. William E. Johnson, of
New York City; and Col. M. Trigg, of Tennessee, warmly
indorsed the “commission” bill and argued brilliantly as to why
it should become a real, live part of the Government.
But the “cons” had not been heard from. And \yhen j
Mrs. M. Mossell Griffin, of Philadelphia, Pa., took the stand
and said: “Mr. Chairman, I appear here as National Leg
islative Chairman of the Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs
representing 161,000 women, organized in 40 States, and we
are opposed to the Bill,” everyone sat up and took notice.
Mrs. Griffin stood up admirably under a severe cross-exam
ination, and closed with quite a burst of oratory, in which she
said: “1 would like to say to the gentlemen, again, that Mr.
Foster has just brought out the very point that we wanted to
present to you—that there are men who stand out prominently
as leaders of our race, who lead groups, but the groups that '
they lead are not altogether satisfied with die positions that they
take. We recognize the man because of the fact that he has
ability to educate and to train and to do certain things, but his
policy is not always satisfactory; and I would like to say to
you that many of our men get wound up and when they get
wound up they do not know the way out,^ and they take
the line of least resistance and say, Yes, sir to everything.
We believe in saying, when a thing is wrong, that it is wrong.
I have taken this matter up w\th some of our prominent educa
tors. For instance, I talked to a man who was here the other
day, and when I told him my viewpoint he was nonplused.
He said: ‘I had never thought of that.’ And yet he is a
man who has been advocating the bill* and I dare say you
have his name. He was at a loss to see just what the. possible
dangers were. It was Prof. Kelly Miller. I do not mind
calling the name. I say to you that although these prominent
educators who stand out are willing to submit to this kind of
thing, we are opposed to it, and we are simply here present
ing to you our disapproval.”
Ar.d when Mrs. Griffin's corroborator, Attorney James L.
'.Neill, of Washington, had added his testimony to the deluge
of lode, it seemv d to be about a fifty-fifty bet, as to the
prospects of the “commission” despite the numerical strength
of the “pros.”
•Is K 9*
AN EXCITED REQUEST Ft)R AID. a curt rebuff,
a series of shots, and Harlem’s “finest man,” six feet tall,*
broad of shoulder, fell to the sidewalk, unconscious but smiling
the same smile of the old golden days and dreamy nights—the
smile which had transmitted its gladness to a thousand hu
man hearts, and Which had augmented the courtesy, yea the
charity of a thousand acts of kindness. Barron D. Wilkins
had been hurriedly sent over the long trail, leaving Harlem sad
over the departure of its idol.
Barron D. Wilkins had original initiative. Years ago when
the “Haymarket” made hay while the moon shined, at 30th
Street and Sixth Avenue, New York, Barron conceived recre
ational innovations which he established jn 35 th Street, near
Eighth Avenue. “Here,” he said, “I will provide unique
pleasure.” Moving to Harlem in 1903, Wilkins established
a cabaret at 134th Street and Seventh Avenue, which has
never been permanency closed. Here, the man “with the
big bank roll” lived and let live. He financed the Negro base
ball teams. He assisted his friend, Jack Johnson, when the
latter was trying to “break in.” He aided the needy. He
smiled unceasingly. Even as Death was on its distant way
to meet him, he had ordered a suit of clothes for Sam Lang
ford, the ex-prize fighter, to whom he had sent a check for
$25. He was always strong for the guy who was “down”
and many a weary wife and chiid have been the benefi
ciaries of Barron’s bountiful spirit.
Harlem’s thousands mourn the loss of this human gladiator,
whose gracious hospitality will no longer dispense bills and
blessings. He has gone to test the equation of a mystery,
whose veil, some day, each one of us must thrust aside, that
we may gaze upon the features of the inevitable conqueror of
this life. May his soul rest in peace.
Harlem, N. Y., without Barron D. Wilkins, will be like a
motorless motoi.
Paul Robeson’s picture looked good on the front page of
the “Drama” section of the New York Times, May 25—“All
God’s Chillun Got Wings,” you know).
j“Hello Bill,”—-By an injunction, the Supreme Court of the
District of Columbia has restrained Grand Exalted Ruler J.
Finley Wilson from suspending Columbia Lodge, No. 85, I.
B. P. O. E. W.
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QRiAND RAPIDS, Mich., June 4.—
Judging from the attitude of the spec
ial envoys that have been sent respec
tively to talk or rather convey disposi
trton on the part of the two branches
of the Presbyterian church to considei
unification a casual observer is led to
believe that ere long some plan will be
devised to overcome the bone of con
tention which has stood in the way of
getting together for more than half a
' It is said that some Negro communi
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measure as it may work to the detri
ment of the race. One minister com
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uneasy whenever I see the white folk®
of the North and the South shake
hands." One would gather from this
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feint hearted Negro Presbyterians
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to,, the North and South whitee
against the Negro. _
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