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TOLUME XLIV. NO. 26 . "r'GHMOND. VIRGINIA. SATURDAY. MAY 14. 192? ___ PRICE. FIVE CENTS.
W. A. JORDAN ANSWERED. A Question of Common-Sense. Yielding Privileges Denied. White People and Race Journals. Richmond, Ya., May 10, 192 t. The Richmond Planet, Richmond, Va. Mr. Editor: The open letter writ ten by Mr. \Y. A. Jordan in your issue of May 7 th and addressed to - me, recalls a statement made by Booker T. Washington, who said: i ‘ i very much fear that we shall ac- j ccmplisk little for our race until we secure the ear of the white pi ess. i \Yc may have any number of excel lent newspapers of our own- they may be edited by brilliant men, but | the white people do not read them. ( We must, therefore, contrive to reach the ear of the white press and there make a fair and candid ap peal ” Today any colored man or woman in Richmond who has any thing of public importance to say, and knows how to say it, the col umns of the white press of this city are open to him. This is a wonder ful forward stride, an equal oppor tunity for the race which should be appreciated. HIS POSITION CLEAR. In commenting upon Mr. Jor dan's very admirably written letter, permit me to say that I heartily ap preciate his utterances. He has made his position perfectly clear, in that he has “no political aspirations.’’ He has pointed to the major efforts that should be made to arouse our indolent and indifferent people” to pay their poll taxes. He has stressed the absolute necessity of our people j qualifying as “voting citizetns,” oo as to take a more important part in State and national affairs. These things and many others Mr. Jordan Pas said in speech more forceful and more eloquent, than my poverty of language will permit. A COMMON SENSE POLICY. Yet, notwithstanding everything contained in his, most excellent let ter; notwithstanding all that he has said or may say on the subject, I still feel that the policy of our peo ple should be to promote peace, friendship, good will and respect, founded upon justice, fair play and a better understanding between the races. How, then, can this cause be best advanced? First by intercourse and daily contact with white people through our work; through business relations and through the columns of the public press. By such Inter course and contact wo shall find that the best white people are not bent on wronging or oppressing us, but on the contrary they really wish us well. A LOFTY DEMEANOR. Secondly, as a people we should maintain an independent and lofty demeanor: should display a dignity of character; should entertain an exalted eeir-respect. These charac teristics will prevent us from forc ing ourselves in places where we are not wanted; and where friction and difficulty between the races will arise from our presence and our contacts. Any other attitude as sumed will be unfortunate since it would be widely advertised by the white press and would furnish fresh causes and arguments for our op posers to make new attacks upon us and upon our race. You will pardon me for believing that unless the course above mentioned is pursued; unless the attitude pointed out Is maintained; unless our actions rest upon common sense, our cause is lost. WHEN WE SHOULD FROWN. Third, we should frown upon any deportment which suggests the least tendency toward “social equality” in its generally accepted sense. I blame no white man for not wishing to as sociato with me since I wish no association with him. He doesn’t want me as a guest in his parlor, and I don’t want him as a guest in my parlor. "Social equality” as un derstood by me, works both ways. But again, we live under a govern ment which guarantees "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Let us, pursue happiness by establishing social standards among ourselves grand EXALTED RULER J. FIN LEY WILSON SPEAKS SUNDAY. Uruud Exalted Ruler J. Finley Wilson will deliver an address at First Baptist Church, Sunday night, 15th inst. at a special service con ducted by the men of the church. Elks of the city will be especially interested in the appearance of their chio'Aain here. Citizens are invited. 1 This service is one of two to be I held at First Church Sunday under t ___ s and in our own group. Let us or ganize our own institutions, build up our own churches, and universities, they are worthy of our service and our support. Let us set up our own ideals and worship at our own shrines. PRIDE OF RACE. If other races have great educa tors and Doctors of Divinity, we have them too. If they have devel oped scientists, we are developing them also. If other races have brave warriors, we have brave warriors too. If other people erect monu ments to commemorate the names and deeds of their heroes, our race should erect monuments to com memorate the names and deeds of our heroes. I am just as proud of being black as another man is of being white. I am just as proud of being a Negro as St. Paul was of being a Roman. I would not. if I could, exchange my nativity, birth right or heritage, for anything else in the world. • PROPHECY FOR THE FUTURE. Finally*, if We are worthy and wise; if we shall live in harmony with the better element of whito people in Richmond, then, largely through our own efforts*, through our own merits and by our own worth, we shall cause the sun to rise on a newer, brighter and more perfect day, for ourselves and for cur race. THEODORE W. JONES, 1401 W. Leigh St. (he auspices of the Missionary and Educational Circle, Mrs. W. T. Johnson, president and the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Society, Mrs. L. A. Hope, president. Mrs. Eloise Williams Shelton is the speaker at the morning service, which will be in charge of the women of the Church. Je-ho-aeh’s Chest will be used to receive funds for missions. ENG A G EMENT—MARRIAGE Mrs. N. O. Cobb announces the engagement of her daughter, Miss Mary M. to Rev. Dr. W. L. Ran some. Marriage, June the eleventh, Nine teen hundred twenty-seven, ten o’clock a. m., at 621 N. Eighth St. Bridal trip until June fifteenth. Reception, June seventeenth, from eight p. m. to eleven, 1507 Decatur St.. Richmond Va. Friends are invited. No cards issued in the city. SUNDAY SCHOOL AND B. Y. P. U. CONGRESS AT BIRMINGHAM. \rrangements have been made and requirements, locally complied with to have the National Baptist Sunday School and B. Y P. U. Congress to meet in Birmingham, Alabama. We expect and homes for more than 5.000 messengers have been -ecured. All messengers are urgently request ed to write Rev. W. M. Bryant, 812 South 17th Street, Birmingham, Ala. at once and you will be as signed your reservation here before vcu leave borne. If you will do this we shall be relieved of much work and worry and you great embarrass ment. Yours for the Master, J. H. EASON, D. D. ,Chairman Publicity Committee JESSE H. WRENN Secy. Va. Bapt. S ate Cornu ntion •_ i GREAT MEETING IN PETERSBURG PRESIDENT A. L- JAMES DE . LIVERS GREAT ADDRESS — MANY PROMINENT DWINES. The Virginia Bapiist State Con vention is in session at the First Bap list Church. Petersburg, Va, this veek. A large and enthusiastic del egation is present. President A . L. James, of Roanoke, Va. called the body to order and later delivered one of the best annual addresses t ever heard by the body. lie made ! the aiding of Virginia Theological i Seminary and College, first and fore I most. Rev. Dr. W. F. Graham, of | Holv Trinity Bapdst Church, Phila delpliia, still takes an active inter I est in the affairs of this S'*ate and I has proven to be a “tower of j strength” during this critical time. 1 The body will technically adjourn I Sunday night, but the work will prae ically be over today. Able di ; vinos have been delivering sermons and the First Baptist Church mem bership has been forward in caring tor the large delegation. Personals and Briefs Mrs. Sarah Jacob of Tuckahoe, N. V. has returned to her home after bring called to this city on the ac count of the death of her father, George W. Gaines. The members of the G. U. O. of Odd Fellows made a tine display last Sunday afternoon as they marched up to the City Auditorium to observe the anniversary of the Order.' Members of the Patriarchie also made a fine display. The meet ling was a success in every way. I Judge H. A. Maurice o£ South Side has been presiding in the Po lice Court this week for Judge John Li. Ingram, who has been suffering from a slight indisposition. He seems perfectly at home on the bench and in the language of the street is a “second edition” of the late lament ed Judge John J. Crutchfield. His quaint humor and quick decisions attracted much attention. Ex-Mayor George Ainslie has /shied his castor in the ring” against Mayor Bright and by this, action increases the number to four- as Hon. John Hirschberg and Hon. Juck L. Epps had preceded him. Funeral Director Robert C. Scott is planning the remodelling and an addition to his down-town ware rooms. Contractor I. Lincoln Bailey has prepa-?d the plans end the work is expected to start soon. Mrs. Alberta Jenkins Stevenson, who has been indisnr or some time, is slowly Improving. \ Miss Josephine Wilson and Mr. Robert Jenkins were quietly united in holy bonds, of matrimony on Wednesday night, May 4th, 1927, at the home of Rev. Dr. L. C. Gar land. The reception was held on the same night at the home of Mrs. Robena Jenkins Baugh. The Elks had a carnival in Fourth Street last week. It Is reported that while the crowds were large the money realized by the Order was not satisfactory. f The roof garden at the Mechanics Bank building is, now available for Summer entertainments. Consult either Thurken Co. Inc., Pollard and Bagby or John Mitchell, Jr. fco The Virginia Baptin' State Con vention is in session in '>*orsburg, Va. this week. The ablest Baptist divines in this State arf in attend ance there. The Planet will be sent you six months for $1.10 or tb- " months for 60 ceni‘s. Phone us - —r order, Randolph 2213. Mrs. Ella O. Waller -ho has been confined to her home, 1106 W. Leigh Street for some ti - is very much improved at this - Mr>g and is now able to see her friends. Mr. Wyndham Cart"- >f New York, spent the day with his parents Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Cp- -. of N. Cth Street last Sunday. The Mechanics Savings T>'~,k Roof Garden is now ready 'r nse to Sunday Schools, Churches, etc. for entertainments. It is p- ’ nlace for hot weather. Call John Mitchell. Jr. or consult tb agents. Phone Randolph 2213. You may be sick, but if wish to get well, it will pay ye to con sult Dr. L. J. Hayden T s reme dies arc guaranteed and * ’v« been doing satisfactory service ' >r a de cade. Read his advert5 ot and profit thereby. Colored Man Saves 25 White Families. Mr. and Mrs. Samuel White Succor Neighbors Driven Out by Flood. INSTRUCTOR OF SHAW UN1V. PREACHES AT MOORE ST. BAPTIST CHURCH Rev. McMiller 0f Raleigh, N. C. a graduate of Howard and Yale Universities, preached at the morn ing service of Moore Street Baptist Church last Sunday. His text was taken from Mark and John, “Moth er.” The significance of the two pic tures drawn from these passages of Scripture were indeed great. In the first pic/ure Christ was found doing his last work on earth and later i g ior death. Going from the physical to the spiritual world He i‘old John t0 take care of his mother. He portrayed at this junc tion the extreme of sentimentality. The second picture illustrated was that of home the dearest place of all. Sometimes this placp loses its ideals, and charms. Why? “Mother.” This challenge sometimes calls men from their homes to be with those from without. Surely, those from without must be able to come within. He stressed the idea. of men clinging to their mothers in prefer ence to other men’s interests. Kis closjng words embodied themselves around the faxjt that selfishness ; must not ex'ist among us. if our mothers are to be happy. DAMONS IN VIRGINIA. The Grand United Order of Knights of Damon will hold a pub lic meeting at the home office, 1115 W. Moore S/reet, Richmond Va., on Monday, May 30, 1927, S:0'0 P. M. A?, this is a holiday, Damons are expected to be present from various parts of the Sfate. The public is invited. ^ Persons desiring to organize clubs will address all communications to Sir J. C. Randolph, Right Worthy Grand Councelor, 1115 W. Moore SL.., Richmond, Va. One Hundred Men and Women wanted to work. Write today. ST. LUKE INFORMAL RECEPTION Friday night, April 29th, the 9fc. Luko workers and friends gathered at the St. Luke Hall, corner St. James and Baker Streets, by special invitation from the Right Wtorthy Gfrand Secretary-Treasurer and the General Field Secretary. I The occasion was an informal re ception to members of the organiza , tion who had contributed to the success of the mammoth member ship drive held Mardh 29, 1927. A short spicy program was rendered featuring short talks and cheers. Those serving on the program were Rev. and Mrs. W. T. Johnson, Mr. ill. Alphonso Norrell and Rev. M. 1 F. Newman. ! Mrs. Lelia W. Bankett, General Field Secretary, who maneuvred the Richmond Drive acted as mistress of ceremonies and welcomed the ; friends by stating that they had been invited as their guests to enjoy social merriment, felicitations and cheer. She also presented Mrs. Maggie L. Walker, Right Worthy Grand Secretary - Treasurer, who thanked all who added new members to tho drive. Mrs. Bankett in well chosen words, gave a synopsis of the work bv re'terating the instructions given to '‘he workers,—the keynote of which was the excellent achieve ments of the Right Worthy Grand Secretary-Treasurer. The office force sang cheers, led by Miss Ella A. Hudson. The All Star Female Quartette with Mme. Carre C. Hawkins, leader, was at its best in rendering a beautiful cheer, commending Mrs. Walker as leader of the organization and boosting Mrs. Leila W. Bankett, General Field Secretary for conduct ing the Drive. Much credit is given the General Field Secretary for this most excel lent campaign and also the office force for their hearty cooperation with Mrs. Bankett, making, this drive one of the largest ever staged in tho history of the organization. Refreshments were served in abundance with Mr. Joseph Smith, caterer. I Read The Planet and be happy. It specializes on news for colored folks. Bring us your job work. Dli. BINFORD ACTIVE. Rev. J. H. Binford D. D. had a most successful rally at the First Baptist Church, Centralia, Va., of which he is pastor. $1,000 was the amount raised in the effort. Rev. Binford preached a most impressive sermon recently before the Baptist Ministerial Conference of Richmond and Vicinity on the sub ject, “Faith.” Rev. J. E. Foun tain, the President presided. \ DEAN MILLER HERE Dean Kelly Miller addressed Rich mond Chanter of the Alumni of Howard University at the Third St. Bethel A. M. E. Church. Vice President William F. Denny presid ed. He made a profound impress ion. The audience was enthusiastic. The affair took place Friday night, May 6th. JOSEPH YATES BURIED. Joseph Ya+es, beloved husband of Mrs. Mary Yates was buried from Hood Memorial Temple A. M. E. Zion Church, Adam nad Clay Sts. t-is Thursday, 2:JO P. M., Rev. G. W. Gaines, D. D. officiating. Fun eral Director C. P. Hayes had charge of the remains. Interment was in the National Cemetery, he bein^ a Spanish-American War Vet eran. , i Y ’ ( LOSING VESPER SERVICE, SUNDAY AT 5 P 1M. j The closing Vesper Service of the Season will be held at the Phyllis Wheatley Branch, Y. W. C. A., Sunday afternoon. May 15th at 5 o'clock. The Religious Education Committee has arranged a special program for this service and invites the public to attend. Those who will vender numbers are: Mrs. Alverta Gilpin, soloist: Miss L. Alto Johnson and Mrs. Alico Smith Bowser, read ers; Miss Mildred Anderson, pianist: The All S*ar Female Quartette and Mrs. Lucy G. Lewis, speaker. INSTALLATION OF THE PIPE OB GAN AT MT. OLIVET. GIVEN BY MONUMENTAL CHURCH The public installation of the pipe organ, given to the Mount Olivet Baptist Church. 25th and S Streets, l'v the Monumental Episcopal Church of this city, will be given on the 3rd Sunday, May 15, at 4 P. M.f when the choir, organists, officers and Rector of this church have kindly consented to be present and render a programme of their own selection. Friends, come and see, and hear for yourselves. REV. .T. ANDREW BOWLER Pastor W. B. WEST, Church Clerk. FULTON NOTES A very large gathering assembled at Calvary last Sunday to hear a message on "Mothers’' from their ua3*or. Be on time Sunday. Pastor C. A. Cobb will use for his sublect, ‘T Have Put Off My Coat, How Shall t Pip It On. 8:30 P. M. the Four and Twenty Elders of the citv will assemble at Calvary for their Anniversary oc casion. Rev. Cobb will deliver the annual sermnn. Last Sabbath we had an excellent and enjoyable time at Shiloh Bap tist Church. The sermon was deliv ered by the Corresponding Secretary of the Richmond Baptist S. S. Un ion. who at present has charge of the Church. Rev. G. W. Coleman preached an inspiring message at 3:30. The acting pastor preached at the evening service. Come out to Shiloh in the morning, the message will he ‘‘One Mighty Man.” At 8:30 P. M., ‘.Go Forward.” Rev. C. B. Jefferson is the Grand Representative of Fulton Lodge. No 4 2 to the Grand Lodge, K. of P. which meets next month in Newport News, Va. v ’ GRAVEL HILL BAPTIST. CHURCH (Henrico County) Last Sunday 3:30 P. M. Rev. J. NEW ORLEANS LA., May 10— Following the flooding of certain sections of the city by the recent record rainfall, the heroism of Sam uel White, Negro railroad employee who rescued and cared for twenty five white families, is being warmly acclaimed by the public and the press,. When the waters began to over flew the suburb of Edgewood, White who works in the adjacent stock yards, hastily built a raft from com mandeered timbers, voyaged among the submerged homes and brought twenty-five families to safety. He first placed his own home at the disposal of the refugees, but that was soon crowded and he provided shelter and straw beds for the others in box cars in the railroad yards. Meantime lrs wife wa« busy pro paring hot ooffoe and food and from Friday night until Monday morning the two furnished meal3 to the re fugees and helped nurse a family of children who were ill with measles at the 'ime of their rescue. Com menting editorially on the incident the Times-Picayune says: The submereence in that neigh ' borhood persisted through Saturday and well into Sunday, but White and his wife faltered not, nor failed in their well doing. They cooked such food as was available and fed the rescued folk until Sunday night, when other relief finally reached them. This sustained and self-sacri ficing service by an humble Negro family t0 its distressed white neigh bors deserves place upon the por , manent record, as; surely as it will i hold place in the memories of the families who were thus rescued and fed and sheltered. All residents of ; Edgewood. it is reported, are loud in their praise of White’s heroic work. The en'ire community joins in that praise which might fittingly be broadened, we think, to include Mrs. White, who cooked the meals and kept the coffee hot for the drenched people who were brought out of their flooded homes by her husband and his hastily improvised raft.” W. Dudley, D. D. delivered a very inspiring sermon to Center Link Lodge of Odd Fellows. The services were held at the Church and the dinner at the hall. He used for his basis, "And a three fold cord is not Quickly broken . ” A large number cf folks were out to witness this occasion A Our pastor, Rev. Tuck has been sick, but is abie to be around again. He takes this method in thanking his many friends for their contribu tions in several ways. Sister Letitia Henry has relapsed. Sisters C. V. Brown. Mildred Brown and Alma Young are improv ing. The King’s Daughters will hold their installation service on the 4th Sunday night. The sermon will bo preached by Rev. 3. J. Ruffin, pas tor Ifnion Level Baptist Church and the officers installed by Rev. Massie Our .pastor, Rev. B. J. ltufTin preached a wonderful sermon Sun ' day morning from Matthew 7:21. The junior and senior choirs com (Continued on page 4. WRIGHT—-KELLY. Mr. R. H. Kelly announces the marriage of his daughter, Mario Alice, to Mr. William H. Wright, Jr. The ceremony was solemnized on Monday, January 3, 1927. Reception, Monday, May 23, 1927 at 8:30 o'clock P. M., 614 N. 13th Streot, Richmond, Va. Friends invited. No cards. Y. W. C A. PAGEANT AT THE' SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH The Pageant, “The Keeping of the Light" which was presented some weeks ago by the Membership Department of the Phyllis Wheatley Branch, Y\ W. C. A. will be re peated at Second Baptist Church, Sunday night, May 15th at eight o’clock. The Pageant is being given for the benefit of the Talent Rally, Mrs. E. F. Johnson, Director. A feature of the program will be a short address on “Light" by Rev. J. Spurgeon Johnson. A silver offering is requested.