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‘WILL LAMBAST DIRTY MIN 1ST ERS OR QUIT Rev Josephine Becton Minister Raps Planet Writer Propose Union Of Four Churches 1 \ ***** ***** ***** __ Says “Tuberculosis Is Foe Of Youth” In Urging Sale Of Christmas^Seals a a * * a , __ That the rising tide of lynching and mob violence this year brings every believer in human brotherhood face to face with his share of re sponsibility for the critical race pro blem in this country is the claim put forth by the Kace Kelations Sunday Message issued today by the Com mission on Kace Kelations of the federal Council of Churches, Ido East 22nd Street, New York, in its call for the ooservance of Kace Kela tions Sunday, February 8 next year. The statement points out that there have been twenty-one victims of moos, mostly Negroes, the first ten months of this year, a larger number than inany year save one since iy24. “Of what were these victims guilty?” asks the message. “Some oi them were not even accused of any .. crime; some had not had a trial to determine the truth or falsity of the accusations against them; a few were awaiting the execution of orderly court action. The law has been trampled under foot in their murder ous execution. The message holds that America is now at the cross-roads of interracial adjustment. “One way,” it states “leads to increasing antagonism, pre judice, hatred, and violence; the other way to understanding, good will, cooperation and fellowship. The turmoil in India, the chaos in China, the unrest in Africa and other lands need the example of methods in peaceful group adjustment which America may work out. The Churches of America have a golden opportuni ty to show the way of good will among Caucasians, Negroes, Mexi cans, Indians and Orientals, and our many foreign-speaking groups. The size of our population, the extent of our material wealth in fields, forests, mines and machines; the principles oi political equality and religious lutalism we profess, all place upon us a responsibility for such action which we cannot ignore. The Church es of America should furnish a field for practical experience in applying the Christian ethic of universal love to the problems of race.” After citing the cosmopolitan character of the appeal of our popu lation and urging that Race Relations * Sunday be the occasion of renewing * our vows to live by the fundamental religious ideals of the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man, the message concludes, “The world is searching for better relationships be tween individuals and racial groups. The steamship, the radio, the aero plane, and the other material inven tions have brought peoples of diiferent countries and customs closer together. The world needs to acquire a real Christian insight into the rela tions of races and an historical per (Continued on page 3) “The foe of youth,” was the de scription given to tuberculosis by Dr. Livingston f arrana, president of Loineil University, speaaing over the radio network of the National Broad casting Company. “There is some justification,” said Dr. f arrand, “for singling out this one enemy of youth, ior more per sons die today of this disease in the mst decade of maturity than from any other cause. It is true that there has been a reduction in the tubercu losis death rate among the general population to less than naif of that of twenty years ago, but its ravages among the youth of the country aie still a chief concern of public health authorities.” . Dr. f arrand stated that in Chau tauqua County, New ^ ork, practi cally every school child in the county was examined, in all, 30,00U, taking them as they came, without reference to apparent good or ill health. Results showed that students were playing on athletic teams, who nevertheless had active tuberculosis requiring complete rest for treatment. “in its early form the disease may be totally without symptoms, added Dr. farrand. “It can only be discover ed in time to promise the greatest hope of successful treatment when the tuberculin test and the X-ray are used. Is it any wonder that this disease has been called not only the lot of youth, but the ‘ambushed’ foe of youth? “The disease usually starts in childhood, lies quiet for several or many years, and breaks out at the time ot greatest weakness from over strain, overwork, or illness. Modern science has given us the means for knowing in any given child or youth whether the danger exists or not. This danger cannot always be dis covered by the usual physical exami nation, for the ambush is well laid in the body and can only be found by the penetrating X-rays. Of course, the natural processes of the body are resisting tuberculosis, and helping to create immunity, but this resistance can be weakened by strain. High school days—college days as well— are full of temptations to overdo. “The public schools and the col leges of the country are doubtless to be the arena for this new battle on behalf of youth. For twenty-live years tuberculosis associations have been telling us that tuberculosis is preventable, and they have proved it. Now they say that we must center oui efforts on students in the schools of the nation, and they ask our help. Certainly every available resource of oui educational establishment must be placed at their disposal. It is im possible to scrutinize the new scienti fic knowledge they have had a part in acquiring and disseminating with out agreeing with them that Tuber culosis indeed is the foe of youth.” The Virginia Tuberculosis Associa tion, through its County and City branches is carrying on a continuous warfare against this foe of youth, and this year is offering for sale twenty-one and a half million Christ mas seals—the ammunition for the fight. Spite to Negroes From Labor Unions New York, Dec. 5—President Hoover’s nomination of William N. Doak to be a member of his Cabinet as Secretary of Labor, brought toady a shary public letter from the Nation al Association for the Advancement ol Colored People condemning the appointment on the ground of Mr. Doak’s and his union’s anti-Negro attitude. “We recognize the right of the President to appoint his official fami ly,” says the N. A. A. C. P. statement released by Acting Secretary Walter White, “as represented by the Cabi net, without outside interference ex cept in extraordinary circumstances. The N. A. A. C. P. will therefore take no action in opposing confirmation of William N. Doak as Secretary of Labor. “The N. A. A. C. P., however, views with great regret the appoint ment to so important a post of one who has in so many ways shown himself to be completely lacking in sympathy with the aims of Negro labor. On last January 21st we lormally urged upon the President that he familiarize himself with all the facts concerning Mr. Doak’s anti Negro labor activities. In our formal protest we wrote Mr. Hoover that Mr. uoaK ‘represents something which is of vital importance to the American Negro. He is a member of a great uade union which will not allow Negroes to be members under any circumstances. He not only carries out the directions of this trade union as its head, but in addition to that, he has been for years active in trying to deprive American Negroes of their right to labor in any capacity on the railroads. We have proof of this acti vity on his part which we would be very glad to lay before you if you should wish. Under such circum stances, it seems to us that it would be most unfortunate to have a man at the head of the great Department of Labor whose avtivities have been openly in opposition to the American Negro’s right to work.’ “This protest was acknowledged on January 22nd by one of the President’s secretaries but no request was ever made for the material which we were anxious to lay before the President ‘ “The attitude of American Neg roes on Doak’s appointment can best be summed up in the editorial state ment made in the March issue of the Crisis which reads: ‘To put a man of this kind in the Cabinet as Secretary of Labor, would be the grimmest joke ever perpetrat ed at the expense of a long suffering people. There are in the United States numbers of well-meaning folk who ask insistently why Negroes as a mass are the enemies of American Labor, and why they are available for > scabs and strike-breakers. One terse answer is Doak.’ Advocates Declare Plan Feasible Reliable sources reveal the fact that one of the most forward-looking and efficient steps ever proposed to a church here was presented to Ebe nezer Baptist Church recently. Un der the plan proposed, Ebenezer, Sharon, Mt. Hermon and Good Will Baptist Churches would be asked to appoint committees to discuss the project and form a laison body to act as a clearing house for discus sion and action in the premises. The plan was proposed by Messrs. E. R. Storrs and J. Henry Peters, progres sive young lay members of Ebenezr. It has not been ascertained how the ministers of these churches stand on this question. Our informant in dicated that the ministers had not as yet made any statement relative to the matter. Rev. William H. Stokes, Pli.D., Rev. R. H. Johnson, Rev. Percy Lipscomb and Rev. R. H. Ball arc* the pastors of the churches named. The proposition was tabled at Ebenezer, but it is understood that the matter will be brought up at a later date. The text of the resolu tion follows: Richmond, Va., Dec. 8, 1930. To the Officers and Members of the Ebenezer Baptist Church—Greet ing: We hold that in this age of con solidation for preservation and more efficiency in conducting institutions, the Church should not be in any way disadvantaged by failure to take these steps when it seems possible anc convenient to do so. Regardless of how good we seem to be at pres ent, there is room for improvement. Improvement in church organization, improvement in financing, improve ment in furthering the cause of Christ in Richmond. Any steps we may take to bring about this im provement is well-pleasing in His sight and should accomplish that for which He intended—the placing of the Kingdom of God in the hearts of men and women of our fair city. With these facts in mind we are recommending to our Church that we make the first move in a consolida tion that would bring great resuts to the Kingdom in general and Ebe nezer and other churches in particu lar. To that end we move that it be resolved by Ebenezer Baptist Church in business session assembled, That we approach Sharon Baptist Church, Good Will Baptist Church, Mt. Hermon Baptist Church, through a communication sent by our clerk, duly authorized, asking that they ap point a committee to confer with a similar committee selected by our Church on the advisability of consol idating these Church units into one large and efficient unit -o (By S£aff Corre*ponc!ent) The Second Baptist Church had it's first installment of it’s great fifteen thousand dollar clean-up rally and it was a huge success. The rally started at 8:45 and by 10 o’clock $3,152 had not only been laid on the table, but the members of the Finance Committee, under chair i (Continued on page 8) Foi Huge Ming Institution On Wednesday night, December 10, 1930 there was held at the St. Luke Hall the most important meeting held in Virginia in the past fifty years. The occasion was the conven ing of special stockholders meet ings of the Commercial Bank and Trust Company and the Con solidated Bank and Trust Com pany for the purpose of voting on an agreement of Merger and Consolidation of the two Banks. The meeting of the Commercial Bank and Trust Company was presided over by its President, Attorney James T. Carter and President, Emmett C. Burke pre sided at the meeting of the Stock holders of the Consolidated Bank and Trust Company. After roll call of stockholders, showing more than three fourths of the outstanding stock was re presented in pex-son or by proxy, the meeting was declared open for the transaction of the specific business for which it was called. The agreement was read in a clear and distinct voice by Secre tary Treasurer Walter S. Banks. It was adopted without a dis senung vuue The President appointed Mr J. E. Harris and Dr. Leon Reid as a Committee to notify President Carter of the Commercial Bank and Trust Company of the action of the stockholders of the Con solidated Bank and Trust Com pany and invite him and his of ficers, directors and stockholders into a joint meeting. The rooms were taxed to accom modate the more than five hun dred men and women who had put over the most worth while project of the present century. All business and professions were represented. Mrs. Maggie L. Walker, Chair man of the Board of Directors of the Consolidated Bank and Trust Company was called upon by the President to welcome the lastest addition to our business family. In her inimitable manner and a clear musical voice she electrified the vast assemblage by calling to their attention the possibilities that were just ahead. She men tioned the old reliable, viz: the Richmond Beneficial Insurance Company, the Southern Aid In surance Company and the Nation al Ideal Benefit Society, the Im perial Order of King David, the (Continued on page 3) EVANGELIST PREDICTION TRUE. Ten vears ago while attending one of Rev. Josephine Becton’s meetings in West 135th street, Mrs. Becton whom I am sure didn’t know me and probably had never seen me before signalled me out and pointing her nnger straight at me remarked, I see you as a great writer—you are going to write a book—and I can see you before lots of people on the stage.” “You will be a wonder ful actress.” The woman being thus spoken to was Mercedes Gilbert, who true to the prediction of the great gifted woman Evangelist, has since appeared before thousands of people in the world’s most noted drama, “Green Pastures,” and Miss Gilbert has written a book entitled—“Selected Gems of Poe try, Comedy and Drama” which is now being published by a Boston book concern and will be off press ready for public reading in early Spring. Says The Amplifier Betrayed Him By Staff Carra»pa*«Unt At Mosby Memorial Baptist church on last Sunday, Dr. S. L. Parham the pastor, as a preamble to his ser mon paid his liberal respects to several members of the Negro press, especially those identified with the RICHMOND PLANET; chief among these were, J. Henry James, (THE AMPLIFIER) who was singled out and denounced by the eminent divine in the most scathing terms. He related the fact that, the “amplifier” had been very close to him, having upon one occasion taken dinner at his (Dr. Parhams) home and having at all times previous posed as a friend and brother, and the fact that Mr. James came to his home, after hearing of the unfor tunate incident under the guise of a friend and then to go out and try to destroy the reputation and influence of the man whom he called friend was a disheartening thing. He point ed out that “it would not have been so bad if he had not posed as a friend, waxing dramatic he thunder ed “any man that would do the thing that he (Mr. James) has done would steal the shroud from his dead mothers back,” he reiterated, “rather strong, but I say it, any man who would do the thing that Mr. James -o (Continued on Page 3) -o We are publishing in this weeKs issue a most unusual ad, the full page advertisement of an indus trial enterprise. It is about the proposed laundry plant of C. S. & E. Laundry. It is unusual in several ways. A full page advertisement of a colored enterprise is unusual to begin with. We rather suspect our people have been too backward about industrial enterprises. A second unusual thing about this advertisement is that it is an offer to sell first mortgage notes of a colored enterprise to colored people. Several such offers are generally contained in each news paper each day, but we think this is the first time a colored enter • prise has shown such forward steps. . , .. Another unusual thing about it is the care which the officers of this company have taken to safe guard the publics interest. The officers are all high class men with their own incomes. The trustees and alternate trustees are men of the same stripe. Yet the deed states that all the money from the sale of these notes must be immediate ly deposited in bank, shown exactly what the money can be spent for, stipulates that not one cent may be withdrawn until the check has the signatures of four of these men, and that each check must state on its face to whom the money is actually to be paid and exactly for what it is to be paid. Anybody can see from this that no thoughtful and honest man would take the chance of doing anything wrong with this money because there would be no escape from the law, but the officers wno have to sign all checks, made the deed procide that each and every man, including themselves should be personally responsible for double any amount proven to have been withdrawn on a check signed by himself but not in accordance with the provisions of the deed. This makes a responsibility of $8.00 for every $1.00 which could be wrongly withdrawn and each and every one of the men is worth something. It really seems like the begin ning of a new era for colored corporations. We do not advise anybody else as to what they should do or should not do, but we think it is due to these people to say we thought so well of thoir proposition that we have subscrib ed to their issue of notes. Preaching to overflowing crowds each night at Leigh Street M. M. E. Church, Mrs. Josephine Becton con tinues to sway her Richmond fol lowers, after a temporary set-back last Tuesday night when certain re marks caused Rev. R. M. Williams Pastor, to hesitate and consider whether or not the services should continue. There was much specula tion during the day Wednesday and The Planet Office was beseiged by anxious followers who wanted to know just what had been done and whether the services would continue at Leigh Street. Rev. Williams and Mme. Becton conferred early Wednesday and reached an understanding. He vis ited The Planet and informed us that the services would continue. Rev. Becton said she had naught against the pastor and that she was ready to continue. The cause of the misunderstanding seemed to center around certain remarks made by Rev. Becton, which were derogatory, and which said remarks, Pastor Wil liams said he would not countenance in his pulpit. Following Rev. William’s misun derstanding with the Becton party, the noted female evangelist in a special compromising interview with the Pastor explained the meaning of her heated flaying of Richmond ministers. That the party will continue it« meetings to satisfy Dr. Williams and his church, was asserted by Rev. (Mrs.) Becton, in a statement is sued to the congregation. I am often misunderstood. I talk in this pulpit like I do in all pulpits. It was not my intention to make trouble I whip ministers everywhere who aren’t living light. I speak only the truth. I hit hard and pile up. Dr. Williams asked me to come here, the people of Richmond wanted me to come. I speak as the Holy Spirt direct me. ” “I meant no harm, I was preach I ing the gospel and the church needs more women like me to tell the truth. I am willing to forgive .and forget, and let the devil know that he couldn’t do us any harm. I am proud of Dr. Williams, but unless I can work free and can speak as the Spirit tells me. If I cant hit the dirty preachers who aren’t living right, I’ll not stay. I wont stay anywhere I am muzzled.” Dr. Williams turned the pulpit over to the Evangelist and she continues her meeting. (Continued -om Page 2) tot In N.U.C.P. NEW WORKERS ADDED. The following have been added to the soliciting team of the member ship drive of the Richmond Branch of the N. A. A. C. P. Moore Street church: Miss Leola Taylor, Miss Mary Johnson and Mrs. C. A. James. Sharon Church: Mr. B. L. Aller. Mrs. Ada B. Harrison and Miss Sallie A. Cowan. All solicitors will report on Janu ary first at eight o’cock at the Fifth Street Baptist church at which time a great emancipation meeting will be held. The program will be announced later. ir—--- ----- Governor To Address Negro Citizens Here The Usher Board and the Ex celsior Bible Class of the First African Baptist Church located at Fourteenth and Broad Streets will present the Governor, His Excel lency, Doctor John Garland Pol lard to the Negro citizens of Rich mond, Sunday, December 21, at 3:00 o’clock. This will be the Governor’s first address to the Negroes of this city since his inauguration and it is quite befitting that he should deliver his first address in this old historic church. The following committee is in charge of the program: Horace H. Scott, Richard Thompkins and Chas. W. Robinson.