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•- Help Buy a Rainbow
^ BOY ' |
^ CHRISTMAS -!
I he campaign conducted each year
i0i cue sale ox Tubercolosis Stamps
io a movement worthy of our se
nous nous efforts. Tuberculosis is
u uxcaued foe of the human lace
and its ravages have been a source
ox worry for years. Many of our
iellow citizens in Richmond have
succumbed to its attacks, and many
tu es we k have watched friends
aicwly pas saway. Medical science
mobilized its forces and succeeded
in mapping out a program that has
decreased the deaths from this cause
to more than half of the casualties
usually recorded in a year’s period.
By buying these stamps we aid m
financing the forces on the front line
fighting this monstrous enemy, and
we take this time to thank the faith
ful and untiring warriors of the dou
ble-barred cross for their sincerity
and devotion to the great task of
saving humanity from the early
grave. They have demonstrated be
yond a doubt the truth of a state
ment originally intended as a lie.
• Thou wilt not surely die.
The organization has secured *he
aid of a colored divisional group, un
der the leadership of Mrs. llham H.
Hughes and we hope the Negroes of
Richmond will help bring a rainbow,
from which eminence we may sweep
the clouds of despair away.
I O. KING DAVID MAKE FINE
The Imperial Order of King David,
under the leadership of Mrs. Ade
laide G. Taylor, purchased the form
er home of the Richmond Industluai
Club, Inc., between Adam and
Prentiss on Clay Street. Mrs. Tay
lor stated to our reporter that she
would not use the site for official
headquai'ters of the organization, but
that the lodge rooms there would be
utilized for lodges of the Order. The
King Davids are making vapid strides
and have x-eceived high commendation
for their work from the State De
is’ tment of Insurance.
negro mechanics at work.
There is being erected on the
corner of Second and Jackson Sts.,
a modern and up-to-date- service
station. Its beauty and general con
venience are marvels to the eye. It
is a very inspiring sight to see ^*eSr.®
mechanics busy at work erecting thi^
modern automobile emporium ox
service. Mr. John H. Braxton . i^
erecting this station and is sparing
no pains to make it one of the best
in the city. It will be operated by
Mr. W. T. Gray. But we are away
from our point; we intended to sayi
that it looks mighty nice to see those I
.noied mechanics at work. ^
What Happened In
Police Court news from Decem
ber 2, through December 10th. Leroy
Wiley, sent on, on a burglary
ciiaige, given twelve months in jail
and hn<-d $250, on a petty larceny
cnaige; William Brown, theft charge,
ou uays in jail; Clarence Lewis, as
saulting Herman Allen and cutting
m.s tnroat, sent on; Albert Gregory,
transporting, sent on; Geo. Win
chester, theft, sent to jail for 20
days; Lindsey Johnson and Henry
Joiinson. theft charges, each given
60 days; Cora McCauley, storing at
622 Prentiss Street, sen to jail for
three months, fined $50.
John Burnett, threatening Bernard
Toliver, $10 and cost; Lee Davis,
careless and reckless driving, dis
missed on costs of $2.50; Louis Hill,
disorderly, abusing Susie Downey,
dismissed on costs of $2.50; Clar
ence Coutts, dirving without per
mit, '.dismissed; E. L. Williams,
drunk, $10 and cost; John H. Tur
ner, drunk, $10 and costs; George
W'instjdn, kc.areles# and reckless
driving, $10 and cost; Ernest
Washington, striking Rosa Mankins,
cont., 16; Alfonso Jackson, careless
and reckless driving, dismissed on
cost of $2.50; Floyd E. Hill, cdear
ing house, $50 and cost; Daniel Gret
na, drunk, $10 and cost; Jonie John
son, disorderly, $2.50 and cost; Ar
thur Widmark, disorderly, $5 and
cost, sent to jail in absence of funds;
Sidney Johnson, assault., and strike
John W. Denny, dismissed on costs
of $7.50; M. T. McFram, earless and
reckless driving, cont. 12; Robert
Fields, disorderly, firing pistol in
street,, continued to—; James Grand
erson, striking Minnie Washington,
cont. to 9; William Glasgow, clear
ing house, cont. to 20; William Car
rington, lottery, $100, costs, 20 days
in jail, he notes an appeal.
Lillie Fleming, assulting Lillian
Harrison, $20 and costs; William
Booker, careless and reckless driving,
continued to 19; Joseph Talifero,
policy, $100, costs, 20 days; Thomas
Johnson, disorderly, $15 costs;
Thomas Bradley, disorderly, $2.50
and costs; George Gates and Irene
Thompkins, disorderly at 2528 E.
Broad St., $2.50 and costs each; Ed
ward Leonard and Buster Brown, dis
orderly, $5 and costs each; Madeline
Harris, drunk, $10 and costs; Orvell
Jonathan, Samuel Chiles, drunk and
disorderly, Jonathan’s case contin
ued to 31, Chiles fined $10 and cost;
George Bagby, drunk, $100 and
costs; Willie Hicks, drunk and dis
orderly, $500 bond for 10 days;
Norman Edwards, drunk and disor
derrly, $10 and costs; Edgar Moss,
storing, continued to 9th.
Leonard Mason, storing, sent on;
S. Lee, forgery, sent on; Joe Webo,
fugitive from James City County,
continued to —; Dewey Conway and
Clarence Coutts, vagrants, $250 bond
for 12 months; Adolph Jenkins,
held as material witness against Le
Roy Wiley and James Dobbins who
are held as suspected of burglary,
continued; William Brown, theft of
overcoat, 30 days; George Win
chester, theft of coal from C. & O.
30 days; Clarence Lewis, stabbing
Herman Allen, sent on; P. Wilson,
assault with intent to kill Alfred
Lewis, operating car under the in
fluence of liquor, sent on.
Church, January 4
Emancipation will be celebrated
by William A. Hankins Camp, U. S.
Spanish American War Veterans
and its Auxiliary at Ebenezer Bap
tist Church, the First Sunday Night
in January, 1931, with an appro
priate program. The public is cor
dially invited. World War Veterans
are especially invited.
The following committee is in
charge: Mrs. R. A. Logan, president
Mrs- Nannie J. Howard, treasurer,
and Mrs. Augusta I. Johnson, secre
trry, for the Auxiliary; Comrade
George A. Walker, camp commander
Lucius Storrs, quartermaster, F. E
Mangrum, adjutant, for the Camp;
George L- Branch.
Its Wise To Read A Paper
Its Wiser To Read A Richmond
Its Wisest To Read The PLANET
Dr. W. L. Ransome
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The Negro And His Newspaper .
Why should the Negro have a newspaper?
This question seems obsolete to many minds, yet there are
thousands who, by their attitude and practice, show that they
either do not know that there are any Negro papers, or they thin*
that Negroes should not publish newspapers and periodicals, into
some of the supposed intelligent Negro homes Negro newspapers
and periodicals never go. The excuse often given is that these
Vegix) papers contain no “news." Grant that all the white papers
contain news, Whom is the news about? If any news appears
about the Negro, what phase of Negro activity is usually depicted >
If anything good happens to appear, where in the average white
paper does it appear? > . n
It becomes necessary sometimes to think over even old well
known thoughts lest we forget, and that we may have better rea
sons for doing things, even if we make no improvement in the
doing thereof. Following are some of the reasons that make nec
essary Negro newspapers and periodicals:
(1) Segregation Is Forced Upon the Negro
As long as segregation exists as it does now, a separate Ne
gro newspaper must be essential. We pass over the fact that
Negro newspapers create jobs, afford an outlet for literary ex
pression and form mediums for advertising. All this is true, but
the Negro needs a newspaper and periodical to let the world know
that Negroes really exist in America. If there were crimes com
mitted by Negroes, judging from the little else that is said by
the average white papers, the world would not know that Negroes
lived in America—except for statutes making more rigid jim
crowism. As the rise and fall of the infant s chest tells to the
mother in the distant corner of the room that the babe in the
crib still lives, so does the appearance of the Negro Newspaper—
whether weekly or monthly—tell that the Negro is at least alive.
(2) Negro Shortcomings On *ront Fage
During a course in race relation, the writer was assigned the
task to read many newspapers, and to make report at the end of
a month as to the Negro news in white dailies. This report would
make interesting reading. Negro crime and white man’s lynching
of the Negro received great headlines on front pages. Anything
that served to lessen the worth of the Negro and to inflame ha
tred owards him was front page matter, while all that was oppo
site, if it appeared at alb found itself in the most obscure place.
Whenever anything good appeared about the Negro, on the front
page, it was either something about “an old-time darkey,” or
about some white movement in behalf of the Negro, or some Ne
gro had sung before some white people. Something “white” had
to be in it to get it worthy of front page location.
(3) Negro Faces
^t'ldom do Negro faces appear in white newspapers, unless
they be the faces of criminals, or unless the Negroes are connected
with some movement managed by white people. The only Negro
faces other than criminal the writer recalls seeing in the Rich
mond white newspapers during the last ten years have been those
in connection with the Community Fund Movement. On the other
hand. Negro criminal faces appear frequently. But for the Negro
press, the Negro boy and girl would have little or no idea of the
.ikeness of great Negro men and women.
Are There Too Many Negro Papers?
The writer is of the opinion that there are too many Negro
papers, as there are too many other things. One good newspaper
in any city is sufficient for the Negroes. The idea of combination
is becoming popular. It is hoped that the Negro newspaper will
profit by this possibility. Many Negroes do not buy Negro papers.
If all the Negroes in each city bought Negro newspapers, even
then the circulation would be none too great. The white papers
can count on Negroes among^their subscribers, but Negroes can
rot anticipate white subscribers to any great degree. Since it is
the matter of circulation that determines adverising rates, and
it is advertisement that suppors the paper, all depends in he last
analysis upon the support that Negroes give their own press.
Even if the Negroes do not care to read their own papers,
hey should buy them none the less.
By WILLIAM LEE BURTON
Wc also serve ... on porches, cold and still;
Beneath the frosty stars our beds are white,
A long, dim line; there’s snow upon the sill . . .
We think of home—of Christmas—here tonight.
Wc think of wives and sweethearts left behind:
For their dear sakes we must, wc must, get well!
But these long months, this weary, hopeless grind , , .
And yet we must go on; must not rebel.
Some day, perhaps, our bodies will be strong;
The world outside will know us once again,
And these dim nights that sometimes stretch so long
Will lie a memory of vanished pain.
And you who hurry by on Christmas Day,
With Christmas peace and gladness in your heart,
Think once of us, before you go your way—
We also serve. We also do our part!
(This poem was written expressly for the
1930 Christmas seal sale by William Lee
Burton, who has spent the last five years of
his life in an Iowa fuberculojtj sanatorium.)
HITS AND BITS
BY JOE SIMPSON
It has occurred to us that there
are thousands of Negroes in these
United States in general and in Rich
mond in particular that have never
read the CONSTITUTION OF THE
UNITED STATES; therefore, begin
ning next week we will publish in
this column one section of the Con
stitution each week, together with
the number of the article under
which it is to be found. This prac
tice will continue until the first seven
original articles as well as the nine
teen Amendments will have been
Hundreds of people have asked me
why we so seldom laud the race for
its ATTAINMENTS, or point out to
it its VIRTUES? The reason for
this is obvious, “A LITTLE PRAISE
now and then acts as a STIMULANT
to a race or an individual, it urges
him on to greater heights, but an
OVERDOSE of PRAISE bestowed
either upon a race or an individual
is a DANGEROUS THING; it has n
tendency to pervert the MIND, de
stroy the PERSPECTIVE and stifle
the AMBITION and WILL-POWEPv
of the race or individual upon whom
it is bestowed. That’s why we do not
not administer this SLEEP PRO
DUCING DRUG; he has had an over
dose of it already.
ON ITS LAST LEGS
The recent meeting held in the
Washington Auditorium, in the “NA
TION’S CAPITAL,” and the recent
happending in the famous and fash
ionable Cathedral of St. John the
Divine, in New York, the Leigh
Street Church affair this week, cou
pled with many other notable inci
dents that have happened during the
past year, has only served to con
tirm our belief that organized Chris
tianity is riding for a fall, it is trav
eling like a locomotve at full speed,
headed straight for a stone wall, and
if something is not done in the near
future to divert its course, the end
will be nothing short of a calamity.
ONLY A PART OF OUR DUTY
EVERY NEGRO in the city of
Richmond is hereby urged to make it
a point to go to the CONSOLI
DATED BANK AND TRUST COM
PANY building, corner First and
Marshall Street, and start a CHRIST
MAS SAVINGS CARD, and to do
their level best to keep up some un
til the end of the year. This insti
tution is OWNED, OPERATED and
HOPES TO BE FINANCED BY NE
GROES; it MUST not be permitted
to suffer the same FATE as the
LAWN-TOWN SHOES COMPANY.
NOT WHAT’S ©N TOP, BUT
“Among the latest patents issued
by the U. S. Patent Office that was
assigned to Aeronautics, was one
granted to HUGH J. ROSS, a NE
GRO of Cliffwood, New Jersey, on a
new and IMPROVED type of air
ship, which provides a much SPEED
IER and SAFER passenger carrying
craft, than has ever heretofore been
constructed.” “he ship is of the
ighter-than-air type, and can be an
chored IN MID AIR. Passengers
and freight can be transferred from
ship to ship as they bridge one to
the other at a standstill, that insures
perfect safety,” all of which goes to
show that “GENIUS KNOWS NO
COLOR,” and is not averse to re
posing in a brain that rests in a
skull on the top of which grows a
generous crop of KINKY HAIR.
GONE TO THE DOGS
Many fathers and mothers today
lament the fact that their offspring
ire not turning out to be what they
expected them to be, never once bear
ing in mind the fact that they are
to blame in most instances. Punish
ing children for doing the things
that they see us do is no way to
raise children; we must so live that
t will be a source of pleasure and
pride to see our children follow in
j our footsteps. If they go to THE
DOGS, they’re following YOU.
GOODWILL BAPTIST CHURCH.
Rev. W. B. Bell makes tour to
Washington, D. C., and New York
Citv, attending Church conferences
in 'the latter, making a study- of
Church life. Preaching at The Abys
sinia Baptist Church on Dec. 30.
Services at The Goodwill Baptist
Church, 410 North Monroe Street,
Sunday, Dec. 14:
10:00 A. M.—Sunday School.
11:45 A. M.—Subject, “Why We
3:30 P. M.—Program by The Peer
lcs: Four of Norfolk, Va.
8:30 P. M.—Subject, ‘The Kind
of Giving That Counts.”
REV. W. B. BALL, Pastor.
THE THIRTEEN most
(itfteii jSegroes ®ntte& States!
BY EUGENE GORDON, Brilliant Essayist
An extraordinary article promised our readers some time ago, will appear in the
at an early date
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i won't buy a stick of candy.
1 buy no newspapers nowadays.
1 can't even go to Sunday-school
l car think of more things I used
to do that I am no longer allowed
to do than any uusband In the
Eleven months in the year 1 am
good for nothing.
But in December—oh, boy!
Then I come into my own.
1 buy the mo3t beautiful decora
tion for a Christmas gift package.
1 buy hope for the sick.
J buy health for a child.
I buy happiness for the man that
spent me to buy hope and health
for someone else
l buy a CHRISTMAS SEAL.
Among the thousands ol children
hurrying daily to school or play
many need to heed the signal of
Santa Claus, who directs the Christ
mas seal traffic.
the red light.’
“YVhen you see
it, stop. The
to health; It
short Lours of
food; neglected teeth and tonsils:
too little sunshine.
“Tuberculosis usually begins in
childhood, and may be endangering
health long before any symptoms
appear. Fully naif the cases of
adult tuberculosis in later years
show X-Kay signs of having had
this early condition called child
hood tuberculosis at an age
under 15 Such children can
usually be discovered by the X-Ray
and the tuberculin test and given
“Parents should see that chil
dren take the well-marked detours
around the steep grades during the
years when the child is becoming
a man; when school life Is most
intense and the temptation to ex
cess is greatest.”
\ MERRY CHRISTMAS ?
C HEALTH TO ALL?
1930 Christmas Seal
This is the 1930 Christmas seal.
Santa Claus has given it his official
approval by uplifting his hand to
emphasize the holiday greeting,
“Merry Christmas—Health to All."
Everybody buys Christmas seals
which raise the money to fight
tuberculosis, but few know tliat the
original seal designed by Howard
Pyle In 1907 is now treasured by
stamp collectors and has a value ot
|5 00—5000 per cent, of the orginal
cost of one cent.
This is the twenty-fourth seal
sale. Practically all the returns are
used in the community where the
money is raised. Some of It goes
for national purposes, such, lor ex
ample, as the work of the national
committee on medical research
which is conducting extensive labo
Health Is not an accident Sci
ence has shown us that certain dis
eases are unnecessary. Among
these is tuberculosis, taking a toll
twenty years ago of two hundred
lives out of each 100,000. since re
duced to less than 80.
An organized army Is devoted to
extirpating this disease euttrely
from society. The attack is cen
tered on tuberculosis because of its
Insidious character as well as the
extent of its onslaughts, for those
who die because of it usually waste
away slowly, and the life of the
community is perm.a’ed with tto
by products of the disease in de
pleted energy of workers, and pov
erty. There is another great reason
why the forces arrayed under the
banner of the double-barred cross
financed by the annual Christmas
seal sale, concentrate on tubercu
iosis. This is because the measures
that prevent tuberculosis also pre
vent many other diseases. Annihi
late It and the danger of other
diseases is reduced proportionately
How may this be done, or rather
how has it been half-done already?
The cure of the disease is by rest,
fresh air, wholesome food and sun
shine. The prevention is by rest,
fresh air, wholesome food, sunshine
It is so simple most people don't
believe it—they would be Inclined
more to see value in the sudden
and mysterious “discovery” of a
WILL LAMBAST MINISTERS.
(Continued from Page 1)
Dr. Williams accepting the state
ment of Rev. Josephine Becton flung
wide the doors Wednesday night to
continue the revival services. Agree
ing to the proposal made by the
Evangelist that she be given complete
charge of the services Rev. Williams
said: ‘ , . .
“The devil has been cheated, as
Christians we possess that religion
that make us get together that the
kingdom of God might go forward.
The misunderstanding between Mr3.
Becton and myself has been thor
oughly straightened out. It is the
policy of this church to give to the
citizens of Richmond the very best
that can be given, such as Emancipa
tion exercises, Civic, Inter-racial, and
public forum meetings. But the
saving of souls is more important. I
extend an invitation to Rev. Jose
phine Becton to come to this city.
She was recommended by such per
sonages as the Rev. John W| Robin
son, Rector of St. Mark’s Church,
Now York City; Rev. Cullen of Sa
lem Methodist, and other divines
in New York. I turned over my pul
pit to her, giving her full swing,
that she may no tbe hampered. I in
vinted her here and mean to stick
by.” J . . ‘
This statement was accepted with
loud applause by the packed au
dience. He further stated “I regret
what happened last night. I thought
an attack had made against the
Ministerial body of Richmond and
immediately sprang to my feet. I
wil not allow anyone to attack any
denomination or its leaders from
my pulpit. Mrs. Becton assured me
she did not mean it the way I took
the statement. I have got to live in
Richmond and any statement made
against any profession here, will af
fect m eand my church.”
Dr. Williams related an instance
where he had to stop a young up
start who made an attack from his
pulpit. Rev. Williams said, “I found
in Mrs. Becton, a Christian woman.
I wouldn’t do anything to hurt her.
I know that certain forces are after
her now. My actions were merely
to protect the interest of this church.
Certain forces in Philadelphia want
her to fail. There has a reporter
from Philadelphia, here for the past
week, this reporter, having visited
my home. I 'wouldn’t have thtt re
flection on her. We are here to close
this meeting in a Christ-like way.
We can get together and straighten
this thing out, try to be broad-mind
ed and broad-hearted, and not have
any prejudice against and denomina
tion. I wouldn’t raise my hand to
hurt this woman, we have settled our
disagreement. I am ready to go
forward. She is willing to let it
drop and so am I.
Rev. Williams, in a statement to
The Planet, said that his action to
ward the Becton party was caused
by what he considered an unjust at
tack by Rev. Becton on the Rich
mond ministry. He further stated
that he did not know Rev. Becton
prior to her coming here, and there
fore had no motive, except that he
felt that it was his duty to ask her
to discontinue her practice, in view
of the fact that much pressure had '
been brought to bear upon him by
influential members of his congrega
tion relative to the nature of her
conducting services and flaying the
Rev. Josephine Becton, in an in
terview with the press, said that she
did not prpach denominational issups,
hut the religion of Jesus Christ, and
that she spared none, telling of their
sins and wrong-doings.
DR. KING AND THE NEGRO.
Radio listeners hereabouts were
greatly pleased last Sunday night as
Dr. C. L. King (white) pastor of
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
preached a sermon from the text:
“Out of one blood God created all
nations of men.” It was one of the
most noble gestures made from the
white pulpit and was courageous in
its interpretations. He asked for a
better relationship between the races
and especially for justice towards
our group. These letters followed:
Dec. 7, 1930.
Dear Dr. King:
I have long been a member oi
your radio audience, and have al
ways enjoyed your sermons. Your
sermon tonight on the “Considera
tion of the Other Race” was a mas
terpiece in its presentation of our
I had begun to think that the
white man’s Christianity was a sham
when it came to applying those noble
principles to the treatment of the
Negro, but after listening to your
masterful handling of that delicate
problem, I am somewhat convinced
that God still lives, even in the hearts
of white men. I am cognizant of
the fact that it akest moral courage,
a high degree of fearessness and he
noble spirit of Godliness to stand
before a white congregation and de
nounce the unfairness of discrimina
tion and segregation as meted out
to my people. May God crown your
efforts with success, and give you
more power to preach the truth. You
stated our case very simply and
plainly—Fairness, justice and a
man’s chance. I admit the problem
is delicate and complicated, and a
suitable solution not yet in sight, but
with the help of God and such fear
less men as yourself, I believe that
w'ith a sincere co-operation of the
two groups here in Richmond we will
be able to solve our problem.
J. HENRY PETERS, Jr.
December 9, 1930.
Mr. J. H. Peters, Jr.,
The Commercial Bank and Trust Co.,
529 North 2nd Street,
My Dear Sir:
I thank you for your letter of De
cember 7th. I am much pleased to
know that you have been a member
of my radio congregation and have
found my sermons helpful. We must
all work together with earnestness
and sincerity of purpose for the so
lution of many difficult problems that
are before us.
C. L. KING.
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