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Dr. S. L. Parham, Accuses
Writer of Betrayal!!
AMPLIFIER: “(Dial), Buzz
lo; Mrs. Sentiment at the phone.
Who are you?”
AMPLIFIER: “This is amp, Mrs.
Sentiment; I would like to speak to
your husband, Bro. P. (ubli) C.
Sentiment; is he in—if so, please
ask him to come to the telephone. I
want to talk with him a little while—
on some very important matters.
here—hold the phone.”
hubby, come on down stairs. The
amplifier is waiting on the wire for
you. Hurry, don’t keep him waiting
so long ”
BRO. SENTIMENT: “Alright, al
right. don’t rush me so fast. I’m
already upset!”
BRO SENTIMENT: “Helloo. this
is Bro. P. (ubli) C. Sentiment; what
do you wish this time?”
AMPLIFIER: “I want to know
something about that AFFAIR at
Mosby Memorial Baptist Church,
corner Randolph Street and Idlewood
Avenue, Richmond, Virginia, whose
pastor is the Rev. Dr. S. L. Parham.
Ah, you know exactly what I mean
—that happening at the church
named a few moments ago, Dr.
Parham, his two wives, and so on.
You remember
a few days ago,
i'll1 Mrs. Parham
! the pastor’s
I first wife visited
I his church,
t Sunday, N o v
: 23, 1930. She,
Mrs. Parham,
I No. 1, says that
! Rev. Parham’s
j recently mar
11 ried wife, No. 2,
was th£ cause
of her home go
ing to pieces
that she is the
mother of ten
(10) children;
that Rev. S. I<.
Parham, is her
husband and father of said cim
dven—says Mrs. Parham, No. 1, in
her public statements, before the
congregation at Mosby Memorial
Baptist Church, Sunday night, No
vember 23, 1930. It is also report
ed that the pastor, Dr. Parham, has
been married to Mrs. Parham No. 1
about thirty (30) years. You heard
all about this affair; go on and tell
,ue how is everything around Mosby
1 BRO. SENTIMENT: “Yes, we
heard about it. The folks are still
talking! This is one of the most as
tounding, unfavorable, unfortunate,
destructive, pernicious, impetuous,
injudicious, irreligious, illogical, no
ticeable. unreasonable, unspeakable,
degrading, disrespecftul, dishearten
ing, exciting, peevish and untimely
incidents that we have ever known to
occur in the Baptist Church; and that
a minister of the gospel being the
AMPLIFIER: “Yes, Bro. Senti
ment, I am sorry that such happen
ing took place at <the vgreat his^
torical Mosby Memorial Baptist
Church, corner Randoloh Street and
Idlewood Avenue, Richmond. Va., i
whose pastor and victim is the Rev. |
Dr. S. L. Parham, of North Caro
lina, being a minister of national
reputation. Dr. Parham, is one of
the ‘powers behind the throne.’ in the
great Lott Carey Convention. We
are alarmed. Proceed.”
BRO. SENTIMENT: “For the past
three Sundays we have been wor
shiping at Mosby Memorial; there, we
hear quite a bit concerning the in
cident, pro and con.”
AMPLIFIER: “Has the pastor,
Rev. Parham, made any statements
concerning the affair yet?”
plifier, the shepherd has not made
any public statements as to his past
actions yet. It is reported that he
has a time set to make his statements
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AMPLIFIER: “Tehee, funny how
we put our faults on the times.
Sometime immediate confession of
a fault makes half amends for it.
Have you heard any more from
Mrs. Parham, the pastor’s wife No.
1, recently?"
BRO. SENTIMENT: “No, we have
not heard anything from Mrs. Par
ham, No. 1 this week; but heard a
great deal concerning YOU and that
ARTICLE you wrote December 6,
1930. Dr. Parham, (the pastor),
paid his liberal respects to you, re
garding that article you wjote on di
vorce. The divine, in a most irritat
ing, irreligious, molesting, sarcastic
and scandalous manner, flayed you
in his pulpit, Sunday morning, De
cember 7, 1930. It is also reported
that many of the outstanding min
isters of Richmond got mighty sore
with you because of the way you
wrote of Rev. S. L. Parham and his
two living wives. Let me give you
a little hint, ‘these particular min
isters have some STINGING BEES
in their BONNETS FOR YOU.’ Be
ware! If we make no mistake, your
article was headed thus: ‘PASTOR
Dr. Parham and his wife No. 2, be
came angry and flayed you greatly;
we mean ungently, ungratefully and
ungentlemanly. In your article,
you said much concerning men di
vorcing their wives, and especially
ministers of the gospel. And pastor
Parham, thought very little of said
article; and that he censured you
severely, so much so until we got
real sorry for you. Ampie, you
know that the ministers of this city
are not going to accept the truth
when it is told to them—they just
won’t accept it. Of course, we like
the article very well; the only thing
about it that we dislike, is that you
dia not make the article quite
strong enough; next time please
make it a hundred fold stronger. We
believe that God is satisfied with
vour writing and only His pleasure
should be your DE-SID-ER-A-TUM.
Wt* can not really understand the
ministers in Richmond. They will
try to dodge facts, we mean facts
which are backed by the Scriptures.
- hey may as well come clean, be
cause the public eyes are wide open,
‘looking at their low deeds and
wicked conduct.”
AMPLIFIER: “Just a moment,
Sentiment; you can not class all of
the pastors in the same class, we
have in the city of Richmond, some
•astors who know the truth, and ac
cept it gladly. So don’t class all of
om ministers as being low. Surely
we have some clear straight-forward
pastors in Richmond.”
BRO.SENTIMENT: “Well, maybe
puUrarie Jight- ?f they d°n’t accept
Sfidels ”faCtS they 316 WOrst than
p AuIPLK/ER: <41 am told that Dr.
Parham did not agree with me on
those quotations I used the other
week, taken from the Bible. What do
you say about that?”
see why any one who means right
would tackle what you wrote concern
ing the affair. Every man and
woman w'ho read your article is look
ing at marriage and divorce in a
different light. You gave clear cut
facts, backekd by the Bible, and there
is no pastor on earth bigger than the
word of God. Perhaps if Reverend
Dr. Parham would take his Bible and
turn to James 1:21, and read thus:
‘Wherefore lay apart all filthiness
and superfluity of naughtiness, and
i receive with meekness the engrafted
word, which is able to save your
souls. Then he will see your article
in a differene light and call you his
friend, instead of Judas.”
AMPLIFIER. “Sentiment, I have
found that people will get mad if
you tell them the truth. It seems to
me that they w'ould rather you pat
them on the shoulder and tell them
everything is alright, when their
conscience is telling them they are
wrong. Dr. Parham, preaches to his
congregation constructively every
Sunday; regardless to whether they
like it or not; he preaches God’s word.
Nine times out of ten his sermons are
as ‘bitter as: quinine,’ altho.hil hearers
sit before him meekly and absorb.
They do not fly off and rebuke him
because he gives them the medicine
just as it is prescribed by the great
Physician above. These hearers real
ize that they are sick with sin, there
fore, they gently take the medicine
Dr. Parham gives to them—which is
mighty bitter, and swallow it down
like sisters and brethren, knowing
that ‘bitter medicine is real soul
Amplifier, we hear you.”
AMPLIFIER: “So, it comes the
time when the messenger, Rev. Dr.
Parham becomes ill with sin, or the
victim of circumstances, and is found
guilty to a certain extent; tell us is
it fair for him to dodge and try to
skim by the truth when it is told to
him? Will he continue to turn away
from the very same medicine that he
gives the people? I Ishall get in
touch with the Almighty Physician,
who sits in His Holy Bacteriological
Laboratory above, and tell Him that
His servant at Mosby Memorial Bap
tist Church, corner Randolph and
Idlewood Avenue, Richmond, Va.,
got somewhat angry with me for
giving him the ‘Scriptural Prescrip
tion,' which He commanded me to
give him to help his soul. There is no
need, dear shepherd, to attmept to
run off from the scriptures and hide,
because we have you ‘hand-cuffed
Bibically,’ and there is no getting a
way from the Amplifier-”
BRO. SENTIMENT: “We do not
expect our ministers to be perfect,
because we realize that they are hu
man. But when unfortunately caught
in Satan’s snare, they should be like
David, recognize and face the truth,
repent for their sins; and God, thru
His Son Jesus, will gladly forgive
AMPLIFIER: “Why certainly.
W’heni David sinned and Nathan was
sent unto him to tell him of his sins,
Divid did not get puffed-up and
angry when Nathan told him the
truth. He (David) repented and
said: ‘I have sinned against the
Lord.’ Please search diligently for
II Samuel 12:1-13.”
time is here now that Paul even
New York, Dec. 19.—Picketing o
various stores in Toledo, Ohio, is
getting jobs for Negroes as clekrs.
The picketing is being done by the
Toledo branch of the National Asso
ciation for the Advancement of Col
ored People which reports that a
number of stores have already
Tv/o independent stores have yiel-1
ded and the stores of a larger grocery
chain are now being picketed. The
stores that yielded have agreed to
employ Negro clerks permanently.
Rev. E. L. Shifflet preached at
St. Hebren Church at Greenwood at
11:00 o’clock last Sunday which
everybody enjoyed and at night at
7:00 o’clock he preached a wonder
ful sermon which stirred the hearts
of all who heard him. He left for
home Tuesday at Crozet, Va. The
second Sunday he preache dat Mt.
Siani at 11 and 7. He preached with
so much power and spirit that every
eye was filed with tears.
Mt. Sinai is having its regular
prayer meeting every Wednesday
night and Sunday when it is no
preaching. We have a regular at
tendance in our prayer meeting.
There is lots of sickness around
Greenwood, Va. .
Sister Elizie Turner is very ill and
does not seem to be improving.
Sisteh Sallie Jackson is somewhat
| improved after several weeks of sick
Sister Fannie Lee eBcks is some
what better. She has been on the sick
list for four weeks.
Sister Maggie Bryant is up again
atfer an attack of the Flu. She will
go back to her work soon.
Mr. Pelton Carter has returned
home after several months in Mary
land working in the rock quarry.
The Sunday School of Greenwood
will have its Christmas on Christ
mas night. Every body is cordially in
Mt. Sinai will have Xmas exercises
which everybody is invited to attend
and afterward will be refreashments
for sale.
The Boone Run Hunting Club is
enjoying pleasant season. The men
are catching lots of foxes this winter
which seems to be a banner winter
for them.
Edward Bryant, who has been
ill for months is somewhat improved
A. R. Bryant is giving some bar
gains in candies and unts for Christ
mas; also oranges at 30c per gallon,
60c per peck, $2.25 per bushel.
He is always ready to serve you
and give bargains others cannot give.
We have been blessed with a good
rain. God knows our needs
spoke of when he wrote his Second
Epistle to Timothy. II Timothy 4:3-4,
reads thus: ‘For the time will come
when they will not endure sound doc
trine; but after their own lusts shall
they heap to themselves teachers,
having itching ears; And they shall
turn away their ears from the truth,
and shall be turned unto fables.”
AMPLIFIER: “You were saying
something about me and my mother’s
shroud; what was it?”
saying that the pastor. Rev. Pax-ham,
while abusing you in his pulpit, Sun
day morning, December 7, 1930. for
writing on the divorce question, made
many unbefitting remarks regarding
you and that article. The pastor said
among other things that you had
been very close to him; having upon
one occasion taken dinner at his
home; and at all times previous pos
ed as a friend, and so on, then, to
go out and try to destroy his influ
ence and reputation, ‘would steal the
shroud from your dead mother’s
AMPLIFIED: “Yes, I went to
see Dr. Parham, but did not pose to
him as his particular admirer. I pose
in a friendly manner to evei-ybody. I
also askt him for some information
concerning the affair, infact, be
fore I went to see him I knew that
he was not going to give any fact1
on the subject. I left this pastor's
residence blank. Now so far as be
traying is concerned, I don’t know
what he means. No person nor per
sons, paid me—not a penny. I am
not, and have never been a follower
of Dr. Parham. Judas was one of
Christ’s followers, and knew much
concerning His works: and he was
paid a certain amount of money, and
so on. But. I knew nothing concern
ing Rev. Parham and his past ac
tions, infaet, his own congi-egation
that he oivaches to every Sunday
was unaware of the fact that theiv
shepherd had two living wives. It
seems that his own followers should
have known about his past actions.
No, Bro- P. (ubli) C. Sentiment. I
have not betrayed D». Parham, for
he told me nothing at an; sun ne
gets up in God’s Holy rostrum and
accuses me falsely. And so far as be
ing close friend, a newspaper report
er is supposed to talk kindly to those
who fall into difficulties and trouble,
but not crush the truth. Dr. Par
ham’s case was already reported in
in the Bible, I simply opened it and
read about him. That’s why he called
me Judas, but I know, and others
know that he is mistaken. This pas
tor, I presume thought I would
smooth up and platser up for him
because he is a native of North Caro
lina, my home State. But no. I would
be treating the reading public wrong.
Now this divine is sore with me be
cause I opened th Bible to him. But
I am still a friend of his, I cannot be
less, if I expect to make that city a
bove. Wonder is he still sore with
me? He can not be if he is trying to
make that city above. Let him have
religion enough to tell me through
the Richmond Planet. The other
night, when I called him up on the
telephone, Sister Parham, his wife
No. 2, said to me that Rev. Parham
said that he did not care to speak to
me I said to Mrs. Parham, (his pre
sent wife) that I heard that he was
mad with me; that as a truthful
friend and broher, I wanted to get it
straight; she said, ’airingly, Rev.
Parham says that he did not care to
speak to me, then she slammed the
receiver of the telephone down. Now
this pastof expect to go to Heaven,
he wont speak to me down here, not
even on the telephone! We must get
right down here. What shall I do a
bout it?”
BRO. SENTIMENT: "Stop right
now, and get on the heavenly tele
phone and tell God, Omnipotent, Om
nipresence, and Omniscient, about
him. Good-bye, call us up again next
1 A pageant of the Nativity, entitled
“The Promise of Peace,' will ue |
given on the 28th of this montn, at
me Mt. Zion baptist Church.
Mr. James Ware has returned to
the city alter spending some time in
Jamaica, N. Y.
Mr. Sinclair Drake, a student of
Hampton .Normal and Industrial Col
lege, will also spend Christmas holi
days at home this year.
a group of basketball players,
called the “Racketeers,” has organ
ized a team and have a coach in view.
Mrs. Eva J. Causby was in the city
i- nday and joined the “True Farm
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Johnson,
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Smith, Mr. and
Mrs. Crawford Lindsay, Mr. Wright
Scott, and Mr. Lewis Evans were
left out of the list of names of those
attending the party given for Mrs.
L. J. H. Carter. This was a typo
graphical error. '
Mrs. Geraldine Wood of Hot1
Springs, Va., pasesd thru the city
this week enroute to Pittsburg, Pa.,
where she will spend the winter with
her mother, Mrs. Woods. Two boys
accompanied her.
ivirs. sopnie unites ot Uooch St-,
spent the Thanksigving holidays in
Baltimore and Washington visiting
friends has returned to the city.
The Young Ladies Domestic Art,
Club met with Mrs. Geneva Harden,
Hampton St. The club’s Christmas
party will be given December 30th,
at the residence of Mrs. Alice Mur
ray. Before the business closed the
hostess served a dainty repast. The
usual sick will be remembered by the
What did it mean? Who was it for?
What was it about? Were some of
the puzzling questions that faced
Miss Eva Becks on Sunday, Decem
ber 7, 1930, when Prof, and Mrs. J.
H. Becks entertained her at a birth
day tea. Many of her friends turned
out to help her remember the occas
sion. Those present were Mesdames
Sinora Staurt, Mary Smith, Lillian
McCutchen, Genevieve Henderson,
Beatrice Bryant, Ellen White, Misses
Bertie Bell, Jenola and Louise Miles,
Alease Mabrey, Pauline and Marie
Bell, Lillian Cook and Mr. Charlie
Dickerson. At seven o’clock tea was
served and everyone left knowing
that once he or she had witnessed a
real surprise party.
The Daughters of Ethopia met in
their regular monthly meeting Wed
nesday afternoon, December 10, 1930
with Miss Mary Lizzie Jackson.
There was quite a large attendance.
Preparations were completed for
their annual affair, a Dawn Dance
to be given New eYars at the Blue
Castle Dance Hall. The whole Valley
looks forward t:. this affair for its
•he hit of the 3-.. . / ginning mid
night and lasting until dawn.
After all business the evening was
turned into a real social. The hostess
introduced guest from Lexington,
Harrisonburg and all parts of
Staunton. Dancing and cards formed
the evening’s diversion. At mid
night a delicious salad course was
Newark, N- J. Dec. 19.—A Confer
ence of colored clergymen of various
denominations in Newark has passed
resolutions to be forwarded to the
Board of Education, aski k
sion or removal of two white employ
ees in one of the schools held for the
grand jury on charges of abusing
two eight year old colored girls.
The conference in its resolution
went on record as cooperating with
the National Associatinon for the A
vancement af Colored People, the
Colored Baptist Ministers Conference
the Essex County Civic Federation
and other groups seeking redress for
the injured children and proper safe
guard and protection for other school
children. , . ^ VB
Rev. L. B. Ellerson is chairman of
the committee which drew up the
New York, Dec. 19.— A survey of the
Nerro in West Virginia, written by
State Senator Walter S. Hallanan,
is one of the feature articles in the
current, Janurary, 1931, Crisis Mag
In his article State Senator Hall
anan pays tribute to the work of the
National Assaciation for the Advan
cement of Colored people, which he
says “is simply the latest express
ion of Negro culture, Negro racial
consciousness and Negro »elf respect.
The survey covers West Virginia
courts and the Negro, educational
opportunities, the ballot, labor, pro
fessional training and welfare insti
tutions. , .
Other features of the Janurary
Crisis are “Classic Music and Vir
tuous 'Ladies,” by 'Benjamin Stol
berg, an attack upon priggery; an
account of “The Zula Singers in Lon
don”, by Charles S. Wesley; “Deep
ening Dusk”, a story; a page of peoms
and other features.
A pre-Christmas festival will be
held at the Baptist Church this week
sponsored by Mrs. J. M. Webb. Each
night there wil lbe a program by the
different auxiliary of the church.
Mrs. Terrell of Orange,Va- the
spiritual singer will alo shave a
part on the program.
Miss Effie Parrott is critically ill
at this writing,
Mrs. Molie Williams of Shenan
turkey dinner in honor of Rev. A.
B Lgg*
Rev. G. A. Newman filled the pul
pit at the Baptist Church Sunday He
delivered two wonderful sermons to
an appreciative congregation.
News has been receivd that Mrs.
Katie Wheeler of New York, the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. P. Mc
Guire des not improve .Mrs. Wheeler
Misses Alease Mabrey and Theresa
Becks spent the week-end in Kich
mond, Va.
Thompson ivAsh sh sh rh rdhs slit it.
The tea given by the social com
mittee of Booker T. Washington
School League last Tuesday evening
proved a success. Mrs. Jennie
ihompson really put it over .
The For-get-me-not were enter
tained by Mrs. Mary Smith last Fri
day evening. The evening was spent
in discussing their Christmas affair
which resulted in the following: Bas
kets will be sent to the sick in the
community and their Christmas
party will be igven Decembber 26,
1930 at the residence of Mrs. Gussie
Beeves Fairview.
The hostess served a delicious
salad course. Next meeting with
Mrs. Bertie Dunnings second Friday
in January, 1931.
Xmas with its pleasant anticipa
tion is upon us. Schools close their
doors December 23, 1930. Teachers
and pupils will find their way to
different sections of the country.
Some will spend the holidays at
home, others visiting friends and re
Prof. D. W. Crockett will spend his
holidays with his parents.
The family and relatives of Theo
dore Hampton Glover wish to ex
press their sincere gratitude to all
o ftheir friends and neighbors for
the kind expression of their sym
pathy durin ghis recent illnes sand
On Monday of last week Prof. D.
M. Crockett, principal of the Booker
T. Washington High School called a
large group of boys together to or
ganize a Hi-Y-Club. A majority of
the boys openly protested against the
On asking their reason of opposing
the club the following assertion was
made: “We are young and can’t af
ford to sacrifice our good time for
such religious clubs.” This shows
that the majority of the High School
boys have opposed an organization
which has done mucvh for the pro
gress of Christian young men of
America. Sme protested because of
the refusal of the Principal to allow
public socials at the High School.
The Girl Reserve Club, a similar
club for girls at the school is pro
gressing nicely under the supervi
sion of Miss T. E. Hudson and corps
of officers and is doing great work
in Christian female afafirs.
Mr. Page Lewis, a student of Vir
ginia State College, will spend Christ
mas holidays at home.
The following students will spend
the holidays with their parents and
friend: Misses Ruth and Lucile Bry
ant, Cora Scott, from West Virginia
Collegiate Institute; Messrs. Elwood
Brown and Arthur Ware, from State
College, Petersburg; Miss Louise
Harkney and Mr. Page Lewis, from
Virginia Union University.
New York, Dec. 19.— Robert W. Bag
nall, Director of Branches of the Na
tional Association for the Advance
ment of Colored People, arranged a
series of five lectures to be delivered
to a group of social workers at the
Free Syngague of which Rabbi Ste
phen S. Wise is head.
The lectures which have been most
favorably received, cover the various
phases of Negro-white relations, the
subjects and speakers having been
as folows:
Background jof Negno Life and
Culture, by Mr. Bagnall.
Migration and Adjustment, by El
mer Carter, editor, Opportunity Mag
Negro Literature and Art, by Geo
rge S. Schuyler, journalist amd author
Sociological Aspects of the Negro
Problem, by Franklin 0. Nichols of
the American Social Hygiene Asso
Economic Causes of Race Preju
dice, by Mr. Bagnall.
About one hundred and fifty social
workers attended the series of lecture
Sunday wa sa wonderful day at
Mt. View Baptist Church. Our
superintendent, brother J. T. Green
opened up Sunday School at the
usual hour. He turned the lesson over
to our public school teacher, Miss
Mary Buchanan and she tauht a
wonderful lesson.
Our pastor, Rev. Tom Reed preach
ed a most wonderful sermon from
Revelations, chapter 3, and 18th
verse. We really enjoyed his sermon
At 2 o’clock the deacon union meet
and they had a good meeting. The
members an dfriends enjoyed them
Rev. Luke Jones of Hot Springs,
Va., rendered service at Mt. Pisgah
Baptist Church all day Sunday. He
was also dinner guest at LaMorrise.
I The most brilliant affair of last
j week was a birthday party given on
Monday night by Mrs. Nellie Jones
in honor of her daughter, Msis Nel
lie Rose Jones. Quite a number of
young people were present an dall
expressed themeslves as having had
a most enjoyabl evening. Various
games and other amusements were
toh features of the event* A delight
ful collation was served. Miss Jones
received many beautiful and useful
As we go to press sad news reach
ed o fthe death of Mrs. Gabrilla King
Nelson .She was the only sister of
Mr. James Wirght of this place and
was well mourned here.
Mr. W. A. Moatz of Flood ,Va.
enroute to Charleston, W. Va.,
stopped over and spent last Monday
night with his daughter, Mrs. J. T.

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