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The Denver Star The papers formerly known as The Statesman and The independent, have been merged into The Denver Star TWENTY-SIXTH YEAR Number 116 REV. J. C. OWENS FIGHTS PHOTO PLAY FORMER DENVER PAS TOR WRITES STRONG LETTER AGAINST THE BITRH OF A NATION Editor Monitor: 1 was in Nebraska City the jother day and chanced to see a copy of your valuable paper. The Monitor, and I read of the manly fight you are making to prevent the ex hibition of the obnoxious photo play, “The Birth of a Nation.” “I most heartily endorse the course the Neßroes are tak ing. wherever and whenever they can, to stop this insult to our race. I wish to thank the city authorities for sustaining your objections to its showing in the Auditorium and 1 also thank the city authorities elsewhere for showing their disapproval. "The people whom Mr. Dixon now seeks to belittle and humiliate have been in the school of his forefathers for more than two hundred and fifty years, and in many instances fared worse than some of the dumb brutes owned by the same master, and we were not allowed to own or believe that we were human beings with souls. “Mr. Dixon should remem ber that there are those of us yet living who, like himself, could write a play of the slave-owners in the dark days of slavery in this country, that would maxe young Americans and the civilized world sit up, take notice and blush. “But .ve would not be al - lowed to put those horrible pictures on canvas, and God forbid that even Mr. Dixon himself should ever see what some of these folks he is now holding up before the world saw in his people in those days. I think he would call his play off, hang his head in shame and retire from view. "Some years ago, some of the refined and influential white ladies, especially moth ers, succeeded in having the play, "Uncle Tom's Cabin,” stopped in some of the south ern stales, because they did not want fheir children to see and believe that their fathers were ever as cruel as that play represented them to be. “Now, Mr, Editor, we hope that the time is not far dis tant when another noble set of brave-hearted mothers, sisters and brothers will rise up in the southland and stop Mr. Dixon from exposing further and any longer the the kind of education the southern people gave their Negro slaves for more than two hundred and fifty years. They had no other teachers than their masters And over seert, and they alone are re. sponsible lor the pet tchtiMS of Mr. Dixon, namely, “The Clansman” and "The Birth of a Nation,’’ wrich he is now holding before the world in order that he and his may dodge the responsibility for the condition of these peo ple. “It may be true that the Ethiop/ian cannot change his skin, nor the leopard his spots, but the fact remains visible to all fair-minded peo ple that the emancipated slaves, from the day of their freedom until now,have striv en to aud succeeded in changing their condition mor ally intellectually, financially, religiously and in every other way. I regret exceed, ingly and acdnowledge that some Negroes fall into and commit crimes, but neither before nor since their eman cipation 1 know of no crime they have committed that has not been committed bv the white race, who boast of be ing their superiors. J. C. C. OWENS. Presiding Elder Omaha Dis trict, A. M. E. Church, IQI4 North Sixth St., Kansas City, Kan. G. A. R. OF ILLINOIS DE NOUNCES BIRTH OF NATION George H . Thomas Post. G. A. R., Appropriately De nounces it. Chicago, 111. —George H. Thomas Post, this city, ap pointed a committeee to in vestigate the play “The Birth of a Nation.' 1 The report, which gives well-deserved censure, was unanimously a dopted and sent to depart ment headquarters. It reads: “The play is a remarkable work of art, but is meant to reproduce in substance the book of Thomas Dixon, en I titled, The Clansman,’whose I chief purpose is to glorify the oause of secession, create and intensity hatred against the I Negro and make it appeal [that the infamous Ku Klux [Klan was an organixation of chivalrous white men, to de fend the people. “In the moving picture show there is one scene that repre sents a company of united States soldiers in uniform, commanded by a white officer in possession of a town, shoot ing and burning and acting like fiends. History does not record a single instance of the kind. It is a base slander on the men who wore the blue. I'he Negroes repre sented in the picture are low down criminals, and totally debased. To people ignorant of the facts they make the impression that Colored peo ple are a depraved and drim mal race governed only by brutal lusts. It has no sug- \ geslion as to the great ad vance made by the Negroes since emancipation, in relig ion, education, in property usefulness as citizens. * The main point of the play seems to be to show that as to slavery and secession the south was altogether right, and that in the civil war and reconstruction the men who defended the Union were wholly wrong. The whole in fluence of the exhibition is to excite sectional feeling and bitterness and its represent*- DENVER, COLORADO, SATURDAY, DEC. n, 1915 Birth of Nation Must Not Show In Denver. Negroes find House on Fire, Smell Smoke and Prepare to Put Out Fire. All Denver A roused. Keep Busy until Play is Barred. Kansas Kicked out Play. Will Colorado Commercialize Horrors? Is the Governor Silent? All Eyes on Him. Denver is seething with interest in the successor failure of the peaceable lawabiding cjtizens of color either suppress ing or partially obliterating the Birth of Nation, more prop erly called ‘1 he Curse of the Natiqn " Into Denver’s Melt ing Pot of fairness, peace and prosperity will be cast preju dices, racial and sectional, the lost cause and Klu Klux Klati together with an abortion of historical facts and it will large ly depend upon the commissioner's and City Attorney what the mouldings will cast. Whether a united, peaceful un disturbed Denver or a divided uncertain city filled with treachery, suspicion, doubt and misgivings. Kansas, our next door neighbor has decided the issue by kicking that vicious film from her borders. Ohio has done the same thing why cannot Colorado through out Republican fearless Gov ernor do the same ? Out of 18,000 characters used in Dix on’s play, there are only two good Negroes and they are ig norant fools. he Curse of a Nation is a cruel slander of the sttong against the weak and helpless race. It is a cowardly attack upon a people who are not strong enough to hit back. The Denver Negroes were are quietly, patiently and pro gressively building up Denver Ijb morals, industry, in civic ptide and materialism now. Notif. will our commissioners let an outside carpet boy. money shark come into our community and by commertctaltzing “horrors, 1 arousing the lowest pas sions of race feelings and again waving the bloody shirt of rebellion, reap cold dollars and cematrom the unsuspecting Denver Public and thus destroy the Negroes peace of mind, progress and ambitions to become a better citizen? Al ready school children in our public school have asked to see the play, because they want to learn about the things not print ed in books. Note the following advertisement in Wednesday's Ex press—'bpeaking ol Mae Marsh as flora, the Express said, "she plays the pitiful wnite girl who is pursued by a brutal Negro tnru the woods and who eventually is forced to leap to certain death from a nigh clitf to escape the avvtul tate bearing down upon her. Mae Vlarsh does her best work in the “Curse ot tne Nation. Her hunted expression when she looks back and sees the passionate culprit in hot pursuit will not soon be forgotten by those who see the pic ture.” It this positive and direct statement is not a criminal admission of a scene which tends not only to arouse race hatred but permanently fix it upon your minds so you cannot lorget it, we never want any more conclusive proof. Ihe Curse ol the Nation is a travesty un history, a breeder ol ra cial antipathy magnifying the lawlessness of one race against that of the other. It is peculiarly dangerous because of its insidious poison is hidden in - enic beauty. This pro duction has two objects in view, liie one to keep alive racial prejudice, the other to keep belc e the young white man of the South conditions claimed to have been brought about •by the Northern white man and thus assure continued ill will between sections. The oh South has never forgotten nor forgiven, the boys who wort the Blue, and Dixon and and his ilk do not intend the new .‘->outh to do so either. \\ e uuderstand that this photo company is preparing to go into Court, they having employed a lawyer. Now we must fight harder than ever before. Dorot weaken. The curse ot the Nation must not sh win Denver. Fight to the last ditch anti there fall in the ditch facing and fighting the enemy. Keep busy until this vicious film is runout of Denver. Call the most prominent business men, lawyers, Doctors etc. Get their endorsement, keep busy. And as a last extremity if everything foils, let us organize a street parade to go up and down 15th n th, 17th streets to let every body know while that hellist play s exhibiting that we are protesting. Keep on the job don't give up, stir up any. body and everybody. lions are utterly false to his tory . " \\ r e recommend the adop ion of the following resolu tion: v “The George H. Thomas Post, No 5, Department of Illinois. G. A. R-, protests a gainst. the exhibition called “The Birth of a Nation." "First —Because it contains slanderous representations as to the # so'.diers who fought to preserve the Union and cari catures the history of the war. "Second—lt represents the infamous Ku. Klux- Klan as a octety of patriotic chival n s men. I hird lts whole influence is to excite and intensify hat rt of the Negro race and in tensify hatred of the Negro race and perpetuate sectional bitterness. Signed—Duncan C Milner, Geo. C. Barker, E. Ci. Ingersoll, W. J . Liberton, committee.” Note Date ok this Letter State of Ohio Executive Department Columbus August 31, 1915 NEGROES PACK SHORTER CHURCH MAYOR SHARPLEY AND COL. MORGAN THRILL THE AUD. IENCE. DR. BAILEY MAKES STRONG SPEECH. GREATEST MEETING IN HISTORY OF DENVER True to the advice given by the Star, the people of Den ver in one of the greatest de monstrations of protest a gainst theatre injustice in the history of Denver, packed Shorter Chapel, Tuesday night. Committees report ed on the progress of the var ious phases of the work and the audience showed their keen interest by the manner in which each report was re ceived. The Mayor spoke at length and pledged his help and influence to suppress the vicious photo play. The May or made hundreds of friends by his pleasing manner and positive assertions of his un. lireing efforts in behalf of our race. The entire audience voted an approval of his ef forts by a rising vote. Col. Morgan spoke of the true facts during the reconstruction per iod and with his own charac teristic way of putting things clearly showed that he not only has been our friend in days gone by but also now, He was direct and fully ap preciated and gave some val DR. J. H. P. WESTBROOK Appointed by Mayor Sharpley on the staff of Physicians to the City and County Hospital. Mayor Sharpley said be fore the election, “The door of hope shall not be closed in the face of the colored people,” and this is another evidence of sincerety. This is a signal honor, being the first appointment of its kind ever made west of the Mississippi river. Mayor Sharpley has the plaudits of his colored constituents and Dr. Westbrook is to be congratulated upon this excellent field of } pportunity. Five Cents a Corr. uable information which came to him personally during the Cival War. Dr. Bailey of the Plymouth Christian Church spoke with great force and gave much good advice. Chairman Townsend in few remarks let the people know and understand first what was to be done and how it was to be done and how it was to be accomplished Mrs. Ida De- Priest spoke with firmness and power. Mrs. Froman, and Mr. George Gross were very enthusiastically received. Mrs Alice D. Webb. Sec’ty. of the meeting read the address to the press and people of Den ver. This was a master piece of language. BIRTH OF A NATION KICKED OUT OF KANSAS WHY NOT IN DENVER “The Birth of a Nation, - ’ whicli is showing in several opera houses over the country and whose author is a south erner and hater of the color ed race, has been suppressed and will not be allowed to ex hibit in Kansas. There are parts in the play that are in tended to widen the breach between the races of this country and the deep-think ing, sober-minded people of both races are trying to pre vent such shows as “The Clansman, - “Birth of a Na tion,’’ and all such. —Topeka Plaindealer