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The Denver Star The papers formerly known as The Statesman and The have been merged into The Denver Star TH IRTIKTII Vf?*** M.— »**— 2 AN APPEAL TO COLORED AMERICA TO RISE TO DUTY AND TO AN EXTRAORDINARY OPPORTUNITY MEETING SEPT. 17TH IN N.Y.j Every race in our American make-up which suffered trom_ race prejudice has internal or panizations on a wide scale to combat 2nd break down dis- | crimination in public matters.! Every such group presents a protest through that race back , ed by an organization of that j race, which the public find will combat discrimination retali ate and work against those who are prejudice against them. This iudependentself rcbanc- compells respect. When Moor field Storey, member ot the race which made itself free and independ ent. being interested that our race should get its rights, wasj inspired to send word on the Colored Liberty Congress— " Who would be free himself must strike the blow" —. he was | acting the knowledge that no proscribed race has ever gotten a permanent giip oil equality and citizenship until that race showed to the oppressor that it had developed the ability to make a fight, until the dom inant race saw that it had creat ed an internal organization for ils right; and could conduct a tight through its own general s ip. If others helped they did So under the leadership of the race, or they acted as Allies. The deciding point has been that the people who were in power realize that the people proscribed rcsciiteil the dis crimination deeply enough to tight it themselves, not need ing to be put up to doing so b) membersof the dominant race; and realize also that the pro scribed race had developed sufficient strength to be able to conduct an organized cain pain for equal rights. When the oppressor sees that a great race really fee Is discrimina ' tion, without having to be spurred up, and that it has the spirit and ability to make an organized resistance, the op pressor begins to fear and re spect and to pay heed to their protest. The cooperation of friends who have all their own rights is helpful. Philanthropists are are beneficial as allies. Com binations of philanthropists with the oppressed do a great deal of good. The apothegm, “Who would be free himself must strike the blow,” how ever, requires absolutely that, whatever other aids there may be,self - made and self- conduct ed race organization against proscription must exist. In the words of another i member of thedominant race, Richard W. Hale, one of counsel in the John Johnson extradition case, the w ay to “get justice irrespective of race” is for Colored Americans in contending for rights to learn to "stand on their own legs • * Having a racial organization (or racial protection does not' mean opposition to any other form of organization. Thej world lintls room for various religions, civic or fraternal or ganization . So do persons be- ! long to more than one social,] civic or fraternal organization. Persons denied justice have a community of interest, a peculiar interest, have their own fate at stake, which makes it logical to have an internal 1 self-protecting body anyway. Its absence-means like of self reliance. means dependence upon the more fortunate, means inferiority to other classes or races. The self-or gan zed fight is therefore in dispensable to standing and respect. The race that can speak for itself as organized stands higher and will be heard with more respect. Now is a most remarkable time in this re I sped. Ever weaker race or j class has a chance for redress I in the new order to come from la gigantic world-war for I democracy. It is the one great chance for our race, now the most proscribed. Every other weaker race or class can show a self-organized representive body to deal for it looking out for itself independently, through its own appointed delegation. Shall we be the one exception ? It is up to us now. Hence the National Equal Rights League gives the race the! chance to get ready to repre sent itself as a racially mature group in the negotations in cident to this world war. -The League invites and urges col ored people in every com munity to organize an Equals Rights Democracy Lcauge or cornmitte to send a delegate to the i ith Annual Meeting of the League in Chicago, Sept 17 to iq, where the parmount issue will be the national or ganizingof colored Americans to enforce their claims to world democracy, It is the only way for our race to get otj a par with the many other races which have come to our country. It is the only way for our race to be in a position to negotiate for terms at the Council Table of the Nations, w e must as a race begin to get into shape at once. As the summer of 191 S is closing let us gird up our loins and get ready to sue fora "place in the sun." Bring back the days of Eliot, Smalls, Garnett, Langs ton and Douglass for the great opportunity! Yours with a message grow tug out of 20 years of work, thought, experience and sacri fice for equal rights and re sped for my race. William Monroe Trotter, Corresponding Secretary. Two colored women were chosen as delegates to the New York Republican conven tion and two as alternates. In Houston, Texas, toa col ored women registered so as to participate in the caucuses July 27. —The Crisis, f'x> r• ' r •* »■* r> **r Sfp r 7 rqS STAND BY YOUR FRIENDS Actions Speak Louder that Words The Test is Here, Will You Make Good? IN TIMES LIKE THESE, GOD GIVES US MEN There comes a time in every man < I ft* when vmr record which hasbcen assailed needsonly be presented and the facts themselves will tell an eloquent story. I he Scar wishes to call attention in this connection, to the record ol Mr. Lawrence C. Phipps in answer to the question put. from a Negro voter's point of view. ‘ What has Mr. Phipps ever done for you, me or the race outside of giving tioo to the Negro Club Women and SIOO to the N. A. A. C. P?” This in substance was the query made by Mr. Moore whom we are glad to see has cour. ageenough to ask what he wantsto know, even at a political meeting possibly of his opposite faith and action. Before we answer the question,suppose we say what would have been the situation of the N. A A.C P. and Club V\ omen had Mr. Phipps asked the ladies and our fighting society representatives what, personally or collectively has or have the Negro or Negroes ever done for me to merit, my consideration or support in a financial or moral way 1 In other words suppose Mr. Phipps would have measured us and ciuf interest with the same kind of yard stick, attempted to be used in his measurement of deeds, what could we have said ? What does Mr. Phipps owe us because he aspires to be and will be our next United States Senato'r? Does he owe us any more than we owe him ? Now approaching the question with these facts considered we answer the question of Nfr. Moore. CC hat has he done tor our race, you ask; well, whenever any' multi-millionaire will think so much of a cause so dear to our hearts and racial development that he will not only give but will allow his name to be associated with people wno can give him nothing but ap preciaiion not even honor, the Starsays that that big hearted man whose manifold activities are so vast and helpful at least should receive the applause and whatever feeble honor we might give him. By his action of becoming a regular member of the N . A A.C P. he has said, he is against jim crowism, and lynching in all forms, a square deal for every one was his motto that he. with us was williug to tight for real democracy. He by his act ion has placed himself on the right side of the fence. His re cord of employ ment of our rai e at the Steel Works I C. F. & I. and all its mining campsl, his contributions to the Xmas poor fund at Z'on B ip list church ; his willingness to provide or assist to provide a Consumptive Sanatorium when the Negro es got the ground " and his public effort give an employ ee a chance to develop what qualities he might have lying dor mailt, are strong evidences of what he has done tor the Ne gro. What have Negroes ever done lor Mr. Phipps, to entitle us to ask the question’ - ' So much lor that. W ill any one of the Mr. Moore s faith and action please icll us what Waterman in all these yearsever did publicly or privately lor one or any amount of Negroes ? When the Birth of a Nation, was here, where was he, with all his extraor dinary legal powers so highly magnified by his supporters. - ' Has lie ever told us that he could he found even if nominat ed for Congress? Does not the C dorado Negro want men to whom they can go and urge them to protest thruourown Nat ional N A A. C. P ? Mr. Phipps liasshown his colors, and has emphasized his stand on color prejudice, lynching, jim crow cars etc, what action or even the slightest move has Mr. W ater - man ever made in the direction of letting the Negro know he halt way sympathizes with him? Now friends thru out the State and in Denver it would be a calamity for the Negro not to solidly v >te Phipps; think Phipps and preach Phipps from now unl’l 'he election. 1 ell your white friends what it means io you to have him there as our N. t\. A. C. P. representative. Is it not better to have our friend from Coloradoto .> epresent us than to vole for a man who absolutely cares nothing tor you, save at election times ? We have never had this statement about Mr, Watermans interest in the Negro refined, tiling In me the bacon by nominating Phipps is our las. word to you for I uesday s primaries. Put your friends who have manhood enough to come out for you in public in office. I !e that is ashamed of me before the primaries. The Star will meet him at the primaries and be ashamed of him ihrre Wc cannot start by stopping - , we cannot matte Inemls ami hold them by neglecting their interest, we inns' forget our prrj .dices and j nil in and nom inate and selt ct Phipps, as our Senator. Dr. Meade Gives War Story at Zion Sunday Night A Chance of a Lifetime Dr. Chas. L. Mead, who is known to be the best and soul stirring speakers in this city, will tell the people of Denver in the most vivid manner the different war experiences which he had at the front in France with our Negro sol diers. Every Negro who hears this war story will feel justly proud of the fact that he is a Negro. Dr. Mead is in great demand and he has consented to cc ne before us at Zion Baptist Church Sun day night. Sept. 8, and give us first hand information 'about our boys. Let every man, wo man and child be present upon that occasion and enjoy the treat of a lifetime. Negroes, crowd Zion as never before; go early and get a good seat, tell your neighbors and let whosoever will come and be enlightened. Mothers, sisters and sweethearts come and hear about ourown: it is up to you to fill Zion Sunday night. ON TO DEARFIELD FAIR lii order that the people of Denver might have a good op portunity to see with their own eyes just what the Dear field farmers are doing, The Denver Star will run an auto excursion to Chapelton on Saturday Sept. ?ist for the sum of three dollars round trip. This rate is less than the railroad rate. I'he Y, VV. C. A. Quartette will be in the Auto partx besides Mr. Geo. W. Gross, who will be one ot the sneakers ot the dav. 'Ve know that you have heard so much about Dearrield and heard so many different kinds ot stories as to what can be done there: but now you will be given an opportunity to >ee for yourself ONLY TWO A hEKSMORE FOR YOU ro SECURE TICKETS FROM MR. OLIVER HARD WICK. OUR MANAGER. REMEMBER that the S FAR will celebrate with the farmers that day and the of fice will be closed so that our force can enjoy some Dear, held pumpkin pie and apple cider. Buy your tickets in ad vauce for cash. The Midvale Steel Works, Philadelphia,emplo>s fifty six coloretl women in their am. munition woiks. Colored men are working day and night, making from S4B to SSO tier week, including overtime. — The Crisis. T he‘"Birlh of a Natinn" has been ruled out of Lincoln. Neb —The Crisis. Premier Botha, of the Union of South Africa, lies issued a statement calling attention u great unrest in South Afri among whites anti natives.— I he C isis. Fiv* Cents a Cott. THE REWARD Dr. Dußoissays in the Sept ember Crisis' —Certain honest thinkers amoung us, ask if it is not true that while we have fought our country s battle for one hundred fifty years, we have not gained our frights? There is just enough fact in this half truth to make it a whole and a very mischievous lie. No. we have not gained all our rights, but we have gained rights and gained them rapid ly and effectively by our loy alty in time of trail. Five thousand Negroes fought in the Revolution; the result was the emancipation of slaves in the North and the abolition of the African slave trade. At least three thousand Negro soldiers and sailors fought in the V’ar of 1812: the results was the enfranchise ment of the Negro in many Northen States and the begin ing of a strong movement for general emancipation. Two hundred thousand Negroes en listed in the Civil V'ar, and the result was the emancipat ion of four million slaves, and and the enfranchisement of the black man. Some ten thou sand Negroes fought in the Spanish American War. and in the twenty years ensuing since that war, despite many set backs, we have doubled our land holding acreage and quadrupled our accumulated wealth' We have established a strong leadership of educa lion and character, we have expanded our business inter est and we have established the N. A. A. C P., with forty thousand members. God knows we have enough left to fight for, but anv people who by loyalty and patriotism have gained what we have in four warsought surelyto have sence enou «h to give that same loyalty and patriotism a chance to win the fifth. COOPERATION A conference of those inter ested in establishing coopera ti ve enterprises among colored people throughout the country is hereby called to meet at t lie office of the Crisis. Monday and Tuesday, August 26 and 27, iqiß The first session will be at 2 P. M.. Monday. Ex perts will be in attendance and this conference is pteliminarv to a national conference in iqiq. f lease inform us of your intention to come. THE "BLACK DEVILS!" Washington.—France has ihe"B!ue Devils"—fierce tight mg men. America has her "Black Devils"—Keicer lighting men. The Negro race has already proved itself in this war Hun dreils of Africans, colon als serving in the French and British armies, showed ihe Huns how a black m u .• >n right—but it rook the Amer ican Negro to put the.finish mg touches on their cdoc. t on