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3 with (heir struggles and the many hardships and inconveniences that have been endured to accomplish what has been achieved. The success of these two institutions has been mar velous when all things are taken into consideration, and in my discussions of our "Denominational Printing" 1 will endeavor to keep in mind what has been accomplished and what it cost in expenditures of money and sacrifices on the part of all who have teen concerned. The African 'Methodist Episcopal Church is, without doubt, the most completely organized body of Negroes in the world, and as such must of ne cessity be expected to take the lead in everything that affects church work. And with our system of con centration it is possible for us to con trol more people in the same period of time than any other organization in the race of a like nature. We must admit, however, that the only way to do this is through the press, and in order that the press may be able to do the work successfully, it must be in trained hands. I want to talk to you about printing as an art, for it is an art, and has been fittingly styled the "Art Preservative." A man must be trained to print, as he is trained to paint, and to be a successful printer and publisher he must have an adap tation to the trade. He must be prac tical. He must know why this thing cr that should not be done and why a certain article should not be bought. He must know that some machines are made to sell and that they serve better as sellers than as workers. He must know how to buy and manufac ture economically in order that he may be able to sell a good article cheaply at a profit. The African Methodist Episcopal Church pays for a big lot of printing, and I shall en deavor to show how all of it can be done in a way to enable the printing departments to sell books, magazines and newspapers as cheaply as any other concern and at the same time make a reasonable profit. OUR DENOMINATIONAL PRINTING A Series of Articles on the Printing Interests of the Church Run in Re cent Issues of the Monitor. By D. A. Hart. CHAPTER I. In a preceding article I stated tha; In this Issue of the Monitor I would talk to you about the printing inter ests of our Church, and would endeav or to point out to you some of the hin drances that stand in the way and re tard our progress in the dissemination of truth to the hundreds of thousands of eager ears all over this country and in other countries that are open daily listening for words of enllght ment that they feel should be sent forth by the sons of Allen. The fathers of the African Method ist Episcopal Church realized from the beginning, no doubt, that, the fos tering of church work effectively de pended largely upon the printing house, and they will never, perhaps, he given the credit due them for what they have accomplished. Neverthe less, they have held on, and for over fifty years have conducted a printing house in some form. The losses have been great, and at times it has no doubt appeared that it would be im possible to keep the doors open, but the "Book Concern" of the A. M. E. Church Is still a reality In some shape, form or fashion. The perpetuation of the church de manded and still demands, and more so now than ever, that a printing house be maintained. It might well be said that from a material point of view, the denominational printing press is the hub of the church, and it is an undeniable fact that religious societies the world over have pros pered in proportion to the efficiency of their publishing concerns. The church printing houses have al ways taken the lead in spreading truth to the masses, and the day was when they were largely looked to for every thing that amounted to much In the way of books, magazines and news papers. It is also true in this day that the only printing concerns conducted by Negroes that have reached posi tions of respectability are those fos tered by the religious denominations. This is due to the fact that the de mand for religious books, magazines R"d newspapers is greater among our people than the demand for commer cial printing. You ask why Is this so; simply because as a race the Negroes own more churches than commercial enterprises. There are four church publishing houses conducted by Ne groes in the South, and not one of them could keep open six weeks if they had to depend exclusively upon the revenue derived from printing oth er than that done for their respective denominations. But, fortunately, the church and Sunday school printing in any of the four concerns In mind, namely the A. M. E. Church Sunday School Union and the National Bap tist Publishing Board, located in Nashville, Tenn., the C. M. E. Pub lishing House, in Jackson, Tenn., and the A. M. E. Zion Publishing House, in Charlotte, N. C, are all kept busy attending to the printing and bind ing of books and Sunday school liter ature for their respective denomina tions. And with all of their facilities they cannot print one-tenth of the books bought by the members of the churches that support these institu tions. The Negro of the twentieth cen tury Is fast learning that everything he reads In books, magazines and newspapers s not true, and he Is learning, further, that Negroes can best write for Negroes, and will come nearer telling the truth on his brother than will those who have not that same feeling of brotherly love toward him. He reads the daily paper, and finds columns about some large Ne gro gathering that has been in ses sion; but he is better satisfied after he reads one-half a column in the little Negro weekly that conies to him after all the delegates have been home for several days. Another thing he Is learning is the difference between pat ent and original matter; and he is learning that some authors write things to print in periodicals and books published to teach Christianity that would make bad reading in a dime novel. He is, therefore, crying out for a wholesome literature that will enlighten him, and that he can put beside I hat published by other na tionalities and say with assurance, "This Is my authority. Dr. Solomon and Prof. Johnson were men of strong character and ability. I can rely on what they say. They spent so many and so many years searching out this or that, and were recognized by the world as among the foremost writers of their day." I want to impress upon your minds one fact, and that is, it takes many years to reach this degree of promi nence In the art of printing to be able to cope with the leaders in this race to create the sentiment of the world, but I hold that the A. M. E. Church, by virtue of seniority, ought to be expected to take the lead in this race so far as the American Negro is concerned. Is there anything In the way to impede her progress? I contend that there is. What are these hindrances, and is there a remedy? I will endeavor to point them out to you between now and the first Mon day in May, in order that when we meet in Norfolk we may be acquainted with the facts. Suppose I draw in your mind an imaginary map on which you can lo cate the departments of our church that require an amount of printing to warrant consideration. We will start with the oldest in the connec tion which is the Book Concern in Philadelphia, Pa., in the eastern part of our country, and far removed from a large majority of the membership of the Church. Not one in a thou sand have ever seen it. Next, we will mention the Foreign Mission depart ment, located in New York City, far ther still from a central point. Then we have the Allen Christian Endeav or Department, located In Jackson ville, Fla. Next, fix In your mind the Southern Christian Recorder, located in Columbus, Oa., and, fifth, the giant printing house in the connection, the A. M. E. Church Sunday School Union, located in Nashville, Tenn. These five departments use the bulk of the printing that is to be done for the Church. Draw your map well and study it carefully. Fix the distance between these departments. You say they are all independent. So is every state in the Union, but each one is ron-