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VOLUME 5—NUMBER 41
PRICE FIVE CENTS
Avery Body Company Will
Entertain Negro Employees
Four Nights, December 6-9
Affair Given In Appreciation
Of Fine Service Being Rendered
Four Big Nights—Yes, four big
nights, begining December 6 and
lasting thru December 9. Jack
son will witness one of the larg
est celebrations ever staged by
any concern in an effort to enter
tain its hundreds of Negro em
ployees. This four nights’ affair
is being staged by the W. G.
AVERY BODY COMPANY and
the guest list will be made up of
the hundreds of Negro men and
women now employed at the Com
pany’s four plants here in the
city.
Classified by the W. M. C. as an
“Employer of Essential Labor,” the
W. G. AVERY BODY COMPANY,
through its four local plants is
doing a splendid job of not only
contributing to the WAR EFFORT,
but also contributing to the Ec
onomic Security of Negroes in
Jackson.
According to the planning com
mittee, of which W. J. Miller, Ed
itor of The Mississippi Enterprise
is a member, nothing is being left
undone to make this affair one
of the most enjoyable ever wit
nessed by any working group in
this state. A program, high in en
tertainment value has been out
lined and an abundance of well
prepared refreshments, as well as
plenty of good music will be fur
nished by the Company, all FREE.
Visiting Company officials will be
on hand to bring messages that
will be interesting and informa
tional and the Negro citizenry will
be well represented, with possibly
short talks by a representative
from the Negro Chamber of Com
merce.
THE W. G. AVERY BODY
COMPANY, through its four lo
cal plants and its large number
of Negro employees is daily pro
ducing materials and articles that
are vitally needed in winning this
war. And it is because the man
agement fully recognizes and ap
preciates the high type of effi
ciency, the loyalty and the fine
spirit of cooperation that is be
ing exhibited by these Negro
workers, that in an effort to show
its appreciation, the above program
of entertainment and refreshments
is being planned.
Each employee is asked to bring
own knife and fork.
Because of the large number of
Negroes employed by each plant,
separate nights will be used for
the entertainment of the plants.
The nights for the four plants are
as follows:
December 6—Box Plant.
December 7—Mays St. Plant.
Alex. Panthers
And Corinth Team
In Bean Bowl
The Corinth Negro High School
football Yellow Jackets will meet
Alexander’s Golden Panthers in
what promises to be the outstanding
clash of the season for Negro foot
ball lovers in Mississippi on De
cember 10 under flood lights at
Kings Field, 7:45 p. m.
The game is being sponsored by
the Alexander School and the P.
T. A. for the benefit of the lunch
room supplies bought for the
school.
The Golden Panthers have not
been defeated out of seven starts
this season, and with the team in
tip top form one should see some
real thrills. The Corinth Yellow
Jackets come south with five vic
tories to thei rcr it, playing teams
out of Tennessee and North Mis
sissippi.
The Yellow Jackets uses the T
formation, and will meet a bit of
the old famous Susie Q made fa
mous by Robert L. Wolfe and exe
cuted by Blow. Wilson, Dow, Dixon
and Brown.
The team and coach of 1943 want
to close the season undefeated, so
come out fans and help.
Admission, 44c. Kings Field, De
cember 10, 1943, 7:45 p. m.
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State Men Tested
For Bombardier
Training
KEESLER FIELD. Miss.—Two of
ficers and 116 enlisted men have
reported here to the Army Air
Force Basic Training Center No.
2, for classification test for bom
bardier training, the War Depart
ment announced.
The contingent was sent to Kees
ler Field from the Tuskegee Army
Air Field, Alabama.
Names and addresses of the
Mississippi men are:
McComb, Sgt. Napoleon B. Lewi
is, 601 Warren St.; Jackson, Sgt.
Edward Johnson, 2634 Prosperity
St.; Tupelo, Cpl. Samuel S. Trip
lett, 534 N. Green St.; Winona,
Pfc. Ferris J. Harper, Box 492;
Vicksburg, Pvt. Wesley S. Rat
liff, Box 94; Oxford. Pvt. Arthur
Thompson.
December 8—High St. Plant.
December 9—Mill St. Plant.
See “Porgy and Bess ” December 9
Todd Duncan and Etta Moten
two outstanding stars of “Porgj
and Bess'’ to be presented with
the original New York cast Thurs
day evening, December 9th, at
City Auditorium under the spon
sorship of the Harmunia
Club of Jackson.
‘Duke’ Williams
To Head Chamber
Of Commerce
December 14 Date of
Public Installation
Walter H. “Duke” Williams, Vice
President, Secretary and General
Manager of Security Life Insurance
Company and former coach at
Tougaloo College, was elected as
President of the Jackson Negro
Chamber of Commerce recently in
a special election meeting, held at
Lanier High School. Mr. Williams
replaces Dr. C. L. Barnes, who for
eleven years served in that office,
during which time he successfully
sponsored a number of projects for
the organization.
A feature of the meeting was the
retiring remarks of Dr. Barnes in
which, after reviewing the many
obstacles that had been overcome,
and the achievements of the organi
zation during the past eleven years,
outlined a number of worthy pro
posals for the future consideration
of the organization.
At this meeting all members
joined in giving to Dr. Barnes the
j-vx uic xxxgu dlcuiu*
ards set by the organization during
his administration.
Other officers elected were: Jack
Harvey Young, Vice-President, Per
cy Green, Secretary, John W. Dixon,
Assistant Secretary, Burr Brown,
Treasurer, Dr. S. D. Redmond, At
torney.
Rev. A. B. Keeling, an honorary
member of the organization, pre
sided during the election. A com
mittee was appointed to arrange a
public program for the installation
of officers on the second Tuesday
night in December.
Members present were: E. W.
Banks, Jack Young, W. J. Summers,
John W. Dixon, James A. White,
O. B. Cobbins, Walter H. Williams,
Burr Brown, B. B. Dansby, W. W.
Blackburn, C. A. Hall, Dr. A. H.
McCoy, D. D. Shepherd, Percy
Green, Edward Lee, Prof. I. S. San
ders, R. L. T. Smith, H. L. Denton,
Rev. A. B. Keeling.
Negro Soldiers
Have Earned
Battle Honors
In the current global war the
Negro has definitely established
himself in the hierarchy of distin
guished soldiers.
Private George Watson, of Birm
ingham, Alabama, received the
Distinguished Service Cross for ex
traordinary heroism in the South
west Pacific on March 8, 1943.
For exceptionally meritorious
conduct in the performance of out
standing services at Guadalcanal,
on March 27, 1943, four Negro
youths received the Legion of
Merit. They were Private First
Class Ben W. Pettis, Senatobia,
Mississippi; Private Jesse Harris,
Tuskegee, Alabama; Private Verna
C. Neal, Ruleville, Mississippi; and
Private Henry Smith, Jr., Good
Pine, Louisiana.
Sergeant Charles M. Baynes, of
PVaiPO cfm TIUmaip time*
Silver Star for heroic conduct ex
hibited on June 26, 1943, near an
Algerian air base. Another Sil
ver Star award went to Private
Mack B. Anderson, of Brenham,
Texas, for bravery in India in
1942.
Many others have been honored
in this war, their awards ranging
from the Distinguished Service
Cross to the Good Conduct Medal.
Between the years 1862 and 1926,
soldiefs serving in all-Negro out
fits were awarded 31 Congressional
Medals of Honor and 57 Distin
guished Service Crosses. Since
the War Department record of
those honored makes no reference
to race, it is presumed that there
are others.
First authorized by act of Con
gress in 1862, the Medal of Honor,
often referred to as the Congers
sonal Medal of Honor because it
was “presented in the name of
Congress,’' is the highest decora
tion awarded by the United States
Government.
The Distinguished Service Cross,
the next highest honor, was insti
tuted by executive order in Jan
uary, 1918, and confirmed by Con
gress July 9, 1918.
M. W. Stringer Grand Lodge
To Hold 68th Annual Session
In Jackson December 5 to 8
Oratorical Contest To Be
Highlight of Meeting
According to the committees in
charge, all plans have been com
pleted and the stage is set for the
68th Annual Session of the Most
Worshipful Stringer Grand Lodge
and the 10th Annual Session of the
Heroines of Jericho of the State
of Mississippi, which groups will
hold their sessions here Decem
ber 5-8 and which will, without a
doubt draw the largest crowd that
Jackson has witnessed since the
State Teachers Association.
It has been estimated that a del
egation of between 800 and 1,000
people will be in attendance, rep
resenting 450 lodges and 200
courts.
The highlights of the sessions
will be the Oratorical Contest,
Monday night at Central M. E.
Church at which time prizes and
scholarships, totaling __1,600 will
be given away.
The Welcoming Program will be
held at Central M. E. Church,
Tuesday night at which time, Hon.
John Wesley Dobbs, Grand Mas
ter of Georgia will respond.
Others to be present are: Zach
Alexander, Deputy Imperial Po
tentate, A. E. A. N. M. S., Char
lotte, N. C.; the Grand Master of
Louisiana will also be here as
well as Hon. James T. Beason, H.
E. Secretary General, United Su
preme Council, Southern Jurisdic
tion. Hon. W. W. Allen, Most
Purssant Sov. Grand Commander
will confer the 32nd and 33rd de
grees in special session.
On Monday night at Hill’s Hall,
Hon. Raymond E. Jackson, Im
perial Potentate will have charge.
Hon. John L. Webb; serving his
11th year as Grand Master has
increased the membership to 18,
000 Masons and 7,000 Heroines of
Jericho.
Printed programs are available
from Prof. B. B. Dansby at Jack
son College.
The banquet and installation
will be at Campbell College, Wed
nesday night, December 8.
Induction Halted
Over Christmas,
New Year Holiday
The induction of selective ser
vice men will be suspended on De
cember 24, 25, and 26, 1943, and
January 1 and 2, 1944. In addi
tion, no men will report to recep
tion centers of the army on those
dates.
The navy will grant 8 days in
active duty for those inducted on
November 18; 9 days to those in
ducted November 17 and December
18; 10 days to those inducted De
cember 17; and 11 days to those in
ducted December 23, Col. Long,
state director of selective service,
announced.
This procedure will permit these
men inducted to spend the hol
iday with their families. Col.
Long stated that this policy of
the army and navy would be a great
assistance to all concerned, par
ticularly pre-Pearl Harbor fath
ers who are being inducted thru
out the nation on these dates.
WORKINK GIRL STYLES
Paulette Goddard, who used to
set glamorous styles, now wears a
welder’s outfit in Mark Sand
rich’s “When I Come Back.” She
wore coveralls in “So Proudly We
Hail” and a maid’s costume in
“Standing Room Only,” her most
recent film.
Nursery for Children of Men in Service
Bureau of' I .lie Relations, U. S. War Department
j Port Huachuca, Arizona, home of the 92nd Infantry Division, has provided a day nursery for the
children of officers and enlisted men stationed at the Fort. Ami healthful surroundings, some of the
children are pictured here enjoying themselves at a sand table. « nursery is sponsored by Colonel
Edwin N. Hardy, Cavalry, Commanding Officer of Fort Huachuca.—(Fi. o by U. S. Army Signal Corps).
Alexander Team
Invited to Play
In Toy Bowl
This year, as in years past, the
Golden Panthers of Alexander
High School, Brookhaven, Miss.,
have played great football and
have won for themselves and for
their school many honors, among
them being the recent invitation
to play in the Toy Bowl to be
held in New Orleans, La.
First instance in history of the
award of the Medal of Honor to a
Negro was in 1863 when Sergeant
William H. Carney, Company C,
54th Massachusetts Colored Infan
try, received the honor for con
spicuous gallantry at Fort Wagner,
South Carolina, on July 18 of that
year.
The citation stated, in part, that
“when the color sergeant was shot
down, the soldier grasped the flag,
led the way to the parapet, and
planted the colors thereon. When
the troops fell back he brought
off the flag, under a fierce fire k\
which he was twice severely
wounded.”
And so down through the years
from 1862 to 1943 teh number of
Negroes who have won acclaim
for valor has become legion, until,
there are 31 recipients of the Con
gressional Medal of Honor and 5f
recipients of the Distinguished Ser
vice Cross.
h
The Alexander School and Brook
haven have the right to be called
the most progressive school in the
area of a physical fitness and rec
reational program along with the
many other fine achievements
made by the school. The team
has a record of six games won and
one tie.
In a recent interview with
Coach Tanner, it was learned that
the season looked rather dark at
first to him, but when more than
20 boys whom the school sent to
the Connecticut tobacco farms last
summer, began to return, along
with the new comers, the sign for
a great team appeared brighter.
With only four letter men and
about 34 other boys, ranging in
age from 12 to 17, Coach Tanner,
who played on two of the' great
teams produced by C. N. Buch
anan, molded these boys into a team
that during the season played 7
games with only 20 points scored
against them, while the set of
backs, made up of George Evans,
Johnie Gilmore, Jessie Buie, John
H. Sims, Robert Dow, Willie Dil
lon and a few others scored 202
points for a record.
The line is made up of Crump,
Green, Williams, Gray and Davis
at end; Brown, Richardson, Diggs,
ft ay, Reed, Johnson, Sanders, Hall,
Morris, Roberts and Dennis, guards
.and tackles. These boys who call'
themselves the “Boys of Iron,”
have not allowed a score to be
made through their line.
The team’s record:
Hazlehurst 0, Alexander 42; Lau
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rel 0, Alexander 19; Hazlehurst 0,
Alexander 26; Eureka, 13-13; Yazoo
0, Alexander 12; Meridian 7, Al
exander 33; Magnolia 0, Alaxander
57. This last game was played in
Monticello. Three were played
away from home and three at
home.
Other teams with whom games
were scheduled at the conference
were Forest and Lanier. Forest
evidently did not accept schedule,
while Lanier turned down date
just six days prior to date game
was to be played.
Many sport fans who have fol
that the team has shown more
lowed the teams of the school say
football than all others of the
school except the teams of 1940-41.
There is in the making a big af
fair for the team by a group of
boosters about town. The last
game for the year in Brookhaven
will be played December 3 and a
great team will end a well spent
season.
Managers, Joel Cain, Wm. Cain,
R. C. Hicks. Mascots: Charles
EEvans and Tyree McBeth.
You can share food fairly through
rationing only if you use the right
number of your own stamps. If
you use your neighbor’s stamps,
or give expired stamps, or give no
stamps at all, then you are getting
more than your share which means
that some other fellow may not get
his full share.
Food will fight for freedom and
shorten the war if we produce,
conserve, share and play square.
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Cooper Sentenced After
Jury Deliberates Fate
For Several Hours’ Time
Attorney Jackson Makes
Masterful Plea for Justice
Christmas Cheer
Club Holds
Annual Meet
The Jackson Negro Christmas
Cheer Club, which gives baskets of
food for the holidays to the needy
and poor, held its annual meeting
recently at Central M. E. Church
and elected the following officers
for the ensuing year: Dr. S. D.
Redmond, president; Prof. B. B.
Dansby, first vice president; W. S.
Miller, second vice president; Rev.
A. B. Keeling, secretary; Prof. O.
B. Cobbins, financial secretary;
Prof. E. B. Tademy, assistant sec
retary, and Dr. A. H. McCoy,
treasurer.
Members of the board of direc
tors are Dr. A. L. Holland, Rev.
W. P. Whitfield, Rev. J. H. Robin
son, A. M. Redmond, Rev. C. A.
Greer, E. W. Banks, Rev. B. J. No
lan, Rev. P. E. Scott, Dr. C. L.
Barnes, Prof. I. S. Sanders, Dr. J.
L. Reddix.
When you give to the Negro
Christmas Cheer group you will be
giving to the William Johnson
Bethlehem Center and helping to
bring a bit of cheer to the very
young and the very old.
As usual, there will be a large
number of indigent Negro poor in
Jackson who will be without the
Christmas cheer unless it is do
nated by the good people of Jack
son.
Both white and colored are asked
to contribute and to send their con
tributions to Dr. A. H. McCoy,
Treasurer.
Correction of
Selectives’
Defects Planned
A plan for correction of all reg
istrants of selective service in Mis
sissippi found with remediable de
fects was developed Monday. Men
with hernia or syphillis will be
accepted for service in the army.
Those men found with infected
ears, too large hernias, systs, and
many other defects will be oper
ated upon at home and corrected.
Hospital space and physicians are
available for this work in Missis
sippi. Education, social service
On Friday morning, December
3, just one day less than two
months after he had shot and killed
Hosea Stutts as he ran from the
front door of his cafe, a jury de
liberating for several hours, sen
tenced R. C. Cooper, Sr., to 20
years’ imprisonment in the State
Prison.
Between the hours of eight and
ten on Thursday evening, Decem
ber 2, in a court room packed to
overflow with Negroes from every
walk of life, Attorneys De Forest
Jackson and Lester Franklin pre
sented the final arguments to the
jury—Franklin representing the de
fendant and Jackson in a calm and
eloquent manner reading the in
structions of the court in the case
and then in a masterful way. pre
senting fact after fact concerning
what really happened the night of
the tragedy.
R. C. Cooper, Sr., proprietor of
the R. C. Cooper Cafe and Grocery,
1013 Lynch Street, was arrested
Monday night, October 4, by city
police and charged with the mur
der of Hosea J. Stutts. son of Mr.
George Stutts of this city.
Magnolia Cooper, wife of R. C.
Cooper, Sr., and three other per
sons were also arrested and held
for material witnesses, but were
released after Cooper, Sr., was
picked up. At the time of her ar
rest, Magnolia Cooper is said to
have admitted that she killed
Stutts.
The shooting occurred in front
of Cooper’s Cafe at Lynch and Rose
Streets shortly after 7:00 o’clock
on the night of October 4. Stutts
ran across the street to a vacant
lot, fell and died seconds later.
Police said that Stutts had been
hit three times.
Stutts was married to Cooper’s
daughter.
and health histories will be pre
pared on all selective service reg
istrants. Those lacking sufficient
intelligence and education will be
schooled in classes for illiterates.
Details are being sub’ itted to
the physicians, hospitals, schools,
and local selective service boards
as a result of a conference at state
headquarters of selective service
on this pioneering work in which
Colonel L. W. Long, state director,
presided.
FILM ACTRESS PINS FOOD CHART ON KITCHEN WALL
Lena Horne, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film player, places the
official "Food Fights for Freedom" pin-up chart in the kitchen of
her own home to emphasize food's importance to the war. Retailers
are distributing the chart, one of the several Food For Freedom
Month informational helps, to inform every American about food's
importance to the war. Chart's plea is "TO SPEED OUR BOYS
HOME" by producing more food, saving more food, sharing and
"playing square"^ with our food.
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