The Mississippi Enterprise
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NOTHING GOOD IS LOST: Cast thy bread upon the
waters, for thou shalt find it after many days.—Eccl. 12-13.
By Ruth Taylor
The last few weeks I have spent away from my desk
talking to people—and I don’t like what I hear.
There is too much dissention afoot—too much hatred
and cross currents and cross purposes. With the rising tide
of victories, we seem to ;have-iet down on our inner de
fenses and to be already engaged in a mad scrambling for
position. It is like the game “Going to Jerusalem” we used
to playr when we were children—everyone is trying to grab
the same chair.
I know it is human—we each want ours. And we each
think that what we get won’t detract from the general
picture. But that isn’t so.
When wc let hatreds and dissentions and group preju
dices rise up in our midst we are playing Hitler’s game and
we are hindering our own war effort. As the Cincinnati
Chronicle said editorially, “A nation where Jews, Catholics
and Protestants, Negroes and Whites work and fight to
gether cannot be defeated.”
Even though we attain the victory in arms, there will
be a defeat in spirit if we let race and religious hatreds rise
up in our own midst. We sav we are fighting to end aggres
sion abroad. We cannot fight aggression abroad by dis
crimination and prejudice at home.
Let us face the facts squarely. We do not have to like
the actions of any one person—but we do not need to con
demn a race or religion for the actions of some of its mem
bers. We all belong to some organization and we know
that the most vocal members of our own groups are not
always the best members. We don’t want to be judged by
them. Then why judge others by their self-appointed
The Hitlerian theory of hatred and domination of one
group over another—whether it be of nation, color, or
creed—can only be conquered by the individual. His armed
forces may be met by armed force—but his mental termites
must be destroyed by the individual acting according to the
principles of Americanism rather than of Nazism, by the
American way of fair play for all people, by the judgment
of all citizens on their individual merits, and not as a group.
We will never be able to make a success of peace and
live and work with our neighbors overseas—unless we can
live and work with all our neighbors at home. Th^re must
be no dividing lines between our peoples. We must be
Americans all—understanding and believing in each other.
It is this belief in and knowledge of each other that is the
great unifying force which can weld us into a nation invinc
ible to attack from without because it immunizes us to
attack from within.
S. C. L NOTES
BY NORMAN WILSON
Students With Uncle Sam
Everyone is back now from the
Christmas vacation. Only one stu
dent remained on the campus. Al]
dormitories were closed but Leh
man Hall. The Ratens, Thomases
Jacobses, and Longs were the onlj
faculty to remain. Mr. Jacobs wa:
away two days to assist Alma Jear
in her return to Clark University
We had our usual Christmas tree
parties and the annual all-school
banquet with plenty of present:
for eerybody supplied by oui
churches across the country. The}
also helped us to make happy man}
children of the community by send
ing boxes of presents for us to dis
tribute. And of course the annual
candy from Miss Maud Henrichs!
Before we left, the complete
choir gave a program of anthem'
and spirituals. This was their an
nual Christmas program, but i1
served as a practice period foi
Group One of the Choir who made
a tour during the vacation. There
were ten of them with the Direc
tor, Mrs. Jackson. Our SCI clut
in Chicago wanted them in a pro
gram there and they gave programs
in several cities up and back. The}
were in St. Louis, Litchfield, Spring
field, Bloomington, Chicago, Stutt
gart and Memphis. They gave
three programs each in St. Louis
and in Chicago. Excellent repoi't:
hae come back concerning their pro
grams. In chapel they each sharec
a part of their experiences with u:
and reported a delightful trip
They were especially glad to visi
Miss Legier in Chicago.
Mrs. Inez Center Shannon, forme:
teacher, sends us the belated sai
news that another teacher, Elm;
Jane Hobbs, died Sept. 22, following
an operation in Oklahoma City
Miss Hobbs was an excellent teach
er. She left us to become the wife
of Rev. E. E. Watson. Our deep
est sympathy goes out to him and
Our State suffered the loss of
two outstanding men recently. One
was Governor Johnson who helped
to make possible free schol books,
lengthened terms, and increased
salareies for teachers. Our school
joined Negro schools of the State
in getting a fitting memorial to ex
press our appreciation. This pro
ject was started before his death.
The other great man was H.
Vaughan Watkins, white attorney
of Jackson. Few citizens of any
State have been identified with
more worthy causes than was Mr.
Watkins. Negroes and whites alike
benefitted by his untiring efforts to
improe our whole area. On two
occasions he called me in to talk
confidentially about the improve
ment of Negro schools of our coun
ty. In a county where nearly four
fifths of the rural-farm population
is Negro it is tragic that we have
not a single high school for Ne
groes. He was responsible for the
recent move to establish a public
school for Negro children of our
county. It is my hope that other
civic-minded leaders of our county
can be found who will carry for
ward this project, if for no other
reason than to honor his memory.
■ And it should be called the Vaughan
| Watkins High School.
Flash! Dean Mosley has the
! Mumps. At a recent meeting of
; the Southern Association our Junior
College was accredited in addition
to the high school. Heretofore our
college because of its size has mere
1 ly been approved. This year the
examining committee recommended
; i full accreditment. Miss Reubena
i Stultz did not return after the hol
• id ays, altho many who see her still
! address her as Miss Stultz. Offi
i cially she is now Mrs. William K.
; Fox. She and Mr. Fox weer mar
. ried at her home in Martinsville,
■ Virginia, Dec. 30. Their home now
For an evening of real pleasure, drive out
and dine at
GRAVES’ PLACE—Cafe and Grocery
It is a pleasure for us to serve you
Eat Your Dinner With Us.
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Lula Graves, Mgr. Phone 4-9379 Fannin Road
is the north apartment of Eastview
dormitory. Just before they went
home for the big event an impor
tant meeting was called at the
Mansion, at least Miss Stultz and
Mr. Fox thought it was a faculty
meeting. To the rest of us It was
a surprise shower for the Foxes
when they were given quite an as
sortment of articles to use in their
new home when they returned. Mr.
Thomas and I have enjoyed being
officials for several football and
basketball games for the white
J school at Edwards. Our new coun
seling plan is well under way with
Mrs. Thomas as Director, She has
a very effective program worked
out wherein each student will have
scheduled interviews with nine dif
ferent counselors in the areas of
vocations, social adjustments, and
personal religious living. Much of
the information obtained by the
counselors will become a part of
the permanent record of the stu
dent. Quite a number of you were
back recently and wre were happy
to see you. A great many of you
wrote letters which were appre
ciated. Some of you enclosed mon
ey to help pay postage, and that
also was appreciated. There is not
space to give the names of all of
you, but I think I shall discontinue
that practice anyway since some
seemed embarrassed when they
could not enclose money and did
not write at all. We would rather
have your leters.
My chapel talk this morning cen
tered around the story of an old
man on a street corner of a small
town who was asked by a stranger,
"Say, bud, what kind of people
live in this place?” In reply the
old gentleman asked: “What were
the people like where you came
from?” “Well, they were a sorry
lot; lazy, mean, snobbish, unfriend
ly, and tlr^ kind who would take
advantage of you whenever they
could!” To which the old man re
plied: “Confidentially that’s the
kind you will find around here.”
The first stranger was not out of
ear-shot befoi-e a second one said
“Pardon me, friend, would you
kindly tell me what kind of peo
ple live around here?” In response
to the old man’s question about the
people in the place from which he
had come the man reported: “They
are the best people on earth; friend
ly, neighborly, unselfish, do any
thing for you. I’m sorry my health
requires me to leave them.” The
old man smiled as he said “Friend,
that is just the kind of folk you
will find around here.” Whereupon
the first stranger came back saying
“Why, you dirty old liar, you just
got thru telling me that the people
around here are the meanest peo
ple anywhere!” “I’m sorry, friend,”
answered the old man, “but if you
will remember correctly I did not
tell you that. I told you both the
same. I merely said ‘That is the
kind of people YOU will find around
here,’ and I believe I 9m right in
I think the old man was right.
We usually find what we are look
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ing for in people or in environment.
Many times when we are finding
fault with others and our circum
stances the blame is not to be found
outside ourselves, but within. As
Cassius says: “The fault, dear Bru
tus. is not in our stars, but in our
selves.” To improve others I must
first change myself. Maybe after
I have changed, I shall discover
that the others do not need improv
ing. I closed by reading Moffatt’s
translation of Matt. 7:1-5. Read it
again for yourself.
Departed This Life
Bro. Solmon Moses departed this
life, January 24, 1944. His funeral
was held at the Walden Chaple M.
E. Church with Rev. R. L. Sweeney
officiating. He was survived by his
wife, Mrs. Mary Jane Moses, six
girls, five boys, and a host of grand
children and friends.
On the Sick List
Dudley Anderson, Marcellus Mor
gan, Mrs. Margaret Brooks, Mrs.
Ludie Salas Salas, Mrs. Alberta Zol
The J. M. A.'s met Sunday eve
ning, January 30, 1944, at the home
of Mrs. Rosea Andearson. We had
a wonderful meeting. Topic for dis
vuaaiuu, iuc me a nengious
Boy” by Mrs. C. A. Garland. “Lov
ers of Pleasure,” by Miss Almeda
Smith. Members present as fol
lows: Mrs. Bessie Pickens, Mrs.
Ida Redd, Mrs. C. A. Garland, Mrs.
Hazlen Jordan, Mrs. Mallie Holmes,
Miss Almeda Smith, Mrs. Genola
Redd, Ruby McGee, Mrs. Willie
Tillman, Mrs. Lessie B. Brown, Mrs.
Bessie Golden and Mrs. Rosea An
derson. A donation was raised.
Committees reported, no sickness,
after which we adjourned and the
charming hostess served her guests
royally. Next Sunday we will meet
at the home of Mrs. Willie Tillman.
Mrs. Ida Reed, president, Mrs. Ge
nola Redd, Secretary.
Miss Eva Buchanan and Miss
Wade of the Richland Vocational
School were visitors on the cam
pus Friday, January 28, with both
the girls and boys’ basketball teams
and a host of well-wishers. The
games were very interesting, the
scores being: Boys, Goodman 14,
Richland 9. Girls: Goodman 2,
The famous basket ball players
around Goodman are: Boys, Jessie
Earl Delany, James Moses, Bennie
Will Leflore, Harold Southerners,
James Shipp, John W. Aden, Clar
ence Bell, James Lee. Girls: Ruth
Thelma Peppers, Zella B. Aden, Su
sie Mae Ambrose, Arsis V. Sanders,
Mattie Mae McGrome, Wardine
Greer, Golden Delany, A. L. Bar
nes, Lillie Mae Jones and Lillie M.
The basket ball club of the Good
man Colored School enteretained
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the people of the town on January
28, at the Goodman School, with a
Floor Show, that was enjoyed by
all. We were blessed with a large
attendance. Total money raised,
$12.10. Miss Zella B. Aden, Presi
dent; Miss Golden Delany, Secre
tary; Miss Mable Silas, Treasurer.
Back in Town
Harry Sanders reports a jolly
time at Clarksdale, while visiting
his sister, Mrs. Nannie McGee. A.
D. Polk, reports big times in Jack
Mable Silas received a swell pic
ture fro mSgt Harmon. My! She
is thrilled to death. Wardine Greer
received a lovely letter from Pvt.
Earnest Ambrose. Mable Silas also
received a photo from Pvt. Bennie
Albert Zollicoffer received a
sweet letter from Susie Mae Am
brose. Look out Harold Southerns.
Mattie Mae McGrome says, is she
has taken Harold Southerns away
from Susie Mae—that her business.
We know it pal, but why be a dirty
buddy. Harold Southerns has be
come famous around Goodman. He
is actually jiving his way through
with Susie Mae Ambrose, Lellie
Mae Jones, Ruth T. Peppers and
Mattie Mae McGrome.
Clarence Bell and Arsis V. San
ders stays on Easy Street. Tave
Lee Mallot says he loves Etha Pane
Reed, but she won’t pay him much j
attention. Who is it Thelma Mor- ]
gan, George Lee, Willie Earl, Tave
Lee or Archer Barnes. Golden De
nay is cutting in on Ruth T. Pep
pers slightly. Minnie Carson has
found serious love for the L. C.
Saffold. L. C. Saffold is cutting
in on Taylor Ambrose with Fran
cis Greer. Harry Sanders desires
for Mattie McGrome to straighten
up and fly right for he is back in
town. Charley Will Simpson seems
to love Malvas Sanders now. Watch
out, A. L. Barnes. Look out W. C.
Morgan, Jumes Shipp is taking your
place with Mattie Mae McGrome.
Pearline Williams seems to be
troubling Arsis V. Sanders with
Clarence Bell. Northern Peppers
and Harold Southerns are losing
friendship about Susie M. Ambrose.
Mattie Mae McGrome is singing,
“Shoo Shoo Baby” to W. C. Harold
and Bennie Will for James Ship.
Jessie Earl Delany smiles regularly
for Pearline Williams. Della Mae
Barnes is admiring ichard Lee Saf
fold this week. We feel quite sure
that Willie Mae Harrington’s smiles
aer causing Herdis Lee Brown's
swiftness on the campus. James
Moses is now falling for Miss Pep
pers. Wake up George and Har
old, for you'll come up short.
Ethel Minor of
At Home Sunday
Ethel Minor, Brandon colored wo
man who had many friends among
both races, died in her home here
Sunday, at the age of 51.
She was the pother of 14 chil
dren, including two sons serving in
the Army and one in the Navy
She worked at various times foi
several Brandon families and busi
ness establishments, including The
Brandon News, and had an excel
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