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THE REAL EARL GUITAR KING WILL BE AT VICKSBURG AUDITORIUM ON JANUARY THE FIRST w Mississippi : mterpriseH: ("Growing With Mississippi" VOLUME 17-NUMBER 43_JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1955 PRICE: TEN CENTS HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALE Piney Woods School Phenomenal Growth Related ByMagazine The phenomenal 47-year history of Mississippi's first real school for Negroes, the Piney Woods Country Life School at Braxton, is related in the January Ladies Home Journal. The story of the school’s founder. Laurence C Jones, “The Little Professor ol Piney Woods” is a condensation of the book by Beth Day, recently published by Julian Messner, Inc Back in 1909 when Dr. Jones founded his school, statistics read: enrollment—one boy; cash on hand—$1.65; classroom—a felled log under a cedar tree. Today the Piney Woods School has 160C acres with 29 buildings, an en rollment of 500 boys and girls, and an endowment fund of $826, 000. While a student at the Univer sity of Iowa, a routine lecture on the old maxim, noblesse oblige inspired Jones to devote his life to helping the “forgotten” chil dren of his race. The most “for gotten” of all, he found, lived in the Black Belt of the deep South. Meeting with skepticism, ignor* Jones gradually but steadily won the support of Negroes and whites alike, and with pledges of land, lumber, food, money, and the will to work . . . the Piney Woods School began its physical growth. Students at the school have al ways done the work—not only because of the meager resources but because of the background ol the students. “Jones teaches them how to get ahead,” one woman said of the “little ’fessor.” The principles of harvesting, cooking, canning and carpentry are just as COLLINS BURIAL ASSN HOLDS ANNUAL BANQUET; GIVES MANY VALUABLE PRIZES The Collins Burial Insurance .Association held its 21st annua Christmas Party for its employee: and guests. Many prizes were giv en away with the grand prize go ing to Ozelle Joyce Jr., son of Mr and Mrs. Ozelle Joyce, of 15' Sidway street. Joyce was the recipient of < Rollfast bicycle which his parent: won for him. Other prizes wor were: Mrs. Annie Luckett, N. Mil street. Mr. Turner’s debit receivec a turkey. Mr. Joe Warner, 188! Wilton street, Mr. John Kelley’: debit— $2.50 cash; Mrs. Matti< Ford, 647 S. Jefferson, Rev. C. A Russell’s debit—$2.50 cash. Mrs Charlie Gibson, 1704 Blair Miss L. Ford’s debit — blanket Mrs. Sarah McNeil, Mr. Latham’: debit—10 pounds sugar; Jame: Davis, Bolton, Mr. Harper’s debi1 —$2.00 cash. Mrs. Vivian Bailey, 221 Forti j fication, Mrs. Horne’s debit, 2< pounds sugar; Willie Wells, Rt. 2 Box 221, Jackson, Office debit set pillow cases; Bennie Johnsor ^and Jim Miller, Mr. Terrell’s deb it—hams. Mrs. Leander Elmore, 727 Red mon avenue, Mrs. Sumey’s debi —hostess set; Mrs. Jessie Jackson Mis Cox’s debit—$2.50 cash; Mrs Maggie Carter, Cranston Jones debit, 10 pounds sugar; Mrs. Em ma Jackson, Mrs. Cora Brown’i debit—$3.00 cash. Robert L. Clincy, Rev. Lev Hearn’s debit—$2.50 cash; Alber Kelly, Bolton, William Thomas !_ important as reading and writ ling. Within the past few years th< outside world has begun to tak< note of Dr. Jones and his Pinej Woods school. An appearance las' year on the “This Is Your Life’ television program flooded tht tiny rural postoffice with letter; and money—$150,000 the first few days; two weeks later, the func had passed $600,000. ( debit, shirt; Mrs. Ollie Patterson, Mrs. J. Harris’ debit—hen; Mrs. Dora Lee Tarvin, Mrs. Maxine Davis’ debit—$2.00. Mrs. Ruby Starks, Mrs. E. P. r Jones’ debit—$2.50 cash; L. A. Jones, Florence, W. C. Jones’ deb ( it—serving set. Mrs. Hannah White, 606 Erie street, P. J. Washington’s debit,! $3.00 cash; Mrs. Alice Anderson, D’Lo, Mr. Byrd’s debit — $5.00; Mrs. Viola Simmons, Juliene st., Mrs. Esther Roebuck’s debit, serv ' ing set. ■ Willie Shaw, Company prize, . clock radio; Mrs. Ozelle Joyce, company prize, bicycle; Mrs. Lu , tell Collins, company prize—tur ; key. Daniel Buckley, Valley st., ; Mrs. Sartor’s debit, duck and the : big main company prize of a ; kitchen range to Nathan Wiggins and Mrs. Maggie Deloach, 1977 . Booker Washington street, in Miss I Lula Ford’s debit. -o——— Mrs. Artie Bullie Honored Jan. 8th for 32 Yrs Service ‘ The China Grove Benevolent Society No. 1, Madison, Missis sippi, will present a program in honor of Sister Arta M. Bullie for 32 years of service as Secre tary of the organization, Sunday, ^January 8, 1956, at China Grove I A.M.E. Church, 5 miles west of Madison, Miss., on Livingston Road at 12:00 noon. . The following program has ; been outlined: Master of Cere monies, Bro. R. F. Brown; Open ; ing Song, China Grove Chorus; 1 Prayer, Bro. Charles D. Harris; Solo, Mrs. Doratha Carey; Wel ; come, Mrs. Rosa Lee Flemmings; “Duty of Secretary to the So ciety”, Bro. Edgar Phillips; “Duty of Society to the Secretary”, Bro. James Dotson; History of Accom plishment of Society and Relation i of Benovelent to the Church, Bro. R. C. Jones; Presentation of Guest Speaker, Master of Ceremonies; Speaker, Mr. E. W. Banks, Sr.; Words of Appreciation, Sister A. M. Bullie; Music, China Grove Chorus; Mrs. Eunice McDonald, Pianist. Refreshments will be served. —o — State GOP To Sponsor "Salute To Eisenhower" Negro members of the Repub lican Party in Mississippi will sponsor a “Salute to Eisenhower” - dinner in the Masonic Temple on , Lynch street, Friday, January 20. I S. W. Miller, chairman of the state organization, stated here | Saturday that the dinner is being given to express appreciation of Negro citizens to the President on < the third anniversary of his Ad- ( ministration. i Hon. Archibald Carey of Chi- ^ cago, member of the U. S. dele- 1 gation to the United Nations, will be the guest speaker for the oc- j casion. Dinn**** ' ***••<* occasion j will name. immediately .^ . Jent Eisenhower. s Miller further stated that per sons desiring tickets should con- j tact E. W. Banks, special trea- ' surer, at his offices in the Peoples 5 BIG JSrr SUNDAY NIGHT SHEPHERD - STRONG VOWS SAID XMAS DAY Jackson — On Christmas day, 1955, at the parsonage of Central Methodist Church Mr. David D. Shepherd and Mrs. Lucille Mel ancon Strong weer united in mar riage in a queit ceremony per formed by Rev. S. L. Webb, pastor af Central Methodist. The bride, wore for her wedding a black suit with pink accessor es. She also wore a lovely cor sage of white carnations mixed ivith Christmas bells for petals. S native at Gulfport Miss., the’ laughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adolphe Melancon, Mrs. Shepherd received! a.er education in the schools of her native town and Alcorn A. and | M. College. At present, she is an inspector for costomoly for the state of Mississippi and owner of a thriving beauty business. The groom is well known thru cut the country, having operated a business on Farish Street for more than 30 years. He is outstand ing in religious, civic and frater nal affairs of the state. The only guests at the wedding were, Mrs. S. L. Webb, Mrs. J. P. Young and young Willie B. Cameron. Following the ceremony Mrs. Webb served tasty refresh ments of dainty Christmas Ice Cream and squares of Christmas cake. OUR NEW YEAR’S MESSAGE TO YOU By S. M. Harvey As we bring you our first issue of the New Year we are profoundly grateful and very appreciative of the op portunity to do this year the things we failed to do last year—the opportunity to bring to you a better news ser vice . .. the opportunity to live our lives better, fuller, so that all with whom we come in contact, will be bene fited—this is our NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION. We still admonish our readers and all Negroes to PREPARE THEMSELVES for a BETTER LIFE ... for the opportunities that are sure to come—to stop spending money for the things we WANT and begging for the things -we NEED ... to pay our POLL TAX, to REGIS TER, to SAVE MONEY, to BUY LAND and to realize that before we can enjoy FULL CITIZENSHIP PRIVI LEGES, we MUST assume our FULL CITIZENSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES. We advise our YOUTH to study hard, to equal and whenever possible to surpass all other students, every remembering ROY WILSON who had to leave the Uni versity of Louisirna because of LOW GRADES, even re membering that when Negro Applicants first went to see about police jobs here in Jackson, it was found that most of the applicants WERE NOT EVEN CITIZENS . . . they had not taken the time to REGISTER and PAY THEIR POLL TAX. And finally, in the words of a nationally famous man who spoke here once, we say to all Negroes ... to make 1956 your BEST YEAR ... we would advise you to get “God in your HEART, plenty of education in your HEAD and as much money as possible in your HANDS.” THANKS FOR EVERYTHING AND MAY THE NEW YEAR BRING PEACE AND HAPPINESS TO ALL. Glendora Killer Sets New Hearing SUMNER, Miss. — A 34-year >ld white man accused of mur iering an unarmed Negro has von a new hearing which may vin him temporary freedom on >ond. » J. W. Kellum, attorney for El ner Kimbell, said Circuit Court ludge Curtis Swango of Sardis lad granted a writ of habeas u '"••ine for Jan. Other members of the sponsor ng committee are Atty. Sidney 'harp, Supervisor, and Dr. T. L. 'uber, consultant. 9 when he will decide whether to release Kimbell until his mur der trial in March. Kimbell is now lodged in the Talalhatchie County jail, accused of murdering 33-year-old Clinton Melton, a service station attend ant, in an argument over a gaso line purchase. Melton, a “highly respected” Glendora, Miss., Negro was killed by three blasts from Kimbell’s shotgun during a fight in which Kimbell claims he was fired on and wounded. A white eye witness, Lee Mc _irrh, owner of the service sta tion, said the Negro was unarmed. ■ -- o Politician — A person who can talk in circles while standing four square. Sophisticated Lavaretts Again Sponsor “First Negro Baby Of Year ” Project CASH PRIZES GIVEN AT THE PEOPLES BURIAL ASSN PARTY EMPLOYEES GIVE FIRM ORGAN I Jackson — Again this year, high on the list of pleasant and en joyable events was the annual Christmas Party given by Peoples Burial Association this year at College Park Club House, the tasty food and excellent service being rendered by Mrs. Doris Hall, director of the Clubhouse. Highlights of this gala occasion were: the Christmas Music play ed by Mr. Jonas Waites, the sing ing of Christmas Carols, led by Agent Owens; Welcome by Mr. F. W. Banks, Jr_; and the pre sentation of a Skit, “This Is Your Business” which depicted the 30 years growth of the Peoples Fun eral Home and Burial Association Serving as a very able narrator, was Miss Emma Dee Jenkins, principal of the Isable School. While Miss Jenkins read the play, the history of the business was patomined by Walter Stewart, Fred Banks, Albert Crisler, and R. L. Thompson, who represent ed the original four persons who pioneered the Peoples Funeral Home. Mrs. Maude Simon, affec tionately known as “Mother Si mon” around the Peoples estab lishment, was the first agent and first policy holder of the Peoples Burial Association that was or ganized a few years later. Following this entertaining play prizes were awarded by Mr. Wal ter Stewart to agents for excel lence in work as follows: 1st pride of $100 to Mr. Fulton Porter; 2nd prize of $75.00 to Mr R. D. Mil ton; 3rd prize of $50 Saving Bond to Mrs. Ernestine Daniels; a $25 Saving Bond was awarded for the 3rd consecutive year to Miss Ros i° Pearl Anderson for being the best all-around agent. All em ployees of Peoples were given Vz months salary as a token of ap preciation. Climaxing the very enjoyable evening was the presentation of the keys to a Hammond Organ to the firm by its employees. This presentation was made by Mrs. Simon, and represented th high esteem in which the owners of the company are held by those who work for Peoples Funeral Home and Burial Association.' Closing remarks of thanxs were made by Mr. Earl Banks Sr. Mr. A. A# Barron was a most able toastmaster for the occasion. CAMPBELL ST. CHRISTMAS SCENE DRAWS LARGE CROWD; DENOTES COMMUNITY SPIRIT By S. M. Harvey j JACKSON . . , Pedhaps nothing during the entire Christmas sea son, delighted us more than the Christmas Scene as presented on Campbell Street here in Jackson . . . where 35 outdoor Christmas Trees, beautifully decorated, pla ced the same distance from the stret, down both sids, not only; made a brilliant sight to behold, but to us, reflected more than anything else, the real, honest-to goodness Christmas spirit that must prevail in this four block section of our city. As we understand it, the idea of the Campbell Street neighbors cooperating to beautify their street and at the same time pro vide special “Christmas Spirit” for the 70 or more children who live in the area, was initiated by Mrs. Catherine Johnson, popular beautician who has lived on the street for many years. Mrs. John son was assisted by Mrs. Melvina Ware, substitute school teacher. Mr. Johnson visited every house on the street from Whitfield Mill Road to Town Creek and to her delight received almost 100 per cent cooperation from her neigh bors. According to Mrs. Johnson, the identical trees with multi colored lights, “brought the beauty and spirit of Christmas into our community”. She further stated “it was good to see neighbors out having fun helping each other put up their trees and lights with all the children running around . , . Some of the men pitched in and bought trees for those who could not afford them. . . That’s the kind of spirit we have”. On Christmas Eve children and grownups joined together in sing ing Christmas Carols on Camp bell Street. Many people of all races who visited Campbell Street during the Christmas season to share with these good citizens the joy of Christmas-time, were of this opinion, “how splendid it would be, if this same spirit of friendly and neighborly cooperation pre vailed ‘hruout the year, not only on Car ipbell Street, but on every a. mm mm HA ■ ■ HEADLINE NEWS “TWELVE YEAR OLD GLORIA LOCKERMAN NAMED ONE OF TEN YOUNG WOMEN OF THE YEAR” — New York—Among the ten young women honored for a signal achievement during the past year with the 1955 Merit Award given by Mademoiselle Magazine was 12 year old Gloria! Lockerman, cited as a “symbol for the accident of democracy.” Mississippi born Leontyne Price, singer, was also included in the list of ten. -o WHITE BRANDS JUSTICE DE PARTMENT “Bunch of Meddle-1 street in Jackson, in Mississippi,! the United States and the world.”! B. B. KING to play for dance at Stevens Rose Room, Monday, January 2, 1956. Reserve tables by calling 5-4287 or 5-4384. There are still plenty of good tables so come by 110 E. Monument or 143 E. Monument and reserve •yours early. Advance $1.75; At door, $2.00, tax incl. Buy your advance tickets at: Miss. Enterprise, King the Tailor, Harmon Drug, M. L. S. Drug, The Spoon Cafe, Zebra Motel; Tollivers in Canton; Mrs. Lindsey in Yazoo City; T. J. Ranee in Brookhaven, The Blue Room in Vicksburg and Rush Lloyd in Hattiesburg. By S. M. Harvey JACKSON, Miss. — Again this year, the popular Sophisticated Lavarette Social and Civic Club has sponsored the ‘‘First Negro Baby Of The Year Project” and on pages 6 and 7 of this issue. Merchants and Friends have join ed these ladies in extending a warm and sincere WELCOME to the first Negro baby of 1956 who will be born in any hospital with in the city of Jackson. The first group to give thought to such a project for Negro babies, thru hard work, and continuous efforts the idea has grown until today, the first Negro baby born in Jackson is a rather lucky youngster. Thrue the project the 1st baby is honored and given valuable gifts. a ne in si uauy 10 oe so nonoi ea was Regina Dampier. Last year the Brown Derby Baby was Har ry Artz Deveraux . . . This year’s baby? . . . Who knows, but on page 6, will be found a list of the valuable gifts it will receive. . . . The club will also give the 1st baby a valuable gift which will be announced later. . . Sophisticated Lavarette Mem bers are: Mrs. Mirtes Gregory, Pres.; Mrs. Willie Mae Tobias, Vice; Mrs. Allyne Lockhart. Rec. Secretary; Mrs. Allie Mae Moore. Fin. Sec.; Mrs. Irene Evans’ Trea surer; Mrs. Alice Easterling, Bus Manager; Miss Luretha King. Re porter; Miss Josephine Wilson, Mrs. Lenora Portis, Miss Hattie Buckhalter, Mrs. Doris Mae Adams, Mrs. Alice Starks, Mrs. Thelma Jefferson, Mrs. Elza Thompson. Associated Members are Mrs. Pearl Bennett, Mrs. Catherine Andrews. Junior mem bers who worked on the project: Mrs. Mary Hathrone, Mrs. Ruth Crawley. some Jackasses” — Jackson — Gov Hugh White called the Justice De partment a “bunch of meddlesome jackasses-’ Thursday after the de partment announced in Washing ton it had launched an investi gation of the Citizens Councils in Mississippi.” Officials of the Jus tice Department's Civil Rights section confirmed that the inquiry was going forward and that “ap propriate measures” may be ta- * ken. -p WANTS TO OUST COURT JUDGES — Florence, S. C„ —Be cause of the Supreme Court's de cision to outlaw racial segregation in public schools, Senator Strom Thurmond, 1948 states’ rights can didate for President, says he is ready to vote to impeach every member of the high tribunal. d. d. KING AND HIS ORCHESRTA COMING TO STEVENS ROSE ROOM ON MONDAY, JANUARY 2. t - * k 9 '■ . f : .