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"Growing With Mississippi VOLUME 22 — NUMBER 48 JACKSON, MISS., SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 1958 --io'CENTS PER COPT 1 National Negro Newspaper Week March 16-23 PEOPLE IN THE NEWS i % H. D. DARBY, Jeff Davis County minister who this week filed a suit in Federal Court against the state of Mississippi on claims that he has been de prived of the right to vote in this state. Rev. Darby filed the suit on “behalf of himself and others similarly situated” atains Jeff Davis County Cir cuit Clerk James Daniel and Mississippi Attorney General Joe Patterson. Attorneys listed as the ministers’s counsel in clude R. Jess Brown of Vicks burg, Robert L. Carter of New York and Constance Baker Motley of New York. The min ister is asking an injunction to enjoin Daniel and Patter son from refusing to let Neg roes register to vote in Jeff Davis County. It has been stated that the NAACP is fi nancing the suit. Darby’s suit was filed under the Federal Civil Rights law, passed by the 1957 Congress. MEDGAR W. EVERS, hon orably discharged veteran of World War 2, a native Missis* sippian and Field Secretary for the NAACP, who charges that he was criminally assaulted and battered in the face, by a Meridian, Miss., white cab dri ver, who boarded the Trailway Bus, on which Mr. Evers was traveling, Tuesday morning, March 11.‘ Evers charges that he had already b^n detained by the Meridian police for questioning. MISS MINNIJEAN BROWN, one of the nine Little Rock Central High School Students who have figured prominently in the news and who is now attending a private school in New York City on a scholar ship, was last week elected vice president of her home room class. Her teacher is quoted as saying, “she is very intelligent, well-liked and is getting along wonderfully.” BILLIE HOLIDAY, the great blues singer, was placed on a year’s probation Wednesday af ter pleading guilty to a nar cotics charge. Her husband, LOUIS McKAY, Jr., was given a probationary sentence for possession of a pistol. William O. Walker, Presi dent of the National Newspa per Publishers Association, in proclaiming March 16-23, 1958 as National Negro Newspaper Week, stated: “During this pe riod, I called upon all of our members friends and suppor ters, to observe with ceremon ies, articles and public ex pressions, the achievements of the Negro Press during its 131 years of continuous service to their race, their nation and the world, in proclaiming jus tice, human rights and the ad vocacy of first-class citizenship for all.” As the nation observes Na tional Negro Newspaper Week, a variety of events have been arranged. In many churches the ministers are devoting their sermons to discussions of the role of the Negro Press in the great drama of social change taking place today. The Theme of this year’s ob servance is “The Negro Press; Lighting the Way To Free dom.” Among the events fea tured were: two 15-minute ra dio programs, transcribed for broadcasting over local sta tions, one of which featured Lena Horne singing, “MoOd Indigo;” and Ella Fitzgerald singing, “III Wind.” A five minute message by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a statement by Frank L. Stan ley, publisher of the Louisville Defender and chair man of the Association’s public relations committee. Another program will feature Billy Eckstine and Sammy Davis. Winners of the ten Russ worm Awards, given annually by the Association to persons and organizations for signifi cant contributions to a greater realization of the democratic ideals on which our nation is founded, will be announced on these radio programs. The awards were named af ter John B. Russworm, who founded Freedom’s Journal in New York City on March 17, 1827. Its mission was to cru sade against the institution of slavery. The Negro Press in the United States has pursued its crusading mission with zeal from that day. to this. The Branch Y. W. C. A. is inviting all young adults and adults to join its Figure Ton ing, Creative dance and Social Dance classes on Monday, Mar. 24 at 5 p. m. For further infor mation call the Branch office 2-0970. LANIER HIGH SCHOOL’S CAREER DAY, held Friday, March 14, brought men and women of Jackson and State, outstanding all fields of endeavor to the school. Sponsored by Mesdames A. T. Braxton and L. E. Gipson, counselors, the keynote speaker was President J. D. Boyd of Alcorn A. & M. College. Prof. L. B. Buckley is principal of Lanier. Finch Named Supervising Principal of New School Dr. Jones Speaks To 300 Ministers At State Hospital More than 300 ministers from across the state met at the State Hospital at Whitfield Thursday in a special religious rally sponsored by the hospital and a number of well known religious and educational lead ers. The morning session was presided over by Dr. Lawrence C. Jones of Piney Woods. General theme of the meet ing was the “Current Aspect of Mental Health.” The groups were wecomed by Chapain C. K. Pepper and additional mes senges were heard from Dr. J. L. Jacquith, who spoke on the various problems of Men tal health. An understanding of the to tal welfare program as applied to mental health was discussed by Major W. E. Holcomb, and the problems of alcoholics was aired by Rev. Robert M. Stevens. Dr. Jaquith gave three out standing problems that con front our society as regards mental health they were public apathy. The need of education in mental hygiene, and basic theories in the area pf cause and prevention. Principal Anselm J. Finch, one of the state’s ablest educators, will not only head the new Wilkinson county training school which is believed to be one of the largest and best in the state when completed, bat he will be the supervising principal of all Negro education in the county. The Wilkinson county training school is being constructed to provide facilities for 2500 students, while Finch elementary to be at Centreville is to care for 500 enrollment. Suit able land is now being sought for Centreville’s new school. Mr. Finch is in Jackson this week as a delegate from Wilkinson county. He is former president of the MTA. The above picture is an Architect’s drawing of Wilkinson County Training School plant. Shown above the building in the left foreground is for elementary classrooms. The long building in the cen ter is the main department and the right wing to be used by the elementary department and the right wing by the high school, library and offices. In the center of this building are located the combination auditorium—gym and a cafeteria. To the right and immediately be hind this main building is located the high school building which will also house the home economics and science departments. In the extreme right rear of the sketch is shown the ag ricultural and mechanical shop building. Goal For United Negro College Fund, $2,250000 A $2,250,000 goal has been set for the 1958 United Negro College Fund Campaign, it was announced here today by Stan ley C. Hope, national campaign ehairman. Mr. Hope is presi dent of Esso Standard Oil Company. “Mounting costs of educa tion and the recent addition of two colleges to Fund member ship have made it necessary to increase the goal by a quarter of a million dollars this year,” Mr. Hop^ said. “The two new ly admitted colleges, Barber Scotia, Concorn, N. C., and St. Paul’s, Lawrenceville, Va., bring the current membership to 33.” . The 1958 campaign, schedu led between April 1 and June 15, marks the College Fund’s 15th annual nation-wide ap peal. Formally - organized campaigns will be conducted in 120 cities and towns throughout the country, includ ing the communities in which the member colleges are loca ted. Where no formal cam paigns are organized, appeals are made by letter, TV and radio, newspapers and maga zines. The support raised provides approximately 10 per cent of the operating costs of the UNCF colleges. It is used by the schools principally to pro vide scholarships. Contribu tions are also used to purchase laboratory equipment and lib rary books, to underwrite stu dent health programs and to bring faculty salaries more nearly in line with those of comparable institutions. All UNCF member schools are privately supported, four year accredited colleges and universities. The oldest school, Lincoln University was estab lished in 1854, in Lincoln Uni versity, Pa. All other mem ber colleges of the Fund are in the South. They include such schools as Tougaloo Southern Christian, the only member college located in Mississippi, Tuskegee, Hamp ton, Fisk and Atlanta Univer sities. Since it was organized in 1944 by the colleges them selves, the United Negro Col lege Fund has raised more than $35,000,000. Many Cancer Victims Can Be Cured CHICAGO — The story of Lester B. Granger, one of the 800,000 living Americans who have been cured of cancer, is told in the April issue of EBONY. Granger, the 61-year old Executive Director of the Na tional Urban League was struck with cancer in 1949. He underwent surgery and treat ment which saved him, and he was pronounced cured of can cer after bei’ig free of the dis ease for fiv years. According to the American Cancer Society, over four mil lion Negroes now living in this country will at some time in their lives be struck by can cer, and assuming the present mortality rate continues, two million of this number will die of the disease. With knowledge and means available, says EBONY, half of all cancer cases can be cured if victims seek treatment in time and can get it. Grange’s recovery from can cer and his return to a busy creative ife spiritually undis mayed and physically unim paired, was a quiet drama in which courage, understanding, faith, and notably medical sci ence played important roles. Of the EBONY article, Dr. W. Kenneth Clark, Vice Presi dent for Medical Affairs of the American Cancer Society says: “The inspiring article about Lester Granger’s victory over cancer in the April issue of EBONY reconfirms our knowledge that many cancers can be cured. In fact, there are 800,000 Americans alive today, many of them Negroes — who have been saved from this disease. If the readers of EBONY take to heart the op timistic message, in this im portant article, it may mean the saving of many lives.” Granger is grateful to sci ence, he relates in the EBONY article, for having conquered the cancer in his own body not merely because it prolonged his life but also because it might give hope to others. Jury Indicts Jones White Woman, Negro % LAUREL — A Jones County Circuit Court grand jury here has indicted a 36-year old white woman and a 46-year old Negro man for unlawful co habitation. The joint indictment, return ed in a first partial report by the grand jury, which conven ed here Monday, identified the pair as Joe Scott and Mary Rose, the defendants. The indictment bears the signatures of Ernest Hendry, grand jury foreman, and Dis trict Attorney Grover Dog gette. The sheriff said the woman’s husband, Elmer Rose, operator of a trucking firm here, was along with him and other of ficers in the raid when the couple was found. He said the woman is the mother of four children and that the Negro man has a teen age daughter. Held at separate undisclosed jails since their arrest, the woman and negro will be brought here when their ar raignment date in the circuit court is set by Judge Lunsford Casey. The maximum penalty upon conviction of unlawful co habitation in this state is 10 years imprisonment. The theme of the 52nd An nual Convention of the Missis sippi Teachers Association con vening in Jackson, March 19-22 will be “Great Issues in Educa tion—How Shall We Face Them.” According to J. W. Grantham president of the Association, nearly 5000 teachers will be on hand for the four-day confab. The Delegate Assembly, the policy-making and business unit of the Association, will hold its first session, Wednes day evening at 6:00 p. m. W. F. C albert New M. T. A. Prexy The highlight of the opening general session on Thursday at 10:00 A. M. will be the tra ditional President’s Address which will be delivered by Mr. Grantham. Also appearing on this program will be Miss Lois V. Rogers, Field Representa (Continued on Page 2) REV. A. W. MOORE COMPLETES 30 YEARS SERVICE GREENW O O D, Miss.— Members of the New Zion Mis sionary Baptist Church of Greenwood, Mississippi con ducted a 30 Year Testimonial Program Sunday, March 9, 1958 honoring their pastor, the Rev. A. W. Moore and his be loved wife for the service ren dered to the church as a pas tor for the past 30 years. On Sunday Morning at 11: o’clock with Rev. and Mrs. Moore seated on the platform, and Mr. S. L. Hilton, General Chairman in charge, a very in teresting program was render ed. Mrs. Myrtle Banks Mc Donald proved herself “Mon arch of all she surveyed” when she so vividly presented the History of the Pastor’s thirty years’ administration. Rev. C. E. Cantrell was most inspiring as he spoke earnestly from the words of Psalms 71: 9, 18 The evening service consis ted of a musical program with the Adult and Junior choirs rendering favorite, appropriate numbers with Mrs. Annie Mae Brown, the efficient accompan ist. On Monday evening, March 10th members and friends gathered at the church to con tinue the testimonial program with a banquet, honoring Rev. and Mrs. Moore. A large groilp of pastors and ministers gave tribute to this worthy couple because of their faithful work in district, state and national church organizations. His oth er churches, Calvary Baptist Church of Yazoo City and Mount Olive Baptist Church of Tchula were largely represen ted; and Mrs. Eva Booker of the last named church express ed words of praise. Rev. J. W. Gayden, President pf the S. S. and B. T. U. Congress of the General Baptist State Conven tion made the closing tribute, spiced with his usual humor and sincere fellowship. The financial Secretary presented to the Pastor and his wife on behalf of the church $600.00. Many other donations and tele grams came in from friends as far as Chicago, 111. Rev. Moore responded td these honors and gifts with humble gratitude and hearty appreciation. The entertain ment committee then invited all guests and members to the Banquet table in the beautiful ly decorated educational build ing, where smiling waitresses served lavishly, tempting bar-, becued chicken prepared as only the famous “Will Chick en” Edwards knows how. Bak ed beans, potato salad, rolls, coffee, coca-cola, ice cream and cake completed this delightful feast. This great occasion marked an event which will long be remembered in the history of the New Zion Mis | sionary Baptist Church.