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Editor That Tell. th. 8UU X JL JL JLlj ^ V jL> JL> A X X JL>X lv/ euUUon and Opinion, with Moe, , Newa Weekly. , than 10.M0 Reader*. j l- --.. Published Weekly at 2508 5th Street -- VOIUME X Meridian, Mississippi FRIDAY APRIL 14, 1933 NUMBER 36 S25 WS Hs BIB Churches Awarded Six Big Prizes “We Have Just Begun To Fight,” Announces The I.L.D. ■TLL FIGHT FOR JUSTICE FOR THESE BOYS AS LONG AS I LIVE” Voiced Leibowitz By John L. Spivak (Exclusively For The Associated Ne gro Press) Chattanooga, Tenn.. April 14th (ANP) The waging of an unending fight un til the nine Scottsboro boys are torn from the hands of a white lynch mob, masquerading as law officials was announced here by William L. Patter son, secretary of the International La K bor Defense, who arrived in Chatta nooga to-day to confer with Defense Counsel on the next steps in the de fense of the boys. Patterson said he left New York im mediately upon receiving the flash that a laughing jury of twelve Alabama whites hau tound Heywood Patterson guilty of the framed charge and re commended that his sentence be death. Th~I. L. D. Secretary went into con ference immediately upon arrival with Joseph Bredsky, I. L. D. attorney from New York who participated in the de fence in Decatur, and Gen. G. W. Chanlee of Chattanooga. “The fight has just begun,” said jrailCI 2>UU 111 all cvuuaivc unti with the Associated Negro Press. “Our hrst steps will be nation wide petition circulated demanding an adjournment of tile Weems’ trial scheduled for the 17th of this month, until after an appeal * lias been taken in the Patterson case. Simultaneously the 1. L. D. and its alti liated bodies as well as the petitions will demand that a charge ot venue be i gi anted by Judge James E. Horton from Morgan county to Birmingham. The Patterson decision is evidence of the impossibility of getting a shred of justice lor a Ne^ro in Morgan county. “Secondly, the International Labor Defense has already cabled all ot ns International aitilans to demonstrate bet ore American embassies and con sulates abroad demanding that public opm.ons ot the workers tinougnoui me world be heard that those boys be given a lair and unbiased trial in a place where bigotry does not run rampant iu».i armed mobs Uneaten tne lives not oruy of tiie defendants tu, oi die at torneys who are trying to save them. “Every one of the case, “Patterson continued giimly,” will be taken to me mined cna-e supreme court if me shocking Hey wood Patterson decn-uu is not reversed by the Alabama Sup i wine court. "Heretolure men throughout me world have regarded the American judicial system as operating on the theory that a man is innocent until proven guilty but tins lyncn-iaw Ued * sion handed down by twelve laughing and grinning, bigotted white men, has n.im.ioiy csiabusned that in Alabama a man, if his skin is black, is conside red guilty until he is proven innocent and even then is guilty if the accusation is brouunt even by a white prostitute, of if he is accused by the moneymasters as in Tom Mooney's case. “This decision has resulted only ir Strengthening the solidarity of the black and white workers throughout the world, it means a stronger, united and more influerinal I. L. D. seeking tc safeguard the rights of all workers be they black or white. “Countless thousands have regardec the Scottsboro case as of interest to the rights of Negroes but the struggle, con tested so bitterly by the attorney gene ral of the State of Alabama, to have Ne gro~jurors on an Alabama jury, is o: vital interest to whites who are depriv ed of their rights also under the systerr in vogue here. The question of whethei Negroes are to be systematically ex cluded from juries in Alabama as wel as the south must be settled by th< United State Supreme court.” y It is understood that the defensi attorneys will insist firmly that th< case ot Charlie Weems be postpone! until such time as they havc appealei the Patterson case or, at least unti they have been given a sufficient leng th of time to raise the funds to arrangi the detense which they estimate wil take months. Any effort on the par of the state of Alabama to oppose this Patterson explained, may be receive! by the black and white workers o the world as a clear effort to rush thi boys to their death without giving hi attorneys the proper time to arrangi the defense. That “it must be difficult for a peop el to display kindness towards those who discriminate against them in pub lic life” was an opinion expressed by i the governor. Governor Blackwood declared that! it is not necessary to know very many things in order for one to enjoy a com plete and happy life. He declared that all one need possess is a passion for truth and a strong sense of duty. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH NEWS — Sunday school at 10 o’clock a. m. At 11:15 the pastor, Rev. M. Williams, will preach. The choir will render special Easter music. The program at the Vesper service, which begins at 6 o’clock, will be given in two sections. The fil'st part will consist of numbers rendered by members of the Sunday School with Mrs. Cora Williams as directress. The second part will be rendered by the chior with Mrs. Esther Hunter as directress. The public is invited. OPEN NEW BABER SHOP Messrs Sid Thomas and Earl Henry are now opening up a new and up-to date Barber Shop. This new shop is to lie operated by these two well known barbers. They will be located at 2402 5th Street, between Davidson sand wich shoppe an the Crescent Billard parlor. Messrs Henry and Thomas have been lollowing the barbermg trade in the city for a number of years and will be i greeted by the many friends in this , new location. Ministers To Meet i Tuesday At the Ministers’ meeting Tuesday the Rev. M. T. J. Howard, pastor of St. Paul M. E. church, will deliver an ad ! dress using for a subject “Shall We Stop Preaching? It is hoped that all the pastors of the city will be present. The public, generally, is always wel ! come. Rev. W. G. Wilson, president Rev. M. Williams, chairman of pro gram committee » _ HAVEN-RUST CULB IN ITS_ Annual entertainment “A May day treat” Monday night May 1st, 1933 at the H. B. A. Auditorium. This year’s entertainment will be un usual in that the club divided into three groups is rendering three one act plays ! on a competitive basis. The best rendition bringing a prize to the successful group being feted by the losing groups. The titles of these play are as follows: A female play entitled “A Tempist In A Hat Shop” A male play entitled “April Fool” “Who Become May Fools.” A mixed play entitled “Modernizing Aunt Minnie” I This year’s entertainment will find I the Haven-Rust players at their best for excelling other events. ... . _ x _1_1 .I i uu win iinoa a i ai c uccu you fail to witness this occasion. H. B. A. Auditorium Monday nigh I May 1st, 1933. Look for a gist of the players later. | Haven Rust Play The Haven-Rust Club of this citj of which Dr. L. F. Brooks is president is making preparation to meet the pub lic Monday night, May 1st, in a tnree act comedy. It is predicted that tin; will be one of the most outstanding , presentations that the public has wit , nessed in Meridian. i| Some of the best talent of the citj I will appear in this play. “Modernizing j aunt Minnie” is the first act and wil 1 grip the public in the very beginning i The second act “A tempest in a ha ' shop” is interesting and facinating ' The third act is “April Fool.” If yoi [ want to laugh and have some real fun f if you want to be inspired; if you wan 1 your children to have inspiration, se< this three-act comedy in the H. B. A auditorium, Monday night, May 1st Go ju Samaritan Campaign Ends COLORED WORKERS IN GOOD SAMARITAN CAMPAIGN HAVE SPLENDID DEPORTMENT The Good Samaritan Campaign spon sored by the Meridian Star and sever al business concerns in our city closed a four months' Campaign Tuesday of this week. This has created more in terest among the people in general of our city than any Campaign or con test that has been sponsored for all the people. COLORED PEOPLE PRAISED The editor had an interview with Misses Ethel Anderson and Kate Hun ter at the Meridian Stair. Misses Ander son and Hunter have had charge of the voting for these four months. Both of these ladies stated that they have no criticism whatever to offer with re ference to the deportment of our people in voting. “All of the colored people who have come to this office to vote have conducted themselves in such a manner that we have no criticism what ever to offer. They have been willing to take their turn; they have been quiet and always willing to take advice with reference to the Campaign.” The editor was well pleased to hear such a statement coming from these two ladies. They also stated that they had talked with other workers at the Meridian Star headquarters and they had registered no complaints with re ference to our deportment. They stated again, that they had received no , complaints from the merchants who [helped to sponsor this Campaign. I STAR OFFICE COURTEOUS_ Tire force at the Meridian Star dur ing the past four months has shown the I same courtesy to our group that was shown to the white group. White and i colored people have gone to the same office, voting the same kind of vote for the same thing without any friction . whatever. The merchants, business concerns, along with the Meridian Star who sponsored this movement, have demonstrated to the public that the white and black races here in Meridian can work together toward one common end, in peace and harmony, without any friction whatever. This Campaign was sponsored by white people and i i ■». _1_L.iU ItUl LU1U1CU. n woo VV.V* “V*** white and colored. We are of the opion that this Camp aign has helped to create a better feel ing between the two races and a more co-operative spirit among individuals Meridian has been helped and the pople have been helped. We always wel | come any movement sponsored by anj ' group of people that will help us ir community up-lift. Revue International The Revue International sponsorec by Mrs. W. G. Wilson, wife of the Rev W. G. Wilson, pastor of New Hopt Baptist Church, was well attendee ! Tuesday night. The play was stagec in the H. B. A. auditorium. The editoi I is of the opinoin that there were more 'people in the H. B. A. auditorium t( witness this play than any other plaj that has been staged in our auditoriun ' where an admission was charged. Mrs Wilsorf had selected talent from th< various churches who were participa tors in this Revue. Rev. L. E. Johnson District Superintendent of the Meridian District, has been chosen by the facualty of the Newton County Training School to deliver the Commencement address Sunday April 16th, at 2:30 P. M. I_ The first act with the young husband and his young wife disputing over cake and milk etc., was very interesting. The Style Shoppe in France in which 1 Miss Albena Smith was the leading character was interesting I The little children representing some i practices in Africa was full of laughter. The wedding by the little children | was a “Big hit.” It would not have | been natural had the children acted | just as they had been trained. It was I just right when some of the little tots | cried; put their fingers in their mouths and had to be told how to do and how to act. The big preacher performing ; the ceremony etc. All of those little “Break in” made this particular scene very very interesting. Mr. Lee Marcus Cochran looking wishful for a young lady was very in teresting. NFAV YORK The last scene which brought us back to New York was some what ] “Different.” Of course, the editor, be- 1 ing a minister and a country man, who is just living in. town could not adjust himself so well to the last scene in New York where there was plenty of smok ing, dancing and drinking by young men aild young women, little girls and and boys. Being so “old timey” and the like, it just made me feel a little bit out of place. I _ Aurora Liteary and Ait Llub Entertn ii eu Members of the Aurora Literary and Art Club were delightfully entertained, ; Wednesday, March 29th, by Miss H. B. Nelson. After the business session, Mrs. Laura Harris rendered a vocal solo. A lively discussion on Technocracy led by Miss Nelson was enjoyed. Then, the lun began. We started making a yoyo spread and after about an hour, had succeeded in finishing one square, but oh, what an hour. Applications for Mesdames Frances Eaton and B. W. Oliver were received and accepted. Mrs. Frances Eaton, Misses Jennie Ruth and Mattie Marie Scott were visitors. Following ithe sewing, the hostess | served a salad course and punch, ice cream and cake. Mrs. Minnie Pearl Strayhorn will be our next hostess. Time and place will be announced later. Banquet At Newell Chapell The pastor and officers are inviting all members and friends, who helped us in the great Campaign, to a big ban quet Wednesday night, April 19th, at 7:30. You have help us to get $95.00. which is more than any other church received in this Campaign! Come and enjoy yourself. JUNIOR STEWARDESS CLUB EN— TERTEINED The Junior Stewardess Club was roy ally entertained Friday, April 5th, at the home oi iViiss .lary E. Goodw 'rj. A delicious course of rasberry jello and french egg sandwhiclies were ser ved. Everybody expressed themselves as having spent a pleasant after-noon. Mary E. Goodwin is president, Nola Hall is secreatry and Climeteen Duna gain is treasurer. BROOKHAVEN NEWS MR, ROY JOHNSON SUCCUMBS Mr. Roy Johnson died Tuesday, Apri 5th. He leaves to mourn his passing a host of relatives and friends. We hope our lost is heaven's gain. REV. J. A. THORNER WEDS MISS L. M. EDWARDS Rev. J. A. Thorner and Miss Lillian M. Edwards were married Thursday, March 30th, at the home of the bride, Their many friends are wishing them a happy marriage life. MRS. M. S. NIGHT SUCCUMBS Mrs. M, S. Night passed away Fri day, April 7th. Her funeral was at tended Sunday, April 9th from Zion Hill A. M. E. Church, by her pastor, Rev. G. N. Tillman, assisted by Revs. P. T. Thadison, Varnado and S. S. Stephenson. She was a member of the Eastern Star No. 68. She leaves a host of relatives and friends to mourn her passing. We hope our loss is heaven’s gain. The Good Samaritan Campaign Sponsor ed By The Meridian Star and Business Concerns CLOSES FOURTH MONTHS’ CAM PAIGN. ThP Good Samaritan Campaign closed Tuesday of this week. This Camapign created quite a bit of interest. The capital prizes will be awarded Tuesday of next week. PILGRIM PROGRESS BAPTIST CHURCH LEADS The Pilgrim Progress Baptist Church to be awarded first prize of $50.00. Union Baptist Church second prize of . $30.00 Newell Chapel C. M. E. Church third prize of___$20.00 WHITE ORGANIZATIONS W. M. U. of Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church wins first prize $250.00 Business and Professional Women’s Club wins second prize $125.00 Oak Grove Baptist Church wins third prize_$75.00 COLORED ORGANIZATIONS RE— ._____ CEIVE $250.00 _ —;.. Two hundred and fifty dollars have been awarded the Colored Organiza tions during the four months’ Camp aign. Five churches will receive this amount. Eleven Colored Orginzations of the city participated in this campaign. NEWELL CHAPEL LEADS Newell Chapel C. M. E. Church leads all "Organizations among colored, in that it has received more money than anv one church. The $250.00 will be disjributed as follows: Newell Chapel Church, Rev. Roy L. Young, pastor $95.00 Union Baptist Church, Rev. B. W. Coates, pastor _ $70.00 Pilgrim Progress Baptist Church, Rev. G. C. Wells, pastor ... $50.00 i St. Paul M. E. Church, Rev. M. T. J. Howard, pastor . $25.00 | St. John Baptist Church, Rev. A. Evans, 1 pastor _ _____ $10.00 I THE TOTAL NUMBER OF VOTES j CAST BY THE COLORED ORGANI SATIONS IS AS FOLLOWS: _ | 1. Pilgrim Progress Baptist Church ... 2,667,144 I 2. Union Baptist 2,408,271 | 3. Newell’s Chapel 2,357,043 4. St. Paul’s W. B. D. Club ___ _ 1,526,586 ! 5. St. John’s Baptist . 1,002,800 i 6. Baptist Seminary 440,031 | 7. St. James A. M. E. Church._ __ 377,095 18. Mount Zion Baptist Church |_,_ 144,824 9. 31st Avenue Baptist _ 88,646 10. Haven’s Chapel__ 63,756 11. Mt. Herman Baptist_..... 42,455 the total number of votes CAST BY WHITE ORGANIZATIONS IS AS FOLLOWS: 1. W. M. U. of 15 Ave. Baptist Church _ 16,055,026 2. Business and Professional Womens Club _.. 12,640,105 3. Oak Grove Baptist Church . 5,418,308 4. Catholic Ladies Aid_ 3,083,697 5. 8th Ave. W. M. S. . 800,646 6. Poplar Springs M. E. Church _ __ 781,976 7. 5th St. M. E. Church_511,503 8. Wesley M. E. Church_ 287,674 9. Matmee Musical Club. 231,492 10. Magnolia Buds W. C. No. 5 . _ 210,356 11. Salvation Army _ 171,788 12. 41st Ave. Baptist Church ...._ __ 153,446 13. Kings Daughters _ 119,640 14. American Legion _ 116,024 15. First Christian Church 112,947 16. Auxilary of O. R. C. 22,266 17. Jones Memo. Presbyterian . -.-....18,201 18. East End M. E. Church ..18,096 19. Ladies I. A. of M..6,644 '20. St. Pauls Episcopal Aux._4,700 ya'-'f_ . -- SUPPORT THE ECHO ADVERTISERS