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shop Parks Hold Presiding Elders Council
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(First ot a Series of Articles on the
N. A. A. C. P.)
By Mary White Ovlngton.
The National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People Is ten
years old old enough, it is believed,
to have a history; and I, who am per
haps its first member, have been
chosen as the person to recite It. As
its work since 1910 has been set forth
In its annual reports, I shall make It
my task to show how it came Into ex
istence and to tell of its first months
of work.
In the summer of 1908, the country
was shocked by the account of the
Ilace riots at Springfield, 111. Here,
In the homo of Abraham Lincoln, a
mob, containing many ot the town's
"best citizens," raged for two days,
killed and wounded scores of Negroes,
and drove thousands from the city.
Articles on the subject appeared in
newspapers and magazines. Among
them was one in the Independent of
September 3d, by William English
Walling, entitled "Itace War in the
North." After describing the atroci
ties committed against the Colored
people, Mr. Walling declared:
Either the spirit of the abolitionists,
of Lincoln and of Ioveoy must be re
vived and we must come to treat the
Negro on a planq ot absolute political
and social equality, or Vardaman and
Tillman will soon have transferred the
Race war to the North." And he end
ed with these words, "Yet who real
izes the seriousness of the situation,
and what large and powerful body of
citizens is ready to come to their ad?"
It Is so happened that one of Mr.
Waiting's readers accepted his ques
tion and answered it. For four years
I had been studying the status of the
Negro in New York. I had investi
gated his housing conditions, his
health, his opportunities for work. I
had spent many months in-tho South,
and at tho time of Mr. Waiting's ar
ticle, I was living in a New York
, Negro tenement on a Negro street.
And many investigations and my sur
roundings led me to believe with tho
writer of the article that "tho spirit
of the abolitionists must be revived."
So I wrote to Mr. Walling, and af
ter some time, for he was in the West,
we met in New York In tho first week
or tho year 1909. With us Mr. Henry
Moskowitz, now prominent in the ad
ministration of John Purroy Mitchell,
Mayor of New York. It was then that
the National Association for the Ad
vancement of Colored People was'
Northern White Woman Starts' Aboli
tion Movement.
It was born in a little room of a
New York apartment. It Is to be re
gretted that there are no minutes of
the first meeting, for they would make
interesting if unparliamentary read
ing. Mr. Walling had spent some
years In Russia whore his wife, work
ing in the cause of the, revolutionists,
had suffered imprisonment; and he
expressed his belief that tho Negro
was treated with greater Inhumanity
In the United States than the Jew was
treated in Russia. As Mr, Walling is
a Southerner we listened with convic
tion, I knew something of the Negro's
difficulty in securing decent employ
ment In the North and of tho Insolent
treatment awarded him at Northern
hotels and restaurants, and I voiced
my protest, Dr, Moskowitz, with his
broad knowledge of conditions among
New York's helpless immigrants, aid
ed ns In properly interpreting our
facts. And so wo talked and talked,
voicing our Indignation.
Of course we wanted to do some
thing at once that should move tho
country. It was January. Why not
choose Lincoln's birthday, February!
12, to open our campaign? Wo de
cided, therefore, that a wise Immedi
ate action would be tho issuing on
Lincoln's birthday of a call for' a na
tional conference on the Negro ques
tion. At this conference we might dis
cover the beginnings, at least, ot that
"largo and powerful body of citizens'!
ot which Mr. Walling had wrltton.
And so the meeting adjourned.
Something definite was determined
upon, and our noxt step was to call
others Into our councils. We at once
turned to Mr. Oswald Garrison Vlllard,
grandson of Wm. Lloyd Garrison,
presldont of tho N, Y. Evening Post
Company, lie received our sugges
tions with enthusiasm, and aided us
In securing tho co operation of able
and representative men and women.
It was ho who drafted the Lincoln's
birthday call 'and helped to givo wide
publicity. I give tho call in Its en
tirety with the signatures since It ex
presses, I think, better than anything
else wc liavo published, the spirit ot
thoso who are active In the Associ
ation's cause.
A very Important gathering of
Churchmen was the meeting of tho
Presiding Elder's Council of the Fifth
Episcopal District embracing all the
territory from the Mississippi river to
the Pacific Coast. After the Council
had been called together Wednesday
by Bishop If. B, Parks, Its presiding
officer, ho announced that ever)' Pres
iding Ekler was present save from
the Puget Sound Conference.
On Wednesday ovcnlng a reception
was held at Bethel A. M. E. Church
where the Council was In session and
addresses of welcome were delivered
by Harrison Williams, Prof. H. L. Cox,
Rev. O. A. Johnson, and Nelson C.
Crews and were eloquently responded
to by Rev. J. T. Smith of the Kansas
Conference. Bishop Parks, also deliv
ered a stirring address that aroused
his audince to a high pitch of enthu
siasm. On Thursday mornlnsr at
11:00 o'clock Presiding Elder J. S.
Wilson of California preached the An
nual sermon to a large congregation
and In tho evening Dr. J. R. Ransom
of Wichita, Kansas, lectured on "Over
There" and "Over Here," and pre
sented much food for thought in ills
analytical discussion. Rev. R. L.
Pope ot the Colorado district also de
livered a brief address. The Bishop
announced that the district was In
the best possible condition and that
the prospects are for one of the most
successful financial and spiritual
years in the history of ho Church.
Waterloo, 111., March '21. 1019.
Tlif famous Bundy trial is on in a picturesque Court House sit
ting Mack amongst a group of trees on the town's main street. Judge
J. F. Gilliam, Edwardsville, II., is presiding over the ease that has
gained Nation-wide publicity and unenviable notoriety.
A terrific legal battle will be waged, as the name of every At
torney interested in the case spells "brains" in the world of law.
The prosecution is represented by Assistant Attorney General C. W.
Middlckauf, J. A. Farmer, appointed to assist the Assistant Attor
ney General, Senator A. 0. Bolinger. Hubert E. SehuumileffelvStates
Attorney of St. Clair County, and H. E. Gauerc, State's Attornev of
Monroe County (all white), while arrayed on the side of the Defense
are T. M. Webb and S. W. Baxter, East St. Louis, Jll.j L. P. Zerweck,
Belleville, 111.; A. II. Frederick, Waterloo, 111. (all white); W. C.
Ilueston, of the law firm of Ilueston & Calloway, Kansas Citv, Mo.;
Homer G. Phillips, St. Louis, Mo., and P. W. Howard, Jackson, Miss.
ai me press tame are seated 11. it. l.ownsberry, St. Louis Star; J. C.
Koerner, St. Louis Republic, and Nettie George Speedy, The Chi
cago Defender.
Tuesday tho state announced itself ready for trial. The defense
made a motion for a continuance, alleging that severnl important wit
nesses were absent. The motion was overruled by the court, with
the mulct standing that the testimony of George Lyons, who is now
in France; should be admitted as evidence. !
The selection of the jury, which began at 1:'A0 lM. Tuesday,
is being conducted by Senator A. C. Bolinger, for tho state and At
torney T. M. Webb for the defense. -
Among those attending the trial are MajorVm. T. Anderson,
retired Chaplain of U. -S. Army, representing- the parents of Dr.
Bundy; Kev. W. II. Peck, pastor St. James A. M. E. Church. St. Louis.
Mo.; Miss Jennie E. Lawrence, representing the People's Movement,
Chicago, 111.; Dr. Karl Williams, Lovejoy, 111., and Mr. and Mrs.
Malone, Poro College, St. Louis. Mo.
On Thursday the jury was completed, consisting of ten farm
ers, one merchant and one laboring ninn. The' sttHij is leaving no
stone unturned to bring about the conviction of Dr. Bundy.
The state is bringing forward witnesses heretofore unheard of on
the part of the defendant; it is said that one of the witnesses for the
people oil state, is a white man, who will say that Dr. Bundy, on the
night of the riot, shot him, the witness, in his foot. This witness is
under indictment for participating in the riot and has not been tried.
He is here in charge ofa State Detective. The state is also depend
ing upon Negro witnesses as well as white witnesses to convict Dr.
Only one Negro family lives in this county. The inhabitants are
practically all Germans. Yet" the defense believes that this is not an
unfavorable circumstance for them.
Hundreds of strangers are here and more are still arriving. One
of the noticeable things about the trial is the brilliant fight being put
up for Dr. Bundy by his lovely wife, who seems not to tire in the ef
forts for her husband's acquittal. It is expected the trial will not
be finished until early next week.
A detachment of the 92nd Division
stopped off in Kansas City early Fri
day rooming and paraded the down
town streets at 10 A. M. headed by
City officials and the Negro Kansas
State Guard, commanded by Major D.
A. Holmes. Dinner was served by
the committee who has been waiting
for them all day. At 1:30 Friday
morning and luncheon at noon.s
Thousand? lined the streets of the
parade and the boys were given a
rousing reception.
H. S. Dudley's "Darktown Frollcks"
will begin a two weeks' engagement
at the Auditorium Theater Monday
night, March 2.4th. The company of
forty people will jump direct from Cin
cinnati, arriving in Kansas City early
Monday morning, and give a big a
big street parade at noon.
Mr. Dudley will bring an all-star
cast, Including Eddie West, Watts and
Willis. Wilton and Crawley, Wilson
and Bumbray, Allie Johnson, and a
chorus of twenty Baltimore Belles.
A carload of scenery Is used for
the production and the costumes are
Final arrangements have been
made for Mr. Dudley to present his
new show, "Tho New Frolics of 1920,"
for the second week of his engage
ment here, starting Monday night,
March 31st. Everything will be new,
new songs, new costumes, new scen
ery, new dance numbers, and In fact
a different show altogether.
Tho colored people will have the
choice of any seat in the house. Tho
seats are now on sale at the box office.
Southern Melody Makers at St.
James Church, 1805 Woodland avenue,
Monday night, March 24th.
Keokuk, Iowa Despite the very in
clement weather a large crowd of the
doctor's friends assembled at Pilgrim's
Rest Baptist Church, corner of Ex
change and Fourteenth streets, to pay
homage to him Tuesday evening,
March 4. Every number on this splen
did program responded. The musical
side was cared for by the People's In
stitute Band, of which Dr. Phillips is
an honorary member, and vocal solos
by Mrs. M. B. Moore, who pleased the
audience with "Love's Old Sweet
Song," and d.Mrs. Daisy Ware Triplett,
I who has graced every occasion on
I uii;u Hue ims appeared ior years. A
short sketch of the life of the guest
of honor was given by Mrs. Selby John
son, who told of his having been a
i slave, sold on the auction block twice
and three times In the woods, a Civil
war veteran, a student in Canadian
and Kansas schools, a newspaper man
for fifteen years (edited the Western
j Optic at Moberly, Mo.), having estab
I lished IT. U. ot F. lodges throughout
! the state ot Missouri, organized and
! pastored Baptist churches for over -10
I years; has given the first less-ons In
public speaking to some of the best
orators the Race has produced, among
whom Is the Hon. Nelson C. Crews of
Kansas City, Mo.; possesses one of
the best libraries of any member of
his Race; has lived In Keokuk for 31
years, and financially speaking, he
doesn't care whether school keeps or
not: -closing with several stanzas of
original verse.
Rev. C. B. Waters, pastor of Bethel
A. M. E. Church, had for his subject,
".Men of Service Always Honored." and
brought out many points of value in
the lives of great men even before the
settlement of this country.
Rev. J. Sterling Moore, pastor of
Pilgrim Rst Baptist Church, not only
rendered the Invocation, but also talk
ed splendidly on Dr. Phillips as a lodge
man. Having known the doctor for 23
years, lie was able to give a very inter
esting talk on the great work tho doc
tor had done along the line of organ
ization among his people. The U. B.
of F.'s are among tho wealthiest lodges
and temples of the country. Phillips
lodges and temples are many through
out the state of Missouri.
F. S. Johnson, In behalf of the Peo
Pie's Institute Band, made a splendid
talk on the encouragement tho doctor
had given the band from its organ
ization up till the present time, and of
the many contributions unsolicited he
had given them, and presented him
with a handsWe gold headed cane.
Fred Fields, tho manager of the
band, presented a beautiful bronze cal
endar holder and paper weight com
bined In behalf of W. W. Fields and
wife and Miss Brent from Quincy, 111.
Alonzo Drane was master of cere
monies and acted his part well. He
humorously told how one had "been
put over" on the doctor and In bohalt
of the citizens of Keokuk presented
him a gold plate of gold coins. Also
he was requested by 'Mayor Loften to'
present a handsome sliver headed um-'
brolla from the mayor, County Attor
ney E. W. McManus, Commissioner
HIckey and Judge McNamora.
The "Two Eds" (Mayor Lofton and
Attorney McManus) as he calls them,
made the climax addresses of the even
ing and all regretted when they sat
down. Mayor Lofton reviewed the 86
years carefully over which the sub
ject had traveled. Attorney McManus
dwelt largely on the personality, the
divine gifts and the various achieve
ments the doctor had made.
The doctor ably responded to all of
these speakers, thanked them heartily
for their gifts and frankly admitted
for tho first time in his life "one had
been put over" on him.
Standlno Left to right: Dr. M. B. Jones, Sylvester Smith, J. P. Cespedes, Archie Madison, William Martin. Sitting Left to right: Mrs. Essie Lewis,
Mrs. Clara E. Adams, Mrs. Ella Law son, Mrs. May Chandler.
Courtesy ot Mrs. W. T. Osborne.
The brilliant young poet who passed
away one year ago upon the very
threshhold of a great career. Wo shall
reproduce one of his poems next week,
Camp Grant, III., March IS. Four
Camp Grant officers havo been ap
pointed by Maj. Gen. Willard Hol
brook, camp commander, as counsel
for thirteen negro soldiers in their
second trial on the charge of having
nttacked a white woman at the can
tonmeut last May.
Col. Ben H. Dorsey has been de
tailed as chief counsel for tho accus
ed negroes, with Maj. Frederick A.
Llnd as his assistant. Two negro offi
cer's, Capt. Lewis E. Johnson, 307th
Infantry, and Lieut Louis C. Wash
ington, will assist In tho defense.
Topeka, Kansas The Kansas De
fense Society secured, through Con
gressman D. R. Anthony, Jr., a review
of Houston Riot cases to be reviewed
at Washington before tho Clemency
Board. Habeas 'corpus case now In
court will be heard this month. No let
up until tho last man Is free. We need
NICK CHILES, President,
Kansas Defense Society.
X, B. Tho Sun will be glad to re
reive and forward to the proper people
all subscriptions, large or small, for
this most commendable undertaking.

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