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The Negroes of Colorado Should Appeal the Harris Case
Twenty-Second Year National Negro Educational Congress Holds Second Annual Meeting Representatives Assemble from Many States and Deliber ate. Monster Mass Meeting at the Auditorium. Constitution Adopted. Election of Officers. Denver. Colo., Aug. 12. 1911. This morning at 10 o'clock the Na tional Negro Educational Congress convened at the Shorter A. M. E. church. Yhis Congress is made up from del egates selected by the governors of the various states and la one of the most representative bodies of Negroes In the country. The only business of importance transacted during thp morning session was the appointment of committees and the adoption of a resolution to celebrate with a Nation al convention in 1915. the fiftieth an niversary of the adoption of the thir teenth amendment to the constitution of the United States. Hon. G. T. Wasson of Missouri and Banker Wm. McDonald of Texas made speeches that electrified the Congress. Among the most prominent dele gate* here nre the president. Prof. J. Silas Harris. Hon. O. T. Wasson. Missouri: Dr. E. J. Fisher. Chicago: Rev. A. A. Cosey. Mississippi: Prof. Inman K. Page. Oklahoma; Rev. E. A. Wilson. Kansas; Rev. Goode. Virgi nia: Hon. Wm Harrison. Oklahoma: Dr. Tyson. Oklahoma: I*rof. Jetter, Iowa: Judge Bradley. Kansas; Hank er Wm. McDonald. Texas; Miss S. Elizabeth Frasier. New York; Dr. J. C. Taylor, Ohio; Dr. Harper. Ohio; Rev. J. W. Randolph. Mississippi: Dr. J. T. Caston. Missouri; Mrs. Mary B. j Nero. Kansas, and Dr. J. B. Dudley 4 North Carolina. Afternoon. This session was called to order by Colonel Wasson, Kansas City. Mo. The singing was conducted by Dr. J C. Taylor of Ohio. Prayer by Dr. Wl T. Hall of Va. The Journal of the morning session was rend by the Sec. Mrs. Jessie D. Robertson. Denver. After some discussion by Prof. Dudley of North Carolina and Dr. Cns ton of Missouri, the minutes were adopted. The committee on creden tials consisting of Rev. J. W. Ran dolph of Mississippi, chairman; John W. Jones. Kansas; Mary E. Nero, Kansas; Rev. J. W. Rodgers, Missis sippi; J. D. Hark less, Colorado, and Rev. J. C. Taylor. Ohio, submitted the following—H is the sense of the com mittee that all delegates appointed by the governors of the several states constitute the membership of this Congress. The report was discussed by Rev. L. L. Downing. Virginia; Prof. J. W. Randolph. Mississippi: N. Jet ter, Iowa; Rev. W. T. Hall, Virginia: Rev. J. M. Williamson, Mississippi; Judge Bradley, Kansas; Banker Wm. McDonald, Texas, and others. Dr. B. 9 J. Fisher. Chicago, offered a substi tute motion that the credential com mittee report names of persons pres ent with credentials fro mtho gover nors of the various states. Carried. Th calling of the roll by states showed that 42 states were represent ed. Mr. B. R. Johnson, Colorado, mo tioned that visitors to the Congress ho nl lowed to wear the badge of the Congress as honorary members. This was strenuously objected to by Miss S. Elisabeth Frasier, New iork; Prof. N. Jetter, Iowa, and Dr. E. J. Fisher, Chicago. The motion was tabled. Rev. A. E. Edwards of Denver motioned that a committee on constitution and by laws be appointed. Carried. The following la the eommlttee: Kev. R. 8. Wllkeraen, South Caro Franklin's Paper The Statesman , lina Dr. Harper. Ohio; Rev. A. E. Edwards. Denver, Dr. R. \V. Foster. Missouri; Judge 1. F. Bradley. Kan sas; H. H Buckingham, and Miss S. E. Fisher, New York. Adjourned to meet in Shorter A. M. E. church Monday morning. Aug. 14, *1 JP_ ojqlOpk. ACCREDITED DELEGATES Arizona—J. B. Bell. Colorado—P. H. Gipson. Tania Hill. Ethel Stewart. Ora Bray. A. J. Walton. E. J. Goodall. Isabel Lenox. Madam T. D. Perkins, J L Harding. Rev J. K. Barnes. P. W. Walker. L. M. Rand, Lora Jones. Esther E. Lunn, Mrs. M. I E. Mackey. Lulu Clemens. Dr. T E ' McClain. T P. Carson. C. W Frank lin. Lon Williams. Dr. R. A. Hender son. Wilhelralna Hall. A. E. Reynolds, j F. T. Bruce. O. L. Lawson. Ethel Ste ward. Hennitnone Jones. Lizzie M Rand. J M. Garrett, .A H Wnddy. Porter S Simpson. E. M Reeves. Dr. S P. Douglas. Mrs M. E. Morrison. Alice D. Webb. South Carolina—Rev N. S. Nix. V J. Frederick, R. S. Wilkinson. Rev. A P. Dunbar Indiana—J. R Oliver. Carrie Barnes. C J Walker. Illinois E. J Fisher. A \V. King. Eva Monroe. Chiotllell Cheers. Eva Young. Iowa—Francis Baker. N. Jeter. Ina Lafayette. A. L. Johnson. Ruth Bright Kentucky—J. C. Alvis Kansas —-I. F Bradley. J. W. Jones. M. C. Gardner. F D. Gleed. N Single tary. Josephine Wright Nellie Shu mate, J. IV Morrell, Rev. E. G. Wilson. H. R. Graham. Missouri —Nevada Kenner. J T. Caston. Goo. T Wasson. Jessie Robin son. J. Silas Harris. Sallie C Rogers. Annis Garrett. Mary E. Nero. Lena Jordan. H. V. Wallace. W. H. Thomp klns. R. W. Foster. A. Payne. W. H Harrison. M. C. Payne. W. R Ander son. Minnesota —Rev. J R. White. J. M Morris. Mississippi J. N. Williamson, A. A. Casey, A. Buckley, J. Beverley, F. Shaw. J. T. Strong. J. C. Houston. J. W. Randolph. H. H. Buckingham. B. T. Williams. Montana Chas. Browning. Nebraska —Bert Traftick, Major Moore. North Carolina—J. B. Dudley. A. P Dunbar. New Jersey—T. A. Spraggins. New Mexico Rev. R. Rogers. New York —S. Elizabeth Frazier. Rev. A. Conway. Ohio—J. C. Taylor. W. O. Harper, D. E. Bass. Oklahoma —Inman E. Page, Wm Harrison, Ruth Johnson, Postmaster Gross. A. H. Tyson. Tennessee —T. G. Robinson. G. W. Franklin. J. K. South. Texas —W. M. McDonald, H. M. Tar ver. Virginia—L. L. Dunning, W. T. Hall, G. W. Goode. N. B. Clarke, James Wilson. R. 1L Bowling, Rev. R. C. Panneli. Wyoming—Nolle R. Smith, Mrs. Carl Smith, Mae K. Smith. West Virginia—Arthur G. Froe. A number of persons are In the city this week, attracted hero by the Con gress. Among these were: Mrs. Isa bel Lennox, Mrs. J. W. Winchester of La Junta, who are the guests of Mrs. A. Colston; David Marsh of Canon City; Mrs. Simon Smith, Nolle, Mae and Earl Smith, Mrs. Georgia DENVER. COLORADO. SATURDAY, AUGUST 19. 1911 Smith of Cheyenne; Miss Bessie Tay lor of Kansas City, with Mrs. Lillie Lewis: Mrs. J. B. Johnson of Kansas City; Rev. P. H. Hughes. Mrs. Cutis, Mrs. C. W. Maloney, Mrs. J. H. Hark less. Mrs. S. Johnson. Editor Brooks, I Miss Gaunt, the Misses Marsh banks lof Pueblo. Mrs. Allie Whittaker, Hr*. I Pennington. Mrs George" Robinson, \\*. F. Briley. Mrs. Ollie Johnson. A L. Miller, ami Porter Simpson of Co! orado Springs. The National Negro Educational Congress, if it served no other pur jiose than to be the occasion of the monster gathering of colored people at the Auditorium last Sunday, has served a great purpose. Only those who were present can guess —and they only in part —the tremendous , moral effect of the outpouring of one third Denver’s colored population The realization of numerical strength, the demonstration of good conduct of pleasing and fashionable dress, of proper appreciation of Negro brain and eminence, will count throughout the lives of those who were present The meeting was of such character that it will live in memory. The les sons of health brought by Prof. Dud ley, the call to higher life by Prof Page, the artistic musical renditions by Mrs. Lillian Jones and the quartet composed of Mesdames Dishmau. Fife. Jones and Miss Eva Carter, ac com pan led by Mrs Nettie Herndon, the dramatic work of Mrs. Moton. found in this vast assembly of 3.<►<>" people a fit setting. The National Negro Educational Congress assembled at the Audito rium in a great mass meeting. Sunday at 3 p. m The audience joined in singing America and Rev. Dr. Goode of Dan ville, Wn.. offered prayer. Miss Lil lian Jones charmed the audience with her perfect and sweet rendition of Toreadoo Love Song. Madame Fannie E. Mot in. A. 8.. of Lincoln Institute. Kansas. gave a reading from Shakespeare. Her man ' ner of rendering showed genius and 1 training. She was greatly applauded and gave Hagar as an encore. Mrs. Helen Wixson. superintendent of public instruction for Colorado, was introduced by the president. Hon J. Silas Harris, and in a very pleasing manner welcomed the Congress and said education had brought four great L's —Light, Liberty, Life and Love. The president then introduced Prof. Inman E. Page, president of Lang ston university of Oklahoma. He spoke in part as follows: • WJe have been asked what is our atm. our purpose and It should be our pleasure as well as our duty to an swer. We have assembled for the purpose of joining In the uplift of the Negro race. "We mean to do this by exerting our every efrort to raise the standard in our homes. The forces set in oper ation around the firesides are the ones that will bring the uplift or downfall of a race. "Unless the fathers and mothers set up the highest standard of father hood and motherhood In the home the condition of any race it hopeless. In the hands of Negro mothers, is the destiny of the Negro race. Te greatest political convention are held around the fireside. "The mother Is the maker of the minister of the gospel, of the col lege president, of the lawyer, of the doctor and of him who rules in the Wt.:te House. Home must be made mor* sacred and a greater instrument for The uplift of the people of our rave The moral standar dof wife and motherhood must always be high. It is our duty to insist that our wives the very highest plane of thM -*» miuit see to lt‘ tha't no man. white or black shall be tolerated who attempts to tear down the virtue and character of our wom en. “We also demand that the father also come up to the standard, no man has a right to demand a greater de cree of virtue or character of his wife than he is willing to live up to. “I am one of those Negro men who stand with women, with a whip in hand to lash the men to a higher plane of manhood. It takes two par ents to make the moral standard of home what it should be. ‘We insist that the same kind of education that is given to white boys and girls must be given to black boys and girls. "We believe in industrial education but no more for our boys and girls of other races. A proportion of all races should be industrially educated. The Caucasioti, the Chinese, the Jap anese. the German, the Negro and all 'her races and nationalities should have some that have an industrial training but they need men and worn • n that are educated along other lines. "No girl should be allowed to grow to woman and motherhood without knowing how to cook her own meals and make her own clothes, she should know ho wto play on the wash-board as well as on the piano. "Before becoming a candidate for a man’s hand she should know how to mend his breeches. All work is hon orable. See to it that the children are educated in the public schools and then educate according to the genius portrayed. God calls black smiths. carpenters, farmers and hod carriers as well as ministers of the gospel and others engaged in profes sional work. Many who call them s. Ives professors should be mauling rails. We must have leaders, we | |lU « have lawyers, political lawyers, " iio are skillful and fearless and who "ill defend us in our rights. The time is coming and is fast approach ing when we will have to contend as men and women for our rights and this must be done in an intelligent manner. Some have said that this Congress was organized for the purr pose of promoting the interest of some political party, but just here let us say, we nre not in partisan poli tics and are not here to promote the interest of any political party but if for any party, that party is the Negro race. "it is not the ambition of the Ne gro race, east. west, north or south to dominate in politics but it is his ambition to participate. "If we are called upon to bare our breasts to the shot and shell of bat tle and to pay taxes. It is our to participate in managing what we have defended and are supporting. Any man, whatever his politics, who denies this is not a patriot of these I'nlted States. No patriot will desert the Negro who has given his life’s btood to defend his country. "We must educate our boys and boys and girls along all lines for God Continued on last page DENVER PERSONAL MENTION Social News and Personal Mention Continued on Pages Two, Four, Five and Six £| |g BAND COMING. The people of Denver will have aif opportunity on Sunday to hear the world famous 9tli Cavalry. Their coming is to help the Cheyenne' Boosters advertise their frontier cele bration. They will appear in public concert at some public place such as the capitol grounds. The full par 1 titulars of their engagement are not yet k v ailable. The 9th Cavalry band has the P*ld it of being picked out of the t^ re€ regimental bands available at the arfflv pbit and being alone accorded the honor of bidding ,for the trip. While here they will masse in lodg ings and board. BUSINESS ESSENTIALS. Right Choice. Knowledge and Effi ciency Necessary to Success. By N. BARNETT DODSON. With public aud high schools, academies, colleges and universities, agricultural schools, farmers institutes and local business leagues in all sec tions of the country there is no rea sonable excuse for any one remaining ignorant. Efficiency is the watch word of the times. Competition is close, and therefore business methods .ire more exacting than they were a decade ago. In every ambitious movement in business, society, church, state or na tion there is a striving for the mastery, and the person that is not willing to make the sacrifice necessary to make his line of work compete with or excel his competitor will have to be satisfied with second, thin! or the last place in the lino of commercial endeavor or what not. There should be no middle ground in business, no motionless pe ril*!. for unrest is written on the door post of every reputable business estab lishment. While some of our strongest and longest established business concerns have either failed or ceased to exist for other reasons, the great bulk of Afro-American industry remains solid. Some have gone under because of lack of funds, others doubtless ou account of l**ing in the hands of inexi>erienccd persons. In either ease there is a lesson for the coming business man. who, if wise, will use these drawbacks as stepping stones upon which he will rise to sin*'ess in the business world. Again, many i»ersoiis fail in life b«»- cause of a wrong choice. One should consider well the kind of business ho wishes to enter, the character and possibilities for its development ami ills knowledge of and ability to con duct the business which he chooses. These are essentials of the first im portance. Many persons go into busi ness simply because they see others succeeding aloug certain lines without reference to any or either of the fore going necessary qualifications. This Is a mistake which is bound to result fatally, leaving discouragement if not disaster in its wake. Give Honor to Whom Honor lo Duo. Speaking of giving honor to whom it Is due, we know of no more potent fnflueuce working for the good of the race in public affairs in New York than the Amsterdam News, of which the level headed James IT. Anderson Ls the managing editor. For the ap pointment of J. S. Rattle ou the police force, for creating sentiment in favor of a colored regiment In the New York national guard, for a peuny savings bank in Harlem and for break ing up dens of vice the glory belongs to the Amsterdsm News more than to any other agency. Five Cents a Copt I COMMITTEE THANKS THE PUB- I LIC. The local committee of entertain ment, through its chairman, J. w Jackson, wishes to thank the people as a whole, and especially the press and the contributors to the expense of entertaining the Congress, for their help in making the convention a suc cess. The very general good will and thorough hospitality which usually characterizes Denver was shown un stintedly at this time, and to it the committee feels indebted for its abil ity to carry out its plans. i Mrs. Walter Craig of Ouray, Colo., is visiting her sister, Mrs. Starns. Mrs. Frank Penix of Kansas City is visiting in the city. Complimentary to Mrs. Chas. Young of >t. Russell. Wyoming, Mrs. W. H. Freeman received a number of friends on Tuesday from 3 to 5 p. m. J. M. Martenia after an absence of a year returned to the city last Mon day. Georgia, the little daughter of Mrs P. Fossett. entertained several of her little friends Tuesday afternoon in honor of her fifth birthday. Miss Ethel Stuart of Swink and Miss Hattie Berry of La Junta are the guests of Miss Margie Colston. Mrs. F. W. Wasern and son Rudolph, will spend the week end at the Springs. Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Moseley are en tertaining his sister and her husband, .dr. and Mrs. X. Jones of Kansas City. G. W. Redfield Is improving fast from his accident with the automo bile. S. E. M addv of Cripple Creek came to the city Saturday and his brother Arthur came Monday. They will spend the week. _ tar. and Mrs. Nat Singletarry of Kansas City, who have spent a month in the state, left Tuesday for the Pa cific coast to spend another month. Jns. Clark is entertaining his aunt, Mrs. Mattie Benton, and his grand mother, Mrs. Margaret Ijtne from Kansas City. Floyd A. Green of Haigler, Neb., a poultry raiser and real estate dealer came to the city to the Poultry con vention and remained over the Con gress. Gassaway Walton had the honor of carrying the governor of Colorado and the Mayor of Denver In his car Mon day to the big meeting at Shorter. Misses Vickey and Delia Newsom of Akron are in the city visiting. They are both teachers in Kansas City. Miss Martha Hubbard is en tertaining them. Mrs. Hawkins of Washington In diana, is in the city. W. F Briley of Colorado Springs is in the city this week In attend ance upon the Congress. hTed McVey. a brother of J. w. McVey of Boulder. Is here from Con cordia. Kansas. He Is accompanied by his wife who used to be a Denver ite. Mr. McVey lg a noted evangel istic singer. They have been visiting in Boulder. Mrs. Elijah Jackson Is entertaining Mrs. George Robinson of Colorado Springs.