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The Hartford Chronicle MAY 3, 1947 "You Will Win", Gov. Washington, D.C. Governor "William H. Hastie of the Vir: gin Islands today told 120 dele gates to an interracial confer ence at Howard University, sponsored by the Youth Di vision of the NAACP, that "what you are doing is going to win within your lifetime . . and you will be able to pass on to your children a much better America than it is today." Governor Hastie spoke at the final session held by the en thusiastic young delegates from NAACP youth councils and col lege chapters, -. representing 20 states, north, south and mid west, who met here on April 10 to learn lobbying techniques and to press for action on pro gressive legislation. He said that since they were talking of today and tomorrow he'd give them a few footnotes about yesterday. "The work that is being done In connection with legislation, the political meth ods and techniques as I see it, is something that was going on in this country seventy-five years ago;" the Governor de clared. "It was easy in those days to forget what was going on in the South, but today we want to fight the battles and see that they are won." . The Governor went on to out- line the fight for equality in27 by Senators Irving M. Ives. the 1870 's. He concluded, "You know that the efforts of 1870 were strangled by force and violence, but I do not think that this time we will be strangled and there is no way of stopping any young people today throug out the country. I think that what you are doing is going to win within your lifetime and I think that you will be able to pass on to your children a much better America than it is today." , The NAACP Howard Uni versity Chapter and Washing ton, D. C, Youth Council acted as hosts to the conference. Mrs. Ruby Hurley, youth secretary of the NAACP, led the dele gates to Capitol Hill where conferences were held with senators and congressmen on the importance of supporting the NAACP legislative pro gram. The NAACP program stronglay supports FEPC, hous ing, rent control,- additional ap propriations for school lunch es and federal aid to education, and-just as strongly condemns poll tax, lynching, Jim Crow travel and filibustering. Greeting the delegates, Dr. Mordecai Johnson, president of Howard University, congratu lated them on their interest. He declared that the NAACP "is a great organization" which since the Civil War has taught the people and their friends to fight indignity and injustice.! It is the one organization which has taught the people how to aim clear for the things which we want and how to go after them. 'Dr. Johnson praised Walter Hastie Tells Youths White, executive secretary of the NAACP, and Dr. W. E. B. DuBois, one of the founders and present director of special research, and the late James "Weldon Johnson, for their fore sight and leadership in the de velopment of the Association. Calling upon the young peo ple to act wisely, Dr. Johnson said, "We have learned how to use democratic tactics under the law." He urged students to support the NAACP "be cause we are now in a decade in which we must put forth every conceivable effort to see whether democracy can be made to work." , He concluded by pointing out that "from everv Doint of view in regard to the Negro the!same fr NAACP is a focal organization . said. with supreme significance." Speakers at the first session were Leslie Perry, administra tive assistant and Clarence Mitchell, Jr., labor secretary, both of the NAACP Washing ton Bureau and Dr. Booker T. McGraw, deputy special assist ant to the Administrator of the National Housing Agency. Mr. Perry presented the NAACP legislative program and dis cussed the status of bills in which he Association is in terested. Mr. Mitchell dis cussed the new FEPC hill known as the National Act Against Discrimination in Em ployment, which was intro duced in the Senate on March (R., N. Y.), Deverett Salton stall (R., Mass.), H. Alexander Smith (R., N. J.), Wayne Morse (R., Ore.), Dennis Cha vez (D., N. M.,) James E. Mur ray (D., Mont.), and Francis J. Myers (D., Pa.). At the evening session, Geo. Weaver director of the CIO Committee to Abolish Discrimi nation and Mrs. Katherine Shryver talked about tech niques of lobbying. In an im promptu skit a typical dele gation from the audience visited a "senator" and applied what they had just learned. On Friday morning groups kept appointments with Carroll Reece, Chairman of the Re publican Natio'nal Committee and high placed senators and representatives." In the after noon each state delegation tried rto see its own senators and representatives. Youthful delegates were able to see another aspect of the nation's eapitol when one of the delegations went to visit Gael Sullivan, executive direct or and vice-chairman of the Democratic National Commit tee, in the Mayflower Hotel. Staff employees at the Hotel attempted to force the dele gates to ride the freight ele vator. Upon the refusal of the delegates to ride anything but the regular passenger elevators the hotel's manager was called. 'h manager supported the elevator operators and when in formed of the incident Mr. Sul livan expressed regrets; but warned the youthful delegates not to ' 'demand ' ' anything lest they lose some known 'friends'. All Will Lose If American Nazis Win Says Educator New York, April Special "When the Nazis of Georgia and Mississippi have infiltrat ed the nation and have des troyed the American way of life, blacks , and whites alike shall have been the losers," Doctor Euphemia L. Haynes, distinguished Howard Urn versity professor, told a forum at Friendship House here re cently. Although the minority groups may have less to lost because it has less, and al though the dominant group may not deserve to keep what it has, a total loss will be the both groups," she I Dr- Haynes described the brotherhood of man as "the condition of survival of the human race" and offered sug gestions for the promotion of this brotherhood. Among these suggestins were 1. the study of the .culture of the darker peoples of the world; 2. association with people of other races; and 3. sacrifice and cooperation in attaining inter-group aims. Dr. Haynes spoke to the forum of staff-workers and friends at Friendship House. a Catholic settlement house in Harlem where persons of both races live together and work without pav in the cause of interracial justice Adjournment Won In Brutality Case New York The legal staff of the NAACP today announced it had won an adjournment,' which will give the NAACP an opportunity to intervene, in the case of the People vs. Wil liam Dessaure over the opposi tion of the prosecution. In applying for the adjournment at a hearing in Mineola, L. I., before a Nassau County Judge, the Association lawyer explain ed that NAACP help had been requested by the defendant and his attorney, and that the NAACP was interested in the case also because it appeared that police brutality against a Negro because of his race was involved. District Attorne Gehrig op posed the application for ad journment, declaring that he felt the NAACP was acting in bad faith. The NAACP lawyer indignantly stated-that the As sociation had been intervening in such cases since 1912 and that to his knowledge this was the first time such a false and baseless charge had been di rected against its legal activi ties. The judge granted the adjournment. Watch for The New Chronicle To Appear Soon JS I More tv!W 60 of IMPUSTRWL PROPUCTIOH FRCW Mf)LL BUSINESSES flKEAWPE AS SWILL AS f MAM'S "THUMB, OR TWH FeT7)tJ. r' . . 1 As BRANCHES TOPPING QUOTAS IN MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN New York, Apr. 24th-Branches in the nation-wide NAACP membership campaign for a million members are. exceed ing quotas in reports filed with the Association's Depart ment of Branches. Southern branches led off with as high as three hundred per cent in creases in some cases, reported Miss Lucille Black, member ship secretary. North Carolina branches set last week's pace, with Green sboro reporting 1,350 members. Jumping from 300 members in 1946, to the new figure, break3 all previous records for Greensboro according to a report from Rev. D. V. Boston, pastor of the Russell Temple C.M.E. Church of Greensboro, who served as general chairman. The Dur ham N. C. branch reached 828 members which is more than doubled its total of last yeah "At the rate branches throughout the nation are reaching quotas in the drive, it is possible we may reach more than a million members," Gloster B. Current, director of branches, pointed out opti mistically. "Not only are new members being enlisted in the Associa tion", the director pointed out, "but many new branches are being organized as a result of regional work being done by coordinators Daniel E. Byrd in New Orleans, Donald Jones in Columbus, Noah Griffin on the West Coast and LeRoy in Kansas " City." Among the new branches ap plying for charters as a result Cme out of teh BAies of carrorJ Ifl THE UNITED STOTES IS PURCHASE? By HJTOMOBILE AWMUFACTORERS 7" FWJCICST ARE FGRMEV HlSH of the nation-wide membership campaign was Selma, Alabama, which was organized last week by Emory O. Jackson, state president of the Alabama State Conference of Branches. II lustratvie of the caliber of citi zens helping to form branches of the Association is Dr. D. V. Jemison, president of the Na tional Baptist Convention, who is the chairman of the executive board of the Selma braneh. Preparatory work for the Philadelphia campaign which has a goal of 20,000 is under way, under the direction of as sistant field secretariees Rufus Smith and Marion O. Bond. Magistrate Joseph H. Rainey, president of the branch and Mrs. Elizabeth K. Young, ex ecutive secretary, reported en thusiastic response of workers to the campaign which will be "kicked-off" April 30th. Campaigning for 5,000 mem-, bers in Newark got underway Tuesday, April 22, under the direction of co-chairmen "Wet has Gayle and Harry Hazel wood, Jr. Negro Editor Surveys Negro Catholic Relations Buffalo, April- Special- Neerro-Catholic Relations in Buffalo" will be the subject of an article to appear soon in Opportunity, journal of Negro life.- Written by A. J. Smitherman, editor of the Star, local weekly, the article will be part of an editorial "round table' discussion on the subject by prominent writers in several of the larger cities. COMES y . ; i ..