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MAY 3, 1947
The Hartford Chronicle Page Three IS AN FEPC NEEDED? . . . YES, WE SAY A few days ago the Hartford Times asked its readers the a bove question editorially, only they did not have the Yes part attached to their quiry., . We can fully appreciate the fight of any individual to ques tion the wisdom of such legis lation. But to save us we cannot understand why some people, standing in the very midst of certain moral and social dis crepancies, can continue to talk as though they will van ish oftheir own accord. In one section of this editor ial the following lines appear "Mens fundamental rights should be so clearly recognized and honored as to be respected without creating a board of 10 hearing examiners." Compare this tine opinion with the following internation al comment that was made by Secretary Marshall at Moscow. "To us a society is not free if law abiding citizens live in fear of beine- dened the rieht tor" work ( or deprived of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Both of these fine sources must Hp fiillv nwnrf of thp N. fact that America is not a Utopia when it comes to the application of democratic prin ciples. That there are a great many social and moral discrep- : ancjes'that will not be allayed purely through wishful think ing or hoping that people will someday become socially mind- ea tnrougn educational cnan eels. For in the first instance, as laudable as an education is. NEW DRUG EFFECTS CURE IN MANY TUBERCULOSIS CASES The first drug to affect any sprt of cure in tubercular cases has been announced by the Am erican College of Physicians. Streptomycin is, what the new discovery is called. In New York City 60 cases of all types of the dread disease were treat ed from six to 12 months, 20 are well apparently cured, all signs of the disease gone ; 12 succumbed, but jn all definite and beneficial effects were noted. The new drug is only effective if used in the early stages of the disease. After three months the human tuber culosis germ becomes resistant to tne drug, most important is that Streptomycin is effective in curing the kind of tubercu losis that is detected by x-ray. Insofar as our race is con cerned there is a much more important step to be considered and that is the slum clearance and better housing for it is an established fact that any Race forced to live in unsanitary surroundings is bound to be more suseeptible to the disease. there are thousands of people who would not even bestir themselves to obtain the same if we did not have laws com pelling them to do so . until a certain age. There were those who thought it was an invitation to trouble to have , free public education and then compel people to take advantage of it. There are those who feel that the laws condoning capital punishment aids and abets a crime tendency. Even as there are those.- who feel that the Christian church is a travesty on the teachings of Jesus when it coutenances for people on the basis of skin color. We do not agree with the Times that these attitudes are the relics of any ancient days. They are manifestations of any particular era in history when mans activity lags far behind his moral pronounce ments. Yes, we need- an FEPC in Connecticut and we really need one with teeth. The records in other states where there are FEPCs do not indi cate the trouble, discord and sabotage that the Times would make some people believe is in the offing if the General Assembly passes the present legislation. No, the ,FEPC will not eli minate all discriminatory prac tices in the state anymore than our laws against taking life eliminates all murders. But it will serve to educate some folk to the democratic way of life, people who sorely need education. To all intent and purpose programs for the betterment of "RACE RELATIONS" are fine and sound worthwhile at the time but it is galling to real ize that some of the very people that appear on this type of pro gram are the very ones that wittingly or unwittingly keep us living in slums. Radio Networks Regrets Offensive News Story Bridgeport Ct. The Yankee Network, Boston, Mass. has ex pressed its regrets that the use of the term "Negress" in an item which the Yankee Net work News Service broadcast was offensive to anyone, John W. Lancaster, Jr., Pres. of the Bridgeport-Stratford branch NAACP, said today. Lancast er had protested the repeated use of the word. George W. Steffy, vice president of the Yankee Network, told Lancast er he had discussed the matter Cap and Gown Club Sponsors Baby Contest - 'Jr 4? Elaine Stevens "You must have been a beau tiful baby" are not only the words to a popular song hit, but are the words to be heard some day by some lucy baby when she grows up. Sunday, April 20 the Cap and Gown Club of the Trellis Tern pie, No. 663, B. P. O.-E. of W. held a baby popularity contest at the St. Monica's Church. The judges were hard pressed to make a decision as there was even a set of triplets to further complicate their task. One of the judges was heard to remark that all babies are cute, and we can't help but agree for among those entreed were: Elaine Stevens, E. Gary Nelson La- Donne Smith, Cheryl Smith, Olive Holter Jr., Pamela Ann Kitchen and Elizabeth C. Gas kins. However, after much de liberation they finally decided that little, vivacious Elaine Stevens with her cute antics had won the first prize, and that second prize would go to E. Gary Nelson. Third prize was won by LaDonne Smith, with consolation prizes being award ed the rest of the contestants The affair attracted a large gathering, and was adjudged a success by the club, of which Dt. Elnora Roane is chairman Trel-Alpha Chorus In Benefit Concert The Trel-Alpha Chorus was presented in a concert of Spir itual, Gospel and Jubilee Songs by the Willimantic State Teach ers' College, for the benefit of the regional study tour, "Wed nesday, April 16, 1947, at the Windham High School Audi torium. Mrs. Lillian Tillman wts the guest of Trel-Alpha Chorus, and gave a mute ren dition of Nearer My God To Thee. The Chorus was receiv ed with great enthusiasm, and is open for engagements. For information, call Mrs. Lutha Nappier, business manager tel ephone 7-8063. with the editor of their News Service and every effort would be made in the future to avoid offense. REV. SETTLE WITH "WINGS JORDAN" MAY 18th Reverend Glynn T. Settle, I originator ot W ings Over Jordan", was born in a log log cabin at Reidsville, North Carolina, and received his early education in the state of Pennslyvania. His family settled in Uniontown, Penn., where he received his high school training, and later mar ried Mary Elizabeth Carter. With his young wife he came to Cleveland in 1917, and worked as a common laborer until called to the ministry. He prepared, for his vocation by working as a moulder in Cleveland foundries during the day, and attending the Moody Bible Institute. at night. When his course was completed, he became assistant pastor to Rev. Charles H. Grable, of Mount Haven Church in Clev eland. He supplemented his assistant pastorate with em ployment at the Bissett Steel Company where he was ship ping clerk. In order to gain this position, Rev. Settle app lied himself to the studv of metallurgy and was promoted to superintendent, which post he held until he became pastor of St. John's Church in Painesville, Ohio. . Sometime later, Reverend Settle was transferred to the Second Baptist Church in Elyria, Ohio, and it was from that point that he went to Cleveland as pastor of Geth semane Church at East 30th St. and ' Scoville Avenue in in Cleveland in November 1936. Upon beginning his duties in Cleveland, Rev. Settle found that Gethsemane Church had a fine choir, and, with this knowledge, he began working for a "Negro Hour" on one of the local stations. In his efforts to obtain an audition, Reverend Settle talk ed to Mr. Worth Kramer, at that time program director of WGAR in Cleveland, who granted the Gethsemane ST. BENEDICT DEVELOPS TWO CHAMPIONS The Annual Games Tourna ment for the north and east sections of Hartford was held this year at St. Benedict Cen ter 2194 Main Street under the supervision of Mrs. Margaret Lee and Mr. Luther Abrams. The players representing St. Benedict's came through with flying colors'. Ping pong, pool, carroms and checkers, were the games included in the tourna ment. Finals for the city cham pionship title were played at the TO APPEAR OVER Church Choir an audition. Kramer was definite in his praise of the group, and im ediately scheduled them for his station. This was in July of 1937. By January of the following year, Kramer had arranged to have this group present a series of Sunday morning con certs on the Columbia Broad casting System. This program was launched on January 9, 1938, and has proven the great est mail drawing attraction of , all Columbia sustaining fea tures. During the period "Wings Over Jordan" has been heard on CBS, Rev. Settle has brought many distinguished speakers., of the Negro raei to the microphone to tell of the accomplishments that group has made within their race. Included among these speak ers have been some of the nation's foremost Negro past ors, educators, and profession al men and women. Since "Wings Over 'Jordan" became a feature of the Colum bia network, the choral en semble has given over 1500 concerts in nearly all principal cities throughout the country. Reverend Settle has arranged most of these dates through the International Artists Corp oration of New York City -in response to requests of various church and civic groups throughout the nation. Reverend Settle has brought the group to a position of in ternational prominence. The choir travels from city to city in a modern bus. Rev. Settle devotes the major por tion of' ffis time to research in to the songs which Wings Over Jordan sings ; and the writing of the narrations which he reads during each of their stage programs. Business a rrangments are all handled by the International Artists Cor poration of New York City. Washington Street School on Thursday, April 17. Saint "Ben edict Center had two city cham pions Alfred Cross, senior pool; and Barney Wimbush, senior checkers. Two from the Center held runher-up positions William Burton senior ping pong and Eddie Reynolds, in termediate pool. Miss V. A. Maniello was the scorer and . prizes .already have been awarded both the winners and the runners-up.