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SAT. MARCH 26, 1949
THE NEW ENGLAND BULLETIN Page Five W ATERBUR Y TI A A nfiHTVl n M'm m vsm ta mm m ' m With EDDY BURKE Is There Discrimination, Segregation And Jim Crow In Waterbury? Is there discrimination, segregation and Jim Crow in Waterbury? That is a question I have been hearing in Waterbury for many years and have heard debated many times by many people. Some have taken the affirmative, and- some the negative. In my opinion, these three forces of evil do prevail in Waterbury. I was born here m Waterbury, went to our mixed schools for my education andl, like many others, believed that there was no discrim ination, segregation or Jim Crow here. That was when I was going to elementary and high school, playing basketball with mixed teams, and other various sports, being invited to white homes and always mixing quite freely and f re auentlv with white and colored. I never paid any attention to the fact that once in a while I was affronted with the word 'nigger it was just a matter of fight and forget. But, as I grew older I found that those same friends that I had gone to school with and played with, when met on the street or in other places, would avert their eyes or drop their heads to keep from speaking. I soon learned that it was that they did not want to be seen by their friends talking to a Negro at their age. Experienced Segregation I found out about segregation at this point when upon purchasing tickets at certain theaters I learned that Negroes were only allowed to buy tickets for the upstairs. This was true of all the smaller theaters of the town and at least one of the largest theaters in the down town area. The upstairs of some of the theaters was referred to as 'nigger heaven:' In this town of 120,000 people, approximately 8,000 are Negroes. There are no colored mail carriers, nor is there any colored person in tt s Pnstal Service of Water bury. It has been said that it is because the Negroes have not tried to set into such positions. Many capfble Negroes have tried Those who have been permitted to take the examinations ana nave ra7sed them havbeen sent out of Town to Hartford, New Haven and other towns tow . ii j -Pin nositions m w a. trbirv leaving Sur Post Office SmSy whtte With a Negro pop ulation of 800(J we have 3 colored S&-. -ferre0nnyo rcoieonr S The no Negro work ?ta2a& Hall-not even lf I fanitor. Upon . why Ne S16 wa dty Ztth the Negro KSaEi VSSW HLboffee, SAS. deliver mail. Six days a week you will see Ne groes Ashing from the various Joints of the city to go to their fobs in the center of towr , neatly dressed, fine appearance, and you ihlnk tìSt they were rush- onAhese 7òssant andttose are vdth their own businesses The nhers are porters for the large store? The center of Waterbury wftii its many fine department stores has not one Negro sales person. The only store who has pver had. a oioreu. aaicox - nwner of this store the most pro gressive of the downtown mer chants. These same conditions you will find prevailing in the factor ies where the greatest number of Negroes make their living. There are Negroes there who 1 have worked up to thirty years in j the factory and there is yet to oe a Colored foreman. I remember about eight years ago in the cast- ing shop of one of the large lac tones when a Colored employee was about to be made the first Colored caster. Practically every white man on the shift at that time threatened to walk out, and would have walked out if the su perintendant had not told them that it would cost them their jobs, and they would never work again in that factory Yes, he was made caster and it paved the way for other Negro casters, but there was ill feeling among the two races for many months, and much of that feeling still exists. The man who was about to be made first Negro cas ter had been working in the shop about eighteen years at that time and was well qualified for that job, Wortn s; 1 JvV.fupon the sea of matrimony. . rn I . im'v.fic M r I r 1 1 I I i.wti thirds 01 tne egro ""V Feb. 12 he took a bride, the iTìo- downtown. 1 nave luuim m Te.n T t; ? E BRASS CITY and in fact, was better qualified than the worker who had it. They could see him only doing the dirty work as a moldman. Poor Housing The housing condition is a pa thetic subject. The Negroes have been pushed into the dingiest, most unsanitary districts in town many of them who have money to buy their own homes in better sections of town- or rent in better sections of town, cannot do so because of the fact that their faces are black. Few have been fortunate enough. What good is money if you can't spend it as you want to ? Of course, many of these conditions, as much as I hate to say it, have been brought on by ourselves. Many landlords have said they would be glad to rent to Colored people but colored people don't take care of the property, 'and in some instances they are right. Some landlords have even told me that were they to rent to Negroes they would spoil the value of their prop erty. Many of the houses in which Waterbury's Negroes live should be condemned such as the one on Bishop Street which has just re cently been condemned. Even ' in our projects Negroes have been segregated into the most unde sirable section. In the better and newer projects of Waterbury there is not a Negro to be seen. No Bus Drivers Hundreds of Negroes ride the buses daily Nyet there is not a Colored driver on one of them. Upon inquiring or applying for the job, Negro persons are either told they are too heavy, too short, or too tall, there is always some little j excuse which manages to keep them out, and I guess there always will be until we demand our right and go forth and prove that we are just as good as the white man, and just as capable. For once we get the position we must hold on to it firm ly and try to help another Negro get up where we are, because only in unity is there power. There are many Negroes who are fighting this barrier with the aid of some white people who believe in De mocracy. Next week I shall tell you about one of the barrier fight ers. CHURCH NQTES The Annual . Conference of the New England Area of the A.M.E. Zion Church will convene in Wa terbury this year at the Mt. Olive A.M.E. Zion Church with the Rt. Rev. W. J. Walls presiding Bishop, Doctors H. B. Norville and J. H. Findley presiding elders, and Rev. S. W. Weller. host apstor. Dele gates from throughout the New England area will be present. On March 27 the afternoon serv ice of the Mt. Olive A.M-E. Zion Church will be sponsored by the Trustee Aid. Mrs. Inez Jefferson, President. SOCIAL EVENTS Vincent Gatling, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfonso Gatling of 7 Pearl St., and one of Waterbury 's most eligible bachelors, has entered On former- Ports mouth, Va., ,and New York, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Junius L. Baysmore of Portsmouth, Va., and niece of Mr. and Mrs. Cleopaus Whedbee of 50 Brook St., Water bury. They spent a one week honey- moon in New York and now have returned to our fair city in which they will reside. God bless you my children: The Classics, one of Waterbury's (Please Turn to Page 6) Congratulations I miao ìvuoa jcc uav siiiui e ui New England Bulletin from JESSE L. VANN REAL ESTATE BROKER 240 RALPH AVE. BROOKLYN, N. Y. GLENMORE 2-1808 Specializing In Choice Properties Throughout The Nation DOYAL DUKES appears a little bored as he and his guests are snapped at Doyal's recent party honoring his second birthday. It's no wonder with all those goodies iri store. Among the guest who gathered to celebrate the affair are John and George Cooper; Sandy, Linda, and Bruce Terry; Joyce and Willa Mae BlcKinney; Sonjia Jean Strong; Leonard Hendricks; Richard Epps; and W. C. Hewitt. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Doyal Dukes of 126 Bridge St., Hartford, the youngster's picture appeared in THE CONNE CTICUT CHRONICLE last year when he celebrated his first birthday. (James Lee Photo) GALA FASHION SHOW PROVES SUCCESSFUL MIDDLETOWN A fashion show and informal dance, spon sored by the Active Ten Social Club, was recently held at the Ci vic Club rooms, 264 Main St. The proceeds from the events, attended by approximately 250 people, were for the benefit of the AME Zion church. During the fashion show, ex amples of clothes appropirate from "dawn to dusk" were modeled. In the morning portion of the affair, the outfits were a Chinese ensemble of red, green, and white stripes, and a pink chiffon negligee with white satin slippers. The men's exhibits were repre sented by a suit of fine grey ga bardine and an English-stripped tweed. Colorful Gowns Examples of evening attire cli maxed the show.. Colors in the eve ning gowns ranged from black to dusky pink with green being popu lar in various designs- Narrator for the show was Mrs. Felicia Davage, who also arranged for the clothes which were modeled. Assisting her as models were the following-: Mesdames Cesseli Ham lin, Elsa Davis, Catherine Young, Hazel Welch, the Misses Emma " ..V -o t-i-v, "EMitTi Smith, Mary Rando ph Edith . ' ., , j tt TnTY1Qa maise .Taylor; and Me. James Sri veci. ìviareraret weiawunn, aiwi- Hamlin, Everette Freeman, Buck Davis, Walter Riddick, Charles Savage, LeRoy Sansbury, Jr., and George Glover. . Charles C. Garvin, chairman of the affair, said it was the first in a series of events to be sponsored by the Active Ten Club. NAACP AID CUTS PRISON TERM NEW YORK An appeal for clemency made by the NAACP on behalf of Army General Prisoner Ben Spear has resulted in a reduc tion of the prisoner's sentence from life imprisonment at hard labor to fifteen years. Spear was tried and convicted by a general court-martial at Ft. McClellan, Ala., on a charge of rape. PATRONIZE YOUR ADVERTISERS HOTEL RICHARD DAY - NIGHT - WEEK 6 BRADHURST AVE. NEW YORK, N. Y. Phone: AUdubon 3-6510 And Best Wishes To ::S::WS Norwalk News By Horatia E. Johnson At least 200 friends joined the Gayettes, one of Norwalk's smartest social clubs, at the beautiful and spacious Chat ham Oaks on the Post Road in a prespring formal dance last Friday evening. Music for the occasion was furnished by Bash Crawford's orchestra of Tarrytown, N. Y. The tables were laden with beautiful hors d'oeuvres and other refresh ments. The colors of the club, aqua and gold, were carried out in the attire of the chairman hostesses, aqua gowns with corsages of yellow roses. They certainly were a gorgeous pic ture when they were presented. The president of the club is Mrs. Bessie L. Aiken and the mem bers are: Helen Ross Leftwich, Bernette Verna Rawls, Helen Viola Drake, Ida C Moses, Odessa W. 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Johnson, Jr., of 37 High St., was among the physicians from nine states and Canada enrolled for a six day postgraduate course in pulmonary diseases at the In diana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. This program, arranged by the Am erican Trudeau Society, covers the entire field of pulmonary diseases and is being presented by the nationally known au thorities including Dr. E. R. Corwin Hinshaw of the Mayo Clinic, president and Dr. E. R. Long of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Johnson is also doing work in chest di seases at Bellvue Hospital in New York. Mr. and Mrs. Merlin Burchett of 3 Cliff St., have announced the engagement of their daughter, Fan nie, to Talmedge Dickinson, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Dickson of 49 Franklin St. Miss Burchett at tended the Norwalk High School and the Ballard Secretarial School in New York City, and is em ployed in the office of Yankee Metal Products Corporation. Mr. Dickson attended the Norwalk High School and is employed at the Norwalk Hospital. The wedding will take place in April. The fund raising drive of the Norwalk N.A.A.C.P. is be ginning with a popularity con test. The young ladies partici pating in the contest are Lois Young Norwalk; Addie Gould, South Norwalk ; Dorothy Starks, West Norwalk; and Ruth Forest, South' Norwalk. Each contestant is canvassing her neighborhood for contribu tions and votes. There is much enthusiasm among the contes tants and the competition is keen for the title of Miss Nor walk. Mrs. Bruce W. Keck and Mrs. James H. Richardson are in charge of the contest. ROBiESON PLANS COMMUNIST DEFENSE GLASGOW, Scotland Paul Robeson, noted Negro baritone, re cently announced that he would in terrupt his world concert tour at the end of May to testify as a de fense witness at the trial of eleven Communists in New York. 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