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Mr*. Joe Louie, wife of the heavyweight
champion, i« shown as she crowned Miss Christine
Frances Thurman, 1940 queen of Negro society at
the Castle Ballroom, St, Louis,, where one of the
winter season's most spectacular functions was
Discrimination In Jury
Panel Ends In Acquittal
Judge Sustains Motion
To Quash' Indictments
BOLEY, Okla. —(ANP) — One of the most significant court
decisions affecting Negroes was handed down Friday in the county
seat by District Judge C. C, Beavers, when he sustained motions
to quash three indictments returned by the Okfuskee county grand
jury on allegations of “racial discrimination/’
Four Os Family
Perish In Fire
(SNS)—Ed Holland, his wile,
Mamie; son, Robert; and an
infant baby, perished in a ten
ant house fire near here at
midnight Sunday,
The Hollands were living in
a five-room tenant house on
the farm of A J Watson
Four other children of the
Hollands were saved by a bro
ther who was not in the house
when the fire broke out
Olympic Champion
Athletic Director
At Claflin U,
Claflin University has obtained the
cervices of David D. Albritton.
Olympic champion and co-hoider of
the world’s high jump record at
6 feet 9 3-4 inches, as Athletic Di
rector. Coach Albritton recently re
signed his rost as Foys Work Sec
retary at the Cedar Avenue Branch
YMCA to join the faculty at Claf
lin College. His work record, since
leaving Ohio State University,
consist of a series ot distinct
Among many accomplishment*
Coach Albritton has held the heavy
weight championship at Ohio State
University for three years, travelled
extensively throughout Europe com
peting in field and track exhibi
tions, captained the Ohio State
University track team in 1938, Gol
den Gloves Champion, selected for
three consecutive years on the All-
American track team by the A.A.U.
and has completed partial require
ments on the Masters' degree at
Western Reserve University in
held- Miss Thurman Is 3 senior st Stowe Teach
ers' college, She wore a white satin evening gowa
with a 12-foot train, Mrs. Louis wore black net,
with circles of gold sequine, (INS).
I These motions were filed in con-
I nection with the grand jury ia
! dictments of Williams (Bill) Hazel,
prominent leader and merenant,
charged with forgery in connec
tion with the handling of relief
funds, and W. C. Owens charged
with neglect of duty as an elec
tion official.
Pope's Encyclical Hailed As Step
Toward Better Racial Understanding
, Strong hope for « more liberal at
| titude toward the Negroes oi
Air.erica on the part of this coun
try's Catholics is seen by Elmer
Andersen Carter, editor of OP
PORTUNITY Magazine, in en edi
, -orial appearing in the December
issue of that magazine, Mr. cartel
compares the recent Encyclical of
Pope Pius XII vrith a papal Bull
ssued a hundred years ago by Pope
Gregory XVI, and expressed the
hope that the latest statement on
the Negro to come from the Vati
;; can will have an effect equal to
that of the earlier one.
The papal Bull of Gregory XVI
denounced the African slave trade
! and the institution of slavery in
America. According to Mr. Carter,
I t gave hope to the Abolitionists,
caused consternation and remorse
among the slave-holding Catholics
of Louisiana, ana was used freely
by the anti-slavery propagandists
in their agitation for the abolition
of this traffic in human beings
“It is not too much to expect
thac the word 3 of His Holmes)
Pope Pius XII will accomplish as
much for the Negro as a freeman
! as those of Gregory accomplished
for the Negro as a slave
"The blessing of the Pope on the
work of those inspired members of
the church who nave been work
ing to eliminate racial discrimina
tion in Catholic colleges and uni
versities, and to widen the doors
of employment opportunity for Ne
gro youth should be increased co
(Judge Beavers sustained the mo
tions after the defense counsel (in
truding Attys. M H. Martin and J.
W. Cassey of Bnley) had present
ed testimony of many former
members of the Okfuskee county
jury commission in which they
were asked about the selection ot
Negroes for the jury panel.
’ Some admitted they left them off
purposely, while ethers explained
1 they happened to be omitted as the
1 commissioners were hunting good
jurors, a few stated that it 'was m .
a custom in the south to do busi
* ness this wav. One juror frank
' ly stated that he was born in
> Tennessee and raised in Arkansas
'• and that he knew no other than tc
- act accordingly.
f The judge of this jurisdiction
■* was disqualified by the defense
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operation and support from their
co-religionists. And Negroes ot
every faith welcome the interest j
and sympathy expressed by pope I
Sigma Gamma RhosTo
Hold Boule In N.Y.
Members of Sigma Gamma Rho
Sorority are looking forward to the
1939 boule wuh a great deal of in
terest and enthusiasm, The pro
gram promises to be sufficiently
full and varied to take care of the
interests of all who will be in New
York for this meeting
Soror Elizabeth E. Lemon, of At
lanta, chairman of the National
Program Planning Committee, an
nounces the schedule a* events
thus: December 27, delegates will
report at the YWCA upon arrival;
register, and claim the block of
rooms which has been reserved for
them. At three-thirty, all national
officers and board members will
meet at the home of Soror Ada
Stewart, 1884 Seventh Avenue.
Here, Soror Leslie Taylor, chairman
of the board, will conduct an im
portant meeting will be fol
lowed by the annual “Epsilon Din
At eight o’clock p.m., at Mother
Zion AME Church, 140 West 137th
Phoenix H!£& Index
Wins National Essay Contest
in Slaying j
is Found
District Att’y
Certain He Can
Find Killers j
(ANP) — Acting on orders
from Gov. White, four squad
. rons of Mississippi national
j guardsmen under command
of Major T. B. Birdsong, Jr;,
state commissioner of public
safety and head of the state
riot division, raided this a’l-
Negro town Tuesday night
and arrested 11 persons in 16
whiskey and gambling places.
District Attorney Greek P. Rice
of Clarksdale, who asked the gov
erner to order the raid, said addi
tional evidence had been produced
in the November 6 ambush slaying
of Eugene P. Booze, Republican
leader, whose car was riddled with
*6 bullets.
According to Rice, this 52-year
; ->ld town which until recently had a
reputation as a model community
s “an intolerable den of vice.’’ The
uardsmen seized 30 gallons of
vhiskey and smashed gaming ta
les and slot machines In 12 of the
! Jaces raided.
“I feel certain now' that we can
ring about the arrest and convic
>on of Booze’s slayers,” Rice de
dared Friday. “Vice of all kinds
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Pius XII and have high hopes cf
future accomplishments by the
Catholic Church in the field of
race relations.”
Street, Magistrate Myles Paige will
address the group in an open
meeting. Everyone is looking for
ward to this address which will
deal with present day trends in
government and the need for com
petent leadership. Following the
open meeting there will be a re
ception for visiting Sorors and
their friends. The Augusta Savage's
Salon of Contemporary Art, 143 W.
125th Street, will furnish the ar
tistic setting for this affair.
December 28—Business sessions
will begin at nine and continue un
til noon. After an intermission of
one hour, business will be resumed
at one o’clock and follow through
until five p.m. To break the strain
of business there will be a panel
discussion at the hour of three p.
m. The subject: LEADERSHIP AS
AN ART. The Pan-Hellenic Cock
tail Party will be held between the
hours of nine and twelve p.m. at
the Witoka Club. 222 West 145th
Force Agent To
Halt Sales Os
Negro Paper
•COLUMBUS, Miss—(A N Pi—
F*ar of bodily injury’ or some
fther form of physical violence
has caused D, A. Murray, agent
ipr the Black Dispatch, Oklahoma
pit y newspaper, to cancel his
/agency and abandon his rapidly
increasing circulation of the Okla
homa publication.
Murray, who has been repre
senting the paper in this little
county seat city for several
months, alleges that last Saturday
he was approached by an unidenti
fied white man on the streets of
Columbus who asked ‘What kind
I of paper is that?”
, ‘ On LeL’.g advised that it was an
i Oklahoma paper which Murray
sold weekly, the white man de
manded a copy. Following perusal
of the edition the man said, “I’ll
take all of them,” proceeding to
! snatch them away from Murray
without paying.
| He later gave them back to the
t news agent but warned him not
, to be caught selling another one in
' the town. *
‘‘l carried my papers to the city
hall and reported what had hap
pened to the city marshall,” said
Murray, in telling about the inci
dent. The marsliall told Murray
that no one had a legal right to
prevent him from the sale of the
! papers, but if some white man had
told me not to sell them I had bet
; ter do so “because this is Missis-
I siPPk you know.”
>! ' . t
Answer To
Va. School
Suit Filed
! Va, School
Board Answers
Wage Suit
I. . ,
NORFOLK, Va—(A N P)—Last
week, at almost the same time a
! Federal judge in Baltimore hand
ed down a decision favorable to
the Negro teachers of Maryland,
the local Norfolk School board fil
ed its answer to a similar suit
: brought in Federal District Court
by M. O. Alston, colored teacher
at Booker T. Washington high
Alston seeks for himself and
other colored teachers a pay sche
dule equal to that now being paid
white teachers doing the same
class of work. Signed by city At
torney Alfred Anderson, the school
board’s answer to the suit, declar
ed: "Under the laws of the state
of Virginia the school board is
authorized and empowered to em
ploy teachers and fix their com
pensation, and such being the case
they have the right to employ
them for such salary as said board
is willing to pay and the teacher
to accept,"
Alston’s counsel expmmed that
if the case is brought to trial a
court of three judges, sitting en
banc, will be required to hear it
since a constitutional question is
Alston claims that the difference
in the pay of Negro and white
teache s is a violation of the 14th
amendment to the U. S. Consti
tution, in that It makes a discrim
ination because of race and
Phi Beta Sigma Closes
National Essay Contest
;ames L. Armstrong, Director of
he Phi Beta Sigma’s Nation-wide
Essay Contest, an:\wmced that the
jntest closed today.
Th e subject of the Contest “How
Can the Economic Status of the
.Megro be Improved” has met with
wide-spread interest among Senior
High school students of approved
econdary schools throughout thr
tion. It began on November first
mid lasted through November 30th.
On the eve of the close of the con
.est a number of essays came in
from all parts of the country, in
cluding the far western states and
he deep South. Dean George A.
Parker, National Director of Edu
cation of the Phi Beta Sigma fra
ternity, and Mr. Armstrong ex
pressed gratification in the way
the contest has been handled and
the interest manifested by high
.chool students and school officials
i throughout the country.
The entrant having the best es
| say will receive a tuition scholar
. ship in the sum of seventy-five
dollars ($75.00), to be applied to
l ward tuition in one of the approved
colleges or universities of the
country. A second prize of fifty
| dollars ($50.00) and a third of
I twenty-five dollars $25 00) ar- also
to be awarded. In addition thereto
! ten prizes of five dollars ($5.00)
: each will go to the writers of the
i next rin best essays.
Prizes will be awarded at the
f Silver Jubilee Conclave of Phi Beta
Sigma to be held at Howard uni
versity in Washington, D. C., De
c.rnber 27-30, 1939.
At a meeting of the staff of con
test directors, Dean Fhrker for
mally announced the following
list of judges who will determine
the winners of the Essay Contest:
Dr. J. L. S. Holloman, chairman,
president of the Washington Bap-
J*. dge Hastie
Urges Action
“The Negro will make more pro
gress in the next forty years than
he has in the past forty,” pro
phesied Judge Hastie before stu
dents of Knoxville College at chap
el service last week
Mr. Hastie, now Dean of the
Howard Law School. expressed dis
trust, in tne faith that time and
patient waiting would solve the
Negro’s problems. He urgid action.
The speaker explained his be
lief in an even mor e rapid pro
gress for his race on the ground
that on all fronts, politically, le
gally, and educationally the Negro
is becoming more aggressive and
going after the privileges which
are rightfully his.
Attorney Hastie returned to
Knoxville College, where he one
time went to school, after an ab
sence of ttventy years. He was the
first Negro ever appointed to a
federal judgeship.
odore Roosevelt, .Tr., wife of the
former governor of Puerto Rico,
was honor guest at the open cele
bration for the supporters of Casx
toal Maria, Catholic Settlement
house for Puerto Ricans, this week
Archbishop Francis J. Spellman
was principal speaker at the cele
bration, attended by more than 300
p ople. While here he inspected an
exhibit of some of the handiwork
of the more than 3,000 persons who
j. ttehd the stater each month.
Ist Seminary, and member of Phi
3eta Sigma-
Dr. Alain Leßoy Locke, Rhodes
Scholar and Professor of Philoso
phy, Howard University, Washing
ton, D C., and member of Phi
Miss Elsie Austin, national presi
dent, Delta Sigma Theta Soror
ity and former assistant attorney
general of the State of Ohio.
Dr. Frank 3. Horne, assistant
consultant on Racial Relations U
S. Housing Authority, and membei
of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
Dr. John Lavalle, Professor of
English, How a rd University, Wash
ington, D. C.
Mr. James A. Atkins, specialist
in Negro Works Prog
ress Administration.
Mr. R. O’Hara Lanier, assistant
director, Division of Negro Affairs,
National Youth Administration.
Dr. Eva B. Dykes, Professor of
English, Howard University, and
member of Delta Sigma Theta
Mrs. Blanche B. Clark, English
Department, Garnet-Patterson Ju
nior High school, Washington, D.
C., and member of Zeta Phi Beta
Sorority, and Prof. J-sse W. Lewis,
head of the Department of Com
merce, College of Liberal Arts,
Howard University, and member of
Phi Beta Sigma.
The decision of the judges in ah
cases is final.
Most of the grocery stores In
town are making a great con
tribution to the public for
Xmas, by making imre im
provement for bigger stocks and
better places to serve the pub
Some are budding new build
ings, some are remodeling, some
have moved. Cool spots and
meat casese for those meats,
turkey, chicken, cakes, pies,
bread and all kinds of good
things to eat, that you will want
for Xmas.
An^on g flhe many improve
ments that are being made in
grocery lines —The Rainbn
Bread Co. is responsible for a
good number of bread counters,
pies, tray and bag hangers that
have been put into stores where
such equipmet was needed. In
cluded were three colored stores
on Chlchuchua in West Phoenix.
..A Rainbow driver who wears
a smile all the time because he
knows that he delivered fifty
loaves of bread, wh ? ch were giv
en to a colored church dinner
and found that many other
people had been made io know
what he knows about Rainbow
If you live in West phoenix ,
and want good bread, rolls and *
pies for Christmas, do your
shopping with the three colored
stores on Chichuchua Ave., in
West Phoenix.
Wins National
Essay Contest
summer when Manhattan’s World
of Tomorrow was opened to the
public, a contest was started, billed
as the Bth annual competition of
the New History Society, and held
in conjunction with the publica
KIND, compiled and edited by
M’rza Ahmad Sohrab.
Open to Pair visitors and to all
Americans and Canadians, con
‘Co-op’ To
Be Run By
FSA Unit
Basic Training
For Youth To
Be Offered
—Plans for an “intemeship”
farm project to be conduct
ed on land 'adjoining Flint
River farms, Montezuma, Ga.
are nearing completion, ac
cording to information releas
ed this week by the Farm
Security office here.
The project which has for Its
chief purpose the training of young
farmers under typical farm situa
tions, will be operated Oil a co
operative basis. Units vacated by
farmers who have completed train
ing will be taken by new families
Operated in this fashion, the proj
ect will provide interaeships in co
operative operation and modem
farm methods for a large number
of new families, enabling them
within a reasonable length of time,
to maintain themselves and con
serve the land they use in accord
ance with accepted, progressive
agricultural practice.
Within the 40 year period of
operation planned for it, between
three and four hundred familiej
will receive basic training during
their interneship residence of thij
40-unit tract. Each family will core
rribute its quota toward property
payments. At the end of the 40
years, when payment is completes,
the land will be added to Flint
River farms, the parent project,
where 102 Negro families are al
ready established on an ownership
Young married farmers from l£
to 30 years old are now being se
lected from among many applicants
Each family of three to five per
sons will be situated on a one-horse
farm, in a comfortable five-room
cottage, with five acres of land,
poultry house, smoke-house, garden
lot and cow barn. Gash crops will
be raised under guidance of trained
agricultural experts, on land used
cooperatively with labor on the coop
farm and elsewhere on the proj
ect, paid for at the prevailing rat#
of 75c a day, plus dividends from
the crops.
Existing housing will be used
temporarily until new, modern
farm homes are completed. Super
vision and direction will be sup
plied by the personnel of the Flint
River farms project, with the co
operation of state officials.
testants were to write on the sub
ROW. The award commictee Sat
urday handed down its decision,
declared that the best essay on the
subject had been written by a Ne
gro: Cornelius Lacy Oolightiy (AB,
AM), 22 years old, new serving as
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