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Saturday, December 23,1939
Religious Leaders Urge Use Os Ballot
Bishop Fountain Says
It’s A Sin Not To
Vote, Face Situation
Declare Ministers’ Duty to Take
Interest in Everyday Living As
Well as Salvation of the Soul
Stating that it waa the duty of ministers to urge their
congregations to make use of the ballot and to take an inter
est in everyday living as well as the salvation of the soul,
Atlanta leaders Sunday participated in a rousing mass
meeting at Greater Whe.t Street Baptist Church, the Rev.
William Holmes Borders, pastor.
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Marco Polo ’
While thousands of Hollywood
friends paid their last respects to
Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., the noted
silent screen actor who died of a
heart attack at Santa Monica,
Cal., Marco Polo, Doug’s 150-
pound dog, whined at his mas
ter’s-bier for hours. Fairbanks
was 56.
NAACP Is Probing
Jim-Crow In P. 0.
Carl Johnson, char .non of the le
gal redr ss com»r«.Uee of the locat
branch of the NAACP, was spokes
man of grievance committee, com
posed of Lucille Bluford, Charles H
Callov.ay and J F Hubert, whicx. •
interviewed postmaster a. Graham
Tuesday, in connection with claims
of discrimination practiced against
Negroes. who h-d t’.e qivil
service examinations for postal po
sitions at the Kansas C*ty postof
Concluding !i<e oiic-hour session
during which the group openly re
sented bring referred to as boys
and girls by postmaster Graham;
confirm d reports agree that the
committee of the NAACP was giv
en to understand that representa
tives of the race nave not only
be n treated fair but also given
special consideration. In return, the
group assured Mr. Graham that the
race was not a;- interested ‘
By Kansas Youth
Tuesday a jury of Judge P. Bo
ard's court awarded carnie E. Bass.
17, SIO,OOO damages at the conclu
sion of a suit against A. P. Elli
son, white, an investigating detec
tive of the drug store.
The suit, filed by the mother oi
the boy, was a counter-attack upon
the concern that was charged with
being responsible for the arrest of
the youth, following his being forc
ed to/sign a confession, by Ellison,
indicating tbat he was guilty of
stealing $5.00 firm two customers
early in March.
Being confined with criminals
and dope fiends and denied a
chance to communicate with his
mother and friends were some of
the charges of the estimated 12-
point petition, filed by the youth
• r ho also suffered a f/3.50 deduction
from his salary.
The mass meeting was the ter
mination of the “Good Citizenship
Week” campaign conducted last
week by the Atlanta Baptist Minis
ters’ Union in the hope for greater
political activity on the part of col
ored people.
Dr. Charles Dubois Hubert, act
ing president of Morehouse College
and pastor of Providence Baptist
church, delivered the initial mes
sage. while the Right Reverend W. 1
A. Fountain, bishop of the AME
church in Georgia, followed.
Bishop Fountain said it was a sin
for colored people not to vote in
face of the discriminations and in
justices imposed upon them.
B. J. Davis, editor of the Union-
Review, made remarks. John Wes
ley Dobbs, president of the Atlanta
Civic-Political League, was not
present, having been called away
from the city.
Master of ceremonies for the oc
casion was the Rev. C. N. Ellis,
president of the Atlanta Baptist
Ministers’ Union and pastor ci
Reed Street Baptist church. Sev
eral outstanding ministers were on
program. Rev. W. F. Paschal
served as chairman of the citizen
ship committee. Five successful
sectional meetings were held last
week in various churches ol
the city. Prominent leaders spoke
at each of these meetings urging
participation in the ballot. Infor
mation about voting, registering
was released at the meetings.
Block Return
Os Man To Ga-
Chain Gang
NEWARK, N. J.—(A N P)—New
( Jersey citizens headed by the
*Rev. E. P. Dixon won a cour’
judgment last week over Governor
Moore’s signature and prevented
the return of Samuel Buchanan
to a Georgia chain gang," for
having stolen two packages of ciga
rettes 14 year s ago, when he was
15 years old. They had sent him
to the gang for 45 years. He had
escaped twice, the last time about
seven months ago.
William Pickens, director of
branches for NAACP, was speaker
at the meeting on December 12,
celebrating the victory, and re
electing officers for 1940. About
S7O was raised to apply on the ex
penses, and the clearing up of
costs incidental to the case.
Georgia authorities had repre
sented that Buchanan stole $45
worth of cigarettes; an investiga
tor was sent from Atlanta to the
smaller town, and the woman who
owned the store said that only
two packages of cigarettes had
been stolen,” and that she had
not missed them—that the of
ficers found it out—and that her
husband died trying to get Buch
anan out of jail. Other Georgia
misrepresentations were shown up
on the same way.
Nevertheless, Governor Moore
had signed for tins 29 year old
man to go back to the chain gang,
for a “crime” framed on a 15-
year old boy, 5 years ago. The
colored people took the case to
court and the Governor was over
ridden .
Confidence is a trust imposing
an obligation a responsibility?
All achievements in life have
had their gljorry hours of adver
Every merchant or place of business placing
an advertisement in this, your newspaper, is ex. m mm mm
tremely desiriou.s of having your trade and is I M _ g
making a special effort to get it. Obviously, l/IX XV "w m
you may expect more courtesy and cousidera- Hr Hr f gs,
tion from a business appealing to you from
your own newspaper than from a business
which does not.
Emancipation Speaker
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.—(SNS)—The Rev. William Holmes
Borders, progressive young pastor of Greater Wheat Street Baptist
church, Atlanta, Georgia, has consen ed to deliver the Emancipa
tion Day address here at Memorial Auditorium, January 1. Six
teen Chattanooga civic organizations are sponsoring the program
which promises to attract a capacity audience.
Atlantans Prepare For
AME Bishops’ Council
The mid-wintei session ni the
Eishops’ Council, the Last before
the 1940 General Conference, will
open in historic 813 Bethel AME
church, February id. Bishop W. A
Fountain, presiding bishop of the
Sixth Episcopal district will be hosi
to the council and Dr O. T. Bab
cock will be the entertaining pas
tor. They will be assisted by ail
the city pastors and presiding eld
ers of the state in making the en
tertainment a success.
Bishop J S. Flipper, senior bish
op of the church will preside at the
council sessions.
The Bishops' Council has not met
in Atlanta in more than fifteen
years. Since that time many
changes have taken place in the
church. Only three of the bishops
who took part in that council are
living today. They are Bishops
Flipper, Fountain and W. T. Ver
non. Thus a ne v group of Bishops
will gather for their first time in
the gate city. Only once in one and
fifty years has the General Confer
ence met in Atlanta in 1376. At this
conference the Dollar Money Sys
tem was put in operation. And thus
the Georgia regulars are looking
forward to give the A. M. E. lead
ers the greatest treat of a life time
while they’re here.
More than 2,000 ministers and a
large number of laymen from the
entire A. M. E. connection will be
present to study the great problem
that faces the connection today.
The pastors of Atlanta are work
ing with Bishop Fountain, General
Chairman, and Dr. Babcock in
making the entire program a suc
cess. Dr. W. R. Wilkes heads the
committee mapping out the inspir
ing program that will keep the visi
tors busy during their stay.
Rev. D. T. Babcock is Chairman
of the housing committee and
transportation. Mrs. Julia A- Foun
tain, chairman of Courtesy Com
mittee will be assisted by the mis
sionary women of the city and
state in keeping the visitors Atlan
ta minded.
State-Wide Musical
The greatest treat of the Cou.i-
More Than 2,000
Ministers Slated
To Attend Meet
f:ii will be the state-wide musical
at Big Bethel under the direction
of Prof Hathcock of Morris Brown
College. Prof Sullivan of Cosmopo
litan, and Miss Jessie M. Jones.
Bishop W. A. Fountain will pre
side at the meeting of the Gener
al Committee at Big Bethel Tues
day at 11:30 and all pastors and
presiding Elders of the Atlanta
Area are expected to be present
and help complete the local pro
President W. A . Fountain and
the committee preparing for the
Welcome Program will also report
at the Tuesday session while pas
tors are urged to report for homes
■ o the entertaining pastors.
Atlanta African Methodists will
respond to the call and assist in
caring for the Bishop’s Council.
Fight For Race Nurses
Underway In Kansas City
January 8 is the date of the next
meeting of the women of the Civic
circle of Kansas City, which re
cently organized to break down tne
barriers of segregation practiced
in the colored hospital unit of the
University of Kansas, which is now
almost completed except for doing
away with the inscription, "Negro
Pavilion,” above the entrance and
a plaque on the vestibule door lead
ing to the ante-room designed to
accommodate less than 10 visitors.
The “trade-mark” of the unit
designed for the accommodation of
colored citizens, was frowned upon
by a delegation from the city’s
civic and social circles during a
tour of inspection headed by Mrs.
Orpheus Towers, present president
of the Women’s Civic circle.
The delegation was also given to
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Big Bethel Choir
Thrills Thousands
Author of “Gone With The
Wind” Pays Choir Compliment
The 45-voice choir of Big Bethel AME church added a
religious flavor to the “Gone With the Wind” premiere
Friday night at Loew’s Grand theatre where a little more
than 2,000 white persons paid $lO a seat to see the first
official showing of the film version of Miss Margaret Mitch
ell’s great story of the old South.
Spotted by floods of artificial light, the choir occupied
a prominent position on an improvised lawn in front of the
theatre. Members of the singing group, representing a
portion of Big Bethel’s “Heaven Bound” cast, rendered ap
proximately 14 numbers.
Solons Pledge
Mob Bill Support
NEW YORKt-(SNS)— Replies
of Representatives and Senators
sre coming info the headquart
ers of the National Association
for the Advancement of Colored
People here daily, in response to
a nation-wide letter campaign
to Congressmen urging them to
be in Washington at the open
ing of Congress and to be on
floor of the House when the
ariti-lynching bill comes up, the
Association announced here to
Some eighty Representatives
have told the NAACP that they
will support the bill, and twen
ty-eight Senators have indicat
ed that they will give attention
lo the legislation, without com
mitting themselves, oflicials ol
the organization said today. This
has been the response in the
first six days since letters were
sent out.
Social Workers
Seek Civil Rights
Bill In Washington
ly aroused to the fighting point,
members of the leading colored
social agencies in the city are plan
ning concerted action, it is reliably
reported, to bring pressure upon
Congress to pass a civil rights bill
for the capital city, giving Negroes
legal redress against the local thea
ters and other institutions which
prohibit their usages of public
The refusal of the National thea
ter to permit Negroes to purchase
tickets for the “Hot Mikado’’ pre
cipitated this action, and a meet
ing was held last week to take the
first steps toward such an organ
In many circles, this is thought
to be the first seep toward break
ing down some of the many preju
dices met by Negroes in the capital
Women Fight
For Nurses At
Medical Unit
understand that no provisions had
been made for the training of
Negro nurses to stay in the un*t
Dean H. R. Wahl of the medical
school was contacted. He assured
them that he would like to see
Negro nurses in the unit, but pass
ed the buck by hinting that they
would first have to sell the idea to
the superintendent.
The chief executive of Kansas,
Payne H. Ratner, and Justice Hux
man, ex-governor were high offi
cials of Kansas contacted in regard
Loud applause pierced the air
at the completion of each number.
Drawing wide acclaim was the
number, entitled “Gone With the
Wind,”- written by Jimmie Beers,
white, and arranged by Mrs. H.
J. Furlow, Big Bethel organist.
Observers said Miss Mitchell
listened to this number before she
entered the theater. She expressed
herself as being well pleased with
the rendition.
Drawing long rounds of. praise
was H. J. Furlow, director of
the Big Bethel choir.
Singing for the premiere marked
the second appearance of the
choir in connection with “Gone
With the Wind” festivities, Mr.
Fur lew said.
The choir was featured Wednes
day night by radio station WSB on
its “Welcome South, Brother” pro
gram, at which time visitors here
for the attractions were given an
additional welcoming.
Spirituals rendered by the choir
cn boih occasions were “done in a
dignified manner,” Director Furlow
Haile Selassie’s
Blacksmith Back
On U. S. Land
Robert Alexander is 80. He oddly
enough does not know that there
are few b’acksmiths in this city of
“Brotherly Love.” Alexander is
originally from Missouri, natural
ly, he “had to be shown” as much.
The story goes this way: Alex
ander wanted to see a Negro king.
He went to Ethiopia, became Haiie
Selassie’s blacksmith and now
because Ethiopia was taken over
by the Italians, or for a matter of
fact, when Selassie went into
ex le, Alexander was left without
a job. A long jaunt up and down
Broad, Market, Vine, Lombard
and Pine did not ease Alexander’s
mind. Just the same you can't
take one thing away from the
erstwhile blacksmith —he’s from
Shreveport Man
Killed By Officer
Querbes Lemon, 24, was shot to
death (by Policeman Bill Beckett
Thursday when the victim is al
leged to have run amuck, driving
a truck into a church and injur
ing a white man. The officer said
he shot the man when Lemon
tried to attack him with a club
while he and another officer were
driving the victim to jail.
to the treatment dealt out to color
ed students by the dealer, his su
perintendent, and the board of
regents. A few weeks previously.
Justice Huxman laid down the law
to officials of the university, giving
them to understand that inasmuch
as Negroes were also taxpayers of
Kansas, the constitution of the
state gave them the same rights as
students of other races. Interested
persons of organizations of the
Kansas side maintain that Missouri
sentiments seem to dominate the
actions of Uie executive of the in
stitution when Negroes and then
rights are concerned. The support
ers of the Women’s Civic circle
vow that they will continue the
fight until their children have
been granted all that is due them
under the constitution of the state.
Spirit Os Double Cross
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-a? Youngstown, Ohio, who is playing the role of “Spi l "'! of the
Double-Barred Cross,” a drama enacting the fight against tubercu
losis and which is being presentee bv Atlanta University School of
Social Work Students in Atlanta, Ga. The play is a part jof the pro
gram of the Atlanta Tuberculosis Association In its 1939 Christmas
Seal campaign. (SNS Phot* by Fowlkes).
Camps Sought
For Destitute
Farm Families
WASHINGTON— (S»NS)— Farm Security Administrat
or Dr. Will Alexander has under consideration now a pro
posal for the establishment of Federal camps to absorb the
thousands of displaced tenant farmers and sharecroppers
who have been forced into migrancy by the advent of me
chanical farming. The proposal was submitted in the form
of a memorandum by the Southern Tenant Farmers Union
of Memphis, Tenn., by H. L. Mitchell, union secretary, and
includes as the first step the establishment of such a camp
for the 75 destitute, most of them Negro, who are now sub
sisting on sub-marginal land near Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Declaring that “the future holds
little hope” for the half-million
families who have been displaced
during- the last five years, the
Southern Tenant Farmers Union
called upon Dr. Alexander for
“the development of a program
that will be more than i”st tem
porary relief.” It declared that the
Poplar Bulff colonists' “and thou
sands like them are in much worse
condition than many of the mi
gratory farm laborers who find
occasional employment xn the
Tire Poplar Bluff colony, the
Union declared, is “facing starva
tion and death from exposure ill
their makeshift camp. There is
not enough land to provide for
their needs and the soil is unsuited
for raising food stuff.” Because
of racial prejudice existing in that
section of Missouri, the colonists,
all but two of the families of
which are Negro, find it almost
impossible to secure employment
locally, the Union charged,
Tlie memorandum proposed that
llie Farm Security Administration
“constiuct a permanent labor
camp to provide for 109 to 300 such
families, with two and one-half
to five acres allot ed to each family
for raising subsistence crops, on
either an individual or a coopera
tive basis. Fertile land can be pur
chased near enough to any agri
cultural and industrial center to
peimit these people to secure some
employment throughout the year.
A minimum rental, based on the
cost of constructing and maintain
ing the units, could be charged
the occupants.”
NEW YORK— <C> Marjorie
Tollman, dramatic soprano, will
appear at Steinway Concert Hall
here on tile evening of December 6,
in a program of difficult numbers
including Gluck, Wolf, Strauss,
Respighi, Gounod, Rachmaninoff
Make it a point to trade at those places which
respect and ask for your patronage. Ask those
businesses not using our columns to place an
advertisement in this newspaper. Tell them to
let their colored friends read their message in
our colump and at the same lime become *c*
quainted with still other potential buyers.
Texas Pythians
In Fight To
Retain Temple
DALLAS—(ANP)—Efforts of
Pythians of Texas to save their
four-story brick Pythian Temple
here were given impetus this week
when colored attorneys for the
Order were successful in getting a
court order removing the white
receivers for the building. The
order was issued on Tuesday by
Judge Sarah T. Hughes in 14th
district court.
Main purpose of the suit is to
enforce a trust agreement entered
into by the grand lodge in 1911,'
whereby grand lodge officials
agreed to return the property,
erected by members of Dallas
lodges, if the grand lodge ever
ceased to operate. Under the re
straining order the receiver will be
denied further use of the building ,
until the case comes up for hear
ing before Judge Hughes.
The plaintiffs, representing vari
ous Dallas lodges, are: Fred Lyar
els, George Perry, Charles Hamil
ton, Ira Watson and H. B. Wat
son. Attorney R. O. Mason of Dal
las, was retained to represent
grand lodge officials. The temple
was build 25 years ago, the archi
tect being W. Sidney Pittman, son
in-law of Dr. Booker T. Washing-, ;
ton, founder of Tuskcgee Institute
and Gabrilowitsch. The program
will be concluded with Negro Spir
ituals by Burleigh and Hall John
son. Frank Cliatterton will be the

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