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A COPY VOL. 26 - NO. 1 Two Sentenced To Life ROCKEFELLER AND WAGNER SPONSOR NAACP DINNER NEW YORK Governor Nel son A. Rockefeller and Mayor Robert F. Wagner agreed today to serve as sponsors of the NAACP’s fifth annual national Freedom Fund Dinner here May 20. The gala SIOO-per-couple affair will honor the Rev. Fred D. Shuttles worth, formerly of Birm ingham, Ala., a militant freedom fighter who has endured beat ings, arrests, bombings and other intimidations. Rev. Shuttlesworth now pastors in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. George D. Cannon, general chairman of the dinner commit tee, announced that Broadway stars Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis will present excerpts from their current comedy success “Purlie Victorious.” Dr. Cannon indicated that the sponsoring committee, which is still in formation, includes dis tinguished citizens from many areas of the country. New Yorkers include Dr. Ralph J. Bunche, Dr. C. B. Powell, Rab bi Judah Cahn, Allan Morrison, Mrs. Eleanor Rooseveelt, Mrs. Channing Tobias, and Edward R. Dudley. Also Andrew Weinberger, Ar thur B. Spingam, Mrs. Amy Spingam, J. Raymond Jones, A. Philip Randolph, the Honorable Kenneth M. Phipps, and Vassal Thomas. Additional New Yorkers are Mrs. Robert C. Weaver, the Hon orable Walter H. Gladwin, George K. Hunton, Algernon D. Black, and Mrs. Louis T. Wright. Others are Mrs. Daisy Bates of Little Rock, Ark.; Theodore Ber ry, Cincinnati; Dr. Allan Knight Chalmers and Mr. and Mrs. Kivie Kaplan of '■'rton; Chester I. Lewis. Wichi , Kan.; and Z. Alexander Lcdhy of Nashville, Tenn. Also participating are Dr. Ben jamin E. Mays of Atlanta: Dr. James J. McClendon, Detroit: Dr. J. Leonidas Leach, Flint, Mich.; Dr. Harry 7 Greene of Philadel phio; and Dr. Lillie M. Jackson of Baltimore. Still others are Earl P. Dicker - son of Chicago; Nathaniel S. Col ley of Sacramento: Dr. George D. Flemmings, Fort Worth; Joseph G. Kennedy, San Francisco; Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Baker Lewis. Old Greenwich, Conn.; and Samuel NAACPSTOPSBIAS IN RESTAURANT CHEYENNE, Wyo. Mrs. Ma bel Condy, owner of a restaurant here, was found guilty in Justice Court this week of discriminating against Jonnie McKinney, vice president of the local NAACP. Mr. McKinney attempted to be served at the Dine-a-Mite case twice. Mrs. Condy threw up her hands the last time saying, “Get out, I can’t serve you!” Her fine of SSO and costs was suspended. I HOWELL O’KELLEY CUNNINGHAM / -A Wil / J I JI IP Itn : few ’ MISS SIMUEL MISS LEACH MISS TORENCE PLANNING COMMITTEE—Brenda Leach, a member of St. James AME Church, has been named president of the Easter Sunrise Planning Committee. The committee meets each Monday at 7 p.m. in Central YMCA to work out plans for the event which will be held Easter Sunday at 5:40 a.m. in City Auditorium. Karen Torrence of Grace Covenant Pres byterian Church is vice president; Carol Simuel of Hill Street Baptist Church is treasurer John Howell of First Baptist Church is chairman of arrangements; Ronnie O’Kelley of Central Methodist is publicity chairman; and Fenton S. Cunningham HI, of First Congrega tional Church is program chairman. ®je <§outl)ern I JR Baird Now With Sheriff'sJlepl. Mr. Alfred Baird of 48 Morrow Street has been appointed Deputy Sheriff. He makes the fourth member of his race that L. E. Brown has with his staff. Mr. George Bishop, -Mrs. Tenelle Homes and Mrs. lola Byers have been members of the Sheriff De partment for the past four years. All-Out Attack On Bias Called For 1 DAYTON, Ohio. More than 200 delegates attending an NA ACP regional leadership training conference here, March 23-24, heard the Association’s general counsel, Robert L. .Carter, call for “an all-out attack on school seg regation in the North.” The Negro child enrolled in a substandard school in the North, he said, "suffers the same debili tating phychological and adverse social effects as the Negro child in Jackson, Miss.” Others participating in the school workshop were Miss June Shagaloff, NAACP special assist ant for education; Arthur John son, executive secretary, Detroit NAACP branch; and John Ward, administrative assistant, Indian apolis NAACP branch. A political action workshop fea tured Horace Sheffield, of Detroit, vice president of the Negro Amer ican Labor Committee; Mrs. Gladys Herron, Chairman, politi cal action committee of the Toledo NAACP branch; and Carl Fuqua, executive secretary of the Chi cago NAACP branch. Herbert Hill. NAACP labor secretary, led the workshop on employment opportunities. Other participants in this session were Harold Williams, executive secre tary, Cleveland NAACP branch, and Frederick B. Routh, execu-1 ! tive director, Michigan State FE-i I PC. 1 ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, SATURDAY. APRIL 7,1962 I■ 1 > zjFlt JFt bL» $ » CJ 4 i i |K Khßi Above from left to right: Ray mond Washington, C. L. Coore, •Valter Smith, kicharo White, Matthew Miller, Willie Maples, Harold Cave, Nathaniel Woods, Herbert L. Wright, NAACP youth secretary, outlined a pro gram of direct action for the more than 100 young delegates attend ing the conference. Joining him in conducting this session was Granville Reed, president of the Central State College NAACP chapter. The Association’s church secre tary, Rev. E. J. Odom, was the principal speaker at the ministers’ luncheon. 11. L. Wright Resigns As NAACP Youth Secretary NEW YORK. Roy Wilkins, executive secretary of the Na tiinal Association for the Ad vancement of Colored People, this week announced the resignation of Herbert L. Wright, the Asso ciation’s youth secretary since 1951. In accepting Mr. Wright’s resig nation, effective April 16, Mr. Wilkins noted that the period of his incumbency “has been one of growth in membership and of in creased program activity . . . I am sure our young people join the National Office staff in thank ing you for your work.” Mr. Wright’s letter of resigna tion said he had decided to ac cept a position with “a newly es tablished foundation which offers greater opportunity and a higher salary.” His work with the Association, he said, “has been productive and personally gratifying.” Louis Bell, Bennie Lake, Henry Logan. Absent from picture, Herbert Moore. Coach C. L. Moore and his Champions were the guests of the ’I New Voter Campaign Seen As Propitious >1 5 NEW YORK Commenting on ■ the expanded voter registration campaign, Roy Wilkins, NAACP executive secretary, said this ’ week: ; “The launching of thb cam- .. . time following the United States Supreme Court ruling Monday that apportionment of legislative districts is subject to Federal court review. That ruling makes possible the removal of a stagger ing political handicap which has been imposed on White and Negro ' city dwellers. Most of the gains . in Negro registration have been in ; the urban areas Where the indivi t dual’s vote counts least under . slch archaic systems as the county > unit plan in Georgia and other devices elsewhere to pepetuate rural domination of the states. An ■ accelerated drive to increase the . Negro vote in the South thus ■ takes an added significance and ' opens up the possibility of a re ; generation of regional politics and ■ a revival of the two-party system. The ruling also gives added in centive to Negroes to register and vote.” District Os Columbia : NAACP Seeks Members WASHINGTON. An enthu siastic rally kicked off the 1962 membership campaign of the Dis trict of Columbia Branch of the NAACP here Sunday at the Metropolitan AME Church, with NAACP Executive Secretary Roy Wilkins as the main speaker. Rev. E. Franklin Jackson, branch president, introduced his campaign leaders and workers to the audience and the membership committee announced 675 mem bers as the pre-campaign total. I Miss. Dismisses Charges Against Percy E. Sutton JACKSON, Miss. Charges against Percy E. Sutton, arrested Freedom Rider and president of the New York NAACP, were dropped here this week. Mr. Sutton and New York State Assemblyman Mark Lane were arrested last June on charges of conspiring to disturb the peace. However, since they were alone, and not acting in concert, the State’s Attorney asked for a dis missal. ' Mr. Sutton was represented by Jack H. Young, NAACP attorney of this city. Dr. Cannon Speaks For NAACP In South Carolina COLUMBIA. S. C—Dr. George D. Cannon of New York City, re-1 cently named co-chairman of the NAACP’s national life member ship drive, addressed the first an nual dinner of this state’s life membership committee here this A total of $1,300 in NAACP life membership payments was col lected during the highly success ful affair according to Dr. Dewey Duckett, chairman of the South Carolina fund-raising body. Twel ve persons pledged to become SSOO NAACP life members. The dinner was held on the campus of Bennett College. Southern News Thursday night at the Sportsman Club. All mem bers of the team were given watches and other gifts by some of the citizens of Asheville. Woman Injured Fleeing From House Fire Mrs. Ida Mae Henry of 516 Caribou Rd. received dispensary treatment about 2 a.rp. Wednes day at Memorial Mission Hospital for severe right leg lacerations suffered when she fled out a win dow after her residence caught fire. The one-story, six-room frame dwelling was enveloped in flames When the Skyland Volunteer Fire Department responded to the 1:40 a.m. alarm, Chief Fred Dalton said. Cause of the blaze, which ap parently started on the rear porch, has not been determined, and damages estimates are not available, Dalton reported. Mrs. Bassie Logan of New York’ City was listed as owner of the| residence. A truck from Biltmore, Forest joined 14 Skyland volun-; teer firemen in combatting the blaze. ■ Police Court Grant ones, Pine St., probable, cause found on charge of assault' with deadly weapon with intent] to kill, bound to Superior Court, under SSOO bond. Nathanie Brown, Poplar St., larceny, six months on roads sus pended on payment of costs and restitution. J. C. Wright, Black St., unlaw ful possession of lottery materials, six months on roads suspended on payment of $25 fine and sosts. fISK. t| 4..' H A BLAZE originating in a basement furnace room caused an estimated $5,000 damages to the residence of Mrs. Mary Burgin at 129 S. French Broad Ave. The flames, whipped by strong winds, spread temporarily to the adjoining residence of Harry Foreman at 127 S. French Broad Ave., where damage to weather boarding and windows were set at Damaged at the Burgin home were the first-floor kitchen, spare room and porch and’two bedrooms on second floor. Fire Chief J. C. Fitzgerald said Ladder Co. 1 from Central Sta tion and Engine Co. 2 from Bartlett Street Station responded to the 3:06 p.m. alarm and reported the blaze under control within 30 m inutes after arrival on the scene. The interior of the two-story brick residence was extensively damaged by smoke, flames and water. STEPHENS-LEE WINS 4-ATITLE GREENSBORO. ■ — Stephens- Lee High of Asheville rolled to its first state basketball cham pionship here Saturday night, defeating Atkins High of Win ston-Salem, 66-59, for the 4-A Negro championship. Rolling up a 21-10 first quarter lead, the Bears held the fore all the way, slacking off a bit in the third period, but pouring on the coal again in the fourth. MARKET STREET Y TO HOST TRI-STATE SPORTS FESTIVAL Negro To Run For Sheriff In ENC County PLYMOUTH. For the first time in memory of residents, a Negro has announced as a candi date for public office in Wash ington County. The announcement came from Cary Brown, Jr., 35, who pur chased an ad in the Roanoke Beacon to state he is running for the Democratic nomination for sheriff in the May 26 primary. Brown has not yet formally filed with the board of elections. Sheriff Paul Basnight has an nounced as a candidate for re election. TO PICKET SENATOR STROM THURMOND OMAHA. Neb. The NAACP will picket a Cold War seminar here, April 6-7, at which South Carolina Senator Strom Thur mond is slated to speak. ' It is sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce. Lawrence McVoy, local NAACP president, said, “We don’t need any racist from outside the state bringing their white supremacy ideas into Omaha.” NAACPWinT Brewery Employ ment Victory CINCINNATI. The NAACP won a major victory here this week when the Wiedeman Brew ing Company hired four Negro driver salesman; one laboratory technician; two display men; four apprentice brewers; and three of fice girls. ; The firm previously employed one Negro out of 450 workers. Based in Newport, Ky., it is the largest and had the worst em ployment record as far as Ne groes were concerned. William F. Bowen, local NA ACP president, announced launch ing of a three-state drive to se cure jobs in the brewery industry only two weeks ago. LATEST NEWS PUBLISHED BREVARD. Annie Mae Wil liams of Brevard Wednesday was sentenced to two years in prison after she was convicted in Su perior Court as an accessory to the murder of Harold Mooney, 34, on March 2. Paul Williams, no relation, and Mrs. Leola Mooney Tuesday were given life sentences after they entered pleas of guilty to first degree murder. Mooney, well-known Negro trainer of the Brevard High School football team, was found hacked to death in his home. A machete, which officers testified split the victim’s head, was found near by. The Market Street YMCA will play host to four other ‘Y’ groups in the Tri-State YMCA Sports Festival next Saturday. In addition to the Market Street YMCA, others taking part in the 1962 affair will be the Hunton Branch YMCA of Lynchburg, Virginia, the Chestnut Street Branch of Portsmouth, Virginia, the Hayes-Taylor Branch YMCA of Greensboro and the Patterson Avenue Branch YMCA of Win ston-Salem. The festival events will in clude senior basketball at Ste phens-Lee High School, junior basketball at the Asheville Cath olic High School, table-tennis singles and doubles for interme diate and young adults, weight lifting for 18-year-olds and up. volley ball for 21-year-olds and up, all in the YMCA building, and billiards for intermediates and young adults in the Ace Billiar-' A “shirt and tie” social -for the youth particip Stephens-Lee High S< on Sat urday p.m. NAACP Paref's Fla. Jim Crow Charge MIAMI. Fla. The NAACP is investigating charges of discrim ination against stricken welter weight Benny Paret, when he took his family to a zoo four days be fore he left for New York City asd his ill-fated fight. Paret has been hovering near death as a result of a merciless beating received in defense of his welterweight crown. Mrs, Paret said that the family was not allowed to enter the zoo because of their race. “We can’t go back to Miami,” she said, ‘because Benny likes to take the boy (Benny, Jr.) to dif ferent places. Benny came out of that zoo crying. It was the first time I ever saw him cry,” she said in New York. Meanwhile, Father Theodore R. Gibson, president of the local NAACP, is conducting an inves tigation. Robert Saunders, NAACP field secretary in Florida, said the or ganization will take the matter to Gov. Farris Bryant.