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psa-1 .. THE TRIBUNE f ., SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA j I* ' ■ V.• “ "We Have Been Model Lawabiding Citizens", Says The Conference. "Let Us Be No Less At This Time." I The ministers of Roanoke and vicinity, who have kept conspicuously quiet during the past turbulent months of rdCld' adjustment since the United States Supreme Court handed down its decision on segregation in public schools, spoke out this week like a thunderbolt from a clear sky. Shocked by the skillful political maneuvering of the chief executives of our State to circumvent the ruling of the highest court of our nation, the “brethren of the cloth,” rose up in righteous indignation to throw their mighty strength against the foes of the law. At the regular weekly meeting Monday, the greater part ot the time was used in the discussion of the actions e!n 111 SP^C^ session by the legislators concerning the Gray Commission report. The ministers unanimously agreed that solutions to the many unanswered questions raised by the opponents of the Report should be clarified feince neither the Governor nor members of the Commission ha\ e made the slightest attempt to give answers which are pertanent to the plan’s operation, it would be unreason able and unfair to expect the electorate of this State to go to the polls and vote for its adoption. Therefore the ministers felt morally obligated to lend all possible as sistance to the obtaining of this information. To that end, they are launching an informative campaign designed to point out our Christian, patriotic and lawabiding duties as worthy citizens of the great State of Virginia. The ministers further took the position, that any effort to circumvent or by-pass any law of our land established thiough constitutional processes is a dangerous course to pursue. It could establish a custom of obeying only the laws which we find pleasant. That would lead to destruction ot government by law and replace it with government by mass emotion which would be a most dangerous alterna tive. As high churchmen, these men are clearly convinced of the hypocrisy of those political schemers and their de terminaUon to disobey the ruling of the highest court of the land. 11 the proponents of the report are unable to give the answer to the numerous questions, or if they are tearful of doing so, the voters would tlo irreparable harm to vote for its passage,” says the Ministerial Conference. Catholic Church May Close; Priest Threatened: Over a period of almost two months dispute has raged at Ouf Lady of Lourdes Church in Ertha, Louisiana, over the acceptance of a Negro priest. The priest is Father A. M. Labbe. The bishop is Rev. Ju les B. Jeanmard. The church has 2,500 members, and Rev. Teanmard threatened to ex communicate any members guilty of violence. The bishop also threatened that any others threatening violence, or spreading mali cious gossip “to interfere with the ministry of the priest in charge of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, or with the teaching of the catechism to children of this parish, as ordered by us, will be au tomatically excommunicated from the church without fur ther notice.” Threats against the priest of the church, Father A. M. Labbe, have caused him to obtain the services of a col lege student as his bodvguard. The priest said that infor mation that he was in danger was relayed to him by friends. He had received no letters or threatening calls. The priest also said that he had been followed by various groups when he went out, but found out some of them were seeking his protection. About 650 whites and 75 Negroes had been receiving instruction with “no trouble” until November 14, when the priest was forced to suspend the integrated class. He said that beginning with Decem ber 5, the class would be con ducted as before. Erath, located in Louisiana, Cajun County, is an area in which there has been less ra cial trouble than anywhere else in the state. Hut a recent pronouncement that parochial schools in the state would be desegregated when the time is more suited for a total break with community tradi tion created a tense situation. Reporting on the beating of the teacher. Father Labbe said Mrs. Lula V. Or*man was beaten last week in part of *he church as she was going to say the Rosary. Three women were present, but only two assaulted her. A crowd of nearly 7,000 at tended the Soul Stirrers An niversary program held in the Chicago Coliseum, she said, with other engagements at tracting similar throngs. “In the past, the South has been the most lucrative ter ritorv for Cosnel singers, but surpri<dng!v enough, the East and Midwest are now corres nondinglv as good. Mrs. Cum ber declared. “Tn her opinion, the field is an increasingly fine lot of fresh new talent, and this plus the tremendous resurg ence back to God in America today, foretells a splendid fu ture for singers of the great Gospels.” Herald Attractions, which News From The Churches High Street Baptist Church To Present Concert December 11 The Radio Choir of High Street Baptist Chuivh will appear in Concert on Sunday, December 11, at 7:30 p.m., in the main auditorium of the church. The December concert is an (annual event of the Radio Choir. This year the members will use the proceeds to help make Christmas for the “Shut-in” at the South West Convalescent Home. Members and friends are in vited to attend the concert, which is being presented in the true “Spirit of Christ,” that is, in order to bring hap piness to those shut-in. Some of these people may not have families to remember them at this season. With that thought in mind, the com munity-at-large is urged to attend. Addison High School A Christmas tradition dating back to the birth of Christ will be renewed Sun day afternoon (Dec. 11) when the 90-voice Addison Choir presents portions of “The Messiah” together with many carols of various countries. The concert will be held in the school auditorium beginn ing promptly at 4 p.m. The Oratoria, written by George Frederick Handel in 24 days during portions of the months of August and Sep tember, 1741, has been used by most singing groups to tell the Christmas Story. Seven soloist will perform under James Thompson, Jr., High Street Church To Honor Ushers High Street Baptist Church will honor its Usher Board on Sunday, December 11, at the 11 a.m. Worship service. Rev. F. G. Sampson, pastor, will conduct the special cere mony which will pay tribute to this organization. Rev. Sampson’s sermon will be de livered on the subject, “Signs of Greatness.” The Usher B'aid consists of five Usher groups. Those are, namely, the Junior, In termedia* e, Semo** Adult Men and Adult Women. All Ushers will be seated to gether in their uniforms dur ing the worship service. Music Will be furnished by the junior and senior choir.s, and the Gospel Chorus. director, Donald Pullens at the piano and William Nabors at the organ. Soloists are Norma Smith, Carolyn Charlton, Shirley Preston, Sopranos; Yvonne Brandon, Florence Spencer, Altos, and Harold Deane, tenor. The choir will open the program by singing ex cerpts from the Messiah and with Hallelujah Chorus. The remainder of the program will feature carols of many countries. The choir has been working hard for several weeks in order that their first con cert will be a success. “The Messiah” is said to contain music of both the simplest and most complex nature but Sweet Union Baptist Church The Ladies’ Working Zeal Club, Mrs. Rachel Lee presi dent, will present a program at the church, Sunday the llth, at'3:00 p. m. Rev. P. T. Travis, of Gary, W. Va., will preach. Mrs. C. C. Williams will offer a reading. Mrs. Florence Fields - Woods will render an organ solo. Other musical selections will be ren dered by the Sweet Tones of Israel. Great Future Predicted For Gospel Singers Hollywood—Mrs. Lillian Cumber, Herald Attractions, Inc., Gospel booking agency executive predicted a greater future for Spiritual artists than ever before, following a recent business trip to Chicago, St. Louis, Knjisas City, Dallas and other key centers of Gospel concert act ivities. “There are unprecedented demands for the Pilgrim Travelers, Bro. Joe May, the Original Gospel Harmonettes, the two blind groups, the Car avans and other artists hand led by our agency,” Mrs. Cum ber stated. all of it is “on the highest plane of inspirational beauty.” The choir will sing “The Messiah” from a chapel back ground admist lighted candles. The Madonna and ferns. The art department has worked out appropriate scenery which expresses Winter Wonderland | for the singing of the carols. Workshop Director, Charles J. Smith, 111, will serve as Director of the Sixth Annual Florida A.&M. University In terscholastic Press Workshop that will be held on January 28-29, 1955. 4000 Negroes Vote Bus Boycott Montgomery, Ala., Dec. 6— About 4000 Negroes voted at a mass meeting last night to stay off the city buses un til a satisfactory arrangement is worked out in a squabble over Jim Crow seating. The crowd jammed into a Baptist church for the rally that came after the first day’s boycott of the buses, to pro test the conviction of a seam 1 stress who refused to take a Jim Crow seat, was called “90 percent effective.” The immediate cause of the boycott, Mrs. Rosa Parks, 42 was fined $10 in Recorder’s Court yesterday. She had been arrested by a bus driver. News For Veterans Fall enrollments of vet erans under the Korean GI Bill have broken all past re cords of the three-year-old training program, and probab ly will pass the 700,000-mark before the end of the year, Veterans Administration an nounced. Incomplete r e p or t s from schools show that nearly 615.000 Korea veterans were in training November 1, VA said. This represents a 86 percent increase over the 451.000 enrolled a year ago, and also is well above the pre vious peak of 608,000 veter an-trainees, reached on May 1, 1955. VA predicted that by mid December, when completed fall figures are in, the total number of veterans training under the Korean GI Bill mav surpass 700,000. GT college enrollments made the largest stride over the past year, VA said, ris students on November 1, 1954. to 841,000 this year—a 50 percent increase. Enrollments in schools be low the colege level rose 20 percent, from 148,000 to 178.000. GT farm training Mrs. Cumber heads, is the na tion’s largest booking agency with far flung operations in nearly each one of the 48 states and abroad More Students Burning Over Georgia Ban Atlanta, Dec. (5—Students at Emory University and the University of Georgia, anger ed because a new segregation sports policy will hurt Geor gia teams’ reputation s, burned Gov. Marvin Griffin in effigy on two fronts last night. They were the third and fourth institutions in the state to burn the governor in effigy since Mr. Griffin asked the State Board of Re i gents to prevent Georgia Tech from meeting Pitts burgh, which has a Negro player, in the Sugar Bowl. The demonstrations broke out a few hours after the regents, who govern the uni versity system, adopted a compromise racial policy that will allow Tech to play in the Sugar Bowl Jan. 2, but proba bly bar state supported schools from future games with Negroes. 500 in Demonstration There was fear that the new policy would doom both Georgia and Georgia Tech, which together have been to 14 major bowl games in the past 15 years as national football powers. Some 500 University of Georgia students, who usually save their wrath for rivaP Tech in sports competition, held a sympathy demonstra tion late last night on the Athens, Ga., campus and burned the governor in effigy. About the same time, some 25 persons burned an effigy of the governor on the library steps at Emory University. t a Methodist-supported college in Atlanta, which fields no football team. 15 Arrested Athens police took into cus —:-1 registered a 40 percent in-1 crease, going from 25,000 to 35.000. On-the-job training increased the least—a 13 per cent rise from 53,000 to 60.000. This year's sizeable boost in the number of Korea veteran trainees more than made up for the continuing decline in the number of World War II veterans still training under the original World War II GI Bill. VA said. On November 1. 1955, only 78.000 World War TI veterans were enrolled in G I training— less than half the total of 169.000 in schools and train ing establishments a year ago. i today about 15 Georgia stu dents as they turned their demonstration into a panty raid after their march down town and the effigy burning. Shortly after Gov. Griffin asked the regents to take ac tion against Tech Friday, some 2000 Tech students burned the governor in ef figy at least six times, marched on the State Capi tol and then demonstrated in front of the executive man sion. Students at Mercer Uni versity, a Baptist-supported school in Macon, Ga., also burned the governor in ef figy. Loudon Avenue Christian Church Has Organ Series Mrs. Wood presents Medi tation Hour. A series of organ programs will be presented to the pub lic beginning Sunday, Decem ber 11th, and continuing each Sunday evening through De cember. The service is de signed for silent worship through song and prayer and meditation. The audience is requested to enter into the spirit of worship in the man ner which best answers your specific need and urgency. If your heart is burdened, and humming with the organ will lift the ?are and weight, do so. If you should feel the desire to kneel in prayer, or want only to sit and meditate upon the goodness of a loving and merciful God, that too, is your priviledge. Request numbers will be played in the order in which they are received. They may be given to the ushers at the door; and they will be heard on the following Sunday. Too much emphasis cannot be placed upon the necessity of absolute quietness, since it is easily understood, just how disturbing any conver sation would be. The program, which will be held at Loudon Christian Church, will last from 6;30 until 7 p.m. Come and enjoy the wonderful message of love as you sit and listen to the gospel in .song. Mrs. Florence Fields-Woods, minister of Church music organist and choir director of the music at Loudon Av enue Christian Church, will conduct the series. Orange Avenue YWCA The Y-teens of Orange Av enge YWCA will participate in their annual Dedication Service and Christmas Can dlelighting Ceremony on Sun day, December 18, at 3:30 p.m. During this ceremony, the Y-Teens World Fellowship project of scrapbooks to bo sent to Y-Teens in foreign I_'_ 1 m w ak T jSf mf k f £ Jm 'S4 Jm l H zffP \ B Sb jfi ^SERIOUSLY PI^ASLFP VETS NOW ^ HAVE UNTIL OCT.20,1906,OR. S ! YEARS AFTER.SEPARATION FROM service WHICHEVER. IS I LATERJO apply for a 4 ',*00 GRANT TOWARD THE PURCHASE 1 OF A SPECIALLY EQUIPPED AUTO ' ' gg'° -1 .XtllA^n V01 lull Inlormullou conUft your n«»r»rt V At WLAN* AOMLtflflTRATION •«(• Prelude To Christmas Poem I am your friend, and my love for you goes deep. There is nothing I can give you, which you have not got; But there is much, very much, that, While 1 cannot give it, You can take. No heaven can come to us un less our hearts find rest in today. Take Heaven! No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present little instant. Take Peace! The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach, is Joy. There is radiance and glory in the darkness, Could we but see, and to see, we have only to look. I beseech you to look. Life is so generous a giver, but we, Judging it’s gifts, by their PAtrnrin nr Cast them away as ugly, or heavy or hard. Remove the covering, and you will find beneath it Living splendor, woven o f love, by wisdom, with power. Welcome it, grasp it, and you touch the angel’s hand that brings it to you. Everything that we call a trial, a sorrow, or a duty, Believe me, that angel’s hand is there; the gift is there, And the wonder of an over shadowing Presence. Our Joys too: be not content with them as joys. They too, conceal Divine gifts. Life is so full of meaning and purpose, So full of Beauty—beneath it’s covering, That you will find earth but cloaks your heaven. Courage then to claim it: that is all! But courage you have: and the knowledge that we Are Pilgrims together, Wending through unknown country, home, And so, at this time I greet you, Not quite as the world sends greetings, But with profound esteem and with the prayer That for you now and forever, The day breaks, and the shad ows flee away. (Fra Giovanni—1513 A. D.) countries will be dedicated. This project, chosen by the Teen-ager’s to strengthen the fellowship of women and girls over the world, is being car ried out by Y-Teens in 430 cities of the United States. The speaker for the pro gram will be the Reverend Mr. Frederick Sampson, of lhe High Street Baptist Church. The YWCA Membership narty will be held on Thurs day, December 22, from 6-11 p.m. This gay, festive affair, open to all members of the YWCA, will be highlighted by a Pot-Luck Dinner, Christmas tree decorating and caroling, period of games, dancing and fun for all age groups.