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About The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19?? | View Entire Issue (Aug. 6, 1932)
E. B. Gray Writes
or “The Negro
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mens of tlus country has to make an
extra bargain for the . benefits to
which he is entitled. We have ap
proximately 123,000,000 in population
and we count some 12,000,00 of our
own citizens and each voter in this
group of Colored people has come
face to face with the unsalable fact
that he shares equally in the burdens;
of maintaining the government but in j
addition to his just share of the bur
den, he is constantly bearing an ad
ditional portion especially inherited
by and thrugh the grace of being Col
ored, plus special laws, and yet, we
Ore taught to understand freedom:
as gi' en under the Republican ban-1
ner. That was seventy years ago, and!
aiare then, time has changed so that!
our people now feel that good me as
wares can come in like manner for our
benefit from another party.
This thought of added good is not ’
the only animating influence for'
party influences coming forward with
the polished dollar and hold it up as
an influence for vote. It is no won
der that the votes art being divided
bet ween the political parties. This in
fluence is not national alone, but is
felt in every community.
in uMiana, it umes tne torm ox
gay promises after which our citizens
rush with their vote* and patronage
hoping to gain benefits promised by
members of each division of politics.
The Colored man is in no manner dif
ferent from other citizens in wishing
to le in a position of leadership, and
is prone to argue that through lead
ership is the only way upward. This
may be true, but to lead with suc
cess means to be mentally fit. This
is a matter of conscience, and con
science can be divided into four kinds:
An upright conscience, a doubtful
conscience, an erroneous conscience,
and a blinded conscience. An up
right conscience is a testimony of
right reason, a practical judgement
which dictates what is allowed and
what is not, which is made to make
itself heard within us. When we as
a people can find leaders with up
right minds, we will make an added
progress; but leaders from any of the
other three kinds of conscience will
hold us in continued bondage. This,
in a large degree, is up to us collect
ively to make sure of our leaders.
Not only within our own group of
people, but jn selecting those we wish
to serve us in civic, state and nation
I recall in 1931, when we changed
from the old commissioner form to
the council manager form of govern
ment, imitations were sent out in
viting all public spirited citizens of
Oakland to participate in a reception j
for our present City Manager, Mr
Carr. Approximately 2500 availed
themselves of the opportunity and at
tended this banquet. I noticed ap
proximately forty or more Colored in
attendance. A splendid tribute I
thought. But immediately after
this the call was sent out for a sep
arate reception for Colored people to
my mind, ill advised, but beneath it
all was the motive of doing politics.
After that meeting, invitations were
extended to the leading organizatons
of the city, inviting them to partici
pate in perfecting a political organ
ization. From reports through the
local press, the organization was per
fected and officers elected. Immed
iately afterwards, another organiza
tion was started for the same pur
pose. They claimed that they had
rhe panacea for the ills suffered by
our group politically in this commun
ity. About three months ago anoth
er appeared upon the scene, organiz
ation No. 3. They also have launched
out upon the field with the same pro
we want it tnorougmy understood,
that we are not criticizing the motive
of the people who are perfecting
these organizations, but I am of the
pinion that a combination of forces
nn one big program would gain for
us the thnigs we desire. We have
ix-.-n following a winding path for a
! >ng time, but there are no short cuts.
We taks out of life only inproportion
aswe put into it. We must prove
our fitness for advancement, and un
til then, independence is only a rain
bow f promise, and success will only
lie real when we shall have proven
■ur worth. It cannot be acquired by
assuming a false position. The pub
!!■ is too wise for that. Playing pol
itics is an art of studied effort, and
one who attempts to do politics
-hould be sufficiently acquainted with
local and national affairs to be able
to advise correctly or, all issues. Our
entire future ecnomic .structure is
rather uncertain and unless W’e
think seriously on all issues and act
wisely, we will continue to remain
; economic slaves of our community.
Next week I will attempt to write
: an article on “How Politics is Being
i Done by Our Group in the State of
California.”—F. B. GRAY.
OMAHA BEE-NEWS APPOINTS
Mr. Calvin Spriggs, 28g5 Ohio St.,
was appointed inspector of the north
district by the Omaha Bee-News. His
work begins August 1. This is the
first time a colored man has been
connected for sometime with the
given this work. Mr. Spriggs has
been connected for sometime with the
Bee-News in the insurance depart
ment. He is also a reporter for the
Omaha Guide. Mr. Spriggs wishes
to thank Rev. O. J. Burckhardt, Fa
ther John Albert Williams and Rev. J.
C. Bell for their efforts in placing
him in this job.
OMAHA GIRL ELECTED TO
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of the two girls elected to represent
the business girls in this district to
the Business Girls’ Council. This
council is composed of five girls]
representing Minneapolis, Sooth Da. j
kota, North Dakota, Iowa, Kansas,)
Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Ne.
braska. and meets in February in
one of these states to plan the Oko
boji Business and Industrial Girl's
conference for the following year.
Miss Johnson served on the confer
ence executive committee, as editor
in-chief of the Oko Echo, the camp
newspaper, and as a postmistress.
Mrs. Doreene Holliday served on the
worship committee and in this capa
city wrote a Grace which was adopt
ed by the conference and sung before
meals in the dining room after be
ing set to music by Miss Velma
Odiarne of Aimes, Iowa. Miss Louise
Scott was the instructor for tennis
for the conference.
There were 155 business and in
dustrial girls at the conference repre
senting ten states. Ten of these girls
were colored, two from St. Joseph,
Mo., three from Kansas City, Mo.,
one from Kansas City, Kans., and
four from Omaha.
l he lecture topic lor the business
girls was “The Present Crisis is a
Challenge to Business Girls. Will WTe
Accept It?” The lecture topic for
Industrial girls was “What does thr>
Future Hold for Working People?”
Mr. Francis A. Staten of Madison,
Wis., was the lecturer. Study groups
discussed such topics as International
Affairs, Family Relationships, Per
sonal Savings and Social Insurance,
Wastes and Cost of Living and
Household Employment. Six hours
were given to the discussion of “Men
and Women Relationships” lead by
Dr. Ruth Nustrom of Minneapolis,
Minn., and “Racial Problems and Re
lationships” lead by Miss Elsie M.
Mountain, executive secretary of the
Paseo Branch of the Y. W. C. A. in
Kansas City, Mo., three hours being
given to each topic. Girls were free
to partiicipate in every camp sport
including rowing, swimmng. archery,
canoeing, hiking, base ball, tennis
Another evidence of the interracial
development of the Y. W. C. A. was
in the decision made concerning a
trip by the conference to a summer
resort on Lake Okoboji. The confer,
ence had planned a moonlight boat
trip around the lake, stopping at the
resort for two hours. The manage,
ment of the resort refused certain
privileges to the colored girls. By a
unanimous vote of the executive com
mittee, the conference vetoed the
party, stating that the conference
would not participate in any event
in which the colored girls would be
NATIONAL BENEFIT PAYING
CLAIMS ON MODIFIED
Washington, July 27—(ANP)—The
National Benefit Life Insurance com
pany is keeping faith with its policy,
holders who have accepted the modi
fication program under which the
organization is now operating. In
anouncing the modification plan, the
receivers stated that all properly
I submitted claims for death benefits
on policies which have been modified
; would be paid promptly.
In the past ten days, five cases on
which the policyholders had signed
the modification blanks, were sub
mitted for claims. The policyholders
had died a few days after accepting
have to wait. The claims were paid
the plan. Their beneficiaries did not
for the full modified amount im
The receivers state that the same
promptness will be observed in every
case where the death benefits are
due provided the policyholder has
signed and accepted the terms of
Among the first cases received
and immediately settled by the com
pany were twa in Washington, D.
C., one in Baltimore, one in Little
| Rock, Arkansas, and one in St.
Policyholders are being given the
opportunity to accept the modifica
tion plan and assure their protec
tion in all the states in which the
company has operated except Geor
gia, Virginia, Pennsylvania and
Tennessee. The receivers, eourts and
insurance departments of these states
have not yet extended this means
of protection, which according to the
actuaries is on a safe and sound legal
reserve basis, to the policyholders
they supervise. The receivers at
Washington point out that the modi
fication plan is the only one now in
operation which will assure proctec
tion to the policyholders and guar-;
antee prompt settlement of death;
The modification plan is being en. '
thusiastically accepted by the policy
claims, as promised, will undoubtedly
holders. The prompt payment of
hasten the completion of the pro
We wish to express our apprecia
tion to the ministers of the different
churches for the splendid aid ac
corded oar representatives Sunday
in interest of the Go-to-College Con
test. Here are some of the effective
remark* made by the pastors who
supported our representatives.
Rev. I. S. Wilson of St. John A.
M. E. church, said he was glad to
give time for a representative of the
Guide for such a splendid effort. Rev.
Metcalf, our speaker, stressed our
Go-to-ColIege Contest and asked St.
John to support it.
Rev. Reynolds of the Baptist, and
Rev Slater of the Methodist ehurch
I er, of Council Bluffs, received our
j speaker, Mrs. Belle Taylor, cordiall
y. The ministers stated that they
were ready to help put over Go-to
Rev. Bell of Bethel A. M. E.
church, willingly gave time for our
speaker, Mr. Johnnie Owens, to ask
the cooperation of the church. Mr.
Owens made a fine speech and Rev.
Bell promises his support.
Rev. Jackson of Bethel Baptist
! church, of South Omaha, gave us
i space on the evening program. Mr
R- C. Price a oar speaker, explained;
oar contest and wa« endorsed by Kcv.
Rev. Stephens of Pleasant Bap
tist church, made his talk so impress
ive that several of the junior mem
bers promise to join the contest.
Rev. Clay of the Cleaves Temple,
was very La pry to give our speaker
time at the afternoon service.
Mr. J. Harvey Kerns of the Urban
League, was the Guide speaker at
Pilgrim Baptist church. Mr. Kerns
spoke to a large and appreciative
audience. Rev. Dotson endorsed the
Guide and commended the Go-to.
Rev. Young very graciously re
ceived our speaker, Mrs. Estelle
Newlan, who spoke on the merits of
the paper and also the advantage*
of the Go-to-College contest. This
talk was followed by Mr. H. L. An
derson and Rev. Young. Both com
mended the Guide for a dean news
paper and endorsed the content
Rev. Burekhardt of Christ Temple,
says: “It is a great movement cf
great forethought—showing an uo
selfish motive and deserves the sup
port of all.
PROMINENT CITIZEN AND SOL
Mr. Alonzo WPliam Smith of 2219.
North 25th Street, died at his home
Wednesday evening, July 20th. Mr.
Smith’s health has been failing fir
the past two years. He was born in
Calton, Ky., August 8, 1852, served
fifteen years in the U. S. Army as
expert marksman. Mr. Smith came
to Omaha in 1911 and joined Mt.
Moriah Baptist church, where be
served as deacon and active Chris
tian worker. He was well known for
his splendid Christian life in the
community. He met and married Mrs.
Nettie Kellogg Smith in 1916, whom
he leaves a devoted widow, also a
son, Mr. Alonzo Smith of Cheyenne,
Wyoming. twro daughters, Mrs. Min
nie Griffin, Mrs. Lorzetta Biddieux.
two son-in-laws, seven grandchildren,
two step-children. Roy Kellogg, Mrs.
Mammie Harris and a host of friends.
The funeral services were held
from the Mt. Moriah Baptist church.
Soldiers from Ft. Cook gave the
salute honoring their comrade. Mr.
Wattles and Mr. Miles, civil war
veterans, stood guard. There were
three pallbearers from Mt. Moriah
and three from the Knights of Fy.
thias lodge of w’hich Mr. Smith was
a member. The honorary pallbearers
were from Mt. Moriah, Pilgrim and
As the body was lowered in the
ground at the Forest Lawm ceme
tery, the w'idow, Mrs. Smith, was
presented with a flag as a token of
honor for the distinguished service
of the deceased for his country.
GROUP ACTION, THEME OF NE.
GRO RETAILERS’ MEETING
Negro retailers including grocery
store proprietors and druggists were
invited to a special meeting by the
Omaha Urban League to discuss some
of the present economic problems and
the effect they are having on Negro
Mr. J. Harvey Kerns, executive
secretary of the Urban League, re
; viewed the present status of the Ne
| gro worker and the present and fa
I ture trends in employment. He ad
' vised the Negro retailers that the
worker is seeking to have his dollar
go as far as it is possible and the
Negro retailer can assist him by
group action jn purchasing nad ad- j
Expressions were made by the
various business men who stated
their most pressing problems and
discussed ways and methods of solv
ing them. It was the concensus of j
opinion among the Negro retail men
that the application of more modern
business methods will be of material
aid in solving many of their prob
lems. The meeting of these men was
significant in that they agreed that
scientific business management, or
ganization and cooperation must be
their next step to survive keen com
petition and they have set out to
accomplish these ends.
Mr. C. Adams, general president of j
the Omaha Housewives’ League,
spoke of the objectives of this organ
ization of women. Mr. Adams said the
objective the Housewives’ League is
1,000 who will act as a single unit
in supporting institutions giving
patronage to Negroes. He character
ized the housewives’ organization as
the most significant local organiza
tion perfected. The slogan of the
organization is “Make Your Dollars
Have More Sense.”
At the conclusion of the discussion,
the retailers advised Mr. Kerns to |
summerize the evening? discussions j
and present them at a special meet- !
ing of the body to be held the middle j
of August. Mr. C. C. Galloway,
business manager of the Omaha
Guide, represented the Negro press
at the meeting.
YOUNG REPUBLICANS HEAR
■ Oscar DePriest was a guest of honor
I at the rally of the National Negro
i College Republican club held Mon
day evening, July 18th at the White
law hotel. He urged the young Ne
groes to continue their efforts to in
I terest first voter* throughout the
Wiumry in uie jvepuuncan partT, atld
as American citizens to vote for the
party. More than two hundred at
tended the meeting.
| Honorable Edward F. Oolladay,
Republican National committeman
j for the District of Columbia, was the
j other guest of honor. He was intro
duced by J. Francis Wells, alternate
delegate from the district of Colum
bia to the national convention in Chi
i eago, the political adviser for the
j local branch of the young Republican
I Dr. John R. Francis introduced
Congressman DePriest. Other speak,
ers were Lieut. Col. West A. Hamil
ton, William L. Houston, Virgil
Franklin and Dr. John E. Washing
The national officers of the organ
i ization are Hyman Y. Chase, presi
dent; J. Wallace Wromley, 1st vice
president; Godfrew E. Mills, 2nd
vice president; Osbone M. Gillaird.
3rd vice president; William C. Curtis,
i secretary; Edward Thomas, organ
izer-treasurer; Lowery I. Pierce,
NATIONAL WOMEN MEET
the raising of a $30,000 fund for the
four fold purpose of landscaping the
paying off the debt on the national
Frederick Douglass Memorial Home,
headquarters, creating funds for the
promotion of the association’s work
among young girls, and women in
industry who were outlined by the
executive board of the National As
sociation of Colored Women who met
in this city at the headquarters, 12tn
and O streets, northwest, Tuesday,
Mrs. bailie W. Stewart, national
president, reported on the activities
of the organization during the past
two years and submitted her plans
for the next meeting of the organ
ization which was postponed from
this July until July 1933 in order
that the colored women’s federation
might participate in the Internation
al Century of Progress of Women
to be held in Chicago at that time.
The board entrusted to Mrs. Stew!
art the details for their part in the
international congress which will in
elude an exhibit and a drama “Rise
of the Race.” The Illinois delegation
of women headed by Mrs. Maude
Smith, chairman of the Chicago Co.
operating Committee, pledged to fur
nish the National Association with
a place at the International Congress
where the Association can house its
art exhibit for a period of three
months. In past years the Associa
tion’s art display has attracted
Many prominent women were in
the city as delegates. Those attend
ing were: Mrs. Sallie W. Stewart,
national president, of Evansville, In
diana; Dr. Mary Waring. Chicago;
Mrs. Daisy Lanpkins, Pittsburgh;
Mrs. Nettie Napier, president of
the Douglass Memorial Board of
Nashville; Miss Meta Pelhham, De
troit; Mrs. C. S. Smith, Detroit; Mrs.
Addie Dickerson, Philadelphia; Miss
Roberta Dunbar, Providence; Mrs. E.
Carter Brooks, San Antonio; Mrs.
Maggie Walker, Richmond; Mrs
McCrory, Charlotte; Mrs. H. G. An
drews, Jacksonville; Mrs. M. E. Bur
rell, Newark; Mrs. Frederick Perry,
Kansas City, Mo., a granddaughter
of Frederick Douglass; Mrs. Mrytle
Cook of Kansas City, Mo.; Mrs.
Maude Smith of Chicago; Mrs. G.
Payne of New York City; Mrs. Lo
thia C. Fleming ©f Cleveland, and
the Washington group which includ
ed Mrs. Anna Murray, Mrs. Julia
West Hamilton, Dr. Clara Taliaferro,
Miss Nannie H. Burroughs and Mrs.
VI. M. Scott. Telegrams from the
women who were unable to attend i
were received. ,
ALABAMA’S LAST NEGRO
Following close upon the celebra
tion of thy fiftieth Anniversary of
Tuskegee Institute comes news from
Nashville, Tennessee of the death of
the Rev. George Wesley Allen who
was a member of the Alabama legis
lature at the time the bill was pre
sented to establish a Normal school
for colored teachers at Tuskegee.
The Rev. Mr. Allen, 77, a minister
in the African Methodist Church, died
at four o’clock on the morning of May
24. at his home 1414South street.
Mr. Allen was born in Alabama,
and for thirty-two years worked there
to aid in the education of his race. He
put through the bill in 1881 to found
the school that is now Tuskegee In
stitute while he was in the Alabama
legislature, and after the school was
founded he was among those who
sent to Virginia for Booker T. Wash
ingtn, who became its head.
For a number of years he was the
•dHor and manager of the Southern
Christian Recorder, one of the offic-'
ial organs of his church. In 1921
he was a delegate to the Ecumencial i
Conference in London, England.
FLORIDA STATE COLLEGE TO
SUPERINTEND STATE PRISON
dent J. R. E. Lee of the Florida A.
and M. college has accepted the offer
» head the work of initiating an
iducational program for the colored
nmates of the Florida gtat* prison
Supt. Chapman and acting Chap
lain Sheffield of the Florida state
prison, J. R. E. Lee and Profs. F. E,
James, G. T. Wiggins, extension di
rector, M. A. Lee and A. L. Kidd, )n
conference, outlined the plans for
this type of work, a new venture on
the part of this institution, this past
Supt. Chapman in his remarks to
President Lee stated_ “We are going
to depend upon your experience,
wisdom and the very commendable
teaching organization that you head
for the initiation of this work. Thesp
men here have displayed an interest,
in their educational advancement and
it would be shameful if we did not
take advantage of this urge and
capitalize it for the building up of
better citizens upon their return to
organized society.” And again he
remarked, “We want that this insti
tution in its operation and the op
portunities that it offers to its in
mateg will not be a sore but that it
will be standing blessing to the state
and any movement that has for its
ultimate end the development of re
spect for the dignity of the state has
our sanction and approval.”
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