The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19??, November 22, 1941, City Edition, Image 1

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    I GOOD
at your
1100 Citizens Hear Speaker A. P. Randolph
“Can we give thanks? Can we
In all honesty celebrate Thanks
giving this year—when famine
stalks a war torn Europe, when
violence and threats of war are at
our very door step, when even the
elements themselves seem to con
spir to the feeling of desolation?’’!
So speak the gloomy souls.
They know as all of us know that
Thanksgiving Day is the day set
apart for the annual festival of
thanksgiving for the year’s bless
ings but they do not see the
Last year at Thanksgiivng time
they were sure we would be at
war in a few weeks they set
the date so many dates that
never happened. They were sure
England would fall, that they
would never withstand raids and
deprivations. They were sure the
Russian-German coalition would
be too strong for the world. The
one thing they were confident of
was disaster.
Let’s see what has happened.
The low countries have fallen.
France lies helpless. The Scandan
avian countries have been .over
run. Greece was devastated but
In a battle of Thermopolae that as
far surpassed the ancient heroism
as this war has surpassed the wars
of the ancients. But—the coalit
ion is broken; the conquered coun
tries are seething with revolt,
even aqainst the greatest odds:
England still stands firm, united
and courageous. With us. .we
have still not declared war, but
within the country is arising, des
pite an avalanche of Nazi Inspired
propanganda, a sense of cooper
ation, a national unity which is
our best safeguard of defense.
Slowly but surely we are struggl
ing to a sense of responsibility, of
idealism, of high morale. Spirit
ually we are becoming armed for
any crisis the coming year may
bring forth.
Thanksgiving is the expression
of gratitude for devine mercies.
Not only can we give thanks this
November—but we must. We,
who still have peace, whose shores
war has not penetrated, who still
can enjoy the blessings of free
dom ,have a solemn duty to re
joice and give thanks unto the
Lord for his many favors bestow
ed upon us as individuals and as
a nation. In the spirit of thanks
giving for the devine favor of the
past year, and with a deep and a-1
biding trust in His mercies in thej
future we must celebrate this day
of Thanksgiving, 1941 as a UNI
TED people in a UNITED States.
D. A. R.
New York, N. Y. (NNS) Mrs.
Mary McLeod Bethune, president
of the National Council of Negro
Women said in an address to re
gents of the Daughters of the A
merican Revolution at the Wal-1
dorf-Astoria hotel that in Spite of
discrimination against Negroes in
the U. S. they feel that the fight
against Fascism is their fight too.
‘We’re not blind to the fact that
the doors of democratic opportun
ity are not opened very wide for
us,” Mrs. Bethune said, but she
added that Negroes realized that
under Hitler their persecution
would be far greater.
The DAR. is the organization
that refused to allow Marian An
derson or Paul Robeson to sing
at Constitution Hall in Washiig
ton and from which Mrs. Eleanor
Roosevelt and others resigned in
New York, Nov. 19 (ANP) —
Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt has
consented to become honorary
chairwoman of the committee in
charge of the charity football
game to be played at the Polo
grounds Sunday, Nov. 30, between
the Colored All Stars and the New
York Yankees.
Active head of the charity or
ganization is Commissioner Sam
"uSa^Vm^Tphon”ffe«&?"■ Omaha, Nebraska, Saturday, Nwember 22,1941 OUR 14th YEAR-No. 36. City Edition, 5c Copy
To Pastor
In Detroit
REV. F. P. JONES, pastor of
the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church,
and Moderator of the New Era
Baptist State Association of Ne
braska, and one of the Vice Fres
dents of the National Baptist
Convention who has been called to
the Curintliian Baptist CHurch of
Detroit, one of the leading church
es of the state of Michigan ex
tended his resignation to the Mt.
Moriah Church Sunday morning.
An atmosphere of gloom and sad
ness overshadowed the entire
church, and expressions of regret
were voiced by everyone present.
Rev. Jones, will preach his fare
well sermon on the Second Sun
day in December.
He has served as minister of
the Mt. Moriah Church for over
10 years, working hard with his
hands, mind and spirit. Giving
his money at a sacrifice, endeav
oring to prove that he was not
here for the fishes and loaves.
Finding the church heavily in debt
the mortgage has been paid. The
parspnage was threatened with
foreclosure, has been readjusted.
75 percent of the active member
ship and those who hold responsi
ble places in the church are those
who came in during his adminis
The church is well organized
and operates under the church con
trol system. How well he has
served, ad lived in the community
is left for the public to judge. He
came as a Christian gentleman,
and gospel preacher and leaves the
same way. He has made many
friends among all races and class
es. The loyal members who have
worked with hir.i earnestly, and
untiringly, deeply regret the loss
of his leadership. Mrs. Jones who
has faithfully labored by his side,
serving in various capacities in
the church and community, will
be equally missed.
uel J. Batle who was selected by
Mayor LaGuardia to take the late
Lou Gehrig’s place on the Ne-.v
York City Parole Board. The As
sociated Football Charities, Inc.,
which hopes to make this game an
annual affair, represents various
Negro, Catholic and Jewish char
Chicago, Nov. 19 (ANP) Delib
erating only five minutes, a jury
acquitted Harvey Rogers, white,
39 year old ex-convict of a rob
bery charge here Wednesday. The
trial was held before Judge John
A. Sbarbaro in criminal court.
The complaining witness, James
C. (Big Jim) Martin, testified
that Rogers and two other men
had kidnapped him, his wife and
chauffeur last May 27, and de
manded $100,000 ransom. Instead
of waiting for the ransom money,
they fled with $30 and a $300
ring. Martin is alleged to be king
of the west side policy racket.
Councilman Powell Begins Harlem Fight
Investigators Assert Whites and
Negroes Were Shot With Same
Gun, and Killer Is Still Hunted
Three Months After Crime
New York, N. Y.—The killer - f
a Negro private and a white ser
geant of military police in a row
on a bus at Fort Bragg, N. C.,
the night of August 6, is still un
known, it was asserted by Henry
L. Stimson, secretary of war, in
a letter to the NAACP. this week.
All reports at the time of ihc
shooting agreed that Sergeant E.
L. Hargrave, white military police
man, had been killed by Private
Ned Turman, colored, who, in turn
was killed by Sergeant Ru3sell
Owens, another white military po
liceman. These accounts were
given by the daily papers, the As
sociated Press, Negro weekly pa
pers, a personal investigator for
the NAACP., a reporter for the
New York newspaper, P. M. and
Despite all this, Secretary Stim
son stated in his letter to the NA
ACP. that an examination of the
bullets showed that both Hargrave
and Turman were killed by bul
lets from Hargrave’s gun.
Secretary Stimson asserts that
Sergeant Russell Owens was us
ing a different type of ammuni
! tion from that used by Hargraves
and none of his bullets were found
in the bodies of the dead or wound
ed men.
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Washigton Bureau ANP— <
Washington, Nov. 19 ,(ANPi — .
Dying slowly because of an inab- |
i’ity to cope with the present day;
issues, the Republican party is
about to lose its last vestige of
vitality, if the reported resignat
ion of Franklin Waltman is true.
To the lay members of the party,
the name of Franklin Waltman
means little—but to those who
look to the issues of the party and
to the cause for which the party
fights, the name is the open ses
ame to a ringing battle.
Mr. Waltman is and has been
the best publicity director the Re
publican party has ever had. His
contemplated resignation comes,
according to friends, because there
is no issue confronting the party
or rather there are no issues on
v.hich the party will take a def
inite stand in opposition to the ad
Purely political, Mr. Waltman is
one of the most astute writers in
his field. Taken on when it seem
ed that the party needed a man
with vision and ability, he was
given unlimited powers at the on
set. One of his first moves was
to rebuild the party, and name Em
n ett J. Scott, director of Negro
Publicity, a position which Dr.
Scott has held for three years.
Dissention in the party is be
lieved to be wholly responsible for
Mr. Waltman’s decision. Saddled
with Rep. Martin of Massachus
etts as minority leader, who him
self is saddled with Wendell Will
kie, Democratic convert to the Re
publican ranks and last campaigns
candidate, leaves Mr. Waltman
with a terrible burden.
Republican indecision on the
question of strikes in defense in
dustries is another issue which is
causing headaches for the mem
bers who want to see the party re
gain some of its former glory and
prestige. No clear cut stand on
the matter of racial issues also
follows up, with plenty of amm
unition along this line furnished
day after day by soldiers in var
ious camps, selectees and others
interested in promoting the wel
fare of Negroes in the country.
The Republican party has come
to a sad state and just about ver
ifies the words of the person who
when Willkie was nominated said
“There goes the last of the Repub
Participants in Post graduate
course, in care of Infantile Paraly
sis victims, held at Tuskegee Insti
tute infantile Paralysis Center, re
Reading from left to right: Mrs.
Blanche Polk; Mrs. Katherine
Parker; Miss Lulu B. Boswell,
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Head Nurse; Miss Mary MacDoni
aid, Orthopedic Consultant; Mrs
Florie Trice, Brady Hospital, At
lanta, Georgia; Mrs. Sallie Adams
Miss Warrena Turpin. (ANP)
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Louis, ‘Cab’, Jesse Owens On “Freedom’s People”
Sues School Board For
Equalization Of Salaries
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Over one thousand men and wo
men attended a mass meeting of
the Omaha Independent Grocers
and Meat Dealers held at the
Blackstone Hotel, Thursday night.
Mrs. R. M. Kiefer, Secretary of the
National Retail Grocers Associa
tion, addressed the assembly on
“Modern Merchandising” and “The
Advantages to the American
Community of Maintaining and
Preserving the Independent Re
Short talks were made by Louis
Kavan, secretary of the associat
ion, Richard Jepsen, police com
missioner and Ben Perelman, pres
ident of the association.
A discussion was had concern
ing the proposed state chain store
tax now being sponsored by tho
Federation of Nebraska Retailers.
The entire assembly unanimously
adopted a program favoring tha
enactment in Nebraska of a 3tato
chain store tax based on the Lou
isiana law. The Louisiana sta
tute. in effect since 1935, provid
es for a graded tax based on the
number of units owned or control
cd by a chain system in the entire
United States rather than the
number of stores in the particular
Iican party.”
If Waltman leaves, there will be
a void in the party which will be
hard to fill.
Tuskegee, Ala., (NNS) Another
step in commemoration of Dr.
Carver’s monumental work was
the dedication this week of the
Carver Art Rooms which were
opened at the George Washington
Carver Museum at Tuskegee In
Several weeks prior to the open
ing of the Rooms Dr. Carver was
busy classifying and selecting can
vasses that had been rolled and
packed away for nearly half a
century. Not only did the aged
artist clean every canvass himself,
but he also personally supervised
the construction of the frames and
he trusted no hands but his own
to put the pictures in the frames.
Only when it came time for the
pictures to be hung did Dr. Car
ver call upon his assistant.
Chicago, Nov. 19 (ANP) Muni
cipal Judge Erwin J. Hasten sen
tenced James R. Bell, 33, and Car
ter Ashford, 32, to one year each
in county jail on charges of de
frauding the state of $2,800 thru
fake ifnemployment compensation
9 Tampa, Fla., Nov. 18 (ANP)
Suit was filed recently in federal
district court here by the Hills
boro county unit of the Florida
Teachers’ association against the
Hillsboro county school board for
equal salaries. The petition was
made by Miss Hilda Turner, tea
cher in the public schools here,
who is represented by the law firm
of fclcGill and McGill, Jacksonville
Fla., and Atty. Thurgood Marsh
all, NAACP member.
Miss Turner has worked in the
public school system for 12 years
with only a meager increase in
salary annually. Her maximum
salary was recently reached and
she only received $87.68 per month
as compared with $148.13 for a
white teacher with the same ex
perience and training. Miss Tur
ner is a graduate of Atlanta Un
iversity and has done graduate
work at Atlanta and Northwes
tern universities, the later at Ev
anston, 111.
A difference of 41 percent be
tween salaries 6t Negro and white
teachers for the same type of
work requiring the same degree of
preparation exists. White teach
ers are paid on a graduate scale
with substantial increases yearly.
Training and experience are both
considered in determining the sal
ary. Negro teachers are paid
more or less arbitrarily with a
maximum reached after 10 years’
service and with no serious regard
for qualifications.
The wage discrimination is prac
ticed generally throughout the
south in utter disregard for the
United States Supreme court rul
ing in September, 1939, in the ease
of Melvin Austin versus the citv
of Norfolk, Va. The court ruling
teachers was in favor of Austin.
A formal request for salary ad
justments was presented by local
teachers to the school board, but
the request was ignored and suit
was immediately filed. Recently
a similar case in the Gainesville
district brought a ruling frora
Judge Long that the case of Me
Daniel vs. Escumbia county was
in the same category as the case
upheld by the U. S. Supreme
court. This was the first case of
this kind contested in the state.
claims. The two men, former
claim-takers in the state unemploy
ment compensation bureau, plead
ed guilty to the charges. Bell had
defrauded the state of $800 and
Ashford, admitted taking $2.000..
Kingston, Jamaica, (NNS) An
other step favorable to Jamaican
nationalism was taken by the Brit
ish Government when in a recent
order it gave permission to the is
land to have a national flag de
signed and flown from the flag
pole of King’s House, the official
j) New York, N. Y. (NNS) —Joe
Louis and Jessie Owens will head
line the cast for the third broad
cast of the NBC-Red Network’s
“Freedom’s People” series, Sun
day, November 23. The program
will salute the contributions of
American Negroes to the world of
Bill Stern, NBC director of
sports, will interview Owens in
NBC’s New York Studios, and Kon
Carpenter, NBC West Coast sports
caster .will interview Louis from
Hollywood’s'Radio City. The pro
gram also will feature dramatiz
ations of the careers of Owens
and Louis.
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Cab Calloway and his orchestra,
will highlight the musical portion
of the program. They will be
picked up from Albany, N. Y. The
DePaur chorus, the Golden Gate
Quartet, and an NBC Concert Or
chestra also will be heard.
The series presented once a
month by NBC in cooperation
with the U. S. Office of Education
has won wide acclaim for its pre
sentation of achievement by Am
erican Negroes in all phases of na
tional life.
residence of the Governor.
The Jamaican ensign will re
place the Union Jack. As recent
ly as March of this year a new
l constitution was proposed for
Jamaica by the London Govern
ment. This constitution included
universal suffrage, enlargement
of the council and abolition of the
veto power exercised by nine elect
ors in financial matters and of
fourteen in all matters. Though
the new constitution increased the
Governor’s vote and compulsory
powers, it nevertheless represent
ed a progressive step and partial
success for the forces struggling
for the island’s independence.
Looked at in another light these
steps of the British Government,
might be regarded as measures
designed to appease the labor and
other social groups in Jamaica.
The island is the largest in the
British West Indies and is strate
getically regarded as the key to
the Caribbean.
Memphis, Nov. 19 (ANP) The
National Association of Negro
New York, N. Y. (NNS) Adam
Clayton Powell, Jr., pastor of the
Abyssinian Baptist Church, elect
ed last week to the City Council
of New York has started to make
good his promises made while a
The first colored member of the
City’s Council stated to the press
that he intends to “Fight discrim
ination in city contracts and fran
chises .... in the giving of con
tracts to firms that won’t employ
Negroes; discrimination in the Po
lice Department: in the public
schools, in the city colleges and in
Harlem itself.”
In referring to the so called
“crime wave” in Harlem Dr. Pow
ell said: “Most of the actual crime
you hear about is on the fringe
of Harlem. But, if our Police De
partment and some of its mem
bers in precincts on that fringe
are against the Negro, what atti
tude can you expect other people
to take?”
In a conference with Mayor La
Guardia the newly elected Coun
cilman made the following recom
mendations: (1) That colored pa
trolmen and detectives be included
in the precincts on the fringe of
Harlem, where colored and white
homes are intermingled; (2) That
"exchange” meetings of colored
and white youths be held in set
tlement houses, libraries, churches
and the YMCA in Harlem.
Fast on the heels of his elect
ion to the Council came the form
ation, under his sponsorship of the
"People’s Committee” its aim, to
bring together the Negroes and
Puerto Ricans in the Harlem area
and use their organized strength
to get jobs for them.
The organization, he said, would
be “nonpartisan and non political”
and has been developed from the
“People’s Committee” formed to
elect him to the Council. '
Agricultural Workers for its 1942
sessions will meet in Memphis,
Tenn., Feb. 4-6.
The organization is gaining mo
mentum and a paid up member
ship of 500 is expected to be pre
sent or to be represented by proxy
J. W. Mitchell, chairman of the
North Carolina State committee
and vice president of the assoeiat
ation has been formed. J. E.
ion, reports that a state organiz
Taylor of Oklahoma reports that
the extension agents voted to af
filiate with the national through
their state organization. The of
ficers of the association are Miss
L. C. Hanna, Tuskegee, corres
ponding secretary, A. T. Bushy,
Alcorn, Miss., recording secretary
J. C. McAdams, Texas, treasurer;
J. W. Mitchell, North Carolina,
vice president, and M. F. Spauld
ing, Langston, Okla., president.
The association was organized
in 1940 at Tuskegee institute. Tt
has as its object to advance the
knowledge to promote the general
interest of agriculture and home
economics by developing stand
ards and informing the public of
conditions existing and suggest
ing remedies.
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New York, N. Y. (NNS) Hav
ing completed an exhibition tour
of eight army camps heavyweight
champion Joe Louis will do an
other stint for Uncle Sam when he i
meets Buddy Baer in Madison
Square Garden on January 9th.
The bout will be for the benefit
of the New York Auxiliary of the
Navy Relief Society.
Louis will receive only expenses
although his title is at stake. Pro
moter Mike Jacobs also is donat
ing his services. The Relief Soc
iety does not accept proceeds from
any promotion where the promot
er receives payment of a fee. Or
ganized in 1904, Navy Relief pro
vides for emergency situations cn
countered by officers and enlisted
Brotherhood of Sleeping
Car Porters’ Meeting
Goes Over In Big Way
The Brotherhood of Sleeping
Car Porters held their mass meet
ing at Zion Baptist Church, Tues
day, November 18, 8:00 P. M. with
the Honorable Mr. A. Philip Ran
dolph, President of the Brother
hood of Sleeping Car Porters of
New York and the Honorable M.
P. Webster, Vice President of the
Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Por
ters, also a member of President
Roosevelt’s committee on Fair
Employment for Negroes in the
defense industries, were principle
Mr. Samuel Towles, President of
the local branch of the Brother
hood of Sleeping Car Porters, act
ed as Master of Ceremonies. Mr.
Towles is becoming a master in
the capacity as Master of Cerem
onies. Several favorable com
ments were heard throughout the
audience of how he successfully
handled the meeting.
Mr. Webster, the first speaker,
dealt principally with his new po
sition as a member of the Presi
dent's Fair Employment Commit
tee—in the work they are trying
to do, to increase the earning cap
acity of our group in the defense
Mr. Randolph held the audience
spellbound for one hour and eight
minutes. You could hear a pin
fall during the time he was speak
ing. After the meeting had ad
journed, many of the attendants
shook hands with each other con
gratulating themselves on deciding
to attend the meeting. You could
hear them say on leaving the en
trance, “It was the greatest mes
sage as well as inspiring one, that
they had ever had the pleasure of
listening to.”
Wednesday at 11:00 A. M. the
local branch held their Brother
hood meeting in the NAACP of
fice 2418 Grant St. At 2:00 P. M.
Mr. Webster attended the Chair
Car meeting at the Urban League.
Mr. Randolph and Mr. Webster an
Mr. Towles, paid a visit, with
many other members, through the
plant and offices of the Omaha
Guide Publishing Company.
Wednesday evening at 8:30 Uio
honorable guests were entertain
ed at an reception at the Elks
beautiful hall. Ail seem to of had
an enjoyable evening.
Mr. Randolph and Mr. Webster,
Mrs. Sims, Mrs. Rome, Mrs. Bell,
and Mrs. Taylor, were the guest
at dinner of Mr. Towles and Mr.
Sims at the King Yuen Cafe,
where a reporter of the Omaha
Guide dropped in on them and if
you had been there you would
have thought that the reception
at the Elks hall had not adjourned
for the evening, but just for a few
Mr. Webster stated at the King
Yuen Cafe, that New York had
nothing on Omaha when it comes
to entertaining its guests. Mr.
Randolph say he always has a
feeling of joy when he is headed
for Omaha and that he considers
the Omaha branch of the Brother
hood of Sleeping Car Porters, one
of the finest branches of the en
tire organization.
Mr. Vernon Booker T. Washing
ton who is chef cook on the Union
Pacific, had the pleasure of meet
ing the distinguished guests at the
King Yuen Cafe. Mr. Washing
ton was very much impressed with
his introduction and Mr. Randolph
with his keen interest in the wel
fare of the Negro worker asked
Mr. Washington many questions
about his position with the Union
Pacific. Mr. Randolph asked Mr.
Washington was it true that the
Union Pacific was planning to ex
clude Negro chefs in the dining
car system. Mr. Washington
stated that he didn’t know, but
that they have not hired any Ne
gro chefs since 1938. Mr. Wash
ington stated to the Omaha Guide
reporter, that he expected it to be
a good idea, in order that his
many friends may know who he is
. .that he had better say that Mr.
Washington, better known as
“Sioux Bill”.
Thursday at 6:00 p. m. the local
branch gave a dinner in honor of
their distinguished guests at me
Masonic Hall.
men and their families.
Louis has been classed by his
Detroit draft board as 1-A and is
subject to call by the army any
moment. But ,in view of this
charity bout and the fact that the
champion will be 28 in May he
may be permanently deferred.
When Louis fought Baer in
Washington last May he was de
clared the winner when Baer’s
manager refused to allow him to
answer the bell for the Sth round
claiming he had been fouled. This
however, after Baer had been
dropped several times by the cham