The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19??, January 17, 1942, City Edition, Image 1
t r~.— .. — --—-~-- . ..... GOOD READING j | n p OMAHA A ~JL B a GUIDE w _1_ ._ gc /JUSTICE/EQUA .IEW TO JHtUNF] at your. Drugstore largest accredited negro newspaper west of Chicago and north of Kansas city —member of the associated negro press Vniter Act of March 8. 1874—Business Phone: WEM5I7**’ Nebraaka, Qmaha, Nebraska, Saturday, January 17, 1942 OUR 14th YEAR—No. 44, City Edition, 5c Copy EXPECT REGISTRATION OF 9,000,000 FEB.-16 PHI DELTA KAPPA ‘WHITE CLAUSE’ ISSUE AGAIN FLARES INTO NATIONAL PROMINENCE • •• EFFORT TO REMOVE “WHITE CLAUSE” FROM CONSTITU TION LOSES BY NARROW MARGIN . COLUMBUS, O., Jan. 12 rby Barbee W. Durhham for ANP) — Concentrated effort on the part oi the Sigma Committee on Educa tion to have the now famous white clause removed from the constitu tion of Phi Delta Kappa, national honorary educational fraternity met with failure when delegates at the national convention voted 42-47, to retain it. Altho a maj ority of the delegates, who con vened at the LaSalle hotel in Chi cago on Dec. 28-31, were in favor of the change, the effort was not supported by the needed 2-3 maj ority necessary to change the con stitution, according to Prof. G. D. Weibe, of the bureau of education al research at Ohio State univers ity, and president of the Sigma committee. The "white Clause” has been an issue for 10 or 15 years and came in for national attention in 1939 when Sigma Chapter of Ohio state requested the committee on stan dards and ethics of the national council to define the word “white” as used in that clause of the na tional constitution which restricted membership to white male stud ents only. After some delay, the commit tee reported that it was unable to define the word “white” as used in the clause in question. There up on Sigma Chapter of Ohio state defined the term as applying to a person of any race who is moral ly white. The chapter then init iated two honor students, George Wright, a Negro, and Dai Ho Chun a Chinese student. Following this action, the nat ional organization of Phi Delta Kappa suspended Sigma chapter and ordered it to cease business. In order to carry on the members organized the present Sigma com mittee on Education, and launch ed an intensive fight to have the white clause stricken out. Since the national organization only meets every two years, the meeting last week was the first tim that the issue has been on the floor. From the first there was a studied attempt to avoid the is sue. When a vote was finally se cured the delegates voted 47 to 42 to strike out the clause. Altho a majority, there was a shortage Of 13 votes for the two thirds maj ority necessary to change the con stitution. The organization then informed Sigma chapter that it would be reinstated if it would drop Wright and Chin. Not weak ening in its stand, Sigma commit tee again forced the issue to the floor, whereupon it was referred to a committee. When the issue came up the third time, the organization voted to revoke the charter of Sigma, chapter unless Wright and Chun were expelled. In commenting up on this action, Prof. Weibe stated trat the Sigma Committee on Ed ucation will, in all probability, re tain Chun and Wright in good standing and continue its fight a gainst racial discrmination. This statement suggests that Sigma chapter may send its charter back to the national organization. On the convention floor, it was noticeable that the Opposition was was not all from below the Mason and Dixon line. The effort rec eived the support of some of the southern delegates while some of the delgates from the northern states opposed it. The inconsistency of the organ ization’s stand on the white clause issue was brought out into the op en when it voted down a motion, from a Kansas delegate that the executive committee investigate the initiation of one Carl Jesus Maritus, a full blooded Aztec In dian. In conclusion, Prof. Weibe stat ed that the administration of the college of education of Ohio state DON’T TAKE THIS LYING DOWN . . . i,j k' When men are fighting and dying, you must do your part. Be sure you enlist your DOL LARS for DEFENSE. Back our armed forces—and protect your own life—with every single dol lar and dime you can. America must have a steady flow of money pouring in every day to help beat back our ene mies. Put Dimes into Defense Stamps. And put Dollars into Bonds. Buy now. Buy every pay day. Buy as often as you can. Don’t take this lying down. USO ENTERTAIN AT MITCHELL FIELD Hempstead, Long Island, has the right approach to a service man's heart—through his stomach. 500 DELEGATES OF PHI DELTA KAPPA AND KAPPA ALPHA PSI ATTEND SUPPER DANCE GIVEN BY PEPSI COLA COMPANY About five hundred delegates of Phi Delta Kappa and Kappa Al pha Psi fraternities, assembled in Indianapolis for their respective conventions, attended a supper dance sponsored by Pepsi-Colai Company, at the Sunset Terrace, a popular Indianapolis Negro night club. The affair, the first of its kind ever sponsored by a major concern at a convention of these groups, followed a joint meeting of the two fraternal organizations, at which Herman T. Smith, head of the Negro Marketing Divisior of Pepsi-Cola Company, spike on ‘ Salesmanship As A Boost to Rac ial Understanding and Good Will”. Allen Lee McKellar, one of the winners of the 1940 Walter Mack Job Awards for American Youth, created by Pepsi-Cola Company to give college graduates the oppor tunity of a year of paid business training, also spoke and told of his experiences in the business world. Mr. McKellar, having com p’f ted his year of training, is now a full fledged representative of Pepsi Cola Company, in the Negro Marketing Division, his territory comprisng Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. The other Negro Job Award winters are Jeannette Maned, 1940, a graduate of Hampton le st ituR; Marion O. Bond, 11* r., Lar.e College; an I Phillip Kalie, 1941. of Morgan College. Ad are employed n the Negro Marti c.tirg 1 i\: ion of Pepsi "on C.'irr any. is very sympathetic with the Sig ma Committee on Education and. has worked in close harmony with it in this issue. Ira Kline of Hew York universtiy is the national president of Phi Delta Kappa. ROOSEVELT WARNS AGAINST RACE TROUBLES Washington, Jan. 14 (ANP).. In his message to congress last week President Roosevelt emphas ised the following racial attitude. “We must be particularly vigil ant against racial discrimination in any of its ugly forms. Hitler will try again to breed mistrust and suspicion between one indiv idual and another, one group and aother, one race and another.” REV. J. H. BRANHAM, OLIVETS ASSISTANT PASTOR, SUCCUMBS AFTER BRIEF ! ILLNESS Chicago, Jan. 12 (ANP) Funer al services were to be held Tues ■ day for Rev. J. H. Branham, Sr., for 23 years assistant pastor of ■ Olivet Baptist Church here. Ga thered to pay respects at the last rites of the noted churchman were Bapist leaders and men and women from all walks of life. Rev Branham succumbed last Wednes day in Provident hospital after a brief illness. In accordance with the deceas ■ ed’s wishes the final rites saw tne Rev. J. H. Jackson, pastor, offic i Nine civilian clubs and associa tions at Hempstead, Long Island, cooperated with the United Serv ice Organizations last week in the arrangement of entertainment for service men quartered at Mitchell Field Army Air Base. Working with USO Director F. E. Robbins, and Arthur W. Harvey head of the local home hospitality plans, brought together the following groups; Harriet Tubmau Community Club of Hempstead; Willing Wor kers Club of Westbury; The Soc ialites; Magnolia Club; Nassau Tennis Club; Long Island Civic Club; Women’s Auxiliary of Hem pstead; The Club 13 and Elmont Civic Club. Many other smaller clubs also joined in the home hos pitality plans, which are worked out with the assistance of the mor ale officer of the post. The first party was highly at tended; a delicious turkey dinner with the customary embellish-1 ments was served, dancing was to music by Jimmy Walker and his orchestra. Special midnight en tertainment was provided by pro fessional talent sent to Hempstead from New York. “The success of frequent activ ities such as this, worked out by the sponsoring organization with the cooperation of the USO hospit ality committee, has assisted great ly the more than 20 civic groups, of Nasau County,” Mrs. Harvey said. “It is a system which might very well be emulated in other communities of the country. Civic clubs, all religious denominations and other fraternal groups coop erate to present a unified effort to serve the man in uniform un der the banner of the USO.” nranmwMiuMMiWMmMk iating and the eulogy delivered by Dr. R. C, Barbour, Nashville, ed itor of National Baptist Voice The reverend’3 death comes a little over a year after that of his close friend and fellow minister, the late Rev. Lacey Kirk Williams president of the National Baptist Convention, Inc., who was killed in an airplane crash on Oct. 29, 1940. Although he had been ill, his condition was not reported ser ious. His widow, Mrs. Irma Bran ham; two sons, Revs. John L. and Joseph Branham, Jr., and a daughter, Selma, who rushed here from Spelman college by plane, attended him at the end. During his lifetime, he was chairman of the transportation committee of the National Baptist Convention, Inc., and upon two oc casions served as pastor of Salem Baptist Church here when the in stitution was without a minister. One of the widely known Baptist leaders in the country, he was non ored for distinguished service cov ering 23 years as assistant past«.r of Olivet by a testimonail on April 20. Born in Tyler, Tex., Sept. 19, 1883, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Branham, he came to Chicago in 1917. In connection with his as sistant pastoral duties at Olivet, he was also president of Chicago Baptist Ministerial conference. | Negro White Volunteer Army Div. Proposed New York—A volunteer division of the U. S. Army open to all men of any race, creed, color or nation al origin has been proposed by Walter White, secretary of the Na tional Association for the Advance ment of Colored People to Armj Chief of Staff General George C. Marshall. The suggestion, embodied 11 a letter sent December 22 to the Army chief, has been endorsed by P. L. Prattis, executive editor of the Pittsburgh Courier; Carter Wesley, general manager of ‘the Houston, Texas, Informer; and William O. Walker, managing ed itor of the Cleveland, Ohio, Call Post, all of whom strongly urgerj the activities of such a unit. Th NAACP urged the War De partment to organize the inter racial volunteer division on the basis that it will be a practical step toward giving a "tremendous lift to the morale of the Negro which at present is at a dangerous Iy low ebb." “We are convinced,” the Assoc iation said, "that it would also have a tremendous psychological effect upon white Americans, and it would give the lie to the attacks made by Nazi Germany and other Axis powers to the effect that the United States talks about democ-/ racy but practices racial discrim ination and segregation.” The NACP also asserted: "A gratifying number of young white Americans have expressed them selves as believing that racial se gregation in the Army is undem ocratic and dangerous to our na tional morale. Our belief in the practicability of such a division is based upon correspondence in the iffice and contacts which various members of our staff have had with student bodies ranging from the University of California to Campobello Island, New Bruns wick.” The suggestion is not ongm3: with the NAACP but was made by Claude A. Barnett, director of the Associated Negro Press at the cor. ference of Negro editors with Gen eral Marshall and other War De partment officials in .Washingto.1 December 8th. RED CROSS CALLS PREJU DICE ‘A SYMBOL OF DEMOCRACY’ New York.... The American Red Cross has stated that it not only does not want, but does not need the blood of Negro donors for wounded sailors and soldiers. It did not stop there, but declared that individual prejudices should be respected as a symbol of dem ocracy. In a letter to Dr. E. R. Alexan der of this city, December 30, S Sloan Colt, Director of the Red Cross War Drive states: ‘Tho Red Cross is now able to obtain from white donors enough blood to keep all the processing plants ful ly occupied so that the total am ount of blood plasma available to the armed forces is not lessened by our inability to accept Negro donors.” The letter, which Dr. Alexander has referred to the NAACP was in answer to a protest from him . - bout me Red Cross policy. Ihe NAACP pointed out tho irony in Colt’s statement attem't ing to explain the policy. After admitting that there s o scientific basis for objections to transfusions of the blood of - . groes, he said: “It se feelings and perhaps even the ve judices of individuals to whoor^ transfusions are given should be respected as a symbol of democ racy.” _ DEMOCRATIC WAY OF LIFE | BY RUTH TAYLOR I MaKe no mistake about it— in war as well as in peace the democratic way of life de mands more of its follower* than does any other form of government. The democratic way of lifo demands thought. Its citizenq are not ruled by dictates from a master, but have to govcr 4 themselves-what laws they have are made by them, so that there is no alibi when they fall short. They obey order:! from those whom they have e lected to lead them and from their deputies alone. The democratic way of lil'c demands self control. Man i:> not restrained by force, but must reason and restrain him self. He is not trained to war .... but by reason of his self control, he can put aside his most cherished work to fight for those liberties to which he hopes to return. The democratic way of life demands education. Not thu education given to the children in the dictator ruled state but the training in thinking things out and in thinking things through. Man must learn to live in a democracy* He must educate to live with his fellow man, without regard to class, race, creed or color, to cooperate without meddling, to act in a spirit of fellowship without any attempt to domin eer over the life of someon-j else, and to accept the pecul iarities of another as he expects his own peculiarities to be ac cepted. The democratic way of life demands cooperation. In order j to make it work there must be an opportunity for each citizen to earn a living, to have oppor tunities equal to hi3 natural capabilities and to have a chance to develop those capab ilities to the utmost. We have gone far under the capitalist system, and if we want to see free enterprise continue we will have to see that it works for. the good of all. Under our de mocratic way of life the com mon laborer in factory or on the farm already has a far hi gher standard of living than in any other country in the world, i Some rabble rousers say that Id ' defending capitalism we are de stroying democracy. But our people remember that it was from behind that war cry that r Hitler destroyed democracy in ! Germany. The democratic way of life demands constructive action. We must not be content with things as they were or things i as they are, but we must plan I and work for a better world to morrow. We have progressed because our standards have j gone up. We can progress only i as we take steps to insure still finer things for the coming gen eration. The democratic way of life? j demands consecration. Democ- ; racy is not of free gift—it must j be earned anew by each gener ation. We must defend our de mocratic heritage both from the enemies without and from the enemies within-indiff erence, neglect and carelessness j We must rededicate ourselves to the prinicples upon which our government is founded.... ' and live up to them in our daily life as well as in our pub lic utterances. We must fight and if needs be, gladly die for these imperishable things. This and only thus will the de mocratic way of life endure. ALPHA KAPPA ALPHAS TO OBSERVE FOUNDERS’ DAY During the months of .Tnnuary and February, Chapters of the Al pha Kappa Alpha sorority through out the country will be observing Founders Day. .inis year will be the thirty fourth year that Alpha Kappa Al pha has been in existenct. Gamma Beta Chapter of Omah^j will observe Founders' Day on Approximately 15,000 male res idents in Nebraska will be regis tered in the 20 and 21 year old age groups on February 16th, Brigad ier General Guy N. Henniuger, State Director of Selective Service announced today. National Selective Service head quarters anticipates a total regis tration in Continental United Star es of about 9,000,000 men between the ages of 20 and 45 years, the Director has been advised, and of these about 1,650,000 will be in the 20 and 21 year old group. It also is estimated that around 7,350,000 in the 36 to 44 year old group will be registered through out the United States on February 16th, together with some in the 21 to 36 year old groups who were unable or neglected to register at the two previous registrations. The age groups to be registered Dn February 16th include all men hot previously registered who have attained their twentieth birthday on December 31, 1941, and who have not reached their forty-fifth birthday on February 16, 1942; that is: All unregistered male residents in the United States who were bom between February 17, 1897 and December 31, 1921. January 24 and 25. They will have as their guest, Miss Rosetta Nolan of Kansas City. Miss Nol an is one of the national vice-pre3 Idents of Alpha Kappa Alpha. She has held this office for several years. Miss Nolan will be pres ented at a public meeting on Sun day afternoon January 25. Mrs. Ruth Solomon is general chairman of the Founders’ Day ' activities. FIGHT FANS LEARN ABOUT JIM CROW IN THE NAVY New York_Thousands of fight fans learned about the Navys discrimination against Negroes last Friday night, January 9, when) leaflets bearing the slogan “Hero ism Knows No Colorline!” were distributed around Madison Square Garden here by members of tha NAACP Manhattan Youth Coun cil and national officers when Joe Louis fought Buddy Baer for the benefit of the Navy Relief Fund. The leaflet carries the official report of the heroism of a Negro mess attendant in the Pearl Har bor attack and points out that in spite of the Navy’s urgent appeal for men, it refuses to accept will ing Negroes for service except an messmen. NEWS IN BRIEF WELL KNOWN PULLMAN PORTER, BUD RAY DIES While on his regular railroad run, enroute to St. Louis, Mo., Mr. (Bud) Ray, veteran pullman, porter of 32 years, was suddenly stricken, and before a doctor could attend him as he was being taken from the train at Auburn, Nebr , he died. Mr. Bud Ray, age 58 years, was well known in local circles, hav ing lived in Omaha for 55 years. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ray, one daughter, Mrs. Mabel Ray Avant, Earl and Barbar Jean and one grandchild, Avon Avant. Myers Funeral Home will bring the body back to Omaha from Au burn JOINS SWEETHEARTS OF RHYTHM IN WASHINGTON Miss Anna Mae Winburn, sing er with Lloyd Hunter’s band left Tuesday for Washington, D. C. where she will join The Sweet hearts of Rhythm, an all girl’s swing band from Piney Woods. Miss. This band is managed by our own Rae Lee Jones. Miss Winburn, with her charm ing personality and talent, will be a great asset to this popular ag gregation of artists. FIGHT AT DANCE HALL; TWO MEN GIVEN FINES Two men were fined and one re ceived a suspended sentence Tues day in police court as a result of i fight Monday night at Dream land hall, twenty-fourth and Grant Streets, where Duke Ellington's orchestra was playing. Fined $15 each were Grant West, Fort Riley, Kans., a soldier and his brother, Carl West, 21 of 2904 R Street. James Prather, 18 of 2811 R. Street, got a suspended fine but did not take part in the fight. CHAUNCEY HODGES ELECTED TO COMMISSIONERSHIP OF BOYSTOWN Chauncey Hodges, son of one of Omaha's best known hotel m?n, was recently elected to fill one of the Commissioners’ Jobs at Father Flanagan’s Boy’s Town home. His father is very proud of him. UNION SERVICES TO BE HELD AT PTLGRIM, SUNDAY JAN. 17 Union Services will be held at the Pilgrim Baptist Church, 25th and Hamilton Streets, next Sun day night at 7:30 p. m. Rev. E F. Ridley, Pastor of St. John AMFI Church, will bring the message. BIRTHDAY BALLS TO AID NAACP FIGHT FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE EQUALITY New York. .At the famed Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, the key dance }f the series of NAACP Birthday Balls will be held Wednesday, February 11, the night before Lincoln’s birthday. Branches throughout the coun try are scheduled to mark the cel ebration with dances of their own. Pro :eeds from the dances will be used to help maintain the NAA CP’s fight for equality in the na tional defense program. VISITING DELEGATES WITH NAACP PRESIDENT AT ANNU AL MEETING: Among the visiting delegntc-s attending the NACP 33rd annual I meeting held at the National Of fice, 69 Fifth Avenue, New York N. Y., on January 5th were: Dr. Harry Greene, Miss Mary Lou’sa Allen, Philadelphia, Pa.; Mrs. Fred F. Durrah, Miss Eleanor Ter rell, Plainfield, N. J.; Arthur B. Spingarn, President of the NAA CP.; Mrs. Ruth Thompson, Plain i field, N. J.; Miss Evelyn Terry, Philadelphia, Pa.; Miss Carolyn Davenport, Norristown, Pa.; M. G. Knowles, Brooklyn, N. Y.; Mrs. Randall L Tyus, New York City; Theodore Spaulding, Philadelphia, NAACP ELECTS 18 TO NATIONAL BOARD x orK.... Jiiignieen mem bers of the national Board of Dir ectors of the National Associat ion for the Advancement of Col ored People were elected at tho thirty-thi-d a~nual meeting of the Association in the New York of fice. Monday, January 5. They are: Mrs. Lillian A. Ale:;-, antler, New York; Louis C. Blount Detroit, Michigan; Harry E. Da vis, Cleveland, Ohio; Roscoe Dun jee, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Dr. John B. Hall, Boston, Mass.; Dr. John Haynes Holmes, New York, Hon. Herbert H. Lehman, New York; Alfred Baker Lewis, Peek skill, New York; Eugene M. Mar tin, Atlanta, Ga.; Isadore Martin, Philadelphia, Pa.; Miss L. Pearl Mitchell, Cleveland, Ohio; Hon. Charles Poletti, New York; T. G. Nuter, Charleston, W. Va.; Mrs. Amy E Spingarn, New York; Dr. E. W. Taggart, Birmingham, Ala, Dr. John M. Tinsley, Richmond, Va.; Major Robert E. Treman, Ith aca, New York; Bishop VV. J. Walls, Chicago, 111. The three new members of the NAACP board are Dr. John B. Hall of Boston; Dr. John M. Tins ley, Richmond and Bishop W. J, Walls, Chicago.