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Dies Charges Bethune, Pickens, Frazier with Communism
TEXAN DIES “COMMANIST"
CHARGES AGAINST BETHUNE
PICKENS. FRAZIER BRANDED
"FANTASTIC” BY NAACP
. NEW YORK.—SEPT 30. 1943 -
Branding Congressman Martin Dies
Charge* that Mrs. McL>eod Bethune.
■William Pckens. and E. Frank’in
Frazier are communists as “utter
ly fantastic and vicious”, Waite?
White.'NAACP executive secretary
told the Texas congressman in a let
ter Thursday’. September 24. that his
unwarranted attack has supplied ex
cellent lmmunition to the enemies
Dies charged 19 federal off’c’a’s
including the three distinguished
Negroes, of being leaders of an al
legedly Communist-dominated o* -
ganization His charges were in
serted in the congressional Re cor’
for September 24.
Stated Walter White: -‘Impugn
ing the loyalty and integrity of the
most beloved and beat-known Negr
woman in America would be an in
finite Service to the Axis, if your
statement were to be beAeved. in
destroying the faith of Negroes and
of colored peoples in other parts of
the world in their belief that the
United States is in truth fighting
a war for dgmoc acv.
Tour attack on distinguished Ne
groes. with the apparent southern
attitgde that it is safe to do so be
cause they are not able to hit ba- k
effectively would be almost tb/ tir
al crushing blow to the Negro's
patriotism if he did not take into
account the source of these attacks"
The NAACP executive ridiculed
the idea that Mr. Pickens or Dr.
Frazier could be considered “com
munists". concluding: "I am quite
certain that your unwarranted at
tack on the patriotism of these in
dividuals will be exceedingly useful
to Tokyo in its broadcasts to the |
one billion colored peoples of the i
Orient in efforts to convince them j
tha hey should cast their lot wft i.
Japan instead of with the United
Nations, on the ground that on tho !
race issue the United States and
‘•real Britain are insincere."
Fire Ptcventicn Week is observ
ed every year during that week in
which October 9, the anniversary of
the Chicago Fire, occurs. But this
year the war has given Fire Preven
tion Week unusual significance.
The Nation is preparing to defend
itaelf from fire that may be caused ,
by incendiary bombs. Equally vit
al is the need to prevent the slow
down of war production by fires
that may result from sabotage or
ordinary causes. Anr. at this time
when we are facing material short
ages. replacements in the home ar.d
elsewhere must be reduced to a j
The seriousness of the situation
has been recognized by every organ
ization concerned with fire safety,
and. for the first time, the Sponsors
of Fire Prevention Week are Joined, j
this year, by the U S. Office Of Civ
ilian Defense which is charged with
civil protection in wartime.
By virtue cf the President’s pro
clamation. the U. S. Ofice of Civil
ian Defense now calls upon the er.
tire Nation to he»d the danger of
fire a danger which threatens our
lives, menaces the security of our
homes, and wafts ready in an in
stant, to habotage our war indust
Omaha Getting Ready To Raise $797,230 By Oct. 29th
Announcement of §■ rally in the
city auditorium sponsored by Presi
dent W M. Jeffers of the Union Pac
ific next Monday night. October 5.
when President Roosevelt by radio
IF YOU CANT CO*
■irni ■«* mo uoowin mat irr n n
will inaugurate the nation's Uni'p
War and Community Fund Camp
aigns is the outstanding devefc'w.
-ment of the week affecting Omahas
drive for 1797,230.
The Jeffers rally, although plane
ed especially for "the Union Pacific
family”, is open to the public.
A basic development of the oast
week has been the announcement
by P -esident Rov Page of Omaha's
United Fund that a min'mum cf
$115,550 wifi be distributed to se-ve
our awn-<I forc-s and our allies ;
Omaha meets its quota.
A total of $74.6-50 is reserved for
national agpncis. including thoe“
Serving the awned forces, as follows
US--. $'*>"■ 000: Vary Relief Society.
$10,000: War Prisone-s' Aid. $3.0*>.”
na'ional YWCA, special war serv e
fund, $700; ^merican Social Hy
giene Association. $550; U. S. Com
mittee for Care of European Chi; !
After this budget was adopted
President Roosevelt’s war relief cor
trol board recommended that Ng
Reli f Soeie*y b^ dropped from loci'
campaigns since it had enoug'
money to meet present needs. Mr
Page indicated Omaha trustee
would follow the recommendation
and readjust the budget here.
A $51,000 total is reserved for re
lief to our allied nations. This if
divided; Russian War Relief. Inc..
$11,000: British War Relief Society
Inc., $14,000; United China Relief.
Inc.. $14,000; Polish American COun
cil. $5,500: Greek War Relief Assoc
iation. Inc.. $5,500; Queen Wjlhelm
ina Fund. Inc., $1,000.
For Omaha agencies Serving local
needs the total is $544,200. This is
divided; $494,500 for 30 Community
Chest health and welfare agencies: j
$45,700 for the YMCA., which in pre
vious years conducted separate cam
A $47,830 reserve has been set a
side to cover possible collectif : loss
-es due to deaths, removals, etc.
An unappropriated balance of
$79,550 is set up. Mr. Page explain
ed. to cover emergency needs of 1< -
cal or wax agencies which cannot be
accurately determined at this time,
thus avoiding the need of separate
campaigns for such purposes.
Until the united financial camp
aign ends on October 29. headquar
ters will be on the second floor of
the Wool worth building at Sixteen
th and Douglas streets, occupying
five thousand square feet of donat
ed space. The new telephone num
ber is JA. 8232.
Other events of the week affect
ing the campaign include indorse- !
ARMY AIR FORCES NEEDS
Tuskegee Field, Alabama—The a
bove enlisted men are trained spec
ialists On fighter planes. They ser
vice the delicate pursuit ship.
100.000 skilled mechanics and tech
nicians are needed immediately in
the Army Air Forces. Signal Corps
and Ordnance Department. Keep
ing pace with the mounting flow J
war material from the industrial re
Berrcir of the nation, these special
ists are needed bow to keep equip
ment in operating order These are
important maintenance jobs. Army
Training Schools are already teach
ing thousands of men this kind of
work. Later in the year their rate
of output should be sufficient to
keep pace with the need, but be
tween now and November 1, 1942.
when the campaign will close, the
gap must be stopped by voluntary
enlistments. This is an opportun
ity open to all trained mechanics.
Keep >m Flying:
Cited for Bravery
- s mam m
Charles Norman of Newport News i
was cited today for bravery and
ijuick thinking by Brig Gen. John '
Ft. Kilpatrick. cOraanding general :
of the Hampton Roads Port of Em- 1
barkation. Norman and Charles j
Axelson. gang foreman were prais- j
ed for putting out a fire, at great
risk to themselves. Norman's wife I
and six children witnessed the cere
mony, as did several hundred offic
er's. enlisted men and others.
In a letter to Mr. Norman, Gen
eral Kilpatrick said: “This spontan
eous, unselfish service On your part
is worthy of emulation and X am
grateful that I have the privilege
to. and I do hereby, commend you.
I have directed that a copy of this
letter be published in general orders
of this command and a copy will he
forwarded to the War Department
for permanent file."
Ford Plant Hires
- -.. —^
ments issued by heads of Catholic 1
and Protestant church bodies—Most
Rev. James H. Ryan. Bishop of Om
aha. and Rev Leonard L. Patterson *
president of Omaha Ministerial Ur,- j
ion—and Labor leaders. Gordon C.
Preble, president of Omah Central
Labor Union; and H. R. Ballard.
CIO regional director.
ESTABLISH AW ARD FOR
New York_A new award fof in
terracial justice has been establish
ed by the family of the late James
J. HOey to be given to the two Cath
olic laymen, one Negro and one
white, who have made the most out
standing contribution during the
year to the cause of interracial Jus
tice- A reproduction of the medal
design for the award appears on the
cover of the Interracial Review, a
CathoKc monthly for September.
The Review states that the medal
was designed by the noted sculp*or
George Lober. a member Of the
New York Art Commission. The ]
medal will be cast in silver. No re-1
cipient has yet been decided upon. !
Anou net-men t will probably come
ANOTHER WAAC TO
Washington. Oct. 5 CANP) Third
Officer Os by, WAAC Of New Or- j
leans, is slated to join the public re
lations forces of the war depart- j
ment. it was unofficially announced
here this week. Third Officer Os- '
by has had experience in public re-!
lations and newspaper work thru I
connection with the Louisian., j
Weekly. Her office will be in that
of Col. Page, it is reported, and she
will be liason between Negro Press
and the department.
This is the third appointment to
Washington of recent graduates of
the first class of WAAC officers.
Mrs Irma Cayton of Chicago, trans
ferred from the CSO bouse at Des
Moines to Washington and Mrs.
Harriet West, assistant in Director
Hobby’s office are the others.
, Detroit. Michigan, —The Willow
Run plant Of the Ford Motor com
pany has hired 27 Negro women wha
upon conclusion of their training
will serve as instructors to addit
ional Negro women who will be tak
en into the plant, the National As
sociation for the Advancement of
Colored People was advised this
week by Lawrence W. Cramer of
Another gain in the employment
of Negroes in war industry is the
recent assignment of a Negro wom
an to the Ford company's person
nel department to assist in the re
cruitment of women workers.
Prior to September 15 the Wil
low Run plant which employs ap
pijoximutely 27,000 workers num
bered not a single Negro woman a
mong its 3.000 women workers.
The Ford company's failure to
hire Negroes who had training in
skilled jo be was brought to the at
tention of the Detroit branch of the
NAACP several months ago when
the company was discovered to be
recruiting workers from Michigan
out-state communists rather than
utilizing local Negro labor.
FLYERS MAY SEE ACTION
Tuskegee Institute. Oct. 2 <ANP>
The men of the 99th Pursuit squad
ron are champing at the bit- The
first unit, feeling rather confident |
of their flying ability, -have passed
their firing tests, but realizing that
far wider experience awaits them
before they are actually able to en
ter aerial battle, are anxious to be ]
on the move.
Rumors indicate that the group
will be leaving the local airfield
where they received their trainig
and won their wings, within a very
short time- No announcement re
garding where they will go or the
exact time they will leave has been
revealed, neither has the exact per
sonnel been made known. There is
a general understanding however
that Lt. Col. Benjamin O. Davis
will be the leader of the squadron
when it moves on from Tuskegee
Clair Chapel s Revival Sunday
Musical Extravaganza A Great
Success; Directed by Mrs. Story
The Musical Extravaganza held at/5
Pilgrim Baptist Church Friday
aight. Sept. 25 was a huge success.
The participants from out of town
were Mrs. Viola Nickens. Kansas
City. Mo.. Mrs. Pansy Stephens.
Kansas City, MO., Mr. Richard Tur
ner. Kansas City. Kans:. and two
ladies' Ensembles, one from Wicn
ita, Kansas asd the other from Kan
sas City. Kansas. All rendered
beautiful selections and were real
ly a treat to hear. The 45 voico
chorus consisting mainly of Omv
hans was very well received. Am
ong th; cumbers rendered by the
chorus were “Carmena” ‘ Prayer
Perfect” and a Spiritual Medley.
Mrs. Verlee Robinson. Mr. H. L.
Cribbs, Mrs. Blanchle^ Wright, Mr
Clinton Robinson. Mrs. Lucy Mae
Britt and Mr. Elmore Littlejohn
were soloists for the chorus. An
other feature Of the program was
the childen’s chorus. Little Miss
Betty Be verb' displayed her ability
as a directress very nicely. The
ladies of the chorus and ensemble
and the little girls were beautifully,
gowned in formals of various colors
an dthe men wore dark suits. The
entire setting was indeed lovely to
See. Mrs. Lottie Story and Mrs.
Hazel Reynolds were the pianists.
Mrs. Reynolds also played the org
an. Mrs. Lucy Mae Britt was one
of the directresses of the chOru3.
The Musical, an annual affair given
by the Kansas-Missouri Conference
of the CME. Church, was under the
direction and training of Mrs. Lot
| tie Story, wife of Rev. L. A. Story.
Pastor of Cleaves Temple CME.
Mrs. Nancy Andrews gave a read
ing entitled “Creation”. Mrs.
Blanchlee Wright read two select
ions one of which was her own com
position, ' When the Bishop s Due-”
This number was dedicated to Bis
hop J. H. Hamlett. presiding Bishop
over Kansas. Missouri Conferences.
Those who missed the musical real
ly missed a grand affair.
field toward the fields of action.
The 100th squadron will move into
the 99ths berth as soon as it js va
WINGS OVER JORDAN'
“Wings Over Jordan." world's
greatest aggregation of singers will
appear in a concert at the Citv Aud
itorium. Wednesday, Oct. 7. '1 be
doors will open at 6 p. m. The con
cert will begin at S p. m. Tickets
are on sale at the following places
L'nitt Docekall Drug store. 17th and
Farnam Sts., Underwood BlTUari
Farh is. 1522 North 24th St- Pr. i
Lr .’-large Residence. 241? Decatur
St.. David Green Residence. 2324 N.
26th St- Bearcat Wright. 52R* Si
29th St- Johnson Drug. 2306 North
24th St- Airs. Brown's residence.
2418 Ohio St- Carey's Gfcieery 27th
at Grant St- American Legion, 2124
North 24th St- John Gardner resi
dence. 2622 Afaple, Webster .Vision
residence. 5002 So. isth. Charles
Alartin residence. 2522 Caldwell 3t..
Omaha Outfitting. 2122 North 24th
and Airs. Beatrice Gray’s residence.
2210 North 27th Ave.
GIBSON DENIES RESIGNATION
Washington. Oct. 1 (ANPI Denying
emphatically the story published in
the Pittsburgh Courier last week
that he had submitted a resignation
to the war department from his
post as assistant civilian aide. Tru
man Gibson. Jr., Chicago attorney,
was at a Joss to explain the source
Of such information.
Air. Gibson and Judge Hastie both
were in the office after the secre
tary's press conference. usual’y
held on Thursday morning, and both
expressed complete surprise that
such a story had been printed.
Air. Gibson, contacted later, again
denied any knowledge of the resign
ation and felt that in a matter of
So much importance to both the
Judge and himself the entire Negro
press would have been given a care
fully prepared statement which
would leave no doubt as to the why
or wherefore of a resignation, had
it been submitted.
Sometime previously, it had been
rumored around town that Judge
Hastie had attempted to resign and
there was considerable more verac
ity attached to that rumor than the
present one- The judge was pre
vailed upon to remain and since
then there have been no further
DR. A. L. REYNOLDS,
Dr. Reynolds of Missouri will con
duct Revival Services at Clair Chao
el beginning Sunday night, Octob.
Dr. Reynolds has the distinction
of being one of the most outstand
ing pulpit orators of the Central
tVest. His pastorates have been a
mong the leading ME. churches of
his Annual Conference, namely: —
Kansas City, St. Louis, KinlOcic and
Dr. Reynolds will speak each ev
ening at 8 o'clock. He will be sup
ported by the Clair Chapel choir
with special solo work by his son,
Mr. A. L. Reynolds. Jr.. The Pray
er and Praise Service will begin
each evening at 7:30. The Pastor s
and their congregations are cord
ially invited to attend the Revival
Come and hear Dr. Reynolds.
On Wednesday, Mr. GIbeQn says
he was contacted and asked con
cerning the truth of the matter. Ha
told his inquirers then that there
was nothing to ii as far as he was
concerned and. thought the matter
"CABIN IN THE SKY" GROUP
FT. Huachuca. Arts., Oct. 2 4ANF
Coming directly from Hollywood,
members of the cast appearing in
the MGM production, "Cabin in t'ne
Sky”, gave a variety show in the
93rd Division Open Air arena, here
last Sunday, which proved to be a
howling success. Among the per
formers were Miss Hattie Morrison,
boogie woogie pianist: Sunshine
Sammy. Miss Lena Horne, the pret
ty songstress. Mantah More lan 1,
Mone Hawley, Miss Olive Ball,
Freddie Clark. Chinkie Grimes, Ef
fert “Noody” Bowman. Princess
Luana. Pepper Neely and Alfori
Moore.- Rico Harison and “Noody’
Bowman, who aded their talent, are
The roar of applause which greet
ed the performers gave evidence of
the enjoyment of the men from the
93d. The performers were just as
much pleased with the soldiers.
Clarence Muse and Lena Horne ex
pressed the sentiments of the ac
tors when they praised the discip
line. the morale and excellent con
duct of the men and complimented
them upon the fine appearance of
their camp which they said was the
finest they had visited.
Write Congressmen To
Stop Filibustering On
Anti-Poll tax Bill
NEGROES SHOULD WRITE
CONGRESSMEN TO STOP FILI
BUSTERS ON ANTI-POLL TAX
BILL UP FOR VOTE OCT. 12
New York—Filibusters and heat
ed word battles are in the offing
as the Gever-anti-poI tax bill comes ;
up for vote in the House of Repre
sentatives on October 12, after
which it will go to the Senate where
Senator Tom Connally, Texas, hns !
already promised to take the flood
to delay action, aeording to the Na- j
tional Association for the Advance
ment of Colored People.
The Association also stated that
a quick vote in the House depends
on what limit is set upon debate
To insure prompt, favorable action
the NAACP is urging all organiz
ations, branch members and othe
individuals to write immediately to
representatives from their districts.
1. Asking House members to be
present to vote for the bill on Oct
2. Asking House members to
vote down any and all amendments
'which may be offered by Congress
men from poll tax states.
3. Urging members to resist any
effort on the floor to emasculate or
recommit the bill.
In addition, the Association as
serted. Senators should rereceive
letters demanding that they support
both the Geyer bill and the Pepper
anti-poll tax bill now in the Senate
judiciary committee, and that they
vigorously oppose efforts to fiili
buster and vote, if necessary for
DAR Asks Marian
Anderson To Sing
REVERSES stand taken
■Washington. Sept. 30 —Complete
reversing a stand taken in 1939. the
Daughters of the American Revol
ution invited Marian Anderson.
famed colored contralto, to sin? in
I the equally famous Constitution
hall- home and headquarters of the
j lady descendants of Pioneer Amer
. ican families.
1 This action ended two years of
tight lipped silence on the subject
by the DAR. Barring of Miss An
derson from the hall in 1939 stirred
up nationwide comment. Mrs
Franklin D. Roosevelt resigned
from the DAR in protest.
I" ■ i
OI K BIGGEST BOAST
The achievements of Negroes in
this country have been amazing
■when we conaider the odds against
which they fought Viewed from
any angle they are noteworthy ami
justly provoke pride of the Negro
race and nation. AS Mark Twain
said of the Jews, Negroes have made
a wonderful fight with their hands
tied behind them and with an even
chance it doth not appear what they
would have been. If as our friends
are wont to say, the Negro has
made the "most wonderful progress
of any race" within a given time,
it must in justice be also added that
they made it against the most dread
We boast therefore about many
things but our biggest boast is our
loyalty! Down through many years
the enemies and traducers of the
race have been foiled in th ir at
tempt to despoil us of the high hon
ors that go with unadulterated loy
i alty This column has persisted in
[calling the Negro the super-patriot
j in that he takes his place at he
■ battle front beside men who have
drunk deep of the draught of demo
cratic opportunity, while he h:m
; self had to take what was left. But
the Negro always gives good ie
count of himself and has won the
plaudits of nations. Our biggest
boast has been our loyalty.'
It i» then with diffidence that
take note of recent Occurrences
that threaten to mar an inspiring
picture. We have reference to news
accounts from New York and Chic
ago where it is charged that Negro
es have been arretted for sedition
and for conspiracy. In New York
five Negroes are charged with sedi
! tion: in Chicago 34 are charged with
, conspiracy. If these charges are
substantiated they will not impair
the great record the Negro has
made down through the years: they
will not prove that the Negro race
is a race of seditionists and conspir
ators: they will not vitiate our big-.
ge«t boast. They will merely prove
tWt five Negroes in oa>e ease and
34 in another have been misguided.
■ Negroes are neither saints nor sup
ermen ami they are susceptible to
all the fojlbles of human nature. If
there are seditionists and conspir
ators in other races they are bound
I to be in t&« Negro race. But even
more conspicuous than the arrest
| of the five Seditionists in New York
! was the part played by Negroes in
j their apprehension. The heart of
the Negro race is right
However regrettable may be these
. isolated instances Of disaffection a
| mong Negroes, in fairness to them
j it must be said that their provooat
I ion has been conducive to sedition
■ than to citizenship. Prejudice goes
| to such amazing extent to de-man
the Negro that it is no wonder that
| and conspiracy cannot settle the
Negro question in this country, but
when we consider the attack that
is some times launched against the
intelligent Negro and the intelli
gence of Negroes we find a mitigat
ing circumstances in these latest
charges. Fortunately the disaffec
tion not«d has its roots not in the
intelligent Negroes who can weigh
the weightier matters involved, but
in the ignorant and gullible. A
man’s chance would have obviated
the recent episodes in question.
"While we deplore these charges
and hope that they are the last, we
must n#t forget the fundamental
! cause underlying them. At his best
the Negro is often treated as sedi
tkmist and conspirator, it is not
surprising then that a few should
i eventually react as seditionjsts.
| Too often no difference is made be
tween the underprivileged and the
cultivated peace loving Negro. Re
cently Roland Hayes was set upon
and beaten in Georgia, a state that
he helped to elevate in the eyes of '
the world. More recently Dr. J. C.
Jackson of Hartford, Conn., was as
saulted enrOute to the National Bap
tist convention in Memphis. Dr.
Jackson is one of the most honored
and venerable churchmen of this
country. The asault on him was an
assault on the more than 3.000,000
Negro Baptists he represents.
However deplorable tt may be,
these unhappy occurrences are Play
ing their part in this matter of se
dition and disaffection making their
unwelcome advent on the critical
scene- The heart and the head of
Negro leadership are right. Their
preachments are sound. But the
good meaning of the Negro is too
often limited by the anti-Negro de
signs of the rabidly prejudiced. Ne
groes must not and will not cou
doae sedition: NEGROES. HOLD
THAT LINE-OUR BIGGEST
1 OUR SCRAP IS NEEDED NOW, DIG
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