The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19??, May 15, 1943, City Edition, Image 1

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Church Choirs To Sing Together in Annual Event
founded by that beloved Presby
terian minister, John A. Williams,
now of Kansas City, and L. L. Mo
Vay—will feature the various choirs
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of our churches who will bleni
their voices together in song in
their Ninth annual concert at the
City Auditorium, Sunday, May lfc.
at 2:30 pm.
Hymns of all churches, Negro
Spirituals and anthems will be fea
tured on the program.
Henry Washington, Director of
the Paul Briggs ensemble, assisted
by other choir directors, will direct
the huge choir.
The Rev. F. S. Goodlett, pastor cf
I the Pilgrim Baptist Church, will
speak on “Church Cooperation."
Need For War
Nurses Critical
Volunteers Relieve Registered Nurses
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Eft. T £D*ABO JOtifS
Relieving the shortage of registered nurses, Volunteer Nurses’ Aides are being recruited in hospitals
throughout the country. Part of the class of Senior Volunteer Nurses’ Aides of Freedmen’s Hospital,
Washington, D. C., includes (first row, left to right): Mrs. Gertrude Stone, assistant captain; Mrs. Lyn
wood Cundiff, Miss Doris Stevenson, Mrs. Arthur Randall, Mrs. Martin Beleno, Mrs. Robert Ming; (second
row): Mrs. George M. Johnson, captain; Miss Susie Freeman, Miss Florence Grant, and Mrs. Louis Lucas.
Because the need for additional
■war nurses has become critical.
Red Cross chapters in Lincoln and
Omaha will stage Nurse Recruit
ment Rallies on May 13 and 14.
These rallies w 11 bring to a climax
the observance of National Nurse
Recruitment Week, the annivers
ary of Florence Nightingale's birth
and National Hospital Week.
The principal speaker for both
rallies will be Jane Tiffany Wag
ner, of New York City, Director of
Women’s War activities for the
National Broadcasting Company.
The Lincoln rally will be at 8:00 p.
m. in the Cornhusker Hotel on
Thursday, May 13. The Omaha
rally will be at 8:00 P. M. Friday,
May 14 at the Joslyn Memorial
Auditorium. Major General Fred
erick E. Uhl, Commandant of the
Seventh Service Command, U. S.
Army, and Governor Dwight Gris
wold. of Nebraska, will also ad
dress the Omaha rally.
Mrs. Wagner, former Iowan, is
supervisor of the NBC Red Cross
LIVE (11:30 A.M. Sundays on WOW
which is the nucleus of a national
campaign being put on by NBC and
its affiliated stations for the Red
Cross nursing programs. The na
tional drive seeks to enlist 36,000
additional War Nurses, 100.000 ad
ditional Red Cross Nurse's Aides,
and 1.000,000 additional enrollees in
Red Cross Home Nursing Classes.
Delegations from Red Cross
chapters within a radius of 50 mil
es of both Lincoln and Omaha will
attend the nearest rally. The gen
eral public, particularly women in
terested in nursing, is invited to
either or both rallies.
New York, May 10—Thieves
smashed a display window in a
Brooklyn restaurant and fled with
a 125 pound hunk of choice beef.
The restaurant is across the street
from police headquarters.
Lena Horne at the
Paramount theatre
in‘Cabin in the Sky’
Lena Horne, torch-singing charm
er of “Panama Hattie,” plays the
most important screen role of her
career as the night club charmer
who almost lands Eddie (Rochestei)
Anderson in Hades, in “Cabin in
the Sky,” M-G-M adaptation (£ the
Broadway musical hit. now show
ing at the Paramount theatr \
The musical fantasy, which daa's
with the struggle between Lucifer.
Jr., and the forces of good for the
soul of Eddie (Rochester) Anderson,
is a blend of music and gay enter
tainment. “Cabin in the Sky,” and
other song hits from the stage play
are argumented by original s°ngs
Rochester and Miss Waters head
, the cast. Miss Horne plays the
“vamp” role. Rex Ingram, Lot;:s
Armstrong. Duke Ellington and his
band, the Hall Johnson Choir are
among many noted personalities in
the cast.
New USO Center
Little Rock, Ark., May 9—Moth
er's Day was described as a fitt
ing occasion to assure American
mothers that their sons and daugh
ters in the armed forces are given
adequate recreational opportunit
ies at USO clubs, in a speech he-e
by Henry W. Pope. Consultant lor
Negro Services of USO.
Mr. Pope spoke at the dedication
of a new USO Club for service to
Negroes in uniform at 800 Lj "West
Ninth Street.
"The morale of the men and
I women serving the cause of liberty
in the armed forces of this nation
must be sustained at all costs,” he
said. “It is USO’s privilege to help
in this patriotic task by maintain
ing 1,500 cheerful, homelike clubs
in the contenental United States
and hemisphere bases.
"Today, it is of special interest to
Negro mothers to know that USO
provides their sons in uniform witn
recreational programs during off
duty hours at 108 USO clubs and
175 smaller units. Taking place in
| attractive. fully equipped cIud
j houses, dances, social events and
other entertainment features are
directed by trained, professional
“Negro leadership, together with
leadership by other groups, is giv
ing its best to the cmomon task of
fortifying the heart and soul of
men in uniform. Together we seek
to achieve victory and a lasting
peace to follow this global war."
Mr. Pope said that attendance at
108 USO clubs for Negroes now ex
ceeds 1,000,000 monthly. The clubs
are directed by a staff of 132 pro
fessionally trained Negro workers,
assisted by a corps of 53.000 vol
A graduate of the Johnson C.
Smith University in Charlotte, N.
C., Mr. Pope has taken post grad
uate courses at Columbia Univers
ity, New York University and the
Union Theological Seminary.
He has been actively associated
with many social, civic and wel
fare societies.
During his stay of several days
in Little Rock. Mr. Pope will con
fer with local USO officials and ii -
pect other USO clubs in this area.
House To Vote
On Poll-tax Bill
Mon., May 24th
The last 218 signatures was secur
ed Thursday afternoon for the pet
ition asking discharge of the jud
iciary committee and the rtues
committee from further consider
ation of H.R. 7. the measure des
igned to wipe out the poll tax m
seven southern states, and the bill
was immediately scheduled for a
vote by the house of representativ
es on May 24.
Thus a job which took a year and
a half of the 77th congress was ac
complished in less than three mon
ths of the present session. The
coalition bill jointly sponsored by
five congressmen but bearing (lie
name of Rep. Vito Marcantonio
(ALP) of New York, was introduced
on the first day of the new session,
Jan. 6. The resolution asking the
discharge was put on the speaker's
table on Feb. 23, and an intensive
drive was begun.
Congressman Marcantonio was
the first signer, and Congressman
Antonio M. Fernandez (D) of New
Mexico was the last signature af
In the drive to corral the needed !
signatures a steering committee
which crossed party lines was or
g-. nixed and < haired > y Rep. Go
rge H. Bender if Ohio. He was
supported by Reps. Joseph Clark
Baldwin, William L. Dawson, Jos
eph V. Gavagan, Warren G. Mag
nusson and Tom E. Scanlon.
Handling the campaign outside
the halls of congress was the Na
tional Committee to Abolish the
Poll Tax whose two day conference
here in March stimulated pressure
from back in the districts.
One hour after Congresman Ben
der had announced that the requir
ed signatures had been obtained,
Rep. Marcantonio issued a state
ment in which he called for con
tinued vigilance and an intensify
ing of effort “all along the line.”
He warned that opponents of the
hill will seek to lead it down with
amendments aimed at eliminating
property qualifications for voting,
a condition now imposed in some
I “To combat this strategy-." he
said, “there must be no let down in
j our fi&ht. In fact, we must intens
i ify it to the end that every con
j gressman will be on the floor on
! the day the measure comes up for
a vote, and to fight off every at
tempt made to cripple the bill.”
Marcantonio also extended ap
preciation to the Negro press for
their cooperation and support. He
did this in a telegTam to the Asso
ciated Negro Press in which he
said in part: “I want to express my
personal gratification to you and
through you to the entire Negro
press and to the Negro people and
their organizations for the unyield
j ing support they have given me
, and my colleagues in this fight.
We have cause to be glad that a
vote will take place on anti-poll tax
legislation in the house, but we
must not let up our pressure eith
er in the house or the senate. '
He also paid tribute to the late
Congressman Lee E. Gever of Cal
ifornia. father of anti-poll tax leg
' islation.
Congressman Bender was also
jubilant over the progress made
, and so in the success of the dis
charge petition a strengthening of
“our internal morale” and a dem
onstration “to our own people that
the congress has full confidence In
the democratic will of out people.”
He also viewed it as “evidence to
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Interviewed cn "Race Questions”
in St. Louis
Missing since last Saturday af
ternoon was Arietta Mosely, 9
a little girl who had been living
with her aunt, Mrs. Josephine
Jackson 2020 Willis avenue, was j
found in St L.ouis at the home of <
another auntie. She had told the i
conductor of the train that she had :
lost her ticket. The Child’s mother
is visiting her soldier husband at i
a Florida camp. j
“No one has a right to condemn
Hitler’s racial arrogance as long as
that one shares It himself," said
Lin Yutang, brilliant Chinese Phil- j
osopher and author of American
and Chinese best sellers, in an ex
clusive interview on the Negro
question at his New York home in
Grade Square.
Dr. Lin began his interview with
a statement of his position as a for
eigner and as a citizen of a Unit
ed Nation: “As a foreigner I have
no right to criticize the domestic
policies of another nation. I am in
terested in the Negro question,
from the point of view of basic, hu
man rights and I think I hate
some little right to talk about this
issue, in so far as it affects the
things we are fighting for in +his
war; and I believe we are fighting
for freedom and equality of all
Secondly, we are fighting for hit
man rights besides economic rights.
Whatever progress is made in the
realization of these ideals in the T\
S. will naturally have a tremend
! OUS effect on all Asiatics and
strengthen the conviction that vve
are fighting for spiritual principles
and not for war booty.
There seems to be a prevalent
misconception that the Negro issue
is one of economic rights and not
of human rights. In this age we
are tending more and more <o
think of the right to a job, right
toseeuritv, and less and less to
talk of the ordinary good old rights
of man.
I believe the bottom of the Negro
issue is a social not economic. The
first thing that white men have got
to learn is not to increase wages
but to think of them as human be
ings and human brothers like our
selves. Unless we can rise to that
| civilized level of thinking, all !eg
; islation is Useless.
So far as Negroes' rights are con
cemed they are perfectly stated in
our Bill of Rights, but the spirit of
social equality is lacking. Man
can make laws but man can also
break them with everyone’s con
sent. So the problem is really
psychological. It is the problem of
the education of the white man to
that civilized level of thinking.
That incidentally is also the level
of the Bible. But I understand
some of the most devout Christians
are among those who have the
most bigoted racial prejudices.”
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woman works 25yrs. in firm office; gets $1,000 war bond
Launch First All-Negro Built Ship
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Midwest Mobilizes For Conference On the
Problems of War and the Negro People
Detroit. Michigan. May 10—In a^
letter to Edward Strong. Secretary.
National Negro Congress, C. Pit
Quinn, President of the Greater
Detroit and Wayne County Indust
rial Union Council, pledged t'ie
sponsorship of that body to the
forthcomingMi dwest Conference of
the War and the Negro People, to
be held in Detroit, May 29-30. Said
Mr .Quinn, in his letter: “Be assur
ed that we shall cooperate with you
in every way possible,” and furtn
er, “that all locals affiliated with
the Council will be urged to coop
erate fully to sponsor and send
The Midwest Conference, which
was called by the National Negro
Congress to rally the people of the
Mid West to save the Fair Employ
ment Practice Committee and to
mobilize for passage of the anti-poll
tax bill, has also received the pou
sorship of the Cleveland Industrial
Union Council, the Detroit Citizens
Committee, Local 600 of the United
Automobile Workers of America
CIO, and a score of other important
labor, civic, and religious organiz
Among the seventy leading indiv
iduals from Chicago already listed
as sponsors for the Conference ere
Attorney Earl B. Dickerson, Act
ing Vice Chairman of the FEPC;
Oscar Brown, President .the Chic
ago Chapter, NAACP; Alderman
William H. Harvey, newly elected
Alderman, Second Ward; Ishmael
P. Flory, International Represent
ative, Mine. Mill and Smelter Wor
kers; William L. Patterson, Assist
ant Director, the Abraham Lincoln
school; Attorney C. Francis Strat
ford. President, and Miss Bertha
Tipton, Executive Secretary, Chi
cago Council, National Council. Na
tional Negro Congress: Dr. Charles
M. Thompson, Treasurer. Chicago
Urban League: Willis A. Thomas.
Secretary-Treasurer, Federated Ho
tel Waiters Union, Local 356, AF
of L: Bishop Bray, CME. Church:
Lucius Harper. Chicago Defender;
Grant Oakes, National Chairman,
Farm Equipment Workers. CTO.
Omaha Girl Awarded Year’s Study at Columbia
Miss Juliette Lee, instructor in
the Division of Nursing of Dillard
University, New Orleans, has been
awarded a General Education Board
Fellowship for a year’s study at
Columbia University, according to
an announcement today by Presi
dent A. W. Dent.
Miss Lee received her B. S. in
nursing education at Loyola uni
versity of the North. Her profes
sional experience includes service
in General Hospital No. 2 in Kan
sas City, Mo.. Provident Hospital
in Chicago and Homer Phillips
; Hospital X in St. ^ouis, Mo.
She is the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Clarence Lee. 2863 Maple St.,
; of this city.
Jand fifty other Chicago citizens.
Among the leading Detroit in
dividuals cooperating in plans for
the Mid West Conference are: Shel
ton Tappes, Secretary Treasurer.
Local 6<i0. LAW—CIO; Attorney Is
Bron Simmons. Midwest represent
ative. National Negro Congress:
George F. Addes, Secretary Treas
urer. CAW-CIO; Mrs. Beulah T.
Whitby, Basileus. AKA Sorority:
Eddie Tolan. former Olympic Star
and Chairman, Metropolitan Negro
Youth Council of Detroit; Louts
Martin, Editor, Michigan Chron
icle: C. C. Alston, Packard Local SS
i> Chester, Pa., May 10. .The Mur
ine Eagle, first ship built entirely
by Negroes, was launched at ths
Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock
Mrs. Rachel Stevenson, for 25
years a cleaner in the office of the
Sun President John G. Pew, chru
tened the vessel. She received a
$1,000 war bond, gift of the comp
Paul Briggs Ensemble Travel 250Miles
thru Rain, Mud on Goodwill Concert tour
Through rain and mud, the Paul
Biggs Ensemble, directed and man
aged by Henry Washington, trav
eled 250 miles Sunday, May 9 to
keep their engagements in three
cities. They were accompanied by
Mrs. Gertrude Lucas Craig, Juven
ile Court Probation Officer who
served as narrator, and Mr. R. R.
Brown, Executive Secretary of the
Omaha Urban League, their guest
In Nebraska City, the entire
morning services were turned over
to the ensemble and their guests.
The church congregation thrilled
to the beautiful songs as present
ed by this group of young choris
ters. The praise following the ser
vices indicated that the audience
felt the sincerity with which the
songs were sung. Mr. Washing
ton. by the excellent shading
shown in the renditions, made one
conscious of the fact that he is a
trained as well as natural musician.
Mr. Urown’s sermon was entitl
ed ‘‘Faith—the Way of Under
standing" Rev. W. H. Parker,
the pastor of the First Methodist
Church, expresed the hope that the
Briggs Ensemble would return in
the very near future.
In Falls City, the program was
sponsored by the Negro Methodist
Church and held in the Episcopal
Church under the guidance of Fa
ther Claudius. Although this pro
gram was held in a more formal
atmosphere, the ensemble acquitt
ed itself with great credit and
caused the audience to feel deeply
these beautiful spirituals as they
were sung: namely “Swing Low.
Sweet Chariot", ‘‘Couldn’t Hear N ,
j body Pray’ , and "He Never Said
a Mumbling Word”. Mary Jarrett.
contralto soloist, was very brilliant
in singing. My Lords a Riding
All the Time". The bass section
led by Mr. Jesse Carter, was very
outstanidng in "Hock My Soul in
the Bosom of Abraham’.
In Hiawatha, Kansas, the en
semble was the guest of all the
churches in the community who
met in a union service at the Ev
angelical Church. The evening
services were attended by about
450 persons who were very atten
tive and interested in the program
from beginning to end. The en
semble presented an entire pr>
gram to the body singing many
songs with Mrs. Craig explaining
the grouping of song and Mr.
Brown delivering a sermon based
on "Faith and the Brotherhood of
Man’’. Outstanding soloists were
the Misses Katie Beasley. Mary
Jarrett, Colleen Kincaid and Jac
queline Johnson. With great care,
Mr. Washington brought to the
congregation all that could be ob
tained in the way of beauty from
the spirituals that were sung.
A quartette including Mr. Wash
ington and the Messrs Jesse Carter
Clarence Smith, and William But
ler sang “Study W'ar No More",
and “I Got a Robe”. These were
well received by the congregation.
By special request, Mary Jarret
sang -The Old Rugged Cross” with
the ensemble giving her beautiful
choral support. On this occasion,
the ensemble was especially brill
iant in ‘‘Walk Together Children”,
and “I Can Tell the World”. Other
songs presented on these programs
were “Down Here". “He Knows
How Much We Can Bear", "You
Must Have that True Religion”,
“Ride on, King Jesus', and “Cer
tainly. Lord”.
The singers were presented to
the various audiences as Goodwill
ambassadors bringing songs of
hope and cheer because of their
love for music and not because
there was any financial gain for
them as individuals. In each com
munity where they appeared, they
were enthusiastically received and
many expressions were made in re
gard to the beauty of their youtn
ful voices and requests were mails
for them to return.
Single Gun
Duel Kills
Man, Divorc
ed Wife
San Antonio, Texas, May 12_
' r°ver 1. Lewis and his divorced
wife, Mrs. Opal Lewis, were shot
to death and police were told, each
killed the other with one gun us ad
for both killings.
Harry North, a roomer in the
boarding house in which the shoot
ings occurred, said that Mrs. Lewis
was shot by her former husband.
North told police Lewis stood over
Mrs. Lewis a moment, then drop
ped the gun and fled. Although
dj ing, Mrs. Lewis picked up tha
weapon, fired once and hit the fie
ing man in the head.
train hits horse,
girl rider unhurt
Lincoln, May 10—Joanne Walker,
14, escaped serious injury and oo-l
sible death Sunday when the horse
she was riding became frighte v.-d
and ran into a passing train.
The girl, thrown clear of ih?
tracks just before the horse vns
hit by the oncoming passenger train
was badly shaken and bruised. T-ro
of the animal's legs were sheared
off and it was shot.