The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19??, February 24, 1945, Image 1

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Entered as 2nd class matbr at Post-nfnce. Omaha, Nebr., Under Act of ^ , _ . ,rt._ , , „ _ _
March s. !h,4 publishing offices at 2420 Grant street. Omaha, Nebr Saturday, February 24, 1945 ★ 10c Per Copy ★ Our 18th Year, No. 3
Efficient Negro Staff Mans U. S. Hospital In Hills Of North Burma girl B1dncross workearha
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Working side !>y side with the thousands of soldiers in North Burma,
whose tireless efforts have been lareroly responsible for the successful
eonstrn tion of the l.edo Load, is a nw U. S. Station hospital which is
staffed entirely by Negro personnel. Located high in Naga Hills, this
one hundred-bed hospital, opened two days before Christmas, is now of
fering the most complete medical service of any similar unit in Burma
It is commanded by Major Wilbur H. Strickland, of Philadelphia Pa
formerly assistant chief of medicine at Fort Huachuca, Arizona- ’Left’
photo shows Lieutenant Fanny M. Hart, of Jacksonville, Fla., checking
the pulse and temperature of Staff Sergeant Elmo M. Grove, former ace I
motorcycle racer from Vellejo, Calif. Center photo shows surgeons at
work in the operating room. Captain Maurice F. Gleason, (extreme left)
former resident gynecologist of Provident Hospital, Chicago, 111., is chief
surgeon. His wife, holder of the Ph. D. degree, is director of the Grad
uate Library School at Atlantx University, Atlanta, Ga. Photo at right
Shows affable American Red Cross worker. Miss Bernice Grice, of Om
aha, Nebraska, who provides recreational facilities for the patients in
conjunction with the rehabilitation program. Before Joining the Red
Cross, Miss Grice was employed in The Surgeon General s Office, Wash
ington, D. C., while attending Howard University. (U. S. Signal Corps
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N. N. P. A. Sponsors National Observance of Negro Newspaper Week
(Copyright, 1 945, by New South
Before my-two-vcar ol<\
David grabs them from
my desk and starts chew
ing them up, I’ve been
trying to go through a lot
of plans to lift the face of
J)ixi<* in tlie hopeful years
that will follow this war.
David must like those
plans from the way that he chews
on them when I turn my back to
roll a cigarette. They are plans,
drawn up by different federal
and private agencies, for better
housing, better schools, and bet
ter everything else in this part of
America where your people and
my people will forge a new des
tiny and a new democracy.
But I'm mighty disappointed
that I’ve seen no plans to build
Negro business in Dixie. Just as
we've got to have more machines
and more assembly lines run by
Negroes in Dixie if Dixie is ever
going to have peace and prosper
ity, so we are going to have more
stores and shops, more banks and
finance companies run by Negroes
I’ve seen no plans to build Ne
gro business in Dixie. But I have
read ajor R. R. Wright’s article
‘‘From Slave to Banker,” publish
ed in the February issue of Negro
Digest. When I read that moving
little sketch of Major Wright’s
life, told in language eloquent by
its modesty, I could foresee the
great Negro business enterprises
that will rise up in Dixie to give
security and more prosperity to
our people of both colors.
Now Major Wright had to move
up North to make a success of
business. He is president of the
Citizens and Southern Bank and
Trust Company in Philadelphia.
But we're proud that we gave
him to the North and to Amer
ica .we remember that he laid
some pretty solid bricks for demo
cracy during the 50 years when*
he was teaching school in his
home state of Georgia.
He inspired young Southerners
as a teacher. He inspires young
Southerners as a business man.
He spent “twelve years as a high
school principal and 38 years as
president of Georgia State Col
lege at Savannah." Then at the
age of 67, when most men consid
er their life courses to have been
run, he moved North and went in
to business.
"The rewards of teaching have
been great in my former students
men and women who are now
bishops doctors lawyers teachers,
i businessmen, and responsible civ
il servants”—so writes Major
Wright who started life as a
slave in Georgia, more than 90
years ago.
“They write and credit me for
the ‘impression’ I made on them,
although now I feel how inade
quate I must have been."
Now, much more should he
writen about Major Wright than
I am able to squeeze into my few
hundred words,. I agree with
Negro Digest Editor John H,.
Johnson though that Major
Wright’s life “is a saga of cour
age and accomplishment that
matches the story of George
Washington Carver,.”
Id like to see some member of
the Association of Young Writers
and Artists, organized by the
Southern Negro Youth Congress,
start to work on a book dealing
with the life of Major Wright,.
What a book that would be to
: put alongside Booker T. Wash
! ing’t “p from Slavery” and the
■ Autobiography of Frederick
I can’t help but think that gen
c rations of Negro teachers have
been inspired by the ex-slave,
Booker T. Washington, and gen
erations of Negro crusaders for
democracy by the ex-slave, Fred
erick Douglass. I believe that
~enerations of public-spirited and
far-seeing business men will be
inspired by the ex-slave. Major
Clean Own House
of Bigotry, U. S. Urged,
To Show Sincerity
Appearing on a good will program at Joslyn Memorial . . .
Left to right—W. O. Swanson, Henry Monsky, Francis p,
Matthews, and A. C. R. Swenson.
Three laymen of the Catholic
Protestant and Jewish faiths Sun
day night called upon Americans
to clean house of their own racial
and religious bigotry to show their
sincerity in help the world rebuild
on the principle of the brotherhood
of man.
They are A. C. R. Swenson, con
sul for Sweden; Francis P. Mat
thews, chairman of the executive
committee of the National Cathol
ic Community Services and Henry
Monsky, president of the superior
lodge of B'nai B'rith.
Appearing at Joslyn Memorial in
a goodwill meeting sponsored by
the Omaha Round Table to open
the city's annual Brotherhood
Week program, the three men
stressed that America is playing an
important role in the construct! r, i
of a new world order, and there
must be no disunity at home.
“The United States has too many
races and creeds to afford to in
dulge inthe vices of intolerance and
hatred,"’ Mr. Swenson declared. “It
is for America now to show that in
peace as well as in war it has un
ity and faith in democratic proces
He declared that “we are at pres
ent faced with a very real trial of
our faith in democracy m no wav
we treat the Americans ir Japan
ese descent.”
Mr. Matthews declared that as
much as unity and understanding
was needed in the past, “a far
greater need exists now. AYe have
only to look overseas to seo the de
predation of mankind that has
been the fruition of philosophies
that do not recognize the brother
hood of man.’
Mr. Matthews, who toured liber
ated areas of Europe last fall, de
clared that he bad been apprehen
sive of what could happen in Am
erica after seeing how Christian
civilization in those lands has beer
all but destroyed.
Mr. Monsky agreed with Mr
Matthews that “it ought never b<
necessary to theorize or talk about
Geo. W.
Denver Dist. Chr. of
P.O.D.C.W. was
A well known
Figure to Omahans
Mr. George W. Halsey, Denver,
Colorado departed this life Febr
uary Sth, 1945. Brother Halsey
was District Chairman of Denver
District, Protective Order of Din
ing Car Waiters, Local No. 465,
Regional Director and member of
the Executive Board of the Joint
Council of Dining Car Employees..'.
He was no stranger in Omaha and
was well liked by all who knew
him. He has been a member of the
Organization since the time it was
chartered in 1934. Brother Halsey
was not only a good organization
man for most of his him was occup
ied in civic, charitable and econ
omic movements and whenever any
of these movements were present
ed, you could always depend on him
to help put the program over.
Omaha has lost a friend and a
brother and Denver has lost a val
uable and distinguished citizen.
Arthur H. Reed, Secy-Treas.,
P.O.D.C.W., Local No. 465.
brotherhood; it is something that
should be practiced.’*
Asserting that he is not pessi
mistic for the future, that •the
heart of America is sound' , Mr
Monsky sad that i“America has its
greatest source of strength in its
numerous nationalities which have
learned to work together and con
tribute their varied cultures to the
common wealth of the country.
For that reason, it will not be
found wanting in helping to estab
lish a new post-war world."
Chairman of the program was
W. O. Swanson, national trustee
of the NCCJ, assisted by Milton
Livingston and Edward Leary.
Miss Ethel Alpenfels, former Y
WCA activity director in Denver,
spoke Monday and Tuesday to O
malia h:gh school students on “The
Scientific Approach to Understand
ing the Peoples of the World.” She-J
also spoke at the Dundee Parent- j
Teachers' Association meeting last ]
Tuesday evening and visited the
University of Omaha. Her talks
are sponsored by the Omaha Round
Miss Alpenfels was the guest of
the Women's Advisory Council at a
luncheon, Tuesday noon at the
Blackstone Hotel.
Announcing that the year's adv
ertising program of the Nebraska
Committee, United States Brewers
Foundation, begins in Nebraska
newspapers this month, State Dir
ector Charles E. Sandall comment
ed that “Our advertising, like our
activities, serves a useful purpose
in the public interest. The mes
sages, completely factual in con
tent, help enlighten our citizens on
February 25-March 3
These Broadcasts
WOW Saturday Night,
10:30 to 11 p..m
Saturday, Feb. 24
. . . and foreign pickups with
Negro troops and war corres- i
pondents — domestic dramatiza
tions and messages from Mrs. j
Eleanor Roosevelt, General Mc
Arthur and Admiral Nimitz.
KOIL, Friday Night
10:35 p. m.
KOIL, Sat. afternoon
1:30 p.m.
Friday, March 2
featuring the 477th. Bomber
Squadron . . . Negro troops in
France .. Negro troons in Eng
land . . Negro War Correspon
dents scenes from the pro
duction front
this organization’s purposes and
acomplishments in the field of ef
fective beer tavern control. We
work for development of greater
public consciousness and cooperat
ion on the part cf the beer retail
ing business, and the program is
one in which the complete under
standing, confidence and support of
the public is most necessary.”
"As in former years, daily and
weekly enspawers throughout the
entire state will carry the 1945
schedule,” Mr. Sandall said.
The 118th anniversary of the Negro Press
will be observed throughout the country from Febr
uary 24 through March 3 under auspices of tb*
Negro Newspaper Publishers’ Association.
Beside an essay contest for high school stu
dents, sponsored locally by The Omaha Guide and
nationally by the Publishers’ Association, and in
dividually arranged radio programs on local sta
tions, there will be two national radio broadcasts
over the National Broadcasting Company and Col
umbia Broadcasting System chains.
The purpose of the observance is to point up
the part the Negro press is playing in reporting our'
efforts in the war at home and abroad, and in keep
ing up morale.
The first half-hour national radio program of
the week will be broadcast on Saturday, February
24, at 2:30 p.m. (EWT). Entertainment featured
on this program will be Jack Benny, Rochester and
Lionel Hampton. There will also be reports from
two war correspondents—John (Rover) Jordan of
the Norfolk ournal and Guide, who will talk about
the 92nd Division with which he has been working
for the last four or five months; and Enoc Waters of
the Chicago Defender, who will speak from Pearl
Harbor where he will interview a Negro naval offic
er stationed there. Waters will also tell of some of
the roles Negroes are playing in the Pacific, where
he has been a correspondent for two years.
In addition to these features, there will be a dram
atization of the heroic exploits of Corp. Waverly B.
Woodson. On D-Day, during the invasion of
France, Woodson, as a member of the medical corps
performed one of the heroic efforts of the war. He
is now in a hospital in this country and will bt
brought to New York for a personal appearance oil
the program.
Ralph Cooper, stage and screen star, will be
master of ceremonies for the NBC broadcast.
The second national broadcast will be made
on Friday, March 2, at 7:15 p.m. (EWT) Details
will be given next week.
Red Cross war Fund
The 1945 Red Cross War Fund
will be held from March 1 to 31. i
The goal is $200,000,000.
This money is needed by the A- '
merican Red Cross to provide its
services to our soldiers and sailors
throughout the world and to the
people at home. All of us must
give to the limit of our ability.
Naacp Protests
NH A Plan to
Take Housing
For Negro War Workers
New Yopk—Restriction to whites
of 200 units planned originally for
Negro war workers in New Boston
Texas, and the repeated refusal of
NHA to follow a non-segregated
pattern in public housing projects
was protested by the NAACP in a
letter today to NHA Administrator
John B. Blandford, Jp.
Over the signature of Special
Counsel Thurgood Marshall the N
AACP pointed out that Negroes are
occupying on a segregated basic
only 124 units of the 2500 allocated
for the servicing of membe-s and
workers of the Red River
depot and Lone Star Ordnance
plant. In urging NHA to put a
stop to its discriminatory practic
es and preclude any recurrence of
the Sojourner Truth housing situ
ation in Detroit, Mr. Marshall said:
"We have repeatedly taken the
position that occupancy of public
housing projects under jour sup
ervision should be on a non-seg
regated basis because there is no
authorization in either the ITnit
ed States Constitution or federal
statutes for segregation in feder
al projects. We have also point
ed out to j'ou on several occas
ions that such policies of segre
gation by you are unlawful.
Public housing agencies, however
have insisted on maintaining a
policy of segregation ana have
sought to justify this policy on
the grounds that it provides sep
arate but equal treatment. We
have pointed out in Detroit,
Washington and many other
areas that it is impossible to
maintain separate and equal
treatment at the same time and
that segregation invariably
| brings about unequal treatment
in addition to the segregation it
'•The refusal to admit qualified
Negro applicants to the new pro
jects in the area of the Red Riv
er Ordnance Depot and the Done
Star Ordnance Plant solely be
cause of their race or color is in
direct violation of the Constitu
tion and laws of the United Stat
es. Te denial of available, ade
quate housing facilities to quali
Ified Negro workers seriously
hampers our program f-.r build
Pash Prizes for
High School
Omaha Guide Sponsor
Contest for II i gh
School Hoys and Girls
In Commemorating
118 Years of Negro
The National Newspaper Publish
ers' Association in connection with
the annual Negro Press Week Ob
servance (February 25 to March 3)
will ponsor a National High School
essay contest—Subject: “The Negro
Newspaper, Crusader for Real De
mocracy’’. Coupled with this nation
al contest is a local essay contest
sponsored by THE OMAHA
GUIDE- Local prizes are $10.00
The three prize winning essays of
will be entered in the National Con
National prizes are $100; $75. and
50, all War Bonds- This year marks
the 118th Anniversary of the Negro
Press. All essays must be mailed to
the Negro Press Essay Contest Edi
tor of THE OMAHA GUIDE and
should be postmarked no later than
March 3, 19-15
I Manuscripts shall contain no
less than 800 and no more than 1000
2. Manuscripts must be written
on theme paper using one side only.
3. The contestant’s name must not
appear on the manuscript- Attach
to the essay a separate sheet of pa
per on which should be written the
name and address of the contestant,
tse name of the school and of the
4. Winers will be selected by five
tidegs to be named by this news
upcr. Prizes listed above for the
•cal contest will be awarded by this
'ltcr according to the decision of
e judges.
V The first three prize winning
uys in this cootest will be entered
‘he National Negro Newspaper
?k High School Contest.
A committee of judges, no
• than seven in number, shall
three National prize winners
among the essays submitted to
by the various member papers.
The decision of the judges in
- -ontests shall be final. All
essays become the property of the
NNPA and none will lie returned to
the contestants. Judges will base
their choice on the character of the
material^ originality, composition
an dneatness.
8. Only persons of high school
age in the continental United States,
now attending high school, are elig
ible to enter this contest. No mem
ber or relative of a member of the
staff of any newspaper will be elig
ible to compete in this contest.
Omaha Guide Publishing Co.,
2420 Grant Street.
Omaha, Nebraska
IIA-0800. HA-080;
ing the necessary materials of
"We, therefore appeal to you
as Administrator of the Nation
al Housing Agency to immediate
ly discontinue the present policy
to refuse to permit qualified Ne
gro applicants to he admitted to
the new projects in this area. We
urge you to do this not only for
the reasons mentioned above, but
In addition wish to point out to
you that every effort should be
made to avoid a recurrence of the
difficulties experienced in tlie So
journer Truth housing situation
in Detroit."