The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19??, January 12, 1946, Page 2, Image 2

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    Imperialist Choir Receives Commendation
from Presbyterian Minister
Dec. 31, 1945
715 South 19th Street,
Omaha. Nebraska
Prof. Walter Bell
c/o Omaha Urban League,
2213 Lake Street ,
Omaha, Nebraska
Dear Mr. Bell—
Having been in the city for only a
a short time, in our ignorance we
accidently arrived at the Urban
League last night unaware that it
was a community center for colored
people; so 1 trust our intrusion may
be forgiven.
Because I am intensely interested
in choral music, the brief mention
in the Sunday paper attracted us
and I can assure you we were well
repaid for the trip.
Your ability as a director and ar
ranger was well demonstrated
throughout the entire program ana
gave evidence of your knowledge
of harmony so essential to real mus
ic appreciation.
May I extend hearty congratula
tions to the choir for their ability to
follow expert leadership. Theii
enunciation, rhythm, and breath
control was the best I have heard
for many a day. The pre-program
piano rendition by the accompanist,
was a work of art. May his tribe
I sincerely hope it may be out
privilege to hear your group again.
If it is not asking too much, I
would appreciate a line from you as
to where and when the group will
Former Pastor First
Presbyterian Church.
Auburn, Iowa
(The above is a letter received by
Mr. Walter Bell, Director of the
Imperialist Choir, with reference to
the program presented at the Urban
League on Sunday,- December 3c.
The pianist referred to above is Mr.
Booker T. Washington.
The group appeared at the Ban
croft School PTA. meeting Jan
uary 10, and a portion of the group
will appear at the Cleaves Temple
Reception on January 15 at the
Cleaves Temple Church, 25th and
Decatur streets.
Dr. Harold Urey, a Nobel prize
winner and noted atomic bomb
expert will be the principal science
speaker at the Carver Memorial
meeting honoring the late Dr.
George Washington Carver which
will be held here (NY) Sunday
January 13 at Abyssinian Baptist
Church. Dr F D Patterson, presi
dent of Tuskeegee will also be a
principal speaker.
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Washington, D C, Soundphoto—
Broadcasting from the White
House, President Harry S. Tru
man carried his fight for adoption
of his reconversion legislation pro
gram to the nation. He also dwelt
on problems confronting the na
tion, especially management-labor
strife and its threat to prosperity.
Washington, D. C.—Necessary
changes in administrative regula
tions and rules to conform with
the liberalization of the GI Bill of
Rights as amended by Congress,
will now be sought by the Ameri
can Legion.
This is entirely an American
Legion bill said National Legisla
tive Director John Thomas Tay
lor We fathered the original bill
in 1944, and we sponsored the
amendments now enacted into law
National Commander John Stelle
has named a special Legion 'watch
dog’ committee which will stand
by to see that the operations of
the amended bill are not again
hamstrung by administrative re
gulations and rules not in accord
with the original intent of Con
Director Taylor listed the major
changes in the bill as follows:
1. The loan guarantee is raised
from $2,000 to $4,000.
2. The honorable discharge be
comes the veteran’s certificate of
eligibility for a GI loan
No Future Deduction
3. No GI Bill benefits shall be
deducted from any future benefits.
4. Real estate and farm loans
made on the appraisal of a Veter
ans Administration certified ap
praiser no longer require V.'A ap
5. Operational business loans
■ and loans made by an individual
I private lender require V A appro
6 Educational subsistence alio*’
ances are raised to $65 a month
for single veterans and $90 for
those with dependents, and to not
less than $105 for the disabled
7. The age factor of 25 years
for educational benefits is entirely
8. Recognized correspondence
schools are made available.
9- On short intensive education
al courses, the full amount of ben
efits is allowed. For example, any
verteran can take in one year, the
four year’s course.
10. Americans who fought in
the service of Allied governments
are made eligible for GI Bill bene ,
11. The word ‘normal is re
moved from the former require
ment of ‘reasonable normal value’
and loans are based on ‘reasonable
12. The amortization period on
farm loans is raised to 40 years
and on homes to 25 years.
Washington, ,D C.—President
Truman's veto of the bill which
would return the United States
Employment Service to state con
trol deserves the highest praise,
the NAACP telegraphed the Chief
Executive. We shall do our utmost
to persuade the members of Con
gress to defeat any attempt to
override the veto said the NAACP
message. On two previous occa
sions the Association has urged
President Truman to veto the pro
posal, charging that under state
control Negroes had more diffi
culty securing jobs than under the
Federal Government.
The following statement was
issued today by Mr. Perry How
and member of the Republican i>a
ard. prominent Negro attorney
tional Committee.
"I hope that the Negroes of this
country will not be misled by the
magnificent but empty gestures
made by the Administration last
week to cloak the President's
FEPC with magic. Magic would do
away with job discrimination. On
ly a Permanent FEPC law, enac
ted by Congress will do that, and
only the Republican Party, as his
tory and the failures of the De
mocratic Party have proven, can
make possible the enactment of
such a law.
“As long as the Democratic Par
ty continues to be dominated by
race-rabid soutr.ern agitators and
and filibusterers, the Democratic
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Eugene D. O’sullivan, prominent
Omaha attorney, was chosen un
animously as chairman of the
board of directors of the Metro
politan Utilities District for 1946
at the annual election of officers
January 2.
W. O Larson, Omaha real est
ate man, was elected vice-chair
Mr. O’Sullivan succeeds Frank
Frost, retiring chairman, and
Mr. Larson takes the place of Dr.
Willard H. Quigley, retiring vice
Appointments to the various
operating committees of the board
of directors will be made by Mr.
O’Sullivan at the next regular
meeting of the board
“We will continue our policy of
many years standing, which is to
give the people of Omaha the fin
est possible gas and water service
at the lowest possible cost,” Mr.
O’Sullivan said after his election.
Party holds no houi for the Ne
gro- But the Republican Party
does not intend to sit Dack idly
while the Democratic Party wal
lows in its weaknesses and Ne
groes are given surveys when they
want equal job opportunities. As
a member of the Republican Na
tional Committee, I recommend
the Republicans in the Senate and'
House who are now initiating a j
campaign to force the Democratic ,!
Party to go along on passage of 1
the Permanent FEPC bill imme
diately after Congress convenes.
I pledge them my support and I
hope that the public will back
them in every possible way.
Urban League Hits at
FHA Racial Policies
The National Urban League hit
again this week at FHA racial po.
licies in testimony before the Sen
ate Banking and Currency Com.
mittee in support of the Wagner
Ellender-Taft General Housing
Bill. Reginald Johnson, the Lea
gue’s Field Services Director, who
gave the testimony quoted Gun
nar Myrdal, author of An Amer
ican Dilemma, contributing the
failure of the FHA to help Ne.
groes directly traceable to the po
licy of segregation used by pri
vate institutions, using the pass
age: This is a serious one for the
Negro and is particularly harmful
since the FHA has become the
outstanding factor or leader in the
nlanning of new housing. It seems
irobable that the FHA has even
jrought about a greatly increased
lse of all sorts of restrictive cov
enants and deed restrictions that
rre the most reliable legal means
>f keeping Negroes confined to
heir ghettos.
The members of the Committee
showed tremendous interest in the
criticisms that were laid before
them concerning the FHA, and
Johnson was questioned at length
concerning the FHA policy, one
Senator even showing consider- j
able surprise to find that the bias
Anti Bias Clause Suggested
The League representative also
rcommended that the Committee
amend the Housing Bill by insert
ing a clause requiring the provi
sion of this bill shall be made
available solely on the basis of
need and economic qualification
without regard to race, religion,
color, or national origin; and that
the National Housing Administr.
I ator; in discharging his responsi
bility of the several consti
tuent agencies, shall acquire com.
pliance from each agency with
this provision
This clause was suggested, he
told the Committee, on the basis
of observation and study of past
experience. We are impelled to
i the conviction, said Johnson, that
all the benefits of this bill will
not be readily extended to racial
minority groups according to the
needs and economic qualifications
of that group unless there is a
legislative mandate to that effect.
Urged Speedy Enactment
The League urged the speedy
enactment of the legislation, how
ever, describing it as the first ray
of hope for some sustantial alle
viation of our intolerable housing
conditions the enactment of the
United States Housing Act of 1937
praising it specifically for a com
prehensive housing program for
every income group, with due re
gard for the needs of veterans and
with recognition of the roots of
the housing problem.
Pointing to Title VI of the Bill,
which provides for acquisition ot
land, Johnson declared that, from
the viewpoint of Negroes and
other minority groups, this pro
vision met one of the two chief
criteria for testing the efficiency
of any housing legislation.
Larger Funds for Public Housing
Johnson urged a larger authori
zation of funds available for pub. i
lie housing, to insure decent living j
conditions for more than half the
total population with income lev
els below the $1,000 per year.
The League expressed concern
for the millions of families caught
in between the bottom rents of
private housing and the top rents
of public housing.
It appears, the testimony ran
that this gap requirement would
legislate a no-man’s land of fam
ilies to whom this Congress would
be saying a decent home in a
suitable environment for every
American family except you
whose incomes fall just above the
group eligible for public housing
and just below those for whom
decent housing is provided by pri
vate enterprise.
In order to provide for this one
group, Johnson suggested an ad.
ministrative determination of top
rents to prevent public-private
housing competition.
The League especially commen
ded the Committee for lower in
come benefits including: libera
lization of the conditions limiting
Miniiimmii i in riminriin
financing and remodeling of ex
isting housing with FHA aids, the
builder’s warranty clause so ess
ential to protect consumers from
3hoddy construction with FHA
aids, and the lapse payment clause
which is a vital complement to the
measures encouraging home own
ership for families in the lower
income group with FHA aids.
A Philip Randolph, Internation
al President of the Brotherhood of
Sleeping Car Porters stated that
President Truman's belated effort
to develop a survey of the facts
by the existing FEPC agency
bearing on discrimination during
the reconversion period is a futile
gesture. Government Agencies are
in possssion of ample facts con
cerning this question. No new
facts are ncssary and this sugges
tion coming from the White House
can only serve to delay legislative
action which is the primary and
commanding issue before the min
orities in particular and the Negro
in general. The President has the
power and the facilities for mob
ilizing the Senate and House lea
ders to put the FEPC legislation
over and this is the one single de
mand that the Negro people in
particular and all minorities in
general make upon him concluded
Mr. Randolph.
Washington, D. C—Segregation
is still the rule in many army
camps, according to a report sent
to Secretary of War Robert P.
Patterson on Deiember 30, by the
Out of fifteen camps visited by
Jesse O. Dedmon, Jr-, secretary of
veteran’s affairs for the NAACP
more than half were found to be
ignoring War department Mem
orandum No. 97, which prohibits
segregation. Only Aberdeen Pro
ving Grounds in Maryland got a
clean bill of health. Of this post
the report said all facilities, both
recreational and others, were
found to be open to all men sta
tioned at the post regardless of
race, creed or color.
Ft. Bragg, N C and Ft. Benning
Ga., were found to have a policy
of complete segregation. Ft Dix,
New Jersey had separate barracks
and mess quarters and separate
separation facilities. At Pope
field, near Ft. Bragg, not only
were seperate facilities found, but
Negro soldiers were being used in
menial servant's jobs and those
working in officers’ clubs weren't
being paid the compensation re
quired by regulations.
At Ft. Benning Negro soldiers
Ice Follies and Ice Capades,
ong recognized as the top names
in musical ice shows, have com
bined resources to produce Ice
Cycles of 1946. And that all-new
frozen fantasy will play an eight
day engagement at Ak-Sar-Ben
Coliseum, Omaha, starting Mon
day, January 14.
World-famous skating cham
pions, lavish costumes, lovely girls,
beautiful lighting and gay settings
and props have been blended ex
pertly at high speeds to make Ice
Cycles of 1946 one of the greatest
musical productions in the enter
tainment wTorld.
The Shipstads and Johnson of
Ice Follies and John H. Harris of
Ice Capades, that automatically
assure the best in well-rounded
and rapidly-paced entertainment,
have given their first-hand expe
rience and ability to stage the
new musical ice extravaganza. And
they have engaged the best ice
•kating pro'duction directors who
Include Mary Jane Lewis of Broad
way and Hollywood, and Fran
Claudet, former Canadian skating
champion, both of Ice Follies; and
Rosemarie Stewart, former British
blade titleholder and Ice Capades
Ice Cycles of 194 6 feature such
ice stars as Marilyn Quinn and
Eleanor Meister, lovely Ice Capades
star; Robin Lee, five times United
States singles champion and head
liner with Ice Capades; Bob Turk,
Pacific Coast champion, with a
touch of the modern in his skat
ing; Henry Lie, twice Norwegian
figure-skating champion; Buddy
Lewis, barrel-jumper and stunt
skater; beautiful Jane Zeiser, Ice
Follies queen, and such comedy
favorites as Ted Meza, Howard
Sullivan, Dick Mershon and Ar
thur Nelles. Lovely girls include
Nadine Thompson, Margaret Field,
Jean Arlen, Jean Crystall, and
many others.
Mail orders for Ice Cycles of
1946 should be sent direct to the :
Omaha Coliseum Corporation, 63rd
and Shirley, Omaha, Neb., with a
stamped self-addressed envelop*
enclosed for return of the ticket*.
about to be shipped overseas were
placed in a stockade to keep them
from going AWOL, but no such
treatment was accorded white sol
Complete segregation was to be
found at Camp Mabry and Camp
Gordon Johnston, Fla At the lat
ter camp, civilians in the post ex
change refused to • serve Negro
soldiers until all white had been
served. Negro officers were not
permitted to eat in the officers’
mess or live in officers’ quarters.
At MacDill field, Fla., enlisted
men stated that German prisoners
of war had directed them to sit in
certain places in the mess hall or
they could not be served.
Negro doctors and nurses at
Camp Livingston, La., could not
treat other than Negro patients
and could not use either the offi
cers’ club or mess. Negro and
white prisoners in the stockade
were separated.
Walter Whit#, NAACP secre
tary, urged Secretary Patterson
to make a prompt investigation
I and take vigorous steps to correct
, the conditions
New York—According to May
or-Elect ©’Dwyer’s emergency
Committee there will absolutely
be no discrimination in the tem
perary housing set up in the city.
Said a member of the committee
the subject of discrimination was
not ignored at our meetings but
very much stressed. It was un.
animously decided to omit it from
the report because of the obvious
policy of no discrimination laid
down by the state and city.
New York’s policy was establi
shed in a local law enacted July
3, 1944, which prohibited any tax
exemption for a housing or re
development project which discri
minates on the account of the
race, color, or creed of any per
son. j
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! Tuscaloosa, Ala.: Convalescing service men visit the USO club where
1 a few hours of relaxation away from hospital routine help to keep morals
high. USO hostesses entertain with music, suitable games and conver
sation. The favorite topic is still “Home”. More than 500 USO clubs are
located near hospitals caring for service men.
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The American Cancer Society states that, contrary to common
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Guard those you love from this scourge of childhood.
So far the State'War Council
in Albany has set $600,00 for em
ergency housing and the Division
of the Budget added $1,500,00
from the State Emergency Ke
leas Fund. 43,000 temperary units
will be erected immediately and
they will house 140,000
Wilberforce. O_Opposition to
peacetime military training was
voted here December 30 by dele
gates to the 7th annual NAACP
youth conference Resolutions also
hit restrictive coveenants and ur
ged a Federal program of low
cost housing as embodied in. the.
pending General Housing bill. Sup
port was urged for the United
Nations organization and for the
Wagner-Murray-Dingell social se
curity legislation. The conference
voted to meet in New Orleans, on
November 21-24, 1946. Bernard
Jackson of Boston, Mass., was
elected chairman; Daniel Neusom
Detroit, vice-chairman; Nancy
Whitaker, Cincinnati, sec'y; and
Eleanor Cunningham, Chicago,
assistant secretary.
The campaign to organize the
Pullman Car Cleaners and Yard
Forces throughout the nation by
the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car
Porters according to A. Philip
Randolph, International President
at the headquarters in New York
City is moving promisingly for
ward. Mr. Randolph states that
this is one of the largest groups
of railroad workers of the nation
in any particular craft or class or
industry and that the Brother
hood is waging a militant fight to
represent them for the improve
ment of their wages and working
Lincoln University’s department
of Health and Physic’al education
will be host to the Directors or
Women's Physical Education in a
meeting on January 19, to plan
a program of women's activities
sponsoder by the association. Mem
ber schools of the organization
include Kentucky State College.
Lincoln University (Mo), Tennes
see State College, Philander Smith
College, and Wilberforce Univer
sity. Delegates are expected from
ach member school.
. Women members of the depart
ment at the entertaining school
are Mrs. Myrtle Livingston, Mrs.
Jacquelin Rhodes, and Miss Eve
lyn Walker. David D. Rains is
acting head of the department.
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