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NAACP Condemns “Peal” on FEPC by Senate
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Washington, D. C—Sharp con
demnation of the deal between
some of the supporters of FEPC
both Republican and Democrat,
and the filibuster block Dixie sena
tors was contained in telegrams
to senators last week by Walter
White, NAACP Secretary.
The "deal” which was rumored
last week, came out into the open
when Republican leader Wallace
H White, Jr., of Maine, made a
speech praising the filibusters,
declaring he agreed with them.
Robert Taft, Republican of Ohio,
secured the floor and declared he
was willing to go along with this
“deal”. The Congressional Record
will probably not reveal this re
mark after it has been edited, but
spectatorg in the gallery heard
Senator Taft make the statement
and also heard other senators call
The NAACP telegram urged
senators not to be a party to the
agreement and to insist FEPC
legislation continue as official or
der of business of the Senate and
remain so until vote is secured on
In addition to the Walter White
' wire, mundreds of telegrams and
a score of telephone calls reached
Washington Friday and Saturday
from NAACP branches in 30
states urging senators to vote for
cloture and to keep FEPC the
order of business before the Sen
one aspect or tne tricxery in
the deal was the setting of the
cloture vote for 4 pm. Saturday,
February 9. Opponents of the bill
were counting on the fact that the
daughter of Senator Chavez was
scheduled to he married at 1 pm.
February 9, and that therefore
the leader in the fight for FEPC
would be in no mood to be pre
sent and put up a battle. They
also depended on senators being
absent on Saturday afternoon.
NAACP branches warned their
senators to oppose any motion
made after the cloture vote which
would displace FEPC as the Sen
ate’s business, including a motion
In San Francisco, at a giant
mass meeting supporting both the
national FEPC and one for Calif.
Walter White was tlje principal
speaker Hundreds of telegrams
went from the meeting to the
On the East Coast, Roy Wilkins
NAACP Assistant Secretary, sent
a note to' Chairman Robert E.
Hannegan of the Democratic Na
"The Democratic party has pro
missed the passage of an FEPC
bill and if the party permits a
minority of its members in the
Senate to prevent this bill from
even being considered by the Sen
ate, it is certain that the failure
will be noted by the voters in the
1946 and 1948 elections.”
From the time the date and hour
of the cloture vote was announced
the NAACP was in touch by long
distance telephone with 25 bran
ches in key political centers.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Ryland E. Melford, Assistant
Director, Division Venereal Di
sease Education Control, Nebras
ka State Department of Health
Announced a program of Health
Examinations for the studentg of
grade and high school of this area
and the examinations will be con
ducted on February 19 thru 21 by
the Nebraska Negro Medical So
ciety assisted by- Nurses of the
Mary P. Mahoney Nursing Cluo
and The Visiting Nurses Assn.
The General Health Examinations
w'hich include a blood test, will be
given free of charge The Health
Examinations are sponsored by
the Nebraska State Department
of Health, the United States Pu
blic Health Service and local com
munity agencies. The examinations
will be held at the Omaha Urban
Urban League Panel Urges Group Unity
Annual Meeting at Joslyn ®
Memorial, A Huge Success
Speakers at the Omaha Urban !
League’s annual meeting Tuesday i
night at Joslyn Memorial urgea
all groups to work together for a
A panel on ‘‘What the Urban
League Means to Omaha United”
included Frank Cronin, regional
CIO director; Clarence Kirkland,
Omaha Industries, Inc ; Hugh Fo
garty. The World Herald; Rut
| sell Hand, director of United
; States Employment Service; and
| Richard Gibson, war veteran,
j Mr. Gibson said he noted dis
j crimination among some employ
' ers in the hiring of Negroes. He
i also pointed out that Negro vet
Jeranse were impatiently <-,ai:
I realizations of the things that the?
[ felt they were fighting for •
Mr. Kirklind declared that when
! war plants began laying off the!
' workers there was no group sing- \
. lcci out.
■ Employment statistics were fur.
nished by Mr. Hand.
Mr. Cronin suggested that the
sensible way to attack the pro
blem is to educate both the wor
kers and employers. Atty. Ralph
W. Adams, presided as Chairman
of the panel.
Additional high lights of the
program included the invocation
sung by Mr. Paul Briggs, a piano
solo composed and played by Mr
Booker T. Washington entitled, j
“Sanata La Guerre ”, the Imperi |
alist Choral Ensemble under the
direction of Mr. Walter Bell sang
and were well received.
New directors elected are:
J. C. Harris; Miss Margaret
Fischer; 'Ralph W. Adams and
Mrs. Zeal R. Sahn. Re-elected dir
ectors are: Robert L. Myers; Rev.
J. R. Moylan, S. J The Rev. W.
H. Phelps, Omaha Urban League
president, presided. 1
League, Hillside Presbyterian
Church, Logan Fontenelle Recre.
ation Center, and at Woodson
I Center on the Southside.
Union Services will be held at
St. Johns AME Church. Rev. E.
j V. Wade, Pastor of Cleaves Tem
1 pie bringing the message. The
Cleaves Temple Choir is too sing.
W. J. BARBER, METROPOLITAN UTILITIES OFFICIAL
DIES; SERVICES HELD THURSDAY
W. J. Barber, 59, assistant general manager of the Met
ropolitan Utilities District, died Monday afternoon at a hos
pital. He had been ill only a few days.
Mr. Barber was associated with the MUD for 44 years
and 7 months. He began as an office hoy and was assist
ant general manager more than 20 years.
Services for Mr. Barber were held Thursday from the St.
Cecilia’s Cathedral. Burial in Holy Sepulchre.
RACE AMITY EFFORTS OF SINATRA HONORED
Frank Sinatra. Duffy's Tavern and Branch Hickey, own
er of the Brooklyn Dodgers, were among those nominated
to the sixth honor roll of race relations for distinguished
efforts toward improving race relations.
Dr. Lawrence D. Roddick of the New York Library made
this announcement Sunday. The honor roll is a feature of
Negro History Week, which began Sunday.
MOTHER BEARS SIX BABES IN 9 MONTHS
Alma. Ga.,—Mrs. John T. Lee, 26, has given birth to six
children in the past nine months.
On May 7, 1945, she had quadruplets—three girls and a
boy. Born prematurely, they died.
Saturday the same doctor who attended the birth of the
quadruplets delivered twins to Mrs. Lee. The couple has
six other children.
'_ _ _ .. .1 - - l i
Miss Margie Shields
Miss Margie Shields, 8G6 Nortl
23rd St., was found dying Wed
nesday morning, January 30th.
She had attended a party in So.
Omaha. Tuesday, Jan. 29 with
some other young men and wom
en. They stated that she became
intoxicated and about 12:50 am.,
Wednesday, Jan. 30th, one of the
young men at the party helped
her on a bus at 28th and Q St.
According to the bus driver, Mar
gie was fully dressed and had her
shoes on when she boarded the
bus The driver stopped at 24th
and Q and Margie got off and
went across 24th St. to the easT
side of the street apparently in
tending to catch the Crosstown
street car. The bus driver states
she was fully dressed upon leaving
the bus and he waited until she
got across the street before driv
At 8:10 am Jan. 30, the body
of Miss Shields was found lying
beside the building on the north
east corner of 24th and P Sts.
Her shoes were missing and her
clothes were either badly torn or
cut. The coroner’s physician who
held an autopsy states that the
body showed no sign of violence.
Miss Shields would have been
16 years of age March 1, 1946 had
The NAACP has made arri ;>■
continuing to makes its investiga
tion of the case.
Services were h-id n* -
Tuesday, February 5, and she was
laid to rest at Forrest Lawn.
The survivors are: Mr. and
Mrs. J. W. Shields; six brothers,
Harold, Detroit; Sgt- Willard, US
Army, Earnest, Jesse, Nathaniel,
and Noah; two sisters, Mrs. Dor
othy Neal, and Mrs. Lola Mae
DAVIS APPOINTED TO POST
IN US DEPT- AGRICULTURE
Appointment of James P. Davis
former colored field representa
tive of the Agricultural Adjust
ment Agency, to the post of an
administrative officer of the Field
Service Branch of the US Dept
of Agriculture was announced last
week by Southern Regional Direc
tor C. D. Walker.
Mr. Davis, who was with the
AAA from 1935 to 1945, will have
his first assienment the important
job of assisting colored farm lea
ders in acquainting colored farm
ers with the protection offered
their cotton crop through Federal
Crop Insurance. After the close
of the crop insurance sales cam
paign, he will assist colored lea
ders in acsuainting colored farm
and non farm people with other
programs administered by the
Field Service Branch.
Director Walker says that Mr.
Davis will have his headquarters
in Little Rock, Ark., and will tra
vel throughout the 9- States which
: form the Southern Region during
[ the next 3 mos. telling colored far
mers how to insure cotton crops.
Quarrel Leads To
W illie Richards
Mrs. Angeline Cottrell Richards
38, of 1810 North 20th St., was
fatally shot at her home shortly
after 1:00 A. M., Sunday Morning
This is the story as quoted to our
reporter. Mrs. Cottrell's husband
came after her about 1:00 A. M
closing time c the Elks Club
where she worked as a waitress.
They walked home together. WhilP
enroute there, an argument was
started about an Angelo Merri
weather, who was staying at their
home and is a friend the daughter
Edyth During the argument at
home Willie Richards, the husband
| threatened Angeline with a shot
gun that he had upstairs. He is
supposed to have taken the shot
gun back upstairs and returned
with a pistol. Mrs. Richards struck
Willie, and he fired three shots at
her as she was standing on the
stairs leading to the second floor.
Willie left the scene and Mrs. Ri
chards was taken to Doctor’s hos
pital in the Police ambulance,
where she died at 4:45 A. M.
Witnesses to the crime are:
Mrs. Hattie James, 2811 Parker;
Arthur Conrad, 1810 No. 25th;
Edyth Cottrell, 1810 No- 25th; and
Angelo Merriweather, 1810 No.
Arresting officers were Sgt. C.
C Dudley and Bill Coleman.
The confession was signed by
Mrs. Angeline Cottrell Richards
was fatally shot Sunday A. M.
by her husband Willie Richards.
She was a member and officer of
the Elks Lodge. She is survived
by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.
I Austin, 2518 Decatur St., Omaha
I two sisters, Mrs. Emma Weston,
cl tv. and Mrs. Ola. Baker. Oklaho
1 — 1 11 . ■ ■ ■ ■ —
The Common Defense
(by Rev. W illiam C. Kernan)
BROTHERHOOD—FIFTY-TWO WEEKS EVERY YEAR
About two months ago, deep beneath the surface of the
earth in a Kentucky coal mine, an explosion trapped nine
miners. For a moment they tried to fight their way out.
But forces mightier than men bodies were arrayed against
them—and these were fire, gas anti smoke. Knowledge
anti experience—stronger than physical strength—were
needed. And one of the trapped men had knowledge am!
experience. He was Bud Townes—a Negro. Once before
in 1929, he had been eaught in a similar catastrophe.
At his suggestion the miners retreated to a side room
which was then barricaded and sealed. There was some
food in the lunch pails—and some water. Not very much
of either. Townes took charge and rationed both. There
was some air in the room—not much—but, to conserve the
supply of oxygen, Townes directed his comrades to lie flat
on their backs. And then—they awited—and hoped.
Sometime later they were all rescued—alive. Today
Bud Townes is a hero out in the part of Kentucky where
he lives. His fellow miners trapped with him in the mine,
praise him and attribute their rescue to his presence among
them. No doubt he is a hero. No doubt either that he de
serves the praise he receives.
But isn't there something else to be said—something a
bout the sane policy of the- mine owners who did not deny
employment to a man because of his color—something a
bout the sound Americanism of the miners who welcomed
Townes as a fellow worker? Isn't there something also to
be said for the principle of brotherhood which recognize?
the essential likenes of all men, and the right of aii of them
to live anil work and grow without respect to race or relig
ion or national origin? For if, due to intolerance which
often expresses itself in discrimination against Negroes,
Bud Townes had not heen permited to work in that mine,
eight men—not Negroes—would be dead today. So—let
us place Brotherhood high in our American scale of values
Brotherhood Week is being observed nationally from
February 17-24. But what we need all year long is fifty
two weeks of brotherhood—believed in the heart—and
practiced in the common tasks of every day. The observ
ance of Brotherhood Week must not be construed to be
the beginning and end of brotherhood. It is but a yearly
reminder—a few brief days of rededication to the wav of
life which we must always live in accordance with the Com
mandments of God.
NAACP 36th Annual Banquet
To Be Held at St. John AME.
The 36th Annual Banquet for
the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People,
will be held on Friday Feb. 22, at
St. John’s AME Church at 22nd
ma, one brother, Mr. Willie Dill,
city, and one son, Lewis F. Cot
trell who is in the service and one
daughter Edyth. She also has a
host of friends. The body is at
Myers Funeral Home. No arran
gements have been made for burial
pending word from son, Pvt. Le
and Willis Avenue. The President
requests all members and friends
of the NAACP to please be pre
sent. Reservations can oe made at
the Johnson Drug Store at 24th
and Grant, by phone or in person.
Where this is a membership affair
the public is invited to be present.
Remember the date, the birthday
of the father of our country, Fri
day, Feb. 22 at 8 pm. at St. Johns
AME Church at 22nd and Willis
Ave. It is hoped by the president
of the NAACP that every pastor
both in the city of Omaha and of
Council Bluffa, will iattend this
Hugh Butler (K), senior
senator from Nebraska, issu
ed the following statement
“■The Democratic Party ma
jority was responsible for
preventing the senate from
taking a vote on the Fair Em
ployment Practice Bill.
“Southern Senators oppos-1'
ed the bill almost to a man.
Northern Democrats gave it
only half-hearted support.
Almost all the Republican
Mk Senators supported the mo
7 he Honorable Senator lion to bring it to a vote, but
Hugh Butler they were outnumbered.
“The critical vote on this legislation came on the motion
to impose ‘cloture’ on further debate. Southern Senators
had been conducting a filibuster for several weeks, by an
agreement to continue the discussion and debate day after
day, in order to prevent a vote. This parliamentary trick
was winked at by many northern Democrats who did not
wish to embarrass the Southern members of their party by
forcing the issue.
“The motion for ‘cloture’ would have put a slop to fur
ther debate. The ‘cloture’ motion was supposed by al
most every Republican, including myself, but it was defeat
ed when a majority of the Democrats, including sonic from
all sections of the country, opposed it. The Republicans,
being a minority of the Senate, were thus unable to force a
vote on the FEPC., which would have put every Senator
squarely on record, for or against.
“The failure to pass the FEPC. bill is the sole responsi
bility of the Democratic majority of the Senate. It is a
fair inference that such legislation will have no chance of
passage until the Republicans ctmtrol both Houses of Con
FILIBUSTERED AGAINST ANTI-LYNCHING /?/* -.*
“It is interesting to recall that the Democrats filibustered
against the Anti-Lynching bill in 1922 and again in 1937.
The Republican Party, on the otic r hand olj Ai their
1944 platform to establish a permanent Fair Employment
Practices Commission and promised legislation against
lynching. It also favored submission of a constitutional
amendment for the abolition of the poll tax.
“The action of the Democratic Party in preventing a
vote on the FEPC. makes it clear that the American Ne
gro’s interests are safe only in the hands of th<* Republican
Party. It was the party of Lincoln that struck the shackl
es of slavery from him, made him a free man with the
right to vote, and since that day, through education and
protective laws, has tried to give him all the advantages and
blessings of citizenship.”
annual affair with a representa
tive group of his members. All
ministers will be introduced to
the Mayor of our city- Each mini
sters representative group of his
members will asked to stand while
their pastor will be handed an of
ficial listing of ministers present
at this annual affair. The follow,
menu will be served:
Roast young turkey and dress
ing; cranberry sauce; creamed
mashed potatoes; green peas and
carrots; hot Parkerhouse rolls
with butter; combination salad
with French dressing; Dessert
vanilla ice cream and cake; But
ternut coffee; per plate $1.00
Committee on arrangement:
Mr. E. F Loftis; Mrs. Hattie
Moore; Mr. Robert Fellows; Mr.
Robert Harris; Mrs. Z. E. Pearl;
Mr. H W Smith; Mr. J. S. Snell;
Mr. Guy Wiley; Mr. L. F. McIn
tosh; Mrs. G. Aneita Blackburn;
Dr. Wesley Jones; and Mr. B. S.
Howell, chef cook.
Mr Loftis, president
Mrs. Lucinda Williams, Sec.
CHARLES W ASHINGTON SENTENCED TO ONE YE AR
Charles Washington, well known young man round a
hout, was sentenced by Judge Dineen this week to tin- state
penitentiary for one year. He was found guilty of forging
a S20 eheek on the U. S. Nat'k Bank and eashing it at the
Lin-Park Clothing Store on Farnam street.
London, Eng. Soundphoto—Fri
gid verbal antagonisms of UNO
Security Council session where
British Foreign Secretary Ernest
Bevin and Andrei Vishinsky, So
viet Deputy Foreign Commissar
seemed hoplessly at odds evapor
ated under warm rays of good
fellowship at party with which
Vishinsky entertained UNO at
Soviet Embassy. Here Bevin in a
seemingly affectionate and con
fidential pose puts his hand on
Vishinsky’s shoulder and whisper,
something in his ear. Amity here
bore fruit and late dispatches from
UNO sessions state that Vishinsky
md Bevin had sealed an American
promoted compromise on bitter
3reek quarrel and had bear-hujrjr..
ed each other when compromise
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