The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19??, March 23, 1946, Image 1
Capacity Audience Acclaim The Elks Choral Ensemble LOCAL 8c NATL NEWS-lOc per^opj “AND WORTH IT’ /JUSTICE/EQUALITY HEW TO THE IIHE\ EQUAL OPPORTUNITY _ PHONE HA.0800 2420 GRANT ST it it “Largest Accredited Negro Newspaper West of Chicago and North of KC.” ^^ C4TfDnlv ,I4Dr„ 09 mm in.. - Ain n n a Entered as 2nd class matter at Post- of lice, Omaha, Nebr., Under Act of . ATIRDAY^ MARCH 23, 1946 OCR 19th 4EAR !So. * ★ 10c Per Copy ★ March 8, 1874. Publishing Offices at 2420 Grant Street, Omaha, Nebr. New “AMVETS” Organization Issued Nat’l, Local Charters You Are the RED CROSS AID FOR DISASTER VIC TIMS—Red Cross workers an nually provide thousands with food, clothing, shelter, medical at tention, and other care when disasters strike. This is the heart of the people the emblem of humanity the hand stretch ed out in comfort to the j homeless and the hungry,! the lonely and the troubled «!l over the world today*. The RED CROSS is you. and it is your God-given right to buy your shares in the worlds greatest institution of mercy. Here come the childrei without shoes, who are hun gry. Here come the* desti tute, the people without shel ter. Here come the lonely and the cold without comfort Here come the men and women who are troubled. They come, thev look to the Red ( 'ross. Thev look to YOU. If you would seek them, look about you. Hear then; speak: .1. -L .Jt i ~ T T I It's lonely here in Ger-’ many. It's very cold. Wt worry here in Germany about liow it is at borne the wiver who may be ill, the child haven't seen, the sweetheart who eoulft be remembering | —maybe not. But there's e, j man here with us who can | get in touch, straigiiten ou: the worry, a kind of trouble shooting guy who wears a small red cross in his cap. That man is YOU. * * =is In the hospital, the days take a very long time to go. The hours are all tiie same. But there's a girl who comes through the wards with mag azines and books and cigar ettes and stops to talk. She'll write a letter for you when your hands are hurt. She'll read a hook or play a game. There’ s a small red cross pinned on her collar. That girl is YOU. * * * The wind swept through our town one night, leveling the buildings. It destroyed our homes. That night was very cold, lull of cries of the homeless and the hurt. But among us moved men and women providing shelter,. food warmth. On their uni-J forms a small red cross shone. They were YOU. * * * I came home from Tarawa Saipan, the islands where we fought. I was discharged. And I was lonely and discour funds. But there was some one here to talk to. who loan ed me money, told me where to go for help. On his desk a small red cross stood. That man was Y OU. * * * We are lonely, and the anxious, and the lost. We are the cold and hungry people, the children who have no shoes, the people without shelter. But everywhere among us is the sign of home stamp ed on a sack of flour, a crate of medicine or milk, worn on a uniform, painted on a build ing fred and red. It is the emblem of comfort. It is the sign of hope. It is YOU. Remember these thoughts when the Red Cross volun teer workers tap on your door, for the annual cam paign for funds this year which got underway on Ylar ch first and will continue throughout this month. Re member these thoughts when you make your contribution to fully give your thankful ness to help raise the mini mum quota of 8254.500, for YOU ARE THE RED CROSS Will Defend Columbia Riot Victims To Utmost Limits; 19 Organization Pledges to NAACP. • ___ _ * St.John Scene of Outstanding Music Program Monday, March 18 at St- Johns AME Church a full house heard one of the outstanding musical programs given this season by the Elks Choral Ensemble under the direction of Mr. H. L. Preston. The renditions were simply bea utiful to hear, blending perfectly with colorful attire worn by the singers. The audience was char med, enchanted, and enslaved by th melody and tone quality of the choral group. Applauses were very warm and long. The perfection of each number was presented "as enough to set the heart strings of the audienoe reverberating with each note. The night was filled with glorious music and song. The program in all its beauty and »p! ndor was 'as follows: Overture.Orchestra Processional Theme Song... Invocation.Rev. E. B. Childress Steal Away Boatney By Ensemble Instrumental Solo: 'He Loves Even Me.Lawrence by S. Yancy “Nobody Knows De Trouble"_ (Spiritual.By Mrs. Marie Price, Gospel by Chorus Cocal Solo: "Sun Rises and You” A. Penn, by Mrs. Lillian Stevens “Somewhere Listening” (Gospel) .....Morris Special Feature (Piano)..Geo Wheeler, Jr., 11 years a. ‘The Gay Butterfly”.Hatch b- “Warrior Song”__Hatch Intermission “Live a Humble”.Spiritual Vocal Solos.Calvin Philps a. “Precious Lord” b. “It’s My Desire” Selections..Mens Chorus a. “Were You There” b. “My Lord What a Morning” Solo.Mrs. Lula Bryant “Does Jesus Care”.Dorsey (Special for M. M. & Aux.) “My Heavenly Father Watches j Over Me” Solo With Chorus.Evelyn Sims Bass Solo.Mr. McClinton Robinson—Tm Troubled" “Unclouded Day”.Chorus Solo—Mrs. Lula Bryant “Fall On Me” (Gospel).Chorus Solo—Mrs. Lillion Stevens Finis The Minute Men and Women's Auxiliary sponsored this excellent program. Committee" Mrs. |3ara Walker; Mrs. Alice Sherwood; Mr. John Faucett; Mason Dever eaux; Mr. H L. Preston, Director of the Ensemble and Mrs. Otis Jamerson at the piano- Mr. A. R., Goodlett, president; Mrs. Carrie Howell, presient of M. M. Aux.; Mr. Emory Hickman, president of the Ensemble. APPEAL TO BE MADE BY ISAACP IIS FLORIDA RAIL CASE New York, N. Y.—Stating that Mrs. Marta Mae Watkins, of NY City, was a passenger in inter state commerce and therefore not subject to local regulations con cerning the separation of the ra ces in jim crow states, the NAA CP. through its legal department! announced it would appeal the con viction last week. Mrs. Watkins was enroute from New York City to West Palm Beach, Flordia, and was riding in a reserved seat in one of the coa ches of the Atlantic Coast Line’s Champion. When authorities askea her to move to the ‘colored section of the train she refused to do so. At Jacksonville, Florida Mrs. Watkins was taken off the train for allegedly violating the jim crow law and isorderly conduct. Local NAACP representatives Se cured her release from jail and furnished counsel for defense. At the train no disorderly conduct was shown except her refusal to move to the colored Section It was further contended that since she was an interstate passenger, she was not subject to local race separation laws. She was convict ed an,j fined $25 on each charge. The appeal is expected to come up in June. SPEAKING OF HOUSING* : 1 X" *' Goo& Cau/fesy Appreciate America. Inc. STAGE AND MAGIC SHOW If its real entertainment you I like. Then don’t miss seeing this j stage and radio artist- A real good I treat on the program is a girls' trio which (has appeared many j times on the radio chain. Also other entertainers including Don j Rock with his latest tricks and! jokes. St. John’s AME Church is very I proud to present this show. March 29th 8:15 pm. Adults $1.10 inch .tax—Children ! $00 55 incl. tax grade and highj school, REGISTRATION IN WEST PALM BEACH IS HEAVY Miami, Fla.—According to word reaching party headquarters here the registration of Negro voters for city, county, and state elec tions in West Palm Beach out number whites by almost 2 to 1 and it is estimated that of the 2,800 persons who have registered since the books opened January' 2 three fourths are colored. Prac tically all Negroes are signing up as Democrats NAACP LEGAL FORCE FILES FOR CLEMENCY WITH SEC’Y OF WAR Washington, D. C—The NAA CP through its legal department submitted a petition for clemency in behalf of Ernest Stewart now confined in a Federal penitentiary under sentence of a General Court Martial, to Secretary of: War, Ro bert Patterson. Stewart was char ged and convicted of assault with 1 intent to kill upon a white super ior officer and «as sentenced to 16 years at hard labor. The peti tion pointed out that Stewart had been convicted on evidence which in a civil court, would have called for acquittal. At the court martial no proof was offered that Stewart had firea at his superior officer. The petition emphasized the gross errors of law committed by the court and it alleged that Stewart would have been acquitted, in all probability, if it had not been for his race. The NAACP urged that the Se cretary of War remit the remain ing portion of Stewart’s sentence and allow him to reenlist to ter minate honorably his service to his country. NAACP DONATES $200 TO SOUTH AFRICAN DROUGHT SUFFERERS AND INDIAN FAMINE VICTIMS New York. N. Y.—A donation of $100 apeice to the India Lea gue of America and the Council 1 on African Affairs for relief pur poses was voted by the NAACP! board of Directorss at its March; meeting. In making the donations the board pointed out the necessity of giving as much aid as possible to I the natives of South Africa and India who face an immediate fu ture of starvation and famine. CLEMENCY ASKED IN ‘GT DEATH SENTENCE Washington, D. C_Clemency has been asked the Secretary of War in the death sentence im posd upon Leroy Steen by a court martial in France last May. He was found guilty of first degree murder, but Thurgood Marshall and Franklin H. Williams of the NAACP legal staff contend the charge nas not proved bekond a1 reasonable doubt. NEW AWARD FOR NAACP BRANCHES New York, N. Y.—Ike Smalls, member of the Board of Directors of the NAACP, from Des Moines announced at the March meeting of the board that he would don ate a loving cup each year to the branch of the Association which, on a percentage basis, shows the greatest increase in membership. In making the announcement, Mr. Smalls said that he hoped the first award would be made at the 1947 Annual Conference of the Association which would be for I achievement made in 1946 A similar award was set up for Youth Councils and College Chap ters of the NAACP in 1944. The Youth Council sup was won by the Boston, Mass, council. Mr. Smalls is president of the Iowa State Conference of Bran ches of the NAACP and a mem ber of the executive board of the Des Moines branch. Appoint New Associate Dir. of Omaha Community ^ elfare Council Tom E. Wintersteen, newly ap pointed associate director of the Omaha Community Welfare Coun cil, "ill have charge of program activities of the council, it was announced by John F. Merriam, council president. The council is the coordinating tody for all social welfare organ nations in Omaha and Douglas County. It conducts planning and survey studies of social problems in the fields of recreation and lei sure time education, family wel fare, child care and public health. It also collects social statistsics as £ basis for research. In addition, the council manages the Social Service Exchange and the Volun teer Bureau. Wintersteen, in social work for rearly 23 years, formerly was a rational board member of the innerican Association of Social Vorkers. He attended Westerr^'Peserve iniversity school of Applied So. cal Sciences, later worked at Cleveland and Buffalo, NY, and Pom April of 1940 until he en tered the armed forces in May cf 1943 he was executive secre tiry of the Family Service agency at Chattanooga, Term. During hig military Service, he vas a captain in the army serving a3 public welfare officer for nine provinces centering jat Bologna, ialy. Wintersteen at one time Served ii boys’ work at the Fremont and Columbus YMCA’s and later as joung mens’ secretary for the ,Omaha YMCA. 7J _ New York, N. Y—Nineteen na tional organizations today pledg ed their total cooperation to de fend all of the Negroes charged with various offenses in connect ion with the Columbia, Tenneset “riot” started February 25th at a conference in the Wendell Wil kie Memorial Building by the NA ACP. Those pledging their aid in clude the Americans Committee: the Council for Democracy; the March on Washington Movement; the Brotherhool of Sleeping Car Porters; Independent Citizens Committee of the Arts, Sciences and professions: New York Coun cil for Permanent FEPC: the Na tional Lawyers Guild; The CIO PAC: the American Civil Liber ties Union; the American Jewish Congress; the National Urban League, the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America; the Methodist Federation for So cial Service; Imperial Lodge of Elks; the National Federation for Constitutional Liberties; the Anti Defamation League of B’nai B’nth the Southern Conference for Hu man Welfare; Friends of Demo-' cracy; Freedom House and the YMCA. It is expected that other organizations who were unable to send representatives to the con ference held today will also par ticipate in the vigorous and un compromising fight which will oe made in the courts of law and of public opinion. j The steps decided upon include the supplying of all necessary le gal defense. The NAACP has al-1 ready retained Maurice Weaver, I young southern white lawyer of Chattanooga and Wordld War II veteran and Z. Alexander Looby, well-known Negro lawyer of Na shville, Thurgood Marshall. NAA CP Special Counsel, is leaving for Tennessee shortly to perfect, in cooperation with Messrs. Weaver gnd Looby, plans for defense on the basis of the Maury County Grand Jury Action. Other steps decided upon at thei conference today included an ap- \ pointment of a delegation to con fer with President Harry S. Tru man and Atty. General Tom Clark ■to insist upon more vigorous fe deral action aginst the mob who] attempted to lynch Mrs. Gladys J Stephenson and her son, James Stephenson because the young Negro war veteran defended his mother when she was kicked and struck by William Fleming, white radio repair man. Because the newspaper stories written by Columbia and Nash ville newspapermen conspicously failed to mention that the initial assault had been made by Fleming and not by the Stephensons, and gave only the mob’s side of the story, a nationwide campaign of publicity through paid advertise ments, radio broadcasts, and the publication of literature, the hol ding of mass meetings and other means of informing the country of the truth of the Columbia riot was voted. Plans were also made to raise as speedily as possible the necessary funds for defense. All the defendents excpet one have I requested in writing that the NAA CP defend them. Particular emphasis was put by the conference on the necessity of bringing the real culprits in the Tennessee tradgedy to justice, particularly the state militia, state highway patrolmen and other agents of the state of Tennessee who were responsible for pillaging sarch ad seizure without warrant beating and otherwise manhand ling the helpless Negro defendents destroying Negro business esta blishments and homes, the hold-, I ing of Negro defendants incom 1 municado and the tapping of tel ephone wires It was pointed out that punish ment of the real culprits uncom promising defenced of the Negro victims would deter other mobs both in the South and North from attempting similar violence and frame-up. Z- Alexander Looby, telephoned the National Headquarters today that John McKizen, 26, married and father of two children 4 and 6 and Robert Gentry, 24, who were arrested subsequent to the riot have been freed on bail of $5000 each. The charge against them is attempted murder. Mr. Looby reports that all of the Negro de fendents have now been freed of ; Who Wouldn’t 1 ..II -— III _ NO WONDER Gt’S CLAMOR FOR MORE AND MORE USO CAMP SHOWS! Who wouldn’t, when they present such talented beauties as Ida James. Miss James, who used to sing at New York’s exclusive Ruban Bleu and the famed Macambo in Hollywood, has been entertaining service men in war-torn Manila and the remote cities of Japan for the past five months and will continue for another four. Union Services Union Services will be held this coming Sunday night, March 24tr. at Zion Baptist Church, 221C. Grant St. Devotional Serviceg at 7:30 pm. Sermon at 8:00 pm. by Rev. E. V. Wade, Pastor of the Cleaves Temple CME Church Music by Cleaves Temple Choir. jail. No presentments have yet been made to the Maury County Grand Jury. Local authorities have indicated that they would begin to prerent material to the Grand Jury ‘some time next week’. ____ TWO SUB-CHASER SHIPS MAMMA) Dl RIMG W AR BY MOSTLY MEGRO CREW DE-COM MISSIOM ED The PC 1264, a sub chaser, one of the Navy’s two fighting ships manned during the war by pre dominantly Negro crews, has been decommissioned The final entry wag made in the log of the patrol craft in Febru ary when she was stripped and Sent to the Newark Bay Excess Berthing Site, Navy Yard, New York, to be disposed. The ship, commissioned in April 194o, initially had a complement of 53 Negro petty officers and Seamen, eight white leading pet ty officers and five white com missioned officers. Six months la ter after the commissioning, Ne gro crewman qualified to take all Petty officer duties and they were promoted and the white officers transferred. Later a Negro officer was made Executive Of£4cer of the ship. The PC 1264 was given varied duties, from patrolling the sea, alone as a part of a submarine I killer group to escorting convoys between New York and Cuba and intermediate waters. In early January, 1945, the ves sel was transferred from convoy escort duty to become, with other! anti-submarine vessels, part of a far sweeping Atlantic Patrol The ship took part in 10 of these pa trols, many during bitter winter weather. With the increase in en emy submarine activity in the latter part of March, 1945, the PC 1246 was reassigned to escort du ty. During these various assign ments the ship contacted enemy submarines several times and a depth charge and ahead thrown attacks were carried out. How ever, damage to enemy submar ines was never actually confirm ed. Shortly after cessation of hos tilities in Europe, the vessel was overhauled in preparation for ser vice in the Pacific. In July the ship departed but before reaching the Pacific, Japan surrendered. Ordered back to Norfolk, Va, the ship began to feel the effects of the demobilization program. On October 27, 1945, the PC 12 64 took part in the Navy Dav Fleet review by President Harry S. Truman in New York Harbor. Participation of the vessel in the review proudly symbolized the contribution of Cue Negro sailor to our battle for victory. BILLY COMM TO ARRIVE AT GREEXWOOD LAKES New York—(C)—Billy Conn is expected to arrive at Greenwood Lake April 1 according to Sol H. Gold, "ho has gone ahead to see that all is in readiness for the challenger to the heavyweight crown. Lilly will do his most vigorous training at Greenwood Lakes be for his June 30th meeting with Joe Louis MOXTGOMER Y AND PELLOXE PASS TESTS FOR XOX-TITLE MATCU New York—(CNS)—Bob Mont gomery and Tony Pellone, rootca as one of the outstanding fighters in the 135 lb. class, breezed into the State Athletic Commission offices to take their preliminary physical examinations prior to their non title lightweight encoun ter at Madison Square Garden H. McCaw Heads New Vet Setup TAKE OVER RAILROAD MEN'S BUILDING Charters both National and Stale, have been granted to a newly organized group of World War II veterans, who will he known henceforth as ; “The American Veterans of | World War II, ‘AMVETS' ) Post No. 2” with lieadquar | ters in the former Railroad j Men's Benevolent Club build j ing at 2'4th and Miami Sts. I A group of these veterans met at the Club rooms ot» Thursday, March 7, 1946, and set up this organization and elected the following veterans as officers: HERERT L. McCAW. COMMANDER, .. WOODROW F MORGAN, ADJUTANT, WILLIAM A- DAVIS. 1ST VICE COMMANDER. RAYMOND ALEXANDER, 2ND VICE COMMANDER i COLUMBUS McMORRIS. 3RD VICE COMMANDER Other positions: Trial Judge Advocate; Finance Of ficer, Provost Marshall, etc., were left to be filled by ap pointment at a later date by 1 Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is composed of ail the elected offieers. The American Veterans of World War II, AM VETS, Post No. II, is organized in serve primarily the interests of the veterans of the latest conflict. The officers of the AM EVTS have already outlined an aggressive program which keeps the particular inter ests of the veteran foremost. Their first action was to be gin an intensive membership drive with the objective of obtaining the membership ot most, if not all, of the veter ans of World War II. ★ If you are a veteran of World War II, you owe it to yourself to became an active member of the AMVETS, . . your own oragnization. The AMVETS have negot iated and obtained as their Club rooms, the building formerly occupied by tiie Railroad M«*n's Club, at 2fth and Miami Streets. These club rooms will he redecoral ed and refurnished for a grand opening in the near future. Watch for further announcements in The Great er Omaha Guide. COMING SOON TO ST. JOHNS A sound film. “Journey Into Faith. H L. Preston will sing. Be on the lookout in next weeks is sue for the date! FIRST NEGRO APPOINTED TO NY BOARD OF HIGHER EDUCATION New York—(C)—The appoint ment of Rev. John Coleman, Brook lyn Negro Catholic to the Board of Higher Education was highly welcomed in some circles and the other circles appeared not to be pleased. By appointing Dr Cole man, who has had a distinguished career in interracial affairs. May or O’Dwyer is being congratulated for placing the 1st Negro on the board which governs the city-own ed colleges. On the other hand, since a vacancy was left on the Board of Higher Education which is a much larger and more pow erful board than the secondary school machinery, many Negroes feel we should have had an ap pointment on the Board of Educa tion. However, Mayor O’Dwyer has given out the information that he felt it a necessity to appoint a Catholic to fill the vacancy on the Board of. Education since the position was formerly occupied by a Catholic, Daniel P. Higgins, who resigned last December. Mean while, many circles are exclaim ing that they never heard of Dr. Coleman. Why couldn’t a more outstanding personality have been appointee as Dr. Channing H. To bias ? Dr. Coleman was sworn in on Tuesday, March 5th, and his term will last through Jung 30, 1952. Barring unforseen accidents, there will be no more vacancies until in 1952. NAT HINES DIES FROM RING INJURIES Philapelphia, Pa —(C) —Twenty four year old Nat Hines, light heavyweight boxer, died this week from ring injuries. Hinea knocked out in the 6th and final round of a bout with Billy Eck at Allan town. Pa., last Friday night. Bedford Park’s Beautiful Lots Are on the Market F or Sale Now! Call Realty Improvement Company 342 Electric Bldg.MA-7718 or JA-1620; “Small Down Payment Will Do the Job”.