The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19??, May 11, 1946, Image 1
Read “CHATTER-BOX” in this week’s Issue. . . LOCAL AND NATIONAL NEWS Per Copy AND WORTH IT— “To Sell It, ADVERTISE** /JUSTICE /EQUALITY HEW TO THE LINE \ EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PHONE HA.0800 ___0 GRANT ST Entered as 2nd class matter at Post-of lice. Omaha, Nebr., Under A« ot SATURDAY, MAY 11, 1946 Our 19th Year—No. 14 it 10c Per Copy ★ March 8, 1874. Publishing Offices at 2420 Grant Street, Omaha. Nebr. “Production Needed to Solve Housing Shortage”-Gnswold t™**. Former Omahan, Rev. John S. Williams* Choral Organization To Present Grand Opera me STREET and thereabouts -by LAWRENCE P. LEWIS-* "OUR 1 GUEST Column Ediled by Verna P. Harris (BY A. PHILIP RANDOLPH If Negroes on the road to freedom don’t begin to broaden their horizon beyond the defense of their own civil rights and go all-out against all fasc ism, sooner or later they are destined to drop back to a rear-gu'ard position. Any person with a passing knowledge of the social sciences realizes that we live in an interdependent world. What affects other minorities afects us. What helps labor helps us. What breeds anti-Semitism breeds anti-Negro preju dice. Yet you’d never know it from a lot of the agitation in Negro circles. On the contrary, some colored Americ ans are playing with dynamite by hal ing and disparaging Jews. I’m not talking out of a book when I warn Negroes to call a halt on this practice. 1 know from experience how dangerous and downright stupid it is. In our Various battles in Washington a gainst Jim Crow, we stood in a much better light because Jews and white Christians rallied to our support. And not just with words. For example — the needle trades unions in New York, largely composed of Jews, have con tributed very, very generously to the FEPC fight. Despite this overt good will, educated and uneducated Negroes babble on, like a broken record, about “Jewish landlords” and "Jewish store keepers” and other alleged varieties of “Jewish tightwads.” Frankly I wish I had kept a diary of experiences with Jews and non-Jews. If I had. I'm sure 1 could list just as many pleasant ex periences with Jews as with Negroes or white Christians. Any kindergarten graduate should know by now that no group has a concession on greed and trickery. so wnat aoes n an aaa up 10: wcii, an Army wins battles by constantly improving its strategy. When it does not advance with sufficient speed, it takes stock of mistakes and revamps i.^ plans and calls for reinforcements. To day Negroes are not 'advancing fast enough, the ballyhoo to the contrary notwithstanding. If we don’t want to be caught short with an American Fue hrer*, like the Italian and German artfi fascists, we've got to evaluate our past techniques and future go'als and add some more battalions. And that’s where all other believers in fair play, including our Jewish neighbors, come into the picture. Up to now we haven't sought and organiz ed sufficient support from people who fundamentally share our aims. I’ve told you about the Jewish trade union ists in New York. Well, we can dupli cate this type of friendly relationship in m'any more communities throughout the nation. We can call in the Japan ese-Americans, too, and the Mexican Americans. and all the people who are tagged with hoary stereotypes and plagued with discrimination. And we. can recruit support among white Gen tiles also. Many of them feel as keen ly about Jim Crow as we do. But let me remind you of one little point. Our appeal to Jews and the others on Rankin’s blacklist will come with ill grace if we keep on nourish ing our own pet perjudices. If we keep on believing the fairy tales that “Jews own everything.” If, in other words, we keep on aping Mr. Hitler. W'e have a case against Jim Crow. The strongest kind of case, based on scientific findings. But we weaken our moral position in the eyes of the world if we show that basically we’re no different from our oppressors. It is encouraging to note that the public opinion poll of Fortune magazine some months ago revealed that there is less anti-semitism among Negroes than am ong other groups in the population. But that’s not good enough. We should get rid of it all. Let’s not risk defeat by playing patty-cake with the anti-Semites and native fascists. Too much is at stake. The w'hole structure of racism and imperialism hangs in the balance Let s cleanse our own hearts before we declare a holy war on the Bilhos. Let's get rid of the mote in our own eye before we condemn the profession al bigots. Let’s end all signs of this damnable anti-Semitism among oursel ves. Then we can get on with the real job. Then will the lines be clearly drawn. -APA H. J. FORD HONORED WASHINGTON, D. G—Miss Rob erta Martin will present the famous Roberta Martin Gospel Singers of Chi cago in a special program in honor of the Birthday Anniversary of Herman J. Ford, Gospel Song Writer at the New Bethel Baptist Church, 9th and S. Sts. N. W.. Tuesday evening, May 21st. at 8:30 o’clock. j How safe is The Street for us and our families? Recently there have beer numerous crimes in our neighborhood ranging from petty thieving to mur der. Law enforcement or Crime Waves: Which shall it be? W'e can sit* timidly uy and wait for Hoodlumism to engull our neighborhood, hoping that it will not reach our homes and families 01 we can cooperate with the law enforc ing agencies; demanding that Floaters with no means of visible support ar.u criminal morons be cleared out. We can also help by not letting our young sters roam the Street at night, lest they become entangled with these cri minal floaters and bring disgrace on on themselves and families. Individual Liberty is a priceless po ssession, But it does not give anyone the privilege to molest others without their approval or consent. Crime and Vandalisms are the ene my of Decency. Neither can be con doned and shouldn’t be tolerated. Our Street must be made Safe, Pleasant, and Prosperous for each and all of us. • * * PLAY BALL! At the Ball Park on 21st Street activity is at its highest. The Stands are crowded with the old and the young, some screaming at the sight of a long hit or a close play at home plate. Many of the Star Players are men recently discharged from the Armed Forces and of course they hold the spotlight, but the up and coming youngsters are by their playing ability I giving the returned Vets a tough way to go in order to hold their berths. The North Side Merchants, 4 C's, Jackson’s Cafe, and the H. S. S. are four teams pretty evenly matched. Big Husky, Marty Thomas, the director of the League, is a familiar figure. He so leisurely and cooly umpires the bases as well as directing the play. If you are looking for late afternoon entertai nment, just forget your troubles, take the children by the hand and dash off to the ball park for an afternoon of excitement and recreation. It is a known fact that I am a fam iliar sight on Our Street and often I may be seen rambling into the differ ent clubs and cafes, but there is one young man, I know, who patrols 24th St. as much or even more than I. I said to Ernie Trappier, when I ran into him on 24th and Lake Sts., “Joe St. Clair informs me that you can be M3JI anytime after eleven a. m. on the Street. Is that true?” He looked at me strange like, then laughed and said: “We are making only one trip on the Road a week now and I have lots of time on my hands, but I want to ask you this: If Joe sees me on the Street so often, he must get down here quite a lei himself?” * * * “The Whole Town’s Talking’’ a farce in three acts is now in rehearsal at the Urban Center. They had a char acter who had to be dumb, untidy, sim ple, tight and old. Can you imagine who they thought would fit the char acter best? Yes, you guessed, it, Yours Truly, in person, and all these years I have been trying to impress my friends as being an intelligent, hard working and generous (young man ). Really it was a let-down, but after tak ing a gander at the many young ladi es seeking parts, I would have gladly accepted the scrubbing job in the buil ding. Such comely ladies as Miss Lula Montgomery, Miss Francis Bell, Miss Lottie Wright. Mrs. Willa Gordon, Mrs. Susis Williams, Miss Mae B. Tay lor, Miss Genevia Burney, Mrs. Dell Moore, Mrs. Wave Madison and Mrs. Grayce Bradford, were there trying out for parts; posing, walking, singing, talking and learning posture control. Mr. D. Crooms, Air. Harvey Carter, Air. Arthur AIcCaw. Mr. Harold White side and Yours Truly, went through almost the same routine, a little ner vous, somewhat embarrased, but hav ing fun. The Omaha Sepia Players, ably dir ected by Lee Aitchison, are now’ in serious rehearsal, hoping by their effort to give to the public, a finished comedy worthy of their name. IOWA, SO DAKOTA, NEBRASKA, AHNNESOTA, WESTERN DISTRICT CONVENTION CONVENES MAY 14. TO 16 AT NEW HOPE BAPTIST The Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska. Minnesota, Western District Conven tion will convene May 14 to 16 at the New Hope Baptist Church, 26th 'and Seward Streets, here. Mrs. Cora Haynes, president of the New Era Association and her good women are cordially invited to attend. Mrs. Addie Green, president. Netc Material Available at Novotony’s to Recover That Furniture Suite of Y'ours The NOVOTONY UPHOLSTERING Company, located at 2934 North 24th Street, employs 3 veterans of World War II, who have just returned from overseas. They enjoy and appreciate Colored trade and invite you to come in and see their new materials if you are considering having your furniture suite, chairs, car upholstering recover ed. .—. . ADVERTISING Is a Great POWER YOUR NEWSPAPER—The Greater OMAHA GUIDE is not merely exchanging black ink and white paper for green dollars and pink checks, our newspaper besides giving you all the latest local and national news possible is HELPING TO MOVE MOUNTAINS OF MERCHAN DISE, thereby giving employment and making life pos sible and enjoyable to untold numbers of men and women. This newspaper, in this one respect alone, is thereby justifying its existence by contributing materially to the welfare of the world. • YOU ALSO CAN HELP, BY PATRONIZING OUR ADVERTISERSl Protest Packing House Lay-Offs Griswold Says War Veterans Should Take Active Part in GOP Politics If veterans don't take an active part I n Nebraska Republican affairs the iparty of this state will be unable to provide “a leadership capable of spe aking either for the veteran or for the ,rank ad file of our people,’ Dwight Griswold declared in an ntervew on Monday. Discussing issues of the present sen atorial campaign with Ben Rogge, a 25 year old veteran from Seward, the Governor said, “We simply must keep rentals controlled as one means of helping us get through this emergency period”. , Griswold told Rogge the real key tct -solving the housing shortage is production and that the first duty of Cngress is to provide a method for settling strikes so that lumber and ma terials can be produced. “You can’t build a house with the paper that a housing bill is printed on you’ve got to have lumber and nails and steel and you can't build houses with the blueprints that come out of some federal planning agency”. Rogge, who formerly lived at Trum ball and Hastings, made eighty flights across the Atlantic, twenty across the Pacific and saw Army service in Eu-1 rope, Africa, Asia and South America. He st'rongly endorsed the Governor’s stand on international affairs and he Warned, “We can’t go back to isola tionism and have peace’. I Philip Murray Pledges Support To Hastie The following statement was issued today by CIO President Phiip Murray folowing Senate confirmation of Judge Wiliam H. Hastie as governor of the Virgin Islands: "The CIO is gratfied at the Senate’s confirmaton of Judge William H. Ha stie as governor of the Virgin Islands.' He has the whole-hearted support of our organization and of progressive minded people througnout the country.! “Judge Hastie's experience, learning and constructive approach to human problems serve to qualify him especi ally for his new assignment. Under his leadership we can look forward to an unusually effective administration in the Virgin Isands”. NAACP. Pres\ Makes Statement “I have been favorably impressed by the large number of new members add ed to our organization, the NAACP, du ring our spring membership drive. How ever, I do not intend to indulge in the illusion of hope or close my eyes to a painful truth and listen to the mur muring song of procrastinators till they transform us into intellectual, spiritual and moral dwarfs. Is this the part of energetic colored people of Omaha, en gaged in a difficult struggle for Better Racial Relationship, better housing, a better community? Are the Negroes of Omaha to be classed as those of the blind, deaf and dumb? For a number of years the colored people of Omaha have not supported the NAACP as they should, thus minimizing the im portance of the Organization until to day it is a living parasite, living not by its own merits locally but on the name of the National Organization or the Parent Body. How long shall we continue to sleep? Candidly I think I voice the sentiment of the executive board and loyal members of our local branch of the NAACP, that every Ne gro and every liberal white person should wholeheartedly support this or ganization. I think we all should be I willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst and to provide for it. Le us not sleep until we are awakened amidst a possible crisis. The para mount objective of the NAACP is to emancipate the Negro from economi cal slavery and to teach and live tolerance. .To endeavor to prevent racial clashes and wholesale Post-War job lay offs as were experienced after the 1st world war and are threatening again. May I conclude by saying, I feel it is the indispensible duty of each Negro in Omaha to put his or her shou lder to the wheel and make our organi zation second to none. Thanking yon in advance for your loyal support James Fellows, President WASHINGTON, D. C...UNS.Mid west Packing house workers almost took over Washington this week, to carry on a people’s lobby protesting lay-offs in the meat packing industrg, attacking the packers’ refusal to buy meat, and fighting for OPA and price control extension. Consisting of 27 rank and file work ers, the lobby systematically combed government offices, seeing their repre sentatives in Congress and high okci'als ,they followed the tracks of packing ing trust lobbyists attempting to break OPA controls. .Chief on the list of people seen by the lobby was Secretary of Agriculture Clinton P. Anderson, who has been in nominal charge of operating the pack ing plants since the strike of last Jan. In their hour-long interview with Anderson, the packinghouse workers pointed out that about 25,000 workers have beeo laid off from the packing plants since the government has been running the plants. These lay-offs, the workers claimed, are caused by the big packers refusing to buy livestock in an effort to knock out OPA. The packinghouse delegates told Anderson that the big packers are de liberately encouraging stories of a black market in meat in order to bring more pressure against price control. The lobby noted that the packers tried the same stunt last year when the OPA was up for extension by Congress. “This is open season against the OPA’, the delegation said. RITZ THEATRE BEiNG REDECORATED, AND RENOVATED Both the interior and exterior of the Ritz Theatre, North Side Movie Cen ter, are being redecorated and renewed this spring. Among the improvements being made are: The redecoration of the auditorium proper in turquois, white, cardinal and coil with darkout ceiling; seat upholsterings are being re newed and reworked; the ladies lou nge is being enlarged and feautified; the proiection room equipment is being checked and overhauled; the outdoor sign is being remodeled with indirect illuminated lettering. The stage is be ing done over in shell green and ma hogony with sound absorbing leather cushioned doors; the foyer is being re worked in light cream and maroon; the cooling system is also being checked so as to be in condition for the hot days soon to come. The Ritz was built in 1927 giving the near North Side its first up todale talking picture theatre. Carver Savings & Loan Prey. Welcomes FIRST DEPOSITOR With the earnest sincerity befitting sf such an occasion, little Charles C. Galloway hands over the first deposit to Milton E. Johnson, President of the Carver Savings & Loan Association on the opening day, May 1st. Charles is the son of Mr. and Mrs. B. V. Gallo way, 2814 No. 28th St. AMVETS Hold Grand Opening The Amvet’s Post No. 2 held the Grand Opening of their newly decora ted Club Room and Lounge at 24th & Miami Sts., Friday May 10th. They en tertained a large group of guests with music by Basie Given and his band, a floor show, souvenier photos, and re freshments. The new officiels of the Amvet's are: Herbert L. McCaw, Commander; Har rold C. Whiteside, Finance Officer; Woodrow F. Morgan, Adjutant; Will iam A. Davis. 1st V. Commander; Ray mond Alexander, 2nd V. Commander; Columbus Morrie. 3rd Vice-Comman der and Paul B. Allen, Manager. OLD TIME REVIVAL TO BE ! HELD AT SALEM BAPTIST The Most Reverend J. W. West of Memphis, Tennessee, one of the great i est preachers of his day will conduct a,1 Old Time Revival meeting at Salem Baptist Church, 28th and Decatur Sts.. Sunday May 12th through the 24th of May. “If you are not saved come and be saved and hep save someone else’ says Rev. J. C. Wade, Pastor of Salem. Mrs. Flossie Blount Moore, is Clerk of the Church. “Institute of Health” To Be Held for Profesional and Student Beauticians May 13 Ryland E. Melford, Nebraska State Department of Health, announced that an "Institute On Health”, for profes sional and student beauticians, will be held Monday, May 13 at the Urban League Auditorium, 2213 Lake Street. The one-day Institute is being spon (Continued On Page 8 ) Voters! Veters! Don’t fail to register if you have a change of residence or name by marri age or have not voted before in Doug las County. Register any day until May 31st at the Election Commissioner's office, County Courthouse, or at the Urban League on May 17-18-2425. “The Snack Stop” . . for Refreshments r~* —- - • -'t-i- • — - -» C£ C9CBH ''at.TEo Mi , M'-,KSHA«eS Wm. H. Davis and C. Whitner, Manager Above is the picture of the SNACK STOP, owned and operated by Mr. Wm. (Raincoat) Davis, one of the most successful business men of our City. Mr. Davis’ success story reads Uke “Horatio Algier.” Beginning on a shoe string and climbing the ladder of succeis in leaps and bounds Mr. Davis is also the owner of The OMAHA OUTFITTING CO. He wishes to extend a cordial invitation to all his friends, to ‘Pause Here* wheri in need of Re freshments. t ? KANSAS CITYThe John S. Wil liams Choral Ensemble of Kansas City, Mo., under the training and direction of the Rev. John S. Williams, formally of the Hillside Presbyterian Church, here, will present a Grand Opera pro duction which for the first time has been attempted by musicians of the Race in the Southwestern states. The scene of the Opera will be in the Lin coln High School auditorium, 2111 Woodland Ave. and the production will be Verdi’s “La Traviato”. The orches tral accompaniments will be played by members of the Kansas City Philhar monic Orchestra which the Rev. Joha S. Williams has repeatedly directed. The principals in the cast have all been trained in vocal technique in the Williams music studios. Taking the role of “Violetta’ will be Juanita Ri cketts and Ollie Hill; “Alfred” by far ther Albritton; “Germont’ by James Anderson. The date is Monday evening, Juno 3rd. Lest We Forget, Sunday May 12, 1946 ... /TDotbere’ Once more Mother’s Day is near, and the Nation pauses to pay its respects to its most wonderful women..its mo thers. Omaha will observe Mother's Day with special services in churches. There will be teas, luncheons and din ners. And each individual will honor his or her mother with some special token of love. We would like to list all of the wonderful Omaha mothers here, but time and space will not permit. So we hope to reflect .through the small num ber I was able to visit today, our high esteem for all Omaha mothers and mothers throughout the world, our ap preciation and understanding of the sacrifices they make and the ioy and sorrows they experience in the upbring ing of their beloved children. Julia MOTHER'S DAY By Myrtle Goodlow May they whho wear red flowers la day Offer up to God a prayer Thankful in their hearts that they Have another chance to express Every wish for Mother’s happiness Remembering her love and tender care Sacrifice and efforts for their welfare * * * Don’t defay but send today A gift or message to your mother You will naver have another! THE 1st NEGRO HONORED NEY YORK, N. Y.-Soundphoto— A Mrs. Clarissa Clement of Louisville, Ky., 71, has been chosen “America* Mother of 1945” after a poll conduc ted by the Golden Rule Foundation, * nation-wide organization. She is moth er of 7 children, national president of the Women's Society of African .Me thodists. Secretary of the Kentucky Di vision < Negro ) of the American Field Army Cancer Society and is staticia* of the Kentuckv Federation of Women* Clubs. Her late husband was Bishop o Zion Church of Louisville. Her chil dren are all graduates of Livingston •College and one son is President ol Atlanta, Gra., University. Another it professor of physics at West Virginia State College. CLAIR M. E. CHURCH CELEBRATES PASTOR'S 5TH ANNIVERSARY Beginning this coming Sunday after noon May 12th, Clair Church will cel ebrate five years of unparalled service of the pastorate of Rev. C. C. Reynold* Rev. Reynolds is one of the leading pas tors of the Central West Annual Con ference. of the Methodist Church. He is Conference Director of Evangelist* a member of the Publishing Commit tee and a member of the Conference Relations Board. As well as observing the 5th anni versary of their Pastor, the week of May 12 —19th will mark the closing of the Conference Year of Clair Church Rev. Reynolds and delegation will g* for their annual conference, Tuesday, May 21st. Clair Church extends a cor dial welcome to the many friends of Rev. Reynolds to join with us in mak ing this fifth anniversary of our pa* tor, not only a success but a high tri bute to his unfailing loyalty and devo tion to the religious life of the com munity. Sunday afternoon May 12th at 3:3# the service will be sponsored by the Sunday School and Young People, with the sermon by the Rev. E. B. Chidrem and music by St. John AME Church Choir Monday night May 13th, Rem. C. Adams of Paradise Baptist Church and Choir; Tuesday night, Rev. Chas. Favors of Pilgrim Baptist and Choir; Wednesday night, Rev. E. V. Wade of Cleaves Temple C. M. Church and Choir; Thursday night Rev. F. C. Wil liams of Zion Baptist Church and hk Choir; Friday night. Rev. C. L. Wi liams of Bethel AME Church and hk Choir. Sunday afternoon May 19, Rem. R. W. Johnson and Choir of Mt. CaU vary Community Church and Choit This service will also be supported bf the pastors and members of Chritt Temple Church, Mt. Nebo, New Hope, Morning Star, Union Memorial, AB en Chapel, and others. -----.-- y • Your Local News Printed | FREE! Bring it in!