The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19??, May 10, 1947, Image 1

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Galloway Appoints General Manager
Mr. C. C. Galloway, Publisher &
Action Editor of the Omaha Guide
Newspaper announces the appoint
ment of Mr. Mason M. Devereaux,
Jr. of Omaha, Nebr., General Man
ager and Acting Editor of the
Omaha Guide Newspaper effective
Monday, June 2, 1947.
Mr. Devereaux, Jr., was born and
reared in the city of Omaha, re
ceiving his education in the public
grade schools in Omaha and Cen
tral High School of Omaha. He is
at present a Senior at the Univer
sity of Omaha in the College of
Business Administration.
Courses: When at the Univer
sity of Omaha, accounting, bus
iness organization,"" personal man
agement Industrial management,
credit collecting, sales manage
ment, salesmanship, problems of
Economics, and Business Law.
He is the grand son of the late
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Elligan who
came to Omaha some 65 years ago
from Hanbal. Missouri They being
one of the first Negro families to
settle in Omaha. Mrs. Elligan later
joined the St. John’s A. M. E.
Church and her husband became a
affiliated with the Zion Baptist
Church remaining membbers until
He is the son of the former
Mrs. Ottomar Devereaux (Now
Mrs. Ora Yose) and Mr. Mason M.
Devereaux. ,both residents of the
Mr. Devereaux during his high
school years was active in the Cen
tral High Discussion Club,Player’s,
Speakers Bureau, the Max Yergan
Hi-Y, and a member of the cast of
the Senior Play
Mr. Devereaux is a member of
the St John’s A. M. E. Church of
Omaha. He is the St- John’s Offic
ial Reporter, a member and secret
ary of the Watchmen’s Club, mem
ber of the Watchmen’s Chours,
Secretary of the Minute Men’s and
Auxiliary, and recently oecame an
assistant to John Ordua in the
Youth for Christ Organization.
Mr. Devereaux hobbies consist
of the following: reading, talking
to people, dramatics, writing, en
couraging youth men to prepare
to compete in a commercial world
for greater economic security.
There is no peace for the wicked,
nor for the musical director of a
nomadic choral group, according to
James Lewis Elkins, conductor of
the famous and beloved ‘ Wings
Over Jordan” choir heard Sundays
over CBS. It is the natural out
come of a conscientious devotion to
duty. Mr. Elkins never turns down
an application for an audition, and
since the choir tours the United
States, year in and year out, the
flow of applications is almost in
exhaustable- On a recent visit thr
ough New York, for instance, Mr.
Elkins was roused at 4 a. m. one
morning by a telephone call from a
lady in Brooklyn, who, having
heard that the choir was moving
on the next day, wished to be aud
itioned there and then. Only the
alarming distance between Brook
lyn and Harlem prevented Mr. El
kins from pursuing what he con
sidered part of his directorial dut
Mr. Elkins has directed the gro
ups during the past nine months
At 31, he is already an old hand
at choral conducting, having spec
ialized in directing a cappella gro
ups at Campbell College, Jackson,
Miss., and Edward Waters College,
in Jacksonville, Fla. He obtained
his academic training and B. S. at
Lane College in Jackson, Tenn., &
his Master of Music degree, from
Oberlin School of Muic. in Oberlin.
Ohio. While erving with the Armed
Services in Europe, he spent some
time at the University with the
University of Belgium, and was a
DiDloma Americus, at the conclu
sion of his studies there.
Negro Medical Enrollment Low In Schools^
Our Negro citizens are in acute
need of medical attention but only
90 to 120 Ngro doctors are grad
uated each year from our colleges,
because most of our 67 medical
schools bar Negroes completely.
Only eight to ten are admitted
each year to Northern and West
ern Colleges
This report is given by Albert Q.
Maisel, medical writer, in a signed
article in the current issue of Col
lier's. The article deplores discrim
inatory practices against Negroes
and Jews aand other factors which
have resulted in a cutback in the
enrollment of medical students.
“Despite the tremendous need of
our Negro citizens for medical
care , our schools have been pro
ducing fewer and fewer Negro
physicians,” Maisel says. “The re
ason for the shrinking is easily
found. There are two colleges Ho
ward University and Meharry
Medical College—which are prim
arily for Negroes.
“Together they graduate bet
ween 80 and 110 doctors a year.
Most of the 07 other medical
schools bar Negroes entirely- This
is true not only in the South.
Many a Northern and Western col
lege has not admitted a Negro
student is more than a decade.
Only eight to twelve Negro stu
dnts a year are admitted to all the
medical colleges other than How
ard and Meharry.”
Maisel charges that our medi
cal schools, though they will not
admit it, discriminate to "a les
ser degree” against Jews. ''Some1
ted as high as 40 per cent of
Jewish students have—in recent
yars—he says, "reduced their pro
portion to as low as five to sev
en per cent of each entering class.’
Maisel charges that the Amer
ican Medical Association, which
plays a “major role” in determin
ing the policies of medical schools,
has been influential in cutting
back the enrollment of medical
students in the postwar years.
He points out the serious national
need for more physicians.
“The American Medical Assoc
iation has given the Education
Development bill almost no sup
port” Maisel adds “This bill pro
vides for federal aid in building
hospitals and providing medical
scholarships and is now pending
in Congress.
“The AMA is afraid that fed
eral support,” he says, “may prove
an entering wedge for federal
health and insurance.”
NAACP Urges Increase In Federal School Aid
Washington, D. C. Apr29th—A
mimimum of $50 per pupil and
"appropriations for each succeed
ing year to be progressively in
creased until each child in every
state is guaranteed by the federal
government a minimum per capita
xpenditure of $100,” was proposed
by Leslie Perry, NAACP Washing
ton Bureau, when he testified be
fore the Senate hearings on S-199
and S_472, bills to provide federal
aid to elementary and secondary
Poining to the difference in
school expenditures among the
states, the NAACP officer said:
“The federal government must
take immediate steps to assure
that a child will not begin life with
the severe handicap of a second
class system of schools simply by
the sheer accident of having been
bom in a Southern state or rural
area. Tne broad gap which cur
rently obtains between the educa
tional opportunities among within
the states will be successfully bri
dged only when the federal-gov
rnment itself provides substantial
assistance to the more improvish
ed states.”
Perry told the Committee that
educational conditions in the Sou
th for Negro children and teach
ers were "intolerable ” He said
that Mississippi expends “499 per
cent” more on a white child as
compared with $71.65 on a white
boy or girl.
He said school expenditures are
but one index to the plight of the
Ngro pupil in the South “In gen.
eral appearance the school stru
ctures assigned to Negro children,
especially in the small towns and
rural districts in the deep south,
are delapidated one and two tea
cher frame shacks,” the statement
said. Also school terms for Neg
ro shorter and they receive only
3 per cent of expenditures for free
school bus transportation.
Attention of Congress was also
called to the fact that Negro tea
chers are the victums of huge
salary gouges. Mississippi, it was
pointed out, for Negro teachers,
“in spite of the fact that Negro
teachers usually have a twenty
five per cent higher pupil load”
and “hold identical State teach
ers licenses.”
Perry declared that “most South
ern states have shown a settled
determination to distribute f’jtids
in an-unequal manner” and urged
that every possible precaution be
taken against this where federal
funds are involved
The NAACP proposed an amend
ment to the bill which would re
quire the United States Commis
sioner of Education to audit state
expenditures and that such audits
"at all times be available for pub
lic inspection.” The amendment al
so provided that if “any person
shall complain to the Commission
er that he has reason to believe
that any portion of the funds ap
propriated_ have been expend
ed by the state contrary to the
provisions of the Act”, the Com
missioner shall afford such per
son a hearing on his complaint.
The aggrieved citizen would also
be able to appeal from the Com
missioner’s action or inaction to a
United States District Court.
Chicago Teacher To Test The Illinois Civil Rights Law
Chicago—For the first time, the
attorney general of the state of
Illinois has taken up a case invol
ving the violation of the stat’s civ
il rights statutes. Plaintiff in the
suit is Mrs. Eugene O. Shands, a
Chicago school teacher who resid
es at 4637 Wabash Ave., together
Bertha Waller. This action again
st Jonnie’s Rexall Drugs, Inc., of
Springfield, 111., was made known
in Chicago last week.
Mrs. Shands reports that she
was denied her civil rights on two
counts while attending a conven
tion of the Illinois Educational
Association in the state capital at
Springfield last December 26.
As the only colored membber in
pa group of 27 delegates, Mrs.
Shands was denied the right to oc
cupy a room in the Abraham Lin
coln hotel there- Following this,
she went to Jonne’s Rexall Drug
store to get something to eat and
was refused service.
Spurred by the NAACP, Senator
C. C. Wimbish, and labor organiz
ations, attorney general George
Barrett filed a criminal inform
ation against the drug store pro
prietors last Wednesday after ob
taining affidavits from the plain
At a latter date, a civil suit for
$20,000 will be brought aainst the
Abraham Lincoln hotel by the law
firm of Temple, Wimbish and
Mrs. Shands is the wife of the
former Chicago NAACP executive
secretary, Eugene O. Shands
His present assignment is an ar
duous one- The all_Negro choir
gives an average of twelve con
certs a week in addition to its
weekly Sunday broadcast (CBS,
11:05-11:30 AM, EDT). It is Mr.
Elkin’s task to see that the pro
grams of spirituals are kept inter
esting and varied. Although most
of the tunes are already arranged,
and have been sung by the choir
for many years, he has contributed
quite a few new arrangements and
songs in the past year.
The singers chosen for the choir
are not “polished” musicians, in
the sense that they have had for
mal musical training. Mr. Elkins
looks for the natural voice and the
natural talent which better fit the
demand of choral singing. Ester
Overstreet, the diminutive soprano
soloist, has never had a singing
lesson- But she is a “shrewd” sing
er, Mr. Elkins says, and knows the
tricks for giving each word its full
expresion and beauty.
! The choir reheases en route. It
travels, together with its manager,
Mildred C. Ridley, and its founder i
and leader, the Rev. Glynn T. Settle
in a huge bus. Mr- Elkins gives the
choir its key on a diminutive musi
cal gadget that looks like a pan
cake, and, he proudly adds, he
doesn’t have to use it very often.
Ai l.</wy Studio Photo tot IPS
New York (IPS.) — 1 he Melody Masters have gone and done it. It seems that the boys, after
their sensational stage debut last week at Harlem's Apollo Theatre, have gone in for “debuting 1
juke boxes—as shown in the above photo.
Pictured with Buddy Margolan at the initial showing of a new juke box (which was man
ufactured by Senator Capehart (D., Ind ), incidently): the boys gave a demonsirauon of theit
tinging ability by singing two of their featured Apollo records, “Wig Blues" and "My Baby,"
Tid Yates Publications j
'NEW YORK (IPS.)—Artie Sims Quintet swings into “big-time” after its phenomenal succesj
vith Sims own composition, “Call the Police.” The overnight hit has been recorded by Apsllc
md rushed to record dealers all over the country so that today in the new, unusual musical trend;
t’s Artie Sims Quintet and Apollo Records ... the winruhs! Pianist Sims organized the_grou|
ifter his release from the Armv.
Am vets Fost JNo. Z lo Ke-organize
The Amvets Post No. 2., 24th &
Miami Street at a re-organization
meeting held at their Club Rooms
adopted plans for re-organization
and adopted a new policy of oper
ations, which included tbe appoint
ment or Harrold C- Whiteside,
Finance Officer of the Post, as Ex
clusive Manager of its Club
Rooms. |
Mr Whiteside will announce the
new policy of operations within
the near future. He stated, "The
new policy of operations within
the near future. He stated, “The'
new policy of operation will give
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special consideration and great
er privileges to its members. In
the future all admissions to Club
Sponsored activities will be open
to Members upon presenting a
current membership card at the
The Commonder stated that the
new management will set-up a
Recreation Room for the exclusive
use of the members of the Post.
The Recreation Room will be sup
ervised by and under the control
of the Post Members. All beverag
be at cost.
es sold in Recreation Room will
be at cost.
The executive committee or tne
Post adopted a program to make
its Club Rooms to center of the
Social, Civic, Recreational and the
Veteran’s Welfare Activities in
this section. They will hold a ser
ies of meeting for the purpose of
perfecting the future operation &
conduct of their Club rooms. The
plan will be announced to the pub
lic when completed.
Watch for announcement of the
opening date.
Herbert L. Me Caw, Com.
Woodrow F- Morgan, Adj.
Harrold C. Whiteside, Man
by Bessie F. Bell
Have you been wondering why
Mrs. Ollie M- Porter lives at the
Y. W. C. A. even though she has
two homes? Well, I had a 45 min
ute chat with her one evening
which I learned something of how
this pocket edition of charm
spends her work week.
It all started several years ago
back in Evansville, Indiana, when
Ollie M-, one of two daughters of
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Chinn, grad
uate! frcpi the Vnc>ana State
Teachers College of Terre Haute,
Indiana. For a while Ollie taught
school in her native Evansville,
then later she accepted a position
teaching at the Bordentown, N. J.
an industrial Manual Training
There is no need to ask what
came after that—of course Ollie
came to New York City
Ollie then became Mrs. Jacob
W. Porter. However, once a
school m a r m , always a school
hattan, New York City,
marm, so Ollie starting teaching >
again at Public School 89 in Man
hattan, New York City.
When I inquired if Mrs. Porter
had any children the answer was
“No, and since I have no children
of my own, I spend my time with
other people’s children.'’
Such an answer was typical of a
woman who is an ardent civic and
-ocial worker. At school Ollie
works with the Parent-Teacher
group, as well as being active in
several women’s clubs. She was
the first president of the New
York Chapter of the National
Council of Negro Women, founder
of the National Association of
Business and Professional Women
of New York with which she ser
ved as president for three years.
This charming little bundle of
energy and her group of ladies are
always working for the good of
others, such as, sponsoring danc- ,
es to raise funds to purchase eye j
glasses for the needy children, also '
to make donations to summer ca- |
mps for children.
Ollie is an affiliate of Phi Delta
Kappa Sorority, N. Y. Chapter- In
1941 when Ollie and "Jake” her
husband) purchased their home
in Stratford, Conn., they decided
to sublet their New York apart
ment because of Ollie’s daily date
with some 40 children at P S. 89.
Then she took residence at the
Y. W. C- A. in Manhattan.
As I took my departure, Ollie
smiled prettily and said “My hus
band is a bachelor during the
week, but I always spend the
week-end at our home in the coun
try. And of course, the summer
too.” I then learned that she plans
to spend a part of her vacation in
Indiana, when school is out.
Since 1920 Ollie has very ef
ficiently combined a career with
the task of being a home execu
Famous artist Zoe Mozert puts the finishing touches to her beautiful
painting of Jane Frazee which figures prominently in Republic’s musi-j
cal hit, “Calendar Girl.” Miss Frazee, William Marshall, Gail Patrick
and Fenny Baker are co-starred, with Victor McLaglen, James Ellison:
anA Ttptui ’Rj.c.b in m-.^r><vrting_roles- _
Mr- Cecil F. McGee, Executive
Secretary of the Cntral War De
partment Board of theU. S. Civil
Service Examiners, Room 804 Fed
eral Office Building, Omaha, Nebr.
announced today that an examin
ation has been opened for the fil
ATING ENGINEER positions on
a permanent (career) Civil Ser
vice basis. The positions are loca
ted at Ft. Crook, Ft. Omaha, and
Nebraska Ordance Plant, Wahoo,
Nebraska. Salaries range Jfrom
$0 87 to $1.26 per hour. Fireman
Omaha Post Office,
positions $2000 a year exist at
Applicants must be citizens of or
owe allegiance to the United Sta
tes The age limits are 18 to 62,
except for veterans and persons in
the Federal srvice who are war
service indefinite employees.
Applications may be secured
from the Secretary, Board of U. S.
Civil Service Examiners, at any
nearby first or second class po§t
office in the states of Nebraska
or Iowa or from the Executive
Secretary, Central Board of U. S.
Civil Service Examiners, 804 Fed
eral Building, Omaha 2, Nebraska,
or from the Director Eight U- S.
Civil Service Region, Post Office
& Customhouse, St. Paul 1, Minn.
Applications must be received
by the Executive Secretary, Cent
ral Board of U. S. Civil Service
Examiners, 804 Federal Building,
Omaha 2, Nebraska, not later than
the close of business on 19 May
Moscow—(Global)—The Russian
are having a lot of fun as well as
being highly entertained watching
James Gow and Arnaud D’Usseau’3
which exposes Jim crow and its
deeprooted aspect in American life
and society.
MIND. Says U. C. Man
Berkeley, Calif.—(Global)—Nat
ionalism is a state of mind, and is
trying to define itis as difficult as
trying to define love, Dr. C. Dwight
Waldo assistant professor of pol
itical science on the Berkeyley
campus of the University of Calif
ornia believes.
Nationalism is not the same
thing as race, he points out, and
it is not dependent upon a common
language, common economic inter
ests, or even a common place of
“A nation,” Dr. Waldo says, “is a
group of people who think they
are a nation.” He adds that nation
alism must include common cultur
al concepts and provide group
ideals which command a person's
highest loyalty.
Chicago—Circuit Publishing Co.
of this city, publisher of HOME
CIRCUIT, The Magazine for
Bronze women, was selected for
an award of merit by the Alpha
chapter of Iota Phi Lama Soror
ity during its celebration of nat
ional business week recently. The
citation which read “for Services
rendered in behalf of the commun
ity and for outstanding business
achievement,” was presented in a
public ceremony at the Church of
the Good Sheperd here.
The play ran for sometime on
Broadway and was cosidered a hit,
despite the fact that it most cert
ainly offended many of the gentry
and ladies of leisure from below
the Mason and Dixon Line. Ac
cord to Global News Syndicate’s
Russian representative, the Rus
sians are watching it with a mix
ture of joy and amazement as they
learn more each day about the col
or question in the new world