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+ n ir OMAHA, NEBRASKA, SATURDAY, AUGUST T6, 1947—No. 28 office. om«h». Krtr««fc>. under Act of
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Dr. Chas. Wesley Wins Court Decision
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Order Stopped
By Ohio Court
To Remain As Pre
sident of Education
and Industrial Arts
Frank L. Johnson of the Court of
Common Pleas, Greene County,
Ohio, dissolved a temporary re
straining order, Tuesday, in so far
as it “would prevent Dr. Wesley
from acting as President of the
College of Education and Industri
al Arts, Wilberfoce, Ohio.”
Thg court decision resulted from
a petition by the Wilberfoce Uni
versity board of trustees, Bishop
Reverdy C. Ransom, Chairman, to
restrain Dr. Wesley from acting
as President of Wilberforce Uni
versity, after the University
Board of Trustees had summarily
dismissed Dr. Wesley.
The decision established Dr.
Wesley’s right to continue as Pre
sident of the College of Educa
tion and Industrial Arts regard
the decision as a distinct victory.
The Attorney General of State
of Ohio acted as defense counsel
in the case. A demurrer presented
by the Attorney Genral to the
petition denied the allegations of
the petition and in particular
that Dr. Wesley was attempting
to act as president of Wilberforce
University, a church corporate
The University Board of Trus
tees attempted to withdraw the
the case. They requested that the
case be 'dismissed without pre
judice’’. The court overruled the
motion to dismiss without pre
judice. It was the opinion of the
court that the matter should be
adjudicated at this time for the
best interest of all parties eon
Mrs. Sara Walker ahs been ap
pointed Group Work Supervisor
at the Lincoln Urban League. Lin
coln. Nebraska, and will begin
work there September 1,. Mrs.
Walker attened the University of
Nebraska and has also taken
work at Creighton University.
She was formerly employed by
the Department of Vocational
Education. Omaha Public Schools.
Mrs. Walker is a member of the
■St. John A. M. E. Church, one of
its lay representatives of the
Omaha Council of Churches,
member of the Usher Board and
Auxiliary of the Minute Men’s
Club. She is also a member of
the Eureka Art Club, the Priscilla
NeedleCraft Club, the Silver Leaf
Club Past president of the State
Federation of Colored Women's
Clubs and successfully served as
chairman of the Scholarship de
partment. Mrs. Walker resides at
2203 Charles st.
Gradwell L. Sears was elected
President of United Artist Cor
poration, at a meeting of the
board of directors of the company,
held yesterday (August5) at
the United Artist home office. 729
7lh ave., New York. Sears suc
ceeds as president of the Dela
ware and all subsidiary corpora
tions. Edward C. Raftery, who re
signed after serving as president
since 1941, and is now returning
to private law practice.
Jordan Choir to
Return to ftew
York City Area
NEW YORK—Wings Ove'r Jor
dan, the world’s greatest Negro
chior, will soon be returning to
the section where one of the most |
interesting incidents of its amaz- i
ing career occurred. The choir is
now on the West Coast and will
move into the Southwest in Sept
It was in Kennett, Mo. last year
that Wings Over Jordan expected
to sing an ordinary concert but
got a surprise. When requested to
do an afternoon concert in addi
tion to the 01^ scheduled for the
evening, Rev. Glynn T. Settle, dir
ector of the organization, readily
complied; such a request is not
Shortly after three o’clock, a
school bus arrived loaded with
children. This was the beginning
of a mass influx of children of
all ages and descriptions. They
hfept arriving until the large audi
torium was filled to capacity.
Wings Over Jordan sang a con
cert to one of the most enthusias
tic audiences of its long career.
At the conclusion of the con
cert, Rev. Settle found that a
nother crowd of children had as
sembled, completely blocking the
street outside. Another concert
was given to full house.
It was discovered later that
practically every child in the
county had attended the concert
performances through arrange
ments made by the school board.
Evidently, judging from the re
action and results, the children
were deeply impressed because it
was again necessary to do two
performances for the adults in
the evening.
Wedding Reception
at W* August 17th/
The reception of Mr. and Mrs.
Everett M. Lee will be held on
Sunday afternoon from four to
eight at the Northside Branch
Y. W. C. A.
Mrs. E. Lee is the former Miss i
Dorothy Lawson daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Lawson. She is
a graduate of Tech High School
and attended the University of!
Omaha. j
“This is true love, Judge—
Cleveland woman, insisting on
going to jail with her husband
who tried to throw her off a
Thousands Aid!
Wilberforce in
Jim Crow Fight
Protest Setting Up
of State Supported
Jim Crow School
sands of graduates, friends and
well-wishers of Wilberforce Uni
versity as if in answer, have ple
dged their support of the Afri
can Methodist Episcopal Church,
and the trustees and officials of
the school in its fight to prevent
a small group ef self-seeking poli
ticians from setting up a State
supported jim-crow school on its
campus. This is the state of things
as it became definitely plain that
Dr. Charles H. Wesley, out-going
president, appeared bent on
wrecking the school before taking
over his job at Morgan College at
Baltimore next year, it is being
charged by Wilberforce Univer
sity authorities.
From published announcements
issued from offices operated by
Dr. Wesley as President of the
State maintained departments,
use of the records of Wilberforce
University has been made to cir.
culate questionnaires to members
of last year’s student body sug
gesting enrollment in the newlv
set up State supported college
It was learned on good authority
that prospective students are be
ing misled into believing that only
the State supported school will
become accredited by the North
Central Association of Colleges
and Secondary Schools. These ef
forts to mislead students have
gone so far as to make it appear
that even those students desir
ing to play football must enroll
in the State supported school be
cause the only athletic field is
on the State side.
Claude Rains reports, from his
Pennsylvania farm, a week-end :n
the Chester Country hospital with
a chicken bone lodged in his
throat. The specialist who remov
ed the obstruction from the film
star’s throat had it framed!
Warner Oland, H. B. Warner,
Paul Lukas. Ralph Lewis (as Hon.
Austin Stoneman, father of Lil
lian Gish) and Lionel Barrymore.
Actor’s Strike Feared
Over D. C. Race Issue
NEW YORK, — Contract en
gotiations between Actor’s Equity
1 and the League of New York
Theatres were snarled a few days
at present engaged in working on
ago because Actor’s Equity in
sisted that the League join its
fight to end discriminations a
gainst Negro patrons in the Na
tional Theatre in Washington,
D. C. The League and Equity are
a new contract. The present one
xpires i two months, and if no
contract is signed, a strike of act
ors will result.
The dispute centers around the
National Theatre. However, the
League has offered to join Actors'
Equity in a campaign of educa
tion, and political pressure to re
move the National theatre’s dis
crimination rules.
Actors’ Equity has rejected
this offer and filed intention to
strik^ with the necessary boards.
Mr. Julian Westbrook McPher
son, son of Mr. and Mrs. I. S. Mc
Pherson of 1712 N. 28 st., will
assume his post in September as
executive secretary of the Urban
League at Phonix, Arizona.
Mr. Julian McPherson, for the
past wo years, has been serving
as director of the recreation cen
ter in Colorado Springs, Colodidi.
Mr. McPherson, born and edu
cated in the public schools of
Omaha, graduated from the Uni.
versity of Omaha sometime ago,
receiving his Bachelors of Arts
Degree in Sociology. Since he has
been in Colorado, he has contin
ued his studies and now has a
Masters Degree in Sociology.
Mr. Julian Westbrook McPher.
son and his wife will leave will
leave during the lattet part, of
August for Phonix. Arizona.
World’s First Champ
James Figg. who won the crown
as bare knuckle champion in 1779
retired undefeated in 1730
Full Round of Activities Ends
Hampton s Six VF eek s Course
Nearly 800 articles, 550 of them
made by students in Hampton In
stitute summer classes for tea
chers of industrial arts, were ex
hibited here Monday, July28, in
an annual all-day summer exhibit
and demonstration of Fine and
Industrial Arts. Luther Hinnant,
a blind student from Washington
D. C., played a leading role in
the exhibit, says his Instructor,
Jerome K. Leavitt, who also is
Supervisor of Elementary Schools
at Los Alamos, New Mexico. A
nother student who contributed a
large share of articles was Mrs.
Hattie E. Coleman, in weaving.
Among the exhibits included
were those in clay, cement, char
coal rendering, block printing,
weaving, plastics, painting, and
other media.
The Industrial Arts Exhibit
was one of several activities
rounding out the last day of the
six-week term of the Summer
Session. A “State Departments
Day pane! presented Dr. L. F.
Palmer, of the Hampton staff, and
three visiting experts from state
departments of education, who
discussed requirements for certi
fication and state salaries. Tne
visitors were Dr. J. L. Buck, Vir
ginia; James E. Hillman, North
Carolina; and Paul Huffington,
A fashion show presenting clo
thes constructed and in some
cases modeled by students in the
Hampton Institute summer cloth
ing clinic concluded the day’s
i activities. Under the directeion of
the instructors, Mrs. Ruth F. Ad
ams, of Stephens College, And
Miss Frankie West, of Atlanta.
Ga.. the program displayed casual
clothes, afternoon dresses, and
evening dresses in up-to-date vari
Pedestrian Shortcuts
Lead to Disasters
Crossing mid-block, stepping
from between parked cars, cross
ing against traffic lights, general
lack of observance in crossing
streets, all have taken a severe
toll of pedestrians, says Dwight
Havens, President of the Nebr
aska State Safety Council. “The
records show that the pedestrian
is paying a very dear price in
trying to save the extra mom
ents required to go to the regular
cross walks and waiting until It
is safe to proceed” “Many of us
do observe the regulations part
of the time,” says Mr. Havens,
“but once in a while feel that
time is so pressing that we can
get away with a short cut. Act
ually, reports show that 577
people last year found this to be
a serious fallacy and of these, 45
paid the extreme penalty for
trying to take a short cut. What
ever the need seems to be for
hurrying, it’s never so pressing
that pedestrians should jeopardise
their life. As pedestrians, Nebr
askans are urged to cross at the
cross walks, safely.”
Audiences who view Warner
Bros. “Silver River’’ will see Steve
Hannagan’s most recent gift to
Ann Sheridan.
With one of her costumes of
the period of 1870, she will wear
hand-wrought filigree gold ear
rings and brooch, set with pearls,
with which he surpirsed her re
cently. The jewelry is estimated
to be so old that it was an antique
even in the latter part of the 19
The history of the pieces is
not know. Hannagan found them
ina tiny shop, the owner of which
claimed to have had them in
stock for some time and not to
recall where he had purchased
Announce New
Director of Christian’
Jewish Conference
Mrs. Sidney M. Smith, 5109
Charles st., Omaha, has been ap
pointed Educational Director for
the Omaha Office of the Ameri
can Brotherhood, of the National
Conference of Christians and
Jews, it was announced by Earle
Conover, Regional Director.
The recent resignation of Miss
Mary N. Austin, who has carried
on the work for the past three
years, under the title of Executive
Secretary, creatd the vacancy
which Mrs. Smith will now fill.
Mrs. Smith’s duties will be to co
ordinate the extensive educational
plans of the National Conference
with those °f the Omaha clubs
and societies, schools and church
Miss Austin, long a resident of
Omaha, and well known in all
school circles as the former prin
cipal of Miller Park School, is
leaving the city September 1st to
make California her new home.
She will live with her sister, Mrs.
Edith Ayers, Julian, California,
which near San Diego.
Said Mr. Conover: “The Ameri
can Brotherhood movement in
Omaha has been greatly helped
by the splendid work of Miss Au
stin. We regret her removal from
both the work and the eity,but
wish her God speed in her new
life.. We are most happy Mrs.
Smith has accepted our invitation
to give us a helping hand, and
we know that her many contacts
in the city will be of much aid
publicizing the importance of the
work of the American Brother
hood and in arranging valuable
programs for groups.”
Ex-fils to Get
Jobs lu 17
Various Cities
Congress Votes
Half Million Dollars
for Work Project
K. Salyers, director of the Vet
erans Re-employment Right Divi
sion of the Department of Labor
announced a few days ago that
! field offices had been set up in
seventeen cities to see to it that
veterans get their legal re-em
ployment rights.
The offices were made possible
under a 1500,000 appropriation
made by Congress jjust before ad
journing, President signed the bill
last Wednesday.
The offices will be in the follow
ing cities; Atlanta, Boston, Chi
cago, Dallas, Detroit, Harrisburg,
Kansas City, Washington, Tren
ton, Philadelphia, San Francisco,
Montgomery, New York, Okla
( homa, Raleigh, Louisville,
j The duties of carrying out the
' re-employment of veterans was
recently transferred by Congress
to the Labor Department. This
law, which is a part of the Selec
1 tive Service Act, guarantees dis
' charged veterans, under certain
| conditions, the right to their old
| jobs for at least a year.
"If you don’t want your ele
| phant’s head smashed, come get
him out of my tulip bed.”—
i Lansing, Mich., housewife, call
j ing circus headquarters.
"Discrimination, in any form,
must be rooted out of our bir«Ti<r
and promotional practices"
Carrol E. French, director. NAM
Industrial Relations Department
Case Thrown
Out of Court
Suit Against Vets
Swim Club Because
Race Dissesrimation
WARREN, OHIO—The suit a
gainst the Vets Swim Club, which
operates the municipal pool, for
discriminating against James Cul
ver and Effie Hayden because of
their race, was thrown out of
! court Aug. 5 by Common Pleas
j Judge George N. Graham.
Mr. Culver and Miss Hayden,
who incidentally are officials of
the Warren Branch NAACP, had
set up their case to attack the le
gality of the lease executed be
tween the city and the Vets Swim
Club for operating the municipal
Judge Graham cited that com
plainants Culver and Hyden had
failed to state a cause for action.
Dismissal came when counsel for
the Vets Swim Club, centering on
the legality of their operating
municipally-owned property, cited
an Ohio law which permitted
them to do so and hereupon ask
the case to be thrown out of court
It was proven that the city de
cided to lease the pool the year
aftr 1947 operations showed a loss
The discrimination of the plain
tiffs never entered the case. Coun
sel for plaintiffs was given 15
days to file an amended petition.
Marshal Shepard
Berates Bapti:ts
Marshall Shepard, who is attend
ing the Copenhagen Baptist Con
gress as President of the Baptist
Foreign Misions Board, cited that
white United States delegates had
refused to live in the same hotels
as Negro delegate. Despite the
over cordiality of the Danish
people to the Negro delegates
white Americans continued their
prejudices with them from thr
states, according to Dr. Sheppard
In advance, the whites stipulated
that they must not have the same
hotel accomodations as the Negro
Dr. Shepard is reported so in
censed over the affair that on hi?
return to the states, he, with Leo
nard J. Carr, publisher of the
Christian Review, will recommend
that Negro Baptists who number
over 4,000,000, withdraw their
support from the Baptist Inter
national if white members were
unable to give a reasonable ex
I planation as to their conduct
' there.
Say yon *^w it adv*rtised in The
Omaha Guide
All Groups to Be Charged A
Nominal Fee For Building
to Aid in Property Upkeep
Miss Doris Marie Grishau., the
charming and talented daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. John Grisham,
of Flora, Miss, is taking a Tea
cher’s Training Course at the
Gregg College of Commerce on
Michigan Blvd. in Chicago this
Miss Grisham is a graduate of
the Junior College at Piney
Woods School where she is one
of President Laurence C. Jones of
ficial office force.
She also attended Howard Uni
versity jo Washington, D. C.
Further Compromise
Stays Our Progress
Laders of the AME Church have
humbly acknowledged that the re
lationship heretofore existing be
tween the State of Ohio and Wil
brforce was unfortunate. Their
only justification for its previous
sufferance was the economic con.
dition of the struggling Negro
people. To continue this comprise
in the light of the unwillingness
of the present day Negro youth
.to accept an inferior status is to
stay progress towards full citi
zenship in America.
They declare, the church, its
people and the officials of Wilber
force are at one in the determine
tion that, at long last, the future
welfare of thg Negro youth in
America must dictate the course
to be followed and that cou’ve
cannot possibly be predicated up
on a further compromise of the
Negro’s right to full and unfett
ired citizenship.
No person, or group of persons,
he leadership demands, must
cereafter be permitted to prosti
tute the welfare of Negro youth
for his or their selfish purpose.
Upon this premise, The AME
Church, the officials of Wilber,
i force, and graduates and friends
I if the institution throughout
' America base their demand that
the Sate of Ohio withdraw from
Wilberforce and leave the furth**
conduct of this historic institution
to the people by whom, and for
whom it was founded.
Sait I.ake
Great Salt lake has a salt coa
'<*nt of about 20 per cent.
Move Is Necessary
Because of Increasr
ed Costs Building
Effective September 1, groups
using the facilities Of the Urban
League Building will be required
to pay a nominal rental fee.
"The Board found it necessary
to make this move, said Rabbi
Mowshowitz, Board Chairman,
because of the increase in the
cost of upkeep of the League
Building and the need for ad
ditional income to meet growing
expenses.” The Board Chairman
said the maintenance and upkeep
cost of the League Building a
verage $3,000 yearly. For 1946 it
amounted to $3,900.
The new rental rates, which be
come effective Septmber 1 are as
follows; a charge of one dollar
($1.00. two dollars ($2.00) and
three dollars ($3.00) for group
meetings numbering less than ten
| (10), to twenty (20) and over
twenty (20) persons repcctively.
A five dollar ($5.00) charge for
free public gatherings and a ten
dollar ($10j00) charge for pri
vate and or public gathering
where an admission fee is levied.
Groups now using the League
Building and who wish to con
tinue using it the coming season
are advised to register immediate
ly with The Urbabn League Office
Sponsors of Jim
iCrow Frightened
But,despite all this plotting
and scheming, evidence of fear
and trembling on the part of those
seeking to set up the State sup.
ported school is seen in releases
j to the press, attributed to Dr.
j Charles H. Wesley and Ray Hug.
! hes, trustee of the State Depart,
ment at Wilberforce, that should
Governor Herbert follow the sup.
gestion to turn over State owned
property and facilities at Wilber,
force to the AME Church School
the church could not thereafter
maintain the school. This is be
ing regarded throughout . the
country as a direct insult to AME
Church leaders nad its thousands
of members and friends.
Other evidence indicating fright
of sponsors of the State supported
college is the publication this
week by an allegedly leading
truste of the State side that the
setting up of a State supported
school at Wilberforce will not re.
suit in a jjm-crow school in Ohio
on the spurious assumption that
such result is to be blamed on ex.
isting social customs. It is sa'd
thi attitude is looked upon as a
racially traitorous attempt to
maintain, for the benefit of a few
jobs for a few, the compromising
situation which has bedeviled Ne
gro citizens in their every at
tempt to secure equality in all
phases of citizenship.
Teachers of Deaf and Blind to Convene
at Hampton Institute August 18 and 19
| Teachers of the deaf and the
hard of hearing and teachers of
the blind will convene at Hampton
| Institute next Monday and Tues
day, August 18 and 19, for the
second biennial conference of the
: National Societl of Special Edu
| cation. Theme of the conference
i "Meeting The Needs of the Han
dicapped Child.”
Highlighting the first general
session Monday morning will be
by Mrs I M Then* Principal 0»
the Louisiana Schell for tpe pi?J((j
and president of the fVicittv Mrs
A.TT!0T1 *T
hlcms of Mina — »v, -icrtiallv
rccing will he >*v~ e' —"-l^vc
Coville, Principal, Department for
the Blind, Staunton, Virginia;
Archie S. Lang. Brooklyn, N. Y.;
Miss Rosetta Bolen, Louisiana
School for the Blind; Mrs. Jessie
Royer Greaves, Principal, Greaves
School for the Blind. Paoli, Penna.
and Dr. P. c. Potts- Assistant
Director of the American for the
Blind, New York.
Discussing the problems of the
deaf or of the hard of hearing
Will be three Hampton Institute
summer *raff members from Gal
Hud^ Washington, D c
the only college for the deaf and
the hard of hearing.—namely Dr
Po—ie V tw,. rn!rt>1Wh
wiv 'r9ry LaRue,
™...,Whirhca<1 Suoerinten.
"ol for the
I Deaf- Hampton, Va; Mrs. William
' Whitehead, Principal of the same
school; and Miss Oena Barnes,
Louisiana State School for the’
This has been the fifth summer
that classes for teachers of the
deaf have been held at Hampton
Institute. The classes and their
| instructors presented a demon
stration—program in AU-Campus
Assembly on Thursday, August 7,
in which William King Jr., Hampl
ton summer student and regular
student at West Virginia Stae Col
lege. presented “On Being Deaf",
which was interpreted orally by
Dr Powrio v Doctor, Mr. King is
said to be the only deaf Negro
coliee-e student In the United