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Increasing Demand for Books
On The Negro
Reissue of “From Slavery to Freedom"
A new, completely revised edition of “From Slavery to Freedom",
the classic history of American Negroes by John Hope Franklin (author
of the recently published “The Militant South”), will be published by
Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., on February 18, 1957, ten years after its first
publication. The history begins a thousand years ago with the medie
val kingdoms of Africa and traces the record of Negroes up to their
contemporary life in the West Indies, Latin America, Canada, and the
United States. New material has been added on recent achievements
of Negroes in the arts, and a new concluding chapter discusses the
economic, political, and social progress of the last decade in America.
The entire text has been re-edited by the author, now chairman of the
history department at Brooklyn College in New York.
"Story of the Negro" Win* Book Award
The committee of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award for
1956 has unanimously decided to waive their ruling that only books
originally published during the previous year may be eligible for con
sideration. The Award Certificate will be presented by Mrs. Eleanor
Roosevelt on November 20 to Mr. Arna Bontemps for "Story of the
Negro” which has been chosen as the most timely and important
children's book of 1955. “Story of the Negro” was originally published
in 1948 by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., and was brought up to date in 1955.
The award is given by the Women’s International League for Peace
and Freedom, to encourage publication of books for children which are
of literary value and contain constructive themes. Mr. Bontemps has
been Head Librarian at Fisk University since 1943.
Critical Praise for History of Slavery
“The Peculiar Institution”, by Kenneth M. Stampp, is the first
major history of slavery in the ante-bellum South to appear since 1918.
It was published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., in September, and reviewers
in major papers all over the United States have hailed it as a fine
work of history and a significant contribution to race relations. C.
Vann Woodward, in The New York Herald Tribune, wrote: "It is a
rare opportunity for a reviewer to be able to report upon an important
undertaking, carried out with intelligence, insight, and imagination....
This is a book full of plain speaking. It firmly rips off a lot of flatter
ing functions we have laid to our souls and a lot of blindfolds we have
used to shut out realities.” And T. Harry Williams writes from Baton
Rouge, Louisiana: “The book under review today is one of the most
important works dealing with the history of the South to appear in
many a year, and because of the opinions of the author concerning
his subject it is certain to be a controversial book-on the most
crucial social problem of our time.”
Federal Aid For Schools Asked
Representatives of seventeen national organizations announced to
day that they were combining their efforts to work for a Federal aid
for school construction bill in the next session of Congress.
Following a meeting with Marion B. Folsom, Secretary of the
Department of Health, Education and Welfare, John Connors, Director
of the AFL-CIO Department of Education, and spokesman for the
’group known as the Conference on Federal Aid for Education, issued
the following statement:
"This conference represents the combined determination of these
organizations to win a Federal aid for school construction bill.
“We intend to present a united call upon the Congress to enact
this long-overdue legislation. The plight of our schools and the re
sulting neglect of our children’s right to the best possible education
must bear heavily upon the conscience of America.
“We shall not relax our efforts until this great need has been
met. The time for talk is long past. The time for action is here."
According to Connors, Secretary Folsom expressed agreement with
the objectives of the Conference and declared he hoped for action
early in the Congressional session.
Connors said that the conference expected to expand, adding
other bona fide national organizations interested in Federal aid to
The organisations that attended the preliminary meetings are as
follows: _ ^ , a
2. National Education Association
3. American Association of University Women
4. American Federation of Teachers
5. American Library Association
6. American Veterans of World War U and Korea
7. American Vocational Association
8. Association for Childhood Education, International
9. Brotherhood of Railroad Trammer
10. National Association of Social Workers
11. National Child Labor Committee
12. National Council of Jewish Women
13. National Farmers Union
14. National Jewish Welfare Board
15. Order of Railway Conductors & Brakemen
16. United Mine Workers
17. Friends’ Committee for National Legislation
News From Around Nebraska
More moisture for growing crops got the attention of at least
two counties the past week.
At Wahoo, 300 persons turned out to a meeting to hear
speakers from the University of Nebraska talk about irrigation
wells and their probable success in the Saunders county area.
The Wahoo group learned that much of their county is well
underlaid with water and that irrigation wells would be quite
successful there. Some of the area, though, has not indicated that
there is sufficient unde’ground water to make irrigation wells
The speakers use maps of Saunders county upon which they
diagramed areas which had already been tested and showed good
promise Costs of drilling wells and costs of operating the pumps
with Dolores Calvin
New York City (Calvin News
Service) ... ARE NEGRO MAIDS
OUTDATED?... Hollywood seems '
to be slowly but surely eliminating
the presence of the so-called “ste
reotyped” Negro maid, a character
which was a "must” in movies
gone by.... and replacing her with
either an intelligent Negro ser
vant or a European one... We no
ticed this particularly in George
Stevens' production of Edna Fer
ber’s novel, “Giant,” which, though
laid right in the heart of Texas
for a period of twenty five years,
when Negro maids and butlers
were most popular—had not one.
We were even surprised when ■
Elizabeth Taylor first got a
glimpse inside of her new million
aire husband’s ranch and found
the servants all Mexican—and
their problem of discrimination,
incidentally, so similar to the
Negro problem, was very expertly
handled and the outcome was
triumphant, especially in these
times of integration.
But back to the observation of
the disappearing Negro maids—
the opening of Elvis Presley's new
film, “Love Me Tender”, brought
this to mind again.. .Here, with a
setting of the Civil War area, El
vis, his brothers and their mother
were much too poor to have any
servants, but it struck us as funny
that throughout a Civil War film,
there wasn’t even one Negro to
be seen... Not even one in the
foreground of filmed out of fo
cus_Just nowhere... Elvis, in
cidentally, will be thoroughly en
joyed by his followers but for
anyone looking for acting, or any
facimilie of, might have a better
evening at home with the TV...
For here is a green dramatic star,
backed by a cast of all mediocres,
and save for the rock and roll, in
jected in a few scenes, which those
1870 gals really swing to, it’s a
pretty horse-opera type of com
WE HEAR... .that Eddie Bonne
mere, coupled with Ruth Price,
did terrific business at Baker's
Keyboard Lounge in Detroit....
that a couple of young promoters
are angling to get a mid-western!
preacher to headline the Apollo j
Theatre for Christmas Week, and
expect to make a mint of money.'.. j
that the recent showing of the j
all-star band with every ‘ name"
in the orchestra was such a hit, j
it will be repeated... .that Dorothy
Donegan, the pianist, heads on to
the coast... .that Nat King Cole
is the best business booster Mon
te Proser has had for his Copaca
bana in some time
Lena Horne to do Ann Petry’s
novel "The Street” which made
quite an impression some years
back. The entire film will be
shot in Harlem and during the
week of December 5th.Lena's
due here then from her current
success at the Sands in Las Vegas.
Billie Holiday still getting raves
for her tremendous double per
formance November 10th at
Carnegie Hall. Her stamina was
'out of this world and her delivery
terrific — especially when many
thought just a while ago Billie
could hardly last through five or
six numbers. She did dozens on
this night to remember....
W. C. Handy was 83 years old
on the 17th of November... Count
Basie in the mid-west doing one
niters... .Josephine Premice i n
Hollywood where she's been sign
ed to do a Calypso album.
Ella Fitzgerald proving in Las
Vegas’ New Frontier that she can
1 command in a large room as much
as in the intimate jazz spots she's
been frequenting. It should im
prove her earnings for some time
Mrs. Dovie I. Andrews, age 60
years, of 3011 Emmel Street, ex
pired Tuesday morning November
20, 1936 at a local hospital.
She was an Omaha resident
many years and was a member
of Sheba Chapter No. 10, O.E.S.,
Mrs. Hattie Moore, Worthy Ma
Mrs. Andrews was a member
of the Daughters of Isia, Zaha
Court No. 72, Mrs. Queenie Bar
ber, Commandress. She was al
so a member of the Senior Choir
and Missionary Circle of Mt.
Moriah Baptist Church.
Mrs. Andrews is survived by her
husband, William J. Andrews of
, Omaha; 3 brothers, O. T. Whitlow
I cf Omaha, Benjamin F. Whillow of
■ Dallas, Texas, and Tucker Whitlow
of Sherman, Texas; aunt, Mr».
Bertha Davis of Sherman, Texas;
nephew. Andrew Whillow and
niece, Pricilla Whitlow, both of
Funeral services were hel.*
Friday November 24, 1956 at 2:00
P.M. from the Mt. Moriah Baptist |
Church with Rev. David St. Clair ,
officiating. Interment was at
Graceland Park Cemetery. Sheba
Chapter No. 10, O.E.S. had charge 1
of Eastern Star rites.
Services were also held Thurs
day November 23, 1956 at 8 P.M.
at the Myers Funeral Horae
Chapel by the Daughters of Isis,
Zaha Court No. 72.
were also gone into,
• • •
At Pawnee City the moisture approach was made from a differ
ent angle. There, ground work was being laid for a meeting on
December 6th which would describe the likely benefits from cloud
seeding. The Pawnee Republican was pumping the idea strongly
in an effort to get a good turnout at the initial meeting of the
cloud seeding effort. Merits of seeding were to be discussed for
the benefit or the skeptics who doubt that rain can be produced
by that means.
• " • •
At Fairbury, the Journal was whipping up enthusiasm for an
irrigation project to be carried on with water out of the Blue
River. Part of the area is already a idea by irrigation wells and
those who do not have wells are anxious to explore the possibili
ties of an irrigation project The Journal wanted to sign up 51%
of the farmers so that legal steps could be taken to form an irri
gation district. 400 persons attended the meeting.
• • •
188 contributors at Crete gave $8843 to Doane College as a
sustaining fund during a finance drive last week, the Crete News
reported. There were three times as many contributors this year
as last and about 25% more money was raised than last year.
• • •
The Atkinson Graphic stated last week that feed conditions on
the range were very poor this year. Lack of rain late in the
summer caused grass to remain very short and much of it was
covered with a heavy coating of dust. As a result, winter range
prospects were considered very poor and ranchers were anticipa
ting finding it necessary to feed much hay to carry their livestock
through the winter. Hay, because of the drouth, is also in abort
supply and many ranchers are already shipping in hay, the Graphic
m ft •
Fapillion and Sarpy County are on the alert because of a men
tion made by an Omaha committee recently that parts of Sarpy
county should be taken into the city of Omaha. Sarpy County
Commissioners were quoted in the Papillion Times as saying that
“not more than 10 per cent of the residents of that part of the
county nearest Omaha would favor being annexed.”
a • • '■*
Ainsworth held a Quiz program just before Thanksgiving and
gave away twenty-two dressed turkeys as prizes. Questions asked
in the quiz pertained strictly to Ainswr-th stores and required
a knowledge of the business places and those who operate them.
• • •
A Michigan Sheriff and County Attorney found themselves
in an embarassing situation at Schuyler last week when they were
arrested for speeding. The Sheriff was clocked at 90 miles per
The men explained that they were on a mission of the law
and enroute to Sacramento, California to pick up a suspect.
Their fine was reduced to $15.
• • •
A "Teen Age Club” is being organized at Pender and will be
sponsored by the Legion Auxiliary says the Pender Times. The
ladies have invited every teen-ager in town to join and have an
nounced that there will be an absolute thumbs down on liquor in
any form at the club. The club will be active certain nights each
week with members of their sponsoring organization in attendance
at all times.
• • «
At Tekamah high achool there is a new dance band being per
fected. The group, which is under the wing of Tekamah’s band
instructor, will be known as the "Swingsters” and the group will
play for high school functions and local entertainments. The
Burt County Plaindealer showed • picture of the 14-piece organiza
tion last week.
• * •
The Chadron Record revealed last week that the State Teach
ers College there is laying plans for three more new buildings. Dr.
Barton L. Kline, president of the college, pointed out that the
college hat, grown 74 percent since 1053. N„*xt year, preparations
are being made for 700 full-time students.
Back in the
NEW YORK CITY . . , (Calvin
News Service) . . . ETHEL WA
TERS, who may be a bit out-dated
wearing her lovely greying hair
in that pony tail, but there’s noth
ing out dated about her personal
ity which will keep on reviving
those hits of yesteryear she made
so famous, at the opening this
week of her engagement at Le
Just when you expect Miss
Waters to retire gracefully, she
bounces back full of vitality and
with the know-how that makes
you realize she wasn’t napping
for a moment. . . Recently, when
she attended the premiere of
“Giant" in New York City - a
picture which was released by
20th Century Fox, a company for
which Misa Waters made "Pinky”
and other films, she stopped at
the entrance long enough to con
verse with Jayne Meadows, TV
star, and from the little chit-chat,
you got the impression Ethel
Waters knew more about Jayne's
doings and that of her famous
sister, Audrey (of Old Gold’s
Jackie Gleason's show) than
Jayne did herself . . And that ef
fervescent personality, mellowing
with age, just boomed right
through. . . So even at 56, Miss
Waters remains a symbol of an
era never quite forgotten - a star
many have tried to emulate. . .
To us. another great triumph was
the recent TV appearance on
Gordon Jenkins' "Manhattan Tow
er” where she portrayed to per
fection the demure teacher of
little children about the wonders
of the State of Liberty.
NEWS ABOUT TOWN: Swing
pianist Dorothy Donegan's mana
ger, Winston, pulled an admitted
“boo-boo” when he signed her
for a Chicago date Election Week,
not realization the backer was a
Republican. , .So, to even the
score, Dorothy appeared at a
Democratic Rally at City Center
here. . . A Chicago girl, Dorothy
has made a terrific comeback,
breaking all records at the Embers
Room, a midtown club.
Diplomatic circles were buzzing
that as soon as Liberian Ambassa
dor to the United States, Hon.
C. T. O. King, left by boat with
Hon. Padmore, brother-in-law of
Liberian President Tubman on a
trip to visit Tubman in Europe -
Liberia’s Vice President was
stricken with a stroke and world
news forced many delegates to
return home in a hurry to attend
important UN conferences. How
ever King reached Paris and went
on to Switzerland. . Incidentally,
a prominent Liberian beautician.
Thelma Dadic, serving in tb*
President's party on the European
trip, is a follower of Rose Morgan
Louis' method of hair styling -
which is quite popular in Mon
Louise Beavers' part as the
maid was small in 20th-Century
Fox’s latest, “teenage Rebel,” but
effective. . . The surprise is Gin
ger Rogers in short shorts - and
Pallbearers were Messrs Clar
ence Braxton, Miles Speesc, Thom
as Baltimore, C. Stewart, Charles
McMillan and Lenzy Starling.
Myers Brothers Funeral Ser
in heavy competition with the
younger glamour girls.
Harry Belefonte, who proudly
backed Stevenson, has another
hit In “Jamaica Farewell” - even
the disc jockeys have to admit,
they've never seen such requests
except for perhaps "Hold 'Em
Now we find that Luis Russell,
one time big bandleader, now a
chauffeur, married an enter
tainer, Carlene Ray, and is now
the father of a 3 months old baby.
- Marion Anderson's book "Lord
What A Morning” causing a great
stir among musicians and follow
ers as she lets out with intimate
little secrets such as the fact that
she carries an extra blanket on
all train trips simply because she
finds the trains always cold . . .
Ellen Holly, that pretty Negro
fern star in "Too Late The Fhala
rope” on Broadway, is such a gem
to the play despite the mediocre
and bad notices of first niglit
Ihey are managing to survive. . ,
Following his appearance on
Jackie Gleason's TV show where
he beat the drums magnificently
for the nimble foot June Taylor
dancers, Louis Bellson was held
over with his famous wife, Pearl
Bailey, at the Apollo Theatre.
The pipe-smoking son of Hulan
Jack, Borough President of Man
hattan, seen carrying bis own
shirts to a Chinese laundry while
his father’s official chauffeur fit
that long black Cadillac waited
patiently . . Pearl Bailey, draped
in luscious mink, stopping traf
fic to cross Broadway , , Thelma
Carpenter back on the New York
scene, still a terrific chanteusc.
as Marilyn Monroe called herself
in “Bus Stop."
Veteran stage actors like John
Marriott still unable to quite
break through to supporting roles
on TV, a lucrative field for the
average talent when a man like
Marriotte has much more than
average talent to offer .. The joke
in Harlem for the week concerns
all these beautiful new 1957 cars
they wonder if the smaller cars
look like a Cadillac now - how will
the new Cadillac look?
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APEX LIGHTS OP THE SKY
1A11 ITarlcm turned out to see Mrs. Sara Washington He yes
sign the first MILLION DOLLAR ADVERTISING
PROGRAM ever undertaken by a Negro Company. Here,
left to right, Mr. Philip E. Wilcox of the Abbott
Kimball Company, tha APEX Advertising Agency; |
Mrs. Sars Washington Hayes, President of APEX v
BEAUTY PRODUCTS; her husband, Mr. Hdtan Hayes,
Executive Vice President and Mr. Archibald Morgan,
3 Dolores Smalls as £PEX’ QUEEN OF LOVE AND
BEAUTY is welcomed to Harlem by Betty Granger,
women's editor of the AMSTERDAM NEWS and v
well-known radio personality on Station WLIB. Hera,
with Sara Washington Hayes, they lead a two-hour
O High above the rooftops at Lenox Avenue
“ and 125th Street, and swept by 800 million
’ candle power searchlights, a special platform
was built for the Inauguration ceremonies
under the Cfi foot spectacular sign.
Dolores Smalls modeled for the billboard.
A Surrounded by five charmers from the
t* New York APEX SCHOOL OF
BEAUTY CULTURE. Dolores Smalls
is presented with the original painting
by Mr. George Hoitane, artist. In real'.
■ life Dolores .Smalls is the wife of
i Harlem’s “Dr. Jive”. Mrs. Sara Washington ^
Hayes peers over Mrs. Smalls'
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