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NORTH CAROLINA COLLEGE FOR NEGROES, DURHAM, N. C., DECEMBER 29, 1939
DR. SHEPARD ADDRESSES PEOPLE OF THE STATE
National Asso^n of Colleges and Secondary Schools Meets at NCC
Dr. Rufus Clement Pre
sides; C. F. Palmer Is
Walter White Speaks at
Negro educational leaders from 13
states and the District of Columbia
discussed instructional problems here
at the annual convention of the Na
tional Association of Colleges and
Secondary Schools for Negroes, De
cember 7 and 8.
At a dinner meeting, attended by
160 persons, Walter White, secretary
of the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People, de
scribed the policy of his organization
as one of testing state laws in the
courts of the nation to the end that
inequalities in Negro education will
be removed. He referred to lower
salaries and inferior equipment in
Negro schools. He said that many of
the handicaps faced today by Ne
groes are the result of technological
changes that require workmen to
have greater skill than formerly, and
said that the solution of the problem
rested in education.
The convention began December 7
with a welcoming talk by Dr. James
E. Shepard, president of N. C. C. N.
C. F. Palmer, high school principal
of Newport News, Va., was elected
president to succeed Dr. Rufus E.
Clement of Atlanta. Other new offi
cers are R. B. Atwood, president of
Kentucky State College, and H. R.
Merry of Covington, Ky., both vice-
presidents, and L. S. Cozart of Con
Dr. D. A. Wilkinson of Howard
University, who made a study of the
Negro in America under the Carnegie
foundation, discussed the educational
aspects of the survey yesterday.
Other speakers included E. Franklin
Frazier of Howard University on the
bi-racial situation and its effect on
the personality of the Negro, and
Dean T. E. McKinney of Johnson
C. Smith University, Charlotte, re
porting on higher education.
The convention was attended by
117 delegates from 47 schools.
On “B’s” at the End
of the Quarter
I think that I shall never see
An “F” as lovely as a “B.”
A “B” whose lovely form is pressed
Upon the papers of the blessed.
A “B” to hang upon your wall
To be envied and admired by all
A “B” that may in days to come
Bring joy and inspiration to some
But—“F’s” are made by jolks like
’Cause only genius can rate a “B.”
Into New Home
Really making history by stream
lining fraternity life on N. C. Col
lege Campus, Tau Psi Chapter of
Omega Psi Phi and Alpha Kappa
Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi frater
nities opened on Wednesday, Novem
ber 28, a Joint frat room in the boys’
dormitory. Completely equipped
with “deep” divans, easy parlor
chairs, rugs, magazine racks, lamps,
a radio, and the glowing emblems—
the shield and diamond—of the two
fraternities, the room commands the
respect and envy of all who peep in.
For the novelty of it all, both the
faculty and students have expressed
a keen sense of appreciation for the
unbelievable cooperation and spirit
of Greekdom which exists here be
tween Omega and Kappa.
Tau Psi and Alpha Kappa will be
remembered for their exclusive intra-
frat dance last spring. Out of that
initial burst of friendship has grown
such an attractive, glowing feeling
among fraternity men at this institu
tion that Charles Cobb, Basileus of
Tau Psi, who is chiefly responsible
for the realization of a dream come
true, in his application asked of the
administration not for an Omega
room, but for a Fraternity room, at
N.C.C. Almost single-handedly he
waged a campaign for the homeless
brothers’ room, no space having been
provided in the dormitory for such a
purpose. After several seeming de
feats, because of lack of space, news
broke out, “We have a room.” The
effect was as though lightning had
struck. Immediately plans were ef
fected wherein equipment could be
obtained. Through Robert Bond’s ex
pert business tactics, the room was
furnished at a considerably nominal
Success of the experiment is at
tributed to a firm and friendly un
derstanding of the purpose and use,
time and upkeep of the room—a list
of rules and regulations to be drawn,
framed, and hung on the east wall.
Each group is granted specific mu
tual provisions and limitations.
Nowhere before has this publica
tion heard of such a project among
fraternity groups; whose purpose, it
seems to the bewildered freshman,
is to wage a continued “war” for
supremacy of the campus so far as
public prominence of its members is
concerned. While the Campus Echo
realizes the true value of room-shar-
ing, it urges more and more that fra
ternities, Negro fraternities, keep
their eyes on Tau Psi and Alpha
Kappa. And if their’s is a step in the
right direction, model after it.
They Served “Y” Breakfast
Beauty with service was the watchword when Lillie Bond, Aurelia
Lucas and Dean R. G. Rush served the popular Larry James at the
“Y” breakfast on Thanksgiving: morning: in the school refectory.
Y. W. C. A. Gives
A large number of the Y.W.C.A.
members attended the annual
Thanksgiving Breakfast held in the
Music Assembly, Thursday morn
ing, November StDO a m.
The room was very beautifully
decorated; a huge pumpkin filled
with fruits and vegetables occupied
the center of the room. On each of
the tables were four large oranges.
The guests were able to find their
tables by means of the attractive
place cards which were in the form
of magnolia leaves.
After finding their places, the
guests seated themselves and then
listened to an enjoyable program
rendered by the Worship Committee.
A story, “Guest for Thanksgiving,”
was read by Miss Josephine Berry.
A solo was rendered by Miss Annie
F. Crawford, followed by a reading
by Miss Thelma Pittman. A Thanks
giving greeting, sent to the organi
zation by a former member. Miss
Louise Chambers, was read to the
group by Miss Josephine Pittman,
President of the Y.W.C.A. The pro
gram was concluded with the singing
of “Count Your Many Blessings” by
A delicious breakfast of fried
chicken, grits, apple sauce, hot rolls,
cocoa, and coffee was then served.
Faces beamed everywhere as the
guests consumed the tasty and whole
The doll exhibit was one of the
main attractions featured. On a large
table sat nine charming little dolls
waiting to be admired. Prizes were
given and on the basis of originality
of dress, neatness, cleanliness, and
individuality, judges awarded the
first prize to Miss Grace Broadus,
the second prize to Miss Naomi
Herring. Honorable mention went to
Misses Thelma Pittman and Mary
Sharpe. The dolls were adorable in
By La Ruth Hall
Tuesday, November 14th, at 8:00
p.m. the North Carolina College pre
sented the Graff Ballet, featuring
Giace and Kurt Graff. Never have
I seen people who could move their
bodies so rhythmically to express a
scene so vividly without uttering a
word. I think the most enjoyable
scenes were “Romance” enacted by
Eric Satie, Grace and Kurt Graff,
and the “Garden Party” featuring
Frank Callender and Anne Devine.
The students expressed their appre
ciation of the first recital by attend
ing the Ballet in such large numbers.
Friday, November 24th, Chapel
opened with a prayer of Thanksgiv
ing and the singing of “Come Ye
Thankful People Come,” accom
panied by Miss Talley at the organ.
Miss D. Freeman of the Sophomore
class gave a reading on “Thanksgiv
ing in Other Lands and Countries,”
and Mr. Cambell read a paper on
“The Origin of Thanksgiving.” Dean
Elder presented to us reasons why
we should be thankful.
Sunday, November 26th, the Sun
day School of North Carolina Col
lege presented a program in B. N.
Duke Auditorium. Appearing on the
program was Miss E. Jones, who
read a paper on “Sharing Thanks
giving” and the JNIen’s Quartet, which
sang “My Lord’s Writin’ All the
Time.” The sermonette was delivered
by Rev. Miles Mark Fisher, of the
White Rock Baptist Church. The
main idea expressed was “Cultivate
the Art of Thanking Those Who
Help You.” The sermon was fol
lowed by a reading by Miss A. Leak
“A Hymn of Thanksgiving” after
which we were dismissed.
The afternoon Vesper service be
gan with music on the organ by Miss
Talley. The choir directed by Mrs.
Edwards sang “Seeking For a City”
and “Holy Art Thou O Lord God
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Speaks on “The Rights of
On Sunday morning and after
noon, November 26, Dr. James E.
Shepard, our able and honorable
President, spoke over a state-wide
hook-up. The subject of his address
was “The Rights of a Minority,” the
broadcast originating in the B. N.
Dr. Shepard, in his usual compre
hensive and thoughtful manner, ap
pealed to his listeners concerning the
many inequalities between the citi
zens and races of the state. He point
ed out the inequalities of educational
opportunities, facilities, compensa
tion for services rendered among the
Negroes. The appropriations for the
Negro schools are far unequal to
those of the white schools.
In order to prove more educational
opportunities would pay, Dr. Shep
ard pointed out that an overwhelm
ing majority of the crimes committed
in this State are committed by the
ignorant people and in order to les
sen the number of crimes, more edu
cation should be given to them. He
said, “I am asking in his behalf a
re-thinking of all our attitudes to
ward the Negro. I am appeallug to
the people of my State to give him
the opportunity to show forth to the
world the greatness and the immor
tal significance of the American ex
periment in democracy.”
Also pointed out was the fact that
there is an enormous gap between
the salaries of the white and colored
teachers. Both white and Negro
teachers are required to do the same
amount of work; in fact, some col
ored teachers have to do even more.
They have to labor under worse con
ditions and with less facilities to
facilitate the teaching of the pupils.
Consequently, the pupil is unable to
learn as much as does the white pu
pil who has different conditions and
better facilities. Dr. Shepard was not
selfish in his plea for larger salaries
for the Negro teachers; stating that
he did not think that the white
teachers were being adequately com
pensated for their services.
The many things Dr. Shepard
stressed are the rights of a minority.
He showed that despite the differ
ences between the races, the Negroes
love the State and are wholehearted
in attempting to help the State to
progress more rapidly.
In closing his speech, which
found a place in the hearts of
all North Carolina, Dr. Shepard
said, “If I could, I would with one
hand lift up a white child and tell
him to soar aloft and find truth, jus
tice, mercy, and his God. Then com
ing back to the earth again, I would
lift up his fellowman, the Negro, with
the other hand and give the same
message to him. Then we would have
in our country progress, peace, and
The students of North Carolina
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