The Carolina times. (Durham, N.C.) 1919-current, September 12, 1953, Image 1
Small Baha bi inglng Religion To Huntersville Prison Inmates CHAHLOTTE A chance Wednesday night visitor to the state prison at Huntersville might be mildy dumbfounded lo bear the har* monic strains of a hymn or the rousing melody of a “spiritual” wafting through the small cell- lined corridors of this camp for Negroes near Charlotte. On closer Inspection, he would discover that the music comes f/om the direction of the camp’s dining hall. And a slight in vestigation would quickly reveal to him that on this night, in mates of the camp gather to 'talce part in what many of us talce part in on Sunday morn ings. Instead of congregating in a splendid, belfried edifice of stone with ornately stained glass windows and a lofty vault ed ceiling, they huddle together admlst the bleak confines of steel bars, hiursh lights and the forboding sight of armed giiards in the camp’s small dining room to take part in their weekly Wednesday night worship ser vices. Chiefly responsible for bring ing to the State’s “forgotten men” this slice of spiritual acti vity is a small band of ministers and laymen of Charlotte. And two of the most unselfish and tireless workers with the prison ers in this project are Rev. O. R. Blakely, pastor of the Clin ton Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion church, and Ned Davis, officer of the church. Rev. Blakely delivered hia 15th sermon in his series last week and numbered 45 of the prisoners as converts during his service. Davis, who is superin tendent of Clinton A.M.E.'^ion’s Sunday school, directs the sing ing activities at each of the Wednesday night services. Davis’ concern for the prison ers’ spiritual well-being does not stop there, however. For he has issued a standing invitation to the inmates to spend their first Sunday of freedom in his church and to be his dinner guest. Davis has developed the sing ing services into an event which is looked forward to each week by the inmates. In addition to directing the song service, Davis has organized a prisoners’ vocal ensemble, composed of five voices, which is often heard at the Wednesday night services. He has also arranged for out side musical groups to partici pate in the services from week to week, and some of the singers who have come to Huntersville include the Charlotte Sons, tlie Songs of David, the Morning Gate Jubilee, the Clinton A.M.E. Zion church Spiritual choir, the Gospel Harmonizers and the Gospel Knights. Rev. Blakely’s weekly exhor tations have not been in vain. In addition to his 45 converts, three of them, upon returning to free dom, have joined his church and are among its most ardent wor kers. Prison officials are much in aci!brd with this project for they recognize in it a much needed supplement to the camp’s re habilitation program. Camp su perintendent L. W. Connell has heaped unstinted praise on the work of these men. One of the prison guarb leads a Sunday school lesson each Sunday. Other mem^rs of this small band who luVve lent their sup port to this Wednesday night project artf Rev. Rayford Thompson,-itwtor of the Walls Memorial AJi.E. Zion church,' Rev. James K. Booker, superin tendent of the Charlotte Rescue Mission, and Rev. J. J. Stratlng, assistant pa^r at the Rescue Mission. ) J SERGEANT PRESTEE DAVIS, formerly held as a prisoner of war ky tke Coramunirt* ia K«- rea.'is shown In Durham after his recent retnm with members of a conmiittc* mappiag plaas f«r a celebration to honor the city’s ex-POWs. Sergeant Daris, wh« makes Us home in Dnrfcani with his father, Jnliiu Davta on Walton Aveniie, was rctnrscd in th« early ataffca of tha opcrattm "Big Switch.” NAACP Asks Horne Be Kept In Housing Post NEW YORK l^esident Dwight D. Eisen- honrer has been asked by the National Association for the Ad vancement of Colored People to retain Frank S. Home in his post as assistant to the Adminis trator in race relations in the Housing and Home Finance Ad ministration. The NAACP telegram, signed by Roy WiliOns, Administrator, urged Mr. Horne “be retained on the basis of his expert know ledge of the field in which he operates end the superlative service he has given govern ment housing irrespective of politics, race, color, or region.” The telegram was prompted, the NAACP said, by word that “under purely political prea- sure” Horne’s resignation was being requested. Director Named For Nursing School AtA&T GREENSBORO The director of the new school of nurse training to open at A. and T. College on September 14 was named last Saturday by Dr. F. D. Bluford, president of the college. Mrs. Wllletta S. Jones, Deep Aver, Conn., instructor in nur sing at Skidmore College of Saratoga Springs, N. Y., and New York City, will head the brand new program which was approved by last State Legisla ture. She arrived in Greensboro last week-end to go over plans with Dr. Bluford to inaugurate the new instructional program. A graduate of Hunter College in New York City with the ba chelor of science degree in nur sing education, she holds the master of science degree in the same field from Columbia Uni versity. She is pursuing the Ph. D. degree, also at Columbia. Mrs. Jones was called to Skid more College during the past year to assist in the develop ment of a new program of in teresting courses in mental hy giene with the basic nursing curriculum at thi^ college. She received her basic nurse training at Lincoln Hospital in New York City and served as instructor on the staff of the Hairlem Hospita 1 of Nursing, also of New York, from 1949 through 1952. Active in nurse professional organizations in New York she holds member ships in the Natloniil League For Nursing and the Americian Nur ses Association. Officials at the college re ported that already 70 applica tions have been received from prospective students, far above the minimum of 20 suggested by special committee appointed by Gov. William B. Umstead as a basis for opening the new school at A. and T. College. Dr. Bluford told reporters this week that on the basis oi present progress, the aurae training program will be ready for applicants with the registra tion of freshmen students on Monday, September 14. -xtli "■■"'"II [IJT m U m A small band of ministers and laymen of Charlotte have combined their services, to bring week ly religiomi. woiishlp services to inmates of the State Prison Camp at Huntersville. In the above pic- twe, a gfjpiip ef tha priaoneni are shown during one of the regular Wednesday night services held at the oamp. Showa standhiK, left to right, are Rev. Rayford 'llioiiipseii, pastor of the Walla Memorial A. M. E. Zion Church of Charlotte; Bev. J. J. Stra ting, assistant pastor at the Charlotte Rescue Mis sion; Rev. James K. Booker, Superintendent of the Charlotte Re^ue Mission; Rev. F.'R. Blakely, pastor of the Clinton Metropolitan A. M. E. Zion Church; Ned Davis, officer of the Clinton A. M. E. Zion Church, and two unidentified inmates. Rev. Blakely has just completed a series of IS weekly meetings with the prisoners during which 45 were converted. Davis organized the prison ers’ singing groups and the first five inmates shown seated at the right comprise a quintet organ ised by Davis. Court RephKement May Hold Key To Bias Cases SPECIAL TO THE imES WASHINGTON The sudden death of Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson of the Supreme Court early this week threw the nation into a round '^of speculations over who will be appointed to re place the 63-year-old Ken tuckian and the possible effect his replacement will have on some weighty issues involv ing social and economic issues now before the court. Vinson died early Tuesday morning in his suite at the Park Sheraton Hotel of a heart attack. Aside from the usual amount of speculation which is aroused over the replace ment for a Chief Justice of the nation’s highest tribunal is the added significance given it by the forthcoming hearing of cases involving segregation in public schools in the South. The rearguments are scheduled for October, less than one month away. It' is the general concenus of most of the prognosticators that the new replacement will be a Republican. It was noted that that all of the members of the present court were appointed during the Roosevelt-Truman administrations. Defenders of segregation are openly hoping for the appoint ment of a southerner. And the men most often ,named as “south ern hopes” are Judge John J Parker, Charlotte, of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and South Carolina’s Gov. James F. Brynes. Parker is easily labelled as a Republican, but Byrnes’ party affiliations are not so easily dis cernible. The South Carolina chief executive spearheaded the formation of the Dixiecrat Party in 1948, but in the last election became a “Democrat for Eisenhower.” (Please turn to Page Eight) jyniFftuTii THIRTY YEARS THE OUTSTANDING WEEKLY OF THE CAROLINAS Entered as Second Class Matter at the Post Office at Durham, North Carolina, under Act of March 3,1879. VOLUME 30—NUMBER 34 DURHAM, N. C., SATURDAY, SEPT. 12, 1953 PRICE 10 CENTS N. C’s Rev. P. A. Bishop New Lott-Carey He^ BALTIMORE Dr. P. A. Bishoi^, of Rich Square, North Carolina, was elected president of the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention here Thursday after noon, September 3, at the regu lar session here at Enon Baptist Church. The convention opened on Monday, August 31, and closed on Friday night September 4 with the honorable Clarence L. Simpton, Liberian Ambassador to the United States bringing the closing message to the more than 2,000 messengers and visi tors from twenty-four States, four foreign countries and the District of Columbia. In a most challenging address here on Wednesday night at a combined meeting of the con vention in Douglas high school auditorium. Ambassador Jac ques Leger, Haitian ambassador to the United States, denied that Haiti is opposed to “the designa tion of a colored American am bassador” to Haiti. Leger told the assembled dele gates who have missionaries as signed to this country that the government of my country was “very surprised” to be charged with liaving opposed the ap pointment of a Negro. Speaidng further he said, “The Secretary of State for the presidency of Haiti and myself iiave firmly de nied these rumors”. ¥114,000 Collected According to the annual re- (Please turn to Page Eight) MRS. WILLETTA S. JONES, left. Deep River, Conn., recently appointed director of thenewSchoolof Nursing to open at A. and T. this Fall, discusses the new program toith Dr. F. D. Bluford, president of the college. She will officially assume the new post with the opening of the Fall gtwrter at the college on September 24. N.C.REALTISTS TO HOLD MEET IN DURHAM DURHAM A special meeting of the North Carolina real estate builders as sociation has been scheduled for Friday night, September 11 here. H. M. Michaux, president of the state association and Dur ham real estate executive, and Clarence M. Winchester, Greens boro, secretary of the group, made the announcement of the meeting in a joint statement here early this week. The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 o’clock p.m. at the Donut Shop. According to the announce ment, W. H. Aiken, Atlanta president of the National As sociation of Real Estate Brokers, and F. Henry Williams, general (Please turn to Page Eight) Executive board members of the Lott Carey B aptist Foreign Mission Convention which met in Baltimore August 31-September 4 at Enon Bap tist Church are shown here. S^ted on first r«w, left to right, are Drs. C. T. Murray, Washington, D . C.; A. W. Brown, Richmond, Va.; W. C. Somer ville, Washington, D. C.; V. G. Wilson, Portsmouth, Va.; W. L. Bansome, Richmond, Va.; aad A. J. Edwards, Washington, D. C. Second row, same order, are Mrs. W. L. Ransom*, Richmond, Va.; Mrs. C. E. Griffen, Nerfelk, Va.; Mrs. R. L. Hobbs, Philadelphia; Dr. R. H. Thonitoa, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Dr. JR. M. Pitts, WiMtm- Salem, N. C. On third row, left to right, are Attorney Walter Washington, Washington, D. C.; Mrs. Ellen Alston,(Baleig;h, N. C.; Dr. O. O. Bullock, Washington, D. C.; Dr. i. H. Bandolph, WaahlngtM, D. C., and Dr.*A. L. James, Roanoke, Virginia. Shown standing are, left to right, Bev. W. B. Ball, Richmond, Va.; Dr. Thomas Kilgore, New York; R. L. Holman, Norfolk, Va.; and Rev. W. E. Parham, Colnmbns, Ohio. A & T Grad Gets DSC GREENSBORO Lt. James O. Beckett, New York City, an A. and T. College ROTC graduate, was recently decorated with the Army’s Dis tinguished Service Cross for gal lantry in action. An officer of the 31st (Polar Bear) Infantry Regiment, Bec kett was presented the medal by Maj. Gen. Arthur G. Tru deau, 7th Division commander at an impressive formal cere mony held at division headquar ters in Korea. I The citation stated that Bec kett, while engaging the enemy last January, sighted a distress signal flare in the area of a con tact patrol which had been dis patched earlier, and immediately organized a squad of 12 men to move to the rescue. Through the lieutenant’s lea dership the squad was successful i tile lines, Beckett was informed in penetrating an enemy en- that 4here were still four men circlement and reaching the am- on the position and *that one bushed patrol. While leading the man was taken prisoner by the wounded men back ttirou^ hos-1 (Please turn to Page Eight) CIO GIVES aSH TO NAACP FOR SCHOOL SEGREGATIOH CASES The CIO has contributed $3, 500 to help finance legal pre parations for the forthcoming re-hearing by the U.S. Supreme Court of the school segregation cases, it was announced today by Secretary-Treasurer James B. Carey.. Carey, who also heads the CIO Committee on Civil Rights, pre^nted the check for $3^00 to Thurgood Marshall of the Na tional Aasociation tw the Ad vancement of Colored People. Marshall la counsel for tlM NAACP and has taken a leadiac role in the lengthy court proraM on school segregation. Carey has alao advised the NAACP that Vtm ^fullest cooperation imI** tance** of the CIO Legal Depart ment headed by Arthur J. OoM- berg. will be avaUaU*.