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For Her Work With Youth
Althea Gibson Joins Durham T ribute
ToMrs. Bessie A. J. Whitted Sunday
Teniiiii queen Althea Gibson
Joined some 700 Durham citizens in
a “This b Your Life” tribute to
Mrs. B. A. J. Whitted here last
Queen Althea praised Mrs. Whit
ted as an exempulary leader fur the
youth of our land.
Also Joinihg in the tribute were
Mrs. Jean M. Capers, Cleveland,
Ohio, City Councilwoman, Durham
Mayor E. J. Evans, Durham City
Councilman J. S. Stewart, and some
700 other local citizens.
Dr. Helen G. Eklmonds, NCC pro
fessor of History, wrote the
script and narrated the program
sponsored by the Junior Mothers
tivities in behalf of Du'tiJir youth
have endeared you to all uur citi-
Mrs. Whitted, regarded by many
as the Pearl Mesta of Durham, is
perhaps the city's t>est icnown host
Joining in the tribute to her
were scores Of Durham organiza
tions and friends of long standing
like Mrs. Martha “Party” Donnell
and Buster McDougald.
Prior to her recent rclirement
as cashicr of the North Carolina
Mutual Life Insurance Company,
Mrs. Whitted was said to have
handled more money than any
other Negro woman in history.
Since retiring she has founded a
Mrs. nulh Spaulding Boyd, Club ‘’""‘’’'‘""I
President, told the honor** “Wekf'^*'
1 I ai. * hundred Durham youth. :
arc the ones enjoying the most ,
active years of your leadership in' Following the program in Duke -
youth activities. We pass on to our Auditorium Mrs. Whitted was hon-|"MRS BESS" AND TENNIS Mrs. Whitted in Purham Sund«y.
children the nobl* heritage which' jrcd at a spccial rcccption at the QUEEN-— Mr*. B. A. J. Whitted Alfhea was one of many whom Mrs.
you have given ua”
Algonquin Tonni.s Club.
Mrs. Alma Fiuth Wade wa.s (’hair
Mayor Kvans who in 105ft prc ...
scnted a special recrcation award
to Mrs. Whitted said, “Your ac-' ^
AltluM (illi.siiii ,s:ii(I licrc tliis
u rck, “S |i i( 1^,1 s i.'' ii. world
laiiK"!!};*’ worlil u|i-
jiroriatrs and iitiilcrstand.s."
Tlir lanky champion from Wim
blodoii an] KoBUtt Hills came to
iMirham fur OT^pccial program
honoring Mri«. U. A. J. Whitted,
noted Durham recreation and
youtli leader. "Mrs. Whitted has
done a treutendous jol* for youth.
I'liriiam should be very apprecia
tive of hfT cvniributions.” Miss
Cib.son said. The tennis star was
awompanlwl by 1^. Waltcf'Jphn'
Sim ‘W I.ynchburK Va. He 'Vas
one of her early sponsors.
“I’m (.King to spend a week
with Dr. Johnson a|td then I’U de
cide what I'll do about earning a
living," Miss Gibson said.
She came to Durham after a
South American tour.
"Everywhere I've gone I’ve had
the feeUSg that^ audiences liked
For youth aspiring to careers in
sports, she had this advice; “Get
the best guidance you can from
the best source that you can con
tact. Love your sport and work at
it with an intensity and the con
sistency that show your love. You
must have basic ability, of corse,
aynd you must be always trying
to improve the ability that you
and tennis queen Althea Gibson | Whitted befriended during her
were caught by the photographer many years of working with young
as they renewed an old aquain- sters.
event fur Mr.s. Whitte'i. tance during a program honoring!
VOLUME 35—NUMBER U DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA, SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 19S9 PRICE; IS CENTS
Yidim Father Of 17
Backyard Mishap Kills
Funeral services for Alexander
Cates, 55, 'father of 17,-are sched
uled to be held Sunday afternoon
at two' o’clock at Red; Mountain
Baptist CTurch. ,
The Rev. James . Stewart,' Red
Mountain paktor, is io officiate,
and burial scfvlccs win be held
in the church ceoietcry. '
Cates died in Diikc HosiHtal
To Join March
I neiglil>or of the Cates, the ac-
jident occurel when Calcs was at-
iempting to show his wife how
blasting power wa.s used to burst
chunks of wood.
Brooks said he had taken liis
wife out into the haxrkyarfl where
he .sifted some power into a wcdgi
driven In a log, and-, ignited it.
The powder apparently explod
ed in Cates’ fac«, causing severe
burns over tno.lt of the ui^cr por
tion of his body.
His wife w«s i}lsij causht in tlie
blast and burned.
said she wa» isxpMtlng
anothw thilrf. '
Holmes hi NCS
Bertie Man Picked Hampton's Most
Outstanding Alumnus Of The Year
BRICKS—^^MauHce W. Coleman, ai the annual state convention of
Bertie County farm agent for the
past 18 years, was given the
“Ilamptonian of the Year” award
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Speight's Auto Service
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Burthey Funeral Home
Southern Fidelity Int. Co
Durham Builders Supply
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the Hampton alumni association
The award was presented by N.
rj. White, a vice president of the
Hampton national alumni associa
tion at th9 climax session of the
iwo-ilay coi vr.ition.
Established seven years ago by
llu> North Caroli’'.a Hampton alum
ni organization, the award is giv
en unniially to the member of the
slate a.'isoclaton considered to have
made the most outstanding con-
Iriliiition during the year.
Colemji^i was cited for his work
ill linpro'^g the overall status of
the rural coinnuinitics in Dertic
Hrrlie was .selc'ted as the
"I'ouiily (if the Year in Kiiral Pro-
gress” last year h.v a group of ag
rieultiircil agencies and. the
gre.ssive Karmer maga/.inc.
Irwin R. Holmes, Jr., a 1955 hon
OT graduate "o? ilillirde High
School, has been elected to mera-
bership in Eta fCappa Nu Honorary
_ . , Society at North Carolina Slate
MRS. BESS CUTS HE« CAKE-j college in Raleigh, accortlng to
While Junior Mothers Club offic*r, I an Shnouncement received recent-
Mrs. Ruth Spaulding Boyd and Mrs.;,,, by Hillside Prlncip«r H. M.
Mma Ruth Wade looked on ap*. Holmes
irovinly, Mrs. Witted finally getsl
her cake. | The former Hillside student is
The cake was part of many'a juninr in the School of Electri-
honors bestowed on the affable
Mrs. Whitted by Ourhamites who
joined In the Mothers club celebra
tion for her.
cal Engineering and was elected
to membership in the honorary
society on the basis of high sciiol-
arship, leadership ability, and in
tegrity of character.
Civil Rights Bill
Of Sen. Johnson
WASHliSiON D. C. —N'lACP
Executive Secretary Roy Wilkins'scnted a request for integration
Units One, Nine
To Host State
Chapters 1 and 9 of the North
Carolina State Beatttieians and Cos
metologists A.ssoci«tion will tic
host to the 20th an|iu.i convention
v'hich will he held in Durham
April 26th through 2!Hh. 195S
The Convention will open with
a program .Sunday afternoon, April
26. at 3:30 p.m. at the St Mark
A.M.E. Zion Church on Roxboro
The welcome address will Ik* de
livered by Mayor E. J. Evans, Af
terwards .Mrs. Katie Wickam of
.New Orleami. Iji., National I’lesi-
dent of the N. B. C. .V, will de
liver the main address.
The piiiilic is invited to attend
MoBflay .morning registrath'iia
will take place in the Durham
I'.usincsi e on Fayette
Rd. where the convention head-
quarten will be heW.
GUEKN.SISOIIO—The entrance ut j The State President, Mrs. Willie
senhower, outlining a concrete oro-l Waldo Falkner in the race for city’ Smith, of Greensboro, will emiduct
Sl^mr for effecting speedy inte-i council is expected to heighten in the business sssioii on lionday
gration of ptiblic schools. ] tcrcst in the coming clcctions,. morning at whMt tiai^ 4ciegates
•The schedule catlF-for the youths
to assemble on the mall between
the Washington and Lincoln me-
A contingent of young people j
•arly Wednesday from severe j Durham arc expected to join
lurns suffered in an accident at Vouth March on Washington
do home on last Friday. His'wife, f*”" Integrated Schools Saturday.
'Irs. Mary Cates, who was also in- Officials of the Durham NAACP
iired in the a^ident, was dcs- r'’""’
ribed in “fair” condhicn at Duke! f®*" ?**'• several weeks collect-1
lospilal this week. i signatures for a petition and
I arranging to transport youngsters
The Cates’ lived at Bt. I, Uougc-jto the nation’s capital. ,
nont, with their 17 children. j At least one bu.sload of Durham
According to Sylvester Brooks,; young people will leave the city
around three a. m. Saturday for
National spon.sors of the March
said from New York that approx
imately 15,000 youngsters from all
over the country are cxpectcd to
converge on the nation's capital
for a “demonstration of the where
the nation's youth stands on a
basic Issue of democracy.”
Four of the marchers, two while
and two Negro, are .scheduled to
pre.sent a petition to President Ei-
morials, then proceed to Sylvan North -
scheduled to be held hcrcv Mon
day, April 27.
Falkner, 55, bondsman, of 133
aod QVBvaittM wiir
make their annual rc^ioirt.'r
Monday night a banquet honor-
Dudley Street, fomaHy I ^e SUte Pr«iel«ll will high-
theater wjiere they will be ad-1 filed as a candidate for the city ° ‘ eonvcnUon.
dressed by some of the leading council on April 2.
spokesmen for human rights, in-! i
eluding Dr. Martin King, A. Phil-' Deadline for filing for the race:
lip Randolph and editor Ralph Me- Wednesday of this week. |
Gin. I Falkner is a Greensboro native.
iraduated from Fisk
He is a member 01 St. James
Presbyterian Church, Omega Psi
served in the YMCA membership
Fo^ral Judg* V/ilMam H. Has
ti« of the U. S. Court of Appeals,
Philadelphia, will deliver North
Carolina College's 41th Com
mencement addresa in the Men's
Gymnasium at 11:00 a.m. on Tues
day, June 2.
Bishop Bertram W. Doyle of the
tth District Meth«dl*t Episcopal | was state senator from warren
Church, Nashville, wlW deliver the j County in 1889 and his mother was
Baccalaureate sermwi at 3:00 p.m. > once supervisor in the Guilford
on Sunday, May 31. County Schools.
Mrs. Ludmila Van Sombeek at
tended the Institute on Human Re
lations and Intergroup Understand
ing at the Johnson C. Smith Uni-
» w u u u K„ I versity in Charlotte, with her
campaigns of which he has been' i,.,...; .
u IT .u r .1. f ,1. ‘ friends of that city. iManv
chairman. He is the father of three „ amaj
educators, experts, and minister
participated in the prog;m.
President R. P. Perry pn-.sided
children and his wife is the form
er Margaret Evans of Salisbury,]
His late father, H. H. Falkner, j * *»rm welcome to all.
He also introduced Mis. Arnold
Hedgeman. former Assistant to the
Mayor of New York City who gave
d fine address.
Gixwip Opposes Morehead School Use
Delegation Presents Request To School Board Asking EliminatkNi Of
Segregation For Use As Solution ToProblem Of Crowded Schools Here
and other spokesmen representir.g
organizations affiliate with the
leadership Conference on Civil
Rights have joined in calling upon
(^)ngress to reject the so-called
l*ri)-'Civil rights bill intrmluced by Maj
ority Ix^ader Lyndon U. Johnson of
(.'oleman graduated from lliiinp-
ton in 1!)37 and went to work as
a leailier of Vocational Agricul-I
Testifying before the subcom
,, , , t, , , niittee on constitutional rights of
tiire in l!rrtie County. In Feijruary, ,, „ . .... „ ...
. A . '’ the iScnate Judiciary Committee
I!I41, he bccaine County Agent, re- ...
here Wilkins declared that “it
would be better to have no bill at
all than to have the Johnson bill.”
Tha Texan's propoMl, he said,
"suggests that constitutional rights
. I may ba bargained aw«y under a
placing J. C. Hubbard wlio was
transferred to Durham.
11c is a former president of the
North CJarollna Extension Work
ers Association, a Mason and
.Sliriner, lie is married to a Hamp
ton iiluinna, and they have two] conciliation progarm;
sons currently enrolled at Hamp-I Wilkins reiterated the NAACP
! endorsement of the bill introduced
Selection of the Ilamptonian of
the Year was the highlight of the
two-day convention which saw sev
hy Senator Paul Douglas (D., ILL.)
which “recognizes the necessity of
supporting affirmatively the 1954
eral key national alumni and. ^u'^ng of the Supreme Court and
Hampton Institute officials gather *•* Title VI authorises the De
al Franklinton Center for the
In addition to top alumni offi
cers from the state organization,
present were Hugh V. Brown, of
Goldsboro, pre^p3pnr*of The'na
tional alumni; S: J. Henderson, of
(I’lea.se turn to page 8).
partment of Justice, on its own
Initiative, to see^ preventive relief
to protect the constitutional rights
of citizens in all civil rights situa
tions, not merely in voting cases.”
WWWftra ■KWMNISTRAtrcJW'T^wra*^ tie cityr
The NAACP ■ ^okesman also to racial lines.
(IMease tunr Uo page Signers of the statement includ
A delegation of parents pre-
of Durham schools to prevent
overcrowding in several schools
The request was made before
Monday night's meeting of the city
board of cducaTTQh by some sue
civic and PTA organizations.
School board chairman Frank
Fuller told the delegation tliat'thc
city was “not ready” for l«tegra
Over 200 residents of the Pear
son, Burton, Whitted and Hl'aside
school districts, and representa
tives from Durham PTA Council,
NAACP and Committe on Negro
Affairs, were on hand to hear their
statement read by D. E^ic Moore,
spokesman for the delegation.
The statement specifically ask
ed thai the Board not consider use
of the old Morehead School to re
lieve overcrowded condHons in
Negro schools. It asked that the
board permit students, Negro or
white, to attend any conveniently
located school. "
It asked that the board re-dis-
trlct schpol areas so that Durham
school pupils, Negro or white, miy.
be able to attend any conveniently
ed L. B. Frasier, president of the
Durham PTA Council, an organiza
tion embracing the various Negro
PTA units; W. J. Walker, president
of the Whitted School PTA; F. W.
Scott, chairman of the Pearson
School Committee to Investigate
the Morehead School use proposal;
Mrs. V. W. Alston, President of
the Burton School PTA, and
Moore and W. A. Clement for the
Education Committee of the Dur
ham Committee on Negro Affairs.
students across' town after parents 1 Kegarding the double sessions
of affected children protested. '~nd transportation solutions, tke
The delegation’s statement made! statement had this to say:
it clear that none of these three' "Recently Owrfcam haa gana
solutions would be acceptable this, through iti lacowd aeiee of fMt-
year, and asked that the school | eral court lltigatiaw, mm mt wMth
districts be desegregated to solve; is to bring I* ap ond H** ricttl
The appearance before t h e 1
segregallon. This ik tHo
of unequal traalmaiil •(
tary Negro pwpih n Dwrttawt. katf
fall, c*rt«n IHM erasers wan
forced tom^orarHy •• aWgail
dowble-anaia« \ claaam. antf mm
those pwKih ar* rooM Mt of MWlr
Concentrating first on objections
to use of the Morehead school, the]
statement said that an investiga
tion had disclosed that the build
ing was unfit for use by school
. , . . I Among the reasons cited for its^own
^hool board was triggered by that unfitness were: (1) cracks in walls boing Mly
^y s consideration of a proposal, indicate P"'** »*«•• W •*»• «!•» tiMr
j structurally unsafe conditions; (2)[*^ aa if^ni
Burton | leakage through bricks and around: *T1*«y mmn Mm* . . . NMy
window sills; (3) lack of fire es-' a*»ijnait I# W. ft.
capes; (4) insufficient exits from School but (Hat laliaal ia
top floor auditoriuYii: (4) inade- boardln* staH«n #*r
quate lifhts; (7) unsanitary condi-i ••• Iki
tions in toilets; and (8) fire- School. OwaMPt«niM«a fv
prone flooring. | *• witn«a« itfiial
relieve overcrowding at
and Pearson elementary schools.
School iHMrd chairman Frank
Fuller rt-omphaslied at Monday
night's meeting that the board had
only thrvo chokes: (1 ) to
oporato double sessions at some of
the schools; (2) to transport stu-
dants across town to other Nogro
schools which have available
space; or (3) to ro-«pen Morehead
Tow of these remedies wero tried
last year to lessen overcrowding
at Peason Sshool. Double sessions
of the school term, but were later
Pointing out that the school
board in 1956 decided the More
head School was unfit for repair,
the statement asked:
"What has happened to make this
. . . building become suitable for
re-opening as a public school? . ..
The school board's reasons for
aref even more compellina
thoir cMiWren anrf ••
day contocH «Mk ^ntUn m m*
avoilaMo bet*wo «f ‘wk
The sUtw—Ht tkea
that the wl
ing problea fa*.
abandoned in favor of transporting '••re three years
rollmoMt f«r tto