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FREEDOM RDERS WONT STOP--K
Mom Jailed In
Bed Set Aflame
A 29 y«ar old Durham mother
was jailed oh inveisUgation (rf
manslau^ter by Durham law en
forcement officers after her five
weeki old dftu^ghtcr reportedly
burned and suffocated to death.
She is Mrs. Donnie Mae Barbed,.
oi 909 Kaset Proctor Street.
, Her Infant daughter, Deborah,;
..'Was rushed to Lincoln hospiti^
early Sunday morning where she
^waa pronounced dead on atrivaU
County Coroner Dr. D. R. Perry
•aid the infant suffered second
'degree burns on her chest, neck.
r Police quoted the baby’s father
Itobert Barbee, 29, as saying his
wife had been drinking hiavily
before they went to bed and tha^;
•he had been smoking a cigarette
before he went to sleep.
' He reportedly said he woke up
fbout 8:30 a.m. Suiriay and dis
covered the bed was on fire, at
which time he grabbed the baby
and tried to rouse his wife.
While he reported the fire, his
brother, Lewis Barbee, of the
lame address, rushed the baby to
the hospital, where . she as pro
Fireman said the mattress of
the bed w^s badly damaged.
Neither Barbee nor his wife, both
of whom were sleeping in the bed
with the infant, were injured.
VOLUME 37—No. 21
itotum Pottafl* OuarantMd
DURHAM, N. C, SATURDAY, MAY 27» TMI
IT'S GRADUATION TIMC
The Ume has come for acade-
m i c processions, commencement
speeches and the awarding of
sheepskins as schools throughout
America prepare to send another
class out to face life.
In Durham, the Brame sisters
(below), of Onslow Street, try
on their robes as they expect to
join the long list of high school
graduates next week in this area.
Lana, extreme left, adjusts mortar
board for sister Claudette, while
Constance looics on. Lana and
Constance are members of the
Hillside graduating class, while
Claudette expects to be the third
member of her race to graduate
from integrated Durham high. All
are daughters of Mr. and Mrs. L.
On Jimcro Sei
MONTGOMERY, Ala.—The Rev.
Ralph Abernathy, president of the
Montgomery Improvement Associa
tion and Wyatt Tee Walker, Exe-
coive Director of the Southern
Leadership Conference said in a
joint statement this week “The
Freedom Ride Will Not Stop.
Groups from all parts of the na
tion will travel by bus throu^
tt>e South to determine whether
See WONT STOP, frA
Alamance Picks Queen
tlie summer strategy for Dur-
|tani movie theater and employ
ment discrimination movement
will bet Miapped hi a meeting
scheduled for Tuesday, iaccording
to of -tlie movement.
»John Edwards, spokesman for
the student-inspired protests, an
nounced thtt the members of Dur
ham Youth Crusaders in the city
Would decide on a course of ac
tion for the summer at Tuesday’s
meeting, set for St. Joseph’s at
Members of the six student
NAACP groups have manned pic
ket lines in front of two Durham
movie theatres and five Durham
stores, protesting segregation at
the theaters and discriminatory
employment practices at the
Edwards explained that the
strategy meeting became necessa
ry because many of the students
now taking part in the'*Jfcotests
expect to return home for the
summer or leave Iturham in
search of summer jobs. Five of
the students groups now involved
in the movement are made up of
college students from out of the
See TACTICS, 6-A
UHDA MAXt WM.S^'
MIh Alamaiw* CjMnty^ ''
Witmington, Del. Mayor Apologizes
TaAME Zion Church for Race Bias
WILMINGTON, Dela—The l^th
annual session of the Philadelphia-
Baltimore Conference, A. M. E.
Zion Church, the first ever held
here, wiil go down as one of the^
most remarkable for the cause of
freedom ever held. This will be
due to the fact that the presiding
prelate. Bishop R. L. Jones, and
the delegates, gave discrimina
tion one of the biggest blows that
it has eve/ had in the state of
Four members of the confer
ence, Dr. J. H. Satterwhite, Pro
fessor of Theology, Wesley Theo
logical Seminary, Washington, D.
C.; Rev. John C. Bruce, Washing
ton, D. C.; Rev. William Seals,
Washington, D. C. and Chaplain-
Major W. D. Shakespeare Barrett,
United States Army, entered the
Kelley Restaurant, 1200 Washing
ton Street and asked to be served.
They were told by the waitress
that she had been instructed by
the management that Negroes
were not to be served at the tabl
es and that the only thing she
could do was to wrap them up
some sandwiches and they would
have to take them out.
The quartet raised a protest and
walked out. This act set off a
battle that ended with the Mayor
See DELAWARE, 6-A
Durhamites Pay Tribute to N. A. Cheek as He
Prepares to Retire from Principal's Position
N. A. Cheek, retiring principal
of Pearson sc(iool, of Durham,
was honored at a banquet at the
school cafeteria last Friday night
by the school’s faculty.
Tributes from several persons
In the community and .public
school teachers in Durham were
made to the veteran educator dur
ing the program.
They came from the Rev. Miles
Mark Fisher, pastor of White
Rock Baptist Church; W. J. Hollo,
way, president of the Pearson
PTA; Mrs. Mildred Amey, retired
teacher of Pearson school; Mrs.
Medessa Justice, administrative
staff member at Pearson; and Mrs.
Celia Davidson, member of the
current school faculty.
Cheek was also presented a gift
from the Pearson teac^iers by C.
The Durham educator was
scheduled to receive another hoo*
or this week at a program spon
sored by the Pearson school PTA.
This affair, scheduled for Thurs
day night, was to give an addi
tional tribute to the retiring prin
Cheek has been a principal in
See CHEEK, 4-A
DURHAM (CIAA NEWS SER
VICE)—The 16 member Central
Intercollegiate Athletic "• Associa
tion has appropriated $15,000 to
set up a ■'Commissioner’s office.
CIAA president Leroy;.T. Walker,
professor of education at North
Carolina Collegeme, made the an
nouncement in Durham Thursday.
See CIAA, 4-A
GRAHAM—Graceful and talent-
ed Linda Faye Wilson, a 17 ||8ar
old' Graham high ^ool juiibr,
was crowned '‘Miss AlamaOce
County here Saturday night. '
Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. '\^al-
ter Wilson, of Rt. 1, Burlington,
the statuesque, aub»|m - haired
queen won the title largely on
her supe)*b poise and talent. "
Although she placed in the tost
five in each of the contest’s lour
divisions of competitiofi, she _put
across her winning margin invthe
SEE SECTION C
For Additiomd jPict^efl
talent competition, which she i^on.
Miss Wilson modeled a ^y-
time-beach wear-evening ensen^le
which she ^eaigned aod madej
RuUner-u^ to tte title WfS sh(fce-
ly Carolyn Catter, 17 year ifcld
Carter, of K. 5, tedington. She
captured first place in the swim
Pretty Hilda Maxine ^ilson, 16,
placed third. She was awarded the
title of “Miss Promotion” for her
prize winning effq^ in helping
to promote the pa|ea'nt.
Hilda ,jls,i )^e ' ^gfiter of i Mr
'k(nd' |1j^e!)f"!W|illtjon, of 1007
:iti, ; -
other* w|io’ were Glenda
Kay Phillips, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Garfield Phillips, fourth;
and Patsy Ruth Ckirry, daughter
of Mrs. Nellie Griffith, of Glen
Raven, fifth. ,
Elsie Marie Spaulding, Graham
high junior, was given the title of
“Miss Congeniality” by her con
testant colleagues. Hie only award
not voted by judges, this prize is
determined by a vote of all the
Talentend daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Dow Spaulding, the 16 year
old proved her right to this award
when she gracefully acc^ted a
ruling by the contest directors
which, for all practical purposes,
eliminated her from serious con
tention just when she appeared to
have a good chance to capture it.
She came to the last round of
competition in a tie for third
place. But she dre\r a penalty of
SO points when the contest rules
committee ruled that she was
guilty of an infraction in the
’The action prevented Elsie from
picking up additional points in
the final round of competition.
Only the top five contestants are
eligible for the final (round.
The choice of Linda Wilson for
See QUEEN, 2-A
AME's Bishop Reid to Address Local Observance
Of May, 1954 Supreme Court Education Decision
■pie Rt. Rev. Frank M. Reid, i in' Durham on Sunday afternoon
prmding bishop of the second-] at a program in obs^aace of the
A.MJ:; Church aistri'cl, will spo^fSupreiA'(n56urt'a6e1fa'on on segte-
Church Women Dies
WASHINGTON, D. C. — Mrs.
Nannie Burroughs, pibsident of
the women’s auxiliary of the Na
tional Baptist Convention, was
scheduled to be eulogized here
■¥ The venerable church leader
and educator died here Saturday.
The women’s Baptist auxiliary,
over which Mrs. Burroughs pre
sided, was composed of some>^,-
000,000 members. It is thought to
be the largest Negro women’s
group in America.
Mrs. Burroughs compiled a for
midable career in education, pub
lic service and religion.
Today s Challenge for Parents is
Theme of Durham's Jack-Jill Meet
Today’s Challenge for Parents”
is the theme of the Mid-Atlantic
region of Jack and Jill, Inc., meet
ing here at North Carolina Col
lege’s Law School on Friday and
Saturday, June 9 and 10.
Mrs. Ray N. Moore, president
of Durham’s host chapter today
announced that Mrs. Eva Hamlin
Miller of Greensboro and Mrs.
Burma A. Whitted of Washington,
D. C., will be among principal
Mrs. Miller, director of the Mid-
Atlantic Region, will preside at
the opening business session at 2
p.m. on Saturday, June 9. Mrs.
Whitted will lead a “Chapter pro
blems” discussion during the first
Registration starts earlier at 9
a.m. and continues through 5 p.m.
Mrs. Whitted will also have
charge of the “orientation to work
shops” Saturday morning (June
10) from 9 to 9:45 a.m.
Among opening day activities
are a luncheon from 12 noon to
1:30 p.m. in NCC’s Science'Build
ing followed by a 5.p.m. dinner
at the same site.
B. N. Duke Auditorium at NCC
will be the scene of the Durham
chapter’s play “Full Steam Ahead
—SS Jack and Jill” from 7 p.m.
to 9:30 p.m. on Friday.
J a nd J’s party for guests will
See JACK AND JILL, 6-A
gation in education.
The program is schednM' fw
the White Rewl^Baptiii AURli iSH^^-
It is sponsored by the Durham
branch of the NAACP. The pro
gram is part of a series of observ
ances throughout the country
commemorating the May 17, 1949
decision of the U. S. Supreme
Court. In that decision, the Court
ruled segregation by race in pub-
lic education ts a-demal of consti
Bishop Reid is one of the most
militant high ranking Negro cler
gymen in the South. He i became
famous for his opposition to racial
discrimination in South Carolina,
where for 16 years he served as
bishop in the AME Church.
He is currently residing at Kit-
trell where he directs the affairs
of the second district.
Several prominent Durham min
isters will also take part in Sun
day’s program. They are the Rev.
Miles Mark Fisher, host pastor,
and the Reverends William Fuller,
H. Albert Smith, L. P. Perry and
Rev. Fuller is president of the
a directive froni Marfl*
King, Jr., Pn»Utat. tte
em Chriatiaa Leadersfilp
ence, from bis tempoyrjr
quarters in Montgam^,
the Atlanta affier tt SCLC
started the machinery for
ing an intensified, large
on segregation in the bard-con
states of the South.
South Carolina, GeorEte, Ala
bama, Mississippi, and Loaisiaiui
arie included in the states afaiast
which the assault will be lauarted.
A coordinating committee cob-
sisting of Wyatt T. Walker, Direct
or of SCLC, James Farmer, Na
tional Director of CORE, Ed King,
Executive Secretary of the St»,
dent Non-Violent Cofflpdioirti^
Committee, and Diane Nash, of
Fisk University, Nashville, Ten
nessee, has been formed aod will
operate from Montgomery, Ala.
This Freedom Ride Coordfaiat-
ing Committee will have its head
quarters in Montgomery and will
organize the ride activitiea through
out the nation.
Following a press conference
held by Dr. King and other lead
ers, this committee was formed -
and given the task of continuing
the Freedom Ride started
Dr. King pledged his full sup
port and the entire resources of
SCLC to implement this crusade
against segregation. He said:
"It mwst be mad* clear lo Hm
nation and Mte Sowtfc in parti
cular, that American eitixaiis
See MORE ACTION, 6-A
Clubs to Meet
meat Spreafe Through Fadlnted
Club Wsmen” will be the tbem
of the annual state iside meeting
of the North Carolina FederatioB
of Women's Clubs; to be held
here on June 1 through June 3.
The convention theme was an
nounced this week by Mrs. Fannie
T. Newsome, of Rich Square,
s^olKsman for tiM organiatiaB.
The meeting opens Jieirc on
Thursday evening with an «pMCU-
tive board dinner at 6:30 and _
will continue through Satu^^y/
Cleveland County Training
School, at 341 Hudson street, will
be headquarters for the conven
A highlight of the coaventimi
will be the public program Fri
day night which will be address
ed by B(rs. Rosa Gragg, af De
troit, Mich., national president of
the Association of Colored Wom
A native of Haatptoa, Ga.. Mrs.
Gragg built an outstanding career
in education in bw native state.
She was given aa award in 1960
See CONVENTtON, 6-A
STAR AND STARLETS—Two o»
North Carolina Callaga'a out
standing coeds exchansa smilas
with and get the autograph of
Jim Brown, famed grid hara of
the Cleveland Prawns
sianal foeMball taaaa, wha «isi^
ad tlia NCC caiwpiia this waak.
Tha coeds ara Batty tattle, Mt,
tha best draasyd girt at NCC,