THE COMPASS Published by Elizabeth City State College for Students and Alumni Elizabeth City, N. C., September, October, 1963 HOMECOMING! NOVEMBER 9 Assembly Speaker: Dr. Franklin Calls For Human Dignity The free world is better but nndest improvement is all that bs claimed at this juncture.” John Hope Franklin, distinguished historian-au.hir recer.tly returned from England, inaugurated the 1963- 64 Lyceum Season here in Moore Hall Auditorium on Sunday night, September 29 and gave this a; ment in lecturing on “The Challenge of Socio-Economic Change to Free World.” Speaking to a large audience which included students staff and towns people, Dr. FranMin discussed prob lems created by the myriad changes being experienced at mid-century world society and especially in own social order. Franklin said that the United States has veered to the left ir concepts of human dignity despite pronouncements of conservatives. The Nation’s most significant goverment- al shift, the historian said, is increased activity in the area of human rights. Franklin felt that this shift makes possible a closer approach to the real genius of the western world: (1) the opportunities its societies provide for self-improvement and (2) relative ly enlightened concepts of individual dignity. Excessive Solicitude The native Oklahoman whose choices of words and phrases were as precise as the angle of his bow tie, said that our country has as one of its problems its “almost excessive solicitude” about world events — its historian “sense of mission.” this would be a natural outgrowth of its “national conceit” which has involved it in the affairs of so many nations. Yet our chief product, democracy, is “not an exportable commodity” if it is not a widely used product at home, tha lecturer said. Amid the world community, America’s lapses in this regard are glaringly evident, he reported. The famed historian seemed to im ply that we may not now be as ‘Ugly Americans’ as we once were (due to various factors) but that our col lective visage is still far too ‘homely’ for the comfort of world-travelling ECSC Hears Kennedy Attorney General Robert Kenned; was the major speaker at the 50th an niversary convention of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority held August 12-18 at the Americana Hotel. New York City. Dorothy Baker, a native of Green ville, North Carolina and a Junioi Business Education Major, repre sented Delta Chi Chapter of Eliza beth City State College at this signi ficant event in the Sorority’s history. AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK November 10-16, 1963 Education Strengthens the Nation” \mericans wha must find answers to jearchirg qu;stions about the gaps between preachment and practice. Thj noted author called for eradi cation of glaring defects in the so cial order and for increased recog nition of the importance of the in dividual. Those who deny human rights, he said, are delinquent in human rela tions. The free world already has had ■'more than its share of deviations” from concepts of human dignity, he declared. Laursls and Warnings Professor Franklin congratulated the College on the manifest educa tional advances it has made since his first visit to it some two decades ago. However, he warned college stu dents that although opportunities for them are immeasurably greater now than formerly, it is incumbent upon Negro college students especially to assume increased responsibility for having skills and know-how to meet th se opportunities—to meet the chal lenges. He cited as one example a lack of personnel trained in Renais sance and Early European History. Visiting Professor The speaker had just returned from a year as William Pitt Visiting Pro fessor of American History at St. John's College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England. He is a frequent- ly-published author, his most recent book being Emancipation Proclama tion (1960). His From Slavery to Freedcm (two editions) is in wide usage as a text and as a source book. His Reconstruction —After the Civil War is an answer ;o the bias so often found in extant vvorks on the subject. Other works have been published. A former history professor at St. Augustine’s College (Raleigh), he has been History Chairman at Brooklyn College since 1957. Ulysses Bell, editor of The Com pass served as master of ceremonies for the lecture. Students Attend Organ Recital In Norfolk, Va. Ten students of Elizabeth City State College heard an organ recital at Christ and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Norfolk, Virginia, October 3, 1963. Fernando Germani of St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, was the organist. The organ, a 3-manual Casavant, was purchased at the cost of $70,000 and was dedicated the previous Sun day. Those attending were Judy Free man, Carolyn Thompson, Vaughan, Wilson Bryant. Phyllis Wright, Charlie Vau^an, Bonita Carr, Althea Blackwell, Gloria John son, Albert Thweatt. Miss Evelyn A. Johnson, Miss Edna L. Davis and Mr. Leonard Ballou accompanied the group. —Carolyn Thompson Our College Continues on the Move Architects’ drawing of proposed new women’s dormitory to accom- nodate 176 students. Having an area of 38, 646 square feet, the structure will feature lounges, studies, a kitchen, utility rooms and a suite for the director. Each room is handsomely equipped for two students. Our campus is also scheduled to have a men’s dormilory, the two campus living structures estimated to cost $825,000. These are expected to be completed by the end of 1964. Also proposed are a classroom building and a new library. Indicative of the growth and bustle on-campus are renovations of the old laundry building for Industrial Arts classes; renovation of Williams Hall (Health and Physical Education moved up stairs, Musiw expanded downstairs); temporary alleviation of crowded classroom conditions with strange subjects bei ig taught in the Cosmet ology Building and in the Infirmary. IBM equipment has arrived, ad ditional property and structures have been acquired, facilities are increasing to match a growing student body and various improvements on the grounds have been effected. Future renova tions are also expected involving the present Library and Lighthouse. Our College c-ontinues ON THE MOVE! Elizabeth City State Gains New Dean, Additional Staff Hugh Bullock, prize-winning art in structor whose paintings were on exhi bition at A. & T., October 19, shown with two amateur artists, Elsie Wil liams '63 and Geraldine Kidd '64. See next issue for an article on Mr. Bullock. To Mrs. Mitchell We are some very lucky students So fortunate to have as our friend Mrs. Mitchell, our congenial in structor. Who has only kindness to lend. She is really indispensable. She’s upright, loyal, and fair. Whenever she’s needed mostly. She manages to always be there. Possessing all favorable attributes Among them an abundance of She is the epitome of womanhood In its optimum form.. Mrs. Mitchell will ne’er be forgotten; Her kindness has been too profound; Thus 1 can proudly proclaim ''he’s the best instructor around. —Alzo Dr. Chi Kao Wang was assembly speaker on October 10. Topic “The Dispute Between Russia and Red China.” Dr. William E. Anderson, former chairman of th: Area of Education and Dir-ctor of Testing at Alabama State College, has begun duties here as Dean of the College. Anderson, whose experience includes the Dean- ship at Langston University (Okla homa) holds the rank of Professor of English, according to announce ments cf his and other appointments by President Walter N. Ridley. Dean And;rson holds degrees in English and in psychology from More house College, the University of Chi cago and Colorado State College. Serving as co-chairman of the De partment of Education and Professor of Education is Isaac C. Bracey, a graduate of South Carolina State Col lege, Temple University and the Uni versity of Oklahoma. Dr. Bracey comes to the college from Jackson College (Mississippi). Ward S. Winfield is the new chair man of the Industrial Arts Depart ment, including the Vocational-Tech nical Institute. Mr. Winfield is a grad uate of Saint Paul’s College and of A. & T. College. Additional appointees are Dr. Thel ma Hill Anderson, graduate of Langston University and the Univer sities of Kansas and Oklahoma (Pro fessor of psychology); Dr. Francis J. Merchant, holding degrees from Brooklyn College, City College of New York and New York University (Professor of English); Dr. Gloria B. Merchant, a graduate of Chicago Musical College, New Mexico High lands and the University of Iowa (As sociate Professor of music). The Compass also welcomes the fol lowing assistant professors and in structors. Assistant Professors: Mrs. Hazel G. Spellman, a graduate of Elizabeth City State College and the University of Pennsylvania with ad vanced study at the University of Chi cago (Superviser of Reading Services); James Hubert Townes, a graduate of Virginia State College, Marshall Col- (Continued on Page 4) ECSC Students In Protest Movement The Elizabeth City State College students opened the school year with non-violent demonstrations. The first day, with a heavy downpour of rain, there were six hundred student demo- strators. These demonstrations con tinued to increase during the follow ing week, reaching a height of 1500 students from the College and the city. The following week, 222 students were arrested and released without bond. They were charged with “tres passing and blocking the sidewalk.” The students appeared in court for trial on October 21, 1963. A new phase in the efforts to achieve equal rights for Negroes was realized when a truce was called be tween the student leaders and repre sentatives of the local Bi-Racial Com- The students decided to promote a “selective buying campaign” until the walls of segregation are eradicated. A deadline for meeting the students demands was set for November 9, 1963. The demands are as follows: 1. To be able to secure accommo dations and receive services from all business establishments serv ing the public, on the same basis as all other citizens in this city. 2. To participate in the cultural and recreational activities of Elizabeth City. 3. To be able to secure employ ment in industry, municipal government and business on the basis of abilities and without discrimination. 4. To have clear access to all edu cational institutions on all levels available in this community. 5. To be able to enter an edifice erected for the worship of God without restraint and with the freedom that we believe Christ would have exist. Governor’s Manison Visited Albert C. Robinson, Jr., was ap pointed by the president of the Stu dent Council to represent the stu dent body with Governor Sanford in the Governor’s Mansion in Raleigh, North Carolina. Many student leaders and civil rights leaders met for a discussion on “Demonstrations in North Carolina. As a result of the discussion, suggestions were given to bring about integration for the Negroes in North Carolina. Edna Harris Mitchell August 8, 1963

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