Welcomes 54th Annual Session Of ATA
Graham, Gray Are Main Speakers
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VOLUME 4 — NUMBER 4
DURHAM, N. C., SUNDAY, JULY 28, 1957 PRICE: 20c
Begins Aug. 5
Four courses in four different
areas make up the calendar fort
the three-week post session of
the Summer School which be
gins August 5, according to Dr^
J. H. Taylor, director.
In a release from the Sum
mer School Office last week.
Dr. Taylor pointed out that
classes will be conducted daily
as usual in the Classroomi
Building and Library. EacW
class will meet three hours
daily and each will yield three
semester hours of credit.
Each person is limited to one
course in the 'post session.
On the calendar are onei
course each in Education, His
tory, Sociology and Library;
Science. These courses include:
Education S542, History of
American Educational Thought:
The Twentieth Century, History
S572, Intellectual and Social
History of the United States,.
Sociology S500, American So
cial Problems in the Twentieth
Century and Library Science
531, Foimdations of Library
Registration for the post ses
sion will be held Monday, Au
gust 5, at 8:00 in the Admin
GREETINGS FROM THE PRESIDENT
I am pleased to welcome members of the American Teach
ers Association to the North Carolina College at Durham. We
are honored to have you as our guests.
Those of you who are acquainted with the history of the
North Carolina College know that the college is the realization
of the dream of a great man, Dr. James E. Shepard. Before the
word “integration” came into prominence in connection with
school situations, Dr. Shepard believed in and encouraged the
development of the concept of the equality of man.
We did not know during the early days of the college that
the meaning and understanding of freedom and equality would
develop as rapidly as they have. We are glad, however, that
what is happening in terms of a greater appreciation for the
worth and dignity of every human being is in a real sense a
fulfillment of the original aims and purposes of the college.
The American Teachers Association has witnessed and
promoted a variety of desirable changes in education during
its many decades of existence. The degrees of freedom and
opportunity which we now enjoy are, in many instances, the
direct result of the efforts of this Association. We at NCC join
with others in our community in expressing our gratitude for
the contribution which this Association has made to the wel
fare of the teachers throughout our country.
As the opportunities which we enjoy today are to a large
extent the result of efforts exerted in the past, it is our hope
that what is done here during this session of the Association
will not only be inunediately significant but also will begin a
course of thinking and acting which will result in new and
higher concepts of freedom and equality for future generations.
If we at North Carolina College can do anything to pro
vide an environment for the fullest possible realization of the
potentialities of this meeting, we should be happy. You have
the best wishes of every member of our school community.
ALFONSO ELDER, President
Principals-Supervisors Hold Meet
The Annual Principals - Super
visors Conference will be in ses
sion here Monday and Tuesday,
it was announced by Dr. J. H.
Taylor and the planning com
mittee for this year’s session.
Principals and supervisors
from throughout the state are
meeting this year in conjunction
with the American Teachers As
sociation’s 54th annual conven
Two speakers have been listed
by the planning committee: Dr,
Robert B. Myers, associate pro
fessor of education at the Univ
ersity of Florida, and Dr. Leo W.
Jenkins, vice president of East
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Dr. Theodore R. Speigner, President
The American Teachers Assn.
North Carolina College
To the members and guests of the American
Teachers Association assembled in their 54th
Convention, I send greetings. Those who have
dedicated their lives to the teaching of our chil
dren merit the respect and appreciation of all
Americans. Guided by the light of knowledge,
the people of our land will continue to progress
from generation to generation.
Best wishes for a successful meeting.
DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
Carolina College, Greenville.
Myers will speak to the group
Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the
Education Building on “Educa
tional Leadership in an Age of
Automation,” and Jenkins will
speak Tuesday at. 10 a. m. on
“The School Board and Its Role
in Improving Educational Lead
Mr. J. H. Twitty, principal of
the John Chavis School in Cher-
ryville, is chairman of the prin-
cipals-supervisors session which
is sponsored jointly by the NCC
Summer School and the Prin
cipals - Supervisors Section of
Cooperating with Taylor and
Twitty are W. L. Bradsher, Dur
ham; R. H. Cherry, Fremont; H.
D. Cooper, Ahoskie; F. J. Corbett,
Armour; Dr. Samuel E. Duncan,
Raleigh; Mrs. Maude M. Jeffers,
Catawba; S. O. Jones, Salisbury;
C. B. Stewart, Kinton; and Mrs.
Rae Rudd Williams, Fayetteville.
North Carolina College and the city of Durham play host
today through Tuesday to the American Teache^;s Association
in its 54th annual convention.
The college has rolled out the welcome mat to the 54
year-old association which boasts some 25,000 members in 31
states and the District of Columbia. Some 800 are expected to
attend this year’s meeting, according to Dr. T. R. Speigner,
Dr. Speigner, professor of geography here and state direc
tor of Resources-Use Education, has outlined an extensive pro
gram featuring outstanding speakers, a series of workshops—
discussion groups, and social and recreational activities.
The keynote speaker, who will be heard this evening at
7:30 in the convention’s first general session, is Dr. Frank P.
Graham, official mediator for the United Nations. Dr. Graham
was at one time (1930-49) president of the Greater University
of North Carolina and was organizer and first president
(1946-49) of the Oak Ridge Institute for Nuclear Studies.
At a special convocation tomorrow morning at 11, Mr.
Robert M. Gray, special assistant to Sherman Adams in the
office of President Eisenhower, will adddress the convention.
Gray has had a varied career
in education, journalism, business
Both speakers will concentrate
in their addresses on the ATA
All Our Human Resources
The public is invited to these
and other general session which
will be held in the B. N. Duke
President Speigner, who is
chairman of the program com
mittee, told the ECHO this week
that the college, the Summer
School, and business and pro
fessional organizations in Dur
ham are cooperating “to make
this a memorable convention for
This marks ATA’s third meet
ing here — the first since 1946.
The convention first met here in
Dr. H. Coxmcill Trenholm told
the Echo last week that the As-
scfiation boastsi over 2,500 mcm
bers in North Carolina, a state
total second only to that of Ala
bama, which registers over 6,000
members annually. The 1936
convention was held in Atlanta,
Georgia and utilized the facilities
of Spelman, Clark, Morehouse,
and Atlanta University.
Dr. Trenholm is execntive
secretary of the Association,
and Dr. Joseph H. Taylor,
director of the NCC Summer
School, is a member of its
board of trustees. Dr. Tren
holm is pj’esident of the Ala-
bam State College in Mont
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FRANK P. GRAHAM
ROBERT K. GRAY
GREETINGS TO A. T. A.
A hearty welcome is extended to the officers, delegates,
and members of the American Teachers Association who are
our guests for their 54th annual convention.
The American Teachers Association has had a long and
honorable career. It was born in a dark period of race relations
in the United States. The rising spirit of caste had completely
enveloped the South with the passage of the Day Law in Ken
tucky. Lynchings were taking place in record numbers. Pub
lic support for the education of Negroes on the secondary and
collegiate levels was at the lowest possible point. In the coun
try as a whole property rights transcended human rights in
spite of the vigorous campaign of Theodore Roosevelt. Liead-
ership in race and labor relations and in the areas of social wel
fare was expected to be “safe and sane.”
It \^as in such an atmosphere that the American Teachers
Association first breathed the breath of life. That it has sur
vived to the day when the old order is gradually approaching
the brim; when it is no longer politic or expedient to brow
beat — to abuse — to exploit; when the doctrine that all men
are endowed with inalienable rights (education being one);
and when the sons and daughters of American mothers and
fathers, regardless of station in life, can hold up their heads
and not be ashamed — is due to the farsightedness, faith,
patience, and wisdom of its founders. A great and noble heri
tage has been bequeathed to their successors now in conven
J. H. TAYLOR
Director of the
DR. J. H. TAYLOR