VOLUME XVI — NUMBER II
DURHAM, N. C., THURSDAY, OCT. 31, 1957
PRICE: 20 CENTS
College Expects 5,000 Alumni For Homecoming
By PERRY R. LEAZER
Some five thousand alumni are expected to return to Durham
Saturday for their Homecoming visit to NCC.
Highlighting the Homecoming Activities is the football game
between the NCC Eagles and the Bears of Shaw University. Game
time is 2 p. m. on O’Kelly Field.
In honor of the occasion, the college, together with the Dur
ham Business and Professional Chain and the Durham populace
have joined forces in an effort to make the 1957 Homecoming
a memorable one. The Chain is currently celebrating Trade
Week, in conjunction with NCC’s homecoming.
(The Alumni have set up a central office in the Men’s Gym
nasium on the first floor?.
Deputy Grand Marshall Robert Stevens and his aides have
been planning Saturday’s activity for over a month, and the
prospects are for the best in the college’s history.
In addition to the game and parade, which throws the spot
light on “Miss Homecoming” attractive Barbara Overton, Eden-
ton sophomore, numerous other functions designed to appeal to
alumni and students have been planned.
Pep rallies have been led by the various classes all week and
on tomorrow the “funeral of the Bears” will be held. Rites will be
solemly conducted in B. N. Duke Auditorium. Also, the annual Bon
Fire and pep rally are to be staged Friday night.
Floats for the parade will be assembled at the Durham Athletic
Park at 9 a. m. and the parade will be led to O’Kelly Field, scene
of the grid clash, beginning at 11:00.
There will be a Homecoming Dance for Alumni, students and
faculty members in the Women’s Gym Saturday night from 8-12,
and the Annual Homecoming Alumni Dance at W. D. Hill com
munity Recreation Center on Fayetteville Street beginning at 9
The parade, which will feature floats from local business estab
lishments and those representing campus organizations, will pro
ceed down Morris Street to Main, east on Main down Roxboro, south
on Roxboro to Pettigrew, east on Pettigrew to Fayetteville Street,
and will enter the Athletic Field at the entrance opposite Lawson
High Scy@ls J^in iwat Press Group
Hilda - ^^MISS ISCC”
Warrenton Co-ed Crowned
In a regal ceremony staged in B. N. Duke Audi
torium on October 18, Hilda Harris, Warrenton sen
ior co-ed was crowned “Miss NCC.” Hilda is the
fourth woman in the school’s history to be so
Preceding Hilda as the college’s official elected
representative are Delphine
Webber, Arnee Dupree, and
Shirley Williams. - . -
A voice major, Hilda is a
member of the North Carolina
College Choir, W.A.A., the Stu
dent Government, and Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority. She also
serves as a senior counselor and
Senior-at-Large of the Steering
Committee of the Women’s Stu
Attendants to Miss NCC were
Rhoda Plummer, Margaret An
derson, Roberta Hodge, Jean
Stone, Verdell Tedder, Doris
Brown, and Gloria Humphrey.
Hilda is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Charles F. Harris of
Warrenton, North Carolina.
Membership applications for
high schools in the Carolinas
and Virginia started coming in
last week to the office of South
eastern Scholastic Publications
Association, a group being spear
headed among high schools by
the Campus Echo.
SSPA received its initial kick-
off at the Echo Publications Con
ference last April and was or
ganized by a volunteer group of
high school advisers in June.
Mrs. Ruth Tillman, assistant
adviser to the Panther, news-
Dr. Mays Is Founder's Day Speaker
Dr. Benjamin Mays, president
of Morehouse College, Atlanta,
Ga., and one of the nation’s out
standing Baptist clergymen, will
deliver the 10th Founder’s Day
address here Monday, Novemben
4, at 11 a.m.
Students ahd alumni will join
in memorializing the late Dr.
James E. Shepard, who founded
NCC in 1910 and served as presi
dent until his death in 1941.
Traditional graveside rites at
Beechwood Cemetery after the
speech and the annual meeting
of the Shepard Memorial Foun
dation at 4 p.m. in Room 104 of
the Administration Building are
other features of the day.
Founder’s guests and visiting
dignitaries will be entertained at
the annual president’s luncheon
given by Dr. and Mrs. Alfonso
Dr. Mays is an honor graduate
of Bates College. He received his
M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the
University of Chicago.
He has been granted some
eight honorary degrees from
some of the leading colleges in
Prior to becoming president of
Morehouse College on July 1,
1940, Dr. Mays served as dean
of the School of Religion at How
Dr. Mays has published fivei
books .including “The Negro’s
God”, “Seeking to be Christian
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paper at Person County High
School in Roxboro, was elected
president of the association. Mrs.
M. T. Lakin of Hillside, Durham,
was elected secretary; Mr.
George Thorne, NCC, treasurer;
and Mrs. Evelyn H. Monk and
Mrs. Virginia Hart, Robert L.
Vann High School, Ahoskie, and
Mrs. Inez B. Evans, Central High
School, Whiteville, regional di
H. G. Dawson, Echo adviser,
was named executive secretary,
and with C. R. Stanback, local
businessman, he will edit
PRESSTIME, official journal.
At a meeting two weeks ago in
SSPA headquarters on the
second floor of the James E.
Shepard Library, the association
was divided into five districts
along the lines of the North,
Carolina Teachers Association.
In addition to the original
planners, Mrs. A. B. Cobb, Mer-
rick-Moore High School, Dur
ham; Mrs. John Davis, West
Charlotte High; Miss L. M.
Jones, Mary Potter High School,
Oxford; and R. E. Stewart, Dur
ham Business School, worked on
the constitution and projected
plans for the organization and
for the publications conference
to be held next April.
Membership in SSPA is open
to all secondary and junior high
schools which have or are plan
ning to publish either newspa
pers or yearbooks.
The organization is designed
to assist publications advisers
and students to improve their
publications and to help organize
newspapers and yearbooks
where none now exist. It has an
elaborate plan of services, in
cluding a publication, access to a
materials and information center
at NCC, a critical service for
newspapers and yearbooks, as
sistance in organizing and im
proving newspapers and year
books, and a voluntary awards
Membership fee is $5.00 per
The membership fee entitles
both advisers and students who
work on the high school news-
organ staff to membership in the
association and to wear the offi
cial badge. It also makes the
member eligible to receive, ser-
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“Bafe” — “Miss Homecoming”
Bab Overton Reigns Today
Charming Barbara Overton, Edenton sopho
more, will reign Saturday as “Miss NCC Home
Bab won the title over Zenobia Newton, Wil
mington junior, and Ruth Pierson, Philadelphia
senior, in a campus-wide election last week. The
three candidates were previous
ly chosen by the Letterman’s^
Club, an organiza‘iIKi-“'jr'
“Miss Homecoming of 1957”
is third in a family of six child
ren. Her oldest brother is cur
rently enrolled at A and T Col
Since enrolling at NCC Bar
bara has excelled academically
and socially. A mathematics ma
jor, she made the honor roll her
freshman year. Although she de
votes much time to studying,
Barbara has been engaged in nu
merous activities, including dor
mitory government, YWCA., and
the Pyramid Club of Delta Sig-
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Professor Represents Ike In Liberia
Dr. Helen G. Edmonds, gradu
ate professor of history, repre
sented the United States at the
recent dedication of a new capi-
tol building in Liberia. i
Dr. Edmonds was personally
chosen by the President of the
United States, Dwight D. Eisen
hower. The NCC professor gain-
ed national attention by second
ing Mr. Eisenhower’s nomiAation
for a second term at the 1956 Re
publican convention in San
The dedication in Monrovia,
Liberia, was held October 20-22.
Dr. Edmonds traveled to and
from the African Republic by
A nativ«p of LawrenceviUe,
Va., Dr. Edmonds received her
B.A. degree from Morgan State
College, Baltimore, Md., and the
M.A. and Ph.D degrees from
Ohio State University.
She has done postgraduate
work in history on a Ford Foun
dation grant at Heidelburg Uni
versity in Germany.
The author of numerous ar
ticles and a book “The Negro in
Fusion Politics in North Caro
lina,” she was a special consul
tant for the U.S. State Depart
ment in West Germany in 1954-