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NUMBER 3
JJonler EducatoFa^llliErLTaiier Rounds Out
iFifty Years of Extraordinary Service to our Race
"Operation Europe,”
Mrs. Josephine H. Kyles
Dr. Charlotte Hawkins”
I Brown, who has been a Sedalia
for approximately 50 years as
head of the institution, is re
tiring at the end of this aca-
[ demic year. She has been, as
we all know, one of the fore
most educators in our country
and has been working for
sound educational principles
of democracy not only for
American citizens but for citi
zens around the world.
Dr. Brown has maintained
the highest moral and social
standaids for her students.
This she has done in a swift
changing society that has not
always put moral and personal
welfare first. Even through
the depression years she held
on to the eternal verities and
the records of her students in
all educational walks of life
ai'e ones of which we are
proud.
Those of us who have been
associated with Dr. Brown
tlirough the years as friends or
colleagues have admired her
rare courage, refinement and
foresight.—Dr. Flemmie Kit-
trell. Howard University. Feb
ruary 25, 1952.
DR. CHARLOTTE HAWKINS BROWN
On February 2, 1947, Dr. Frank P. Gra
ham, at that time President of the Uni
versity of North Carolina, made the
following statement:
For the past fifteen years I have had
intimate knowledge and association with
the work of the Palmer Memorial Insti
tute located less than fifty miles from the
University of North Carolina.
I take great pride in my trusteeship
and am uniting with the Board to encour
age and help Dr. Brown reach the $100,000
goal which will go a long way towards the
substantial support this institution will
require to continue its fine job of educat
ing young Negro boys and girls to a sense
of their responsibilities in the new world
which is ahead of them.
Her spirit and good judgment have held
together through the years outstanding
men and women of the North and South,
in developing one of the most useful insti-
tulions foi- Negi-oeis in this country.
Through these ypai's she h.ns rendered
The extraordinary work of Mrs, Jose
phine H. Kyles, Director of Christian
Education, Washington Federation of
i Churches, for the past decade, has recently
I received international recognition through
I her appointment as technical advisor to
! Chaplain (Major General) Charles I.
i Carpenter, USAF, Chief of Air Force
I Chaplains. Superbly efficient and qualified
! for the assignment, Mrs. Kyles will direct
“instructional work for the training of
teachers in ... a religious education pro
gram." designed for “the training of the
children of Air Force families stationed"
in Europe.
It is by no means surprising, yet highly
gratifying, that Mrs. Kyles should be
chosen for this significant task, for
through her extensive and highly suc
cessful e.xperience in the field of Christian
Education in the nation's capital, she has
demonstrated her ability to do a thorough
ly satisfactory job for the training of
teachers as indicated.
In order that Mrs. Kyles be made avail
able for this specific task, it svas necessai’y
for Dr. Frederick E. Reissig, Executive
Secretary of the Washington Federation
of Churches, to grant her a leave of ab
sence from her exacting duties in Amer
ica. And, while she will be greatly missed
for a while from her work in Washington,
the importance of her work in Europe
fully justifies the sacrifice of Mrs. Kyles
therefor.
And this eminent leader and authority
in the field of Christian Education will
not only be missed by her associates in
Washington, but also by the nation at
large and specifically by the African
Methodist Episcopal Zion Church which
has so signally benefitted through the
years from her extraordinary ability and
conti'ibution in the field of Social Action
in national church affairs. And it is with
significant pleasure that ‘The Star of
Zion." on behalf of her countless friends
in the church, congratulates her upon this
deseiwed honor and distinction. We wish
for Mrs. Kyles, and we are most confident
she shall have great success in her task
abroad, for she is an indefatigable work
er. with an amazing capacity for efficient
and sustained effort in whatever she un
dertakes. And, when her work in Europe
through accredited auditors, and has
given evidence that every' penny has been
carefuUy spent
From an old shanty to imposing build
ings worth a half million dollars is a long
hard road, but the trustees have stood by
with their time and their means to en
courage her at every step.
Dozens of testimonials like these could
be quoted here. Space forbids. To get the
real life story of Dr. Brown s life and
achievement, both illuminating and in
spiring is the following clipping from an
old Boston Herald quoted twelve years
ago in the Charlotte Observer.
“One spring day on the sti'eets of Cam
bridge, Massachusetts, a little brown skin
girl was wheeling a baby carriage and
reading Virgil. She was a senior in the
English high school of that city and was
trying to earn money to purchase extra
things wanted for graduation. is successfully completed, as we are cer-
Along came ^L■s. Alice Freeman Palm- i tain it will be. we shall rejoice to see her
trnf-tpH TO tbi.s girl, whom resume her place in Washington and her
    

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