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"Listen to 07ir Clarion Watchtvord—We are Lifting As We Climb”
MARCH, 1956
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AT DISTRICT MEETING—Mrs. L. J. Bost, vice-president Southwestern Dis
trict Federation of Negro Women’s Clubs; Mrs. Rose D. Aggrey, president, North
Carolina Federation of Negro Women’s Clubs; Mrs. Maggie L. Jones, vice-president,
North Carolina Federation of Negro Women’s Clubs; Miss E. A. Bridges, president.
Southwestern District Federation of Negro Women’s Clubs; and John R. Larkin,
Consultant, North Carolina Department of Public Welfare.
300 Persons Attend Work Conference of the
Southwestern District Under Direction of
Miss Ezra A. Bridges
Children Born Out of Wedlock became
a major concern of more than 300 repre
sentatives of the Southwestern District
Federation of Negro Women’s Clubs at
their first annual Work Conference held
Sunday afternoon at the Cleveland Train
ing School.
John R. Larkin, consultant. North Caro
lina Department of Public Welfare,
pointed up illegitimacy, as the state’s No. 1
problem at present, and urged all clubs
in the various communities to lend a hand
in the solution.
The following areas were explored in a
discussion period which followed the
opening session: race improvement
through planned motherhood, with Miss
Thelma McVea, home agent and Mrs. Dora
Humphrey, supervisor of Gaston County
Schools as leaders; better observance of
the Sabbath, Mrs. A. E. Hayley, Concord;
the ballot, its uses and advantages, the
Rev. Georse Leak, pastor of Waddell
Chapel AME Zion Church; principles of
democratic living, Clarence Palmer, di
rector of Holly Oak Park; what can be
done to promote the work of the South
western District Federation, Mrs. E. B.
Baucum, Concord; and U. G. Whitworth,
coordinator, Shelby.
Mrs. Rose D. Aggrey, president. North
Carolina Federation of Negro Women’s
Clubs, stated clearly the objectives of the
Southwestern District Federation, and
urged others who desired to join in an
expansion movement.
Other participants included, James D.
Hoskins and Mrs. S. T. Enloe, extending
words of welcome, Mrs. Maggie L. Jones,
vice-president of the North Carolina Fed
eration of Negro Women’s Clubs, Ashe
ville, Miss E. A. Bridges, president, and
Mrs. L. J. Bost, vice-president, presiding
and Mrs. L. B. Gibson, chaplain.
A social hour planned by members of
the Good Samaritan Club, Shelby, with
the Altruistic Club, Cherryville, was en
joyed at the close of the session.
Other clubs assisting were the Woman’s
Club, Mt. Calvary Baptist Church; the
The Regional
The Southeastern Association of Colored
Women’s Clubs held its eighteenth bien
nial session in Asheville, North Carolina.
This Association is composed of local and
state clubs of Alabama, Virginia, Georgia,
South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi,
Florida, Arkansas, and North Carolina.
The motto of this organization is “Lifting
as We Climb”; and its objectives are:
constructive citizenship, inter-racial co
operation, and intensive organization.
Among its pioneers are such outstanding
leaders as Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown
of Sedalia, N. C.; and the late Dr. Mary
McCleod Bethune, of Daytona, Florida.
The theme for the Convention was:
“United We Work for a Better World”,
and the large delegation that attended
the four-day sessions worked earnestly
on plans for implementing the theme in
the clubs comprising the Southeastern
Regional Association.
The Allen High School, the Phyllis
Wheatley Y. W. C. A. buildings were
thrown open for general assembly and
committee meeting purposes. The City
Auditorium was generously given to the
Convention for the Sunday afternoon
Mass Meeting. At this session the Mayor,
Elarl W. Eller welcomed the delegates to
the city, and remained throughout the
exercises. Mrs. Isabelle R. Jones of Ashe
ville presided; Mrs. Wanser I. Webb of
Norfolk responded to the various welcome
addresses, and Mrs. Ora Stokes Perry of
Kansas City, Mo. guest speaker, delivered
the principal address using as her subject
“The Leaven in the Bread”.
Mrs. Stokes Perry urged the women to
strengthen their organizations; to seek
constantly the solution to the problems
confronting the race; to work for the re
moval of obstacles that hinder the pro
gress of the entire nation. She pointed
out that by raising the cultural and edu-
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Green Thumb Garden Club, and Needy
Family Club.
Representatives at the meeting included
Salisbury, Concord, Kannapolis, Asheville,
Cherryville, Hickory, Belmont, Ellenboro,
and Shelby.
Music was rendered by the school glee
club directed by Mrs. M. K. Pass, the
Waddell Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church
choir. Miss M. E. Jones and the Cleveland
School band by J. B. Jordan.

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