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THE FEDERATION JOURNAL
THE FEDERATION JOURNAL
“Lifting as we climb”
The N. C. Federation of Negro
Editor: Mrs. Fannie T. Newsome
Co-editor: Mrs. Lu Sybil Taylor
Contributing Editors This Issue
Mrs. Macile Spellman Elizabeth City
Mrs. Lyda Merrick Durham
Mrs. Norma Darden Wilson
Mrs. Thelma Henley Fayetteville
Mrs. Annie Foster _.Pinehurst
Mrs. Alice Collins Smithfield
Mrs. Josephine Brown... .........Hoffman
THANKS to all contributing
editors. You have made this what
ever it is. May we have your
material for the next issue by
March first or earlier.— The
SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS
If only the spirit of Christmas
Throughout the whole of the
What a glorious world it would
be for all
In this happy atmosphere,
With everyone planning how
he could help
To lighten another’s load.
Unselfishly giving the best that
No matter how steep the road.
If only the spirit of Christmas
How different the days would
With friction and jealousy cast
And peace the principal theme.
But strangely enough when the
tree is bare
And the ornaments packed
The spirit of Christmas is lost
Another December day.
As I read this poem I had many
thoughts. Have we stopped to rea
lize what time of the year the
Christmas Spirit begins to grow
in our minds and take full mean
ing in our hearts—or do we really
have the full meaning? Early in
November the radio announces
the number of shopping days left
— they present the Christmas
songs—^magazines emphasize the
coming season — stores put on
sales and decorate—toys are dis
played—and the streets decorated.
This is as it should be. The Christ
mas Spirit is the spirit of Christ
and His Father. The Father gave
a son—The Son gave a life. Yes,
the spirit of Christmas should
come early—but why do we wait
until the year is so old—Novem-
A Thought For The New Year
WHEN WILL YOU START TO LIVE?
'We are always getting ready to live, but never living."
— RALPH WALDO EMERSON
At First glance most of us will angrily deny the trufh of this
observation on human behavior, made over a hundred years ago
by the Sage of Concord. A little honest reflection will dredge
from our memories many well-intended plans which we post
poned into oblivion, many present chances thrown away while
we wait for a future which never comes.
The fine brave things we are going to do and say in defense of
the good, the true and the beautiful — when we have grown a
little wiser and when it isn't so unpopular or uncomfortable, or
such a lot of work to do so . . .
The relationships to husband, wife, parents, friends, life itself
which we are going to build after a while when fhere is time and
we are more mature in thought . . .
The enjoyment of our children which we intend to savour
after they are a little older and we aren't so busy . . .
The valued friendships which fade because of the thoughtful,
lengthy letters we are always preparing to write . . .
The books we are going to read, the impulse to kindness we
are going to act upon, the causes we are going to espouse . . .
We are always packing our bags with the things we value
most in life, but we never leave on the trip! A bird in hand . . .
half a loaf . . . tomorrow never comes . . . They have such a
flavor of truth. Lef us resolve to begin really to live. Tomorrow?
No, now! This hour, while there is yet time!
May the light of
burn clear and
and warm as
ber and December to get the
Christ-like Spirit? Why is it lost
when the tree is bare? Could it
be that we need the symbols of
Christmas before us or in view
all the year as a reminder—The
Candles, as the light of the world
—The Star of hope—The Shep
herds’ Crook—The Bells of Joy.
Now the Christmas spirit wan
ders through town and village
alike and those who receive it
and take it into their hearts have
given to them the marvelous vis
Here is hoping that the pud
dings will burst with plums,—
every doorstep has a song—every
steeple rings a bell, a joyful tale
to tell—every night puts forth a
star to show where the heavens
are all the year round.
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held in Rich Square. Members
were present from Wilson, Rocky
Mount, Smithfield, Ahoskie, Rich
Square and Elizabeth City.
The president, Mrs. Edna Mit
chell, presided and directed dis
cussion of objectives, purposes,
by-laws, projects and committees.
Two committees were named,
one to draft by-laws and the
other to recommend projects for
The by-law committee met in
Wilson in the home of Mrs. A. B.
Johnson later during October and
drew up by-laws to be presented
in the next district board meeting
to be held in Rocky Mount soon.
Mrs. Annie B. Johnson, State
Organizer, was present and con
tributed much to the meeting.
A Lelter of Appreciation from
I realize how incapable I am to
fully express my gratitude to you
for such a wonderful publication
for the “insighted.” I am 60 years
of age, a minister of the Gospel,
and also work at the Lighthouse
for the Negro blind. I read many
publications for the blind, but I
do not know of any that I enjoj'
as much as I do the Negro Braille
You are on my heart as I pray
to our Heavenly Father to bless
and ever keep you and those who
assist you in this great work.
Please continue to send me the
Rev. R. L. Bryant
Why Not Federate Now?
Why put off for tomorrow what
you should and could do today?
As the New Year approaches res
olutions are in order, for your
1. Urge and invite some other
clubs to federate with us.
2. Take steps to form City Fed
Why Federale? To enhance, to
increase the advancement of the
club members. To broaden their
contacts. To better raise them to
the highest levels of noble char-
acer in their home and communi
ty life. To enrich further the
lives of those who work for social
and spiritual progress for hu
manity. For a greater and more
complete uniting of the efforts
of the Women of North Carolina.
To Federale make a written
application to either the Execu
tive Board, Mrs. A. B. Byrd,
Chairman, 835 W. Thomas Street,
Rocky Mount, North Carolina or
Mrs. Rose Aggrey, State Presi
dent, 700 W. Monroe Street, Salis
bury, North Carolina, or Mrs.
Alice Collins, 135 S. Fifth Street,
Smithtfield, North Carolina. Ad
mission or joining fee of $2.50
should accompany your applica
tion. Each annual meeting after
admission the club members pay
City Federation: The North
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