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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,
May I use this space to tell you
of some things N. C. Federated
Women can be truly proud about.
Things that make one glow with
in and say, “Yes I am apart —
I am counted — and I am truly
glad — Thanks to God for the op
During the 1961-62 Federation
year our clubs have heard the
“Clarion Watch Wordf’ of the
along with our local community
club activities; Federated Dis
tricts and Southeastern Region
This v/as not total fulfillment
of our obligations to affiliations.
Beginning with the Shelby visit of
the N.A.C.W.C., president, Mrs.
Rosa L. Gragg, we have had many
calls from National Headquarters,
leading to the recent Thirty-third
Biennial Convention in Washing
ton, D. C.
First for Life Memberships cost
ing $100.00 per person. These North
Carolinians have completed their
Mrs. E. M. Spellman, Mrs. E.
O. Donoho, Mrs. Esther Moore,
Miss W. M. Crossen, N. C. Federa
tion of Negro Women’s Club.
Dr. Charlotte H. Brown — Me-
moriam and these names were dis
played with those of other states
on the plaque in Washington.
Secondly — Frederick Douglas
Home Fund Drive to raise money
for the restoration of the home of
the famous abolitionist. For this
N. C. Federated Clubs contributed
$572.50; from 51 clubs, 5 individu
als and 6 non-federated groups. We
are all well rewarded because
President John F. Kennedy signed
legislation on September 5, 1962
which makes the home of Douglas
a National Shrine and a part of
the park system of the National
Capitol. This act climaxes the long
effort on the part of the
N.A.C.W.C. and President Gragg
to honor Frederick Douglas, born
a slave and rose to international
fame. We are all proud North Car
olina had a part in this.
Third — An invitation came to us
by letter, very late, asking that I
would be a member of “The Presi
dent’s Committee of 100” to raise
$100.00 each for liquidation of a
mortgage on the National Head
quarters at 1601 “R” St., N.W.,
Washington, D. C. The plan called
for ten donors or more at $10.00
each, whose names will be en-
scrolled on a metal plaque in
headquarters. Our total here was
$101.00 contributed by the follow
Dr. C. H. Brown, deceased, Mrs.
E. M. Spellman, Miss W. M. Cors-
sen, Mrs. A. P. Collins, Miss Con
stance Young, Mrs. V. T. Bishop,
Mrs. Willie Moultree, Mrs. Alma
Dockery, Miss M. D. Holmes, Mrs.
Fannie T. Newsome, Shelby Negro
A committee including past Na
tional President, Mrs. Irene Mc
Coy Gaines; National Treasurer,
Mrs. Inez Tinsley, left one session
of the Convention to go to a bank,
pay the debt and returned with
the cancelled mortgage. During
the banquet the torch was lighted
and Mrs. Gaines burned a “mock”
mortgage while “The President’s
Committee of 100” stood. This
was a rewarding experience. North
Carolina stood up and was counted.
Last but by no means least: We
are happy to have retained first
place in the National Scrap Book
Contest among twelve books en
tered in the Contest for 1962. Our
score was 95.
Eight new pages had been added
to the book picturing our newest
state project, using letters, news
clippings on the project and pic
tures of birthday parties at the
Girl’s Training School, Kinston.
Other pages of pictures and clip
pings and etc. of club projects
and N. C. events. It is the presen
tation of project activities and the
organization of our Scrap Book that
has won for us this honor over
Then we bring you the National
First Place Trophy for State Sta
tistical Reports for 1962. This is
a step forward for in 1960 we rated
second place among the 41 states.
This shows how strong and well
organized the North Carolina Fed
eration is. Hats off to our admin
istration and those of us who back
Now we face a new year for the
State and a new Biennial for the
National. Can we do less? No! No!
May we pledge ourselves to fol
low through the new year with the
light which God gives us: of Truth,
wherever it may lead — of Free
dom, revealing new opportunities
for individual development and
service — of Faith, opening new
visions of a better world — of
Love, daily binding brother to
brother in closer bonds of friend
ship and affection.
Thus we shall go forward to the
work of another year with stead
fastness and confidence, assured
Septemper 29, 1962
The meeting was held in the
Evans Metropolitan AMEZ Church
of Fayetteville. The board was
guest of Federated Club Women of
the Southeastern District.
1. Miss W. Laws, Chairman of
Birthday Project gave detail ex
planation of the procedure of this
project and her findings up to this
time. The clubs are not giving the
project the support needed. It is
hoped things will improve very
soon. There are about 91 active
clubs in the state and there are
between 52 and 72 birthdays in
the four institutions each month.
This means that each club should
plan for and expect to be asked
to contribute about nine gifts a
year. It was agreed that Miss
FACING THE NEW CLUB YEAR
We pledge ourselves
To follow through the coming year
The light which God gives us:
The light of Truth, wherever it
The light of Freedom, revealing
new opportunities for individual
development and service;
The light of Faith, opening new
visions of the better world to be;
The light of Love, daily binding
brother to brother and man to
God in ever closer bonds of
friendship and affection.
Guided by this light.
We shall go forward to the work
of another year with
steadfastness and confidence.
“THE WORLD’S BIBLE”
by Annie Johnson Flint
Christ has no hands but our hands
To do His work today;
He has no feet but our feet
To lead men in His way;
He has no help but our help
To bring them to His side.
We are the only Bible
The careless world will read;
We are the sinner’s gospel.
We are the scoffer’s creed;
We are the Lord’s last message.
Given in deed and word.
What if the type is crooked?
What if the print is blurred?
What if our hands are busy
With other work than His?
What if our feet are walking
Where sin’s allurement is?
What if our tongues are speaking
Of things His lips would spurn?
How can we hope to help Him
And hasten His return?
Laws shall work through the four
District Presidents to bring about
more satisfactory results in this
project. Each board member was
asked to make a special effort to
urge clubs to plan for full support
and budget at least ten dollars a
year to give birthday gifts to the
boys and girls of the institutions.
2. The following Program Com
mittee was appointed to plan for
the 1963 Annual Convention in
Statesville, N. C. on. May 3 and 4,
Mrs. L. Y. Brown, Chairman;
Mrs. Plassie Harris, Co-Chairman;
Mrs. G. F. Mathews, Mrs. Bessie
SatcheU, Mrs. Eugene Jarret.
The theme shall be; “A Chal
lenge for Change.”
3. The 1963 Election Committee
on nomination of officers was
Mrs. Annie Pridgen, Chairman;
Miss W. Crosson, Mrs. L. Al
bright, Mrs. Colinia Williams,
Mrs. A. L. Murphy.
4. The Director of The Federa
tion of Girl’s Clubs made a report
of recommendations by the Youth
Board of Directors, of which Mrs.
Lucde Albright is the State Di
rector. It was approved as read,
and will be found in detail on
youth page of this issue.
5. Correspondence was read from
both National and Regional presi
dents of the NACWC. Subscrip
tions for the U.N.E.S.C.O. Courier
monthly magazine were solicited.
The Southeastern Regional
meeting on July 28-30, 1963 in Mi
ami, Florida was announced. It
wiU be held at the fabulous Hamp
ton House Motel and ViUas. A
post Convention tour is being
planned to Nassua.
A Regional Centennial Souvenir
Program Book is being planned as
part of the exhibit in 1963 Eman
cipation Celebration in Chicago.
Clubs are asked to present ma
6. By leaders the N. C. Feder
ated girls were reported having
made a very fine presentation for
their first time attending the Na
tional Ass. of Colored Girl’s Con
vention in Washington, D. C. Re
port on youth page.
7. It was suggested that work
shops in teaching and planning of
the work and duties of the state
federation clubs be supported by
all federated club members.
8. Congratulations to our state
scrapbook committee! Our book
won first consideration by the
judges at the national meeting.
Some members were absent due
to illness, for which all present
were sorry. The hospitality of the
host was greatly appreciated by
Mrs. A. B. Byrd
Chairman of Board, presiding
Mrs. E. M. SpeUman, Pres.
Bessie SattsbeU, Reporter