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THE FEDERATION JOURNAL
THE FEDERATION JOURNAL
“Lifting As We Climb”
The N. C. Federation of
Negro Woman’s Club
Editor: Mrs. Fannie T. Newsome,
A Great Society
The themes of our N. C. Federa
tion Convention in June - the South
eastern 'Regional Biennial Conven
tion in July - and the National As
sociation Biennial in 1966 all will
emphasis “The Great Society,” the
president of this country is asking
us to help build.
Some say we have a Great Socie
ty in America, BUT it maybe get
ting a little out of hand. What do
you think. We have selected three
quotes for your consideration.
First; “To Serve or be Served”
-Barbara Jacobson, Wellesley Col
Second; “The Salt of the Earth”
-Sunshine Magazine, May 1963
Third; “What Makes a Nation
Great”? - Alexander Blackburn
TO SERVE OR BE SERVED
“We cannot forget the lessons of
Greek civilization. So long as each
individual was self-reliant, all indi
viduals bound together by one great
aim - the service of their country-
that civilization flourished. But a
softness and a complacency finally
came over the Greeks to cause their
ruin. In the end, more than they
wanted freedom, they wanted secur
ity, comfort and a comfortable life;
so they lost all - security, com
fort and freedom. When they want
ed the state to give to them, not
to give to the state, when freedom
from responsibility was the freedom
they wanted most, then Athens
ceased to be free and was never
“The hopes of mankind cannot be
kept alive by mere words, consti
tutions, charters, or doctrines of
rights. We ourselves must be will
ing to make our lives an embodi
ment of right and service. Life
holds out to each of us the promise
of becoming whatever we have in
us to become. To serve is to ful
fill that promise, to make our own
contribution to life itself - and that
is not to live in vain.”
THE SALT OF THE EARTH
WHO ARE THEY? They are those
who find their duty and do it. They
are those who believe they are or
dained to make life better for their
neighbors and to relieve the bur
dens of their favored brethren.
WHO ARE THEY? They are the
businessmen, the inventors, the pro
duction men, the farmers, the train
men, the clerks, the “silent army”
. . . the unrecognized, unhonored
. . . but the jewels of the American
way of life.
WHO ARE THEY? They are those
who accept the responsibilities of
leadership in times of peril. They
are the worthy successors of the
heroes of Valley Forge, Gettysburg
and Iwo Jima.
WHO ARE THEY? They are the
statesmen, editors and patriots . . .
and the men and women on the street
. . . who eternally fight those who
with poison thinking and teeth of
steel are trying to defile and destroy
the integrity and freedom of the Na
WHAT MAKES A NATION GREAT?
Not serried ranks with flags un
Not armored ships that gird the
Not hoarded wealth nor busy mills.
Not cattle on a thousand hills.
Not sages wise, nor schools nor
Not boasted deeds in freedom’s
All these may be, and yet the state
In the eye of God be far from great.
That land is great which knows
Whose sons are guided by His Word;
Where justice rules ’twixt man and
Where love controls in act and plan;
Where, breathing in his native air.
Each soul finds joy in praise and
Thus may our country, good and
Be God’s delight-man’s best estate.
Met In February
The meeting was held on Febru
ary 27th at the Girl’s Training
School, Kinston, N. C. with Mrs. A.
B. Byrd presiding. A large repre
sentation was present.
List of deceased members and
relatives was read and given to our
editor for publication in the Journal.
One hundred twenty-eight dollars
and seventy-five cents was report
ed having been coliected for the
Mrs. F. T. Newsome gave a re
port of the Southeastern Regional
Board Meeting which was recently
held in Petersburg, Va. Mrs. New-
some has been appointed Chairman
of the National Scrap Book Commit
tee and has been appointed Chair
man of Southeastern Public Rela
The Birthday gift project for the
Girl’s Training School was discuss
ed and a decision was reached that
the Superintendent of the school,
be allowed to retain all late and un
claimed gifts and dispose of them"
as she sees fit. It was also decided
that we continue correspondence to
legislatures to seek support in en
couraging the erection of a chapel
at the girl’s school in Kinston.
Amotion was carried to author
ize our state president and one more
board member to attend the meeting
in Raleigh, N. C. of the State Legis
lative Council with the intention of
affiliating with this organization at
an early date.
Our state unit contributed over
$358.00 to the National Auto Con
test and received honorable men
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BLAIRE MARK MADISON
Commissioner for Correction
of North Carolina, Raleigh
He was born in Iredell County,
N. C. and studied at High Point Col
lege and Duke University. He is
married to former Miss Helen Wil
liams of Yadkinville, N. C. Inter
1. Principal of two schools in his
home in County.
2. Professor in Appalachian State
Teachers College and Asheville Col
3. When he came into his present
work in 1955 he was Ass’t. Di
rector of Prisons for N. C.
4. He has published many pro
fessional articles in periodicals and
bulletins of wide circulation.
5. A Christian gentleman with
memberships and many duties in
Edenton Street Methodist Church,
as well as varied offices in N. C.
Methodist conference and council.
6. Professional and Civic, he is
really kept busy in Raleigh with some
ten different organizations.
Our thanks to him for the invi
tation to attend this activity that
honor our Federation of Women’s
Clubs by this distinguished honor
ing of our former president, Mrs.
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Columbia University and University
of N. C.
Received Doctor of Laws 1958,
A. & T. College, Greensboro.
A member of Trustee Boards of
Shaw University, N. C. College and
Raleigh Business College.
He serves on numerous commit
tees and holds membership in some
eight organizations. His awards and
publications are too numerous for
our space here. At present he is
visiting Professor of Sociology, at
St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh.
Our congratulations go to him
with the blessing of God for his fu
Portrait being unveiled by
Mrs. Edna Taylor
Portrait was donated to State
Training School at Kinston by the
Southeastern District of N. C. Fed
eration of Negro Women’s Clubs.
Dedicatory program speech by
John R. Larkins, Consultant, N. C.
State Department of Public Welfare,
of Raleigh, at State Training School
for Girls, Kinston, N. C., on Octob
er 25, 1964:
We have assembled here today to
unveil a portrait and hold dedica-
torial services for the iate Mrs.
Edna B. Taylor. It is fitting and
proper that we pay tribute and honor
to this great woman.
I always look forward to visiting
this institution, because it stands
as a monument to the efforts, sacri
fices, and achievements of the North
Carolina Federation of NegroWom-
an’s Clubs. Mrs. Taylor was a mem
ber of the Federation and served as
an officer of this organization with
distinction for a number of years.
She loved this institution and worked
closely with Superintendent Holmes
and her staff in the excellent job
they have and continue to do here.
Nearly forty-five years ago, a
brilliant and dedicated young woman
entered the public school system
of North Carolina, and brought with
her excellent educational training
for that time. More important, she
brought love and concern for chil
dren and youth.
She was not content to confine her
activities to the teaching profes
sion, and entered into the wider
arena of community and state activ
ities. She joined and became identi
fied with all of the social move
ments and crusades concerned with
the lifting and improving of human
ity. She served as a member of the
Advisory Board of the North Caro
lina Board of Juvenile Correction,
and held offices several times in the
State Baptist Convention. She served
also as State organizer for the North
Carolina Federation of Negro Wom
en’s Clubs. After retiring from 42
years of teaching and hard work in
the public school system, she was
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