By Jay Bee Aytch
AMERICAN LEGION AT
ROCKY MOUNT—Th* Spring
Joint Conference of the Eastern
A.ea. Division Six Department of
North Carolina, The American Le
gion and Auxiliary, W. L. Baker,
Laurinburg, Eastern Area Comman
der, met as guest of the Marshall-
Pittman Post No. 773 and Auxili
ary April 4-5 at the St. John A. M
E. Zion Church, the Rev. D. L.
Heading the Marshall-Pittman
Post and Auxiliary are Ahijah An
derson, Post Commander and Mrs.
Bertha M. Carter, Auxiliary Presi
dent. Dr. B. F. Smith, Durham, is
Division Six Commander and Mrs.
Mary Brown, Raleigh, is Division
“B” President of the Eastern Area.
Registration began Saturday af
ternoon, followed by the execu
tive officers meeting and a social
hour in the evening at Armstrong
Homes Housing Center.
The delegates worshipped at St.
John A. M. E. Zion Church Sun
day morning which was commun
During the Sunday afternoon
session Mrs. Bertha Carter gave
the Preamble and A. Anderson ex
tended welcome on behalf of the
local Marshall-Pittman Post. Re
sponse was by Mrs. Mary Brown,
Area President; after which, Her
bert Pulley, District 9 Comman
der, recognized the guest. Plummer
Vines, Division 6 Adjutant, called
the roll of members.
Eastern Area Commander Bak
er outlined the objectives of the
meeting and District 3 Commander
Clyde Brown of Fayetteville, re
ported on the membership rally.
Odell Clanton Division' Service
Officer, reported for his depart
ment Edgar D. Murphy. Kinston,
Commander for districts 5 and 6,
took “A Look At Our Areas,” while
F. B. McKissick. ASheviUe, Direc
tor of Boys’ State program out
lined the plans for the year. B. F.
Smith. Durham, reported the out
look for Division Six as seen from
the Commander's seat
PRESBYTERIAN MEN MEET
The 14th Annual Meeting of the
United Presbyterian Men s Coun
eil of the Catawba Synod held its
ime day session with the Mt. Pisgah
United Presbyterian Church. Rev.
J. H. Costen. minister. Rocky
Mount on April 4th. A. J. Taylor
president Greensboro, presided
ever the session, being ably assist
ed fag C. Elwood Boulware of Dur
ham. executive secretary of the
four-presbytery laymen’s group.
John M. “Bing” Miller Wilson,
eonducted the devotions which
were followed by president Tay
lor’s message in which he exhort
ed the three-score men present to
a greater dedication to stewartrfiip
and sacrificial service in present
ing the church to the world.
John A. Spaulding. James H. Cos
ten. James Edward Wilson and J.
Oscar McCloud were panel leaders
of four discussion groups on the
theme: “Sent . . . into the world"
“Teach us good Lord, to serve thee
as thou deserves; To give and not
to count the cost; To fight and not
to head the wounds; To toil and not
to seek the rest; To labor and not
to ask for any reward, save that
of knowing that we do thy will.”
Rev. Grover D. Nelson. Laurin
burg, and the Rev. James H. Costen
spoke on “The Work of the Church
for a Better Society.” Each outlin
ed the committment of the Great
er United Presbyterian Church to
aid in the eivil rights fight of
FORD SALES and
SSS TARBORO ST.
ROCKY MOUNT, N. C.
Lightner Mutual Burial
r 1 LIGHTNER C. E LIGHTNER, II
Ambulance Service Funeral Chapel
312 SMITHFIELD ST.
Office Phone*: TE 3-1676 - TE 3-1677
Our services arc «pedany designed to suit
Ihe puree ot cveryuoe. All distinctions of
rfnm and wealth art forgotten ... Every
tenricc is conducted with the same quiet
dignity, sympathetic under*tandng and
wpable attention - to tha smallest de
colored people in getting th* com
plete freedom of the use of the bal
lot in Eastern Carolina where the
Church is donating money and
workers to enhance the Voter-Re
Costen emphasized the role of
United Presbyterians (he is area
worker) in aiding the Halifax Coun
ty and Northampton area in form
ing a county-wide drive for regis
tration, which has climaxed in the
announcement that “at least eight
persons of color will file for the
U. S. Congress to oppose encum
bent L. H. Fountain come Novem
ber, even if the Tarheeha election
board has decreed that Cofield can
not be counted as a written candi
date in the June Democratic pri
Dr. Paul Moser, executive secre
tary, National Council United Pres
byterian Men, New York, deliver
ed the principal address during the
Among the visiting presbyters
here were: Arthur E. Spears, Sr.,
Charlotte insurance executive and
banker; Clinton Cowan, Peter Pet
tie, James K. Malone, George H.
Young, Rafe Pride, Charles M. Con
nor, Salisbury hospital technician;
the Rev. H. T. McFadden. Rev. B.
R. Richardson, B. H. Baskerville
and Charles Irving, Sr.
FPNERAL RITES eF
Funeral rites were said from Mt.
Zion First Baptist Church Sunday
for Mrs. Arkanna Braswell Taft, oc
togenarian resident and retired
(taught 46 years) teacher of Rocky ,
Mount, who had been in declining ’
health for many months. She was
mother of ten children by her first
marriage to William Braswell 1901-
28. Rev. Geo. W. Dudley officiated
at the funeral.
Mrs. Rachel Battle, 500 Center
Street, visited her hospitalized sis
ter In Raleigh Sunday and reported
I. H. Hilliard, Federal Farm and
Home Loan Association with of
fices in Tarboro dropped in on ye
old* scribe last week after a long
time no see. Farmers of the area
would do well to talk business with
Halifax County listed 101 births
for February as against 43 deaths,
noting that “all white births oc
curred in hospitals while 67 per
cent of Negro births came at home
with midwives in attendance. Also
28 per cent of Negro births were
listed as being illegitimate as
against five-tenths per cent white
illegitimates.” Modern slavery, ig
norance and poverty linked with
segregation are the main causes for
BY ALFHONSO EZZELL
MT. OLIVE— Mr. and Mrs. Rellie
Ezzell and family, Mrs. L. Robin
son of Goldsboro; Mrs. C. Wright
of Faison, and Mr. P. Frye vent
several days in Washington, D. C.
Mr. L. Robinson also visited her
son in Walter Reed hospital of
Washington, D. C.
Mr. and Mrs. L. Baylor and fam
ily of Charlotte spent the Easter
holidays with Mrs. N. G. Washing
ton. Mrs. Baylor's sister is an in
structor at Johnson C. Smith Uni
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ezzell. Jr.,
visited Mr. and Mrs. Y. Carlton
Miss Montrena Herring of Char
lotte, a senior at Johnson C. Smith,
visited her aunt, Mrs. N. G. Wash
Mr. K. Parks, of Seven Springs,
visited Miss A. C. Ezzell and other
friends Sunday afternoon.
Mrs. N. G. Washington and
daughter, Jinkie, spent their Easter
holiday visiting relatives and
tr ends in Charlotte, Wadeaboro,
OF VOI R CHOICE
ATTEN-j THE CHURCH
GOLSTON—The Easter holiday
weekend was observed very quite
ly in Chatham. Through out the
county, church services were the
number one item. The Union Grove
A. M. E. Zion Church hosted the
Conference of the Cumnock Dis
trict of which the Rev. Mr. Mack
is pastor. *
There were three ministers or
dained at White Oak Baptist Church
Sunday at the closing of the Deep
River Deacon-Ministers Union meet
ing. Those ordained were: Rev.-
Elma Graves of Ramsue, Earvan
Dowdy of Moncure and J. E Lu
cus, Jr., of New Bensalem.
Misses Ellawese and Beverly Bur
rell and their brother, David, Jr.,
of Greensboro, spent the holiday
weekend visiting their grandpar
ents, Mr. and Mrs. Zack Headen of
Mr. Wayne Hooker visited his i
parents and also a friend. Miss j
Thompson of Goldston over the
Pfc. Melvin L. Neal and Pvt. Wil
liam Mclntosh both stationed at
Fort Bragg, recently visited in
Goldston at the J. S. Waters High
Waymon Womble. Floyd and Nor
ris Wicker, and Mr. Hill all stu
dents of North Carolina College at
Durham spent the weekend visiting
ralatives and friends.
Mr. Glynn Cotton of New Jersey
was a weekend visitor of relatives
/ Kggfl - A
PVT ROBERT PALMER
Pvt. Robert Palmer of Ft. Sam
Houston. Texas, spent a recent
leave here, visiting his parents and
Iree Alston observed his 17th
birthday at his home in Bear Creek.
Mrs. Emma Marsh and Mrs. Cora
Lee Mclver of Bear Creek were
Sunday guest of Mrs. Maxine Head
en and family. Mr. and Mrs. Stynn
Milton. Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert
Thompson, Mrs. Lizzie Thompson
and son were in Pittsboro last
NAACP MEETS IN SILER CTTT
A mass meeting of the Chatham
County NAACP was held at Bth
Avenue First Baptist Church. Sun
day April 5, at 2:00 p. m. All in
terested persons were invited to at
-1 tend this meeting to further the
I cause for complete FREEDOM. If
you were not able to attend the
meeting we hope you sent a do
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
CARY—Church School began at
10 am. with the superintendent,
Mr. James Burnett, in charge.
Morning worship began at 11 o'-
clock, with the senior choir in
charge of music. The scripture les
son was read by the pastor. Rev.
J. M. Burrell. A wonderful message
was delivered by him also. On Sun
day afternoon from 3 p.m. to 6 p m.,
the workshop advisor. Rev. King,
from Britt School, gave instruc
MT. ZION BAPTIST
A musical program waa rendered
Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. at Mt.
Zion Baptist hurch. Those appear
ing were: the Gospel Aires of Ra
leigh and the Macedonia Four.
The All-Girl Chorus of Union
Bethel AME Church appeared on
a program Sunday evening at
Hertsville Grove Baptist Church,
MR. EARNEST B. FERRELL DIES
Friends of our community are in
sympathy with the Ferrell family
! of 106 Grey St. in the passing of
\ their husband and father. Mr Earn
est B Ferrell who died in Apex
Memorial Hospital Sunday after
r-on funrral services were held
Wednesday at United Church of
Be careful of your thought*.
They may break into words any
BY MRS. MADDIE FLOYD
ZEBULON —Sunday School op
ened at 10 o'clock with the super
intendent in charge. Subject of the
lesson was. “This is God's Uni
verse". Rev. Avery Horton review
ed the lesson.
Morning worship began at 11:30
a m. with the reading of the scrip
ture by Rev. Horton, from the Book
cf St. Luke. 19:22. The senior choir
rendered the music with Mrs Ethel
j Hopkins, director.
The pastor, the Rev. A. Horton.
. delivered the morning message. He
■ chose his text from the Book of St
. Luke, and bis subject was. “Re
■ member Jesus.”
We had visitors from Raleigh, and
they were: Rev Mrs. Avery Hor
ton and family. We also had visitors
from Beaver Chapel Christian
! Church. Stokea Chapel. Mt. Zion
, Holy Church. Mary Grove. St Paul
Disciple Church. Wake Field Bap
: tist and Wendell.
The Missionary Circle met Wed
| nesday night
The Sunday School procram was
very successful. The amount of
; money raised was $33.00.
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THE ROAD BACKWARD
ROCKY MOUNT—A recent Wil
liam J. Boyle NBC News "Emphasis
Viewpoint" was a startling analysis
of the progress of civilization to
its apex, and then back down the
ladder to retrogression, barbarism,
slavery and destruction.
Citing the fact that politicians and
others will be heralding “1964 as 1
a time to change”, Boyle says it (
will be difficult for thoughtful
readers "to be apathetic" to the
many views and solutions offered
for civil rights problems and foreign
policy and others.
Boyle alarms us when he state*
that a New York advertising execu
tive told a dinner group: “The land
from coast to coast has been enjoy
ing a stampede away from respon
sibility” such as the various crafts
men avoiding the responsibilities of
their respective profession# and—
instead —seeking a life of ease and
luxury to avoid the troubles of th#
world. All this without an escape
from the perplexities and realities
of a restless world.
Boyle quoted a "sociological re
port which noted the average life
of the world's great civilizations
was about 200 years. Each civili
zation or national rule passed
through nine stages. These were
listed as: First from bondage to
spiritual faith. From spiritual faith
to great courage, and from courage
to liberty. From liberty by gone
civilizations and the United States
went to abundance. And from abun
dance the next step is to selfish
ness. rrom selfishness to compla
cency; from complacency to apathy
and from apathy to dependency;
From dependency, say sociologists,
civilizations return to bondage.”
Then the report tragically reminds
that "The United States will be
200 years old in a few years” and
There are thoughtful students
who feel we are now passing from
btage seven to stage eight; that is
from complacency to apathy and
thence to dependency.”
Boyle concluded his three-minute
! broadcast thusly: "Campaign ora
j lory and the pronouncement of
. political platforms could send an
j alarm for Americans. An alarm
lo awaken them to their duties to
| each other; to their children and
; old people, to their communities
and to their country. Possibly we
I could then tvin world respect—
The fear is that our dear America
is apparently headed on the return
trip away from Christianity, love,
rrspect for fellowmen to the great
abyss of eternity!
BLACK AMERICAN HEROER
JOSEPH RANGER was one of
the many Colored heroes of the
American Revolutionary War
period who fought gallantly to
j establish this nation in its fight
against the British. Negroes were
first at Bunker Hill, with General
Washington at Valley Forge, on
: Lake Champlain with Commodore
Perry, and with John Paul Jones—
the founder of our Navy—and other
naval commanders at sea. They
served in many capacities. James
Fcrten served at Philadelphia in
1780 on the battle-wagon Royal
Louis as powder at age 14 years.
Joseph Ranger has been heralded
a*‘. perhaps, the greatest Negro sea
man of that era. having served In
the Virginia naval forces after en
listing a* a freedman in 1776 from
Northumberland and served eleven
years—until the Old Dominion dis
posed of its last vessel in 1787.
Ranger served on four Virginia
Fending fcatodr, drying aaopa, handling
grain . . . said domue ai ofbor farm )nfca
am dam today wish mechanical systems.
Farm wo* is lam bradensodv- One man
Vifl mow maahanl—liop around llir farm*
■land pay yon? One at am agricultural dfo
aOopment engmmra w* be gfcd to holy
yon anawnr ts» qnastfon. Jn* pft ki ton*
with him at yanr nearby CP&L offwa. He
wJI va* yonr imm, Mndy yonr Mn
and offer hia sceommendataom. Frew, od
wmaaa. Ns jm t one more way vour friend*
at CPU. art h-lpin" lo l-iiil'l a Fin—,
—. pun- „'——— —,
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ships, being blown up one* and
finally taken prisoner. Survi\ ing
these ordeals, Ranger receivec a
100-acre land grant and pension
from Virginia and a Federal pen
sion of $96 annually. Such records
encouraged the use of greater num
bers of Negroes in the War of 1812.
. A freeborn WILLIAM FLORA,
called "one of the valiant Negro
heroes of '7B", was among th* one
thousand free Negroes in Virginia
in the of fighting age. many of
whom participated in the Revolu
tionary War and helped guard the
Great Bridge near Norfolk. Va.,
during tile "second Bunker Hill"
battle of December 9, 1775, whoa
he distinguished himself.
After participating, briefly tn
the War of 1812. Flora received the
usual Virginia 100-acr* land grant
and pension and waa among th*
firat Negroes to own land In Porta
mouth. where he established a pro
fitable livery stable business which
he enjoyed for some thirty years,
leaving same to his son upon bis
death about 1820.
LUNCEFORD LANE waa born a
slave in Raleigh. N. C , about 1903,
being one of 250 slaves owned by
Sherwood Haywood. Lunceford was
brought up in th* "special quartart
house for Negroet" where h* play
ed with the children of both, plant
er# and slaves, and hardly knew
the difference until he reached
school age when he found that
working was his lot while his white
playmates went to school er had
private tutors to teach them.
Even so, young Lane picked lip
what education he could from the
white playmates and the cultured
whites in ind out of ttie Haywood ;
household. (This was th* educa
tional lot which refined thousands
of slaves over the Old South dur
ing and after sis very.)
After marrying a slave girl of his
desire, he had to help free her be
cause her master refused to proper
ly provide for her sustanence.
Later, Lane established a tobacco
packageing business which sold
over Tarheelia and netted him one
thousand dollars in eight years. He
purchased his freedom and moved
to New York. Later h* returned to
Raleigh and reestablished his busi
ness, where his progress became the
envy of prejudiced whites, so much
so, until he, again left, this time go
ing to Boston, taking one child. On
his last trip to Raleigh, Lane barely
escaped with hia life—and freed
BY MRR. LUCILLE CHAVIR
RHAMKATTE Sunday School
opened*! 9:48 a m. with Mr. George
Tucker, superintendent, presiding.
Rev. E. E Worthy, our pastor at
St. John AM EChurch, was ths 11
a m speaker. He spoke from the
Book of St. Matthews, 11:12. Rev. G.
A. Jones was th* 2:30 speaker; Rev.
Worthy was the 7:30 speaker; and
Rev. J. W. Albright will be the
speaker at 2:30 p.m. on April 19.
Our sick Hat includes; Betty Bal
lentine, William Satterfield.
Some of the parents and myself
had the chance to meet with Re
’eigh Schools Superintendent Jess*
O. Sanderson about th# food situa
tion at Oberlln School. He was not
in favor of opening the cafeteria,
but to go on with th* rule* now in
effect. We are hauling the food to
the cafeteria on trucks and wagons
if necessary, as they did In 1900.
BY MRS. GOLDIE HARDY
PRINCETON—Sunday was Pas
toral Day at Princeton Chapel Dis
ciple Church in Princeton. Th# sen
ior choir of St. Stephan Dtoclpl*
Church rendered th* music. The
pastor Is Rev. James Raines, of
Bunn Level. His scripture came
from the Book of Matt. 28:18-20. Hia
subject wss. "The Power of God".
Th* message was an uplifting one.
The spirit was high, and every on#
The pulpit associate* sear* Bishop
W. H. Walker and Rev. John Gran
A visitor eras MT*. Rain**, th*
There was a music program held
at Cedar Grov* Disciple Church.
Route 2. Princeton, at 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, given by Mr. and Mrs. Ed
die Tolar of Smithfield. Th* groups
that appeared on this program
ware: th* Golden Wings. Cedar
Grove choir, Male Chorus, th* sen
ior choir and mala chorus, of St.
Steven Church, th* Golden Kays,
of Princeton and many others.
fir. and Mr*. John Robert New
som# of Washington, D. C. spent
several days with Mr*. Nancy How
ell. Mra. Howell is Mrs. Newsome's
mother, and her sister and brother
in-law, Mr. and Mra Thomas Beat
and son. James, at Selma, visited
Mr. Newsome visited his brother
and family. Mr. and Mra Frank
Newsome of Bureka.
"The voice of one crying in the
wilderness. Prepare Y# th* way of
tha Lord, mak* His paths straight
John did baptise in the wilderness,
and preached th* baptism of repen
tance for the remission of sine"
BUNN—Th# Bunn Chapel Sun
day School began at 10:00 with the
superintendent Mr. Phillip Dun
i sten, in charge. The title of th* las
-1 son was. “This Is God's Universe”,
and it was enjoyed by all present.
Morning worship service at th*
Gelhsemane Baptist Church began
at 11:30, with th* pastor, th* Rev.
J. A. Watson, In charge. He chose
as his theme, “Good and the Doubt
er.” It was vary inspiring. Tha
Gethaemans Chorus of the church
made an appearance during the
worship service. They are managed
by Mr. Nathaniel Clemons, mem
bers that were present in th* chorus
were as follows: Mrs. Annie Esther
Satterwhite, Mrs. Annie B. Crudup.
Mrs. Flora L. Crudup, Catarla Stall
ing, Mrs. Lusialia Clemons, Mrs.
Dazell Waters, Miss Lenora Crud
pj,( Mrs. Allies Crudup, Miaa Ar
tis Mae Mann. Mrs. Clemintin*
Jones, Mrs. Lucill* Nicholson, Mrs
Lucilla Nicholson, Msr. Burs L.
Crudup and Mr. Jaasie Wright
Mr. and Mrs. Buddie Dickens and
family from Baltimore visited his
father, Mr. Richard Dickens.
Mr. and Mrs. Seth Crudup and
family from New York were home
last weekend to visit Mr. and Mrs.
Mias Trumells Moore from New
York visited her parents, Mr. and
Mr*. Buddie Moore, recently.
Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Oinyarrl
from Washington. D C visited her
father, Mr. Richard Dickens, or
Mr. Waddell Stallings, Washing
ton. D. C. is home visiting his pai
ents, Mr. and Mrs J. Water*.
Mr. and Ms. A1 Goodwin, froe
Durham, visited her sister and bro
ther-ln-law, Mr. and Mra. Budd.i
Moore, of Bunn.
Mm. Elsie Perry snd daughter,
from New York, viated Mr. and
Mm. Otis Pulley recently.
Mr. Robert Hartsfield, Durham,
visited his parent*. Mr. and Mrs
Jamas Hartsfield, of Bunn.
RALEIGH, ft. C.. SATURDAY. APRIL 11. IMI
CUNTON—The Friendly Garden
Club met April 2nd at th* home of
Mrs. Estelle Stewart en Sampson
The devotion was lad by Mra. Es
telle Stewart. Th* meeting was pre
sided over by Mra. Iran* Hill, presi
dent. Plans war* discussed tor tb#
anniversary dinner, which will be
bald in June.
Members present war*: Maadamaa
Iren# Hill. Paulin* Sol ice. Sally#
Boykin. Marti* Rich. Mabel Carter,
A M. Johnson and th* hoetaaa. A
salad court* waa served.
Th* May matting will be held at
th* home of Mia Nancy Boykin.
Mra. Gwendolyn Johnson S. Me-
Dougal and daughter of Winston-
Salem, are th* house guests of her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. M. John
MOTORS TO WASHINGTON
Mr. William E. Smith, Mia* Elaine
Sampson and Mm. Arletha Graham
motored to Washington, D, C. tor
th* Easter holidays.
They war* th* house guests of
Mr. and Mra. Toney Cuntinlngham
and children. Mra. Cunningham is
th* daughter of Mrs. Graham. Thay
alto visited Mr. and Mrs. Jama*
Cox and Mr. Walter Smith.
MRS. JOHNSON AND
MR. HOWARD HONORCD ON
Mra. Addle Johnson and Mr.
Frank Howard ware honored at a
birthday party last Saturday night
at th* home of Mr. and Mm. Frank
S« PROOF .01964. ECHO SPRING DIST, CO., LOUISVILLE, KY.
Howard on N. East Btvd. Kent*—
were Mrs. Howard and Mr. H. M.
Guests included Mr. and Mrs.
Johnnie Sampson. Mr. and Mra. Ho
ward Roney, Wallace; Mr. and Mia.
M. C McLaurin. Rose boro; Mr. and
Mm. Harold Worley. Miss Loic*
Lipston, Durham; Mrs. Thelma Par
ker. Mm. Ella Berry. Mr. Edward
Fields, Mr. M. C. Williams. Mr. Dad
ly Matthis, Mr. James Devaughon,
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Butler, Miss
Louise Sampson, Mm. Id* M. Black
wall. Miss Sadie Shaw, Mrs. Elnora
Newkirk. Mr. Frank Moor*. Mr. and
Beaman, Miss Mabel Powell. Miaa
Mts. Ulysee Sampson, Miss Mildred
Joann Beaman, Mr. and Mrs. D. K
Jordan. Wallace; Mra Frances Jack
son, Mrs. Annie Hall, also MiSi
Young, Dunn; Mra. Gwendolyn
McDougaL Winaton-Salem; and
Miaa Irene HUI.
The tab!* was covered with a
white table cloth, centered with a
waterfall inlined with green ivy.
There war* two birthday cakas and
th* refreshments were punch, can
dy. nuts, and Horn d' oauvars. The
honorees were remembered with
many lovely gifts.