North Carolina Newspapers

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Volume I’wenty-Two
Durham, North Carolina, Saturday, May 10, 1941
Number Twenty-four
Loctl Womaa Directs
NYA Choir In Hyde
Park CBS Broadust
TO DraECT N. Y. A.
The nationwide radio broad
cast of the NYA Neffro Mi»^
Chorus of Philadelphia oa May
11 Over the Red Network of the
, National Broadcastini; Comiiany
faataitog' the appearance of
JiiIm wedsoe, world - famous
baritonb, wHll highliffht the ac
tivities of ,this musicai group
which is now entering its sixth
’IL brpaAeast vHll
frfii"%he Hyde koSm ^
^Fr(^4c«^Rb6feV;^|^^ wtlf he
hawra )3«iwe«n the iidora
and 6 P. M.« Eaitern
Saving Time. Mrs,
Roosevelt will speak
A feature of this progwas. bjr
the National Youth Adiniaistraf
tion will be the performanw of
Jules Bledsoe’s "Ode to Ameri
ca* for the fli^t liaiie on the
air. Mr. Biedsoe, world famous
Negro baritone, will sinir the
solo i»rt ^f this ceoipoBltion
\|hich he^as dedicated to
President..,, •_ .
“ The Natitmal Youth Adminis-
Philadelphia^ li?«gro
ttfaBRd-$hor98 w*s qrffaiiuad on
XprU'%4 jilt, find» the direi*
tion of Dr. W. FnmUih Hot
ter. More han 50 Negro jnouth,
between the agea of 18 and 25
4n^o were eligible for NYA pftrt-
iime employment and who ex
pressed an interest in music,
MT^re assigned to the project.
Some of them had certain pre
vious experience in voice cul
ture, however, the majority of
them wiere untrainod but want
ed the opportunity to learn to
express themselves in song.
As a firtt step, the group ws«
encouraged to suggest to the di
rector the songs they wished to‘
sing and to make up their own
programs. From the material a
schedule of songs was made and
lessons in sight reading were be
gun to teach the youth to rec
ognize tunes. Then followed
vocal, exercises to improve both
tone and control of the, voice.
In short time, the group was
able to do three and four part
sihging of simple songs.
Classes in music appreciation,
Hj^tory of Music and English
were gradually, added, with
some of the youth advyiQcir^g to
the point where they requested
courses in Harmony and Compo
sition and individual trMning
for solo public performances.
The purposes for the organi
zation of the Choral Project
w«re as followa:
Jl. To give the youth an op
portunity to learn TOmething
wortkwhile about the kind of
music that best meets his needa,
that makes for better citizen-
sbip« bet*" om? ' re-
9. To dxsd&VBt-
broadcast is "under the
of Mrs. Nfell
ite who has a
Ifecord in the field
malic and who is choral
to Kational Youth
Acb^jstratfon., Mm Hunter had
arrani^d fonr of th« numbers
which are to be included on the
May ll prt^ram.
Brothers Charge
New Aerial B^b
Invented By Hiem
Greensville, S. C. (ANP) —Two
local young inventors—C. A., and
Henry B. WilUaoMi—are beginn
ing to wonder whether or not
they have been given the “rana-
round” by the -war department,
in connection with a new type
aerial bomb they have invented.
About two months ago the bro
thers saw an Associated Press
picture in the Greenville Newa
ebowing one James N. lee of Mar
tin’s Ferry, O, bidding a model
of a new type aerial bomb which
he had invented and which had
attracted the attention of the
U. S. army.
The WiUiates brothers recogpijL
e^ the bomb at 4lBce as it was
lde«tMtf ,t9 the one iNy IiaA de«
signed i|nd aOtmHted
dcartment in 1938; The only
difference in the Williams’ de
sign, and that of Inventor lee,
they said, is that Ice had used
machine gun bullets for his hori
zontal fipray, instead of the high
explosive shells suggested by the
brothers. j "
After 's!|everal di\ appointme^its
in having their device considered,
the brothers went to Washing
ton, and ndien they finally got in
to see a colonel in the ordinance
department he had their plans on
his de^K, although he wasn’t ex
pecting th^. The colonel went
throngh a sheaf of ary patents
with the mand agreed that no
thing else embodying the 'ame
horizontal e^losion principle had
been jAibmitt^.
Please tmn to Page Three
New York ^ Difference of
opinion over policy and method
of functioning, particularly in
connection with the recent
successful oollaboration of the
organization in th§ campaign for
the employment of Negroes on
major bus lines here, last week
resulted in the ousting from the
Harl^ Labor union of Joseph
Allen, business ^ent, and Quen
tin Kn^ht, an organizer.
The action come® as the latest
development ift the reorganizing
IB'beew instituted by President
Stranghn, and took the form of
a motion before- the executive
committee of the union to sever
the relations of tiie two mm
fPMn the group for “just cause”
The vote was unanimously ap
proved. Some two or three Vre&k»
ago Columbus A. Alston, publi
city director of the union, w«b
In the explanation given for
the committee’s action, it was
revealed that these three men
disapproved of the tri partite
t arrived at .between
youth with unusual musi^ t6FTtl(B~tnartBlI' Negro Bus associa-
eht and help thorn equip them,
selves for «mploy]nent in the
entertaiiuue&t {ndiuAiy.,
with which the Harlem
Law telkStm Is aeiliated, the Hew
Omnihns corporation
and the Fifth Avenue Coach
company, and the Transport
Workers nnion of America. The
contract was the * result of a
four week struggle to secure
jobs for Negroes as chauffeurs
mechanics with the companeis on
a population ratio basis the maxi
mum of which would be about
510 men. The agreement further
stipulated the manner in which
these men would be hired and
According to a spokesman for
the ousted members, immediate
employment of Negroes will be
po^pc^ed b^atise the Bus As-
slooiation “was unwilling to de
mand the firing of whitesi” in
order to make room for the Ne
groes. This spokesman was jsriti-
oal of any disposition on the
part of the Harlemites to reach
a oompromM, in epite of the
enthusiastic reception given ttie
final document by the commun
ity who felt a vi^oiy had been
While Ae bus incident prec_i-
pitated the Monday debate, it
was said that other facts were
presented which mitigated again
st the °>en. Allen, heretofore re-
,ne«M tnni to pag* Five
Adventists Look To
World CwfBrnnce
In San Frandsco
Washington, May 7.—(ANP)
Final* arrangements are being
made here for the quadrennial
world conference of Seventh-day
adventists which wiU‘be held in
San F^ncisco, May 26 to June
7, and whicb attract 12,000
delegates aiifl visitom.
Next week the ftrat wnguard
of colored delegate* haA church
leaders will leave ihmm the pnm^
cipal cities of the North
many of the pouthem eitiea |o
attend this international g«|h-
National S«nretary F. L. Pet
erson who it head of the Negro
department of S. D. A. of the
denominational progress and the
t|fi y
E. Johnson and L.
J. Pryor of tbu eitjr will make
their westward tr$k ia ».few
weeks.' ^ , i’.
Other prominent l^dera who
will be in attendance as dele
gates MfSn be Revs. Theodore
Rowe of New York City, J, E.
Peters of Philadelphia, H
Wagn4r;‘Of Baltimore, ^ A. E.
Webb, «f St. Louis and T. H*.
Allison of Chicago.
'In San Flrancisco the Revs,
N. S. MBL€(od‘andiH. D. Dol>
bins are making arrangements
to hou3e the delegates, they are
members of tha official locat
ing committee.
Rev. Owen A. Troy of Paaah
dena who served outstandingly
on the housing committee- ia
19^ when Negrt> delegates weiW
housed in the leading hotels of
San Fitmcisco has been asked
to assist in the housing of dele
gates this year-
Other pastors expected to
head groups to the conference
are Revs. J. G. Thomas, and
F. S. Keitts of Atlanta', J. Ger-
shom Dasent of Texas, F. J.
Bryant of Arkansas, T, M.
Fountain of Nwhville. It is ex
pected that either Dr. Carl Dent
or Business Manager Lewis Ford,
of the Riverside sanitarium of
Nashville will be in attendance
to represent and report for that
institution. Profs. T. T. Fraz
ier and James Moran will repre
sent Oakwbod Taihing School
of Alabama.
At this conference only gen
eral officers are selected- Rev.
Peterson's term of office ex
pires at this conference and a
new Secretaiy for the Negro de
partment will be elected. Rev.
J. E. Johnson df this city., Rev.
A. E. Webb of St. Louis and
formerly of this city, and Rev.
Thos. Rowe of New York are
mentioned as possible succes
sors to Rev. Peterson. ' Also
Revs. J. G. Cox of BrDokljn
and J. G. : Dasent of Keene,
Texas, are b^ing considered.
Also prominent among those
expected to go to the confer
ence will be Revs. W. Fordhmm
of Pittsburgh, Ia H. . Bland of
Detroit, U. S. Willis of Cleve
land, I^.’ H. Lautence of Indian
apolis, A'. 'W. Clarke of Bos
ton, & Haddleton of Texas, H.
D. Sangleton of N. C., and L.
B. Reynolds of Kansas Gi^.
N. Y. CqilEGE
Fbrmer State Giizten
Ousted From Negro
History Post
Asliville Gitizefls Gives
Memory Test Before
Being Allowed To Vote
Miss Olivia .jP«rr*U*A-JI|a4s»|
of Drew Street* who wap ^
cently stabbed to death by
etta. Gurley, on Pettigrew St ,
as ‘the climax.' to 4, q,ua^el b^
tween the two youhrf .’’women
.over a m|A. . Miss ^Gurleiy^i^in
jail, here and will go on trial at
the- next term of Durham cou#i-
ty criminal court. “CRIME
Dnrhp Ranks High
in Per Capita Rate
Of Crime SaysF.B.L
Durham had more murders,
robberies, assaults, burglaries,
larcenies and auto thefts in ’40,
in proportion to population than
the average city in this coun
try, according to a survey of the
Federal Bureau of Investiga
tion. In all, the number of
crimes handled during the year
by Durham police totaled 1,354,
which is equivalent to a rate of
2,270 offenses per 100,000 pop-
For all cities in the country
(Continued on page five)
Times Editor To
Deliver Series Of
Addresses In May
In a statement released to
day by the Public Relations
department of the Caroiiim
Times it was announced that
Editor L. E. Austin dkdivers
the Commencement Address
to the students of the Prince
ton iGraded School, Prince*
ton, Ml Thursday, May 8.
On Sunday, Ifoy ll,he will
spfeak at the Penn Avenue
Baptist Church, Oxford.
Sunday, May 18, the Edi
tor will address the Greens
boro Civic Forum from the
subject “Good CSpvemmrat
As It Touche Youth”, and
Sunday, May at 2:W, he
will speak at Liberty, N. C.
At 5:45 on the same date he
will deliver a radio address on
the “Negro In National De-
fense** over station WDNC,
New York. May 7.—(ANP.
Speculation continued rife as
to the true reasons why the Col
lege of the City of New York
has refused to reappoint Dr.
Max Yei^n, for four years lec
turer in Negro history and cul
ture and now president of the
National Negro congress, for
the term beginning in Septem
Dr. L&i^^ce D. Reddick,
curator oi^hfe famous Schom-
,burg cDUaeti(^ of Neg|t). art and
literature of the New York 1»u6-
lic Library system who is spend
ing this month in Haiti where he
is seeking to foster the develop
ment of cultural relations with
and among the naCives of Latin
Amenca has been recommended
for the lecture assignment and
will in all probability be ap
proved by the board of higher
In his statement announcing
the determination of the admin
istration, Dr. Harry Wright,
acting president of the city ad-
mministrated institution, said:
“Some groups are are appar-
eiitly tryining to create a fur
or about the disinclination of
our history department to re
appoint Dr. Yergan for ne?it
year. The assignment is entire
ly unjustified for the depart
ment is considering standards
of scholarship. Dr. Yergan has
never been a full-time member
of the department and has for
the past four years been hired
from term to term to teach one
class a semester at an hourly
“For sometime thie depart
ment has been consWering a re
placement for Dr. Yergan. It,
feels that if a man is to give a
Course in history, he should be
a historian. Dr. Yergan is not.
He has published nothing on
Negro history and h^ demon
strated no special scholarship in
the field. The department
therefore has decided through
its democratically - elected ap
pointment committee not to re
appoint Dr. Yergan for the full
The intention to continue the
course wtas made clear in the
statement of Dr. Wright which
“The course in Negro history
and culture will be given by a
young scholar, also a Negro,
who received his doctorate in
history at the University of Chi
cago and who has been active
in Neg^o scholarship and cul
ture. His appointment hM been
under consideration for many
months and he will be hired as
special lecturer to teach the
course in the school of educa
tion in the fall term and. in
the college of liberal arts iad
science in the spring semester.
Please tan to Fugf
I Oxford Pastor T
Rev, V. E, Brown, Progres
sive young Durham minister,
who has accepted a call te the
pastorate of the Penn Avenue
Baptist church of Oxford" Rev.
Brown is also pastor of Orange
Grove Baptist church of Dur
ham. Both churches pastored
by Rev Brown report an unus
ual increase of interest and
membership under his leader
Gary, Ind., — Mrs. Bertha
Ckibome, weighiz^ 575 pounds,
was buried Saiturday in a 1,475
pound specially eonstracted cas
ket. Sixteen pallbearers were us
ed and the casket was tilted
sideways to be moved tiirou^
the chapel do«r».
Asheville — A* bad as the old
“grandfather'’ clause the jtfae-
tiee employed by elertum olfkiaki
here to prevent N^roes from re
gistering to vote.
To Unite*! States Attom^
General Robert H. JaeCaiaa,
Thursday, April 28, atnt affida
vits showing that S. I. Thomas,
} Revs. M. C. Eicklrberger and W.
R. Saxon, all of this eity* uw«wi
denied the privilege of roister
ing to vote ia the la^ pr«sid»-
tial electsoa. * j
The affldkTtt ststes tiat ttw
registration official dcmaaded that
the men read a fcng paragraph n
three to fiva minBtes, elow the
book, then write frtHn memarjr
what they had read, elaimii^ that
i thi.4 procedure was a citste lav.
The men testify that' while thr^
1 stood there a white was aUe
to register after answering oa^
the qae-'^ions of who he was aatl
, where he was from. No impoasi-
Irie feati of memory were reqoir-
ted of him.
I Urging immediate investigatioB
I of the facts by the offke of thp
j attorney general, the National
I Association for the Advaneemoit
j of Colored People stated,
' fact that Negroes were reqaited
j to meet tests not required of
white citizens effectively deaiai
to Negro Amerieaus in Aslicv^s
their eonstitatiqnal rig^t and is a
violaticm of fourt««nth aMdl
fifteenth amendments to the Un^
ted States constitution.
“We therefwe urge an
ate invest^ation to the end
the guilty pei>ions> be proseealsd
under the laws of the
States.’» 1
National Association of Coltege Wmat
Again Elect Talladega Dean As Head
Bennett Collie
chestra To Give
S^ Coocort :
Nashville, (ANP) — Miss Hilda
A. Davifc-i dean of women »t
Talladega college, was onanii
ly reelected to head National
Association of Coll^ Women
when they met in 18th annual
session at Fiek university.
One of the principal speakers
appearing at the conferenee was
Miss Pauline Redmond, assistant
information specialist, of the
NYA, who advised the groap
that the college woman must de
fend her role of iMidership^
daring, however, that self agrand
izement on the o£ the eA-
ege woman ha^ made her less ae-
ceptable as a iMder. Miss Davis,
speaking at the present Vi coun
cil luncheon, awerled that the
eoU^^ woxatn should seek to ds-
fend, our right' to sbtiggW as a
free people, our z^ht to aal
voluntarily, and our right to
make a Bus(al».
The BsniMtt
tra, under the direetaoa.
N. Gatlin will app«ar
^rijog Caa^at in tfae
Pfetffer Seiwaee jMaemfcii
16. Idll, at 8:1S P. It
bers of the ortiweta. *
1st violins^
othy Ja«teoa« Maxtkfc'
TImi4 HMm.
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