North Carolina Newspapers

Number 50
Durham, North Carolina, Saturday, December 13, 1941
Volume 22
Negro Job Seeker At “Philly” Navy Yard Given The Gate
Charlotte Self Defense Slay er Gets Three To Four Years
Durham Institution For
Boys To Wage Campaign
To Raise Budget For ’42
Happily Wed After Twenty-Five Years
The sponsors of John Avery
Boys ’ Club have secured from the
Chttrity Solicitations Commission,
City of Durham, permit to condHCt
its annual campaign for cash con-
tributi(fta| and s}^^crijdtion»
The Club has, aanuftl operatiAg
budgot of $8,500.00 which it hopes
to raise in casS and subscriptions
during the period from December
10, 1941 to January 10, 1M2.
The officers of the Club recent
ly released the first annual report
of the operations of John Avery
Boys’ Club which revealed that oy
er 200 Negro boys, age 6 to 18,
both inclusive have been issued
membership cards and daily, ex
cept Sunday, engage ip wholesome
recreation and have an opj»ortun-
ity io learn the value of the prop
er use of leisure time at the Club
Rooms loca'ted at 418 E. Pettigrew
Street. The report reveals also that
the total cash receipts for the first
year’s op^at|ons ending October
31, 1041 aipounted to $2,226.98 and
that the value of donations and
gifts of furniture and fixtures and
supplies was the sum of $390.19,
jnaking a grand total of $2,617.17
for operating purposes during the
(Continued on page eight) •
SupreoK Liberty Life
To Bargain With
Chicago^ III. — Charging that
the company indulged in unfair la
bor practices in dealing with its
employees, who sought to join the
United Office and Professional
Workers, Local 34, a CIO uniofii,
representatives of the union this
week, filed a petition with the Na
tional Labor Relations Board,, a-
gainst the Supreme jsLiberty Life
Insurance Co.
The petition, which was filed
with the board after the company
had dismissed Winnie Gray, Lois
Washington, and Rhea Fowlkes, al
legedly for union activity, seeks
the reinstatement of these employ-
ees^ and also calls »for a Labor
Board election to determine the
bargaining agent for all .employees.
The union is also asking for a
weekly salary minimum of $21.50,
graduated wage scale for longer
service, seniority rights, vacations
with pay, an dno dismissals with-
(Continued on page eight)
“Give Him TJie Gate”
Is Answer To Navy
‘ \m ' ^
To Rest
Bernice Richardson, 43, died at
his home, '506 Bloom Place, Thurs
day evening after a recent illness.
Mr. Richardson was a world war
veteran and for several years em
ployed at the American Tobacco
Company Until his illness.
Funeral services were held Sun
day afternoon at one thirty at
White Rock Baptist Church where
he had been an active member for
several years.
Surviving was his^ widow, Mrs.
Agnes Richardson, thfffc dau';»h-
ters, Misses Nellie, Marion and Ed
na Richardson, a son, Chalmers
and other relati,ves including two
Philadelphia, Pa. — “Take him
to the gate.’*
This was the only comment of
the personnel officer at the naval
aircr.ift factory in the Philadel
phia Navy Yard after looking over
the. application of James S. Mos
ley, seeking employment as engi-
neoriiiar draftsman.
Mosley is a former student of
Unmpton Institute, Va., with spe-
cialties in ^Jflfting and machine
shop practice. lie is on thp civil
service fist as apprentice engineer-
ini? draftpman with a grade of 91.6.
He told hts story last week to the
Philadelphia NAACP.
Mosley went to the navy yard
December 2, after having received
a cnrd from the chief clerk re-
qnesting him to report for an in
terview in connection with a job.
He was interviewed “by a man
who appeared to be the chief
clerk,’’ and was told by this man:
“From the appearance of this,
yonr fjualifications are more than
necessary for the job.” The clerk
then took Mosley to the office of
the personnel officer who came out
and without speaking to Mosley,
handed his application to an at
tendant with the remark, “Take
him to the gate.”
Mosley has made formal com
plaint in affidavit form, to the
Committee on Fair Employment
ih'actice. Mosley’s complaint states
that he questioned the personnel
man and was told that he had “ al
most no chance at all’ of appoint
ment because “some applicants
with higher grades were to he in-
tenjiewed and they could undoubt
edly do better work.” Mosley
wanted to know if he would be no
tified by mail if he got the jip-
The officer said Mosley was
“almost certain not to get it” and
volunteered to state that it was
not because of his color and,that
“you people seem to have a chip
on your shoulders.”
2,000 Attend Rites
For Noted Negro
Minister In Harlem
New York. — More than 2,000
persons, many of them teachers,
and representatives of scores ol:
Negro and White organizations,
packed the large auditorium of St.
Mark’s M. E. Church, 138th St.
and St. Nicholas Ave. Monday, De-
oenlber 1, at funeral services for
the Rev. Dr. John Wallace Robin
son, noted Harlem minister.
Dr. Robinson died Thursday of
last week at his home, -ll® W'^est
130th Street. He was 70. Known
among thousands of Negro and
white citizens as a tireless worker
for better schools, health and
housing. Dr. Robinson was famed
throughout the country as a pro
gressive and militant Negro leader.,^
For a number of years he served
^ chairman of the Permanent
Committee for Better School in
Harlem. He served on Mayor La-
Guardia’s committee' to investigate
economic and social conditions n
Harlem. Be was a leader in the
fight to pass the anti-lynching and
anti-poll tax bills in Congres?.
Since 1940 he had been a national
*'oard m(^mber of the National Ne
gro Congress.
In a letter to hi» widow. Con
gress officials characterized him as
“a man who was not a minister of
a church, denomination or particu-
■(Continued on paire eight)^
Race in “Heiluva” Fix
Says Editor Of Daiiy
Newspaper Of Raieigli
Wilbur Tucker, well kaiown
citizen of Durham, diini here st
the home of his sister, Friday
morning after an illness of about
two weeks.
Mr. Tucker was well known to
alb. of Durham, having worked
as a chauffeur for Prof. W. G.
Pearson for a* long number- of
years. - -
The funer^ will be held at
the home of his sister on Enter
prise street Sunday afternoon at
three o’clock. Interment will be
at. the Beachwood' cemetery on
Fayetteville Road.
The sknnk is helpful in its destruc
tion of wite grubs, wireworms,
grasshoppers and mice.
Meet At Virginia
Hamptun Institute, \a. — Pub
licity directors ffom many of
America’ii leading Negro institu-
tiqiVs of higher learning, will attend
the firs'! conference of t^e Public
l{?lati'ons Association for Ne'r-')
CpUege^ SaturdVj, .Decfrober
1.3 and Sunday,'" Deeeiiiber 14,
Virginifi State Coll^fe,- iirf;
bitrg, Virginia, accordfng fcMm.ail-
nouncenient today by D&yySU^r,
director of public. >'t
Hampton Institute Und
of the Association. »
• Wiiliam Simms, publieity'di-
rector at Virginia State, confer
ence chairman, also announces tjir.t
many prominrtit N^ro and • whi^e |
newSpapernitn will speak at \ the
.(Continued^ st
Defense Slayer Convicted
Mr, and Mrs. Fred J, McGill honored on Ihe twenty-fifth
anniversary of their marriage by Rev. H. Wilson. The officiat
ing pastor was present and made complimentary remarks.
Self Defense Plea
Fails To Get Man
Out Of Jail
Charlotte, Dec. 8.—(CP)—Wal
ter Lee “Cott” Wallace, 20-year-
old Mint Hill sawmill laborer, was
convicted in Mecklenburg county
Superior Court here Thursday on a
manslaughter charge in connection
with the fatal stabbing of Marviu
Smith Freeslland, white Union
county man, and sentenced to threw
to four years in Central Prison.
He was indicted in connection
with the milrder of Freesland at
Penny Mullis’ filling station oii
the night of November 15.
District Solicitor John G. Caxn
penter elected to try for a second
degree conviction and refused to
put Wallace on a first degree
Wallace took the stand and ad>
mitted stabbing Freesland and cut
ting DeWitt Adcock, white Miitt
Hill man, and compaion of Freef-
land, but he said ]E^eesland was
advancing on him with a knife.
He said he had driven to-^o
station with two otKcr men ami
that Adcock cursed him. He start
ed to leave, he said, but someone
threw a beer bottle—and he turned
around and stabbed Freesland who
was trying to stab him.
Mullis said he was standing be
tween WaiJace and Freesland when
a bottle was thrown, but that he
did not know who threw it.
He said Adcock, Freesland, and
Wallace “went together” and sep-
wated and that Wallace started
walking away, but apparently slip
ped and almost fell and walked
back toward Freesland.
Freesland struck at Wallace, he
said, Wallace dodged and Frees
land fell on his hands and knees
against a car. Then, Mullis said,
Wallace ran over and stabbed
Freesland three times in the back.
Junior Mooye and "Floyd Benton
who accompanied Wallace related
(Continued on page eight}]
Rocky Mount. —CP>— Whit?
workers are being placed in more
and more traditional “Negro jjobs’'
—the race has no leadersli^p,r—
and the Negro rare is in a “hel
luva fix,” Jomatiian Daniels, wli-
tpr of the News and told
thff Fngntn hwp Tfmsdmj,
He riled in.^aaces fa io-
called Nogro jobs are gradaaHj be
ing closed to the race and miiI that
crafts once iwactiwd slmofrt ex
clusively by Negi!N»es, are disappear
ing and that Negroes are ,b«n»
poshwl 6y ecooomic pr»«9nre frw*
the farm.s with bo place to gOk
With white person? williBg to
close the door to profitable un-
ploy men t. to snA pay lii|Cn-
er taxes to sopport the idle race,
he said, it looks as if .“'lavery is be
ing turned upside down.
Race relations betwewi the white
and Negro races in North Carolina
are “very cordial,’ be opined. an«l
North Carolina i«»~a state in which
“we can live and talk with each
other with understsiiding an4 aoat-
radeship. ’ ’
‘T*rejndices are not restricte«l
to the white race alone»” he .«id.'
“Thf N**ero race is without lead
ership. The race does not haTe a-
man such as Booker T- Washiae-
ton that it can look to for leader
“We mist recognize the diffi
culty we face, and the race prob
lem will never he solved until tll»
eating proMem is solved. Freedom
must not be loose but has to W
edible with a warm roof oTer- it»
Shown in the pensiTe nu>od
above is Walter Lee Wkllace
who was convicted in the diw-
lotte Criminal. Snperior Oonrfe
last mtk for the slagiaf . of
Marvin Smitb Freeeland, Ifaioa
Ooonty, white' num. Nnmenms
witnesses testified that Walter
Lee Wallace, that the yookhfti
killer’s deed was vanir vm of
sdf defease and are ef efki-
ion that ke should hMe hpK Ml
free. His defsase is heiaf kntf-
led hsF the Ohulott* Ihiiij if
the Vatiavd Andatkp ef
AdvanesosBt fer Oelerai PMfi*
ef wm S. IMpnt
is lepd reanssinr. A*
hem aMpesIM %e
prece Oovl.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred J.
Mc(^Celebnte 25
Wedding Amnvcswy
Mr. and Mrs. IVed J. McOill,
624 Crockett Street, Chariott», N-
C., celebrated their tweatv-fifth
Wedding Anniversary last Thnrs-
da yeveniog in a moat elahorate
and formal manaer.
The home was vei^ at^etiveljr
decdrated with white poa pon,
dinning rooaa tahle hefng eovtfed
with a laee el^ gnee^ with 4m
most lovely hash^ ftlled wttt
white ehrTsaatheams, the eatice
snrtmuwKaga hni^ ene ef haaa^
and joy forever.
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