Boycott In City Of Natchez Gains Jobs, Rights, Courtesy * * ***** * * * * * * * * * * * * p H ■ I I I II IB II I I .1111 II I II I II 111 Roy Wilkins to Address Grand Lodge Dec. 14 (By R. I. BOONE) The Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Free and Accepted Ma sons of North Carolina will convene in 95th Annual Com munication, in Durham, De cember 13-15. Headquarters for the sessions will be at Mt. Ver non Baptist Church, 1000 S. Roxboro St., the Reverend Dr. E. T. Browne, pastor. Headed by Grand Master C S. Brown, promient business man and civic leader of Win ston-Salem, some twelve to fifteen hundred masons—repre ■ senting the more than 20,000 members of the Craft in N. C. —are expected to converge on this progressive metropolis, in what promises to be a record breaking annual meeting—both in matter of attendance and in the quality of the various fea tures. The meeting will get under way on Monday night, in an impressive memorial service, with the eulogy to be delivered by the pastor of the host church. Highlight of the Tuesday's session, beginning at i\oon, will be the Grand Master's ad dress. He will review the "state of the order," accent vital con temporary issues, and chal lenge the Craft to increased efforts in the areas of human relations, the youth program, charity, and civic endeavors. Additional items on Tuesday will include annual reports by the Grand Secretary, Grand Treasurer, Grand Director of Public Relations, State Grand Lecturer, State Director of Pythagaros, State Grand Attor ney, and the Superintendent of the Central Orphanage of N. C. CAMPAIGN FOR GRAND SECY POST Reports are that lively in terest is materializing across the state in the campaign for the position of Grand Secre tary. Vying for this post are incumbent, Fred D. Alexander, city councilman and housing authority manager of Charlotte and Clarence M. Winchester, realtor and civic-business lead of Greensboro. See MASONS 8A Trio Die in Auto From Carbon Monoxide Gas GIBSON VILLE —Three per sons, one white and two col ored, died from asphyxiation caused by carbon monoxide in the white's man auto near here Sunday morning. The deaths of the white man, Fred Laws, 40, who lived in the Gibsonville area of Guilford county, and of Miss Louise Whitsett, 49, of Greensboro, and Wayne Corbett, a construc tion worker of the Greensboro area, were accidental, accord ing to Coroner Allen B. Cogges hall of Guilford county. The deaths occurred while Laws' car was parked in a field behind a cemetery near the Laws' home. The bodies were discovered by Mrs. Laws Sunday morning when she left her home to see whether she could locate the auto. Virginia State Gets $730,000 for Dormitory PETERSBURG, Va.—A $730,- 000 women's dormitory is now under conjunction at Virginia State College, and is the first of four women's residence halls in a building site on the west campus. The four-story structure which is is scheduled to be completed in September, will house 200 women, and its architectural style will be similar to that of Puryear Hall, men's dormitory built in 1081. The addition of the new structure will raise the norm al women's dormitory capacity from 700 to 900. There are five other women's dormitories on the Petersburg campus. H * 1 WILKINS DCNA Ask Commissioners to Declare Equal Employment The Durham Committee on Negro Affairs called on the County Commissioners here Monday to "declare the County of Durham an equal opportuni ty employer." The request, in the form of a memorandum from the DCNA Economics Committee, was handed to the commissioners by M. C. Burt, Jr., local CORE and NAACP attorney, for con sideration at its January meet ing. The memorandum is as fol lows: "We note, with a great deal of concern, that Negroes are not employed in certain cleri cal, fiscal, and administrative positions in county government and, therefore, question the county's hiring policies. Ne groes are conspicuously absent in the office of the Clerk of Court, the Register of Deeds and the Tax Office. "We respectfully request that the County Commissioners declare the County of Durham an equal opportunity employer, and direct its agencies to cease their practice of recruit ing and honoring applications for clerical, fiscal, and admin istrative positions from mem bers of the white race only. We contend that all positions should be open to all persons, without regard to race, creed or color and that the highest governing body in this county should declare its policy in this regard." Burt says that he expects the commissioners to act favorably on the request. He said fur ther, that "We are receiving the cooperation of E. S. Swin dell, County Manager, in de termining the positions in county government for which vacancies now exist, and posi tions in which vacancies are expected to occur between now and June 1, 1966." "Share-A-Pair" Pajama Drive a Success jH I The "Share-A-Pair" pa jama Fall campaign was ended here last week with approximately 169 pairs of pajamas having been collected for patients at Gravely Sanitorium in' Chapel Hill. The project was organized in October 1064, by Mrs. A. T. Spaulding, chairman of the Patients Service Committee of M (%* I H( A W # I BROWN PETERS Mrs. Latelle Vaughn In Concert At White Rock Sunday Eve. The L. B. Farrington District of White Rock Baptist Church will render a concert at the church here Sunday, Decem ber 12, at 7:30 P.M. featuring as soloists, Mrs. Latelle Vaughn, soprano and R. Delacy Peters, baritone. Mrs. Vaughn is a native of Huntington, West Virginia and a graduate of Bluefield State College, Bluefield, West Vir ginia. She is a sth grade teach er at the East End School, and has/ previously taught in Geor giji, Ohio, Texas and Raleigh. She has been presented to audiences in Ohio, Pennsylva nia, Texas and Durham. Mrs. Vaughn is a member of the White Rock Baptist Church's Senior Choir and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Peters is a native of Boston, Mass., and attended the Uni versity of Baltimore and John Hopkins University. He has See CONCERT 8A the Durham County Tubercu losis Association, to meet an urgent need of Gravely Sanito rium for new and used pajam as. According to Mrs. N. B. Lock wood, executive director of the association, the number of pairs of pajamas donated this year increased from 140 to 169 pairs. ALEXANDER & MRS. VAUGHN Law School Dean Speaker For Rights Day Daniel G. Sampson, dean of the North Carolina College School of Law, will be the speaker on a United Nations Human Rights Day Program at First Federal Savings and Loan Association, Five Points, at 8 p.m. Friday. A graduate of Morehouse College and Atlanta University who earned bachelor's and mas ter's degrees in Law at Boston University, Sampson has been a member of the NCC faculty since 1950. The program is being spon sored by the Durham Baha'i Assembly and has as its theme, "Working Together for Human Rights." Other members of the Pat ients Service Committee who •worked on the 1965 campaign are: Charles Chewning, Mrs. W. K. Cuyler, Mrs. Roy Parker, Mrs. Elizabeth Fowler, l?r. R- P. Randolph, Rev. E. J. Agsten, Mrs. Helen Miller, Mrs. J. W. V. Cordice, Mrs. Kenneth John son and Rev. Warren Bishop. Clue CarSjwp. Cumes VOLUME 42 No. 46 DURHAM* N. C. SATURDAY, DECECEMBER 11, 1965 PRICE: 15 C NAACP Seeks To Unseat 21 Southern Congressmen District Court Of Appeals to Hear Charges WASHINGTON The ques tion of enforcing a long ignor ed constitutional provision will be raised here today in a suit that seeks to take congression al seats away from states that deny Negroes' voting rights. NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund attorneys will ask the U.S. Court of Ap peals for the District of Colum bia to overturn a lower court dismissal of the suit which might unseat 21 southern con gressmen. The suit, in behalf of 15 voters from six northern states, and 10 Negroes from three southern states, seeks enforce ment of Section 2 of the Four tenth Amendment. Section 2 provides for re duction of congressional repre sentation of states that disen franchise eligible vcUsrs. The provision has been ignored since Reconstruction. Defendants in the case are Secretary of Commerce John T. Connor and A. Ross Eckler, director of the Bureau of the Census. The Commerce Department and the Census Bureau are re sponsible for apportioning rep resentatives among the states in accordance with the decen nial census. The next census •jvill be in 1970. The Legal Defense Fund is seeking a court declaration of the defendants' duty "to take all necessary and proper steps to prepare and compile figures as to the denial and abridge ment of the right to vote at the next decennial census." The Suit was dismissed by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia last March on grounds that the plaintiffs were not sufficiently affected by southern voting dis crimination to be granted re lief. The court further found that the Commerce Department and Census Bureau have no legal obligation to comply wtth the constitutional provision. TRUCK PLOWS INTO 1,000; 115 DANCERS KILLED LOME, Togo A speeding trailer truck plowed into a snake-dancing procession of over 1,000 villagers north of heVe Sunday, killing 100 per sons, including an American Peace Corps worker, police re port. Police put the toll from the accident at Soutouboua village, 180 miles from Lome, at 115 dead and more than 100 seri ously injured. SchooL Workers Vote To End Strike By a majority yote, the non academic workers in the city schools here voted to end their strike and civil rights leaders agreed to call off a boycott at the conclusion of a three hour meeting at St. Joseph's Church last Tuesday. With the exception of one vote, the srtikers voted unani mously to end the month-long strike "relying a great deal upon the integrity of the City School Board to make a faith effort to put the employees back to work Wednesday morn ing. Hie workers agreed to halt the strike after a response "| |j^ f V* n : M SEASON FOR GIVING—If it is mori blessed to give than to re ceive, Joseph Gale doubles his pleasure in presenting Christ ines gifts of stuffed animals to Victory In Mississippi Hailed Most Sweeping In South NATCHEZ, Miss. Long standing economic, political and social barriers have been leveled in this city as the re sult of a sustained and effect ive boycott and demonstrations by Negro citizens under leader ship of the local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peo ple. Announcement of the settle ment, regarded as the most sweeping ever achieved in a southern city as the result of a direct action program was made in Mayor John J. Nosser's office here Friday morning, Dec. 3. Joining the Mayor in making the announcement were County Attorney Ben Chase Callon and Charles Evers, NAACP field director for Mis sissippi. Under terms of the agree ment reached between the city administration, business lead ers and the Negro community, colored citizens gained new public and private employment opportunities .access to public accommodations and facilities, assurance of school desegrega tion beginning with the aca demic year, 1966-67, and recog nition of their human dignity. 23 STORES TO EMPLOY NEGROES Highlights of the settlement included agreement by 23 downtown merchant (1) to em ploy Negroes as clerks and See JOBS 8A by County Commissioners Mon- I day night But according to a statement i from Mrs. Annabelle Self, Di rector of Food Services, "None 1 of the strikers have gone back to work. We were forced to re- ■ place the strikers sometime ago because the food had to be served in the lunchrooms. Now, there are no positions left for the strikers." Hie County Commissioners i promised to consider the strik i ers' request for a minimum • $1.25 per hour when they draft i the 1066-67 county budget. Ac > cording to the commissioners, two attractive coeds at North Cerolina College, where he is also a student. In the center is Wyonella Duke of Peekskill. New York and on the right, Baptist Missionary President To Speak at W. Durham Sun. Mrs. M. A. Home, president of the Woman's Baptist Home and Foreign Missionary Con vention of North Carolina, who traveled in 1964 to Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria and Europe with the Spiritual Safari, spon sored by the Lott Carey Mis sion will be guest speaker at West Durham Baptist Church, 1001 Thaxton Avenue at 11:00 a.m., Sunday, December 12, for their annual Woman's Day Pro gram. Rev. F. D. Terry is the pastor. The day will be climaxed by Mrs. Home showing a film of her travel to Africa at 6:00 OPERATION BREADBASKET TO MEASURE JOB SUCCESS AT MEET TALLAHASSEE, Fla. The success of efforts to stem the tide of racial discrimination in employment practices in the South will be measuerd at a regional conference of Opera tion Breadbasket in Tallahas see, Florida on December 9. Operation Breadbasket is a program of the Southern Christian Leadership Confer ence's (SCLC) Department of no funds are available in the current budget for the pro posed increase in -wages. F. B. McKissick, National Director of CORE, said eight of the 10 demands by the workers have been met. Of the two objectives, one —on the wage increase could not be met because of fiscal impossibility and the other on checkoff of union dues—was questioned on basis of a statute. McKissick revealed that one of the leading factors the strik ers took into consideration be fore going back to work was PhyllU Dupreo of Oxford. Both girlt are freshmen. Gal* it » junior from Riieigh. MRS. HORNE Economic Affairs. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is president of SCLC; Rev. Fred Bennette is director of Operation Bread basket. The conference in .the Flori da capitol will se#ve a duel purpose jays Rev. Bennette in that "it "will give us an oppor tunity to assess our victories and determine the areas of See BREADBASKET 8A that the county commissioners will be chosen in a May pri mary and the budget will be considered in June; M .C. Burt, law partner with McKissick and attorney for the strikers .stated, "we have gone as far as we can go at this time without reason. Not only will the school employees continue to organize but there are Indi cations that teachers are be coming concerned about work ing conditions, pay scales and particularly tenure, and that they may explore possibilities of organizing."