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    Boycott In City Of Natchez Gains Jobs, Rights, Courtesy
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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
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
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.
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.
Trio Die in Auto
From Carbon
Monoxide Gas
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
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.
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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
The memorandum is as fol
"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
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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
The project was organized in
October 1064, by Mrs. A. T.
Spaulding, chairman of the
Patients Service Committee of
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H( A W # I
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,
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
the Durham County Tubercu
losis Association, to meet an
urgent need of Gravely Sanito
rium for new and used pajam
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
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
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
NAACP Seeks To Unseat
21 Southern Congressmen
District Court
Of Appeals to
Hear Charges
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
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
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
The court further found that
the Commerce Department and
Census Bureau have no legal
obligation to comply wtth the
constitutional provision.
INTO 1,000; 115
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
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
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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
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
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.
Highlights of the settlement
included agreement by 23
downtown merchant (1) to em
ploy Negroes as clerks and
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
The day will be climaxed by
Mrs. Home showing a film of
her travel to Africa at 6:00
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.
Economic Affairs. Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. is president of
SCLC; Rev. Fred Bennette is
director of Operation Bread
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
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."

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