Activities Among Negroes

By Delilah L. Beasley 

The following news item has been received from the Commission on Inter-racial Cooperation of Atlanta, of the annual missionary conference recently held in the M. E. church South at Lake Junaluska, N. C.:

"Political appeals to race prejudices are 'insincere, unworthy and highly dangerous, those who resort to them 'should be branded as enemies of society,' said the conference of the M. E. Church South, in session here a few days ago. Presented by Dr. McRea, of Goldsboro, N. C. and adopted without dissent by an audience of several hundred, the statement condemned such tactics as 'culpable and inexcusable' and expressed the conviction that politicians who employ them are playing with fire and doing more than any other group to destroy friendly cooperation between the races and to set them at each other’s throats.

"The recent epidemic of lynching was deeply deplored by the conference as an indictment of Christian civilization at home and a serious handicap to our missionaries abroad. Officers and citizens were called upon to do their utmost to prevent such crimes, or in case of their occurrence to bring the perpetrators to justice.

'In supporting the resolution, missionaries from Japan, and Brazil stated that reports of American lynchings are published regularly in the newspapers of those countries and add greatly to the difficulty of the missionaries' work."


Echoes from the recent biennial convention of the National Association of Colored Women have been received from Mrs. Elizabeth Lindsey Davis, national historian of the organization. This meeting was held In Hot Springs, Ark. She states: “The welcome addresses extended the delegates by city officials and citizens were most cordial and reminded the delegates of the hearty welcome in Oakland, with the exception of the wealth of cut flowers received in Oakland at every session. The precedent established for the first time in thirty years by the Oakland Tribune in publishing dally reports of the convention was followed in Hot Springs by the leading paper. It was very much appreciated, showing that the spirit of the South is much more kindly than generally understood.

“The executive board meetings were held two days, Friday and Saturday, and were devoted entirely to finance. The treasurer, Mrs. Julia West Hamilton, and Mrs. Minnie M. Scott, executive secretary, both of Washington, gave comprehensive reports.

"The California delegation's report was especially fine. I would like to get a copy for my forthcoming history of the national organization which will be published early in 1931. Mrs. Esther Jones Lee, past state president for California delivered the response to Hon. John L. Webb's address of welcome to the convention which convened in the 'Woodman of Union’ building. The reports of state departments and round table discussions were all interesting. Forrester B. Washington, director of school for social work, Atlanta, Ga., and Mrs. Grace Lewdness, Pittsburgh, presided over two institutes. Assistant Director of the U. S. Better Homes Movement, Miss Julia Conily delivered an instructive address before the entire convention. She attended the convention at the request of Mrs. Lizzie Fouse, national chairman for “Better Homes' from Lexington Ky. Albon Holsey, secretary of National Negro Business League, gave a talk on the Colored Merchants Chain stores in New York City and elsewhere, and Mrs. Malone, exhibited moving pictures showing the development of Poro college. These addresses were under the auspices of the department of business, with Mrs. Nevins of St. Louis as chairman. It was one of the most constructive conventions we have ever held."

Mrs. Lawrence Sledge, president for northern district California Federation of Colored Women's clubs has just returned from the same convention where she served as a delegate. She will give her report at the first reciprocity meeting. She said that she was very happy to be able to speak on several occasions in round table discussions and general sessions when someone would state California colored club women did not cooperate with the club women of other groups in the celebration of "Better Homes Week" and international and interracial movements, recalling that through this column the colored citizens had not only received invitations to participate in these movements but that they played a prominent part in them at all times.

Mrs. Sledge, stopped in Kansas City where she visited the largest hospital for Negroes in the United States. She secured a picture which shows the building is eight stories, and states:

 "It is completely officered by a colored staff, is General Hospital No. 2 of Kansas City. The main building cost without furnishings, more than $300,000. It is situated in the northern part of the high parkland to east of and facing the Union station and the city's Liberty Memorial. The site is known as "hospital hill" because of the attractive hospital buildings which proclaim it the city's health center."

A great surprise to her was to find that Miss Thelma Gibson, of Oakland, is a student and is training as a surgical nurse. She is a credit to the race because of her high rating.


An article appearing In the TRIBUNE August 2 stated that many friends are aiding in the furnishing of the $400,000 Cowell Memorial hospital at the University of California. Among the gifts noted were two checks for $150 each from Delta Sigma Theta sorority for Negro women students and Omega Psi Phi fraternity for Negro students to equip a sick room. A bronze plate on the door will commemorate the gift of these two student organizations.

The following Negro students have entered, the University of California in Berkeley for this semester: Lillian Hylton, Irene Sears, Inez Brown, Addie Mae Logan and Lillian Spears, who graduated last spring from an Oakland high school making four years in three, entering the university to study languages at the age of 16 years. Her high scholastic rating won for her the scholarship awarded by the California Federation, of Colored Women's clubs during the annual meeting in June held in this city. Last week a group of her school mates, together with her mother, tendered her a graduation party, and presented her with merchandise orders and many things necessary to enter the university.

The Negro boys entering University of California in Berkeley are John Jones and Ishimed Flory. In the teacher's college in San Francisco, Loet Allen, Dorothy Gray and Ruth Dean entered. The Lyceum of college and high school students resumed their regular meetings which are held on the first and third Sunday afternoons in the Linden Y. W. C. A. building. The Girl Reserve will hold an educational tea this afternoon. The public will be welcome. The committee of management of the Linden branch Y. W. C. A. with Mrs. A. O. Newman as chairman, Tuesday held the first meeting for the fall.


Under the leadership of Mrs. Jane Hudson and Mrs. Ella Butler, a barbecue supper will be featured Saturday in Elmhurst Gardens for the benefit of the Home for Aged and Infirm Colored People. This is a worthy cause and the public will be welcome.

Deputy District Attorney Leon Whittaker, of Los Angeles and wife were week-end guests of Mrs. Norman of Berkeley. He will probably give public addresses in Oakland and San Francisco before returning to his home in Los Angeles.


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