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ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, Inc OFFICIAL DIRECTORY General Officers PRESIDENT Dr. CHARLES H. WESLEY Howard University—Washington, D. C. SOUTHERN VICE-PRES. CHARLES W. GREENE 304 Griffin St. N. W.—Atlanta. Go. EASTERN VICE-PRES. Dr. FARROW ALLEN 337 W. 138th St.—New York City MID-WESTERN VICE-PRES. SIDNEY A. JONES, Jr. 3456 S. State—Chicago, Illinois WESTERN VICE- PRES. BERT A. MCDONALD 319 E. 48th Street—Los Angeles, Calif. SECRETARY JOSEPH H. B. EVANS 101 S. Street N. W.—Washington, D. C.

TREASURER PERCIVAL R. PIPER 18032 Wexford Avenue—Detroit, Mich. EDITOR OF THE SPHINX LEWIS O. SWINGLER 390 Vi Beale Street—Memphis, Term. DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION RAYFORD W. LOGAN Atlanta University—Atlanta, Ga. GENERAL COUNSEL THEODORE W. BERRY 415 W. Fifth Street—Cincinnati, Ohio EXECUTIVE COUNCIL Dr. B. ANDREW ROSE 402 S. Bank Street—Dayton, Ohio LOWELL H. BENNETT Fisk University, Nashville DR. WILLIAM S. RANDOLPH 575 Bayview Avenue Inwood, Long Island, New York c / o Dr. Fred Randolph

JEWELS Dr. Henry A. Callis, Howard University, Washington, D. C George B. Kelley. 1 113th, Troy, N. Y. Nathaniel A. Murray, 150 You St., N. W., Washington, D . Robert H. Ogle, (Deceased) Vernier W. Tandy, 221 W. 139th St., New York City

CHAPTER ALPHA—Ithaca, N. Y.—Active thru membership of Jewela. BETA—Washington, D . C—Pres.. G. Fredtrick Stanton; Sec, John C Robinson, 1917 Third Street, N. W., Washington, D. C. GAMMA—Richmond, Virginia—Pres., David A. Graves, 622 Judah Street; Sec., Frederick C. Lewis, Virginia Union Univ.


ROSTER 20. PHI—Athens, Ohio—Pree., John W. Gesaway; Sec, Welter B. Allen, 155 W. Washington Street. 21. CHI—Nashville. Term.—Pre*., Gregory A. Calvin; Sec, J. W. Elliott; R. Sec, Frank W. Claytor, 1017 Sixteenth Ave.

DELTA—Montreal, Canada—INACTIVE. EPSILON—Ann Arbor, Michigan—Pres.. C. F. Poole; Sec, Joseph Jenkins, 1103 B. Huron St.

PSI—Philadelphia, Pa.—President, David A. Asbury, 1710 Christian St.; Sec, Ernest Smith, 208 N. 53rd Street. 23. ALPHA ALPHA—Cincinnati, Ohio—Pres., Dr. Braxton F. Cann, 5223 Ward St.; Sec, Norman M. Perkina, 8 DeCamp Ave.; F. Sec, John W. Fleming, 636 W. 9th St.

: Sec, Dr. R. S. Fleming, 6. ZHTA—New Haven, Conn.—Pres., 216 Dwight Street. 7. ETA—New York City—Pres., Leon H. Bryan, 462 W. 146th St.; Sec, Edward N. Byas, 2 W. 120th St.

24. ALPHA BETA—Talladega, Alabama—Pres., Edward W. Jacko; Sec, Granville R. Lewis, Jr.; C. Sec, James A. A. Hill, Talladega College. 25. ALPHA GAMMA—Providence, R. Island—INACTIVE; Address, Joseph G. LeCount, 42 Westminister Street.

8. THETA—Chicago. Illinois—Pres., Rev. Archibald J. Carey, 57 E. 46th St.; Sec, William H. Childs; C. Sec, Samuel J. Evans, 6543 St. Lawrence Ave.

26. ALPHA DELTA—Los Angeles, Calif.—Prea., Bert McDonald, 319 B. 48th Street; Sec, Rufus S. Norman, 708 East 48th Street.

9. IOTA—Syracuse, N. Y.—INACTIVH. 10. KAPPA—Columbus, Ohio—Pres., James A. Tibba, 236 E. 11th Ave.; Sec, Henry Parks, Jr., 236 E. 11th Ave. I I . MU—Minneapolis, Minn.—President, John R. Lawrence, Jr., 556 St. Anthony Ave.; St. Paul, Minnesota; Secretary, John M. Patton, 1559 Roblyn Ave., St. Paul, Minn. 12. NU—Lincoln University. Pa.—President, Donald F. Davis; Secretary. William E. Griggs; Corresponding Secretary, LeRoy Patrick. 13. XI—Wilberforce, Ohio—Prea., A. Joseph Allen; Sec, Elbert Rogers, Wiiberforce Univ. 14. OMICRON—Pittsburgh, Pa.—Pres., William K. Leftridge, 235 S. Freehold St., S S; Sec, Howard W. Jordan, 230 Burgess St. 15. PI—Cleveland Ohio—Emmason D . Fuller, 2223 E. 100th Street; Sec, Clorence L. Sharpe, 4608 Central, S. E. 16. RHO—Philadelphia, Pa.—Pres., Dr. W. F. Jerreck, 1843 Christian Street F; Sec, C. G. Garrick, 529 S. Nineteenth Street. 17. SIGMA—Boston, Mass.—Pres., Dr. F. Irving Gray, 610 Columbus Avenue; Sec,, Frederick J. Franklin, 34 Wenonah Street; Roxbury, Mass. 18. TAU—Champaign, III.—Pres., C. D . Ashmore; Sec, Arthur H. Webb; C. Sec, M. Archibald Dumas, 615 S. Wright St. 19. UPSILON—Lawrence, Kansas—President, Ezra Greer; C. Secretary, Edward J. Bruce; R. Secretary, Francis Herndon, 1101 Mississippi St., Kansas University,


27. ALPHA EPSILON—Berkeley, California—Pres., Edward Aubert, 1601 Tyler St.; Sec, Theodore Smith, 2928 Grove St.; C. Sec, Henry L. Richardson, 15 57 Seventh Street, Oakland, Calif. 28.

ALPHA ZETA—Institute, Va.—President, H. William Robinson, W. Va., State College. 29. ALPHA ETA—Cambridge, Mass.—INACTIVE.

Thompson; Secretary,

30. ALPHA THETA—Iowa City, Iowa—Prea. Bernard Coaa; Sec, Lamar Smith, 815 S. Dubuque Street. 31. ALPHA IOTA—Denver, Colorado—Pres.. James Chrysler, 3007 Marion Street; Sec, Davis N. Howell, 2800 Glenarm St. 32. ALPHA KAPPA—Springfield, Mass.—Prea., ; Sec, Brnest A. Dawson, 211 W. 146th St. Apt. 100, New York City. 33. ALPHA Avenue; 34. ALPHA ard, 515

MU—Evanston, Illinois— Pres., William C. Pyant, 1930 Brown Sec, Colbert S. Davis. NU—Ames, Iowa—Pres., S. M. Riley, Jr.; Sec, Charles P. How. Mulberry Street, Des Moines, Iowa.

35. ALPHA XI—Milwaukee, Wisconsin— INACTIVE. 36. ALPHA OMICRON—Charlotte, N. Carolina—President, G. W. Young; Secretary. F. D. Wood, Johnson C. Smith University. 37. ALPHA PI—Louisville, Kentucky—Pree., Perry A. Lively, 3431 W. Hale Ave.; Sec, Vernon B. Miller, 1740 Dumesnile St. 3 8. ALPHA RHO—Atlanta. Ga.—President, George Washington, Morehouse College; Secretary, J. Raymond Davis. Morehouse College.


Official Organ of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc PUBLISHED FEBRUARY, MAY. OCTOBER, and DECEMBER NUMBER 3



THE STAFF EDITOR-IN-CHIEF LEWIS O. SWINGLER 390 Vz Beale Avenue Memphis, Tennessee ASSISTANT EDITOR HUGH M. GLOSTER LeMoyne College Memphis, Tennessee WHO'S WHO EDITOR GEORGE B. KELLEY Troy, New York HISTORY EDITOR CLYDE L. COLE Carver Junior High School Tulsa, Oklahoma FRAT FUN EDITOR DR. O. WILSON WINTERS Norristown, Pa.

CONTENTS Front Cover — Ferdinand L. Rousseve— Compliments Bro. A. L. Allen Silver Jubilee Anniversary, Nu Chapter The Spirit of True Fraternity The President's Message Significant Alpha News One Hundred Dollars for Alpha Outstanding Brothers of Alpha Sigma Fraternity Fun Will Alpha Phi Alpha Listen? Midwestern Regional Convention Makes Recommendations Hits and Misses Pan-Hellenic News


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(Caption by James D. Parks) ART EDITORS JAMES D. PARKS Lincoln University Jefferson City, Mo. FERDINAND ROUSSEVE Art Department Xavier University New Orleans, La. CONTRIBUTING EDITORS MILTON S. I. WRIGHT Wilberforce, Ohio WILLIAM H. GRAY Southern University Scotlandville, La. JOSEPH E. COTTON Memphis, Tennessee VICTOR L. GRAY Baltimore, Md. GRANT W. HAWKINS Indianapolis, Ind. CIRCULATION SPENCER SMITH Memphis, Tennessee ADVERTISING JOHN L. BRINKLEY, Jr. Memphis, Tennessee

Montreal After Dark The Teacher Sigma Lambda and Beta Tau, New Orleans, Hosts to General Convention The Alpha House in Chicago Voice of The Sphinx Balfour Advertising — Back Page Cover CHAPTER PICTURES Alpha Psi — Lincoln, Missouri Executive Committee — Eta. Chapter Eta Chapter — New York City Sigma Lambda and Beta Tau — New Orleans Beta Tau — Sigma Lambda Auxiliary Upsilon Lambda — Jacksonville, Florida Theta and Xi Lambda — Chicago Beta Mu — Kentucky State Beta Upsilon —• Alabama State Alpha Omicron — Johnson C. Smith University Beta Chapter — Washington, D. C Beta Theta — Bluefield College .

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GREETINGS, Alpha Phi Alpha

Twenty-five years ago, a bright and shining star appeared in the Alpha firmament. It was Nu Chapter, glittering through the dreams of the Seven Founders. Next month Nu will observe its Silver Jubilee Anniversary. Many of her illustrious sons, who have found their places in the sun, will return on this occasion to re-pledge their fealty. President Charles H. Wesley, Vice-President Farrow Allen, and as many Jewels and brothers of the East are expected to be present. An open invitation is extended to all brothers in the Fraternity.

THE PROGRAM November 2 — Chapel Services by the Fraternity Tournament in Rendall Hall. Prizes Awarded. November 4—Basketball Game in the gymnasium. November 5—Party by the Chapter. November 6—Banquet Reception. November 7—Chapel Service.



Brother A . L.


"The Year 1937 marks the 31st year of the existence of the name "Alpha Phi Alpha". It was October 23, 1906 that Alpha Chapter at Cornell University decided, on motion of Jewel George Kelly to select this title for its organization. This was a remarkable action and this day and month should stand out prominently in the mind and thought of Alpha men. It is significant that in October this action was taken and that every year since then, the chapters begin their activities as Alpha units in this month. Again then, we set out on another journey. Attention should be called to this historic action in our October meetings. CHARLES H. WESLEY, General President.

DEADLINE FOR PRE-CONVENTION NUMBER Chapter News, feature articles, and pictures must be sent to reach the Sphinx Office, 39016 Beale Street, not later than November 25, 1937.



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The Spirit O f True Fraternity futile as to seek the end of a rainbow for its bag of gold. A true friend is always useful in the highest sense; but we should i t «i beware of thinking of our " T»o«l^» j • L ' a m D C l a ^ n a p t e r friends as brother members of A body of men associated to- S e c r e t a r y , U p s i l o n a mutual-benefit association, gether by a common bond of with its periodical demands and interest is said to constitute a threats of suspension for non-payment of dues." fraternity; yet the real significance of such an organizaThe book of Proverbs might well be called treatise on tion goes beyond the narrow confines of this definition. Friendship with its advice about the kind of person a It takes into consideration such qualities as service, loyalyoung man should associate with and the kind he should ty, honor, and love of mankind. Christ's ideal wias the avoid. It is replete with friendly counsel and bitter deideal of a kingdom, men banded together in a common nunciations of false friends, but the worldly-wise warncause, under common laws, serving the same purpose of ings are after all in the interests of true friendship. love. It was meant to take effect upon man in all his Some men have a genius for friendship which is due social relationships, in the home, in the city, and in the no doubt to the fact that they are open and responsive, state. Its greatest triumphs have bean made through and unselfish. They do not join a fraternity to be "pinfriendships, and it in turn ha? ennobled and sanctified the wearers" but to contribute something worthwhile to the bond. organization. They feel that the term "fraternity" should There is possible today, as ever, a generous friendship in a sense be all-inclusive, that its scope should take in all which forgets self. Mankind has been glorified by countmankind. Francis Bacon in his essay on Friendship less silent heroisms, by unselfish service, and sacrificing wrote: "The principal fruit of friendship is the ease and love. Christ made the highwater mark of human frienddischarge of the fullness and swelling of the heart, which ship the standard of His own great action, "Greater love passions of all kinds do cause and induce. We know dishath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for eases of stoppings and suffocations are the most dangerhis friends." The classic instance of David and Jonathan ous in the body; and it is not much otherwise in the mind; represents the typical friendship. It was the miracle of you may take sarsaparilla to open the liver, steel to open the death of self. Jonathan forgot his pride, and David the spleen, flour of sulphur for the lungs, castoreum for his ambition. the brain; but no receipt oreneth the heart but a true In spite of the vulgar materialism of our day, we do friend; to whom you may impart griefs, joys, fears, hopes, feel that the spiritual side of life is the most important, suspicions, counsels, and whatsoever lieth upon the heart and brings the only true joy. And friendship in its essence to oppress it, in a kind of civil shrift or confession." is spiritual. It is the free, spontaneous outflow of the In our relationship with each other, there is usually heart, and is a gift from a great Giver. Friendship cannot more advantage to be leaped from friendly encouragebe permanent unless it is spiritual, nor can a fraternity ment than from friendly correction. No fraternity is in justice bear that title unless it demonstrates a certain worth the numa which does not elevate, and does not lead magnanimity. The great spiritual value of friendship lies to nobility of conduct and to strength of character. It in the opportunities it affords for service. Friendship beshould give a new insight to duty and a new inspiration gins with sentiment, but it cannot live and thrive on sentito all that is good. The result of our friendship with others ment alone. There must be a sense of loyalty which finds will ultimately be conditioned by the kind of persons that expression in service. Sentiment does not amount to much we are. We ought to be courteous, and kind, and gentle if it is not an inspiring force that leads to generous and with all, but not to all can we open the sanctuary of our noble deeds. hearts as we could to a brother. To learn to love all kinds of nobleness gives insight into We have a graduated scale of intimacy, from introducthe true significance of things. If we look without love, tion and nodding and speaking acquaintances through an we can only see the outside, the mere form and expression endless series of associations to the perfect friendship. of an individual. Only with tender compassion and loving In all fairness to ourselves, we cannot give them all the sympathy can we plumb the depth of his soul. We cannot same value. To expect loyalty and devotion from all the truly know any thing without sympathy, without forgetwould be sure disappointment. We cannot look for undyting self and entering into others. The joy that comes ing affection from the crowd we entertained at dinner or from a true communion of the heart with another is perrubbed shoulders with at social gatherings, but high ahaps one of the purest and greatest in the world, for only mong these various associations in our scale of intimacy love really understands after all. rank our fraternity brothers of whom we expect true John Trumbull, a prominent figure in American literacomradeship, for in the words of Edwin Markham— ture, oiica wrote these words: "Friendship is to be valued for what there is in it, not for what can be gotten out of There is a destiny which makes us brothers, it. When two people appreciate each other because each None Ives to self alone; has found the other convenient to have around, they are All that we send into the lives of others. not friends, they are simply acquaintances with a business Comes back into our own. understanding. To seek friendship for its utility is as

•"pO write on the Spirit of True Fraternity would be but to write a treatise on Friendship, for who can be a brother without being a friend! C • — ! * « « — .


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The President's Message l l f E begin a new educational year with t h i s month. Alpha Phi Alpha will be again at work after a period of vacation. As we undertake the tasks before us, let us do so with the definite purpose of measuring up to the true ideals of our beloved fraternity. The times demand that the fraternities take account of their stock and determine their policies. In spite of the belief that we are a worthy organization, public opinion oftimes believes the contrary. It is incumbent upon us then to see that we maintain the good opinion of the colleges and the communities in which we find ourselves located. Good will is one of the most valuable assets of the college fraternity, an8 we should not proceed upon the assumption that there will be an indefinite continuancs of good-will unless we also continue to merit it. E v e r y worthy cause should have our support and in particular those causes which concern themselves with the education of Negro Youth. Let us roll up our sleeves arid tackle these and the problems related thereto as men with a purpose — and Alpha Phi Alpha gives up the purpose and the cause. The year 1937 marks the 31st year of the existence of the name "Alpha Phi Alpha". It was on October 23. 1906 that Alpha Chapter at Cornell University decided on motion of Jewel Kelly to select this title for its organization. This was a remarkable action, and this day and month should stand out prominently in the mind and thought of Alpha men. It is significant that in October this action was taken and that every year since then, the chapters begin their activities as Alpha units in t h i s month. Again then, we set out on another journey. Attention should be called to this historic action in our October meetings. It would not be amiss to have the secretary or some other brother turn to these pages in the history and to read them to the assembled brothers. We would thus be rekindling the fires of the past the same time be making more certain the foundations of the present and the future. That the work done in 1906-7 has stood the test of thirty years and that our fraternity has prown from an impotent club to a place of commanding power among national organizations as well as Negro organizations bears witness to the greatness of the vision of the msn of those first years. Are we carrying forward this heritage? This challenge comes to every Alpha man. We have again awarded fellowships and scholarships for the school year. These are by no means as large and as many as they should be. This is especially true of the undergraduate scholarships. The number of scholarships

Thoughts Upon The New Year By CHARLES H. WESLEY

for undergraduates should be increased, and the next Convention should give its serious thought to this matter. In the meantimes, may I call attention to the following items about student aid, which I have obtained from the National Youth Administration.* Plans are being made for our next Convention at New Orleans. Let us make this our biggest and best! Begin now to think and plan for representation there for your chapter. On to New Orleans! Fraternally yours, CHARLES H. WESLEY, General President. "Editor's Note—The information submitted by President Wesley follows below. This information is vital to all of us and should be read very carefully by all Alpha Phi Alpha men and told to their friends. Additional information may be secured by writing to Mrs. Mary Bethune, National Director, Colored Division, N. Y. A., Washington, D. C.


TYPE OF AID AVAILABLE(1) The National Youth Administration makes funds available for payment to studsnts in institutions of collegiate standing for part-time work performed on prescribed types of activities during the academic year. Students may earn as much as $20.00 in a month while in regular attendance at the college, but on the average earnings will not exceed $15.00 per student per month. The actual amount which individual students may earn, and the hourly rates of pay are determined by the college authorities. (2) The National Youth Administration does not grant scholarships or loans. INSTITUTIONS WHICH ARE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE— (1) All institutions of collegiate grade, both publicly and privately controlled, are eligible to participate Continued On Page 38


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BROTHER CHARLES W. GREENE, Southern Vice-President

Greetings Brothers:— Alpha Phi Alpha has shown steady growth and development in the Southern Region during the past two years. Many new chapters have been established. There has been a revival of fraternal interest in practically all quarters, encouragingly indicated by the large number of delinquent brothers who are returning to the fold. This occasion also prompts me to express gratitude for the return of the General Convention to the Southern Region. Since the Silver Convention in Nashville, the brothers of New Orleans have been preparing the setting for another great Alpha Phi Alpha Convention in the Southland. We shall make the best of the opportunity to serve you in keeping with the finest tradition and ideals of our Fraternity. And on behalf of the New Orleans chapters and all brothers of the South, I extend official invitation to all Alpha men to meet us and greet us in the Crescent City.

"The Geography of North America and Louisiana" deserves the careful perusal of teachers who find difficulty in making geography interesting and practical. The warm reception which the volume has already received, especially in Louisiana, is indicative of the future popularity and usefulness which it will probably enjoy.

BROTHER DR. J. F. LANE President, Lane College, Jackson, Tenn.

The procession of Alpha Phi Alpha men who serves as administrators of leading educational institutions of the country has been lengthened with the induction into the Fraternity of Dr. J. F. Lane. Already rich in experience, he joins this great brotherhood with the well wishes of all Alpha men. Dr. Lane is the son of Bishop J. F. Lane, founder of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church, and Lane College which bears his name. With members of Beta Pi, all of Alphadom rejoices in gaining this illustrious membership.

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ITS ALPHA AND RUMFORD p i S K graduate, who is still carrying on in the name of Alpha Phi Alpha and Rumford Baking Powder. Since the Silver Anniversary Convention in Nashville, Tenn., 1935, Brother Tyus has conducted sales campaigns for Rumford in Memphis, New Orleans and its immediate vicinity. He returned North a few weeks ago to promote Rumford in Chicago, 111., but stopped by the Sphinx office long enough to assure the editor he will be back to the sunny southland when the last clarion call is made for 26th General Convention in the Crescent City.

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Pennsylvania Hospital, one year; did graduate work in throat surgery at the St. Luke Hospital, Philadelphia. At present he is engaged in his professional practice in the City of Memphis. A member of St. John Baptist Church and a number of civic organizations of Memphis, Brother Dr. Bland deserves the Alpha salute.



FORWARD IN MEDICINE YOUNG physician of Memphis, whose fraternal background goes back to his college days at Morehouse College where he "first saw the light" through Eta Lambda, graduate chapter. He later became a charter member of Rho Chapter, Morehouse. After graduation from Morehouse with the A. B. Degree, Dr. Bland entered Meharr y Medical College, graduating in Medicine in 1931. While at Meharry, he served as Manager of t h e Championship InterFraternity Basketball team of Chi Chapter, and was president of BRO. DR. R. EARL BLAND the Hubbard Medical Society at Meharry. To St. Louis, Mo. Dr. Bland went to interne at City Hospital No. 2, remaining until 1932. Three years of general practice followed in t h e West. 1935-6 Dr. Bland served as Chief Resident Surgeon, Douglass Hospital, Philadelphia, Penna.; was identified with the Urology Dept.,

D R O T H E R COHEN T. S I M P S O N . Head of the department of Visual Education and instructor of chemistry at State Teachers College Alabama State. Newly elected president of the chapter and an active worker i n matters dealing with the fraternity. Has been responsible for the development of the Visual education department at State Teachers College until it ranks with that of any Negro College. A graduate of Talladega College and the University of Iowa.


DROTHEE J. GARRICK HARDY, General Alumni Secretary and assistant Coach of the football team. A charter member o f Alpha Upsilon Lambda chapter. Re-elected secretary of the chapter for the year 1937. A hard worker in matters pertaining to t h e fraternity. Brother Hardy is also a member of the Social Science department at State Teachers College. A graduate of State Teachers College and Iowa State University he is a young man with a brilliant future.


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BLUEFIELD HONOR GRADUATES T AST June graduation at Bluefiekl State Teachers College found the two highest class honors being held by Alpha men. Brother John Flippen and Brother Arthur M. Mitchell, Jr., rated Suma and Magna Cum Laude respectively. The two were formerly President and Secretary of Beta Theta.

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ALPHA'S SOURCE OF FRAT FUN AND $100 INCOME BROTHER DR. L. L. PATTON D R O T H E R DR. L. L. PATTON, former President of the Volunteer State Medical Association of Tennessee is primarily interested in the equality of opportunities and equal accommodations in City, County and State hospitals for Negro Physicians and Negro nurses throughout the state. He has for years staged an untiring fight along these lines, though it seems in many respects that his hospital fight has been a losing one, yet h e is hoping that in the near future the fruits of his efforts will be seen in every City and County in the state, where hospitals are operated on State, City and County funds.


BROTHER DR. O. WILSON WINTERS, Norristown, Penn., Frat. Fun Editor, The Sphinx

1 endowment policy with Victory Mutual Life InH[IS surance Company, taken out with this company ten years ago when Alpha Phi Alpha endeavored to establish an Endowment Fund, matured this year. On the matured policy, Victory Life paid Alpha Phi Alpha $100.00 as beneficiary. A salute to Brother Dr. Winters.

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/CHARTER member of Beta Omicron; is a graduate of Tennessee S t a t e College, Cum Laude, 1935. Brother Lee is one of Birmingham's youngest business men. He is doing good in the coal business and is also engaged in real estate business with his father. Brother Lee is connected with the Birmingham Negro Chamber of Commerce, the Negro Youth Council, and the B i r m i n g ham Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.


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This check represents full settlement of all claims the payee has a3 beneficiary under the above numbered policy of Victory Mutual Life Insurance Company, and is issued on condition that the payee accept it as payment of the matured Ten Year Endowment.


"THE younger generation will no doubt view the above facsimile of the $100.00 check bearing the name of Brother O. Wilson Winters of Norristown, Pa., Frat Fun Editor, and consider it to be a bit of subtle humor for the current edition of the Sphinx. Oldsters, in the Fraternity, however, know there is a serious story behind the payment of this check to the Fraternity by Victory Mutual Life Insurance Company. Ten years ago, Alpha Phi Alpha endeavored to create an endowment fund by carrying ten-year endowment policies on the lives of the Founders and Brothers in thte Fraternity. The idea was definitely decided upon at the Nineteenth Annual Convention but details of the plans were to be worked out by an Insurance Endowment Committee composed of Brothers W. F. Jerrick, Chairman; H. L. Dickason, G. A. Cohron, Perry B. Jackson, Mack C. Spears, and J. E. Mitchem, secretary. The Committee made its report at the Twentieth Annual Convention held with Pi Chapter in Cleveland, Ohio. The Sphinx quotes


17736 excerpts from the committee's report:— "The idea of insurance of the lives of the Founders and Brothers in Alpha Phi Alpha with the Fraternity named as beneficiary, has already been accepted and the duty of the committee seems to be to perfect plan of operation for submission for your consideration. There are two distinct considerations in this idea, namely, insurance on the lives of Founders with premiums to be paid by the Fraternity and insurance on the lives of members with premiums to be paid by each member taking such a policy. In both instances, the Fraternity is to be the beneficiary." After ten years, the policy taken out by Brother Winters with Victory Mutual Life Insurance Company, Chicago, 111., has yielded to Alpha Phi Alpha $100.00. Hats off to Brother Winters for keeping his policy in force through the years. The cancelled policy should be placed in the archive of the Fraternity. It appears to be the only one that survived the depression.

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g R O T H E R HAMILTON BOSWELL, shown, left end, is making a wonderful record in the forensic field. He made the Varsity Debate team of Wiley in one year. Because of his effective work as an undergraduate in the field of music Brother Thomas Peters has been added to the faculty at Wiley as Professor in the Conservatory of Music. He is shown second from left.

BRO. NOLAN ANDERSON Associate Professor of Biological Science, Wiley College, returned to the institution this year after a year's leave for study d u r i n g which time he completed his work and received his Masters in Biological Science at Michigan University. Because of Brother Anderson's outstanding record he w a s elected to Phi Sigma National Biological Society.

Brother Leo McGee, vice-president of Alpha Sigma Chapter, is one of the outstanding students of the campus and has made the honor roll several times and is the recipient of an Alpha Phi Alpha scholarship for this region. He is shown third from left. Having received his M.S. Degree this past year a t Cornell University with several hours to his credit toward his Doctorate, Brother Kelse B. Morris, right end, is back to carry on with Alpha Sigma. He is also director of the Wiley Collegians.


Front row, left to right:—Thaddeus Whayne, Lione'l Newsome, treasurer; Malilieu S. Woolfolk, secretary; Augustus Low, R. L. Clark, Jodie Ba : ley, Sphinx Master; James Goble, president; Back row:—W. Franklin, G. Robinson, H. McNiel, R. Turfley, F. Gentry, R. Booker, N. Green, R. L. Johnson, James Miller, J. Loveless, Sergeant-at-arms, C. Gunnell, W. Spiegner, A. Marshall, F. Weathers, R. Duncan, S. Freeman, T. J. Campbell, Jr., P. L. Combs, Ode Taylor, assistant editor, Sphinx; B. Tomlin. Not shown on this p ; cture are Brothers A. J. Lynch, corresponding secretary; E. O. Boone, III, and W. Wilson.

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, ETA CHAPTER Left to right, Front Row:—Theodore R. Rutledge, James C. Day, Edward Byas, J. Coleman Williams, Editor Souvenir Brochure; Back Row—Roy H. Lee, Clarence Holte, Herbert L. Bryan, Thomas Coleman, Roland Jones. George Fenderson and M. R. Riley absent from picture, also members of Committee.

—Courtesy, Souvenir Brochure Group Photo of Eta Chapter Brothers, New York City—Dr. Farrow Allen, President, and Eastern Vice-President of the Fraternity, shown sixth from left, front row. (More Eta pictures on Page 36)

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Dear Lewis, TT is with much trepidation that I send this assortment of literary snapshots for the pictorial number of the Sphinx. The humorists ardor has been depressed by the recent knowledge that one of my brothers has taken exceptions at my frequent jibes at him. I have duly apologized to him and I am hereby apologizing to you and all other brothers so affected by my indiscriminate satire and licentious bufoonery.-I have selected these snapshots at random and in these days of candid photography one cannot be over meticulous in the distribution of his prized views. SILHOUETTE No. 1 I have a dog; her name is Juno. She is four months old today. She was given to me by one of my patients. She is luminous black with brown legs blending into the black of her body. There are two convex islands of brown just above her eyes and a white patch of hair on her breast as if it were a tufted brooch. Her sharp pointed ears attentively erect, quick furtive eyes and inquisitive, nervous pacing distinguish her as belonging to the famed Belgian Police breed, but up to now, being a puppy, she is in the process of intensive training for the domestic protection of Mrs. Winters, myself and menage. She is an excellent "contractor" dog for she is continually doing odd jobs about the house. SILHOUETTE No. 2 This is a candid shot of me visiting one of the Nudist camps in New Jersey. In fact, I am inclined to believe a little too candid. I am inside of gate No. 1 waiting to be admitted thru gate No. 2. That big fellow over there to the right with the gnarled limbs and pock marked face is telling me that I must become a member of the cult if only temporarily before I can get an interview for my column in the Sphinx. The little woe-begone, flea bitten, hen pecked individual over there tells me that I must disrobe to make my application for membership. I must be free from athletes feet, halitosis, housemaid's knee, tennis elbow, B. O. and other things incidental to civilization. I refused. But I relented and tried to compromise by offering to show the hair on my chest, or a special birth mark I have of which I am very proud, or the webbing between my toes. All of these were rejected. A bright idea struck me! I turned around, hastily let down my raiment thinking perhaps they would be interested in seeing the three Alpha Phi Alpha impressions—but they misunderstood my gesture! When I was finally discharged from the hospital —Suppose we pass on. SILHOUETTE No. 3 This group was taken at the National Teachers Association Convention at Philadelphia in July. Brother President Wesley was one of the featured speakers. Brother Secretary Evans was also one of the speakers, a sort of left hand Ickes man. That besmiling, bespectacled pedagogue is Bro. Prof.

EDITOR Seale, he of the pretty teeth and twinkling eyelids. To the right of him, Apollo like, able and serious with advanced educational lore gained from post graduate study is Bro. Professor Clarke of Louisiana. Next to him a dead ringer for Light Heavyweight Champion John Henry Lewis is Bro. Jones all the way from Alabama. The Junoesque lady is Policewoman Sloane of Louisville, a classmate of Bro. Prexy Wesley back in childhood days; she tells me Bro. Wesley was even smart then, the leader of their class. SILHOUETTE No. 4 This is Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. Strawberry Mansion Tennis Courts. Bro. Prof. Wm. Gray seeking surcease from philosophical researching is teaching "Ma" Gray how to play tennis. Transposing his pedagogic scientificness to the athletic field he has informed "ma" that the court is 78ft long and 36 feet wide and that for proficiency's sake the singles court is made up of four squares on each side of the net. Two squares of which are called the service boxes, right and left and two imaginary squares, called no man's land. He designates the service squares X and Y and the no "man's land" squares A and B and instructs "Ma" to take her position behind the outer boundary of square A to begin service. He tells her to describe an arc with the racket meeting tennis ball at point Z two feet over the right shoulder causing a parabolic flight of low trajectory, etc., etc., etc. Note—She beat him 6-1; 6-1. SILHOUETTE No. 5 This is an enlarged snapshot of my dental office. The comely young lady seated in the chair is a student of Miner Teachers College, home on her vacation. The following questioning takes place: Me—I met your president at an Alpha banquet in Washington last winter. Do you see him often ? Her—Oh yes I see Prof. Clarke often. I work in the Cafeteria and he frequently sends down for meals. His favorite expression is "send me quantity and let it be attractively garnished." Doctor he is certainly a big eater and we students get a big laugh out of that because of his —(hesitancy). Me—You mean "bay window?" Her—Yes sir. His nick name is "fats" and "Eugene". I'd die if he'd ever find it out. Me—Excuse me a moment. (Rest of snap shot shows me hurriedly writing down this succulent information).

SILHOUETTE No. 6 Conversation in a Trailor Camp Photos of Covered Wagons, Quaker Travellers, Silver Domes and other trailers and a group of knights of the road telling location stories. Says one—"The traffic cop in Detroit was bawling out an unassuming lady motorist. Said he: 'Don't you know what I mean when I hold up my hand?'


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Says she sweetly: 'I ought to. I have been a school teacher for ten years.' Says another—"Said hubby to the garage mechanic: 'It's an outrage to charge us $10.00 for towing us only three or four miles. 'Never mind dear,' whispered the wife, 'he's earning it; I've got the bi-akes on'." Says another—The best sign I saw in New York state was one pointing north saying, "Niagara Falls". The place you visit a second time to see the scenery." Says another—"Don't be scared" said the burglar to the old maid. "I wont touch you—I want your money." "Get out" said the crestfallen spinster, "you're just like all the rest of men I've met.'' Says another—"During the recent flood, having lost their way enroute to Louisville, a truck load of women reached the high water mark of a Louisville suburb and were stopped by a quarantine guard of the regular army station there. The guard asked where they were going and if they had a pass. The head lady told h : m that there had been a radio call for them. As he couldn't let them by without a pass he decided to investigate and went to the local Red Cross Headquarters and asked about the radio call. When he came back, he said to the lady in charge, "That radio call was for a truck load of oars. O A R S\" Says the last one—Santa Claus has an overwhelming order for Creoles this X-mas. New Orleans awaits you! Shall I save one for you? Remaining very truly yours with a Canal Street wi?tfulness, OLIVER. o

BRO. H. T. RILEY'S LETTER TO FRAT FUN EDITOR—BRO. O. WILSON WINTER'S REPLY No. 17—JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL 1102 North West Street Indianapolis, Indiana (Brother Riley of Indianapolis oftferng a plot of land for the erection of a National Alpha Home (He would!). I believe Ihc i» the same guy who in St. Louis told us about his totjng two Bibles to every convention and looking askance at the brothers who dance for immoral purposes). Dr. O. Wilson Winters, Norristown, Pennsylvania, The Sphinx, A. P. A. Dear Brother Winters: . Just a line to let you know "That I have tried to assist" your column from becoming monotonous. Several brothers here as well as myself felt that everything of a serious nature that I have attempted to present to the General Convention of the fraterniy has become fruitful material for your column. I did not attend the Regional given a t Wilberforce, Ohio last Spring. I have not attended any chapter meetings locally since the Los Angeles Convention (which I attended at my own expense) nor will I be present at the New Orleans General Convention or any other General Conventions or local chapter meetings. I also have re-


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mained and will remain unfinancial. This information I have conveyed personally to our Vice-President Brother Sidney Jones. I trust this cooperation I have given you will be appreciated by you and will further aid your column from being so "Riley" monotonous. Fraternally yours, H. T. RILEY.

Mr. H. T. Riley, 2712 N. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis, Ind. Dear Brother Riley: It grieves me exceedingly to know that my attempt at bufoonery, satire and innocent fraternal jest has caused you any embarrassment, discouragement or disaffection from your pristine love and respect for Alpha Phi Alpha. First of all, I am a humorist and I am afraid it is idigenous to my very nature for I can see humor and satire in most everything. And what attempts I have made to satirize your activities and speeches were done in pure innocence and with no desire or intention to ridicule nor belittle your very constructive ideas. I honestly believe I have helped to publicize you and your worthwhile contributions to A Phi A progress for it is no secret among the gentlemen of the press that the cartoonist and humorist wield more influence than any other agency extant. That influence can be for good as well as evil, however. I do not believe you think that I have tried to be vicious and evil or that I have singled you out as the butt of my jokes. I am in hearty accord with all of your constructive ideas. Let us review them. First, the joke I made on your declaration about "Two Bibles at every Convention." I have not only carried my Bible to every convention but I have carried my statue of St. Theresa, too. Next, "Immoral Dancing;" I have attended only about three dances of all the conventions I have visited. The styles of dancing have changed somewhat since your St. Louis speech on immoral poses and positions in dancing when close contact dances were in vogue as contrasted with the individual positions such dances as "The Big Apple," "Truckin," and other modern dances inspire. There was perhaps need for your outcry against it then. I commend you on your foresight and generous philanthropy in offering Alpha a plot of land for a National Home. I would be pleased to work with you at the Convention to see that some such expediency can be effected. Only this year there has matured a policy on my life made out to the General Fraternity. These two ideas could be incorporated into the Constitution which is being revised even now. Now Brother Riley, I am a Trustee in my church, a professed Christian for thirty years, a minister's son, chairman of a sponsoring committee of a Commnity Center in Norristown, Pa., and a probation officer for wayward boys in this vicinity so I feel it is my Christian duty to apologize to you or to any] other Alpha Brother whom I have offended. Also I am inviting you to show that you have forgiven me by reuniting with your local chapter, the General Organization, and meet me at New Orleans so we can work together for the good of Alpha Phi Alpha. Yours fraternally, O. WILSON WINTERS.

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Will Alpha Phi Alpha Listen? VI/'ORK — Sweat — Work — ' " Die. Who. cares? Four o'clock in the morning. Bells ring. "Plantation," yells the riding boss. "Everybody out!" Ill-nurtured sharecroppers arise from a miserable sleep, swallow a badly balanced breakfast and head for the fields. Knees bend and backs blister under scorching sun as thousands of "King Cotton's" slaves salaam him. Of all the workers in the United States, the plight of the agricultural laborer is worst. Sharecroppers average $212.00 per year. It is a rare thing to find such a worker who is out of debt. At the beginning of the planting season, the 'cropper and the planter will make an agreement whereby the planter will furnish the land and some farm tools; the 'cropper will furnish the labor. When the crop is gathered, both parties will share one half or the planter will get two-third and the 'cropper get what is left. It usually turns out "all for the planter-none for the 'ci'opper. Planters keep the accounts and give no receipts. As the worker has no money to begin with, he is forced to buy on credit at the plantation store where he is miserably overcharged. Contrary to popular opinion, tenant farmers eat few fresh vegetables because the planters demand that every foot of ground be planted in cotton; hence the rows crawl right up to the cabin door. When the season ends, the planter and his wife are present when accounts are settled. If the sharecropper complains, that is considered an insult to the planter's wife and serves as an excuse to beat the tenant or even shoot him. Today, in this land of the free, a large number of the workers are virtually slaves. On some plantations, they are beaten regularly and they dare not complain or defend themselves lest they be killed. This writer knows of a case wherein a tenant had an argument with a riding boss and the boss forthwith went into a small town nearby and formed a mob to chastise the cropper. When the mob approached the tumbled down shack where the tenant lived, his wife gave warning. The man fled and was shot in the back. On the following day, the local newspaper carried a two-inch writeup under the caption, "Negro Shot While Resisting Officers." At times the worm turns and when he does the surrounding community is enveloped with mixed emotions of consternation, admiration, fear, hatred and mob violence. Such a case was that of Bill Jack Bledsoe. On March 4, 1937, Bledsoe, one of the tenants on the 1000-acre Denny Plantation, near Milan, Tenn., had an altercation with George Stanford, riding boss and general agent of the farm. The scene of the trouble was the Milan bank. Deputy Sheriffs present offered to arrest Bledsoe but Stanford advised that he would personally settle the dispute. The following day Stanford told Bledsoe to come to the farm and move his tools—that if he did not there would be trouble. When the 'cropper went for his tools, the riding boss opened fire. The fire was returned and when the shooting was over, Stanford lay dead. A mob was hastily formed in an adjoining county but as Bledsoe knew the terrain very well, he was able to evade his pursurers and

give himself up to the sheriff of Carroll County at Huntingdon. At Bledsoe's trial, evidence was offered to prove that the shooting of Stanford was done in self-defense. Yet the charge was first degree murder and the sentence was twenty years at hard labor. It is interesting to note that in his case the planters in the community pooled their money in their efforts to guarantee the conviction of the defenseless sharecropper. Reputedly, the best trial lawyers in the community and a man who had practiced for a number of years was hired to defend Bledsoe but they were bought off by the owners of the vested interests and hired to help prosecute Bledsoe. It is generally known that peonage exists on plantations in the Delta country but specific cases are seldom brought to light. Th e Earl Peacher incident in Arkansas which involved a conviction and $5000 fine shocked "civilized" America. Of no less infamy is the case of J. S. Decker of Clarksdale, Mississippi. Clarksdale is one of the most beautiful towns in the Delta. Everywhere one sees evidence of civic pride and one wonders how such a beautiful country can harbor so much hate. Decker, a 30-year old planter, rents a 200acre farm near the town and has several 'cropper families to make money for him. Among the families were J. W. Wiggins and his wife, Ethel Davis. In the latter part of August, this year, Wiggins complained that his wife was being held in chains by Decker upon claims that the 'cropper owed the planter $175.00. During an investigation by federal agents and Sheriff H. H. Dogan of Tallahatchie County, Wiggin's wife was found chained to a bed with the chain locked around her neck. Decker was freed under $1500 bond and the Federal Grand Jury will take into consideration the peonage charge in October. Tenant farmers and other agricultural workers have often revolted against the conditions under which they live. In the early part of the century the "Silent Brigade" was formed in Hollowel] County, Kentucky by growers of black tobacco and the "Black Patch War" was waged in an effort to break the tobacco trust that was then forming. Houses were burned, persons were flogged and murdered. Workers soon learned that this procedure would not gain their end. Recently the revolt has taken the form of labor unions. The New Jersey Agricultural Workers' Union received its initial baptism of fire on the Seabrook farm when hired thugs were imported to break the berry pickers' strike. Night riders riddled members of the Alabama Sharecroppers' Union with bullets. Colorado Beet Workers Union members suffered wholesale evictions.

The Sharecropper's Problem By PRENTISS THOMAS

Arkansas is number one anti-union state. Two years ago, in Tyronza County, a group of Negro and white sharecroppers met at night in a dimly lighted building in order to discuss how to alleviate their conditions. It was at this meeting that the Southern Tenant Farmers' Union had its beginning. Among the demands of the Union were decent living wages, honest accounting and the constitutional right of freedom of speech. Continued On Page 38

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Brother Sydney P. Brown was chairman of the Recommendations Committee. All of the recommendations were urged by him in his address at one of the business sessions entitled: "Education, Scholarships and Housing for Alpha Phi Alpha Brothers by the Fraternity." SIDNEY A. .JONES, JR. o

I l f HAT is believed to be one of the finest Regional Conventions ever held was held at Xi and Chi Lambda Chapters at Wilberforce University, May 14th to 16th. The Regional was held in connection with Xi Chapter's 25th anniversary. The undergraduate and the graduate brothers spared no pains or expense in holding this convention and it reminded one very much of a General Convention in every respect. Brother Sidney A. Jones, Jr., the Mid-Western Vice President, presided over the convention. The following brothers were speakers at one or more of the sessions: Sydney P. Brown, a leading Chicago attorney; Dr. D. Ormonde Walker, president of Wilberforce University; Hon. Carl C. Jenkins, superintendent and fiscal officer of the Combined Normal and Industrial Department of Wilberforce University; Dr. Milton S. J. Wright, professor of economics at Wilberforce; Dean F. A. McGinnis, dean of the College of Liberal Arts of Wilberforce; Dr. B. F. Cann of Cincinnati; Attorney Henry J. Richardson, regional director, of Indianapolis; Hon. Charles W. Anderson, Jr., member of Kentucky Legislature and prominent attorney of Louisville; Attorney Theodore M. Berry, general counsel of the fraternity of Cincinnati; Dr. B. A. Rose of Dayton, member of executive council and former general president; Dr. C. Thurston Ferebee, prominent Washington dentist; Rev. A. Wayman Ward of Chicago; A. L. Foster, charter member of the Xi Chapter, and executive secretary of the Chicago Urban League. Among the active undergraduate brothers of Xi Chapter who took leading parts in the convention were: Samuel J. Morris, Henry Garcia, Joseph N. Moore, and Granville C. Smith. The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity entertained the convention with a breakfast and breakfast dance. The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity gave a summer formal in honor of the convention. The Sphinx Club gave a smoker, and the final event was the closed banquet on Sunday night. An outstanding event was a radio program from Station W. H. I. O., Dayton. The speakers were Brothers Milton S. J. Wright and Henry J. Richardson. Music was furnished by Brother Henry Garcia at the organ and the Xi Chapter Chorus. The following recommendations were made to the General Convention: 1. AH money given away by the fraternity in the future for scholarships and fellowships to brothers, shall be divided so that not less than two-thirds of the sum given in any one year will go to undergraduates for scholarships; and not more than one-third will go to graduate brothers for fellowships. 2. The Grand Tax shall be reduced from $4.50 to $3.00 and there shall be no reinstatement fee. 3. The fraternity shall establish a permanent Housing Committee to assist undergraduate Chapters in securing houses. There shall be a Regional Housing Committee for each region. The fraternity shall assist undergraduate chapters financially in securing homes by loans under proper conditions.

BROTHER W. H. GRAY, JR. IS CO-AUTHOR OF WORKBOOK One of the interesting recent publications in the field of college geography is a workbook, "The Geography of North America and Louisiana", written by Brothers William H. Gray, Jr., and E. Eugene Greene of the Extension Division of Southern University. According to the foreword, this workbook is intended "to meet a demand among Negro college students, both residential and extension, for a comprehensive outline of geographic information covering the fundamental elements without unnecessary technicalities." In subject matter, as the authors freely admit, no new geographical facts have been found, but the workbook is a creditable work because of its excellent exposition of useful methods in the teaching of geography. Exercises, charts, and graphs enable the students to save time and to give his assignments a personal touch. The second section of the workbook is particularly prapared for use by public school teachers of Louisiana. In this section the authors have stressed the relation between vocational opportunities and population distribution in this state.

NEWS QUESTIONAIRE FOR ALL CHAPTERS PLEASE NOTE: In an effort to compile and prepare articles for the Sphinx on comparative accomplishments and activities of Brothers and Chapters in the country I am asking you to supply the following information and mail it immediately to the address listed below. Name and Location of Chapter:— List in order names of three members of your chapter who you think have contributed most to Alpha Phi Alpha during the past year. List the activities in which they have engaged. During the past five years who has been the most outstanding athlete in your Chapter as shown by his achievements in intercollegiate athletics? List his accomplishments. List in the order of importance the outstanding activities sponsored by y o u r chapter such as inter-fraternity basketball, debates, scholarships, proms, etc. in listing any annual dances or programs give approximate dates when possible. Supply the above requested information— Wm. H. Gray, Jr., Contributing Editor of the Sphinx, Southern University, Scot lands ille. La.

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Hits And Misses TPHIS column hopes to make itself known in hearts of all Alpha men by the time the New Orleans Convention gets under way. All eyes are pointed south once again, and "me" for one am looking forward to basking in the tropical clime of Dear Ole New Orleans.

I didn't mention this to the Bishop while he was here, but he was labeled the most handsome prelate to be found anywhere, and that comes from the men too. Brother A. Wayman Ward was the most classical dresser ever to be seen. Mighty fine compliments Brothers, and that goes for me too. Will be seeing you in New Orleans Christmas.

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Speaking of New Orleans brings to mind those fine Brothers who represented New Orleans at the Convention and the warm fellowship that existed throughout the Convention. I have been very pleasingly informed that a group of ladies representing a Greek Letter Organization will be on hand in the Creole City. Let's all go. Your scribe is sending out calls for all "Old Timers" to be on hand at this gathering. Brothers whom I haven't had the pleasure of seeing for somie time take notice. Brothers John J. Irby of music fame; Co-Author of our Hymn; "Ole Lady" Scotty Brown, of West Virginia, the shortest All-American end in history; William "Bill" Spriggs, the crafty quarterback of days gone by. Samuel Byron Hutchison, of the Boston Bean City, emerge from your lonely seclusion. Then there's "Chump" Wilson, of Atlanta, Georgia. I hope that the "Top Hat", doesn't keep you away from New Orleans. "Sig" Herman of Ohio State, where are you? "Hump" Holland is in Texas getting away hugely. Any number of others that space does not permit are extended special invitations to be on hand during the Convention. Sometime ago this column seems to have gotten in bad with some of the Brothers in regard to some of the articles written. No offense Brothers; all in a matter of fun. I hope Brother Dr. Collinwood Burch is listening. Right now I am going to start some propaganda in favor of the Metal Arts Company of Rochester, New York, Jewelers, handlers of first-class materials and above all has given three Brothers jobs. Som« consideration is due them. Don't you think so ? Be ready in New Orleans. Can't altogether agree with Brother President Walker of Wilberforce University in his endorsement of the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Black. Keep my Ole Alma Mater out of the political mixup, Prexy. Am boosting your program to the highest. "Beseeinya." Don't know just how I am going to feel pfter this "stuff" comes off the press. They tell me a regular captain for my column is being released this issue. Guess I'll have to buy a larger hat. Oh Yea!—Almost forgot to tell you about the 150th anniversary of the A. M. E. Church that met in Memphis this summer. It was a huge gathering. Saw Brothers from everywhere. Some I hadn't seen in 15 years or more. To my mind the two most outstanding delegates to the meeting were Brother Bishop John A. Greggs and Brother Rev. A. Wayman Ward, author of our Fraternity prayer.

I wonder what nice things Brother Bert McDonald and his California group are going to bring to New Orleans Christmas. Remember the Nashville tokens? Speaking of New Orleans for Christmas time, Alpha Delta Lambda and Beta Xi Chapters of Memphis, Tenn. are planning on having open home or better still "Open City" to the delegates enroute to the Convention. Well you know how those "Beale Street Boys" of Convention fame are noted for doing things, ask Brother Bindly Cyrus of Chicago, he can tell you. So every Brother and his company will have to come through Memphis. Well, here is to Brothers far and wide—those of you I did not see this past summer, I wish you a very pleasant return to your labors and let's all work toward New Orleans, Christmas. Brother A. J. Carey, Jr., is all booked up now; just watch his smoke. Congratulation to Brother Jordan of Western University "wish you much success." The results of Brother Logan's New Deal discoveries are bringing about some very satisfying results, very worthwhile, Brother Logan. Just finished reading about the grand time the Alphas had in New York a few days ago. Wished that I could have been there. Lovely souvenir programs they had. Was just beginning to wonder about F. D. "Shorty" Atwater and his whereabouts when Lo and Behold! in comes his picture to the office with a group from New Jersey. He seems to be slightly more bald than I am. Might say here that the work of Brother Attorney Houston and his associate, Leon Ransom, resulted in the State of Tennessee offering scholarships to Negroes out of the state. But what surprised me was that only a few applications have been received from over the state. Wake up Tennesseans and make those scholarships worth more. My town was rather pleasantly visited not so long ago by Brother Atty. Charles Houston, who was accompanied by my old friend. Atty. Andy Ranson. Come again old pals, the results were gratifying. Seeingya. Brother Myles Paige of New York City, might have acknowledged our "Congrats" upon his induction into office. Let's hope it was an over sight, Palsy Walsy. Please Turn To Page 17

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HlflUH ALPHA PHI ALPHA We welcome you to New Orleans! We hope that you will enjoy yourselves. Of course we are depending upon you to escort our girls on to New Orleans Christmas, 1937! Signed:— Mae Bernel Rhodes. Basileus, A l p h a Beta Omega, Alpha Kappa Alpha, New Orleans. Margaret Davis Bowen, Supreme Basileus, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA BOULE December 27-30, 1937 December 27—Registration—Canal Street Y. W. C. A. Directorate Meeting—9 A. M. Sightseeing Trip—1 P. M. Public Meeting—8 P. M. Xavier University Reception—10 P. M. Xavier University December 28—Sessions Begin Dillard University December 29—Closed Formal Dillard University December 30—Closed Banquet Dillard University l l f I T H the Detroit Council as official host to the visiting "'delegates, the ninth annual convention of the National Pan-Hellenic Council was held in the City, of Detroit, Michigan during the month of August at Lucy Thurman YWCA. This session was considered one of the best in the history of the organization. According to press releases, the following delegates were scheduled to represent their respective organizations:— OMEGA PSI PHI— S. Herman Dreer, St. Louis, Mo.; Francis N. Dent, Detroit, and B. Crum, Detroit. PHI BETA KAPPA— George E. Lawrence, Chicago; Edgar J. Pitts, Detroit; Dr. S. W. Jenkins, Detroit. KAPPA ALPHA PSI— J. Ernest Wilkins, Chicago; Joseph A. Craigan, Detroit; and C. C. Washington, Philadelphia. ALPHA PHI ALPHA— Joseph H. B. Evans, Washington, D. C ; Percival R. Piper, Detroit; Dr. Charles H. Wesley, Washington, D. C. ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA— Miss Maude Whitby, Detroit; Miss Maude E. Brown, Louisville; Mrs. Margaret B. Davis, New Orleans. DELTA SIGMA THETA— Miss Edna J. Morris, Gary, Indiana; Mrs. Elizabeth T. Norton, Detroit; and Mrs. Mamie D. Robertson.

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ZETA PHI BETA— Mrs. Goldie Guy Martin, Chicago; Mrs. Fannie C. Clay, Knoxville; Miss Beatrice Collier, Washington. SIGMA GAMMA RHO— Miss Rubye G. Peake, St. Louis; Miss Juliette Boykin, Chicago, 111.; Miss Bertha M. Black, St. Louis. The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc., was incorporated under the laws of the state of Illinois.


Mound Bayou, Miss, was the scene of the Annual Health Project of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority this past summer. This Project, initiated three years ago by Soror Ida L. Jackson, was carried on under the direction of Dr. Dorothy Boulding-Ferebee, Washington, D. C , was most successful. With twelve assistants, including Miss Mary E. Williams, director of Public Health Work, Tuskegee Institute, Dr. Mary C. Wright, D. D. C, Cambridge, Mass., Mrs. Margaret D. Bowen, Supreme Basileus, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Dr. Thelma Y. Coffee, MD., New Orleans, and Brother Herman Washington, Xavier University, Dr. Ferebee used Mound Bayou as her base of operations and covered the entire county by holding daily clinics in different communities. The citizens of Mound Bayou, oldest All-Colored town in America, acknowledged their gr)atitutde by giving enthusiastic cooperation.

SPHINX SPEAKS —Tune Auld Lange Syne— Words by Bro. James S. Peters Beta Sigma I Should ever Alpha be forgotten and never no more be praised. We hope that then, the Lord will call us to our dying days. CHORUS For 'ole A Phi A we'll strive, for 'ole A Phi A. We'd gladly give our lives within your bounds today. II As Sphinxmen we are true to any Alpha's call. We have fraternal love and high ideals for all. CHORUS For 'ole A Phi A we'll strive, for 'ole A Phi A. We'd gladly give our lives within your bounds to-day. Ill Now when we've crossed that burning sand into dear Alpha land. We'll ever be true to thee and always take our stand. CHORUS For 'ole A Phi A we'll strive, for 'ole A Phi A. We'd gladly give our lives within your bounds to-day.

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BROTHER BEN JOHNSON, CAPTAIN, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY TRACK TEAM, 1937 Renowned in the field of sports, and faithful to the high principles and tradition of Alpha Phi Alpha, Brother Ben Johnson has won add/tional laurels for h U Fraternity, race, and nation. He is shown breaking the 100 meter record in Paris, France. Wearing the stars and stripes of Old Glory, Brother Johnson, on August 17, 1937, led a field of noted athletes from other nations as several thousand Frenchmen cheered and hailed him, "La fleche Noire"—the Black Arrow. He set a new world mark of 10:2. The old record, 10:3, made in 1931, has been equalled but was left to be broken by Brother Johnson.

HITS AND MISSES .Continued From Page 15 To Brother McLain and B. J. Lockley of Cincinnati, am looking for Alpha Alpha Chapter to be well represented. My regards to Brothers Hull, Crosbys, Flemming, Atty. Ted Berry and all the rest of the gang. You know I am still with you.

Alpha Delta Lambda Chapter is wondering what has happened to our "Honest Gus" White, treasurer. Hasn't been to meeting for so long, maybe the young one keeps him pacing the floor on his nights to go out. Look us up soon, Doc.

Brother Kelly Miller is out on that same limb with Brother President Walker of Wilberforce on the Hugo Black-Klan issue. Sorry ole dears.

Look out for Brother P. Bernard Young; he's sporting a small vest pocket camera and collecting lots of evidence. Look out girls.

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T EFT — Brother Wifbur ""Stretch" Byrd who comes from Gary, Ind. has done splendid work on the gridiron and in basket ball at Wiley College, a n d w a s r e cently chosen the most outstanding player of the Southwestern Collegiate Tournament and was selected as all-conference forward. Little brother Aikens, a guard, was also chosen as a member of the all conference team.

D R O T H E R MATTHEW 'HINGE" JOHNSON p 1 a y e d four years of football a t Bluefield State Teachers College. In 1936 he was rated All-American Tackle.




BRO. MATTHEW H. JOHNSON WILBUR "STRETCH" BYRD Haven't had a chance to visit that new house in Chicago as yet, but hope to in the near future. They tell me it's a dream. To Brother Henry Ferguson of Alpha Alpha Chapter, Cincinnati, Ohio, we are all very proud of you and the wonderful success made with your taxicabs. Look out for me, I need a job; 'spect I'll have to come around and take one from you. Regards to your staff of workers including Dave. Speaking of Ferguson reminds me of my Old Friend "Cap" Ferguson of Charleston, West Virginia, and his once home like "Ferguson Hotel". "Cap" should be reclaimed with all my good West Virginia Brothers like Bill Buchanon, Harry Jefferson, Russell Smith, Charlie Fairfax and a few more I haven't seen in quite a while. Drop me a line occasionally. The Citizens of Louisville should be proud of the Negro Representative in their State Legislature in the person of Brother C. W. Anderson, Jr.; quite a few accomplishments have been achieved through bills due to his introduction. Don't forget him when re-election time comes. What cha' say "Dawg"? The parade of our college presidents should prove interesting to all our readers.

XAVIER'S TRACK COACH /""ELEBRATED 0•lympic star, who is making a remarkable record as Athletic Director at Xavier University, New Orleans, La. His track team won recognition this past spring at Marquette University, Metcalfe's alma mater, in the high jump event. With his charming wife, the former Miss Gertrude Pemberton, of Texas, Brother Metcalfe w i l l greet Convention delegates and visitors in New Orleans during the forthcoming Christmas holidays. BRO. RALPH METCALFE

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to the North of the United States is the D IRECTLY Dominion of Canada; there are not forty eight states as in our country but seven provinces. The French were the first to colonize this great stretch of land but in the glorious Seven Years War, England was victorious and what was land of the French became a land of the English. However, the English are skillful imperialists so they allowed the Frenchmen to keep their language and their religion; and today in this huge city two languages are still used and two religions are widely practiced. Both French and English appear on all public signs and the city is colored with Catholic churches and shrines. Let us assume that this is a beautiful moon light night and that the stars make the heavens look like a perfect canopy of stars. Let us assume that our hotel is on the East side with the more liberal French rather than on the West side with t h e conservative English or in the center down in Montreal's little Harlem, with our brothers of color. Let us imagine again that a liberal person of the liberal section has volunteered to be our guide for the evening; his store closes at twelve midnight, and we go by to pick up a Jewish friend and are off to see Montreal After Dark; we drive almost fifty blocks to the Montmartre cabaret, hear a Sepia band and see a floor show of the lesser sort for the priceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;well say less than a dollar for the three. The place is jammed to capacity; there must be a seating capacity of over three hundred and yet try as hard as we may at best we are able to spot only four faces which we would swear were colored and not a single mixed couple. From the Montmartre we invade the little Harlem section and go up in the' Terminal Club; here again we see a second rate floor show at very low cost. Between the stops persons of color are as scarce as fifty dollar bills; Negro workers, other than Pullman porters and those who work a t the night clubs seem not to exist; the French section shows that the original settlers still have their religion and their language; the English section looks like the imperialists have and are still getting more than their share of Montreal's substance. Negro business consists of a few restaurants on St. Antoine Street and shady rooming houses near the railway station for the accommodation of railway porters and tourist chauffeurs; Race prejudice bobs up it's deadly head in white night clubs but not in restaurants and cafes; Negro and white couples may walk the streets and attend any of the theatres and churches but they dare not seek cabaret life with ease even in places open to Negroes. In other words, here as in the States, the white man does not like to see Negroes with white women. If you want a chance to retire in a liberal city and you have the wherewith-all for such a life of ease, then go North and stop over in Montreal, for there indeed is one place on the North American Continent where one can escape much of the prejudice which exists in the United States; but if you are short of cash and will have to work (unless you wish to be a railway porter or a cafe owner) then stick to the States until you can earn enough money to retire; perhaps by that time you will have grown so old and so accustomed to American race prejudice that it will not make any'difference.

Brother A. K. Nayabongo of East Africa, is a graduate of Howard and Yale Universities and h o l d s the Litt. B. Degree from Oxford. He is at present studying for his Doctorate at Oxford University. He is shown in his Oxford robe.

THE TEACHER I hold Aloft the torch Of countless Yesterdays, Lighting the way Tomorrow's feet Must climb. I lift With reverent hand, For eyes enrapt, the veil From all things beautiful and true And good. I lead Weak, erring steps Through Nature's wondersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;hill And valley, cloud and bird and flowerTo God. I work In softest clay; From precious, formless mass I fashion, slowly, tenderly, A soul. CHARLES B. ROUSSEVE, Sigma Lambda Chapter, ALA 1323 Columbus Street New Orleans, Louisiana

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Sigma Lambda and Beta Tau, New OrJeans - Host to 31st General Convention By FERDINAND L. ROUSSEVE President, Sigma Lambda


• y H E R E have been conventions, and conventions; there will be conventions, and then some,—but there hasn't been one such convention as there will be in New Orleans from December 28th through December 31st, when Alpha comes for the first time to the Mississippi regions of the old Creole city, the Paris of the New World, to think, to act, to clink, to enjoy good fellowship and good mint Juleps, to renew old friendships and begin new ones, to marvel at the characteristic exoticism that is here, to partake of the delicious food that turns the most abstemious into outstanding gourmets. The "Rush of '37" is gathering momentum—from the East, the West, the North—brothers are talking; wheels are beginning to grind, slowly, surely; motors are beginning to hum, in preparation for the long trek Southward; they are planning to come by road, by rail, by water, and by air, but they are all planning to come. The cry is "2,000 will register!" Reservations hav e already been made for brothers from Illinois, New York, California, and other places too numerous to mention. One brother in New England writes: "Coming with three brothers, have a good place ready. We are all single— but particular." Here in New Orleans, all is in readiness. The brothers are pushing final details towards completion, what with Brother Whitney Haydel continually tagging all brothers to get the budget over the top, with Brother Tureaod's program and schedule being worked to a fine point after Brother Wesley's acceptance, with Brother Coleman's publicity and souvenir program moving into concrete expression, with Brother Washington's social program and menus giving the promise of a most enjoyable surprise treat, with Brother Harold Bouise's committee guaranteeing excellent and sufficient transportation, with Brother Talbert getting all the houses lined up for the comfort of the incoming brothers, with details of registration being arranged to make all fees, as reasonable as possible, and with Brother Creuzot as General Chairman of all Convention Committees guiding all activities wisely and well. Brother W. R. Adams and his committee on Ladies' Auxiliary have inspired the organization of the "Alpha Bettes", wives and sweethearts of Sigma Lambda and Beta Tau Chapters. They are making plans for the entertainment of the wives and friends of the brothers who will attend the Convention while the business sessions are in progress and at all other times as well. Mrs. W. R. Adams is the president of the organization and has spared no efforts in making it a live association. The Auxiliary is sure to add a great deal of charm and beauty to the usual dignity(?) and brains(?) of the brotherhood. On a Saturday evening not very long ago these energetic ladies gave a most successful Waffle Supper—your scribe

Front Row:—Left to Right—Bros. Lester Braden, Louis A. G. Blanchet, Warren Llado, Rene J. Rousseve, Whitney Haydel, Clyde Reynolds, Noma J. Rousseve, Ferdinand L. Rousseve, Orlando Moss, Andrew J. Young, Charles Buggs, Rudolph Moses, Cleolus Blanchet, James Taylor. Second Row:—C. C. Haydel, Theodore Wright, Walter Morial, Francis Hammond, Robert Pearson, Ralph Metcalfe, Harold Bouise, George B. Talbert, Peter W. Clark, Armand V. Boutte, Jr., Clarence T. Mason, Giles O. Wright, George Weber.


still sees golden brown waffles swimming in that good old Louisiana cane syrup, (you brothers not in these parts don't get it that way!) decorated with choice sausage, floating around in his dreams!—he also sees Brothers Adams and Whitney still on that tenth or twelfth serving, and wonders if that Louisiana cane had not been thinned out with some Louisiana "corn". Since then they have held teas and bridges, along with other gatherings. In spite of the active interest in Convention matters, brothers of Sigma Lambda and Beta Tau Chapters have had time to take part in many outside activities, hence, we are presenting Black and Gold Ribbons to the following: To Brother William Belton on being'named a General

Back Row:—George Hamilton, Marshall Bennett, Jesse 0. Richards, P. P. Crausot, A. P. Tureauv, Albert Bloom, E. V. Peppers, Charles B. Rousseve, James Brown, Osceola A. Blanchet, William E. Belton, Edward M. Coleman, William R. Adams, Herman A. Washington, Charles E. Burbridge. Not in Picture:—James Hall, Robert Sloane, Mahlon Rhaney, Floyd Baldwyn, Oscar A. Bouise, J. W. E. Bowen, J. Felton Brown, Ernest Cherrie, Frederich Hall, Walter King, Andrew E. McDonald, William H. Mitchell, Alfred Pribstly, Ira B. Ross, Alvin J. Smith, Elmaurice Miller, Traverse Crawford.

Education Fellow for advanced study leading to his doctorate degree at the University of Iowa. Brother Belton's major field is Physics, and he is on the faculty of Dillard University. To Brother Oscar A. Bouise for the successful completion of a year at the University of Michigan, during which time he earned his M. A. degree and additional credits towards his doctorate. He was also a General Education Fellow. His major field is English Literature, although he holds degrees in Arts, Sciences, and Pharmacy. He is on the faculty of Xavier University. To Brother Whitney Haydel for making such a success in such a short time of his tonics and other medical preparations on the market.

To Brother Reid Jackson for the receipt of his Ph. D. in Education from Ohio State University, and on his appointment to the Faculty of Dillard University. To Brother Clarence T. Mason on the advent of the birth of his first child—a future Alpha man!—and for his enlightening and entertaining discussion on some of the historical phases of the medical practice, at a recent meeting. To Brother Ralph Metcalfe on the advent of his recent marriage to the former Miss Gertrude Pemberton of Texas. Bon voyage, mon garcon. To Brother Rudolph Moses for the recent, well-earned honor coming to him in his appointment as Acting Dean

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of Dillard University. Brother Moses has done outstanding work in the University as Head of the English Department and Dean of Men, and has been an indefatigable worker in its program of development. To Brother Clyde L. Reynolds on his appointment as Fellow in the National Society of Accounting at its recent meeting in Atlanta. To Brother Charles B. Rousseve for the publication of his first major work "The Negro in Louisiana—Aspects of his History and his Literature," which will soon be off the press. To Brother Rene J. Rousseve, (What! another one!) on the advent of his recent marriage to the former Miss Irma Manada. Bon voyage aussi, mon garcon. To Brother Herman Washington for his recent trip of good will in assisting the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at Mound Bayou, Miss., and for his understanding championship of the cause of the delinquent brothers. To Brother Theodore Wright on the receipt of his


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Master's degree in Physical Education (there are only a few) from the University of Michigan after this Summer's study. He is head coach at Xavier University. In conclusion, may we submit herewith a concentrated version of the Convention Program. For the sake of brevity and future interest many details have been omitted. In advance we advise all brothers to sleep well before coming to New Orleans, as there will be little time for that phase of life after they arrive.

PROGRAM Twenty-Sixth General Convention The Thirty-First Anniversary Tuesday, December 28, 1937 12:30 A. M.—5:00 A. M. Cabaret Party 10:00 A. M.—12 Noon Registration of Delegates and Visiting Brothers, Convention Headquarters Meeting of Executive Council. 2:00 P. M.—5:00 P. M. Business Session. RECESS


Seventeen reasons why the Twenty-Sixth General Convention in New Orleans, La. this coming December will be one of the greatest in the history of the Fraternity. They are members of the Ladies' Auxiliary to the two host chapters, Beta Tau and Sigma Lambda, and will play a prominent part in the entertainment of delegates and visitors. Reading from left to right, front row, they are:—Mines C. T. Mason, P. P. Creuzot, F. L. Rousseve, W. R. Adams, president; C. E. Burbridge, R. J. Rousseve, C. L. Reynolds. Rear row, left to right, A. J. Young, R. Moses, C. W. Buggs, F. V. Peppers, W. King, C. C. Haydell, H. L. Washington, J. F. Brown, R. Jackson, and J. W. E. Bowen.

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5:00 P. M.—7:00P. M. Smoker—Brother Felton Clark, Master of Ceremonies. Theme: The Negro and Equality of Educational Opportunity Main Address— Short Addresses— In the Elementary Schools In the Secondary Schools In the Colleges In the Professional Schools 8:00 P. M.—Public Meeting Musical Selections—University Band—Brother Ferdinand Rousseve, Master of Ceremonies. Invocation—Brother Song—"Lift Every Voice and Sing" Assembly Response—Brother Sidney A. Jones, Mid-Western Vice-President, Chicago, 111. Music Greetings: 1. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority 2. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity 3. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority 4. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity 5. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority 6. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity 7. etc. Response—Brother Charles H. Wesley, General President

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Music Presentation of Speaker—Brother Charles H. Wesley, General President Convention Address—Brother Myles A. Paige, Judge of the City Magistrates' Court, New York City Music Presentation of General Officers and Jewels Benediction—Brother 11:00 P. M.—3:00 A. M. Dance. Wednesday, December 29, 1937 9:00 A. M.—12 Noon—Sightseeing Tour 12 Noon—6:00 P. M.—Business Session ADJOURNMENT 10:00 P. M.—Social Event. Thursday, December 30, 1937 9:00 A. M.—12 Noon—Committee Meetings 12 Noon—6:00 P. M.—Business Session 8:00 P. M.—10:00 P. M.—Open 11:00 P. M.—3:00 A. M.—Alpha Phi, Alpha Formal Dance Friday, December 31, 1937 9:00 A. M.—10:00 A. M.—Committee Meetings 10:00 A. M.—1:00 P. M.—Business Session RECESS 2:00 P. M.—6:00 P. M.—Business Session 10:30 P. M.—1 A. M.—Convention Banquet Toastmaster, Brother—








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The Alpha House In Chicago TPO tell of the Alpha House in Chicago is to tell a story of more than a magnificent building, with its beautiful parlors, modernistically furnished bedrooms, its marvelous dining room, in which every meal is a sensation, its recreation room and ballroom; it is to tell of more than the.hand may touch or the eye may see. The Alpha House in Chicago is a symbol of the eternal unity of a group of college bred men, concentrated to the task of liberation of body and soul of a people from physical, mental and spiritual enslavement. The Alpha House in Chicago is the manifestation of a re-birth into the true spirit of Alpha Phi Alpha. Here, play and laughter are applauded, sorrows are shared and worthy deeds are inspired. Here, the royal creed of fellowship and fraternity flourish. So, as we tell of our building and facilities and activities, we must be ever mindful that our accomplishments are the results of two hundred fifty Alpha men in Chicago operating on a wave band in tune with the great spirit that gives us being. The Alpha House in Chicago, therefore, is more than a community project, it is a light house on the mid-continent, reflecting the glory, purpose and destiny of our fraternity. From 1919 to 1933, Alphas in Chicago owned a well appointed home at 4104 Vincennes Avenue, subject, of course, to its first mortgage. When we reached the low point in the depression, the amount of this mortgage approximated the value of the property. Our two chapters—• Theta Chapter and Xi Lambda Chapter-—therefore wisely elected to accept a few hundred dollars and relinguish their interest in that old Alpha land-mark. It was then, for the first time, we experienced the inconvenience of being without a home. This inconvenience inspired a determination within us to secure a new home that would be adequate for the extensive program that awaited fulfillment. Two hundred thousand and more Negroes reside on Chicago's Southside, in an area eight blocks wide, east and west, from State Street to Cottage Grove Avenue, and forty blocks in length, from 26th to 66th Streets, north and south. Most Alpha men are found in this area. Our first step was to ascertain where these Brothers lived and to attempt to find an adequate home whose price and terms were practical. Accessibility to this home for most Alpha men was of fundamental importance. All of these factors came together in the property a t 4432 South Parkway. The building is a three story and basement, modern brick structure, occupying a space of approximately 30 by 130 feet. In the basement there are two rooms for use as living quarters, laundry rooms, storage and boiler rooms; the first and second floor hrwe eight rooms and three baths each; the third floor has a recreation room and a large meeting

room which will lend itself for further development as an ideal assembly and ball room. The first floor and two basement living rooms are leased to a tenant at a substantial monthly rental. We use the second floor — consisting of a large, beautiful living room or parlor, a music room, four bedrooms, a dining room and kitchen—together with the third floor containing the spacious recreation and assembly rooms. We do not exaggerate when we say this property is one of the finest apartment buildings on Chicago's famed South Parkway. An evidence of this may be had from the fact that just prior to the depression, the owner declined an offer to sell for Twenty-Six Thousand Dollars. At the bottom of the depression, when everything was a t its lowest ebb, including our pocket books, we grasped the opportunity to purchase the property for Ten Thousand Dollars, of which Six Thousand Dollars, was in the form of a first lien to the Home Owners' Loan Corporation, payable Fifty-Five Dollars and Ninety-Five Cents per month, including interest at 5%, which we assumed; and the balance of Four Thousand Dollars, to the owner was payable Two Thousand Dollars cash, and Seventy-Five Dollars, per month and interest at 6%. The initial money for this undertaking was raised principally from upward of a hundred Alpha men who paid each from Five Dollars, to Twenty Dollars, according to their interest and ability to participate. At that time, there were many whose interest was present but financial ability was not; and there were a, few who were able who did not support the undertaking from the beginning. A palatial home of this character required furniture, furnishings and other appointments in conformity therewith. Again, our men dared to do the thing the way it ought to have been done—so we purchased new furniture, furnishings and equipment — eight twin beds and beddings and chairs for the four bedrooms, a chest of drawers for each room, six dining room tables and a couple of dozen chairs, with dishes, silver and utensils; we furnished the large parlor with two davenports, two large lounging chairs, six pull-up chairs with tables, rugs, mirrors, Venetian blinds, etc., to conform. The music room pursues the same elegance in furnishings as found in the large parlor adjoining it. All of these furnishings, furniture and equipment are now completely paid for. Subsequent to this initial installation of furniture, furnishings and equipment, we have added by purchase and gift from generous Brothers and their ladies, many articles for the increased comfort and beauty of our home, including two radios, one being the latest automatic tuning high-powered Philco, two pool tables; fifty leather botContinued On Page 38





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Greetings Brothers: The biggest news we have is to extend to all Brothers and their wives and sweethearts a cordial invitation to stop by Memphis enroute to the New Orleans Convention. The Office of the Sphinx and another address to be given you in the next issue will be our heardquarters. Lets make this a Pre-convention meeting. Fraternally, J. EDWARD COTTON, Corresponding Secretary.

Office of the Secretary, 101 S. Street, N. W., Washington, D. C. TO ALL CHAPTERSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; This is our first letter at the beginning of the fall term of school and is sent at this time in order that we make sure concerning the names and addresses of chapter secretaries. If there has been a change of officers or the former officers have not returned to school, be sure to advise this office immediately so that our records and those in the Sphinx may be correct. Brother Swingler is preparing for a fall issue the latter part of this month and he and I both are anxious to see that every financial member gets his copy on time. Two or three chapter secretaries have sent in complete information about changes in their membership lists and this is a great help to our office in keeping records straight. We are now rechecking our financial lists with those recently sent Brother Swingler and want to know immediately if there are any cases in your chapter where brothers did not receive the issues as they came out. With regard to Grand Tax payments, it has been agreed between the General President, the General Treasurer and myself that a brother paying Grand Tax for the balance of 1937 need pay. only $1.00 provided he includes with it the $4.50 Grand Tax for 1938. If a reinstatement fee is necessary, there will be an additional $1.00 due. In other words, for a brother who was unfinancial in 1936, a payment of $1.00 reinstatement, $1.00 Grand Tax for 1937 and $4.50 for 1938 will make him financial at convention time. Please remember that November 15 is the date on which 1938 Grand Tax payments are due and those which come in after that date must include the 10 per cent penalty. I call this to your attention now because the November meetings in some chapters will fall after the fifteenth and this means that Grand Tax payments must be paid when you have your October meeting. Again let me caution you about the matter of Money Orders. These should be made payable to Alpha Phi Alpha at DETROIT, MICHIGAN. The funds received in this office are forwarded with the report to the General Treasurer and if you make Money Orders payable to a place other than to Detroit, we have to pay an additional fee. At every turn, we hear news of the preparations being made in New Orleans for our reception. You have possibly heard that the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is holding its meeting in the same city and railroads are willing to do their part towards lower rates and special trains. It will help a great deal if each chapter will, at its next meeting, poll the members to see how many plan to go to New Orleans by train. Let me have this information immediately after your meeting and we think it will be possible, cooperating with Alpha Kappa Alpha, to arrange a train journey that will be enjoyable all the way. Sincerely and fraternally yours, JOSEPH H. B. EVANS, General Secretary.


MESSAGE OF SYMPATHY TO BROTHER J. EDWARD COTTON ^ L P H A DELTA LAMBDA CHAPTER takes this occasion to express its deepest and heartfelt sympathy to Brother Joe Edward Cotton, corresponding secretary, and Contributing Editor of the Sphinx, on the loss of his father, Mr. E. D. Cotton, who died the morning of September 25, 1937. Mr. Cotton was a pioneer citizen of Memphis and was active in the religious and civic life of the Bluff City until his health failed seven years ago. During the long period of illness of Mr. Cotton, his son, Joe, and Mrs. Susie Cotton, widow, were ever faithful and devoted. Signed: LEWIS O. SWINGLER, President ABNER B. OWEN, JR., Secretary. o

ALPHA PSI CHAPTER Lincoln (Mo.) University Alpha Psi chapter takes this opportunity to acknowledge its appreciation and respect for those seven young men, who undoubtedly were possessed with the same or similar ideals as were the Seven Jewels, when they decided to establish Alpha Psi. Those Brothers were Brothers H. Hartshorn, M. Beason, N. Freeman, W. Hopson, B. Gravette, J. Turner and M. Finley. Because of the efforts and success of these dear brothers Alpha Psi today is fighting earnestly to gain recognition as one of the livewire chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. This recognition is being sought for in every path where excellency is the prime objective. Scholastically Alpha Psi leads the Fraternities at Lincoln. The honor roll the past semester was sprinkled with names of Alpha men. In sports Alpha Psi tops the list again. The entire varsity basketball team was composed of Alpha men and Sphinxmen. Captain Jodie Bailey, sensational forward of Lincoln University's team, and a brother in Alpha led the Tigers to Innumeral victories. Brother Thomas (Bill) Campbell because of his prowness on the Gridiron, was elected Captain of the football team for the ensuing season. It is the desire of every member of Alpha Psi to maintain qualities so requisite for happiness and the welfare

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of our fellow man. It is our desire to be more energetic this year to attain such feats so as to enhance the popularity of this organization. Fraternally yours, IDE TAYLOR, Alpha Psi Chapter.

BETA CHAPTER Howard University Greetings to All In Alpha Phi Alpha, Perhaps there is nothing quite so stale as old news but this which I am about to impart is fresh news to some Brothers. Beta Chapter had on a night in May a Spring Prom to end Spring Proms. Brothers from far and near came to make the affair the great success it was. Brothers old and new carvorted and danced around with all the grace and


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effortless abandon of leaping Gazelles. At the stroke of twelve in walked the red-coated bandsmen of our good Brother, Brother Noble Sissle who promptly took charge of the musical end of things that set tempo at a breakneck pace. "Swing" and other rhythm were given the undivided attention of Brother Sissle and believe you me the social tongues wagged for quite a time about the best dance Washington has seen in many a moon. The following night a joint banquet was held at Howard University for the very recent initiates. Amid the pomp, splendor and reverence that Alpha commands initiates were feted, Brothers dined and smoked and heard Bro. Dr. Jerricks. Need I say more? With these two gala nights passing into Alpha history Beta feels that it has wound up a successful year on the comeback road. Wlc think that Brothers who have had occasion to visit us during the past year will agree.


Frankfort, Ky.—Standing left to rjght:—Brothers Sheley Lynem, James Hall, president; Grover Stevens; Burghardt Turner, secretary; Seated:—Left to right, Brothers Asbury Jones, Lonnie Bryan, treasurer; Norman Passmore.

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After a summer of work, rest, vacation, etc. the Brothers have returned to school and Beta Chapter, I wish to extend to all the greetings of Beta and hope that you will visit with us during the ensuing year. Notes taken at raridom during the summer includes: Brother Elihu H. Morson plans to continue his work in the field of Chemistry at Howard this fall. Brothers Robert Rucker and Robert Anderson keeping the girls in a whirl all summer. Brothers Griffin and Dawson returning from a hard summer of tray-toting at Ocean City, N. J. Brother G. F. Stanton hard a t work with new plans for Beta. Brother J. Wesley Robinscn at his vacation from the Dept. of Justice. Bro. Payton (Klotz to you) still complaining about the heat. Bros. Sewall and Riveria still the same old Scribes. Bro. Jesse Chandler here at the House on a stop over on his way to return to Meharry. Sincerely and fraternally yours, JOHN C. ROBINSON, Chapter Editor to The Sphinx

ALPHA TAU Akron, Ohio Alpha Tau should go places this coming year. Our beloved president, Norman Chestnut, took upon himself a better half, the former Miss Ida Morrey, a very charming


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and popular socialite of this great city of opportunity. With such an inspiration to help guide him, the chapter can't miss. We've got to hand it to Danny Cupid. He finally sent one of his arrows direct through Brother E. Black's left side too. They became Mr. and Mrs. during the summer months and are happily residing in Dayton, Ohio. The lovely one in this case was the former Miss Mary Waples, of New Orleans, La. I've just learned a bit of sad news concerning our Brother Daniel Thomas who has been rather ill from an attack of acute indigestion. From the last reports, our good and efficient Brother Dr. Charles R. Lewis has his case in check and before long Brother Thomas should resume his studies at the University. Our good Brother Luther Johnson has left us to take up his duties in the State Treasurer's offices in Columbus, Ohio. Good luck to you, Luther, we all want you to go places. During the month of August, Brothers Raymond Brown, Rufus L. Thompson and myself enjoyed a wonderful vacation up at the "Y" camp of Brother Ken Morris, Cleveland, Pi Chapter. Alpha Phi Alpha was well represented there and many good sessions took place. In anticipation of our greatest Convention, Alpha Tau is very busily engaged trying to keep pace. Fraternally, H. C. SPARKS,


"And The Night Shall Be Filled With Music And The Cares That Infest The Day Shall Fold Their Tents Like The Arabs And As Silently Steal Away.' Such a night was experienced by members of Betia Upsilon Chapter, Alabama State Teachers College, Montgomery, Ala. last spring at their Annual Spring Dance. They are shown with their beautiful guests.


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ALPHA XI LAMBDA CHAPTER Toledo, Ohio Greetings, Brothers in Alpha Phi Alpha! Alpha Xi Lambda Chapter is back in the fold again. On May 12, we held our reorganization meeting in the home of Brother Dr. Leo V. English. A spirit was exhibited which indicated that the brothers meant business. "Alpha Xi Lambda has lain dormant too long", "There is work to be done here", and "We must not forget our Alpha training" are typical of the expressions made. Brothers William T. McKnight was elected president; Ivan C. McLeod, vice-president; Roy C. Shelton, secretary; Dr. Herbert S. Goodloe, treasurer; Morris M. Leavelle, sgt.-at-arms; and Charles H. Clarke, Jr., associate editor of the Sphinx. A thumbnail sketch of the brothers composing the chapter might be interesting. Dr. Leo V. English, U. of Michigan, is a practicing physician, and has been the spark plug in the chapter rehabilitation.


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Attorney William T. McKnight, Kansas U. and Yale, is a member of the staff of the Attorney General of Ohio, department of bank liquidation, a strong N. A. A .C. P. worker and prominent in community life. Attorney Ivan C. McLeod, University of Cincinnati, has law offices and, as chairman of the Rushing and Ritual Committee, is exerting a worthwhile influence over many of the young men both in and out of Toledo University. Brother Morris M. Leavelle, U. of Toledo, is an employee of the New York Central Lines; Brother Charles H. Clarke, Jr., Ohio U., is a reporter on the staff of the Toledo News Bee, a Scripps-Howard paper; and Brother George Randall, U. of Toledo, is a social worker. Attorney Albertus B. Conn, Michigan, maintains law offices, is president of the Frederick Douglass Community Center and prominent in civic affairs. Brother William W. Stewart, U. of Pittsburg, is a druggist, and Dr. Herbert S. Goodloe, Ohio State, a dentist. Both are staunch Y.M.C.A. workers. Brother Carter Tyus, Ohio State, is a pharmacist, while


Members of Alpha Omicron Chapter, Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, N. C. Shown above reading left to right are:—Sitting, John N. Ladson, Franklin D. Wood, secretary; standing, left to right:—Otis C. Davenport, James J. Abney, chaplain; Maynard L. Wilson, George W. Young, president; (Behind Alpha insignia) Henry C. Dugas, Claude E. Sloan, H. G. Sullivan, Winthrop J. Bui ware, vice-president; James A. Bond, Jr., financial secretary and treasurer. Brothers graduating in May, 1937—Otis C. Davenport, J. J. Abney, H. C. Dugas, C. E. Sloan, J. N. Ladison. Brother Hubert A. Eaton, February graduate is not on the picture.

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Brother Roy Shelton, Wilberforce and Ohio State, is a deputy on the county auditor's staff and a second lieutenant in the Ohio National Guard. Alpha Xi Lambda is planning a fall initiation and before the convention we will probably have ushered m o r e brothers into the light of Alpha. With best wishes for our most successful convention and our eyes on New Orleans, we shall keep aloft and follow the best traditions of the fraternity. ROY SHELTON, Chapter Secretary

BETA SIGMA CHAPTER SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY ""FHE brothers of Beta Sigma have returned from their summer vacations ready to carry out a constructive program for the year 1937-38. This program has been expanded to include practically all of the extra-curricular activities on the campus as well as currcular activities. Last May we held our second initiation. The neophytes are; G. Armstrong, J. Leary, M. Potter, W. Yates, A. Rogers, J. Marshall, W. Moseley and A. Lang. After the rites were over, the neophytes were entertained by their brothers. Our local president gave a few remarks. After ward each of the newly initiated brothers were entertained. They unanimously agreed that they would rather stand for the rest of the banquet. We regret exceedingly that some of our brothers have gone into larger fields, through their graduation, yet we rejoice with them in their achievement. Brothers H. Dumouil, E. Walters, J. Leary, W. Moseley, and J. Christy are those with whom we rejoice. We are looking forward with delight to the conclave which will be held in our immediate vicinity. Among our activities we list the awarding of two scholarships, The Alpha Clark and the Alpha-Gray. Simon Leduff, one of our own Spinxmen, won the Alpha-Clark scholarship. He also won the cup presented by Kappa Alpha Psi for outstanding scholarship during the past year. Alpha Brothers and Sphinxmen play an important part in extra-curricular activities, particularly athletics. Among those represented are F. Walker, Varsity quarterback, Sphinxmen W. Vaughns varsity half-back, Sphinxman E. Alston, varsity half-back, Brother J. Peters varsity guard. Brother Peters is a promising candidate for AllAmerican in the South-Western Conference. Brother William Gray, our sponser, has been called in from the extension field and is now with us on the campus. We boast that he is among the best sponsers that any fraternity has. We are proud of him. We will welcome any delegates to the conclave who pass this way and wish to stop at Southern University. Our present Chapter Roster is as follows; Brother J. D. Davis, President Brother W. Yaves, Vice-President Brother E. Thornton, Recording Sect. Brother M. Potter, Corresponding Sect. Brother J. Peters, Treasurer Brother G. David, Chaplain Brother 0. Thompson, Business Manager Brother A. Lang, Associate Editor of Sphinx Brother J. Marshall, Sergeant-at-arms Brother G. Armstrong Brother A. Rogers.


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OMICRON LAMBDA Birmingham, Ala.

Greetings to Alpha men, everywhere:â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Omicron Lambda is still going strong and getting stronger as the fall season opens. During the summer, the majority of our brothers were out of the- city but the tried and trusted few carried on. We haven't been together for our first fall meeting (scheduled for October 3) but in the December issue of the Sphinx, you'll i<ead plenty concerning Omicron. Since the last issue, Brother A. D. Shores passed thÂŤ Alabama Bar and can now write his name A. D. Shore, Attorney-at-law. Brother Herbert Pigrom was married in May to Miss Zelda Shelton. Brother W. E. Shortridge was elected president of the Alabama Funeral Directors Association as well as an executive officer of the National Funeral Directors Association. Brother Shortridge spent the summer vacation in Cuba and he will be seeing you in New Orleans Christmap. Brother Hooper Council has left the city for Buffalo, New York. Brother Richard Dunning has been made Inspector of the Tuscaloosa District, Atlanta Life Insurance Company. Brother H. Lovell Mosely announced his retirement from baseball effective this year. Oh yes! He'll still play basketball on the crack Alpha Phi Alpha " 5 " and will continue to officiate footbal games. He'll take a little time and talk about this at the Convention. Neophyte Brother Cleophas Haygood spent the summer studying at Columbia. Neophyte Brother Atkins Collins spent the summer in Cleveland, Ohio. Neophyte Brother Preston Evans is now manager of Birmingham's only Negro owned drug store in downtown Birmingham. His brother, Harold, is affiliated. Neophyte Brother Wilbur Hollins is active as an up and coming politician in the Negro Democratic Voters League. Neophyte Brother William Bolden and Frederick Curtis summered in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Neophyte Brother Charles O. Webb spent his summer here in Birmingham along with ye scribe and Brother George Turner and Brother Herbert as Brother William Pigrom, working with the Tennessee Company, a subsidiary of United States Steel. Brother Dr. W. J. Dowdell is still around but none of us have seen him all summer. Ok, Doc? Brother Jesse Jones, our ace orator, is still an ace insurance man, assistant manager of the Atlanta Life. Brother J. Mason Davis is still principal of Thomas School. Brother Damon Lee, Jr. is another one of our young business men. He promises a ton of coal to any brother who gets married in the chapter. While I think of it, may I remind you of the crack basketball team we are having this year (O yes, we beat Omegas) contact the secretary for games. We'll be seeing you in New Orleans. Look us up. Fraternally yours, H. LOVELL MOSELY. o

ALPHA SIGMA CHAPTER W i l e y University Brothers: Alpha Sigma is looking forward to one of the best years in the history of the chapter with Alpha Sigma well represented in every extra-curricula activity on the

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campus. Not only is this true but with the excellent array of talent displayed in the Sphinx Club, which has been strengthened by the addition of six new little brothers, great things may be expected from the pledge club. Not since the early days of Alpha Sigma, when the famous Alpha "four horsemen" had the whole Southwest standing on their feet, have we had Alpha Sigma so outstandingly represented. Representing Alpha on the gridiron are Brothers Warren Boswell, Lewis Hurt, and Curtiss Sprott, and little brothers Newell Robinson and Jesse Widemon, Brother Fred Long is head coach. In the Alpha Chi Omega Forensic Society, Alpha men again come to the front. Brother Hamilton Boswell represented Wiley on the varsity squad in a series of debates with Tuskegee Institute. Likewise in the fields of Music, Dramatics, and in such

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student organizations as the Cross Section Club, International Relations Club and Publicity Department you will find Alpha Sigma well represented. We are glad to welcome back to the campus Brothers on the faculty: Brother Kelso B. Morris, who received his. Master degree in Chemistry from Cornell University and who also did work on his doctorate degree, Brother Thomas Peters has been added to the music faculty. Alphs Sigma wishes to list the officers for the year: President Vice-President Secretary Corresponding Secretary Treasurer Director of Sphinx

Hamilton Boswell Leo L. McGee Wesley J. Marshall Lewis Hurt, Jr. Howard Williams Wilbur Byrd


Front row, left to rightâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Jawn M. Sandifer, George Canndy, G. Frederick Stanton, Chapter President, John C. Robinson, Robert Scurlock. Second row, L-R, Cornelius Henderson, Edward Austin, Roland Ealey, Wilbur Ellis. Third row, L-R. Isham B. Jones, George Hiram, Webster B. Beatty, Melvin DeBruhl. Fourth row, L-R, Prentice Thomas, Robert Noland, Egwart G. McGruder, William Bell, Thorton Taylor, Paul Perkins, Curtis Elliott, James A. Fairfax, John Wesley Robinson, Harry Conner, El'hu H. Morson, Robert Rucker. Back row, L-R, Irving L. McCaine, Thomas E. Re,id, Walter H. Payton, Justin Plummer, James Boyd, Joseph Stratton, Edward Plummer.

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Editor-to-Sphir.x Curtiss Sprott We are looking forward with anxiety to the Christmas holidays when we will join hands with other Brothers in Alpha. On to New Orleans! CURTIS SPROTT.

BETA XI BID "A LA BONNE HEURE" TO BROTHER RYAN D E T A XI CHAPTER is still agog over the departure of its President, Brother Henry A. Ryan, for foreign shores this summer. When Brother Ryan, a language major, t o o k his Bachelor's Degree with high honor this past June at LeMoyne College, great things were naturally predicted for him, but that substance of them should materialize so quickly was scarcely a hope. Nevertheless, exactly two months after his graduation, he w a s eastward BROTHER HENRY RYAN bound, and net a few days later he was safely ensconced on one of the great liners that plow the seas—Europe bound! — leaving an excited but proud and well-wishing chapter behind him. Brother Ryan is now matriculating at the Institute de Louraine, 1, Rue de la Grandiere Louis, Indre et Laire France. His field is, naturally, Romance Languages, and, fate and fund- permitting, he will study for two years. Are we prouii ? We are fairly bursting! Or as the French say—"a la bonne heure," Brother Ryan! September and the opening of school has, as usual, marked the influx of those brothers who had sense enough, (and funds enough) to escape the scathing summer heat. With the exception of Brother Raymond Hill who" journeyed back to Lincoln, Nebraska for the summer respite, quile a number of our brothers chose Chicago for their summer refuge—among them were Brothers Robert Lee, Assistant Coach at LeMoyne College, Harvey Williams, James Perry, and Henry Tvvigg. From their ecstatic reports, we stay-at-homes gather that the visiting brothers used a good many buckets of the well known 'red paint'. Beta Xi herewith thanks the Chicago Chapters, Theta and XI Lambda, for their hospitality to our 'Local Boys'. Not so pleasant .a vacation was that spent by Brother Charles Spearman. He returned early in the summer to his home town Little Rock, Arkansas with a case of acute appendicitis, and forthwith suffered the necessary operation. The remainder of the summer he spent convalescing so that his position as Lemoyne's All-American End might remain unchallenged. Despite the heat, however, our brothers were not so affected by it that their initative suffered. Brother Christopher Roulhac, occupied the position of Life-Guard for the Congregational Swimming Pool. Brothers Walter


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Bonner and William Owens secured jobs at the new Firestone plant and Brothers George Parks and Jesse Williams made their initial appearance in the business world by opening, (of all things!) a laundry. It's success has not yet been determined! All was not work, however, Brother George Biram from Howard University, and Brother Arthur Nicholson from Fisk University were feted on different occasions by the chapter. Not to mention the 'bon voyage' smoker and dance which Beta Xi gave for Brother Lonnie Briscoe who left for Texas and fertile fields. All in all, our summer was not the sheer dullness that we had expected. Now begins the new semester—new faces—new pledges —new plans. Among which plans first place goes to our Annual Freshman Smoker. On that same Friday we cheer our football team toward their first victory keeping a sharp eye on Brothers Roulhac (Daddy Long Legs) Spearman, (The Great Bo) and Raybon Baker, Beta XI's white hope. The Sphinx Club, we hope, will duplicate its highly successful Smoker and play of last year, which earned for seven of its members the right to be called "Brother". Neophytes James Perry, Henry Twigg, Charles Smith, Raybon Baker, Raymond Hill, Jestharo Greene and Martin Bolton were the lucky men. And are we raring for the next initiation? BOY! Fraternally yours, MARTIN BOLTON.

BETA UPSILON A l a b a m a State College On the campus of Alabama State Teachers College, Beta Upsilon speaks again. With the beginning of the fall quarter the brothers have decided to do a more constructive job scholastically than they did the past term. The chapter, with one of the Sphinx men receiving the reward given by the fraternity, has gained greater influence as well as inspiration. Having only brothers Eddie L. Mitchell, Lcuis C. Simpson, Booker Blair, Charles T. Battle, Willis L. Wright, Joe Lee McGlothan, Alpheus Perry and James G. McCorvey left en the campus, we have planned to make this a very successful year. In athletics we have two seniors, Brother Willis Wright at guard while Brother Eddie Mitchell stands out on right end. We expect these brothers to do even better than they have done the past three years on the "Hornet's" team. On August 2, the Beta Upsilon gave it's annual Premiere Ball at the Pythian Reservation. It was a lovely affair. Music began at 12:01 A. M. and lasted until 4:00. The brothers and their host of friends had an enjoyable night together. All of the brothers who graduated last spring have very outstanding position in the State of Alabama. The formal spring dance given by the Beta Upsilon Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity on May 8, in Tullibody Hall on the college campus was one of the most outstanding dances of the season. The chapter sends greetings to all of the brothers throughout the country. Hoping you a successful year, I am Yours Fraternally, WILLIS L. WRIGHT.


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BETA ALPHA LAMBDA lersey City, N e w Jersey

Bluefield S. College

Graduation came like a mighty avalanche last June and almost totally devoured Beta Theta for the time being. Just enough Brothers were left to keep alive for the ensuing year. The membership, however is not expected to remain at the minimum, for many of the Sphinxmen have served well and are anxious to join the high and noble rank. The Brothers at the present are Joseph W. Perry, President, Robert E. Moose, Vice President, LeRoy B. Allen, Secretary, Robert L. Gunn, Treasurer, James Pettigrew, Harry Jones, and Charles V. Brock. Those who have been taken from the fold by graduation are Brothers Leo G. Stephens, George E. Barbour, John T. Flippen, Arthur M. Mitchell, and Matthew U. Johnson. These good Brothers have not only left tremendous vacancies in our chapter but also have left place in various campus activities which will not be easily refilled. Brother Stephens, who majored in Public School Music and French and whose hobby is art, is always active along the line of things musical and artistic. He has already begun graduate study at the University of Michigan. In college Brother Barbour was a lover of intra-mural sports and in dramatics was esteemed as one of the best actors on the campus. Brother Mitchell, acclaimed as "jack-of-all trades", rated as the all-around man of the campus. But of all his participations, during the past year two pieces of his work were very outstanding. Brother Mitchell filled very efficiently the position of assistant to Brother L. G. Smith in the Registrar's Office and headed the "Bluefieldian Annual" as Editor-in-chief. By the time this organ leaves the press he will matriculate at Meharry Medical School. Brother Johnson was also active in dramatics but for four seasons was at home at tackle on the Beg Blues Eleven. An All-American man—Brother Johnson's departure results in one of the great weaknesses of the Blue Devils this year. He is now teaching in the Junior High School of his home town, Welch, W. Va. Brother Flippen's position at fullback is also hard to refill among this year's gridisters. His absence in all ranks of school activity will be greatly felt as he was one of the most popular students of the institution either in the classroom or out. Brother Flippen is now a member of the Conley High School faculty at Mullens, W. Va. The remaining Brothers who now make up Beta Theta have vowed in spite of the small membership to make this one of the chapter's best years. The program of work promises to be full and significant. And we, along with the Brothers who are a part of the faculty extend our hearty wishes to the various chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha. LeROY B. ALLEN, Reporter.

GREETINGS, Brothers in Alpha Phi Alpha:It was a night in late spring—the air was cool and crisp. It was our tenth and final meeting for the year. Visiting Brothers came from New England. Washington and Baltimore. Giant Mugs of Bock Beer clinked to the tune of 25 pounds of "over-stuffed" Hot Dog3 shrouded in French mustard and sealed in hot Parker House rolls. The night was long and the hour was young. Beta Alpha Lambda welcomed her visiting brotheis. "A greater work for a greater service was now at hand." Seven men stood in complete silence like the flimsy fortification of a cobweb. The Rushing Committee was now in full charge. Seven men, yes, seven Neophytes were soon to see the "Light of the World." A bottomless SEA of speculation began to mystify. Our "Seven Friends" seemed a SPHINX whose riddle no man could read. An "Armed PEACE" stood Guard as this was not a night for murder—But a night to be reborn for a greater work and a greater service as well as being gently led into those invisible regions where only ALPHA men see and enjoy the real "Light of the world". On top of the Mountain of Faith our "Seven Friends" entered the golden gate of Immortal Glory and became seven brothers bound in the bonds of Alpha Phi Alpha Brotherhood. May every brother long remember that it was a night of rich spiritual experience. Beta Alpha Lambda is proud of these Seven New Brothers and boast of them in the following data— Bro. John W. Lee—Howard '35. Bro. Robert P. Johnson, Bloomfield College & Sem. '37. Bro. I. R. Collins—Howard & N. Y. U. Law Sch. Bro. J. Clinton Hoggard—Rutgers '38. Bro. James S. Braxton, Stevens Inst. Tech. '37. Bro. Adolph A. Marrow, Howard Dental Sch. '34. Bro. John L. Taylor, Johnson C. Smith '14— (The last of the long line of Taylors). Signed: Bro. R. L. Martin, Associate Editor of the Sphinx.

ALPHA BETA CHAPTER TALLADEGA COLLEGE A FTER the summer vacation Alpha Beta has again called the brothers into her fold. Alpha Beta will miss Brothers John W. Capps, C. DeJoie, Earl Sebram, Samuel Rodgers because these brothers completed another milestone in the field of higher learning. The advice and guidance of graduate Brother R. E. Jackson Ph. D., will also be missed this year, as he is now at Dillard University, New Orleans, Louisiana. Nevertheless, Alpha Beta will continue to carry the Fraternity's colors in the spirit of the founders, mindful of those who have built before us, and on whose shoulders we stand today. We have a program to pursue and a goal to accomplish. Alpha Beta sends greetings to her fellow chapters and wishing them an eventful and prosperous year.


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PRESIDENT CHARLES H. W E S L E Y ADDRESSES ETA ON 28th ANNIVERSARY (Taken from Amsterdam News) The twent-eighth anniversary celebration of Eta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity took the form of a testimonial banquet last June in honor of Benjamin Johnson, captain of the Columbia Universtiy track team; the Jewels (founders of the fraternity), members of Eta's basketball team, and the chapter's eleven new initiates. Fully 200 Alpha fraters were in attendance, about fifty of whom came from out-of-town cities and the others are members of Eta and Alpha Gamma Lambda Chapters of this city. Carson DeWitt Baker officiated as toastmaster. The speakers included Herbert Leon Byran, president of Eta, who made the speech of welcome; Dr. Farrow R. Allen, eastern vice-president and president of Alpha Gamma Lambda, response; the Rev. Shelton Hale Bishop, who revealed the early history of Eta; Magistrate Myles A. Paige, glory of Alpha; Justice James S. Watson, humorous subtleties. Dr. Charles H. Wesley of Howard University, general president of the fraternity, gave the principal address and presented the pins, shingles, histories and pass cards to new initiates. Mack C. Davies made the response for the new initiates. J. Coleman Williams gave a toast to the Jewels. Vertner W. Tandy, the only one present, made the response in behalf of the founders. Vester Fowlkes offered the toast to Benjamin Johnson, Columbia track star, and presented him a resolution on parchment, Mr. Johnson responded. J. Barksdale Brown toasted the basketball team, the response being given by Walter J. Bricktop) Wright. Eta's new intiates are Dr. Frederick Carter, Clem Ransom, Lucius Watson, Cornelius C. Campbell, Vernon Hoyt, Carl Mayhew, Erick James, Robert, Brisbane, Andrew Tyler, Mack Davies and Archie Flannagan. o J. Coleman Williams, manager of Eta's basketball team, was chairman of the banquet committee. The fraters who assisted him were Theodore Ru ledge, vice-president of Eta; Basil Booker, Harold A. Brown, Ford Dabney, Jr., Mowbrey Riley, editor of Th e Sphinx; J. Barksdale Brown; Edward Byas, secretary of Eta; James C. Day, treasurer of Eta; John Morrell, Chauncey Wilson; H. Leon Bryan, president of Eta, and Vester Fowlkes. An impressive 56-page souvenir brochure was given each person at the banquet and copies of it have been mailed to other chapters of the fraternity. This formal testimonial banquet was held twenty-eight years to the day that Eta Chapter was set up at Columbia University. . o

MU CHAPTER St. P a u l - M i n n e a p o l i s , Minn. Brothers in Alpha Phi Alpha, Greetings: At the time of this writing, students are gathering from far and near for the school year 1937-38 at Minnesota. We have not had the opportunity yet to meet any of them but a large registration is expected this year, so there ought to be a proportionate influx of colored students. Among Alpha brothers that were in the Twin Cities during the summer were Bros. Malcom Patterson, Johnson, Claibourne Hill, James Scott, Senter and Ollie Griffin.


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Bro. and Mrs. John Patton were called to Cleveland upon the death of Mrs. Patton's father. Bro. Patton is chapter secretary and Mrs. Patton is president of the Alpha Wives and Sweethearts Club. Bro. John Hickman, a Founder of Mu, lost his father also during the summer. Bro. Hickman's father was a pioneer of St. Paul. Bros. Leon Smith, Hank Thomas, Turner Dennard, Horace Bell and Elmer Harris were out of town most of the summer, yet h e did not shirk his duty to Alpha, having attended all special and committee meetings. Bro. Bill Simms attended summer school. Aside from his scholastic pursuits Simms found time to win the Twin Cities tennis championship in a brilliant display of form. Bro. Norman Lyght was an instructor at a Recreation Camp for several weeks. Bro. Archie James is building quite a business as a caterer. We are sorry to learn that one of our neophyte brothers will not return to Minnesota. Bro. William Campfield is remaining at Tuskegee and will affiliate with Alpha Nu Lambda. We shall miss Bro. Campfield and Mu wishes him a happy sojourn in the Southland. Bro. Horace Bell is toiling hard for a berth with the Golden Gophers and just about has a place cinched. If Bro. Bell's toe is not further injured he is expected to be hailed as possibly the greatest place kicker the Gophers have ever had. Watch him go places. Among other "old faithfuls" of Mu that are still around are Bros. Bill Cassius, Earl Weber, C. W. Washington, Bill Foster and Jasper Gibbs. Several Mu brothers are anxiously hoping to be able to be in the Crescent City for the great Alpha convention. So until then Mu will again "carry on" for Alphla in the Northwest. With best wishes for the future of all chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha. Fraternally yours, JOHN R. LAWRENCE, JR. o

ETA LAMBDA Atlanta, Ga. Dear Brothers: As this goes to press, Summer has gasped her last frolicsome breath and sober Fall issues in the stern realities of intensive and arduous labors that must be done. Schools are reopening, vacationists are returning from distant places, Negro business men are inci'easing their efforts to make more and better openings for our graduates and workers in general. Everywhere there is hustle and bustle. In keeping with this activity Eta Lambda strives to maintain the highest ideals of the fraternity. We believe that Alpha is entering a new era pregnant with possibilities for success. No more are we hearing that the "Depression" is on. Eta Lambda is reclaiming brothers a t a rapid rate.


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The activities of the chapter have been many and varied. A policy of having meetings throughout the Summer met with boundless enthusiasm. Eta Lambda entertained wives, sweethearts and Mends with a Black and White dance (Brother "Jake" Henderson's idea, this Black and White affair) at the beautiful Top Hat on May 28. An enjoyable time was had by all. During the month of June several brothers journeyed to Chicago to see Joe Louis annex the Heavy Weight crown. Among the number were Brothers Dr. Charles H. Johnson and Dr. John W. Allen. Brother "Commissioner" Andrew J. Lewis of the Boy Scouts was in charge of the regional group of Negro boys from this section to the National Boy Scout Jamboree held in Washington. He states that he encountered no discrimination and his Scouts secured a Bird's eye view of fellowship with the opposite race. Orchids are due Brother Forrester B. Washington. Since coming to the Atlanta School of Social Work ten years ago he has built this institution to the point where it ranks with the best in the country. In a recent rating of professional schools of social work by the committee of the American Association of professional Schools of Social Work, the Atlanta School of Social Work was placed in the top bracket along with the largest non-racial schools in the country. Many non-racial schools did not receive the top rating. Brothers William Dean and Clarence Bacote received Rosenwald fellowships to study this year. Brother Dean will matriculate at Harvard to complete work on a doctorate in Economics. Brother Bacote matriculates at the University of Chicago to secure a doctorate in History. Brother Pliny Jenkins will leave for Howard University soon to pursue a course of study in Religious Education. During the month of August the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity held its Boule in the city of Atlanta. Brother Charles H. Johnson is the Sire Archon of this organization in Atlanta that includes a number of Eta Lambda men. Brother Arnette Lindsay was the convention chairman of the National Negro Business League that also met here during August. The brothers met many of the men from otheT chapters. A barbecue was given by the brothers at the farm of Brother Dr. John Allen on August 4th. This was one of the events given to break the monotony of the Summer months. I t was so enjoyable that it will no doubt become an annual affair. Barbecue, cold drinks, baseball, cards, and dancing were the order of the day. The dance was held that night under the stars amid the rustic scenery of a rural setting. Brother Wilbur Sullivan is the proud father of a daughter, Paula Kathleen, born April 20th. It is rumored that Brother Leroy Carter will become a "papa" ere this article is published. Eta Lambda wishes to extend heartiest congratulations. Labor Day week end saw a group of brothers from this chapter off to partake of the hospitality of the city of Mobile. The event was the Contract Bridge Tournament between the Atlanta and Mobile Bridge Clubs. Among those present were Brothers B. T. Harvey, "Mike" Turrentine, "Grit" DeLorme, "Freddie" Brooks, A. A. McPheeters, "Jake" Henderson, and yours truly. At the beach party on Mobile Bay the motto was "Hang your clothes on a hickory limb but don't go nigh that water". We expect to see all of you at New Orleans Christmas. Fraternally yours, NELSON C. JACKSON,


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"The Collapse of the Confederacy" New Book By Dr. Charles H. Wesley Will be off press soon Noted as a Historian, Dr. Wesley has written four books, including Alpha Phi Alpha History.

COMPLIMENTS OF Scott Newspaper Syndicate Publisher

Memphis World-Birmingham World Semi-Weekly Publications And Atlanta Daily World Only Negro Daily

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Reading from left to right, Basil Booker, James Day, Roy H. Lee, Chairman; Percy Hill, John McKinney (Absent from photo, M. 0. Riley, David Carrington, Ernest Dawson).


THE ALPHA HOUSE IN CHICAGO Continued From Page 24 torn folding chairs; lamps, paintings and card tables. You would think that enough in the brief period of two and one-half years of the ownership of the property; but, to further approach perfection, we puichassd a new adequate Fairbanks-Morse automobile coal stoker and a large Norge-Rollator Refrigerator. The purchase prices of this refrigerator and stoker are paid in monthly instalments. With the exception of these two items, and we have had and have been paying on those for more than a year, all of our furniture, fixtures, furnishings and equipment are completely paid for. As to the real estate, the balance due the Home Owners' Loan Corporation is less than Fifty-Five Hundred Dollars, payable principal and interest at Fifty-Fiv e Dollars and Ninety-Five Cents, per month, and these payments are paid to-date. This is the only indebtedness against the property, the other part of the purchase price having been paid out in full. Already our winter supply of coal has been ordered and partially paid for. A recital of these things does not complete the details of the picture of Alpha activities in Chicago. The quantity and quality of our other activities have increased many folds. Our regular dining department serves lunch and dinner meals daily and Sunday. Here, the Alpha men, their families and intimate friends enjoy delicious foods and social intermingling that we adore. We hold musicals, recitals and lectures, banquets, dances and cabaret parties, bridge parties for our ladies, Christmas parties for the Alpha kids, and our first picnic in August of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; in the afternoon for the kids and in the evening for the grown-upsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;has been acclaimed by the two thousand or more who attended.


These affairs are paid for by Alpha men, the average affair sponsored is participated in by more than a hundred Brothers. In May of this year, we decided to get the deed to our property and leave only the Home Owners Loan Corporation's indebtedness as the only lien on the place. To do this, we made the getting of the deed a feature of Founders' Day Banque't. The banquet fee was fixed at Five Dollars, per person, except for the fourteen (14) Brothers who had just been initiated and for them, the fee was fixed at One Dollar each. The result of this banquet was that one hundred forty-two Brothers paid the banquet fee of Five Dollars, each, aside from the fourteen new Brothers, who paid One Dollar, each, and in addition several Brothers who could not participate, contributed Eighteen Dollars, as a mark of approval. Thus, for this one affair, 163 Brothers paid Seven Hundred Forty-Two Dollars. After meeting the expenses in promoting the banquet and in payment for the elaborate and delicious dinner which was served on the 3rd floor of the Alpha House by our own dining department, we paid the seller the Five Hundred Dollars, balance due him and received the deed to our property at this joyful festive occasion. We believe that we are conservative in estimating that this physical plant and equipment we own are easily worth Fifteen Thousand Dollars, and the spiritual fabric which the program has woven is of unestimable value to us and to our fraternity. We believe we have gone a long way in the direction of doing a good job. We have not arrived but we are surely "on our way". This program required a great deal of business foresight, a dogged-determination to do a big job superbly and an unfailing, unfaultering spirit of cooperation on the part of a multitude of splendid Alpha men intuned with the great spirit of Alpha Phi Alpha.


DEADING from left to right, top to bottom: Brothers Arthur M. Mitchell, Jr., John Flippen, and Matthew IT. Johnson, B r o t h e r Joseph W. Perry. Brothers Robert E. Moose, LeRoy B. Allen a n d Leo G. Stephens. Brothers George Barber, Robert Hum and Harry Junes.

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WILL ALPHA LISTEN Continued From Page 13 The reaction to the organization of this Union was the formation of the "Better America Committee." These "Better Americans" shot to pieces the homes of A. B. Brookings and of E. B. McKinney at Marked Tree, Arkansas. Brookings' daughter was shot in the head. Since then croppers have disappeared, organizers have been flogged, and the Governor of the state had to dispatch rangers to protect union mass meetings from being shot up by local deputy sheriffs. As this is being written, two friends of the writer are recovering from beatings which they suffered at Earle, Arkansas, one of them a man past fifty, lost two teeth. The different Agricultural Workers' Unions of the United States and Mexico have formed the United Cannery, Agricultural, Packing and Allied Workers of America. At their Conference which met at Denver, Colorado July 9, 1937. The affiliated unions voted to affiliate with the C. I. O. Among the resolutions passed were one against racial discrimination and one to work for suffrage for minority groups; especially Negroes. What is to be done and what can Alpha Phi Alpha as an organization do ? In one of the letters of transmittal which prefaced his message to Congress on Farm Tenancy, February 16, 1937, President Roosevelt recommended four types of action: First-Action to open the doors of ownership to tenants who now have the requisite ability and experience but who can become owners only with the assistance of liberal credit on long terms and technical advice. Second-Modest loans, with the necessary guidance and education to prevent small owners into tenancy and to help the masses of tenants, croppers, and Harm laborers at the very bottom of the agricultural ladder increase their standard of living, achieve greater security, and beg in the upward climb to land ownership. Third-The retirement by public agencies of land proved to be unsuited for farming and assistance to the families living thereon in finding homes on good land. Fourth-Cooperative with state and local agencies of government to improve the general leasing system. In New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Denver, and other cities Committees for Aid of Agricultural Workers have been formed. At Howard University a campus committee has been organized to affiliate with the city committee. Among the most active workers on that campus are Alpha men. Individually, Brothers Joseph H. B. Evans, Charles H. Houston, and Jesse O. Swingler have been exceptionally active in helping to solve the problems of farm tenancy. Certain chapters of the Fraternity in the South have shown unusual interest in this almost unique economic situation. Altho there are more white sharecroppers than Negroes the percentage of Negroes is greater. The raising of the living standards of this group means the raising of the status of all Negroes in the United States. It is submitted that Alpha first, always, should as a gesture of showing its "love for all mankind", make a contribution to the Southern Tenant Farmers' Union or help bear the expenses of some person to work with the Union. This Union has locals in Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas and Missouri. Our Fraternity has a great opportunity for helping to shape the policy


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of this Union and see that Negroes have a fair representation in the labor movement. A plaintive voice wails in the deep South. It is the sharecroppers' voice. The voice of America's disinherited. Will Alpha Phi Alpha give ear?

THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE Continued From Page 4 in the program provided they are non-profit-making in character and tax-exempt. (2) If you are not sure that the institution you wish to attend comes under this classification, consult your State Youth Director. STUDENTS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM— (1) Employment on the Student Aid Program may be given only to students who need such employment in order to enter or remain in school. T h e n e e d of students is to be determined by the college authorities, in consultation with outside agencies if necessary. (2) Such students must have reached their sixteenth birthday but not have attained their twenty-fifth birthday. (3) They must carry a scholastic program equivalent to at least three-fourths the normal full-time program in the college attended and must be qualified to do and to continue to do good scholastic work while receiving aid. (4) Students attending summer schools are not eligible for student aid. HOW TO MAKE APPLICATION— (1) If you desire employment on the Student Aid Program of the National Youth Administration you should make application to the president of the institution which you wish to attend, on a form, STUDENT APPLICATION — COLLEGE AND GRADUATE AID, which will be provided by the school. (2) In the event that the college of your first choice is unable to provide you with a college aid job, because its quota is filled, you should consult your State Youth Director who may be able to suggest ether colleges which have not yet filled their quotas. In order to secure a college aid j b it is not necessary that you attend a college in the state in which you reside.

INFORMATION FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS DESIR ING TO MAKE APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT UNDER THE COLLEGE AND GRADUATE AID PROGRAM OF THE NATIONAL YOUTH ADMINISTRATION 1937-1938 TYPE OF AID AVAILABLE— (1) The National Youth Administration makes funds available for payment to graduate students in institutions of university standing for part-time work performed on prescribed types of work. They may earn as much as $40 in a month while in regular attendance at the institution, but on the average earning will not exceed $30 per graduate per month. The actual amount which individual students may

THE earn and the hourly rates of pay are determined by the university authorities. (2) NEGRO GRADUATE STUDENTS who cannot be assisted under a given institution's quota for graduate aid may apply, through the institution they wish to attend, for assistance from a SPECIAL NEGRO GRADUATE AID FUND which has been set up on a national basis by the Washington office of the National Youth Administration. (3) The National Youth Administration does not grant scholarships or loans. INSTITUTIONS WHICH ARE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE— (1) All institutions, both publicly and privately controlled, of a university character, which offer work beyond the Bachelor's degree, are eligible to participate in the program, provided they are non-profit making in character and tax-exempt. (2) If you are not sure that the institution you wish to attend comes under this classification, consult your State Youth Director. STUDENTS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM— (1) Employment on the Student Aid Program may be given only to STUDENTS WHO NEED SUCH EMPLOYMENT in order to enter or remain in school. The need of students is to be determined by the university authorities, in consultation with outside agencies if necessary. (2) Such students must have reached their sixteenth birthday, but not have attained their twenty-fifth birthday. (3) They must have completed the requirements for a standard Bachelor's Degree and must be qualified to do and to continue to do good scholastic .work while receiving aid. (4) Students must carry a scholastic program equivalent to at least three-fourths the normal full-time program in the institution attended. (5) Students attending summer schools are not eligible for student aid. HOW TO MAKE APPLICATION— (1) If you desire employment on the Student Aid Program of the National Youth Administration you should make application to the president of the institution which you wish to attend, on a form, STUDENT APPLICATION — COLLEGE AND GRADUATE AID, which will be provided by the school. (2) In the event that the university of your first choice is unable to provide you with a graduate aid job because its quota is filled, you should consult your State Youth Director who may be able to suggest other schools which have not yet filled their quotas. In order to secure a graduate aid job it is not necessary that you attend a university in the state in which you reside. INFORMATION FOR ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS DESIRING TO MAKE APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT UNDER THE SCHOOL AID PROGRAM OF THE NATIONAL YOUTH ADMINISTRATION 1937-1938 TYPE OF AID AVAILABLE— (1) The National Youth Administration makes funds


Page 39 available for payment to students in high schools and elementary schools for part-time work performed on prescribed types of activities during the school year. Students may earn as much as $6 A MONTH while in regular attendance at the school. The actual amount which individual students may earn and the hourly rates of pay are determined by the school authorities.

INSTITUTIONS WHICH ARE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE— (1) All institutions of less than college grade, both publicly and privately controlled (including parochial schools) are eligible to participate in the program, provided they are non-profit making in character and tax-exempt. (2) If you are not sure that the institution you wish to attend comes under this classification, consult the public school superintendent in the county, city or other school district in which you reside. STUDENTS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM— (1) Employment on the School Aid Program may be given only to STUDENTS WHO NEED such employment in order to enter or remain in school The need of students is to be determined by the school authorities, in consultation with outside agencies if necessary. (2) Students must have reached their SIXTEENTH birthday, but not have attained their TWENTYFIFTH birthday. (8) Students MUST BE ABLE TO PASS IN AT LEAST THREE-FOURTHS of their scholastic work. (4) Students attending night schools and part-time schools are eligible to receive school aid, provided they carry at least three-fourths of the courses normally carried by regular day students. (5) Students attending summer schools are not eligible for school aid. HOW TO MAKE APPLICATION— If you desire employment on the School Aid Program of the National Youth Administration, you should MAKE APPLICATION DIRECTLY TO THE PRINCIPAL OF THE SCHOOL which you wish to attend, on a form, STUDENT APPLICATION — SCHOOL AID, which will be provided by the school. o Brother Howard Long of Washington, D. C. has put over a fine job as Public Relations Chairman in bringing to the attention of all brothers noteworthy national issues. Our Executive Councilman Brother Dr. B. A n d r e w Rose of Dayton, Ohio, and Brother T. C. Carter are keeping the old spirit going in the Middle West. Note with pleasure the various strides of you both. Keep up the works. Brother Charles Brooks, our erstwhile practictioner of Detroit, Michigan formerly of Howard University, allowed his very charming wife and her lovely family to journey south for a few days, we hope next time you will be able to accompany them. Keep up the good work Charlie and keep an eye on Percy Piper. He holds the sack you know. Regards to Scruggs at the "Y".


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FRATERNITY PRAYER (O Lord) "May the true spirit of Fraternity rule our hearts, guide our thoughts, and control our lives, so that we may become through Thee, servants of all." (Amen.)

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39. ALPHA SIGMA—Marshall, Texas—Pres., James Taylor; See., Joseph P. Sample, Jr.; C. Sec., Warren A. Boswell. Wiley College. 40. ALPHA TAU—Akron, Ohio—President. Norman O. Chestnut, 276 Euclid St.; Secretary, Rufus Thompson, 647 Edgewood Avenue. , 41. ALPHA UPSILON—Detroit, Michigan—Pres., Lawrence B. Bleach, Jr., 635 E. Elizabeth; Sec, Lonnie J. Saunders, 9613 Delmar. 42. ALPHA PHI—Atlanta, Georgia—Pres., Edward McGowen; Sec, Wescry G. Home, Clark University. 43. ALPHA CHI—Nashville, Tennessee—Pres., Walter Houston; Sec, Wythe F. Cooper, Jr., Fisk University. 44. ALPHA PSI—Jefferson City, Mo.—Pres., Augustus Low; Sec, Mallalieu Woolflok; Cor. Sec, James F. Goble, Lincoln University. 45. BETA ALPHA—Baltimore, Md.—President, Herbert G. Hardin, Morgan College; Secretary, J. Hyland Reed, Morgan College. 46. BETA BETA—Lincoln, Nebraska—Pres., Howard H. Hatter, 1929 You Street; Sec, Merle Herriford, 1035 Rose Street. 47. BETA GAMMA—Ertrick, Virginia—Pres., Jack H. Robinson; C. Sec, Thomas C. Day; R. Sec, Wade S. Phelps, Virginia State College. 48. BETA DELTA—Orangeburg, Fred J. Pride, State College.

S. Carolina—Pres., JHes Edwards; Sec,

49. BETA EPSILON—Greensboro, N. Carolina—Pre*., McHenry Norman, Jr.; Sec, Wesley H. Motley, A. BC T. College.

50. ' BETA ZETA—-Austin, Texas—Pros.. Eugene A. Owens, Samuel Huston College; Sec, LaVon a Smith. 1314 Bob Harrison St. 51. 5 BETA ETA—Carbondale. Illinois—Pres., Arnold C Banister, Jr., 412 S. Illinois Avenue; Sec, Gaifery Taylor, Colp, Illinois. 52. BETA THETA—Bluefield, W. Virginia—Pres., Joseph W. Perry; S e c . LeRoy B. Allen, State Teachers College. 33. ' BETA IOTA—Kalamaaoo, Michigan—Pres., Hsckley B. Woodford, 114 North Park Street; S e c , John T. Tapley, 1331 W. Michigan. , 54. BETA KAPPA—Langston, Okla.—Pres., Paul C. Strong; S e c , Janvea McCann, Lagnston University. 55. BETA MU—Frankfort, Kentucky—Pres.. Grover Stephens; See., W. ' Burghardt Turner, Kentucky State College. 356. BETA NU—Tallahassee, Fiorina—Pres., John Hicks; See., Amoa L. Perriah, Fla. A. Be M. College. 157. BETA XI—Memphis, Tenn.—Pree, Henry Ryan; Sec, Christopher Roulhac, 810 East McLemore Street. 58. BETA OMICRON—Nashville, Tennessee—Pros., L. C Turner; Sec. William M. Hafford, A. ft: I. State College. >59. BETA PI—Jackson, Tennessee—Pres., Charles N. Berry; R. See., Artie N. Burrow; C. Sec, Wilson G. Graves, Lane College. 60. BETA RHO—Raleigh, N. Carolina—Pres.. Benjamin A. Collier; R. S e c . ' Clarence J. Tobias; C. Sec, George D. Marshall; Asst. Sac. Walter E. Moore, Shaw University. 61. BETA SIGMA—Scotlandville, Louisiana—Pres., John D . Davis; Sec, ' Edgar T. Thornton, Southern University. 62. BETA TAU—New Orleans, Louisiana—Pres., Numa J. Rousseve; Sac., Giles O. Wright; Asst. Sec, Harold J. Bouise, Xavier University. 63. < BETA UPSILON—Montgomery, Ala.—Pres., Eddie L. Mitcnell; See, Charles T. Battle, State Teachers College.

CHAPTER E O S T E R - G r a d u o t e 101. ALPHA LAMBDA—Louisville, Ky—Pree. Dr. P. O. Sweeney, 601 W. Walnut St.; Sec, Lee L. Brown, 1012 W. Chestnut St. 102. BETA LAMBDA—Kansas Gty. Missouri—Pres., Dr. A. C. Wilson, 2219 Tracy; C. Sec, James A. Jeffress, 2732 Highland. 103. GAMMA LAMBDA—Detroit, Michigan—Pros., E. R. Carney, 3769 Fisher Street; Sec, Rollie C. McMahon, 6363 Van Court Street. 104. DELTA LAMBDA—Baltimore, Maryland—Pres., Furman L. Templeton, 1502 McCulloch Street; Sec. C. C. Jackson, Jr., 2325 Madison Avenue. 105. EPSILON LAMBDA—St. Louis, Missouri—Pres., Dr. J. Owen Blache, 2945 Lawton Avenue; C. Sec, Joseph C. Chapman; F. Sec, Louis P. Woodson, 4222 W. North Market St. 106. ZETA LAMBDA—Newport News, Virginia—Pres., T. Roger Thompson, 841 Hampton Ave.; Sec, Attorney R. H. Pree, 2411 Jefferson Ave.; Asst. Sec, Charles H. Jones, 1125 40th Street. 107. THETA LAMBDA—Dayton, Ohio—Pres., Dr. C. R. Price, 476 S. Broad. way; Sec, T. C. Carter, 16 Sweetman Street. 108. ETA LAMBDA—Atlanta, Georgia—Pres., Theodore M. Alexander, 982 Ashby Grove, S. Wi; Sec, Nelson C. Jackson, 247 Henry St., S. W. 109. IOTA LAMBDA—Indianapolis, Indiana—Pres., Grant W. Hawkins, 2627 Shriver Avenue; Sec, Thomas L. Horner, 1647 Bellefontaine St. 110. KAPPA LAMBDA—Greensboro. N. Carolina—Pres., W. E. Beavere, Jr.; Sec, B. H. Crutcher, A «£ T College. 111. MU LAMBDA—Washington, D . C.—Pres., James B. Browning. 151 "V" Street, N. W., Apt. 1, Sec, Charles F. Gandy, 1933 11th St., N. W. 112. N U LAMBDA—Ertrick, Virginia—V. Pres., George W. Owens; S e c , James B. Cephas, Virginia State College. 113. XI LAMBDA—Chicago, Illinois—Pres., Luther S. Peck, 3560 S. Parkway; Sec, Lawrence T. Young, 6542 St. Lawrence Ave. 114. OMICRON LAMBDA—Birmingham, Aa.—Pres., A. D . Shores, R. F. D. 1, Box 755; Sec, H. Lovell Mosely 1304 First Court W. 115. PI LAMBDA—Little Rock, Arkansas—Pres., Dr. J. V. Jordan, 610 Vl W. Ninth Street; Sec, C. Franklin Brown, 1019 Cross Street. 116. RHO LAMBDA—Buffalo, New York—Pres., Alfred D . Davis, 121 Northland Ave.; Sec, James L. Robinson, 126 Pearl Street. 117. SIGMA LAMBDA—New Orleans, La.—Pres., William E. Belton, 2216 St. Phillip Street; Sec, Ferdinand L. Rousseve, Xavier University. 118. T A U LAMBDA—Nashville, Tenn.—Pres., William D. Hawkins, Jr., Fisk University; Sec, J. R. Andersn, 1027 18th Avenue, N. 119. UPSILON LAMBDA—Jacksonville, Fla.—Pres., C. S. Long, Edwards Waters College; Sec, Alfred Farrell, Edwards Waters College. 120. PHI LAMBDA—Raleigh, N. Carolina—Pres., Earle C. Horton, Shaw University; Sec, Charles H. Boyer, St. Augustine's College. 121. CHI LAMBLA—Wilberforce, Ohio—Pres., Milton S. J. Wright; Sec, Raymond O. Dickerson, Wilberforce University. 122. PSI LAMBDA—Chattanooga, Tenn.—Pres., Prof. B. T. Scruggs, 1909 Blackford Street; Sec, G. A. Key, 1211 Poplar Sereet. 123. ALPHA ALPHA LAMBDA—Newark. New Jersey—Pres., Dr. Ferdinand D. Williams, 191 Bloomfield Ave., Montdair, N. Jersey; Sec, Arthur C. Williams, 136 Lincoln St., Montdair, N. Jersey. 124. ALPHA BETA LAMBDA—Lexington. Ky.—Pre*., B. M. Chenault, 226 W. Sixth Street; Sec, Dr. H . A. Merchant, 128 DeWeese Sereet.


125. ALPHA GAMMA LAMBDA—New York Gty—Pres., Dr. Farrow R. Allen, 337 W. 138th Street; Sec, Ewart G. Quinier, 254 Decatur Street. Brooklyn, New York. 126. ALPHA DELTA LAMBDA—Memhpis, Tenn.—Pres., Lewis O. Swingler, 390 1-2 Beale Street; Sec, A. B. Owen, Jr., 598 Williams Av*. 127. ALPHA EPSILON LAMBDA—Jackson, Mississippi—Pres., Everett R. Lawrence, Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, Miss.; Sec, Alan T. Busby, P. O. Box 176, Alcorn, Miss. 128. ALPHA ZETA LAMBDA—Bluefield. W. Virginia—Pres., P. R. Higginbotham, 622 Bland Street; Sec, Edward W. Browne, Box 576, KiravbaU, W. Va. 129. ALPHA ETA LAMBDA—Houston, Texas—Pres., Walter M. Booker; Sec, Fred A. Jackson, Prairie View College, Prairie View, Texas. 130. ALPHA THETA LAMBDA—Atlantic City. N . J.—INACTIVB; Address; C. M. Cain, Arctic Ave. YMCA. 131

ALPHA IOTA LAMDBA—Charleston, W, Virginia—Pree., Earl J. Reason, 1041 Bridge Avenue; J. Kermit Hall, 1332 Washington St. E.

13 2. ALPHA KAPPA LAMBDA—Roanoke, Virginia—Pres., Dr. Elwood D . Downing, 236 Patterson Ave. N. W.; Sec, Dr. George A. Moore, 106 East Vine Street. 133. ALPHA MU LAMBDA—KnoxviUe, Tennessee Pres., Dr. N. A. Henderson, 745 Saxton Street; Sec, Darby D. Erwin, 209 Deaderick Avenue. 134. ALPHA N U LAMBDA—Tuskegee, Alabama—Pres., A. Maceo Hill; Sec, Hollis F. Price, Tuskegee Institute. 135. ALPHA XI LAMBDA—Toledo, Ohio—Pres., Wm. T. McKnight, 738 Gty Park Avenue; Sec, Roy L. Shelton, 510 Avondale Avenue. 136. ALPHA OMICRON LAMBDA—Pittsburgh, Pa.—Pres., Henry D . Primas, 8360 Bricelyn St.; Sec, Wilbur C. Douglass, 518 Fourth Avenue. 137. ALPHA PI LAMBDA—WinstonSslem, N. C.—Pres., James O. Ellis, Atkins High School; C. Sec, Albert H. Anderson, Columbian Heights School; F. Sec, Dr. E. Shepard Wright, Bruce Building. 138. ALPHA RHO LAMBDA—Columbus, Ohio—Prwr, Dr. H. Sherman Manuel, 275 S. Grant Avenue; Sec, Charles F. Blackburn, 33 North 21st Street. 139. ALPHA SIGMA LAMBDA—Dallas, Texas—Pres., H. I. Holland, 3910 Diamond Street; Sec, James W. White, 2700 Flora Street. 140. ALPHA T A U LAMBDA—Tulsa, Oklahoma—Pres., T. W. Harris, 101 N. Greenwood Street; Sec, J. Tyler Smith. 124 Greenwood Street. 141. ALPHA UPSILON LAMBDA—Montgomery, Alabama—Pres., Cohen T. Simpson; Sec, J. Garrick Hardy, State Teachers College. 142. ALPHA PHI LAMBDA—Norfolk, Virginia—Pres., G. W. C. Brown, 1519 Calvert St.; Sec, P. Bernard Young, 721 Chapel Street; Asst. Sec. Thomas W. Young, 2509 Broad Geek Road. 143. ALPHA CHI LAMBDA—Augusta, Georgia—Pres., A. Murray Carter, 1108 12th Street; Sec, Eugene Y. Lowe, 920 Milledge Road. 144. ALPHA PSI LAMBDA—Columbia, S. Carolina—Pres., Abram Simpson, Allen University; Sec, Harry B. Rudterford, 1330 Gregg Street. 145. BETA ALPHA LAMBDA—Jersey Gty, N. Jersey—Pree., Dr. W. Harold Branch, 190 Duncan Ave.; Sec, John B. Fraaier, 37 Vi Jewett Avenue. 147. BETA GAMMA LAMBDA—Richmond, Virginia—Pres., Wiley A. Hall. 1106 North First St.| Sec, George Peterson, Jr., 703 North Sixth Street; Asst. Sec, Christopher J. Foster, 503 West Gay Street.

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The SPHINX | Fall October 1937 | Volume 23 | Number 3 193702303  

One Hundred Dollars for Alpha. Will Alpha Phi Alpha Listen? Alpha In Sports. The teacher.