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FEBRUARY, 1941 j*

(O Lord) May

trie True Spirit


O u r Fraternity Rule Our Hearts,


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Our Control

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Thee, Servants of A l l . (Amen)





RAYFORD W. L O G A N General President

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General Officers RAYFORD



Howard University, Washington, D. C. BERT A. McDONALD First 319 East 48th St., Los Angeles, Calif. ROGER F. GORDON Second 331 Convent Ave., New York City F E R D I N A N D L. ROUSSEVE



Vice-President Vice-President Vice-President

4636 Willow Street, New Orleans, La. JOHN FLEMM3NG



1532 Linn Street, Cincinnati, Ohio JOSEPH H. B. EVANS



101 6. Street, N. W., Washington, D. C. R. ALLEN 337 West 138th St., New York City



BELFORD V. LAWSON, JR. Chairman. Chanter Housing Commission I 2001 11th St., N. W., Washington, D C -^ HOWARD H. LONG Chairman. Committee on Public Opinion 1112 Girard St., N. W., Washington, D. C. M. G. FERGUSON Chairman. Ar ' amittee Citizens Savings & Trust Co., Nashville, Ten ^s HENRY L. D1CKASON Chairman. Committee o„ slJndariM Bluefield State Teachers College, Bjnefield, Wtst Virginia


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3J0'/2 Beale Averj-e, Memphis, Tennessee H. COUNC3LL TRENHOLM Director of EJuc^tion Alabama otaie Clllege, Montgomery, Ala. BELFORD V. LAWSON. JR. General Counsel 2001 11th, N. W., Waih.ngton, D. C. LAY MEMBERS EXECUTIVE COUNCIL Edward W. Brooke, 1262 Hamlin Street. N. E., Washington, D. C.i Thomas Kelly, Wuberioice University, Wilberlorce, Ohio; James H. Kob.nsun. Mi'/ 2 West 6th Street, Los Angeles, California.

Dr Henry A. Callis, 2306 E St., N. E.. Washington, D. C.i Nathaniel A Murray. 150 You Street. N. W., Washington, D. C.i Vertner W. Tandy. 221 West 139th St., New York, N. Y.: George B. Kelly, l-113tn Street, Troy, New York. •Charles H. Chapman—*Roy H. Ogle- •James H. Morton—'Deceased. REGIONAL DIRECTORS N a m e s and addresses of Regional Directors will be publish.* ed in succeeding editions of this publication. Vice-Presidenl3 of the four Jurisdictions had not released names of their Regional Directors when the Convention Edition toent to press.

CHAPTER ROSTER ALPHA—Cornell University, Ithaca, New Y o r k ; P r e s i d e n t , D r G A G a l v m , 216 V». ^ . a i t S t i e e t ; S e c r e t a r y , Dr. A l b e r t P . J o h n s o n . 216 W. S t a t e S t r e e t . BETA—Howard University, W a s h i n g t o n , D. C ; P r e s i d e n t , A r t h u r F . C a r t e r ; S e c r e t a r y , N. A l a n H a r r i s , 1917 3 r d Stree*, N W U A M M A — V i r g i n i a U n i o n U n i v e r s i t y ; R i c h m o n d , Va.; P r e s i d e n t . E. D. M c C r e a r y , Jr., S e c r e t a r y , Fe^cy P a t r i c k s , V i r g i m a


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D E L T A — T i l l o t s o n College, A u s t i n , T e x a s ; P r e s i d e n t , M i l t o n E Granville, Secretary. J o s e p h B. Bracy. EPSTLCfN—University of M i c h i g a n , A n n Arbor, M i c h . ; P r e s i dent _ , Secretary, Peter J. Carter, No. 2 A d a m s H o u s e . *• t n.^ Z E T A — Y a l e U n i v e r s i t y , New H a v e n , C o n n e c t i c u t ; P i e s . S e c . Dr. R. S. F l e m i n g , 216 D w i g h t S t . E T A — C o l u m b i a U n i v e r s i t y , S t . L a w r e n c e . B r o o k l y n , C. C , St J o h n U n i v e r s i t y , B r o o k l y n , New Y o r k City; P r e s i d e n t , M a c C Davies, 79 S t . N i c h o l a s P l a c e , N. Y. C.i S e c r e t a r y , L u c i u s C. W a t s o n , 35 W e s t 110th S t r e e t , N. Y. C T H E T A — U n i v e r s i t y of C h i c a g o , C h i c a g o , I l l i n o i s ; P r e s i d e n t , G e o r g e A. D e n i s o n , 4432 S. P a r k w a y ; S e c r e t a r y , L i o n e l H. W a l l a c e , 3308 I n d i a n a A v e n u e . I O T A — A t l a n t a , G e o r g i a ; T o b e set u p . KAPPA—Ohio S t a t e University, Columbus, Ohio; President, F o w l e r A. B r l g g s ; Secretary, G e r a l d U . H a s k e l l , 760 ivit. Vernon, Columbus. Ohio. M D — U n i v e r s i t y of M i n n e s o t a , Minneapolis, Minnesota, P r e s i d e n t , J o h n R. L a w r e n c e , 947 I g l e h a r t Ave., S t . P a u l , M i n n . . S e c r e t a r y , J o h n M. P a t t o n , 954 S t . A n t h o n y Ave., fat. N U — L i n c o l n U n i v e r s i t y , P a . P r e s i d e n t , Roy N i c h o l s ; S e c r e t a r y William Land, Lincoln University. XI—Wilberforce University, Ohio; President, George Walker S e c r e t a r y , W a r r e n W a l k e r , W i l b e r f o r c e U n i v e r s i t y . O M I C R O N — P i t t s b u r g h , Pa., P r e s i d e n t , P a u l L J o n e s 228 W e s t 1 4 t h , H o m e s t e a d , Pa.; S e c r e t a r y M c D o n a l d W i l l i a m s , 201 M i c h i g a n A v e n u e , B e t s h o o v e r , P i t t s , P a . P I — W e s t e r n Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio; President, Samuel W a d e , 2285 E a s t 8 9 t h S t r e e t ; S e c r e t a r y , J o s e p h D. S m i t h , 2813 C e n t r a l A v e n u e , N. 584. RHO—Graduate Group, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Pres. D r W P J e r r i c k 1843 C h r i s t i a n St.; C. Sec. Dr. O. W i l s o n W i n t e r s , 28 C u r r e n A r c a d e ; F . Sec. N o r r i s t o w n , Pa.; F . Sec. Dr P e r c y I. Bowser, 5344 R a c e S t . SIGMA—Harvard University, Boston, Mass., President, Thomas A. C e n t e r , 54 Mt. P l e a s a n t St.. N. C a m b r i d g e . Mass., S e c r e t a r y . J u l i a n C. B r a n k e r , 11 W a u m b e c k St., R o x -

of I l l i n o i s . C h a m p a i g n , 111., P r e s i d e n t , 18 T A U — U n i v e r s i t y R i c h a r d M. H a s k i n s . S e c r e t a r y , Willie B . M a r t i n , 1305 W. S t o u g h t o n St.. U r b a n a , 111. Kansas, State Teachers 19 U P S I L O N U n i v e r s i t y of K a n s a s , College E m p o r i a , K a n s a s ; K a n s a s S t a t e College of A g r i c u l t u r e & Applied Sciences. M a n h a t t a n . Kansas, Lawrence, K a n s a s ; P r e s i d e n t , R a l p h R o g e r s , S e c r e t a r y , Cecil F l o r e n c e , 1101 Mississippi S t r e e t . 20 P H I — O h i o U n i v e r s i t y , A t h e n e , O h i o ; P r e s . J o h n W. G a s a w a y ; S e c . W a l t e r B . Allen, 155 W. W a s h i n g t o n S t . 21 C H I — M e h a r r y M e d i c a l College. N a s h v i l l e . T e r m . , P r e s i d e n t , M a x J o h n s o n . S e c r e t a r y , D o n a l d M. Cary, 1017 1 6 t h Ave. 22 P S I - U n i v e r s i t y of P e n n s y l v a n i a , T e m p l e U n i v e r s i t y . P h i l a d e l p h i a P e n n s y l v a n i a ; P r e s i d e n t , A l t o n C. B e r r y , 5314 R a c e St., S e c r e t a r y . E r n e s t S m i t h , 208 N. 53rd S t . ALPHA A L P H A — U n i v e r s i t y of C i n c i n n a t i , C i n c i n n a t i C o l le<»e of P b a r m a c v . M i a m i U n i v e r s i t y , C i n c i n n a t i . O h i o ; P r e s i d e n t J o h n W. F l e m i n g , 1532 L i n n S t r e e t ; S e c r e t a r y , S a u l S. Sanforel. 747 C l a r k S t r e e t . T a l l a d e g a , Ala.; Presi24 ALPHA B E T A — T a l l a d e g a College, d e n t G e o r g e E. Lee; S e c r e t a r y , A n d r e w B . R a n d a l l . C o r r e s p o n d i n g Secretary, E n n a n W. Edgecombe. Talladega. 25 ALPHA G A M M A — B r o w n U n i v e r s i t y , P r o v i d e n c e . R h o d e I s l a n d : I N A C T I V E — A d d r e s s J o s e p h G. L e C o u n t , 42 W e s t m m 2(i AI P H A D E L T A — U n i v e r s i t y of S o u t h e r n C a l i f o r n i a , Los A n geles Calif.. P r e s i d e n t . E d w a r d C. S t r o n g . 1145 S u n s e t Ave.. P a s a d e n a , Calif.. S e c r e t a r y , H e n r y F e l t e n b e r g , 1126 S. S e r r a n o Ave

o-7 AT PHA E P S I L O N — U n i v e r s i t y of C a l i f o r n i a , Berkeley, C a l l l o r n i a P r e s E d w a r d E. A u b e r t , 1601 Tyler St.; Sec. T h e o d o r e S m i t h , 2928 G r o v e St.; C. S e c . H e n r y L. R i c h a r d s o n , 1557 S e v e n t h St., O a k l a n d , Calif. 28 ALPHA Z E T A — W e s t V i r g i n i a S t a t e College, I n s t i t u t e , W, ' Va P r e s i d e n t , J o h n F. Uuyjet, S e c r e t a r y , A l l a n A. H o l l a n d . J r W . V. S t a t e College. 29. ALPHA E T A — H a r v a r d U n i v e r s i t y , C a m b r i d g e , M a s s a c h u s e t t s : TTVT A / ~ , r T 1 T \ 7 ' P 1

30 ALPHA T H E T A — U n i v e r s i t y of I o w a , I o w a City, I o w a ; P r e s i d e n t J a m e s P e o p l e s ; S e c r e t a r y , A. Low; C. S e c r e t a r y , G e o r g e R R a g l a n d , Jr., 818 S o u t h D u b u q u e S t r e e t . 31 ALPHA I O T A — U n i v e r s i t y of C o l o r a d o , D e n v e r , Colo., P r e s i d e n t H o w a r d J e n k i n s , j r . , 3131 G i l p i n St., S e c r e t a r y , J o h n W a l l a r , 2606 G i l p i n S t . 32 ALPHA K A P P A — S p r i n g f i e l d College, A m h e r s t College, A m h e r s t , Mass., S p r i n g f i e l d , M a s s a c h u s e t t s ; Sec. Eric H e a d l e y . S p r i n g f i e l d College. 33 ALPHA M U — N o r t h w e s t e r n University, Evanston, Illinois; P r e s i d e n t , W i l l i a m B. P o l l a r d , S e c r e t a r y W i l l i a m C. P y a n t . 1930 B r o w n A v e n u e . 34 ALFHA N U — I o w a S t a t e College, Drake University. Des M o i n e s I o w a , Ames, I o w a ; P r e s . S. M. Riley, J r . ; Sec. C h a r l e s P H o w a r d , 515 M u l b e r r y St., Des M o i n e s , I o w a . 35 ALPHA X I — U n i v e r s i t y of W a s h i n g t o n , S e a t t l e , W a s h i n g t o n ; P r e s i d e n t J a m e s P . J o h n s o n , 928 31st St., S e a t t l e , W a s h i n g t o n ; S e c r e t a r y , R o b e r t B . P i t t s , 1319 E. 5 6 t h St., S e a t t l e . Washington. 36 ALPHA O M I C R O N — J o h n s o n C. S m i t h U n i v e r s i t y , C h a r l o t t e , N C P r e s i d e n t , E a r n e s t N. M a t t i s o n , C. S e c r e t a r y , Willie C. Parks', J o h n s o n C. S m i t h U n i v e r s i t y . 37 ALPHA P I — L O U I S V I L L E MUNICIPAL COLLEGE, Louisville K e n t u c k y ; P r e s i d e n t , R o b e r t C r a w f o r d , 2512 W. W a l n u t S t r e e t ; S e c r e t a r y , J u l i u s L. G r e e n e , 1810 W. C h e s t n u t S t r e e t . 38 ALPHA R H O — M o r e h o u s e College, Ga.; P r e s i d e n t , B e n j a m i n B u l l o c k , S e c r e t a r y , C l a r e n c e W i l l i a m s , M o r e h o u s e College. 39 ALPHA S I G M A — W i l e y College, B i s h o p College, M a r s h a l l , T e x a s ; P r e s i d e n t , J a m e s C. W a l l a c e , Jr., S e c r e t a r y , K e r v e n W. C a r t e r , Wiley College. 40. ALPHA T A U — U n i v e r s i t y of A k r o n , O h i o ; P r e s i d e n t , R a y m o n d R. B r o w n ; S e c r e t a r y , H e r b e r t T. B r a c k e n , 385 W e l l i n g ton. 4 1 . ALPHA U P S I L O N — C i t y College D e t r o i t , D e t r o i t , M i c h i g a n ; P r e s i d e n t N o r m a n T a b o r . 2001 C h e s t n u t S t r e e t ; C. S e c r e t a r y , Lloyd G. R i c h a r d s . 6264 E p w o r t h . 42. ALPHA P H I — C l a r k U n i v e r s i t y . A t l a n t a , G e o r g i a ; P r e s . E d w a r d M c G o w e n ; S e c . J o h n T. M i m s . C l a r k U n i v e r s i t y . 43. ALPHA C H I — F i s k U n i v e r s i t y . N a s h v l l l " . T e r m . ; P r e s i d e n t , J o h n T. K i n g , S e c r e t a r y , C a r r o l l M o t e n Leevy. 44. ALPHA P S I — L i n c o l n U n i v e r s i t y , Jefferson City, M i s s o u r i ; F r e s i d e n t , J a m e s Lee H u n t ; S e c r e t a r y , J a m e s J o n e s , L i n coln University. 45. B E T A A L P H A — M o r g a n College. B a l t i m o r e , Md.; P r e s i d e n t , B r u c e E d e m y ; S e c r e t a r y . B r o a d u s K. W h i m s . 46. BETA B E T A — U n i v e r s i t y of N e b r a s k a . C r e i g h t o n U n i v e r s i t y , Municipal University, Lincoln. Nebraska. President. Gainei T. B r a f o r d , 1952 T. S t r e e t , L i n c o l n . N e b r a s k a : Secretary, H a r o l d B i d d i e x . 2225 S. S t r e e t , L i n c o l n , N e b r a s k a . 47. BETA G A M M A — V i r g i n i a S t a t e College, E t t r i c k . Va.; P r e s i d e n t , Jefferson F. B r y a n t ; S e c r e t a r y , S i n c l a i r J e t e r . 48. BETA D E L T A — S t a t e College. O r a n g e b u r g , S. C ; P r e s i d e n t . L a l e r C. D e C o s t a , S e c r e t a r y , M c R u s s e l l F l y n t , S t a t e A. & M . College. 49. B E T A E P S I L O N — A g r i c u l t u r a l a n d T e c h n i c a l College, G r e e n s boro, North Carolina; President, Clinton Etheridge, Secret a r y , E a r l H o l l a n d , A. & T. College. 50. B E T A Z E T A — S a m u e l H u s t o n College, A u s t i n , T e x a s ; P r e s i d e n t , Ulysses S. T a y l o r , C o r r e s p o n d i n g S e c r e t a r y , W e l d o n K. G r o v e s , S a m u e l H u s t o n College. 51. BETA E T A — S o u t h e r n I l l i n o i s T e a e h e r s College, C a r b o n d a l e . 111., P r e s i d e n t , C h a r l e s E. J o n e s , 211 N. W a l l ; Secretary. Gaffney T a y l o r , Colp, I l l i n o i s . 52. B E T A T H E T A — B l u e f i e l d S t a t e T e a c h e r s College, Bluefield. W. Va.; P r e s i d e n t , A l o n z o D e s k i n s , Jr., S e c r e t a r y , E u g e n * Field. S t a t e T e a c h e r s College.

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THE SPHINX MAGAZINE CHANGED TO MON > With this edition, the Sphinx Magazine becomes a monthly publication. This change in the frequency of publication of our official organ, from four editions to eight editions, was made by action of the last Convention in K a n sas City, Mo. Judging from letters reaching the Sphinx office, the idea of the monthly publication has met with approval. U n d e r graduate brothers have enthusiastically expressed their favorable reaction. This general attitude leads to the conclusion that the publication has not only been essential to the organization but in its expanding program, must fill a greater need. The new schedule called for some changes in the publication set-up, and addition of new members of the staff. In order to get the schedule moving with dispatch as well as smoothness, we began our editorial work before leaving Kansas Citv. Mo. Brothers Burt A. Mayberry and Dowdal Davis, who turned out the beautiful Souvenir B r o chure. have consented to serve as Assistant editor and Advertising manager of the Sphinx. Thev have already begun making "cont~cts" with chapters throughout the Fraternity in their usual, methodical manner. Other new staff members are Rrothers Sidnev A. Jones, Jr., of Chicago, Illinois; and Reid A. Jackson, of Langston University. Chapters, in keeping with the new schedule, which require a st"adv intake of copv, are asked to select brothers who will diliorentlv function as associate editors. While we have endeavored, in the past, to impress upon contributors the importance of observing the deadline, wide latitude was given in order to include as much late cony as possible. Tt is necessary now, however, to strictly adhere to the deadline. T h e title of each edition will, as in the past, determine the subject matter. This edition. Convention Number, is devoted largely to activities of the Kansas City convention. Vou will note that a special eight-page supplement taken from the Souvenir Brochure, is included in this edition. This supnlement enables brothers not present at the convention to rrceive eight of the most interesting pages of the Rrorhii'-e Forthcoming edit'ons for 1941 and their titles are PS follows : D I R E C T O R Y E D I T I O N — M a r c h , 1941 This edition will carry a list of certified members of the Fraternity, Regional Directors, and names of chapters in each of the four Jurisdictions. It should be of paramount importance to brothers going from one chapter seat to another. Brother Mayberry has worked out details for this number, and associate editors are called upon to respond immediately to his communications relative to submission of copy.

E D U C A T I O N A L NUMBER—April The Educational Edition, hitherto lublished in May, will be issued during the month of April. This change has been made in order to time the publication with announcements of educational activities by the Director of Edi* rttion Chapters too, should find the April publication more i portant in announcements of their educational prograr Dr. H. Copncill Trenholm, Director of Education, with • assistant of regular staff members, will furnish copy larg for this edition. GRADUATION


Brief but interesting articles on "brothers graduating from the several colleges will be featured. Such topics as "Outlook After College", and similar subjects will be presented. This Number will also serve to give summaries of educational campaigns. PICTORIAL


The Pictorial Edition will be published in September instead of October. This change was made in view of the fact t i n t vacationing brothers, graduates and undergraduates, will not have settled down to their fall-winter activities until the latter part of September. It will be easier to supply pictures than articles after the summer season. CHAPTER



October, the Mid-fall month, represents the peak of chapter activities before election of officers and payment of grand tax fees in November, This edition, devoted to the various activities of the chanters, should serve as a guide for determining potential winners of awards at the convention. Important announcements relative to grand tax. membershin transfers, etc.. will also be made in this Chapter Activities Number. PUBLIC RELATIONS


With Alnha's broadening social program, it becomes necessary to devote soace in the Snhinx to Alpha leaders in this area of the Fraternity. Brother Dr. Howard H. Long is Chairman of Public Relations Committee and Attornev Belford V. Lawson. General Counsel. The nature of their activities, as well as activities of other brothers on the public front. is giving Aloha standing in the affairs of our national life. This Edition will be given over, in large measure, to their activities. PRE-CONVENTION


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EDITORIALS Onward to Louisville With the Kansas City convention a pleasant memory, and a background of experiences to guide us through the year with greater determination, Alpha Phi Alpha men now look forward to the Twenty-Ninth General Session in Louisville, Ky., during the la t four days in December, 1941. This entire process of growth and development is predicated upon the accumulating experiences of the past and the outlook upon the future. Our course toward the Louisville convention, in view of the historymaking session in Kansas City, has been well charted. It is significant that the Fraternity will hold its next convention in Louisville where the organization established the first graduate chapter . . . Alpha Lambda. This convention will come as a belated tribute to the pioneering brothers of that city and Istate. These trail-blazers of the Fraternity established a new frontier for Alpha Phi Alpha in this hearty section of America. Fro,,, this "outpost," the beacon light of Alphadom has penetrated into the innermost sections of the Southland. I But it is not enough for us, as Alpha men, to merely anticipate what "good things'" Alpha Lambda, Alpha Pi, Beta MII, and Alpha Beta liambda have in store for us. We must prove worthy of attending the next convention by the services rendered within our chapter circles, for the Fraternity is no greater than the individual chapters. This will be the first Alpha convention to be held in the State of Kentucky and the responsibility of making it an outstanding success should be shared equally between the host brothers and visiting delegates.

Salute to Beta Lambda

Chapt er

It took more than ordinary courage and self-eonifidence for Beta Lambda Chapter, Kansas City, to

assume the responsibility of serving as host to the 28th General Convention after the spectacular setting m New York City during the summer of 1939. Alpha Gamma Lambda and Eta Chapters, hosts to the New York City convention, with the glamorous World Fair as a background and the many natural points of interest for which New York City, greatest of American metropolis is universally noted,^ gave all other chapters something to '"'shoot a t . " Beta Lambda Chapter called her 'shot " and made it good. Brothers of Kansas City were not content to merely serve as hosts to the convention. They planned it with such painstaking care that it would mark a milestone in the conventional life of a great organization. As we look back upon this memorable session, we see an inspiring example of group action . . . sacrifice of personal glory by individual members for the sake of organizational achievement. Beta Lambda, with individual members perfectly coordinating their efforts in the performance of their respective duties, is the yar.I stick by which the success of the last convention is to be measured. Surely there was resident in the chapter's every procedure the true essence of brotherhood. A new trail was blazed by the chapter for united action on part of all Negro-Greek-letter organizations. After the Fraternity accepted the invitation to meet in Kansas City, the host brothers set out upon the task of expanding the convention into a Tri-Convention setting. Kappas and Alpha Kappa Alphas of Kansas City were asked to extend invitations for their conventions to be held in the " H e a r t of America." That members of these two other societies were willing to join hands with Beta Lambda for the tri-parte sessionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;revealed the practical manner in which Greeks in Kansas City consider matters of common interest. The impression made by this cooperative effort will, it is hoped, be translated into action by Greek-letter organizations in other communities. The Sphinx staff, with all of Alphadom, salutes Beta Lambda Chapter for its excellent performance pf a herculean task.

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DR. R A Y F O R D W. LOGAN General President




Brother Dr. Rayford W. Logan. newly elected president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, comes to the highest office in the gift of the organization with an unexcelled record of service as an Alpha man. For seven years he directed the educational activities of the Fraternity with the zeal of a crusader. He did not fear to venture from the beaten paths of outworn dogmas. His leadership as Director of Education was aggressive hut in keeping with the transitory period that marked the new socio-economic order of American life. Having traveled extensively within the broad circle of Alphadom, P r e s i dpnt Logan has already acquainted himself with many of the Fraternitv's problems. H ' s experiences as a historian. lecturer, and writer should and will serve to enrichen everv Alpha man in his new position as President of the Fraternity. It must always be reassuring to a s sume a high office with the blessings of an illustrious predecessor. Brother Logan begins his administration with everv good wish and support of 0"r retiring President, Brother Charles H. We?l°". who for ten years led Alpha P h i AlDha Fraternitv with an unfaltering trust. Like b r o t h e r Weslev it is now for everv Alpha man to reassure President Logan that the authority vested in him as leader of the organization will be sustained with whole-hearted support.


O all Brothers, Greetings:— The presidency of Alpha Phi Alpha, which our retiring chief, Dr. Charles H. Wesley, has lifted to new heights of prestige and distinction is one of the highest honors within the gift of a M o » r o ncv But this office carries with it also great responsibility tant of which is the maintenance of a strong, enthusiastic oonw a. r. as many Brothers as possible. I accept this honor and this responsibility, as I said in the closing moments of the Kansas City Convention, with deep humility. I follow an illustrious line of leaders. It is my fervent wish that the history of my administration will not make me unworthy of being counted among them. But the growth of the Fraternity is not the obligation of only the General President. Alpha Phi Alpha will continue to hold its posh ion of leadership in the proportion that all Brothers fulfill their responsibilities. May I urgently invite the same support and cooperation that you would give to any other neophyte? The pledge of allegiance that was given by every Brother who was still in the Convention—by (hose who had voted for me and those who bad supported another loyal son of Alpha—greatly encouraged me. As Brother "Wayman Ward said in his stentorian voice, " W e are all for you now, Brother Logan." I believe that this is a manifestation of that true form of Brotherhood that, our retiring President insisted upon in his Annual Address. When the heat of the battle is over, we all rally around the individual into whose hands has been entrusted the guidance of the Fraternity. I am keenly aware of many problems that disturb us all. I shall not discuss them (with one exception) in this message. First, I want it to emphasize our spirit of Brotherliness. Second, I wish to have the official minutes before making any announcements. The only exception is to urge the associate editoi-s of the Sphinx to send their material in before Brother Swingler's deadline. The Convention ordered eight (8) issues a year. This order can be carried out only with the cooperation of the associate editors. I shall make no other pronouncements at this time because I wish to consider carefully and deliberately the problems that give us all concern. You would not have me act hastily. When the considered opinion of the loyal sons of Alpha has been made manifest to me, through your letters, through the columns of the Sphinx, through the even more intimate reports of your discussions in Chapter meetings, through my visits to Chapters, then T shall not hesitate to take a forthright position in accordance with the best judgment that I can command. In urging this spirit of Brotherliness and unity, I am not asking for unanimity. Our Fraternity has as much need of a loyal opposition as does England or any other so-called democratic nation. It is my intention to weigh carefully the wishes and recommendations of this loyal opposition. The constructive critics are just as much a part of the Fraternity as are those who consistently support it. The Kansas City Convention in many respects surpassed any that T have attended. It did so as the result of careful planning, attention to details, devoted cooperation, and competent leadership. Let us continue to adhere to these four prerequisites for success. I have come into office without any trade, bargain, obligation or commitment to any one. Thus untrammeled, and with the support and counsel of all Alpha men. young and old. undergraduates and graduate, T hope to follow unfalteringly along the paths that will enhance our glory, our honor and renown. Fraternally yours, RAYFORD W. LOGAN, General President.



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neral Officers of the Fraternity Brother Flemming succeeded Brother Lucien Wright, Columbus, Ohio, who served one term as Midwestern Vice-President. Brother Dr. H. Councill Trenholm, Alabama State Teachers College, Montgomery, Ala, was elected Director of Education. He formerly served as Southern Vice-President, a position now held by Brother Ferdinand L. Rousseve, New Orleans, La. Brother Rousseve, former Lay Member of the Executive Council, has already an-




Western Vice-President

F. G O R D O N

Eastern Vice-President

â&#x20AC;˘ LPHA PHI ALPHA Fraternity ft moved into the new year with several pronounced changes in its official directory. New officers elected were Brothers John Flemming, Cincinnati, Ohio, Midwestern Vice-President; James Robinson, Jr., Los Angeles, Calif., and Thomas Kelly, Wilberforce University, Lay Members of the E x e cutive Council. Both Councilmen are undergraduate members.

Memphis, Tenn., Editor of the Sphinx; and Edward W. Brooke, Lay Councilman. In keeping with the procedure adopted in Nashville during the Silver Anniversary Convention, 1935, Officers presented their reports in written form, Chapters, through their elected delegates, were entitled to receive two copies of each report. J O S E P H H. B. E V A N S General Secretary nounced that his program would, in large measure, be devoted to an aggressive reclamation campaign. Brother Dr. Rayford W. Logan, after serving seven years as Director of Education, was elected to the presidency of the Fraternity. He succeeded Dr. Charles H. Wesley, who returns to his former position as F r a ternity Historian. Brother Wesley, as all other Past Presidents, will retain membership in the Executive Council.

General Counsel

Officers who continue in their old positions are Brothers Bert McDonald. Los Angeles, Western Vice-President; Roger F. Gordon, New York City, Eastern Vice-President; Joseph H. B. Evans, Washington, D. C , General Secretary; Dr. F a r r o w Allen, New York City, General T r e a s u r e r ; Belford V. Lawson, Washington, D. C , General Counsel; Lewis O. Swingler,



General Treasurer

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mastery of the addresses each delivered at the public session Sunday, December 29th, Music Hall, Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City. They were Attorney James E. Scott, Grand Polemarch of Kappa Alpha I'si; Dr. Dorothy Boulding Ferebee, Supreme Basileus of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; and Brother Dr. Charles H. Wesley, president (Retired) of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Before an audience of 2,500 persons, these three organization heads chose subjects expressive of their national 1 Humes . . . Industry, Health, and Citizenship. Titles of addresses and highlights were as follows:—

LEWIS O. SWINGLER Editor, Sphinx

Attorney Scott . . . "Strengthening the Foundation for a More Complete Economic Freedom." "Raise the Negro to his rightful place among men," lie declared. Dr. Ferebee . . . "Blazing a New Trail to a High Standard of National Health and Culture." She said, "Make America Strong." Dr. Wesley . . . "Raising to New Heights an Appreciation for Our A-

merican Democracy." Declared he, "Everybody up—nobody down." Brother James E. Jeffress, chairman of the Joint Public Meeting, stood backstage and interpreted the theme of each organization, emphasizing the great results that could be achieved through united efforts. Preceding each speaker, the national project of each organization was dramatized.

Councilman •en niHue manliest, to m~, lie Sphinx, through the even moi in Chapter meetings, through m itate to take a forthright positio that I can command. •liness and unity, T am not askin B much need of a loyal oppositio d democratic nation. It is my ii and recommendations of this lo; >s are just as much a part of tl ltly support it. many respects surpassed any th; suit of careful planning, attentk pmpetent leadership. Let us coisites for success. any trade, bargain, obligation < nmeled, and with the support ar 1 old. undergraduates and grad ilong the paths that will enhan ally yours, RAYFORD W. LOGAN, E D W A R D W. BROOKE Lay Councilman

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Nathaniel A. Murray, Guest Founder, at the Twenty-eighth Convention of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at Kansas City, Missouri, December 30 , 1940.

As the oldest \ e g r o fraternity among College men, an organization composed of the leadership in Negro life, it is if'., aiuent upon us to take a sincere â&#x20AC;˘merest in the Economic Welfare of t masses of Negro people. For the Cconomic status of a people conditions . .eir political, educational and social advancement. This basic economic xmdition should receive our earnest consideration and support. It is for this reason that I ask your attention to the subject. How Can Alpha Phi Alpha Aid in Improving The Economic Status of the Negro. No subject so directly engrosses the attention of men today as that embraced under the term Economics. Economics deals with the every daylife of every one. It deals with the efforts put forth by men to provide those necessities for life. It further deals with the means whereby men live and with the system within which they provide, share goods and services, and that supply their wants. It is like a living thing, never still, always changing. It is the science of wealth, its production, its exchange, its distribution and its consumption. The Negro as a group today has become an economic problem. Before Emancipation he was an economic factor, but not a problem because during slavery his place as a domestic animal was fixed. All of his cares, were those of his master, and similar to the pigs, cows, horses and other domestic animals that needed shelter and food. Unknown to many there were 400,000 free Negroes in the Northern section of the United States, who had cares of their own. Competition in the struggle for existence was not the problem of the slave. For him it was work, obey and pray. After Emancipation, it was generally believed the Negro was especially created to carry on menial work and common labor. No one thought him capable of providing for the future, but as time passed, we find him alert, and desirous of doing greater things. He wanted to live well, and enjoy himself, and to be respected by his more fortunate associates. He further sought more pleasant and profitable employment in domestic as well as in personal service. Above all he saw the need for economic security,



thru getting a stake in the land. The present economic status of the Negro in America is such as to invite poverty, crime, and immorality. Poverty because of the low wages he receives. crime which naturally follows limited incomes, and immorality because it requires even a meager independence for some to resist the temptations that tend to break down the moral fiber of an individual. The Negro receives small wages and is often hard pressed to find means to support life. Negroes are largely consumers rather than producers or merchants. In the larger aspects of business Negroes know too little. Businesses controlled by Negroes are often owned by whites. The whites are using the Negro to bolster their own trade which under any other circumstances might go to Negro merchants. Efforts on the part of Negroes to undertake the larger tasks of life are belittled. In many of the large cities we have a few Negro businesses. Since stores are the foundation of the Banking business, one of our other fraternities has adopted the Slogan, Negro Business and More of It. It is very much interested in encouraging Negroes to start in small businesses. All Alpha Phi Alpha men should spend some of their income with members of their own race provided, however that they get value received. With our struggling Negro stores much of the ignorance now found among our group is due to lack of business training, inadequate capital, and the unwillingness to sacrifice in the early development of the new business by putting back into the business the profits. Much of the illness among Negroes

is due to environmental rather than racial factors. The prevalence of disease among Negroes, plus their high death rate is due to limited low incomes, poor housing facilities, unsanitary living, conditions, lack of proper hospital facilities, malnutrition, and unhealthy working conditions. The health of the Negro can be improved if the Negro will demand and seek to improve health conditions and health education in the schools, better hospitalization in local hospitals, better sanitary conditions in the home and better support of health agencies. Concerning Alpha Phi Alpha Negro Citizenship Campaign, which is also based in part upon Economic status, it is a well known truth that the man or woman who owns property and has a bank account has always proven himself to be a better citizen. Those who possess none of these desirable Economic traits are not inclined to be motivated by the same desires. In the past the Citizenship campaigns have given abundant evidence of the wisdom of inaugurating such work. Negroes who never before were interested in voting have been aroused and are now taking an active part in both local and national affairs. We must not stop however with this interest feature in voting or other political questions, but in our future campaigns we must stress the need of property ownership and having, a bank account. I wish to urge these two latter points for stressing in our future citizenship campaigns and prepare literature as a means of putting it over. Brothers we have only scratched the surface with this most necessary program of RPA. W e must continue to awaken efforts to fight an inferiority complex, discrimination, and race prejudice. All fraternity brothers of A. P . A. must continue to strive to aid all Negroes to obtain a guarantee of equal opportunity to enjoy life, liberty and happiness. Each chapter must continue to support whole heartedly, all local and national issues affecting. Negroes in the U. S. Our Council on Public Opinion directs the pressure strategy of A. P . A. and depends upon you thru your local chapter to carry out its policies. Give your (Turn to Page 31)

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An Off The Record



the ci., about lis.Machine being capable ''i,ni au , speed Little does on thai; realize tB with which the most cruel and devastating war of all history has progressed since last we met in Annual Convention. When we gripped our hands in the chain of fraternal fellowship that binds us one to an>. • qt«our convention in the closing days ofTff^ust, 1939, in New York City, and there sang, "Till we meet—till we meet God be with us till we meet again' 1 ' and closed with our immortal chant: '' "May the Lord watch between me and Thee when we are absent one1 from another"

Two professional easterners in an informal chat between sessions of their respective conclaves. While Brother Attorney Raymond P. Alexander, Philadelphia, Dr V r i r t t ' ! n r 0 A V / - ^ 7 ?• Wright, Boston, Mass., prominent dentist, talks up. £ M I . « 5 «n5 ^ ' l P ^ d s t h e m 0 n t h o f J u l y e a c » year pulling and treating the nder vlle ed RrIL » P" / Missrssippians as member of her Sorority's health project XbGl£T£:i'etZT E a S t e r n V i C e - P r e s i d e n t - w . Banquet Speaker at A . p U

WHAT ABOUT NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS FOR THE NEGRO? Banquet Address delivered by Brother Raymond Pace Alexander, Esquire, Philadelphia, at Twenty-Eighth General Convention, Kansas City, Mo., December 31st.


H E world is beset with problems which badly need thinking through. In every direction and from every source, from the daily newspapers to the weekly news magazines; from the lecture forum to the pulpit; from the schools and universities to the radio programs, the many problems which have caused world-wide upset are discussed ; all with one apparent purpose —an effort to solve them for the sake and safety of humanity—by clear thinking. The rapidity with which events that have shocked and changed the world have transpired

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months has taught us in America that our thinking processes have dangerously slowed down in the last ten years, while the thinking processes and imagination of other nations—particularly one—had accelerated t o a remarkable degree. We in America are just beginning to realize that the normal span of a dozen years, from 1929 to 1941, in terms of the revolutionary changes that have taken place in the world, is not really twelve years but more nearly several centuries. W h a t is equally important is that those of us who do not realize this fact are hopeless ; so many refuse to know and see

little did we know that these words, uttered as a prayer from our lips, closing one of the greatest conventions in our history, signalled the day following, the beginning of the most destructive wars in the history of mankind. The very next day the highly mechanized armies of Germany marched into Poland, and in seventeen days of the fiercest fighting imaginable, with all branches of the army and navy of that great belligerent power at work —with no time for help from any ally great Poland was made a wasteland and was forced to surrender. England and France, too long held in check by their appeasing leaders, were forced into an unwanted war, wholly unprepared to meet the modern machine of the too-well equipped German forces. The rest is history, unpleasant as it is, and a bitter lesson to the former great powers of the old world and the one great Democracy of the new world—America, our Homeland. Then came the lull and pause of the winter, with France rocking in the false cradle of security behind t h e supposedly impregnable Maginot Line —that suddenly fell with as much ease as a motorist driving over a State boundary line. Preceding that, of course, came the invasion of Denmark, taken without a shot being fired; then the invasion—the siege—and finally t h e fall of N o r w a y ; the utterly cruel and barbarous destruction and capture of Holland—the invasion of Belgium and King Leopold's capitulation while a half-million British and French soldiers were fighting their hearts out to save his countrymen—the invasion of France—the fall of the Maginot Line— the siege of Paris and its surrender. Then comes the long battle for Britain —Now the stalemate. W h a t next? (Turn to Page 32)




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By R O S C O E C. G I L E S , M. D. Delivered at 28th General Convention, Kansas City, Missouri. Brothers in Alpha Phi A l p h a : I count '• at once an honor and a privilege l o be invited to deliver the FpjSfernal Address of the 1940 Conven-

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Good Will Representatives Alpha Convention


h. ' shall devote little time to remin i s c i n g over the thirty-three years 1 •slave been a member of the Fraternity, or in relating many of the interesting experiences that have come over the years to one who has served the organization in diverse capacities, as a l luring as such a trend of thought may be. I find myself rather in the position of a preceptor at the University of Vienna whom I approached a iter a lecture on a complicated subject with the query, "Where can I find that written ?" He replied quickly that it wasn't written. "I am in the midst of important experiments which may revolutionize my thinking tomorrow. When a man stops to write he is reminiscing, looking backward. 1 am looking forward." This statement, however, is only relatively true for the purposes of our present discussion, for I think one of the greatest mistakes we have made as a group has been our failure to record our experiences for posterity. I do, however, use the illustration because I hope none of you will be disappointed that in my eagerness to attempt to point out the way for the future, I waste no time with the past. As we look out upon the world t o day so many ominous signs crowd themselves upon the horizon that we find it difficult to analyze their import or to give them proper appraisal. Abraham Lincoln, however, once said, "If we know where we are and whither we are tending, we may the better judge what to do and how to do it." Today as men and nations stand bewildered or are actually engaged in holocaust of death and destruction byland, air, and sea, we may with propriety ask what does this mean. W e must not permit ourselves to be in the position of him who once wrote "With their great eyes men do stare withal—so few can see." Is civilization headed for destruction and materialism about to triumph over spiritual values? The answer, I believe, is an emphatic N O ! The more one studies events the

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more one becomes impressed with the fact that as in the case of Egypt, Greece and Rome, modern civilization has been weighed in the balance and found wanting. F o r generations men have made thunderous pronouncements about human rights and liberties, while neither they nor their governments have shown any respect for either; men have been long on the p r o fession of Christianity and short in the performance of i t ; and democracy in the so-called last strongholds of democracy is for the most p a r t empty and meaningless as they face the crisis of their existence. One might with propriety question whether a civilization is worth preserving where almost universally such abject poverty exists in the midst of such plenty, where man-made economic barriers stifle the existence of great masses of the population, where spiritual values have sunk so low as to permit by government sanction, or at least connivance, organized programs against a minority group, where incarceration, execution of political prisoners, and lynchings are prevalent, and where civil liberties, religious freedom, political independence, and even freedom of the press and of educational institutions is threatened or no longer exist. As one travels about the country or

reads contemporary writings, one becomes more and more impressed with a note of pessimism, of despair, of frustration even among our younger thinkers. Many more mature in years and judgment seem likewise to have given up hope. N o more striking example is there than the recent autobiography of a former and still respected militant leader who apparently under the weight of the struggle has seemingly surrendered to the forces about him." It cannot be denied that by superficial examination there is much apparent justification for this pessimism. The almost unprecedented continuation of unemployment, the inability to secure jobs or positions by men who have spent years in preparation, the color, class and caste bar in the skilled trades and in the professions, the indisposition of governments to practice the ideology of the democracy which they profess, and finally the deliberate and persistent attempts of our Government in what is perhaps the hour of its greatest need to bar the largest and most loyal minority group within its borders from the armed forces of the nation, are cogent a r g u ments for this attitude of despair. And yet it is this seemingly very desperate situation which I believe gives cause for hope and offers a challenge for the constructive think-

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One Section

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Only two hours, remained in the old year when brothers, after an all-day session, gathered in Room 401, Municipal Auditorium, tor their Annual Convention Banquet Tuesday, December 31st, during the 28th General Convention, Kansas City, Missouri. This sectional view of the nearly 300 delegates and visiting Alpha men at the reception present several leaders, including:â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Brothers Dr. Howard Long, Chairman of Public Relations; Edward Brooke, and Walter Scott, Jr., Councilmen; Lucien Wright, Mid-western Vice-President; Jewel Nathaniel A. Murray, Founder's speaker; H. Councill Trenholm, Southern Vice-president; President Wesley, Attorney Raymond P. Alexander, Banquet speaker; Ferdinand L. Rousseve, Councilman; Dr. B. Andrew Rose, Past President; General Counsel Belford V. Lawson, and Eastern-Vice-President Roger F. Gordon. Standing are General Secretary Joseph H. B. Evans and Toastmaster Burt A. Mayberry, Secretary of the Convention Committee. Following the banquet, the delegation returned to their regular business room to hear the Banquet address by Brother Alexander.

FRATERNITY ADDRESS ing and collective action on the part of highly trained college men and women such as are represented in this and other national sororities and fraternities who are to be congratulated for having the foresight and good judgment to meet upon common ground for just such lofty purposes as these. I find myself much in the attitude of mind of that scholar and philosopher, the late Dr. Charles Victor Roman of Nashville, Tennessee, on one occasion when he was asked, "What do you think of the future of the Negro in America, is there any hope?" Such a query as this would cause that master mind to leap out and bring forth

gems of philosophy that made those privileged to sit at his feet the richer by its benefactions. Without a moment's hesitation, he countered, "I am not worried about the future of the Negro in America; what worries me is will he be ready when the opportunity does come?" Today, perhaps more than at any other time in our history, we stand at the entrance of a highway from which branches off roads leading to multiple fields of opportunity. For us, as for all, the statement that there are no more frontiers is a sophistry. A few years ago men were attributing unemployment, for instance, to technoc-

racy, the Wchine being capable f doing so much NVTii-k'lVJ', *')(.:, i r . - were alize in thrown out ot jobs. How ,.u from the truth such a conclusion was one need only to look at one science, chemistry, and stand on the fringes of that science. Who ever thought that beautiful articles of cloth' mid ever be made from coal ami gla ,s, n i ,: roads from cotton, dyes made ff n clay, and munitions of war made fi potatoes? If. instead of develop, instruments for death and destructio , this science alone should lie develop! innumerable jobs would be open fol large numbers of workers for years to come and yet not exhaust all the possibilities. So it is with the workings of democracy. Democracy is something dynamic not static, an ideology nol an accomplished fact, a possibility, ? goal toward which men travel but have not yet attained. Being spiritual, its boundaries are not fixed but elastii. am! its present limitations subjec. to challenge, redefinition, and change. \"o race nor people are necessarily it_ permanent possessors and none good enough to he its permanent dispensers. No one appreciates freedom as much as those to whom freedom has been denied, and no one can appreciate democracy perhaps as much as those who live within its shadow and yet are denied full participation in its benefits. In this very situation, Brothers, lies our greatest opportunity. Just as our ancestors from the agony of human bondage have given to America its only real music, so it may be that this is our opportunity to help our Country to see its real missionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as the haven of the oppressed, the land of religious and political freedom, the land of equal opportunity for all of its citizens, and the fountain head of a culture worthy of emulation by the nations of the world. As a fraternity we have a definite part to play in the drama that will call for long range planning, a fixity of purpose, and a continuation of our team work with other organizations and agencies. Time will permit me only to indicate a few of the tasks to which we might profitably direct our endeavors. First, we need a reaffirmation and a rededication to the faith of our fathers which has been for them a "rock in a weary land" for over four hundred and fifty years and without which. simple and unlettered as they were, (Turn to Page 32)






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* * A T E * N l T y rUAf DR.O. WILSON W I N T E R S FRAX

Dear Mr • Ivmyver: T

am st'iding you a copy of the diar\ '•'.-. Dr. Winters kept during the Ivention. In my opinion it is far ,,"M\- interesting tlian "Thumb Nail sketches and Post Mortems" an artile which he tliinks I am sending you. Publishing this diary containing personal references to convention personalities, incidents and oddities will be a good joke on one whose column specializes in inventing jokes on others —and besides "thar was dirt under them thar thumb nails." Yours truly, (Miss) Bertha Campbell Secretary to Dr. Winters for 15 years, one month and four days to date.

CO-OPERATION IN THE HEART OF THE NATION F R I D A Y , Dec. 27, 1940—Arrived at Kansas City * * found the " H e a r t " all aflutter over the increasing registration of Greeks ** Bro. Bluford assisting registrants ** smacking chiclets ** Bro. Howell sips a bromo-seltzer ** Bro. Mayberry sports a neatly laundered soda fountain jacket, humming softly an oriental lullaby ** photographer wearing Kappa badge acrobatically takes snap shots of registering celebreties ** Arnett G. Lindsey registers ** Bro. Matthew Carroll munches aspirins ** pretty girls line up registrants and keep them in their places ** several passes for dates clev erly ignored ** Jerrick, Sylvester Smith, Mayberry and I inspect the convention assembly ** beautiful picture ** cushioned armchairs ** green blottered top, four scat tables ** Mayberry, typical exacting schoolmaster ** has installed light flashing telephone system in assembly ** can talk with entire auditorium at once ** just received sixty-five cards from Bro. Rummons to match with blue delegate certificates ** other Beta Lambda convention committee sipping aspirinated coca-colas ** had dinner at Street's cafe ** steer steak ** moo-o-o ** 12 midnight ** Jerrick and Smith gone to the joint dance ** I'm in 'bed ** playing with pretty orange colored delegate registration cards ** 1:30 a. m. ** still matching cards with blue certifi-



cates ** drinking water, very hard, indicates heavy lime deposits ** Cream 'ii Kentucky neutralizes lime ** also neutralizes me until 8:00 a. m. Saturday morning. S A T U R D A Y , Dec. 28, 1940—Mrs. J. Leonard Thompson, 2003 Brooklyn Ave., our lu^tess ** good housekeeper ** serves us breakfast ** Kappa friend from Philly, Charlie Dorsey, old Kentucky blue grasser, joins our household ** Taxi to Municipal a u d i t o r a convention headquarters ** Messenger from corner drugstore brings in fresh supply of aspirins, bromoseltzer, etc. for convention committee ** registration typewriters a cacaphony of metallic symphony ** Randall Tyus, Fisk Field Secretary and four day bride. formerly Lois Francis Davis, teacher in Galveston, celebrate honeymoon by attending A Phi A and A K A convention ** rest of honeymoon in Los Angeles ** shook hands and hugged good old Raymond Cannon and Simeon Silas Booker ** I wonder if that is correct ** Invited Cannon to rest up at .Nirvana, my Philly suburban home this summer ** I mean it too. Convention opens ** Bert MacDonald, proud of six newly set up chapters, in the saddle ** unusually fast business ** tam fine speech by handsome Felton Clark ** several fine jokes in his speech ** will use them in later issues ** call for Jewel Murray's address ** full of Mexican jargon he learned in his trip there last summer t o visit daughter student at University of Mexico ** he deciphers and revises speech assisted by Bro. Clair ** Credentia committee reports on part one ** a s sembly and election rules ** brief flurry over fining clauses ** adopted after revision ** Andy Tyler tosses a P a r liamentary monkey-wrench ** lucky for me I remembered page 141 Roberts Rules of Order ** I must keep an eye on Tyler, Schuster, Billy Jones, Eddie Brooks and several others ** these fledgelings are going to town in Alpha Phi Alpha one of these days ** Ma Dickason, business manager of prexy Henry Lake D-i-c-k-a-s-o-n smiled at me at Street's cafe—goody, goody ** she forgives my '"frat fun" ribbings ** Kermit Hall and recent Philly bride, pretty Ethel F a r m e r are here ** W m .

X. Lovelace, Adult probation officer of Cincinnati and week's bride—(bad diction—that reads like "weak" bride) I mean, bride of a week's duration (that doesn't sound so hot either)—oh well 1 know what it means—she is formerly Lania Fife, Cincinnati teacher and new A K A Parliamentarian ** Gardiner Downing, most typical collegiate Alpha type is here ** so is his ministerial looking brother-in-law, ex prexy B. Andrew Rose ** recess ** Bro. W e s ley, Long and Logan appear ** train ran into washout ** delayed 3 hours ** Afternoon session ** many big apes here ** one bishop ** six college presidents ** scads of Phi Beta Kappas ** one Alpha judge. Mvles Paige of New York City ** one Kappa judge, Armond Scott of Washington, D. C. ** two bankers ** M. A. Ferguson and Henrj .Allen Boyd, also noted churchmen ** lawyers galore ** epidemic of Physicians led by " H o r s e " Merchants and Raymond Reeves, forty-three participating Beta Lambda brothers who "kicked in" thirty dollars each to make us happy and welcome ** three known ministers' sons, Andrew Tyler, Wm. Gray and myself ** Sylvester Smith. minister's grandson, his grandsire, Rev. Watson, one of the founders and financial transfusionists of Quindaro College ** Prexy Wesley appoints committees ** Jerrick introduces Jewel Murray for guest Jewel speech ** dinner ** more beef ** moo-o-o-o ** AKA dance ** met shy little, pretty Marion C. of St. Louis and vivacious Kathleen C. of Cincinnati and M. A. Ferguson in silk topper, white tie and tails ** Elnoras for supper ** Bro. Ferguson had a large evening, smiled often, even laughed once, drank orange soda ** managed to keep Marion out of our reach. S U N D A Y , Dec. 29, 1940—First Baptist Church, Kansas City, Kansas ** Dr. C. A. Pugh ** fine sermon ** looks very much like Bro. Riley, my old convention friend ** missed him very much ** Kansas City principal MeLauie Anderson, newly christened "Sweet Lalanne" and Philly Lydia McClane, Jerrick and I attended joint session at Music Hall ** Jimmy ** Dorothy and Charlie had the spot-light

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S the very popular commentator on the "Wings Over J o r d a n " program would say after his weekly broadcast, "another week," etc., etc., I am about to indulge in an expression, similar. to s a y : well "Another Year" has rolled around and it becomes my pleasant task to greet you in this capacity. At the suggestion of the Editor, this column does at least increase the mail if for no other reason. We begin the year full of hope and with a new order of the day. A number of our key offices are filled with new officers, not new brothers but brothers who have kept the faith and this is their just reward. This column wishes to congratulate those brothers who were elected to various offices and to those brothers who retained their offices. Fall cooperation for the expanding of Alpha Phi Alpha is assured through these columns. Now for convention highlights: Most colorful array of personalities gathered together in a long time, this T r i Convention that the very hospitable Kansas City brothers pulled off, and I believe that I can say for all that were in attendance that it was a well-appointed affair. I think that the outgoing president set an all-time record as president of Alpha Phi Alpha in the longest consecutive term of office. H e is as popular going out of office as he was coming in, and more so. The newly elected

president is as

equally a forceful and dynamic leader. I am certain from working with him in tin- past, Alpha moves up. The

vice presidents





ing to the course early and are calling regional meets in their jurisdictions. And so down thru the list of General Officers we see a great year ahead for Alpha Phi Alpha. Those A. K. A. young, ladies really turned out in great style to their Convention. I understand the official count was more than five hundred registered delegates and visitors. It just gives us something to shoot at and it ought to inspire us to turn out in larger numbers. Let's all set a new record of attendance at the forthcoming, convention in Louisville. A grand move was made when the General Convention decided to publish the Sphinx once a month. It shows that our official organ is making strides in the field of journalism. This column is rather limited this issue in feeling out just what you would like in the way of news and because of limited space. During

the holidays I

was asked

about Olga and Thehna, the ones who used to give me such an


so I woefully have to admit that other interests seem to occupy all of Olga's time and to my heart-break got married last summer.


Hope this

satisfies a lot of queries. All the happiness to Brother and Mrs. C. Franklin Brown of Little Rock, Arkansas. They are the proud parents of a fine daughter. There is a good Alpha Basketball team in the making, and if some good brothers want some clean fun they may get a date by writing this office. Don't rush us however. (Until next month, " B E E S E E I N G YA."

FRATERNITY FUN (Continued (mm preceding page) and they basked and basked and basked ** Three perfect speeches ** Beautiful hall, red plush soft cushioned seats ** Att'y. Jas. Scott, Kappa chiet ** tine speech ** sartorial in gray herringbone ** Dr. Dorothy Ferrebee, pretty of face and figure, perfect in diction ** closed my eyes ** speech sounded like Mrs. Roosevelt talking ** opened my eyes ** imagined I saw Hedy L a M a r r ** A K A song is being sung ** A K A girls stand up ** behold! a man in rear of hall is standing t o o ; some of the brothers wave to him to be seated ** he gaily and airily waves back ** Prexy Wesley started speech with school boy oration tactics ** "Give me liberty or give me death" ** faulty control station effect made him seem to say "Alpher Kapper Alpher" ** H e goes into fluid drive elocution with floating power oratory ** speaks without a "pony." ** Kappa men surprised at his oration ** clap harder than Alpha men ** Melanie and Lydia change our diet from beef to turkey ** dinner party ** 16 plates ** more open housing ** Dr. Miller's ** food ami fun ** "Tomtnie" Berry's ** "Bootsie" and Manhattans ** T h e Kansas Citians patty, fun, fidgeting and food ** sleep. MONDAY, Dec. 30, 1940â&#x20AC;&#x201D;President's address a classical tome ** report of general officers ** I am appointed Parliamentarian ** ambition of ten years realized and no Bindley Cyrus, Sydney or Oscar Brown to work me up into a parliamentary sweat ** a helluva climax ** Politicians beginning to politish all over the place **' Rayford Logan is yawning ** H e r e (Turn to Page 30)


The School



As An Office



N these days of widespread governmental expenditures for public buildings the principal has rich opportunities for determining the physical character and equipment of his office. The intelligent principal will take advantage of these opportunities and will be rewarded—through many labor-saving devices—with additional time for the many aspects of the principalship which are now being neglected.

which break drafts, and office arrangement which will systematize the many functions which a r e performed in the principal's office"2 If on the other hand a principal must use an old building he can make a number of profitable improvements and very freqeuntly at a very small cost. T h e teachers of manual training and art can make helpful suggestions and in, at least a few cases, student labor can be used.

Today the principal's office has many important general functions to perform. "It is more than a room or a s u i t e ; it is a functional organization, a clearing house for the administrative duties of the school business." 1 In this office all permanent records a r e kept; all reports arc filed; all questionnaires having to do with mechanics are answered and all bulletins MIHI all notices are sent forth.

In an old building manual training classes can make a counter; install builtin book cases; add shelves in the storeroom and as a student I recall very vividly how the manual training class, in which I was enrolled, completely renovated the principal's office and two rest rooms. Moreover, the same class, upholstered over a dozen pieces of furnitures. Tn connection with matters of furniture and equipment there are many things which the principal should have in mind. If the principal is not able to secure all of the items discussed he can at least work toward the achievement of the ideal situation. The furniture " should include at least a respectable hat and coat rack, a floor covering of some sort, if the floors are not in excellent shape " :l and two or three well chosen large pictures of Negro and white leaders, in neat frames and all furniture should be substantial and of good finish. T h e following labor-saving devices and the extent to which they are used in office administration should prove helpful to principals who wish to know know how comparatively well-equipped their offices were at that time the list was completed. T h e list follows:

The task of the Negro principal with usually inferior facilities and equipment—is freqently greater than that of the white principal and so more than any other principal the Negro administrator must exert meat effort in order to do the type of effective work which can be achieved when serious study is devoted to ways and means of being an office executive. The office arrangement and equipment arc very important in assisting the principal to perform the task of being an effective office executive. If a principal is present when a newbuilding is to be constructed he can make some of his thoroughly modern ideas a part of the architect's plan. Among his suggestions to the architect may be the following: indirect lighti n g : sanitary lavatory s e a t s ; windows

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Device 1. Typewriter 2 Filing cabinet 3. Telephone 4. Memeograph 5. Desk Calendar 6. P r o g r a m clock 7. H a n d stamp 8. Adding machine 9. Stapling machine 10. Numbering machine 11. Memorandum ticker 12. Visible file 13. Ditto Machine 14. Memoscope 15. Neostyle 16. Multigraph 17. Efficiency desk 18. Comptometor 19. W o r k organizer 20. Cash register 21. Dictaphone 22. Bookkeeping machines 23. Addressograph 24. Stenotype 25. Card-sorting machine

Percentage 98.7 95.6 94.3 91.6 86.6 85.8 75.5 71.3 61.5 38.5 35.6 3.6 26.4 20.9 19.9 19.2 17.8 17.6 17.0 13.2 8.0 5.6 3.8 2.1 1.1

The clerical office of the principal should be in charge of a worker or workers who have been thoroughly trained in the matter of dealing with the members of the intramural school life and the general p u b l i c The office should not exclude persons as workers simply because they are black for the criticism has frequently been made that the Negro executive excludes darker persons from clerical positions. After the principal has secured an able staff of clerical assistants he should direct his attention to their management and guidance. Among the suggestions with the principal may keep in mind are the following: "the ( T u r n to Page 30)

1. Cox, Philip W. L., and Langfitt, R. Emerson, High School Administration and Supervision, (New York: American Book Company, 1934), p. 76. 2. Two Illustrations of modern offices may be seen In t h e appendix and under each are justlflcatlons for the arrangement. 8. Douglas. Harl R., Organization and Administration of Secondary School*. (New York: Glnn and Company, 1932), p. 368,

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BROTHERS REGISTERED AT ALPHA CONVENTION F R O M 2> STATES M I S S O U R I : (Outside Kansas City) Sidney R. Williams, St. Louis ; H o u s ton Chandler, St. L o u i s ; George Banks, Marshall; James N. Freeman. Jefferson City; C. L. Collins, St. Joseph; C. C. Hubbard, Sedalia; Raymond Nero, Jefferson City; Charles M. Toms, Little Bloc; lladley H a r t s horn, Jefferson City; Lionel II. NewMini. St. L o u i s ; Louis J. Craig, St. Louis; John Kelley, St. Charles; Arnold B. Walker, St. L o u i s ; Albert Marshall, Jefferson City; Richard E. Pullam, Jefferson City; Herbert Kitchen, Sedalia; Beauford T. Miller, St. Louis; B. T. McGraw, Jefferson City; Adam B. Busch, Independence; James N. Busch, Independence; Alfred 1 I. Wilson, St. Louis. WASHINGTON, D. C.: Rayford W . Logan, Charles H . Wesley, E d ward Brooke, N . A. Murray, Clifford M. Spottsville, George W. Peterson, Belford V. Lawson, M a rian C. Tyus, Aris T. Allen, William J. P a r k s , Samuel U. Rodgers, Joseph H . B. Evans, Arnett Lindsay, Howard Long. K A N S A S : Richard Walker. Lawrence: E. if. West. Arkansas City. ILLINOIS: Alton M. Childs, Chicago; Charles F . Lane, Chicago; Jesse B. Mann, Louis J. Craig, E. St. L o u i s ; Whitney Bell, Pulaski; Joseph C. Penn, Carbondale: Luther S. Peek, Chicago; Fred Williams, E. St. L o u i s ; Bennie Williams. Chic a g o ; Thomas M, Clarke, Chicago: Eugene W. Wood, Chicago; Dr. Nelson Glover, Chicago; T. Lane, Chic a g o ; Rev. A. W a y m a n W a r d . Chicago ; Dr. Roscoe C. Giles, Chicago; William C. Pyant, Evanston. G E O R G I A : Dr. C. W. Reeves. Atlanta; F . J. Gordon, S a v a n n a h ; B. A. Jones, A t l a n t a ; Charles W. Greene, A t l a n t a ; A. J. Lewis 2d, Atlanta. MISSISSIPPI: Horace D. Murdock and Guion S. Bluford, Alcorn; Cecil Toland Draper, Jackson. V I R G I N I A : Gardner P. Downing, Roanoke; William R. Simms, Petersburg. A L A B A M A ; Clyde A. Montgomery; A. K. Nyabongo, Montgomery. K E N T U C K Y : William H . Walker, Louisville; Henry Alpheus Merchant, Lexington; George A. Freeman, Lexington. N O R T H C A R O L I N A : C. L. Blake, Charlotte; Joseph Himiby, Greensboro. I N D I A N A : Thomas J. Haser, In-

dianapolis ; Earl J. Crosswright, Evansville. N E W J E R S E Y : W. II. Branch, Jersey City. L O U I S I A N A : R. J. Robinson. New O r l e a n s ; William IT. Gray. Baton Rouge; Azear A. Bouise. New Orleans; Oscar A. Boise. New O r l e a n s ; Walter !â&#x20AC;˘'.. Morial, New O r l e a n s ; Ferdinand L. Rousseve. New Orleans. O H I O : Milton S. J. Wright. Wilberforce; Thomas Kelly. Wilberforce: Lticicn C. Wright, Columbus ; Dr. J. E, Pel tree, Cincinnati; N . O. Dickerson, Wilberforce; Lloyd G. Phillips. D a y t o n ; B. Andrew Rose, Dayton : Walter S. Scott, Columbus; Arnett G. Elliot, W y o m i n g ; Tucker A. Wallace, Columbus; Maceo Hill, Columbus; S. S. Booker, Youngstown, O h i o ; R. C. Dickerson, Wilberforce. NEBRASKA:




Harold Biddiex, Saybet H a n g a . , all of Omaha. T E X A S : John E. Codwell, Houston; A. Maceo Smith. Dallas: James C. Wallace, Marshall; !'. Nicholas Gerren, Prairie View, Jar*es C. Wallace, M a r s h a l l : C. Paul J o b son, D a l l a s ; Dr. E. E. Ward. DallasC. Paul Johnson, D a l l a s ; Charles M. Times, Austin; G. U. Jamison, Jr.. Texarkana. M A R Y L A N D : Victor L. Gray. Baltimore; Rufus E. Haekett. Baltimore. P E N N S Y L V A N I A : Sylvester Smith. Germantown ; Wilson A. Winters, Norristown; Roger F. Gordon, Philadelphia : Raymond Pace Alexander, Philadelphia ; John B. Hughes, Pittsburgh. WEST VIRGINIA: Thomas Posey, Institute, Kermit J. Hall, Charlest o n ; Henry Lake Dickason, Bluefield; E. L. James, I n s t i t u t e ; C. A. Rogers, Bluefield.

Two Alpha Vets Get Together

Without naming them, it would be easy for any brother to guess who these two good Alpha fraters are. Brother Charles W. Greene, Atlanta, Ga., for 15 years Southern Vice-President, now president of E t a Lambda Chapter, and General Secretary Joseph H . B, Evans. They were caught "looking over the records" at the Tri-Conventions, Kansas City, Mo.

WF-"', 1941


An Open House Party For Alpha And Sweethearts




Page 15 son, L a n g s t o n ; I. T. Anderson, W e t u m k a ; F . E. Wesley, Wetumka. C A L I F O R N I A : John M. Robinson. I.os Angeles; Bert McDonald, Los Angeles ; James A. Robinson, Los Angeles; J a c k Terry, Los Angeles; John M. Robinson, Los Angeles. .MINNESOTA: Raymond Jr.,






Cannon, Walter




Goins Law-

rence, all of St. Paul.

Alpha Tau Lambda Wins McGee Cup Alpha Tun




Okla., was again awarded the historic McGee Cup. O P E N H O U S E S FOR A L P H A W I V E S AND S W E E T H E A R T S WERE H E L D AT T H E R E S I D E N C E S O F Mrs. I. Franklin Bradley, Kansas City, Kans.; Mrs. J. H. Bluford, Mrs. J. Oliver Morrison, the latter two of Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, December 29th, with Beta Lambda chapter serving as host. A typical Open House Party during the Tri-Conclaves is shown above. ARKANSAS: George Russel and Eugene Landers, Little Rock; I. T. Gilliam and Roy W . Johnson, Little Rock; John E. Bush. Little R o c k ; Dr. M. Lafayette H a r r i s , Little Rock. MICHIGAN: William M. W o m ack, Ann A r b o r ; Dr. B. A. Milton, I n k s t e r ; W . C. Matney, Detroit; Clifton Griffith, Detroit; Garland Strickland, Detroit; Dr. Walter H a r mon, Detroit; Dr. T. M. White, Detroit.

The cup-, first presented

by Past President L. L. McGee, who lives in Oklahoma City, was won by the Tulsa Alphas in 1935 at the Silver Anniversary Convention, Nashville.

Alpha's Good Will Ambassadors To Alpha Psi Convention


TENNESSEE: Darby D. Ewin, Knoxville; Dr. Henry Allen Boyd, Nashville; Leonard Jackson, Knoxville; T. 11. Hayes, Jr., Memphis; Billy Jones, Nashville; Lewis O. Swingler, Memphis; James G. King, Memphis; W. I'. Hawkins, Jr., Nashville; Aaron L. Allen, Nashville; W i l liam (). Speight, Memphis; Dr. L. L. Patton, Chattanooga; M. G. Ferguson, Nashville; K. H. Morris, Memphis; W. I'. Adkins, Memphis. NKU Y O R K : Farrow R. Allen. New York; R. T. Curtis, New York; Thomas W. Whibby, Robert A. Burwell. Buffalo; Barksdale Brown, New York. O K L A H O M A : W. E. Anderson, Okmulgee; Horace S. Hughes, Tulsa ; Tanzy Lockridge, Boynton; W . D. Combs, T u l s a ; C. L. Cobb, Tuls a ; Tolly F . H a r r i s , T u l s a ; Lee E. Lewis, Oklahoma City; Dunbar S. McLaurin, Langston; Clifford H. Johnson, T u l s a ; Dr. Reid E . Jack-

The "Spirit of the occasion" that lifted the respective conventions of Alphas, Kappas, and Alpha Kappa Alphas to new heights was translated into action when the three organizations, meeting under a single roof, exchanged greetings with each other. Shown above are representatives of Alpha Phi Alpha who called upon the Kappas during their session: Left to right, they are:—Southern Vice-President Trenhobn, Past President Raymond W. Cannon, Dr. H e n r y Allen Boyd, Grand Polemarch James Scott of Kappa Fraternity; Past President Henry Lake Dickason; and Convention Secretary, Burt A. Mayberry. A similar delegation was sent to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and, in likewise, Alphas received representatives from the A. K. A.'s and Kappas. This good will gesture helped to round out the theme—"Cooperation In The- H e a r t of America," as so nobly demonstrated, in the first instance, by the three host chapters in Kansas City, Mo.

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Echoes From Kansas



Februar 1 uary.


Sphinx Manual To t Be Published

Excerpts from letters written to Brothers of Beta Lambda Chapter . . . Host to the Twenty-Eighth Convention

WILLIAM C. PYANT Evanston, Illinois " . . . The convention was the best convention that I have attended. You brothers in Kansas City have shown Alpha Phi Alpha the way, and I expect future conventions to be run much more smoothly . . . "

BERT MCDONALD Los Angeles, California "Please give my fraternal greetings to the entire chapter, Brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;you certainly have a chapter to be proud ofâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and to a Brother."

During the past year, Brother Sidney A. Jones, Jr., of Chicago, has bee i busy compiling and editing a manna for Sphinx Clubs. H e was appoint! by Brother W e s l e y to undertake t!-is work after the New York Convention in 1<J39. The material was p r e s e n t e d by Brother Jones to the Kansas City Convention and the manual was ordered published and distributed among all the chapters for the use of the Sphinx Clubs and the brothers. The Sphinx Club .Manual is intended to till a long felt need for a system of

FRED W. MARTIN Jersey City, New Jersey




the majority of our chapters through-

" T h e finest Convention ever held fraternally."

out the land, and which it is believ-

LUTHER S. PECK Chicago, Illinois

ed will be helpful to Sphinx men in their

" . . . t h e brothers in Kansas City gave us the best organized convention Alpha Phi Alpha has ever had and for this accept my congratulations. The Sunday afternoon program will remain in a class by itself for many years to come."


in fraternity

and manners, were selected.

modes The ob-

ject of the Manual is to acquaint the future Alpha Phi Alpha brothers with the history, government, songs, t r a d i tions and ideals of the Fraternity, and

J. TYLER SMITH Tulsa, Oklahoma "Congratulations to Beta Lambda for the great last week."

pledge training.

practices which are already in use in

to help him to understand the obligations to the chapter and to his univer-


RAYMOND W. CANNON Minneapolis, Minnesota " T h e Public Session was the finest, the most impressive and most dynamic of any I have witnessed and its influence should be felt in your locality for many years to come."

sity. The Manual will also contain a directory of all Alpha Phi Alpha brothers,


to chapters.


"Now that T am back in Louisiana, I must write you, letting yon know how grateful I am to you for the cordial reception given to me during my recent visit to Kansas City."

ARNOLD B. WALKER St. Louis, Missouri "While the convention impressions are still fresh in my mind I wish to express my sincere appreciation for the splendid reception and courtesies which your chapter made possible."

SIDNEY A. JONES, JR. Chicago, Illinois " F i r s t let me express my thanks to you and all the brothers for the wonderful convention. It was without doubt the finest thing in our history."


There will also be a list

of outstanding Alpha men in various fields of endeavor.

F. G. CLARK Scottlandville, La.


dividual brothers

Chapters and inarc



quested to send in to Brother Jones, any material and suggestions with reference to this material. outstanding


The names of

who have


notable achievements and who should receive special mention in the Manual should also be sent to Brother Jones. The material will go to the


within the next few weeks from


date of this issue of the Sphinx. All material and suggestions should be sent directly to Brother Sidney A. Jones, Jr., 417 blast 47th Street, Chicago, Illinois.

T ^ r u a i y , 1941



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Right: Auditorium Lobby

Below: Little Theatre








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February, -W

Greetings to the Delegates and Brothers of the 28th General Convention: We assemble again at our General Convention which we hope will be another historic occasion in the onward march of our Fraternity. The success of this occasion will depend largely upon the spirit, the attitude and the action of each one of us. May I venture the earnest hope that each brother will devote himself with loyal purpose and sincere devotion to our high ideals and worthy objectives. Let us plan during these sessions to "strengthen our stakes and lengthen our cords." I ask that the true spirit of Alpha Phi Alpha abound among us during these sessions. This is also the spirit of brotherhood, kindness, forbearance, patience and sincerity. In greeting you I can challenge you to no higher cause and purpose than the spirit of brotherhood which is so greatly needed in our present age and time. CHARLES H. WESLEY, General President.

r-Tuary, 1941 â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;˘ -



The Pan-Hellenic Council of Greater Kansas City extends heartiest greetings and a cordial welcome to the officers, delegates and visiting members attending the twenty-eighth General Session of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. The three representatives ^rom Alpha Phi Alpha have always had a major part in the planning and development of the program of the council, and contributed largely in establishing the spirit of friendliness and cooperation which exists among the Greeks in our community. May your meeting this year stand out a s one of the most significant in your entire history, and your deliberations result in effecting some permanent benefit for our Race. RUTH J. WATSON, Chairman.

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February, i^ -

Beta Lambda Chapter Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated OFFICERS AND CONVENTION CHAIRMEN

.. --. .... :.;.::{

f ^3% ^ * *

Bro. John L. Howell Chapter President Convention Chairman

Bro. Guy Davis Financial Secretary Undergraduate Coordinator

Bro. I. R. Lillard Vice-President Bro. Dowdal H. Davis Chairman of Housing

Bro. John H. Bluiord Treasurer

Bro. Lloyd Hughes Recording Secretary Chaplain

Bro. M. E. Carroll Educational Director Chairman of Registration Bro. lames A. Jeffress Corresponding Secretary Chairman of Program

Bro. Burt A. Mayberry Sergeant-at-Arms Convention Secretary Bro. Earl D. Thomas Chairman of Banquet

Bro. Paul Mobiley Chairman of Favors

Bro. J. Oliver Morrison Chairman of Entertainment

Bro. Daniel Lewis Co-Chairman of Housing



Bro. Cordell Norman Chairman of Hospitality Bro. Dan Matthews Chairman of Radio and Picture


HEART 1 9 4 0,




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Beta Lambda Chapter — Host to 28th General Convention


Bro. W. W. Andrews

Bro. James Baker


Bro. John A. Clair

Bro. Arthur E. Pullam. Jr.

Bro. Elmer Jackson

Bro. Dr. S. H. Thompson

£ ro Dr. Eugene Rummons

Bro. Dr. E. B. Perry




- ° - Trmraian

Bro. Herbert Stafford

, Bro. Mack C. Spears

Bro. Wm. H. Towers,

Bro. Chas. B. West,

Bro. Dr. A. C. Wilson

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February, £

SNAPSHOTS Candid Camera Scenes at the 1940 Kansas City Convention r~~^" >£rVi .4* t^hr












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SNAPSHOTS Candid Camera Scenes at the 1940 Kansas City Convention

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February, ^ .


•AKA • K A ^ • A<£A-

The voice of one of these young ladies greeted you when you dialed Vi 9840 during the Tri-Convention at the Municipal Auditorium, December 26-31, 1940. This picture w a s snapped at the Training School conducted for these operators at the Auditorium. Miss Virgilene Miller is seated at the switchboard. Standing, left to right areCarmen Robinson, Barbara Pullam, Pearl Lawson, Marie Jackson, and Mae Delia Henry.


Alpha at Work with U. S.



Eulogy To Late Bishop W. A. Hughes

By Louis M. Gray Brother Clifford E. Minton, Executive Secretary of the Urban League of Greater Little Rock, has received national recognition for his efforts and success in getting a satisfactory adjustment for the Negro Carpenters of Arkansas, which involved employment at Camp Joseph T. Robinson, National Defense Construction Project, near Little Rock, Arkansas. The following excerpt from a letter signed by the Field Supervisor in Charge of the Arkansas Employment Service, summarize the case after the Negro carpenters had made unsuccessful attempts to get in line for the work, and the first conference had been held by Brother Minton in behalf of the w o r k e r s : "Up to date, we have only received an order for six hundred white carpenters. Due to the rush of business we are, therefore, limited to interviewing white carpenters only during this week." The contractor's (a St. Louis Firm) reply to Brother Minton's appeal in behalf of the carpenters included the statement below: "This firm has never employed Negro skilled labor, however, we have used a great number of Negro semi-skilled and unskilled labor." Following these replies, Brother Minton proceeded on the case and advised Negro workers as follows through the p r e s s : "Workers should continue to register, in spite of the present trend, because if the policy is changed, which we hope will be, Negro workers will have to be registered before they can be employed on the project. It is best for qualified skilled workers in the various lines that they register For tile special work for which they have special qualifications. Carpenters should register as carpenters, etc. None of these should register as unskilled workers, even if there is no opening for a skilled worker." After a week of diligent labor, night and day, Negro carpenters were assigned to work on the project; eight being called the first day. Later, Brother Minton had the opportunity to refer more Negro carpenters for work on the project than he could supply, and practically every carpenter among the 30,000 Negroes in

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Brother William Alfred Carroll Hughes was born June 19, 1877 at Westminster, Maryland, the first born of Singleton R. Hughes, a distinguished Methodist Minister and the first Negro school teacher appointed in Carroll County, and Sarah Eliza Byrd Hughes of Williamsburg, Virginia. He was the grandson of Singleton R. Hughes, Sr., a slave preacher who organized and built the first Methodist Church for colored people in Maryland and bought freedom for him elf and family.

C L I F F O R D E. M I N T O N Greater Little Rock had with the Urban League.


The following are comments made by the secretary of the Builders and Contractors Association of Greater Little Rock, and other prominent leaders : 1. "It is not an organization of idle promises, but one that accomplishes things worth while. The Urban League stood by us during a misunderstanding about employment at Camp Joseph T. Robinson last month, and worked faithfully until the situation was adjusted." 2. National Urban League, N. Y. ( ongrarulations on successful adjustment of the carpenter situation." 3. Washington,

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"I was gratified to team thai something had been accomplished in the situation involving Negro carpenters at Camp Joseph T, Robinson." 4. Chicago; "1 hope tile people of Little Rock appreciate your service



give you all the necessary co-operation." 5. Little Rockâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;President of Philander Smith College: "I must say that you are wideawake, alert and accomplishing a great deal more than anyone may have dreamed for our people in the city of Little Rock."

William Alfred CarrolKs childhood was spent in and around Western Maryland, Washington and Baltimore. He was graduated from the public schools of Baltimore City after which time he attended and was graduated from Morgan College. He furthered his education by later attending Gammon Theological Seminary, ( H o w a r d ) and Taylor University and Union Theological Seminary. He gave promise of the oratorical ability for which he afterward became noted. He was the winner of many declamation contests, among the first of which was the Morgan College oratorical contest. His self reliance, initiative and aggressiveness, along with his gentle manner and undying loyalty to friends and family were dominant characteristics from the first. He was converted in the Methodist Church at Poolesville, Maryland and licensed to preach at Centennial Church in Baltimore when just seventeen years ol age. At the age of nineteen lie served his first charge in Hudson, New York, which appointment launched what was " ' k c o m e one of the most brilliant careers in the history of Methodism. While al Hudson, he married a member of a well known Baltimore family, Mary Butler, who has remained ever devoted and faithful to him throughout his trials and triumphs. He served successfully and successively at churches in Richmond. Lynchburg, and Baltimore. In 1905 when he was but twenty-eight years of age, he was appointed to the pastorate of Sharp Street Memorial Church which he served faithfully and well for seven years, although many had felt the a s signment too difficult for such a young man. Upon the termination of his services at Sharp Street Church, he was made District Superintendent of the

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Alpha Psi Awarded L'Ouverture



ALPHA PSI CHAPTER—LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, MISSOURI Was awarded the L'Ouverture Trophy in recognition of its outstanding allround chapter activities during the past year. This award, subject of an animated debate between Alpha Psi and Beta chapter, Howard University, as to which chapter was winner, is a successor of the Balfour Cup. The award was made at, the Kansas City Convention. Reading left to right, first row:—Victor Barker, William McCoy, Adam Buscb, Louis H a r r i s , James Busch, John Williams, and Noah Turner. Second row: Raymond Nero, John Hu?hes, Wendell Pruitt, George Banks, and Fred Williams. Third row: —Alphonsa Ellis, Lewis Scaife, Ernest Bennett, James Butler, Richard Pullam, Hubert Kitchen, and F r a n k Haugh. Absent from the picture are Lance Barbar, E a r l Crosswright, Bertram Wallace and William Moten

BISHOP HUGHES TRANSFERRED TO OMEGA Washington District and in 1917 he was elected Secretary of the Board of Home Missions and Church Extension. It was in this capacity that his work won for him national acclaim. During the Centennial Celebration of the Methodist Church, while temporarily stationed in New Orleans, lie raised $100,000 in two months. Under his direction, the Board of Home Missions has appropriated and administered approximately $4,000,000 for the aid of needy churches and pastors. It was his intimate and personal contacts with the pastors of the most humble charges which caused liini to be especially interested in their progress. He never sent a representative, even to the most inaccessible and distant points of America. He went himself, slept where they slept, ate what they ate, worshipped when they worshipped in order to understand and sympathize with their problems. It was on such a trip, not many years ago when the Mississippi River played havoc with hearts, caused many men, women and chil-

""struary, a serious illness which weakened his constitution. His personal contact with the strt Bgling ministers caused him to conceive a method by which they might improve their services to the communities in which they served. As a result of this, over seven years ago he founded th.2 School of Practical Methods for town and rural pastors. Any minister, any selected laymen, irrespective of church denomination, or affiliation w-as welcomed in order that he might impart to his community the knowledge learned in the school, and thereby create a more wholesome and more beautiful community life. H e served the Board of Home Missions so well during his twenty-three years that what was formerly a Bureau has now become a Department of the Church. Until the recent Jurisdictional Conference, he was from point of service the senior member affiliated with the Board of Home Missions and Church Extensions of the Methodist Church. During his life, he was singularly honored by his church and his conference. H e was a member of eight successive general conferences of the church and was eternally grateful to his friends and colleagues who elected him to - represent them in the deliberative assemblies of the general church. H e labored untiringly for the advancement of his people and in recent years refused to rest, even when so ordered by physicians and importuned by his family because he felt that the Union of Methodism called for the greatest sacrifice and exertion on the part of every Negro in order to assure harmony, peace and security. His efforts were not in vain. On June 20, 1940, the day after his birthday he realized his life-long ambition. His colleagues and friends rewarded his long years of service and evinced confidence in his integrity and ability when on that day by secret ballot, they elevated him to the highest office in the Methodist Church. His life long efforts were vindicated, his dreams fulfilled with the one gesture that elected him the first bishop in the United Methodist Church. Tears of gratitude w a s h . d away the years of toil, heartaches and disappointment.



dren to become homeless on devastating large areas, that lie sought to administer to the needs of the homeless, the starving and the churchless, contracted

Immediately after the Consecration Services, he was rushed to Baltimore and subsequently taken to the Johns Hopkins Hospital where in addition to the constant attention of two de( T u r n to Page 32)

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ItELHliH THE NEW GREEK LETTER PROGRAM By Randolph Edmonds (Chairman, National Pan-Hellenic P r o g r a m Committee)


First in importance of these fundamentals, it seems to me, has been the recognition on the part of the intelligent that Negroes can afford few, if any, purely social organizations. The general condition of the race, being what it is, demands that practically all of our associations dedicated to ceremonials and amusement aid somehow with the tremendous social and economic evils confronting us. F r a t e r n i ties and sororities long ago recognized this principle, contributing to worthwhile educational and social agencies as an integral part of their yearly programs.

U T of Kansas City last summer came the impossible—or what many people thought to be the impossible, when the National Pan-Hellenic Council met on August 24 and 25. Many thought it would be just another meeting to be reported in a routine manner before the annual conventions of the sororities and fraternities in December. Indeed, the first day seemed to bear out the oft repeated prediction that the Greek letter groups had gone too soundly asleep ever to stir from their paths of individualistic programs, fraternal fellowships, annual celebrations, and financial contributions to organizations with more initiative and courage to carve out and carry on a distinctive program. On the second day, however, something happened. The representatives from the eight major Greek letter organizations woke up from their Rip Van Winkle nap and came to the realization that (he present sorority and fraternity programs are not broad enough or comprehensive enough to meet the demands of a world now changing before our eyes. Mere realization was not all, however, for plans and projects for cooperative action were adopted that will undoubtedly lead to placing the Pan-Hellenic organizations among the most significant groups now functioning in Xegro life.

Old time individualistic ideals which motivated persons as well as organizations have to be modified to suit a changing world. This, it seems to me, is another basic assumption. Again the fraternities and sororities anticipated this world trend by voluntarily establishing a National P a n - H e l l e n x Council to plan for a cooperative program for all of the Greek letter groups. This fact alone shows a realization that eight separate organizations with eight separate small programs cannot be as successful as when these same organizations combine for one large unified program. In other words, "In union there still is strength." If this is not a sufficient reason, one look at the tendency toward mergers, holding companies, political and economic unions will substantiate this point of view.

Since ideas do not usually "shoot to bloom from fancy's root," a background of fundamentals may not only serve to explain the phases of the program actually adopted, but indicate in what direction the general drift of the Pan-Hellenic program will take in the future. In outlining the assumptions on which the new program is based, however, I dare not presume to speak for our Program Committee much less attempt to become a mouthpiece for all the Greeks. Rather, I can only indicate what seems to me to underlie this significant trend toward a cooperative and comprehensive program.

A third principle is the recognition that since fraternities and sororities are intellectual organizations, they ought to furnish active leadership, service, scholarship, and theoretical knowledge for the masses. This explains why local chapters of all of the groups as well as the national organizations have always encouraged their members to become leaders, and have always pointed with pride to those attaining high positions of leadership. Rach Greek letter group has likewise encouraged scholarship by granting fellowships for advanced study and scholarships for undergraduates. In so

far as service for the masses is concerned, monetary contributions each year have been made to organizations lighting the battles of the lowly and underprivileged. Along with these more or less unexpressed but acknowledged canons for Greek letter groups, there has grown up lately a conviction on the part of many that fraternities and sororities ought to have a well defined and unique program of their own. Instead of always being on the contributing end for worthy causes, these organizations should initiate important projects on a national scale and furnish the leadership as well as the cash for their realization. If sufficient cash cannot be raised in the combined membership, then an appeal should be made to the general public for support in much the same manner as all other organizations are doing that have worthwhile programs. It was this point of view, added to the others, that dominated the thinking on the program formulated in Kansas City. Turning now from the abstract to the concrete, the National Pan-Hellenic Council adopted the following projects as a beginning effort towards its own distinctive p r o g r a m s : (1) T H E PLACING OF PORTRAITS AND PAINTINGS OF E M I N E N T N E G R O E S IN P U B L I C BUILDINGS WITH APPROPRIATE CEREMONIES. Each of the Greek letter organizations in some way calls attention to our great leaders. This program designed as a National Program w'll make it possible for all local Pan-Hellenic chapters to cooperate ill paying homage and respect to those who have battled for the benefit of the racial group. Such a program cannot help but aid greatly in increasing the respect of all Negroes for their own leaders. (2) T O F O R M AN ARTISTS' CIRCUIT AMONG T H E LOCAL PAN-HELLENIC CHAPTERS. When such a circuit is completed tb's will enable the fraternities and sororities to help younger artists—many of whom are in all Greek letter groups—

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O one who has brought and given so much to Alphadom, with no consideration for return of any sort, we older brothers are forced to give ground and view encouragingly the efforts of many of our younger brothersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in this particular group we must justly give duo recognition to Brother K. Oscar Woolfolk, Jr. Brother Woolfolk was made by the Alpha Beta Chapter at Talladega in 1931 where he took a very active part in the affairs of A!pha 1 hi Alpha on the campus. He was elected a delegate to the Convention at St. Louis, Mo., in 1933. It was at this convention that he played a role in estabI s h i u g precedent. Never in the history of Alphadom had an undergraduate been elected to a national office, but here Bro. Woolfolk was elected a lay member of the Executive Council. After graduating from Talladega College with honors in 1934 Bro. W o o l folk was initiated into the teaching profession and taught for three years

NEW GREEK PROGRAM (Continued from preceding page) get started on their careers. In addition, it will enable many communities to attend concerts by the better known and established artists. Such a circuit, by guaranteeing more performances and cutting down the cost of transportation, will enable the groups to present programs at a much lower price than they could by contracting for appearances individually. Back of all this, it seems to me, is the desire to discover our own artists. Too Ionhave we waited on the chance whim of other groups to first recognize our own race members who are gifted. It is now time for us to do the talent scouting and so become tile promotion agents to other races and nations. A well planned and well managed artists' circuit among the local Pan-Hellenics will go far towards providing the answer to these problems as well as a s sisting financially both the local and national organizations. (3) T O A I D I N T H E M O V E M E N T TO P R E V E N T DISCRIMINATION IN D E F E N S E E F F O R T S . To carry out this part of the program, it was decided that each chapter of each fraternity and sorority would be asked to contribute one dollar for this purpose This sum would be placed at the disposal of a special committee in Washington to aid in


the fight to integrate Negroes in all plans for Xatioual Defense. Literature will be sent out soon to all chapters relative to this phase of the program by Att'y James E. Scott, the chairman. (4) TO F O R M A NATIONAL BOOK CLUB M O D E L E D A F T E R THE VARIOUS BOOK-OF-THE M O N T H CLUBS. This project was adopted tentatively. subject to the approval of the eight organizations comprising the PanHellenic Council in their respective convention during Christmas week. Each ol these organizations will he asked to contribute $100.(X) to the initiation of this phase of the program. If the plans for this book club are carried to completion, it will follow closelj the organization of such national clubs as The Literary Guild and the Book-of-the Month H u b . As a beginning, however, only one I k would be selected, published and distributed annually. L a t e r on the number may be increased to two or three a year. Since the details of such Book Guilds are rather familiar, further information about the project is not necessary at this time. Now why such a book club? Each will probably have his own answer for or against such a project. It seems clear, however, that if fraternities and

February, S in the public schoc! of Memphis, Tcnn., where he was ac* 0 the Alpha Delta Lamhdr ". H e entered the graduate ' ,f Ohio State University in t. wl e he received the M. S. degree and for the past two years served as Research Assistant to Dr. M. S. Newman, of the Organic Division of the Chemistry Department at the Ohio State University. His fraternal activities did not cease during his graduate work for while at Ohio State he was very active in the Alpha Rho Lambda Chapter where he was instrumental in starting and keeping the Alpha house open. It is with both consistency and courage that Bro. Woolfolk has advanced and we the invisible brotherhood with a unity of purpose who constitute Alphadom should be and are proud of bis every success. His latest achievement was to be nominated for and to receive the chair as head of the Chemistry Department at Claflin University, a Methodist school which has endured for seventy-two years in Orangeburg, S. C.

sororities are expected to make a distinctive contribution at all, it should be in the realm of thought. W h o else can be counted upon to outline a program of philosophy and action for N e groes except the intellects of the race such as those found in the Greek letter groups? And how can this program be preserved and distributed except through the medium of books? Who else should be more interested in such a project? Many erilies, no doubt, will be saying that if this project is adopted, every person with a Ph. I), thesis will want to have il published on this plan. 11 should he made clear, however, that only books of fundamental importance






would include collections of essays and shorl stories, by t| l c m n s , R i f u . ( , â&#x20AC;&#x17E;,oiir writers, which might serve as university readings as well as provide interest to the general reader. Importanf " " l " ' Print books such as Book er T. Washington's "Up From Slavery," Alain Locke's "New Negro," and the works of Frederick Douglass should be owned and read by our younger generation. Great creative works should have a wider distribution among Negroes than they have had to date. Only by sticking close to such basic volumes as these can a book project be (Please turn to Page 29)

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Mu's Delegation



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To Conclave

non, Goins, and Patton motored down to Scdalia, Missouri where they were the guests ot Mr. C. H. Gooch and family. Mr. dooch is an old friend whom Brother Cannon hau not seen in years. They were entertained in Sedalia by Mr. C. C. Hubbard, principal of Hubbard High school in that city.

From the great Northwest, these loyal sons of Alpha came ',. the Tri-Conventions as delegates of Mu Chapter, St. Paul-Minneapolis. Left to right, they are:â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Brother John R. Lawrence, Jr., president; Walter Goins, John Patton, secretary; Robert Gardner, and Raymond \V. Cannon, former General President and first editor of the Sphinx.

MU CHAPTER, ST. PAULMINNEAPOLIS, MINN. Greetings, Brothers in Alpha Phi Alpha: Mu Chapter extends its warmest congratulations to Alpha Phi Alpha's new general president, Brother Ray ford W. Logan and pledges full support and cooperation during the current year. May Alpha prosper and obtain its highest standing during his reign. Mu extends its congratulations to Brother Lewis O. Swingler upon his unanimous re-election to the office of editor of the Sphinx at the past convention in Kansas City. T o him and to the other elected and re-elected brothers to the general staff, we extend warmest congratulations and pledge wholehearted support. May Alpha prosper in the future, even better than it has in the past. May it, through the cooperation of the brother chapters realize its fondest dreams of success and accomplishment. W e of Mu chapter extend to all brothers our heartiest wishes for the coming year. Realizing that we have before us a year filled with problems, aims and goals to be reached we are putting our shoulders to the wheel hoping that when

we gather together with our dear brothers of other chapters at our next general convention at the close of the current year we may not show up wanting, but will have accomplished all that we have sei out tt> do. There is a difference between planning and doing. May the scales of time show a favorable balance on the accomplished side. Let us get on with the news. Brothers from Mu to the 28th Convention came back bearing interesting reports of a very fine convention and an excitingly good time enjoyed by all. W e who r e mained at home wish we had a copy of the address delivered by our late president, Charles H. Wesley at the public meeting. W e are proud of the honors bestowed upon our Brother Raymond W. Cannon at the convention. The representatives of Mu who attended were Brother J. R. Lawrence, Jr., and wife, Brother T. J. Posten, and wife, and Brothers Cannon, Gardner, Goins, and Patton. These brothers had a happy reunion with Brothers Arnold B. Walker, William R. Simms. Lionel H. Newsome, and Malidien Woolfolk, all former members of Mu. After the convention, Brothers


The brothers have much to say ,,; Brother Cannon's great popularity at the convention. They say that he sure can pick the women, or, is it the other way around? They tell of some sharp young thing who drove up and bad him turn his car over to Brother ( i o n s and then take possession of her and her line car for the evening, ft is heard that Brother Archie James. our brother of the reel and trigger, i.^ slated for a position as state game warden sometime in the near future, having passed the examination with the highest ranking of those taking the exam. We just learned that Brother Henry R. Thomas, Neighborhood Secretary of Phyllis Wheatley House, is chairman of the Minneapolis settlement houses' social work group. The pledges under our vice president and pledge master, Brother Gardner is rapidly being formed into a workable club. One new pledgee, Stanley Harris of St. Paul, a university student was added to the club this month and several more fine young men are to be added to it very soon. Very soon, under the guidance of Brother Victor Calloway, a former athlete at the University of Minnesota, Mu will be testing its supremacy on the basketball court. W e hope to make up for what we failed to do last year. A social meeting is being planned for the near future at which meeting the brothers who remained at home will hear more about the Kansas City Convention and at which our pledgees will be given special attention. W e of Mu Chapter this year more than during any other year are going to have an "all-out" activity chapter. We are all putting our shoulder to the wheel. W e cannot fail. Fraternally yours, Norman P. Lyght, Associate Editor.

THE UPSILON CHAPTER KANSAS UNIVERSITY Dear B r o t h e r s : — After having attended such a marvelous convention in Kansas City, we have finally begun to get back to normal once more. With one or two e x ceptions the convention at K. C , was the nrst one that any of us had ever attended, 'i'nose stirring addresses, tlie banquet, the parties, etc., all go to make up a tangible something that we shall never forget. In keeping with the glowing spirit of cooperation that was such a great part 01 the tn-conventions, we were Hosts to an open party, J a n u a r y 11, h e . e at our chapter house, to which we invited all the .Negro Greek Letter organizations here on the c a m p u s , namely the Kappas, Deltas, and the A. K. A.'s. The house was packed and everyone had a grand time. Brother Lorenzo Fuller, who will be remembered for his vocal renditions at the closed formal in Kansas Lity and his part on the Artist's Recital in E d i son Hall, was a member of a quartet which sang "America," at the inaugural ceremonies of Governor Payne Ratner at Topeka, Kansas, Monday, January 12. Other members of the group which calls itself the K. U. Serenaders are Sidney Dawson (Kappa), Rudolph Rhodes and Arthur Brock (independents). Our new officers, the greater part of whom a r e younger members of the chapter, were installed Monday, J a n uary 6. They a r e : Ralph J. Rodgers, president; Robert Clark, vice president; Cecil Florence, recording secretary; Floyd Crouch, corresponding secretary, Richard M. Walker, s t e w a r d ; Elihum Moore, king of freshmen; and Neal R. Weaver, associate editor to the Sphinx. W e a r e starting this year off with a greater sense of security than has possibly loomed over this chapter in 17 years. At last we don't have to be afraid of that man down town taking the roof from over our heads. W e are deeply indebted to you brothers throughout Alphadom for coming to our aid in a time of dire need and we take this opportunity of assuring you that you sha'n't regret having come to our aid. Fraternally yours, Neal R. Weaver, Jr., Associate Editor to the Sphinx.


ALPHA MU CHAPTER NORTHWESTERN UNIV. Since our last news release, this chapter has taken on new life due primarily to the new blood that came by the way of an initiation on December 20th, 1940. when three tired, thirsty and hungry neophytes completed their last mile of the long journey into the Kingdom of Alpha. All the smoke had cleared away, we observed the following "new clothed" brothers: Charles P. Warren, a member of the Northwestern football team, and an outstanding sophomore student; W i l liam Russell Rose, saxophonist par excellent, former president of the Sphinx Club, and sophomore student. To round out the triumvirate, there was Prentice H. E. Winfield, sen of a prominent local minister and a junior student who is making a name for himself on the campus. Each of these brothers has taken hold in a fine way and their interests and enthusiasm will do much to stimulate increasing activity by the brothers here. This chapter was represented at the recent general convention by our efficient chapter .secretary. Brother W i l liam C. Pyant, who brought hack glowing accounts of the Kansas City convention. Brother Pyant continues to work with the Chicago Pan-Hellenic Council as Corresponding Secretary and the National Pan-Hellenic Council as the Director of Publicity. Brothers here are directing their a t tention to the annual inter-fraternity basketball game which is scheduled for February and which will bring together members of this chapter and the local chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. The Kappas, having lost the last two annual games, say they are out for blood, but the brothers here indicate that they plan to make it three in a row. Heartiest greetings to brothers and Alpha Phi Alpha. Fraternally yours, A. Laurent Turner, Associate Editor, The Sphinx. o

BETA ZETA LAMBDA JEFFERSON CITY, MO. Brothers in A l p h a : It is with pride that we point to our newly elected president, Brother C. C. Hubbard, principal of Lincoln High School, Sedalia, Mo., who so ably represented this chapter at the general convention at Kansas City. Ably a s sisted by Brother Hadley H. H a r t shorn, our vice president, with B r o -

February, ... Ihers James N. Freeman and Robert i otton, the chapter was iu .«' every occurrence of the convcntioi,H It is always with pride that we point to the achievements of anyone among us. W e c o n g r a ^ r ° . Brother Booker T. McGraw on his recent appointment as Consultant in the Division of the National Defense Advisory Commission. W e knew it was there and we stand behind him. Congratulations a r e also in order to Alpha Psi Chapter for winning the L'Ouverture Cup. W e expect them to keep on winning for, in the true spirit of Alpha, we are behind them. Though Brother McGraw's report on Unemployment Among Negroes was rather bulky, we find after going over it carefully that there is a lot of good material in it that should be useful for a number of things. Wre urge the continuance of this study as a definite contribution of our fraternity. We enjoyed meeting many of our former friends and chapter members at the convention, and are especially proud of the place many of our former students have made for themselves at other chapters. Brothers Woolfolk and L. Newsom are still good Alpha Psi men. Among new members coming to our chapters are Brothers H. N . Neilsou, instructor in physical education; Thomas D. Pawley, instructor in speech: James Seeny, instructor in education: Nathaniel Freeman and Bryce McAdams. Brother H. W. Powers, of Sedalia, was initiated into Alphadom in time to make the convention in Kansas City. At the last meeting Brother Chas. E. Dickinson, of the Agriculture Department visited with the chapter. We leave you now until the next edition. Let us join in unison as we say, "On to Louisville" for Beta Zeta Lambda will be there. Albert P. Marshall, Editor-to-Sphinx. o



Beta Beta Chapter is blooming with ambition and overflowing with desires as a result of the brothers attendance at the national convention in Kansas City. The existing spirit of unity and combined fraternal relations were brought back to this seat, and it is hoped that this spirit is permeated throughout the other Greek-letter organizations.

THE Lisas City Jotten by many. ather difficult to friendliness and

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^ ^ 0 * T. Bradford is a triple threat in the Graduate School of Social work. He was unanimously elected as president of the student body, was also elected as editor of the student paper, and is the recipient of a scholarship granted to him by the school. On November 23, 1940, three Sphinxmen crossed the burn'ng sands into our grand fraternity. Brother William Harrison, our ex-president, is a mid-term graduate. Brother Bradford was elected to fill his pos.tioi for the ensuing year. Other officers elected w e r e : Brothers Alphonse Davis, vice president; Harold Biddix, secretaryt r e a s u r e r ; Walter Hill, sergeant-ata r m s ; an d James Cole, Editor to the Sphinx. Fraternally yours, James Cole, Editor to the Sphinx o

ALPHA ALPHA CHAPTER C I N C I N N A T I , OHIO Dear Brothers:— Alpha Alpha Chapter is all agog over the honor that has been bestowed upon it. There is an air of jubilant happiness in these parts. Our own John Wycliffe Fleming, President of this chapter, returned from the Kansas C.ty Convention with new honors and a new mantle, the symbol of authority, draped about his shoulders. Brother Fleming was elected Mid-Western Vice President and Alpha Alpha is justly proud. Brother William N . Lovelace, Alpha Alpha's latest addition to its fast growing list of benedicts, along with Brother Henry P a r k s , Jr., and Brother Dr. John E. Pettress, ably represented this chapter at the convention. T o Brother Dr. J. E . Pettress, who served his internship at Kansas City, it was just like going home. Since the last letter five neophytes have crossed the burning sands and they are five good men—tried and true. Their names a r e : Brother John Ross, Jr., a senior at Miami University, up Oxford w a y ; Paul Lockette, University of Cincinnati; Tyler Martin, Jr., Miami University; Spencer Turner, University of Cincinnati; and Robert Clark, a graduate of Payne College. Subsequent to the annual reports, induction ceremonies for the new officers, and delegates reports, Alpha Alpha got off to a good start. Several committees headed by stalwart brothers were


appointed, and immediately began to function. The Ritual Committee will be headed by Brother Henry Parks, Jr., a stickler for exact and profound ritual observance. Brother James R. Campbell, a go-getter full of good ideas is the chairman of the Reclamation Committee. Our Educational Committee will be headed by the reliable Brother Wiilia Weatherly assisted, among others, by Brothers Silas Rhodes and Hannibal Hull. The all-important Social Committee this year will be in charge of Brother Chester C. Pryor, one of our most active recent initiates. Brothers Burch and Jerry Maxey will help in our social activities. Brother Dr. Charles Carroll with the assistance of Brother Dr. J. E. Pettress and Brother Dr. J. E. Randolph will compose the Auditing Committee. The Promotional Committee will have as its spark-plug Brother Dr. Braxton Cann. Brother Lovelace is serving as chairman of the House Committee. Brother George F . Cromwell was appointed chairman of the Remembrance Committee. Alpha Alpha Chapter extends best wishes to all chapters and hopes that the New Year will bring success in abundance. Fraternally yours, Dr. Charles E. Dillard, Associate Editor. o ALPHA PHI LAMBDA NORFOLK, VIRGINIA Brothers :— While they are acutely aware of their traditional obligation to take cognizance of the problems affecting their people in this complex society, the brothers of Alpha Phi Lambda Chapter, of Alpha Phi Alpha, make a conscientious effort not to allow these problems to overwhelm them and to thereby cause them to loose their objectivity. And so, as is their usual custom, they inaugurated the significant newyear, 1941, with dignified but none the less hilarious festivities, the occasion being the chapter's annual New Year's Eve Formal party. Nearly all of the chapter's 22 brothers participated in this party, which was, incidentally, lacking in none of the things that make for a jolly good time in the early morning hours of January 1. Brotherhood and good fellowship abounded and the members confess that, for the period of about four hours, the more serious problems of our race and our nation were relegated to an ob-

Page 23 scure place in the back of our subconscious minds. However, it nugnt be said that we individually paused for a lew moments as the New Year came in to silently pray that the world dcgredation that the year 1941 portends might not so completely alter our lives and the course of our social existence than another such meeting of brotherhood and good fellowship will not be possible for us all come next New 1 ear's Eve. Alpha Phi Lambda held its initial meeting for 1941 at the home of Brother Sanford Perkins on January 9. A feature of this meeting was the installation of newly elected officers. In installation services, we returned to the serious aspect of our fraternity program and rededicated ourselves to the general objectives of Alpha Phi Alpha and to the specific objectives for 1941 of Alpha Phi Lambda Chapter. The retiring acting president, Lemuel E. Graves, Jr., called upon Brother M. J. Green to make a short induction speech and amid appropriate ceremonies, the following men were officially inaugurated into office: Brother E. H. Adams, president; Brother Sanford Perkins, vice president; Brother Thomas YY. Young, secretary; Brother John Capps, assistant secretary; Brother A. J. Wells, t r e a s u r e r ; Brother G. W. C. Brown, sergeant-at-arms; and Brother Lemuel E. Graves, Jr., associate editor to the Sphinx. The brothers listened with interest while Brother P . B. Young, Jr., read, from the Journal and Guide, a report of the annual convention in Kansas City. The brothers generally agreed that the selection of officers was wise and there were general expressions of appreciation for the splendid leadership that Brother Charles H. Wesley has given us for the past 10 years. W e believe that Brother Rayford W . Logan will be a splendid successor to Dr. Wesley. T h e brothers decided definitely on representation at the next annual convention to be held in Louisville, since the convention is returning to our section of the country. There was some discussion concerning the feasibility of attempting to establish a fraternity house here. No conclusive action was taken on either issue. While the chapter is essentially composed of members who live in Norfolk or Portsmouth, it is significant that two of our members travel long distances

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to attend our meetings. One, Brother Joseph L. Jones, comes approximately 40 miles one way, from Snowden, N o r t h Carolina, never misses a meeting and is an active participant in all things which Alpha does. Another, Brother Dr. J. W. Pierce, lives in Suffolk, a distance of about 20 miles, and he makes the trip here and back on meeting nights. All in all, we can report the existence of a splendid spirit of cooperation, friendship and brotherhood among the members and the fact that our attendance at all of our meetings averages well i.ver S>5 per cent speaks for itself. Best wishes for continued success to all our brothers in Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternally yours, Lemuel E. Graves, Jr., Associate Editor of Sphinx. o

PHI LAMBDA CHAPTER RALEIGH, NO. CAROLINA Brothers in Alpha Phi Alpha:— The brothers of Phi Lambda Chapter extend greetings to all brothers in Alpha Phi Alpha. We wish to report a few of the outstanding phases of our chapter activities: October 19, 1940: Death of Brother T. K. Borders. It is with deepest regret that Phi Lambda announces the death of its ever faithful Brother, T. K. Borders, former Superintendent of the Oxford Colored Orphanage. We have lost a wonderful brother and a great soul. November, 1940: Election of new officers for 1941 was as follows: John Percy Bond, president; J. M. Stevens, vice-president; C. G. Henry, secret a r y ; H. Cardrcw Perrin, financial secretary; Reginald L. Lynch, t r e a s u r e r ; P. -\1. Brandon, associate editor to Sphinx; H a r r y E. Payne, sergeant-ata r m s ; John L. Tilley, chaplain. Shaw University, under the most capable and far-reaching direction of the President, Brother R. P. Daniel, on November 24, celebrated the Diamond Jubilee in the Seventy-fifth Anniversary Exercises. We joined with Brother Daniel in this celebration of the first Negro college in the state of N o r t h Carolina. Of general importance to us all is the reelection of Brother H . Cardrew Perrin as president of the CIAA. Brother W a l t e r C. Davenport has been appointed Regional Director of


the Farm Security Agency fices in Raleigh.


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Brother C. 1. Sawyer has been appointed advisor on Negro NYA Education with headquarters in Raleigh. It is my opinion that periodically the Sphinx should be published as a directory of all brothers in Alpha Phi Alpha. It should include the most recent addresses and titles available. By small print thee lists could be published, and in many instances would probably serve as a "life line." Members of the general organization who have affiliated with Phi Lambda chapter are as follows: M. W. Akins, Principal High School. Raleigh; E. A. Armstrong, Principal High School, Fayetteville; Charles H. Boyer, Dean Emeritus, St. Augustine's College, Raleigh; John Percy Bond. Principal High School, Goldsboro; J. •V Bugg, Dentist, Fayetteville; S. M. Carter, Professor Religious Education, Shaw University, Raleigh; R. P. Daniel, President, Shaw University, Raleigh; Newell W. Eason, Professor of Education, Shaw University, Raleigh; John Hope Franklin, Professor of History, St. Augustine's College, Raleigh; H. C. Freeland, Principal High School, W i n t o n ; John C. H a r l a n , Professor of Government, Shaw University, Raleigh; C. G. Henry, District Cashier, ,N. C. Mutual Life Insurance Company, Raleigh; Rudolph A. Jones, Supervisor Student work, N Y A for North Carolina, Raleigh; R. L. Kingsbury, Instructor High School, Edentou ; J. C. I.cvingston, Instructor Manual Arts and Band Director, Raleigh; Reginald L. Lynch, Dean, St. Augustine's College, Raleigh; H. A. Miller, Professor Social Sciences, Shaw University, Raleigh; William Murphy, Instructor High School, Edent.m; H. 1. F. Nanton, Assistant Director, N Y A for North Carolina, R a l e i g h ; Burke C. Newsome, Instructor Higli School, E d e n t o n ; Roger D. O'Kelly, Attorneyat-Law, Raleigh; H a r r y E. Payne, Instructor High School, Clayton; H. Cardrew Perrin, Professor Chemistry, Shaw University, Raleigh; W a l k e r H. Quarles, Jr., Secretary to President. Shaw University, Raleigh; Louis W. Roberts, Professor Physics, St. Augustine's College, Raleigh; J. W. Smith, Pastor, Presbyterian Church, Raleigh; J. M. Stevens, Special Ordinary Rep., North Carolina Mutual, Raleigh; Ivan E. Taylor, Professor English, Shaw and St. Augustine, R a l e i g h ; John L. Tilley, Dean of Theology, Shaw University, Raleigh; Harold L. Trigg,

I'resident, St. P i e m a n and Rofiert Elizabeth City, t c l " w a s ' ' ^ " every cipal High Schcconvcntio"' Weatherford, D i t h P r i d e t h a t we cation, St. A u g u s t v e m e n t s o f anyone thur Williams, N Y . 7 innervj Brotnei etteville; M. L. Wilson, Principal High School, Four O a k s ; M. R. Zachary, Instructor High School, W i n t o n ; Leon J. McDougle, County Farm Agent, W i n t o n ; McHenry Norman, Instructor High School, Raleigh; C. I. Sawyer, Advisor on NYA Negro E d u cation. Raleigh; \V. C. Davenport, Regional Director, FSA, Raleigh. Fraternally yours, P. M. B R A N D O N , Associate Editor to Sphinx. o

ALPHA ZETA CHAPTER WEST VA. STATE COLLEGE Brothers in Alpha Phi Alpha, Greetings : Alpha Zeta Chapter begins this year in full swing hoping to make it the best in history. Eight new members were fortunate enough to cross the burning sands this fall. This year Alpha Zeta began the new year by giving, an installation banquet for the first time since the history of the Chapter. The main speaker of the evening was Brother Dr. W. J. L. Wallace who spoke on "Reaching Decisions." This banquet was given for the installation of new officers for the current year. Those who were elected were; Brothers Lawrence Jones, president; Joseph Bowles, vice-president; Garland Alston, secretary; Doland Taylor, financial secretary; Robert Green, chaplain; Johnny Culler, serg e a n t - a t - a r m s ; Stanley Kemp, editor to the S p h i n x ; and F r a n k Caldwell, ex-officio to the Sphinx Club. We were greatly pleased to welcome two new brothers from other chapters to our chapter. These men were Brothers Johnny Culler of Beta Pi Chapter at Lane College, and Nathaniel McGill of Alpha Omicron Chapter at Johnson C. Smith University. The Sphinx Club of Alpha Zeta was also increased recently by the induction of ten new members who seem to be good Alpha material. Alpha Zeta's resolution for the new years is "More striving for more success." W ith best wishes for a successful season to all the Brothers, I remain Fraternally yours, S T A N L E Y W. K E M P , Editor to the Sphinx.







Page 25 In never-ending stream." Fraternally yours, J. Farley Ragland, Associate Editor. o


Eiothers of Nu Lambda, Ettrick, Virginia, shewn at their Pre-Yuletide Testimonial Dinner honoring Brother Dr. John M. Gandy, president of Virginia State College. Standing left to right:—Brothers Lockett, Nelson, Ragland, Ridley Simms, Settle, Roberts, Galloway, Wesley, Davis, Wartman, Jr., Kidd, Wartman, Sr., Baker, and Cotman. Seated left to right, Brothers Owen, Johnston, Rogers Gandv McDaniels. Foster, and Cephas

NU LAMBDA CHAPTER ETTRICK, VIRGINIA Brothers In Alpha, Greetings :— Within this inscrutable phase of terrestrial occupation that men call Life, when puny genus Homo thought struggling amid a vortex of perpetual ups and downs, joys and sorrows, bitters and sweets, still presses onward and upward, allow me to say in exuberation that to my mind there is no single phase of social endeavor that warms the heart and exalts the mind like the fraternal communions of kindred souls in Alphadom. T h e spirit of true fraternity reigned supreme at our pre-yuletide meeting. Before a copious festive-board we enjoyed to the heights the fervent hospitality of entertaining brothers who were hosts to the occasion. Unknowing to Brother Dr. Gandy, the meeting was to become a testimonial dinner in his honor, and retiring president, Brother McDaniels cleverly turned the meeting into the stellar affair of the evening. He spoke briefly and entertainingly on highlights of Alphadom, and expressed the high opinion and regard of the fraternity for our esteemed and beneficent Brother Dr. Gandy. Dr. Gandy was presented with a lifetime membership in Nu Lambda Chapter. Several of the brothers present arose to give gratifying testimonials of fraternal esteem. At the close of this particular phase of the meeting, a poem written especially for the occasion, and

called "A Tribute to Dr. John M. Gandy," was read by Brother J. Farley Ragland. In jubilant spirits then the brothers moved into the meeting room proper for a short business session and the installation of new officers with the new President Brother James B. Cephas presiding. With a photographer waiting, the good brothers "struck a pose" in preparation to having their photographs made—which incidentally turned out amazingly well. The entire meeting was instructive, entertaining, and inspirational and the good brothers repaired to their homes In grand appreciation for the fond things of Alpha, and filled with new zeal to do even greater things for Nu Lambda in the new year to come. Our chapter was most ably represented in Kansas City by Senior delegate Brother William K. Simms, and Junior delegate Brother Lewis H. Shuyster. Brother Shuyster has been just recently transferred to Nu Lambda. the reports of the de"egates were profoundly gratifying, being both entertaining and instructive. Brothers John E. Settle and Charles J. W a r t m a n , Sr., have been on the sick list but are reported much better at this writing. "Custodians of ancient light W e bear aloft the gleam; From coast to coast be A L P H A ' S might,

Greetings: Alpha Tau Lambda Chapter sends greetings to all chapters. The first meeting of Alpha T a u Lambda for the fiscal year was held at the home of Brother E. W. Clark, the president. The following brothers were hosts with the president: Brothers Julius Moran and Robert L. Fairchild. Some two years ago the chapter decided upon serving a meal at each meeting. This meeting was no exception. During this meeting the following officers were elected to serve the chapter. They are : Brothers W. D. Combs, president, Jessie Lee Greadington, Vice-president, J. Tyler Smith, secretary, Fred Parker, Treasurer, Dr. E. W . South, chaplain, Dr. R. C. Bryant, sergeant at arms, and Robert L. Fairchild associate editor of Sphinx. The next meeting was held at the home of brother E. W. Woods, with brothers Jessie Lee Greadington and Clifford Johnson co-operating as hosts. Incidntally at both meetings a twenty pound turkey and all the trimmings were served. The following persons were elected delegates and alternates. They were brothers E. W. Clark, J. Tyler Smith, W. D. Combs, and Horace Hughes respectively. Brother Clyde L. Cole's home was used as our next meeting place with brothers Joe Burns and Horace Hughes cooperating. A significant repast was served and a delightful occasion was enjoyed. At this meeting the happenings at the General Convention were told. T h e information was unfolded in such a manner until we felt that we were actually present at the General Convention. For the second time Alpha T a u Lambda has won the McGee Cup. This cup was won because of the Alphagram, the 100 per cent membership, our representation at the General Convention, and the news in the Sphinx. One of these days I •hall attend the General Convention to see a great number of my old fraternity brothers. W h a t a good time I shall have. Tulsa, Oklahoma is a fine place to visit. Stop by some day when you are going this way. Yours fraternally, R O B E R T L. F A I R C H I L D , Associate Editor of Sphinx.

Page 26 OMICRON LAMBDA CHAPTER BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA Heigh H o i Everybody:— H e r e in the Magic City of the South, Alpha is moving along and going places. Installation of officers in the meeting at the home of Brother Dr. Dowdell saw Brothers as follows take offices : R. Lincoln Jackson, president; W. J. Dowdell, vice president; Herbert Pegues, secretary; H. Lovell Mosely, corresponding secretary and associate editor to the Sphinx; Charles J. Greene, t r e a s u r e r , Tilford Cole, s e r g e a n t - a t - a r m s ; and VV. L. Cash, Sr., chaplain. So far twenty brothers have made known their good intentions by laying the dough on the wood—pardon brother Shortridge. They are Brothers Frederick Curtis, Harold N. livans, Preston L. Evans, Cleophas H. Haygood, Damon 'Lee, Jr., Herbert O. Matthews, Marion G. McCall, H Lovell Mosely, Herbert Pegues, Wessley N. Segree, Roscoe (.'. Sheehy, Charles L. Shepard, Arthur D. Shores, William E. Shortridge, Charles J. Greene, R. Lincoln Jackson, William L. Cash, Sr., Peter A. H a l l ; Tilford Cole, and W. J. Dowdell. These are all just now and as the others qualify 1 will be letting >ou know about it. During the Xmas Holidays the Sigma Gamma Rhos met in Birmingham. '1 he '"Alpha H o u r " put on by the brothers was very much enjoyed by the visiting Sorors. Okay ladies, come back again. Omicron Lambda opened its basketball season by losing to the Alabama State "Hornets" by a 41-27 score on December 13. Then after several practice games in which we were on the long end we came back after the holtdays to take the Sigmas by the scant margin of 29-28. This was a thriller and was anybody's game until the last hall was flung toward the basket. T h e return game was set for Saturday night, February 1. Meantime we played the Omegas on January 25th. W e also expect the Brothers from Chattanooga to see how we win. Anyone desiring a game please communicate with ihe writer at 1304 First Court, W. Birmingham, Alabama. This goes especially to the chapters near us such as Memphis. Nashville, Augusta, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Atlanta, or anywhere within 200 miles of Birmingham, Alabama. So long, be seeing you in the next issue. Fraternally vours, H. LOVELL MOSELY.



BETA ETA LAMBDA CHAPTER, OKLAHOMA CITY, O K L A H O M A To all Alpha men everywhere greetings and a sincere

wish for a


prosperous New Year. To Brother Rayford W . Logan and his co-workers on the executive council we pledge our unstinted support to an administration destined for glorious success. Beta E t a Lambda looks back in retrospect upon 1940 as a most significant milestone in our march of progress. Our reclamation program has brought into our chapter Dr. G. Lamar Harrison under whose presidency and guiding genius Langston is rapidly rising to its fuller potentialities. This was a year which saw a more binding spirit of brotherhood permeate our r a n k s ; a year which saw us participating fully in the national prog r a m with an ever-increasing enthusiasm. We climaxed our year with a pre-convention formal on Aovember 29, 1940, at the beautiful Hall of Mirrors in our new million dollar civic auditorium—the southwest's finest. T o o much laud and honor cannot be given our outgoing president, Brother Raleigh A. Wilson, who gave himself untiringly in service to the chapter with a conscientious devotion befitting any Alpha man. The torch which he held so high has been handed to Brother Lee E d w a r d Lewis who is certain to hold it ever aloft. In our last meeting, which incidentally was our first for 1941, the following officers were installed: Lee Edward Lewis, president; Inman A. Breaus, vice-president; John E. Jackson, secret a r y ; Jack Jefferson, assistant secret a r y ; J. Morton Littlepage, t r e a s u r e r ; Elbert Lee Tatum, chaplain; Gomez Hamilton, s e r g e a n t - a t - a r m s ; Raleigh A. Wilson, parliamentarian; Fred A. Haynes, associate editor. The inspiration which our delegates brought us from Kansas City is surpassed only by our determination to be in Louisville—en masse—when next we convene. It was with anxious expectation that we awaited the arrival of Brothers Charles H. Wesley and Henry L. Dickason who delivered principal addresses to the Oklahoma Association of N e g r o Teachers which was in

session at Ok:. I'1 reman and R o i e r t 7, and 8, 1941 , , t c r w ; l 5 »' o ' every many festivitieic convention we You may we' t h P r i d e t h a t ot a good fortune ii. p w n e n t s .'aneou., ly in our midst tl \ ' i ' * ' S " i general presidents : Brothers rtenry L. Dickason, Charles H. Wesley, and our own Lucius L. McGce, donor of the highly coveted McGee Cup. We in Beta E t a Lambda are good competitors and we challenge any chapter to outstrip us as we do or die for dear old Alpha. Fraternally yours, F R E D A. H A Y N E S , Associate Editor. o

ALPHA ALPHA LAMBDA CHAPTER, NEWARK, N. J. Greetings to Brothers in Alpha Phi Alpha:— Due to the fact that several publications of the Sphinx have carried nothing conceiving the endeavors of Alpha Alpha Lambda many have concluded that our chapter is dead. However I wish to correct that belief and publicly admit that the negligence has been on the part of the writer. Our first meeting of the year was held at the beautiflul and spacious residence of Brother Dr. P a r k e r in Red Bank, New Jersey. All the Brothers present seemed filled with that old Alpha spirit and promised to make this a banner year for the chapter. After a spirited election the following brothers were elected to guide our ship for the coming y e a r : Brother Dr. Charles H a r r i s , president; Brother Dr. Aubrey Robinson, vice president; Brother Arthur C. Williams, secretary; Brother Guy R. Moorehead, treasurer; Brother A. Jones, s e r g e a n t - a t - a r m s ; Brother Rev. Shelton, chaplain; Brother Ollie T. Waly, associate editor to Sphinx. The newly elected officers pledged themselves to the tradition of Alpha Alpha Lambda and promised that the chapter would become one of the most active in the entire fraternity. Brother Dr. Ferdinand Williams made a fervent plea that the brothers give the new administration the same support that they had given to him. Brother and Mrs. V. Verner Henry are the proud parents of a baby girl named Lynn Louise Henry. Fraternally yours, O L L I E T. W A L Y , Editor to Sphinx.

THE iER, ',CE, OHIO Alpha Phi under the guidaj iewl. Jected president, Brother James Anderson. Under his aggressive leadership we are looking forward to a very active program for the ., Other officers elected for the year of 1'J»4 1 are as follows:—Brothers George GibSs, vice president; James Cash, secretary; Raymond Dickerson, corresponding secretary; Woodard Welsh, t r e a s u r e r ; Albert Baker, editor to the Sphinx. The outstanding feature of the regular January meeting was a very interesting report of the Kansas City Convention by Brother Raymond O. Dickerson, who along with Bro'.her Milton S. J. Wright, so ably represented our chapter. Brother Horace Rains, formerly of Columbus, Ohio and now one of the Directors of the N Y A center, was also present and plans to affiliate with Chi Lambda soon. The older members of Chi Lambda have turned the reins over to some of the younger brothers for the coming year. Although they lack the knowledge and wisdom of the older brothers that comes with experience, they plan to offset this with an aggressive spirit in order to maintain the high ideals of Alpha Phi Alpha. Fraternally yours, A L B E R T H . BAKER, Editor to the Sphinx. o

BETA MU CHAPTER KY. STATE COLLEGE Greetings Brothers of Alphadom:— Beta Mu Chapter of the great organization of Alpha Phi Alpha began its work in September with aim of this our great organization instilled into the soul of each one of its members. The spirit and vigor with which the work was begun exemplifies that we want to climb higher and higher as we go along the designated way until the goal for which we stand has been reached. A few weeks before the Christmas holidays We held our annual election of officers which resulted as follows :— Don Crawford, president: James Condell, vice-president; Robert Clardy, secretary; James Landers, t r e a s u r e r ; Thomas Barnette, Dean of Sphinx; sergeanrnat-ands, Lutrell Everest;


Joseph Taylor, corresponding secretary. Certainly we shall continue to advance under the leadership of these officers since the new year was begun with the whole hearted cooperation of each member. During the Yidetide season the benevolent spirit, which is one of the characteristics of Alpha, was felt in Beta Mu, and a sum was donated to a student of Kentucky State who had become ill with tuberculosis. I say to all brothers of Alphadom, keep in mind the ideals for which Alpha stands and may we all look forward to a prosperous year. Fraternally yours, J O S E P H TAYLOR. o

ALPHA EPSILON CHAPTER UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA Greetings Brothers:— The Alpha Epsilon Chapter showed decided progress last year under the able leadership of Prof. Archie Williams. The attendance at the meetings was good, therefore the different committees were able to function in their various capacities. Near the end of the year we held election of officers and the following officers were elected for the coming y e a r : M. Robinson Baker, president; William Dixon, vice-president; George Byas, secretary; James Allen, treasurer ; Byron Rumford, chaplain; Dr. John Coleman, custodian; Jack Spann, s e r g e a n t - a t - a r m s ; Atty. H. L. Richardson, parliamentarian. The chapter is proud of our former President Archie Williams, Olympic Champion quarter miler, who has obtained his pilot's license and is working for his commercial pilot's Keen; c, He is the only Negro pilot at the Oakland, California Airport. He also received an appointment to Washington but declined in favor of getting his commercial license. The fraternity plans t o give an elaborate program during "Go T o High School, Go To College" week, and many social events are being planned for the coming year. The pledge club has gained in membership due to pledging of local State college students In the future we hope to extend our charter to include the following colleges: University of San Francisco, St. Mary's, San F r a n cisco State College and Stanford University. Fraternally yours, PAUL EDGAR FORD. Editor to the Sphinx.

Page 27 BETA ZETA CHAPTER SAMUEL HUSTON UOLLEGE Beta Zeta bids fond brotherly greetings to all our fellow chapters. Beta Zeta closed the old year with an increase in membership. Two brothers crossed the "burning sand" into tho brotherhood. They are Maceo Pembroke and E. Dixon of Dallas and San Antonio, Texas. Our chapter has been very fortunate in having Brother Bert A. McDonald visit with us. Inviting brothers from city and brothers from Delta Chapter, Beta Zeta entertained Brother McDonald with a pre-Christmas banquet. In Brother McDonald's speech he remarked of the rapid progress made by Beta Zeta in spreading fellowship in Austin and Texas. After Brother McDonald's speech the Brothers joined in singing praises to Alpha Phi Alpha. Brother C. M. Hines represented the chapter at the twenty-eighth General Convention. Brother Hines returned with much information which Beta Zeta readily accepted and put into practice. Brothers Groves, Roussell, Hines, T a y lor, Hawkins are graduating and Beta Zeta wishes for them worlds of success. Brother Taylor was elected to Phi Kappa Theta honorary society. Beta Zeta plans many interesting programs for the coming year. We are now working towards giving our yearly scholarship to a worthy student. The Sphinx Club is showing rapid progress in learning the ways of Alpha Phi Alpha. Under the leadership of Little Brother Crawford an elaborate dance was given. They used as a title "The Dance of the Congo" the dance was enjoyed by all. T h e Chapter wishes for all brothers much success for the year 1941. Fraternally submitted, J O H N V. R O U S S E L L , Kditor to the Sphinx. o

KAPPA CHAPTER OHIO STATE UNIVER3I1Y Greetings Brothers :— Since our last writing a new quarter has begun for us at Ohio State. As the old time moves on. our chapter program is now swinging into high; and with such activities before us as the celebrations of Kappa Chapter. Thirtieth Anniversary, you can bet our hands will certainly be tied, tired and tried. As the story has been handed down to us, it seems that a little better than

THE thirty years ago a letter was received by the General Secretary from Brother J. C. Kingslow—whom I had the pleasure to meet this summer, stating that the Orriusu Society, composed of Students of Ohio State and the Ohio Medical College, wanted to become a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. After the usual red tape had taken place, Kappa chapter was added on J a n u a r y 13, 1911. The charter members were Brothers J. A. Dunn, L. H. H a t h cock, C. A. Jones, J. C. Kingsley, W. O. Stokes, Fred Holsey, and C. P. Lyman. The above named began the first Greek-letter organization among N e groes at the University. Kappa Chapter was first then, is now, and ever shall be. On February 15, our Sphinx Club will give its annual winter quarter formal. This affair always begins the formal season among the Greeks. Our chapter closes the season with its formal on the last day of the school year. It might be well to mention the names of our Sphinx Club officers. They are Little B r o t h e r s : Russell Smith, president; Chester Thomas, vice president; James Thomas, secretary; Japhet Lewis, t r e a s u r e r ; and Lloyd Crable, sergeantat-arms. Brother John A. Harvey is President Ex-Officio. Fraternally yours, J U L I A N S. P E A S A N T , Editor to the Sphinx. o BETA PHI CHAPTER DILLARD UNIVERSITY Greetings Alpha B r o t h e r s : We, the members of Beta Phi, have at long last decided to break our silence and let other brothers hear of our activities. We can assure you that regardless of our silence we pushed on and have shown much improvement. W e have continued to receive pledgees, and initiate some outstanding brothers. W e have pledged: Oliver Hart, John Holmes, Allen Parker, Eugene W i n s low, Benjamin Ammons, Isaiah Lawson, Russel Duperon, Clarence Barre, Hernandez Gonzales, Homer Myles. Laural Keith, Euclid Patin, Robert Johnson, H a r r y Gilliam, and Royal Becnel. Those initiated into the Chapter a r e : Charles T e r r y III, Charles McKenzie, James Dasant, Burton Phillips, E l more Dennis, Kenneth Hernandez, Anthony Dunfor, Joseph Mack, Harold Lucien and Felton Randolph. Recently Beta Phi Chapter enter-


tained its pledges with a semi-formal dance. The Chapter also presented a program on December 4, with Brother Herman Washington of Sigma L a m b da, as speaker. Brother Washington gave an inspiring talk on the subject "The F u t u r e of Greek Letter Organizations on the College Campus." Beta Phi has some outstanding men in almost every phase of activity at Uillard University. Brother Joseph Mack, secretary of the Chapter, maintained the highest average in the Freshman class. In Athletics there a r e : Brother Major Howard, football and t r a c k ; Brother Charles Terry, football and t r a c k ; Brother Kenneth Hernandez, football and t r a c k ; and Brother Harold Lucien and Elliott Mason, track. This chapter wishes all continued success. Fraternally yours, ELMORE DENNIS, Editor to Sphinx. o


BETA KAPPA CHAPTER LANGSTON UNIVERSITY Brothers in A l p h a : Beta Kappa is now beginning the second semester of its 1940-41 school year under the guidance of the newly elected administration for the coming year. At our first regular meeting of the calendar year our new officers were installed by Brother (father) Eugene Brown. Brother Brown is the director of the Department of Art at L a n g s ton University and is a member of Beta E t a Lambda Chapter at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. O u r newly elected officers a r e : Brothers James Hatchett, president; George Pearson, vicepresident; Hamilton Vaughn, secret a r y ; O s c a r Williams, assistant secret a r y ; Melvin R. Chatman, t r e a s u r e r ; Charles Adams, chaplain; Fred Adams, s e r g e a n t - a t - a r m s ; Willis Summers, chairman of program committee. On December 14, 1940 seven probates were successful in crossing the burning sands, through Beta Kappa, into Alphadom. After the initiation the brothers were entertained with a repast at the Kampus Koffee Shop. Brother Grant Franklin, our official delegate to the General Convention, brought to the chapter much information and encouragement as gaind from the meetings and his general contact with other brothers attending. Fraternally, JERRY RUSHING.


February, t

PSI LAML Freeman and CHfe iter was ii' o Greetings Brol _ convention

Roiert every

Psi Lambda t h P r i d e t h a t we to the newly e i . v c m e i n s oi "laneou. and -wishes for i '" ' t general presendeavors.


U . J . . WISH to


our appreciation to those retiring officers who have served so well. In our attempt to hold » ' the ideals and aims of Alpha culturally and otherwise, Psi Lambda presented Mrs. Edmonia Simons, music instructor at H o w a r d High School, in a piano recital. She was assisted by Miss Mary Robbs, vocalist. T h e program was held in the assembly room of the College H i l l Housing Project, of which Brother B. T. Scruggs is manager. As the year moves on we will present various programs which we feel will be beneficial to the public. Dr. L. L. Patton, Psi Lambda's representative at the convention, made a full report of the activities there, social and business. It is needless to say that all of us wish we could have been there. Present officers and members a r e : J. C. Brown, president; Dr. L. L. Patton, vice president; Dr. W. B Davis, secret a r y ; R. D. Lewis, t r e a s u r e r ; Dr. J. M. Bynes, chaplain; Dr. G. H . Moores, chairman Rushing Committee; J. H. Julian, Jr., s e r g e a n t - a t - a r m s ; F . A. Jones, historian; W. M. Hafford, a s sistant associate editor to the Sphinx; W. B. Davis, Jr., associate editor to the Sphinx; B. T. S c r u g g s ; Rev. J. B. Barber, and J. L. Pitts, J r . May we look forward to more and better achievements by Alpha men. Fraternally yours, W. B. DAVIS, J R . -o ALPHA BROTHER A P P O I N T E D TO THE NEBRASKA STATE S T A F F OF N A T I O N A L YOUTH ADMINISTRATION Brother Bennie Brown, a recent graduate of the State University of Iowa with B. A., and M. A. degrees, was recently announced by Miss Gladys Shamp, State Director of NYA, to have been appointed as State Youth Personnel Supervisor for the NYA. Brother Brown's work is largely that of counselling with Negro youth in various communities of Nebraska—particularly in Lincoln and Omaha. This is a new position in the State of Nebraska. H e is well prepared for this position, having studied in the (Continued on next p a g e )

HiCOLLEGE with its 23 embers and ten asts of having under-graduate >.. ... .nity. The chapter was represented at the General Convention by its president, James C. Wa'^rf Jr. and Lonnie F . Briscoe. The. ctvo brothers were greatly inspired and have brought a brighter torch back to the members, challenging them to do greater things. Members of the chapter plan bigger and better things for this year. They are all engaged in and taking very prominent parts in extra-curricular activities. Brother James C. Wallace, our president, is also president of the campus Y. M. C. A., the BeaumontWiley Club (his home-town club), vice-president of the Chemical Society, editor-in-chief of the Campus Lens, our student newspaper, and editor-in-chief of the Wiley Reporter, and is member of several other organizations. The Wiley College first-string b a s ketball team is comprised of three of our brothers, namely Brothers Fred J. Finch of Dallas, Texas, Ruben Minis of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Robert T. Riley of St. Louis, Missouri. These brothers are the sparks of the team. They also take part in several campus clubs. Recently a ceremony awarding letters to the 1940-41 football team and a prom in honor of the team were held. Brother Oliver W . Sprott of Beaumont, Texas, Willie R. Hicks of Port Arthur, Texas, Ruben Mims of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Robert T . Riley of St. Louis, Missouri were brothers receiving football honors. Brother Mims was captain of the 1940-41 team and is doing his senior college work. Brother Kerven Carter, chapter secretary, is also secretary of the Y. M. C. A., secretary to the Campus Lens (our student newspaper) Staff, contributing editor of the Wiley Report, and a member of the campus Ministerial Club. Brother Carter is also secretary to the Registrar, and is a junior college student from Fort Worth, Texas. T o sum it up—brothers of Alpha Sigma are a most representative and energetic group of the spirit of A L P H A P H I A L P H A . T h e chapter at present is making, plans to entertain its Regional Meeting here in April. A most cordial invitation is extended to all


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brothers, especially to those of this section including the Western and the Southern Jurisdicitions. Fraternally yours, R U B E N H . MACK, Cor. Sec'y Editor-to-Sphinx. BETA GAMMA LAMBDA CHAPTER, RICHMOND,


Greetings Brothers :— Our best fraternal wishes for a successful year in all chapter activities. W e especially felicitate our General President, Bro. Dr. Rayford W . Logan. W e know that Bro. Dr. Logan with his keen analytical, and brilliant wisdom, and his inspiring fearless personality will carry Alpha to even greater heights of glory. Richmond loves and honors Dr. Logan and Beta Gamma Lambda to a man feels exceedingly proud for the majority of us have associated with him as student, co-worker and friend while he cut for himself such an enviable niche at Virginia Union U n i versity. W e are eagerly awaiting a visit from Dr. Logan soon. Little boy Cupid struck two of our popular swains who recently were sealed in holy wedlock. Brother J o seph Goode and the popular Miss Anne Ramsey and Brother Allen Gaskins and lovely Miss Anne Claytor were the recipients of the pleasure attending those on whom the gods of marriage smile. Brother Curtis A. Crocker and Mrs. Crocker were cribbed with twin girls. Curtis was literally showered with events as he also stepped into a new position as of January 1. H e became Field Secretary of the Negro O r g a n i zation Society, a position formerly held by Brother Welton Henderson became full time Supervisor N . Y. A. Negro Projects, State of Virginia. Brother Thomas H . Henderson is studying at University of Chicago for his Ph. D. in Education. Already Beta Gamma Lambda, energetic citizenship committee is at work under the leadership of Brother Dr. Leon A. Reid. A citizenship awakening campaign will be started in, a county which has a Negro majority in population. W e are going to have a banner year again. Our program will be rounded out by a fifth anniversary celebration in the spring. . Fraternally yours, JAMES H. PAYNE, Associate Editor.

PAN-HELLENIC NEWS (Continued from page 20) made worthy of the efforts of the important organizations which make up' The National Pan-Hellenic Council. These, then, are the projects adopted by the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Three of these represent something unique—at least something not attempted by other national organizations. It should be understood, however, that the program so far is not meant to be complete. Too diverse in interest are the members belonging to sororities and fraternities to be confined to these limitations. Problems in economic, social, political, and health fields need interest and intelligent attention. The Program Committee is anxious to complete its program with original projects in these areas. It is, therefore, asking that each Greek letter person send in at least one suggestion for new projects. These projects may be in any field other than the ones already adopted. The only stipulation is that they will be broad in scope and not duplicate the program of existing organizations. From these suggestions, the Program Committee will work out a well rounded program to submit for adoption at the next Pan-Hellenic meeting. In the meantime, every Greek who thinks that fraternities and sororities should not only keep the good things in their development to date, but in addition work for a new cooperative program, should get behind the projects already adopted and make them successful. F o r out of the success of these initial efforts will come greater success, giving one a new pride in belonging to the great Greek letter family. o

ALPHA BROTHER APPOINTED (Continued from preceding page) field of economics and sociology at Iowa State University. His experience as Associate Editor for the O M A H A S T A R for over a y e a r ; as vice president of the Junior Negro Chamber of Commerce; and chairman for program and publicity committee of St. John's A. M. E . Church and other civic work has resulted in a wide contact which proves valuable to the National Youth Administration and its service to youth. Brother Brown is also musically inclined,. having served for five years as a member of the Iowa Symphony Orchestra as first violinist. H e is a (Continued on page 32)

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(Continued from Page 12) comes Mayberry flashing that Buddha smile ** he overwhelms me ** reminds me of my old Greek professor ** makes me feel like raising my hand and sayi n g : "teacher, may I be excused" ** E x Prexy Roscoe Giles, America's foremost medico and surgeon goes to town ** oratorically ** routine business follows ** recess ** Undergraduate orators soar on fancys' flights ** Edward Brooke ** self assured, poised, eloquent and witty ** Ralph Rodgers, aggressively erudite ** Raymond A. \ e r o smooth, suave, convincing ** but, alas, I spied a ring ** on Nero's forefinger ** Prince Xyabonga must not be sold short ** master satirist and seductive orator, devastating in faint praising ridicule, very subtle in argumentation ** Andrew J. Lewis II, Atlanta pride and joy, veritable convention work horse ** on three committees ** has encyclopedic mind ** Alpha Formal—Influence of Madame L a Zonga evident ** Bro. R. T. Curtis had five (5) lessons ** one more lesson will eliminate his grasshopper rug cutting ** Bro. Murray needs several lessons to correct his step ladder kick ** Etta Moten? ** W h a t about her? ** She T E A C H E S Madame LaZonga *• Elsie Cain ** Miss P a r k e r from Chi ** Ma Hilda Evans ** Sadie T a n ner Mosesell A. ** in ermine ** angels and cherubims ** Katie Green bejeweled and befurred ** More house parties ** lotsa western girls ** double braceleted ** double brassiered ** sleep. T U E S D A Y , Dec. 31, 1940—Morning breaks clear and fair, committee after committee report ** no tilts ** no arguments ** everybody poised for action ** hand on hip ** pin committee reports ** faint ripple ** quietness ** calm ** resolution committee ** just a few pin pricks **calmness ** recommendations committee ** a few oratorical coughs and sneezes ** quiet ** Bro. Roscoe Giles speaks his mind on current fraternal events ** respect of assembly given ** banquet ** more steer hips ** generous helpings of everything ** Moo-o-o-o ** report of cup award committee ** Nimbus clouds


Februcrry, i -._

appear *** Lightning strikes ** spurntials fs.mi. • „ , _ i „ , , : Freeman and Robert ed chapters kick like ell ** winning all pledge fea., chapter regurgitates prize cup ** asA A T, t c r w a s u ' 0 every our dear A - P sembly takes a hand ** takes sides ** *».,,. convention ing ** lodging ., .. t . , takes time ** motions ** amendments ;nrr ** D * T t h P r l d e t h a t w e ing ** Beta Lai.,. , ** appeals ** recriminations ** comvements of .->•,..,., • • tion chanting i , -aneoumittee re-sits on case—solves dilemPral prcs you're g o i n g ; tha; " j0cT"" ma ** two cups ** to winner and runner up ** Alexander, sartorial, Philly barrister speaks amid surcharged atmosphere ** smoothes ruffled tempers BOOK REVIEW ** soothes taut nerves. (Continued from Page 13) Five Phi Beta Kappa men ** two college presidents argue over prowork of the office .should be dour by priety of retaining phrase "more perclerks rather than by teachers wherever fect union" in preamble of constitupossible; clerical assistants should be tion ** Bro. Wayman W a r d insists its assigned by t i e principal rather than "more, better" to eliminate "more perfect" ** suggested collegiate nature of the central authority; high-priced sufraternity demanded correction ** conpervisory and administrative officers vention retained "more perfect" wordshould not spend their time and enering to compare Jewels' English with gy in work which clerical workers at modern diction ** Election ** Selecone-quarter of their salary can do more tion ** Rejection ** Joe Evans finesses accurately and more quickly," 3 and ** Sidney Jones grand slams ** Fredstudent assistants should be used but die Martin trumps his partner's ace ** that "mon" Jerrick is getting vexed ** they should be carefully guided and Prexy Wesley is getting, "dom tired" they should not be exploited. of g r a m m a r school politics ** TrenAn important duty of the clerical asbolm gives Hatchett man Martin ten sistants will be the distribution of demerits ** Judge Paige fines the Chair text-books and supplies. When the for contempt of court ** Jewel Murray clerical assistants are well-trained in is abstractedly scratching his nose ** lessons of economy and politeness noLogan is absentmindedly picking his table economies can be made in the nose ** Barksdale Brown is deliberdistribution of supplies without causately thumbing his nose ** Mayberry ing the other employees to feel that makes statement ** Carroll, the quiet, the principal is unnecessarily stingy dignified scholar makes statement ** with materials. However, when the Prexy makes statement ** the overworked air condition system breaks principal desires to make requisitions down ** coats come off ** activated for new textbooks and supplies it is arm pits become evident ** Logan, new considered best if these requisitions prexy; on with the election! ** "Oh, are made by the principal rather than Mary, don't you weep, don't you moan the different groups- 4 ** Pharaoh's army got drownded, Oh, The office of the school clerk should Mary, don't you weep" ** Farrow's contain not only the storeroom with its army drowned ** Farrow floated in on great variety of routine supplies 5 but a tidal wave of votes ** Jolly Cholly also adequate files for a great variety Lane 48 votes ** perennial dapper J o of records and reports (or copies of sephus Evans 49 votes ** former W i s the same, which will be easily accessiconsin coxswain, S. H. Thompson, suble to the principal whenever a need pervisor of Kansas City, Kansas arises. Schools, chirographer at the black Among the records which should be hoard, Tennis Champion, Sylvester in the principal's office are the followSmith, and Master of Arts, McLaurin i n g : addresses and life sketches, and at the ballot-box ** Col. William ratings of teachers; addresses, personWalker, Louisville host, official tally al sketches and programs of students ; man ** Wm. C. Pyant, Pan Hellenic addresses, applications for employment expert, most useful man in credenand activities of recent graduates.

I. Ibid, p. 370. 2

,NCW - 2 8 8 ^ ^f?8S5!% - « < 5CaSr X&St&g* * * * = D - ^ t o n - C e n t u r y Co.. 1934> pp. 5 5 8 . 5 6 2 a m e S R •» , T V *' — ' *»»• A - Baeon. d a n c e s L , secondary ScHoo, A * m i n i M n . ( N e w Y o r K : ^ M a c M 1 U a n C o 4. Otto, op. cit; p. 566. ' 5. see next page.



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.1 should . of the clerk 'ie number of ullv employed college; statis'tve value of dif.1. course of study ; statisti •> showing the amount of pro fessional study or the past of the teachers: statistics of student mortality and student attendance, and other such statistical information as local conditions will always suggest. Special attention should be directed to a list by Thompson which follows: special enrollment by grades ; enrollment by curriculum ; enrollment by subject; elimination during the summer, elimination during the y e a r ; causes of 4 and 5 : follow-up of g r a d u a t e s ; intelligence scores; distribution of marks by subjects ; distribution of marks by teache r s ; distribution of marks by g r a d e s ; correlation of marks with intelligence : attendance records; results of college entrance examinations; pupil participation in extra-curricula activities: cost of instruction; records of teachers training and experiences; conduct records of pupils sent to the office: proper account for funds not appropriated by the board of education and the historical record of the school. 1 The principal who desires to be an effective office executive must distribute his time over approximately five well-defined fields: the principal should have regular office h o u r s ; he should have time for inspection: he should arrange to supervise the work of his teachers: he should not only demand professional growth on the part of able teachers: he should leave periods in his program for professional growth and in order to see quietly the broad outlines of his duties and he should leave some time in his program for reflection.2 A principal needs to have some definite office hours to systematize the calls of parents. 2 and since Negro parents—in large numbers—work during the day some arrangement should he made to see them after school hours. These hours should be posted and placed on letter heads. A principal should make frequent tours of inspection as a partner of the head of activity inspected with the hope of learning and guiding the employees in making their work more progressive. If tactfully pursued the


£ 1923), p. 194.

policy will make the principal a welcome visitor rather than an inspector of the orthodox type. The task is one that will necessitate his obtaining the interest and intelligent cooperation of the individual working under him. 3 A combination of definite and flexi ble times for supervision should I) posted and teachers, at times, shoul 1 be told that the principal will be happy to observe at times when the teacher eels that her work will lend itself 1 i objective supervision. Every principal should leave a place in bis program for professional grow li and improvement. This can be dun by attending professional conferences The principal can spend! minutes—when he is waiting for per• ms who are late for conferences leading current literature on the problems of educational administration or other appropriate materials. 1 Finally, the principal needs to relax and reflect on the great variety of activities in which he has been engaged and which he has observed. The principal, during these periods. will be able to see and understand the work of an office executive with a calmness which in itself will be suggestive of still other ways and means of improvement. By way of summary it has been shown that if the principal is to succeed as an office executive he shbul 1 devote himself seriously to at least the following four aspects of the problem: namely, (1) office arrangement and equipment, (2) clerical help and their duties, (3) the clerical office, and (4) the distribution of the principal's timeThe aforementioned facts suggest the following conclusions : 1. The principal should regard his office as a functional organization. 2. The principal should suggest the construction of an office which gives the maximum in comfort and efficiency. 3. The clerical assistants should be given thorough instructions on how to treat politely and deal with efficiently the people whom they are expected to serve. 4. Negro principals should use more Negro pictures and more dark girls when they can be found and stop selecting clerical assistants on the hasis of color, for the practice is most undemocratic.

5. T h e principal must budget his time or he will be unable to do an effective job as an office executive. 6. Good office administration will convince the teachers that only the really necessary clerical duties are required from them and that the clerical staff is performing all functions which may properly be assigned to it. o

ALPHA BROTHER APPOINTED (Continued from page 29) member of Beta Xi Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. H e was recently married to a very charming young lady, the former Miss Lila Pryor, assistant dietician with the N e braska Power Company. Brother Brown has become very active in the field of youth activities and our guidance work during recent months and became a member of the Youth Guidance Council and the Committee for Occupational Adjustment of Negro Youth a short time ago. o

ECONOMIC STATUS (Continued from Page 7) support to all issues sanctioned "by the National Committee by correspondence with members of Congress from .our District, and your Senators, get your friends to help you flood their offices with telegrams and letters and get your friends outside the fraternity both white and colored to aid you in any pending local or national legislation. Do not delay but act at once. Procrastination is the thief of time. Continue to suppprt the Citizenship campaign drive of your local chapter. Continue your efforts to arouse those of your group who art qualified to vote. Try and induce them to pay their poll tax, to gel out and vote as a means of fighting unfavorable legislation and supporting all favorable legislation, for Negroes. Rouse them as well as your friends to fight all the time for their political, civil, economic. and educational rights before the law. By so doing they will get enlightenment; education, and freedom Lend your aid to all worthy A. P. A. candidates who aspire to political leadership. Remember that A Voteless People is a Hopeless People." FINAL I N S T A L L M E N T OF FOUNDER'S A D D R E S S IN MARCH EDITION


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(Continued from Page 8) May I re-state my premise that in terms of the destruction of governments, Democratic ideals, economic, political, and social philosophies, building up since the dawn of civilization, we have lived several centuries in the last twelve years. These cyclonic changes started with the collapse of an artificial prosperity built up during the twenties, which collapsed in 1929, ushering in the era of depression—with widespread unemployment—bank failures—and hunger not only in America, but throughout the world. This was temporarily stemmed by unexpected political changes in our own country in 1932—then a further depression in 1934 and 1935—and a new era ot hope in 1936 and 1937—then again depression in 1938 and hope in 1939. The revolutionary political changes in foreign countries, beginning with the advent of the Nazi rule of Hitler under the Third Reich in 1933—the Fascist regime of Mussolini, beginning in 1934 —the Italian conquest of Ethiopia in 1936—the Vienna putsch in 1936—then the successive Nazi marches into Austria and Czechoslovakia—the Japanese undeclared war of 1937, a cruel and defenseless slaughter of millions of innocent Chinese souls—the Revolution in Spain— and the other events enumerated above that have happened since W o r l d W a r II started, have badly complicated an already difficult picture. W h a t effect have these events upon the Negro people of America and how best can we prepare ourselves against these forces of reaction and intolerance?


FRATERNITY ADDRESS (Continued from Page 10) they could not have survived.


largest minority



As wc

pass through the season of the Nativity, let us not forget the times now arc no more ominous than they were over nineteen hundred years ago



time of the advent of Christ at Bethlehem.

A powerful Caesar sat


the throne then, as do now the potentates and dictators' ruled







dead and almost forgotten, while

sufficient to halt the bloody between


Christmas Day.



proces Freeman and RoBerl ing surgeon;,* ' cvcry tempt the . " W a s " ° ,. . . jeopardize • • , tt, » i ,, w pride that we that for t k i i . ., .. , ements of <-t\ nP ,y the nations of .aneou^ face and discontinue "Pn*Tjk\ P r e & " practices in which ' ' i gc . Dot - n as a nation and Tne 3 | e> United States of America lias n j special immunity nor can she prot l herself solely by a two-ocean navy, thousands upon thousands of, planes, nor by multiplied billions spent in armaments. Every sign of the times points to the fact that America will be called upon in the not distant future to give up some of her liberties or her prejudices. By the same token the American Negro must likewise conform. and cease imitating the vices by which he is surrounded in the ghe'ttoes in which he is forced to live, or suffer the inevitable consequences of his failure to do so. EDITOR'S NOTES .-Final Installments of Founder's Address. Banquet Address and Fraternity Address, along with more convention highlights mill be published in the March Edition. Preserve this Copy of the Sphinx.

is the

reference of the memory of One dead almost two thousand years ago




LATE BISHOP HUGHES (Continued from Page 18)


voted brothers, who are physicians, he

After reading all phi-

was given the best that medical science

losophy and skepticism has to offer, I

now affords.

am naive enough to believe the events


now unfolding themselves are in con-

op H u g h e s ' condition suddenly changed.

sequence of a Divine plan. ciate the fact that

group is the Negro—thirteen and one-


during and after his campaign for the seizure of defenseless Ethiopia, for which he is paying dearly today. I am certain I need dwell no longer on the danger to us as an entire race of the very probable and complete removal ot the Negro from every phase of civil, political, and social life in America. the return of the Negro to slavery and his ultimate annihilation by death and destruction, should the philosophies of the Axis powers ever succeed in overcoming—God forbid—the democracy as we have come to know it and love it in America.

I appre-



But the




On Friday, July 12, 1940, Bish-

He struggled valiantly to remain the work

he hoped




many adherents even in our own ranks,

Near the end he called the names of

but share the opinion of

his immediate family and his brothers

Bishop W .

half million people in a total popula-

Sampson Brooks when he said,


and sister.

tion of 130,000,000.

are not yet far enough removed


bed and looked toward Heaven, raised

the bay of the blood hounds for


Any movement or

program that has as its purpose


attack upon the political, economic, or

foolishness like that."

social structure of America vitally af-

able to explain any of the phenomena


all classes


no more




phenomena of some of the basic sci-

tunately for the Negro, the Nazi and

ences with which I am more familiar.

Fascist dictators have at no time dis-

I am explaining away my ignorance as

the minority

of theology than I can







guised their attitude toward the dark-

Kant did in his

er races.

Reason" when he said, "For how can

The author of "Mein Kampf"





leaves no room for doubt of his opin-

the finite comprehend the infinite,

ion in his scurrilous references to the

created the C r e a t o r ? "


Negro. T h e Fascist dictator was equal-

analogy, however, I know that in or-

ly denunciatory on the same questions

der t o cure cancer,

Reasoning by certain


He reached up from


high his right arm smiling to the Unknown with an expression



peace and ecstacy. Then turning on his side, he rested peacefully until transported to the Great Beyond. He leaves to mourn his


loss, a devoted wife, three daughters, one son, three brothers, one sister, three grandchildren, one uncle, many nieces, nephews and more distant relatives, as well as innumerable


"Well done thy good and faithful servant."

H A P T E R R O S T E R—C o n t i n u e d •ate T e a c h e r s College, K a l a m a z o o , J. Woodford, 114 N. Park St.,; Sec. Vicbigaa. 'niversity, L a n g s t o n , O k l a h o m a ; •Secretary, Marshall Love. <l<«e, Frankford, Ky.; Presley. .y N a t h a n i e l L. S h i e l d s , Ky. M. Cellege; President, Oliver H. •S M. Y o u n g , Florida A. & M. /Ollege, M e m p h i s , T e n n e s s e e ; President, . 598 Walker Avenue; Secretary, B e n j a m i n rkway, E., C. Secretary, Darnel U. C a r t t i , Le• M " T —Tennessee S t a t e College, Nashville, Tenn.; . Billy Jones; Secretary, Ira Evans, T e n n e s s t e S t a t e -' P I — L a n e College, Jackson, Tenn.; President, S a m u e l Beasley, Secretary, H e r m a n S t o n e , Corresponding S e c t a r y , Cecil T. Draper, Lane College.

60. BETA R H O — S h a w University, Raleigh, N. C ; President, Claud Whitaker, Jr.; Secretary, Milford Taylor, S h a w U n i versity. 61. BETA S I G M A — S o u t h e r n University. S c o t l a n d v i l l e , La.; Presi a e n t , E d m o n d Harris, Secretary, Lenard Clarke, S o u t h e r n University. 62. B E 1 A TAU—Xavier University, New Orleans, La.; President, Flounry Coles; Secretary, S t a n d f o r d Wright, 3817 P i n e Street. 63. BETA U P S I L O N — S t a t e T e a c h e r s College, Montgomery, Ala., President. A l p h o n s l a J o n e s ; Secretary, Isaac J o i n t s , S t a t e Teachers College. 64. BETA PHI—Diilard University, New Orleans, La.; President, Harold Lucien; Secretary, J o s e p h Mack, 1911 St. Bernard Avenue. 65. BETA CHI—Philander S m i t h College, Little Rock, Arkansas; President, A l t o n Russell; Secretary, T u l l i s E. F r e e m a n , P h i l a n d e r S m i t h College. 66. BETA PSI CHAPTER—Oxford, Cambridge, L o n d o n Universities, London, England; President. Dr. C. B. Clarke, Belfield House, New Barnet, England; Secretary, N. A. Fadipe, 43 Calthorpe Street, London, E n g l a n d .

CHAPTER ROSTER—Graduate Chapters . 0 1 . ALPHA LAMBDA—Louisville, K e n t u c k y ; President Dr J H. Walls, 932 W. W a l n u t St., Secretary, L y m a n T.' J o h n s o n , 2627 W. M a d i s o n St., 102. BETA LAMBDA—Kansas City, Mo., President, J o h n Howell, 2519 Michigan; Corresponding Secretary, J a m e s Alfred Jeffress, 1824 F a s e o St. 103. GAMMA LAMBDA—Detroit, Mich., President, Henry S. D u n bar, 561 Chandler; Secretary, Grover D. Lange, 607 A d a m s Ave., E. 104. D E L I A LAMBDA—Baltimore. Md. President, R u f u s E. Hackett, 1536 McCulloh Street; Secretary, David J Whitfield 704 Gay Street. Baltimore. 105. EPSILON LAMBDA—St Louis, Mo.; President, J o h n G. Davis;, 11 N. Jefferson; Secretary, Patrobias C. R o b i n s o n , 4573 Garfield St.; Corr. Secretary, Arnold B. Walker 3017 Delmar Blvd. 106. ZETA LAMBDA—Newport News, Va.; President, T. Roger T h o m p s o n , 641 H a m p t o n Avenue; Secretary, F e r n a n d o Brown, 2411 Jefferson Ave. 107. THETA LAMBDA—Dayton. Ohio; President., Lloyd G P h i l lips, 617 R a n d o l p h Street; Secretary, Fred J. Grisbv 408 S Broadway. 108. ETA LAMBDA—Atlanta, Ga.; President Charles W. Greene, S? o 1 , 1 l n S t - N ' W - Secretary, N e l s o n C. Jackson, 247 Henry St., S. W. 109. IOTA LAMBDA—Indianapolis, Ind.; President, Arnold C. Banister, Jr. S e n a t e A v e n u e B r a n c h YMCA; Secretary J o h n Mansfield. 0:0 1133 North West St. 110. KAPPA LAMBDA—Greensboro, N. C , Pres., W i l l i a m E B e a v er: S e c , B e n j a m i n H. Crutcher, A. & T College 111. ¥% LAMBDA—Washington, D. C ; President. C. C. House, 149 W. St., N. W., Secretary, George W. Peterson, 604 D. St., N. W. 112. NU LAMBDA—Ettrick. Va.; President, R e u b e n R. McDaniel; Secretary, Charles J. W a r t m a n , Jr., Virginia S t a t e College. 113. X I LAMBDA—Chicago, 111., President, William R T h o m p son, Secretary, Laurence T. Y o u n g , 4432 S Parkway 114. OMICRON L A M B D A — B i r m i n g h a m , Alabama; President R. Lincoln Jackson, 54 9th Avenue, N.; Secretary H Lovell Mosely, 1304 1st Court W.. 6-8429. B i r m i n g h a m . Alabama. 115. FI LAMBDA—Little Rock, Ark., Pres., Dr. J. B. Jordan, 610>/2 W. 9 t h St.; Sec. C. F r a n k l i n Brown, 1019 Cross St. 116. RHO LAMBDA—Buffalo, N. Y.. President. Dr W B Holland. 357 William St., Secretary. Dr. J. McDonald Bobb, 215 W i l l i a m St., Buffalo. 117. SIGMA LAMBDA—New Orleans, La.. President. W h i t n e y HayT o , ? 2 ? . S t - B e r n a r d Ave.; Secretary, R e n e J. Rousseve, 5014 LaSalle St. 118. TAU LAMBDA—Nashville, Tenn., President, Dr S t E l m o f o / \ 5 l y ; F l s k University; Secretary, J a m e s R. Anderson, 1027 18th Ave., N. 119. UPSILON LAMBDA—Jacksonville, Fla„ Pres., Charles S. £ S n g ^ r - , ' „ E d w a r £ W a t e r s College; S e c , H. J a m e s Greene, Edward Waters College. 120. PHI LAMEDA—Raleigh. N. C : President. J o h n Percy B o n d , Arcade Hotel. Secretary, Walker H. Quarles, Jr. S h a w U n i versity, Raleigh, N. C. 121. CHI LAMBDA—WUberforce. Ohio; President. J a m e s T. Henry; Secretary, Harold J o h n s o n , WUberforce University. FSI LAMBDA—Chattanooga. T e n n e s s e e ; President, Booker T S c r l B g s 1 9 0 9 122. ^ . i ' Blackford Street; Secretary, Dr. W. B. Davis, 124 V, E. 9 t h Street. ALPHA ALPHA LAMBDA—Newark. N. Jersey, Pres., Dr. Fer123. d i n a n d D. Williams. 191 Bloomfleld Ave., Montclair N J ; ?f c ,V„ A r t SViL C Williams, 136 L i n c o l n St., Montclair. ALPHA BETA LAMBDA—Lexington. Kv.; President F L. 124. Baker, 629 N. Upper St., Secretary, Dr. H. A. M e r c h a n t s , 126 D t W e e s e St. ALPHA GAMMA LAMBDA—New York City; President, Frank 125. A. Walker. 450 St. N i c h o l a s Avenue; Secretary, C Arthur Jackson, 400 C o n v e n t A v e n u e . ALPHA DELTA LAMBDA—Memphis, T e n n e s s e e ; President, 126. J a m e s G. King. 758 Ayers Street; Secretary, Abner B Owen, Jr.. 598 Williams Avenue. ALFHA EPSILON LAMBDA—Jackson. Miss.. Pres., Everett R 127. Lawrence, Tousjaloo College, Tougaloo, Miss.; S e c , A l a n T. Busby, Box 176.. Alcorn, Miss. ALPHA ZETA LAMBDA—Bluefield, W. Va.: President Dr. 1C8. D T. Murray. K e y s t o n e , W. Va.; Secretary, Edward W. Browne. Bluefield S t a t e Teachers College ALPHA ETA LAMBDA—Houston. Texas; President, Walter 129. M. Booker, Prairie View College; Secretary, Harvev R. Turner, Prairie View College, Prairie View, Texas ALPHA THETA LAMBDA—Atlantic City, N. J.: President, 130. Ferdinand C. N e w t o n , 217 N. Jersey Avenue; Secretary Arw i n A. H a m m , 124 N. New York A v e n u e . ALPHA IOTA LAMBDA—Charleston, W. Va.; President, 131. T h o m a s E. Posey. I n s t i t u t e . W. Va.; Secretary K e r m i t J. Hall. 308-B Eiizflbe'^ St.. C h a r l e - t o n W Va ALPHA KAPPA LAMBDA—Roanoke. Va.; President, Dr. El132 wood D. D o w n i n g . 236 P a t t e r s o n Avenue; Secretary, Dr. George A. Moore. 106 Wells A v e n u e . N. W.

133. ALPHA NU LAMBDA—Knoxville, Tenn.; President N A. Henderson, 123 E. Vine Ave., Secretary, M. D. Senter, 2134 E. Vine Ave. 134. ALFHA NU LAMBDA—Tuskegee, Alabama, Secretary, Joseph E. Fuller, T u s k e g e e I n s t i t u t e . 135. ALPHA XI LAMBDA—Toledo, Ohio; President, Leo V. E n g lish, 614 T e c u m s e h St., Secretary, Charles Peoples, 858 Avondale A v e n u e . 136. ALPHA OMICRON LAMBDA—Pittsburgh. Pa.: President, W. Wendel, S t a n t o n , 518 4 t h Avenue; Secretary, Wilbur C. Douglass, 518 4 t h A v e n u e . 137. ALFHA PI L A M B D A — W i n s t o n - S a l e m , N. C ; President, Walker E. P i t t s , 1117 E. 11th Street, C. Secretary, William R. Crawford, 926 Ridge A v e n u e . 138. ALPHA RHO LAMBDA—Columbus, Ohio; President, L u c i e n C. Wright, 1304 E. Long Street; Secretary, A. DeV. Crosby, 256 N. 22nd Street. 139. ALPHA SIGMA LAMBDA—Dallas, Texas; President H I. Holland, 2913 T h o m a s Avenue, Secretary, S. W. Hudson, Jr., 5211 K e a t i n g Ave. 140. ALPHA TAU LAMBDA—Tulsa, Okla.; President, W. D. Combs, 1801 N. Norfolk St.; Secretary, J. Tyler S m i t h , 124 N. G r e e n wood Street. 141. ALPHA UPSILON LAMBDA—Montgomery, Alabama; President, J. Garrick Hardy, Secretary, William H. Fletcher, S t a t e Teachers College. 142. ALPHA PHI LAMBDA—Norfolk. Va., President. P. Bernard Y o u n g , Jr.; Secretary. T h o m a s W. Young, 721 Chapel St. 143. ALPHA CHI LAMBDA—Augusta. Ga., President Lawrence D. Perry. Box 904, Pilgrim Ins. Co.; Secretary, J o h n M. T u t t , 1108 Phillip St. 144. ALPHA PSI LAMBDA—Columbia, S. C : President, J o s e p h D. McGhee, B e n e d i c t College, Secretary, Harry B. Rutherford, 1330 Gregg Street. 145. BETA ALPHA LAMBDA—Jersey City, N. J.; President, J a m e s O R a n d o l p h , 72 Atlantic Street, Secretary, Dorland J. H e n derson, 269 C l i n t o n Street, N. E., Orange, N. J. 146. BETA BETA LAMBDA—Miami. Florida; President, Dr. W. H. Butler, 6306 N. W. 14th St., Secretary, Leo A. Lucas, 6306 N. W. 14th Street. 147. BETA GAMMA L A M B D A — R i c h m o n d . Virginia; President J o s e p h R. R a n s o m e . 815 N. 6 t h Street; Secretary David A. Graves, 308 W. Leigh Street. 148. BETA DELTA L A M B D A — D a y t o n a B e a c h . Fla.. President, Charles J. Greene. P. O Box 1789; Secretary, Dr. H. Ernest Hartley. 624 2nd Ave. 149. BETA EPSILON LAMBDA—Wewoka, Okla., Pres., Dr. D. A. French. 201 S. S e m i n o l e ; S e c , William A. D o b s o n , Box 216, Lima, Okla. 150. BETA ZETA LAMBDA—Jefferson City, Missouri: President. Christopher C. Hubbard; Secretary Armistead S. Pride, C. Secretary, Arthur P u l l a m , Lincoln University. 151. BETA ETA LAMBDA—Oklahoma Citv, O k l a h o m a ; President, Dr. Graveley E. Finlev. 324V 2 N. E. 2nd Street, Secretary, J o h n E. Jackson, 527 N. P h i l l i p s Street. 152. BETA THETA LAMBDA—Durham, N. C , Pres. J a m e s T. Taylor. 2106 F a y e t t e v i l l e St., Sec. J o h n E. Payne, 1609 L i n c o l n St. 153. BETA IOTA LAMBDA—Baton Rouge, La.: President, Dr. B. V. Baronco. Jr., P. O. Box 2005; Secretary, R. M. Ampey, P. O. Box 2005. 154. BETA KAPFA LAMBDA—Charleston. S. O ; President. A. G. Purvis. 52 Anson St.; Secretary, F. A. DeCosta, Avery I n s t i tute. 155. BETA NU LAMBDA—Statesville, N. C ; President, F. D. White, L i v i n g s t o n College, Secretary, J a m e s E. S i m p s o n , 823 W. Horah Street, Salisbury, N. C. 156. BETA NU LAMBDA—Charlotte, N. C ; President, Secretary. C l i n t o n L. Blake. 423 E. 1st St.. F i n a n c i a l Secretary, G. F. Woodson, Jr., 2112 W. Trade Street. 157. BETA X I LAMBDA—Omaha Nebraska; President; Secretary, George A. S t a m s , 1119 N. 21st St.. O m a h a . Nebr. 158. BETA OMICRON LAMBDA—Mobile. Ala., President, Milton G. E d m o n d s , Secretary, Orlando H. J o h n s o n , 201 N. Lawrence St. 159. BETA FI LAMBDA—Albany, N. Y.; President, George B. Kelley, 1 113th Street, Troy, N. Y. 160. BETA RHO L A M B D A — Y o u n g s t o w n , Ohio, President, 8. S. Booker, 963 W. Federal St., Secretary, Andrew L. J o h n s o n , 404 W. Earl Ave. 161. BETA SIGMA LAMBDA—Hartford, Conn.: President, Dr. J o s e p h M. Bullock. 30 Mahl Avenue, Secretary, J a m e s W. Hall, 65 Russell Street, Apt. 4, Hartford. 162. BETA TAU LAMBDA—Ft. Worth, Texas; T o Be S e t U p . 163. BETA UPSILON LAMBDA Jackson, Term.; T o Be Bet Up. 184. BETA PHI LAMBDA—Savannah, Georgia; President. Martin G. Haynes, Beech High School, Secretary, Arthur I. C l e m e n t , 801 W. 4 4 t h Street.

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