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Front Cover . . . Typical of the aviation training offered college students is the Civil A e r o nautics Authority program now in its second year at Lincoln University, Mo. This group of student pilots completed its training in December, 1940, and has been succeeded by another group of ten, of whom are several A l pha men and Sphinxmen of Alpha Psi Chapter and its Sphinx C l u b .

APRIL, 1941


Alpha Phi Alpha Preparing for National Defense






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Howard University, Washington, D. C.





319 East 48th St., Los Angeles, Calif. ROGER F. GORDON Second Vice-President 15 PhiladelPhia FERDINAND L° Zmwm*' • ^^ThirlTvice-President FERDINAND L. • ^ " " ^ • • £ - ^ " " j ^ " i j £ ™ ; " ™ r a v l c e r r e s , a e m JOHN W L B m a ^ . . . ^ . ^ : . . . ^ . . * ^ ^ Vice-President JOSEPH H. B. EVA'N^. L l n D S t r e e t : . C i n C i n n a t ' ' ° h l ° General Secretary 101 S. Street, N. W., Washington, D. C. FARROW R. ALLEN Treasurer 337 West 138th St., New York City LEWIS O. SWINGLER Editor of the Sphinx 390'/i Beale Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee H. COUNCILL TRENHOLM Director of. Education Alabama State College, Montgomery, Ala. BELFORD V. LAWSON. JR. General Counsel 2001 11th, N. W., Washington, D. C. LAY MEMBERS EXECUTIVE COUNCIL Edward W. Brooke, 1262 Hamlin Street, N. E., Washington, D. C.s Thomas Kelley, Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, Ohio: James H. Robinson, 850 East Forty-Ninth Place. Los Angeles, California. BELFORD V. LAWSON, JR. Chairman. Chapter Housing Commission 2001 11th St., N. W., Washington, D. C HOWARD H. LONG Chairman, Committee on Public Policy 1112 Girard St., N. W., Washington, D. C. M. G. FERGUSON Chairman. Auditing Committee Citizens Savings & Trust Co., Nashville, Tennessee HENRY L. DICKASON Chairman, Committee on Standards Bluefleld State Teachers College, Bluefleld, West Virginia


C h a i r m a n . Budget C o m m i t t e e

Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina



Howard University, Washington, D. C. JEWELS Dr. Henry A. Callis, 2306 E St.. N. E., Washington, D. O.i Nathaniel A . Murray, 150 You Street. N. W., Washington, D. C.i Vertner W. Tandy, Ml w ^ t t B t . . New York, N. Y, George B. Kelly, l-113th 'Carles H. Chapman-«Roy H. Ogle-'James H. Morton-'Deceased. REGIONAL DIRECTORS WESTERN JURISDICTION—Bert A. McDonald, Vice-President: Tolly W. Harris, 119 N. Greenwood Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Walter M. Booker, Prairie View College, Prairie View, Texas; Ulysses S. Taylor, Samuel Huston College, Austin, Texas; Bernard E. Squires, 326 Railway Exchange, Seattle, Washington; James P. Johnston, 326 Twenty-Third Avenue, N., Seattle. Washington; Jack Terry, 11627 Bandera Avenue, Los Angeles, California SOUTHERN JURISDICTION—Ferdinand L. Rousseve, Vice-President; Clinton L. Blake, 1415 Beattie's Ford Road, Charlotte, North Carolina; Benjamin F. Scott, Morehouse College. Atlanta, Georgia; Stenson E. Broaddus. Kentucky State College, Frankfort, Kentucky. EASTERN JURISDICTION—Roger F. Gordon, Vice-President; John M. Moore, Virginia Union University, Richmond, Virginia; G A Galvin. 216 W. State Street, Ithaca, New York; Frank Morris, Jr , 1519 Page Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; William J Parks, Jr , 1917 3rd Street, N. W., Washington, D. C MIDWESTERN JURISDICTION—John W. Fleming, Vice-President; John R. Lawrence, Jr., 947 Iglehart Avenue, St Paul Minnesota; J. R. Lillard. 2547 Tracy Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri; Attorney Charles F. Lane, 417 East 47th Street, Chicago, Illinois


1. ALPHA—Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; Dr. G. A. Galvin, 216 W. State Street; Secretary, P. Johnson, 216 W. State Street. 2. BETA—Howard University, Washington, D. C ; Arthur F. Carter; Secretary, N. Alan Harris, 1917

President, Dr. Albert

President, 3rd Street,

3. GAMMA—Virginia Union University; Richmond, Va.; President, E. D. McCreary, Jr., Secretary, Percy Patricks, Virginia Union. * 4 DELTA—Tillotson College, Austin. Texas; President, Samuel Fuller; Secretary, Joseph B. Bracy. 5 EPSILON—University oi Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.; President, Watson Young 210 Glenn St.; Secretary, Peter J. Carter, No. 2 Adams House. 6. ZETA—Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut; Pres. 7. ETA " c o l ^ n f b i a ^ U ^ v I f s n y 6 s T M n c e . Brooklyn. C. C , St. J o h n University, Brooklyn, New York City; President, Mac C. Davies, 79 St. Nicholas Place, N. Y. d ; Secretary, Lucius C. Watson, 35 West 110th Street, N. Y. C. 8. THETA—University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; President, Robert W. Harrison, 740 E. Marquette Road; Secretary, Frank A. Banks, 740 E. Marquette Road. 9. IOTA—Atlanta, Georgia; To be set up. 16. K A P P A - O h i o State University, Columbus, Ohio; President, Fowler A. Briggs; Secretary, Gerald G. Haskell, 760 Mt. Vernon, Columbus. Ohio. 11. MU—University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota; President, J o h n R. Lawrence, 947 Iglehart Ave., St. Paul, Minn.. Secretary, J o h n M. Patton, 954 St. Anthony Ave., St. Paul, Minn. 12. NU^Lincoln University, Pa„ President, Grant S. Shockley; Secretary, Woodson Hopewell, Lincoln University. 13. XI—Wilberforce University, Ohio; President, Charles Splvey; Secretary, Thomas Kelley, Wilberforce University. 14 OMICRON—Pittsburgh, Pa., President, Paul L. Jones, 228 West 14th, Homestead. Pa.; Secretary McDonald Williams, 201 Michigan Avenue, Betshoover, Pitts, Pa. 15. PI—Western Reserve, Cleveland. Ohio; President, Samuel Wade. 2285 East 89th Street; Secretary, Joseph D. Smith, 2813 Central Avenue, N. 584. 16. RHO—Graduate Group, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Pres. Dr. W. P. Jerrick. 1843 Christian St.; C. Sec. Dr. O. Wilson Winters, 28 Curren Arcade; F. Sec. Norrlstown, Pa.; F. Sec. Dr. Percy I. Bowser, 5344 Race St. 17. SIGMA—Harvard University, Boston, Mass., President, Thomas A. Center, 54 Mt. Pleasant St., N. Cambridge, Mass.. Secretary, Julian C. Branker, 11 Waumbeck St.. Roxbury, Mass, 18. TAU—University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 111.; President, James J. Seaberry; Secretary, Nathaniel B. Green, 1301 W. Clark Street, Urbana. 19. UPSILON—University of Kansas, Kansas, State Teachers College, Emporia, Kansas; Kansas State College of Agriculture & Applied Sciences, Manhattan, Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas; President, Ralph Rogers, Secretary, Cecil Florence. 1101 Mississippi Street. 20. PHI—Ohio University, Athens, Ohio; Pres. J o h n W. Gasaway; Sec. Walter B. Allen. 155 W. Washington St. 21. CHI—Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tenn., President, Waldense C. Nixon; Secretary, Donald M. Carey, 1613 Jefferson Street. 22. PSI—University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa.; President. Franklin Morris, 1519 Page Street West; Secretary, Robert Poindexter, 2128 Christian Street. 23. ALPHA ALPHA—Universitv of Cincinnati, Cincinnati College of Pharmacy. Miami University, Cincinnati, Ohio; President J o h n W. Fleming, 1532 Linn Street; Secretary, Saul S. Sanford. 747 Clark Street. 24. ALPHA BETA—Talladega College, Talladega, Ala.; President, George E. Lee; Secretary, Andrew B. Randall. Corresponding Secretary, Erman W. Edgecombe. Talladega. 25. ALPHA GAMMA—Brown University, Providence. Rhode Island: INACTIVE—Address Joseph G. LeCount, 42 Westminster St. 26. ALPHA DELTA—University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Calif.. President. Henry Feltenberg. 1286 S. Serrano; Secretary. Edward York. 1286 S. Serrano Avenue. 27. ALPHA EPSILON—University of California, Berkeley, Callfornia; Pres. M. Robinson Baker, 929 Magnolia Street, Oakland California; Secretary, George E. Byas, 2844 Grant Street; Cor. Secretary, Melvin C. Austin, 1518 Russell St.

28. ALPHA ZETA—West Virginia State College Institute West Va.; President, Lawrence N. Jones; Secretary Garlan R Alston, West Va. State College. *° Universitv r . m h r i * . t/r.«~.i»..~+*«. 2 9 A L p H A ETA—Harvard ™' ? N I C T I V E " a r v a m university, Cambridge, Massachusetts, I ? J ™ A 0 ? ' H E T , A ~P F n l;v ISresci t yt a o yf I oAw a >LOW ° w aC City, Iowa; PresiD^IJSH , o,f o i^ ^ i_ ^ Secretary, George - Ragland, Jr., 818 South Dubuque Street. 31. ALPHA IOTA—University of Colorado Denver Colo President, Howard Jenkins, Jr., 3131 Gilpin St., Secretary John Wallar, 2606 Gilpin St. ' °KK'""-al3f. 32. ALPHA KAPPA—Springfield College Amherst C o l l e t Amherst, Mass., Springfield, M a s s a c h u s e t t s Sec &?!• Kearney Springfield College ^ssacnusetts, bee. Eric Headley, 33. ^ H ^ M U - N o r t h w e s t eP or ln) University, Evanston, Illinois; "|g Brown,K» a r d , Secretary William C. Pyant, ATPWA ™ T O * I ~ 34. ALPHA NU—Iowa State College, Drake University Des Momes, Iowa Ames Iowa; Pres. S. M. Riley. Jr • Sec Charles **• t o w a r d 515 Mulberry St., Des Moines Iowa 35- £ £ £ £ * ? T ^ ^ P • * * ? £ f W a s n l n g t o n , Seattle,'Washington; president. James P. Johnson, 928 31st St. Seattle Washmgton, Secretary Robert B. Pitts. 326 23rd'Avenue'North. ib. ALPHA OMICRON—Johnson C. Smith University Charlotte £• V- President, Horace Davenport; Secretary T Wilkins Davis^ Johnson C. Smith University 37. ALPHA PI—LOUISVILLE MUNICIPAL COLLEGE Louisville Kentucky; President, Robert Crawford 2512 W Walnut „„ ? , \ ~ r j ' secretary, Julius L. Greene 1810 w ' Chestmit «troot 38. ALPHA RHO-Morehouse C o l l e i e ' c a . President Benlamln f r ^ g ? ' =S??»fi a r 5,i,., C l a r e n c e Williams Morehouse College 39. ALPHA SIGMA—Wiley College. Bishop Colleee Marshall Texas; President, James C. Wallace J? Secrltarv Ke7ven W. Carter. Wiley College. ' " b e c r e t a r y . Kerven 40. ALPHA TAU—University of Akron, Ohio- President Attnrgey Artee Fleming, 2i West Market Street Akron Ohio Secretary Herbert T. Bracken. 385 Wellington A K r o n ' O m o ' 41. ALPHA UPSILON—City College Detroit Detroit MichiganPresident Norman Tabor, 2001 Chestnut BStreetc E lreel tary, Lloyd G. Richards. 6264 Epworth . u- B e c r e 42. ALPHA PHI—Clark University Atlanta Georeio- P ™ « T?H ward McGowen; Sec. John T. Mims Clark University 43. ALPHA CHI—Fisk University. Nashville TeAnf• President John W. Parker; Secretary, Roscoe Bryant President, 44. ALPHA PSI—Lincoln University, Jefferson City Missr>,,wPresident. James Lee Hunt; Secretary James ^ o r^cT^r, c ° ' n University. »=Huy, James Jones, Lin45. BETA ALPHA—Morgan College, Baltimore Md • President William T. Cain, 1621 12th Street N W W u t t8 ™ r ? ^ Secretary. Simon Carter,, 515 N Shroede'r s t r e e t * 46. BETA BETA—University of Nebraska C r e a t o r , ' University Municipal University, Lincoln Nebraska S P n T r , I T. Braford, 1952 T. Street Lincoln NehrVslfn^»e?et»rv Harold Biddiex, ?Ws R. street Lincoln T S t . secretary, 47. BETA GAMMA—Virginia State Colleee' Ettrlrk v» • Prest dent. Jefferson F. Bryant: Secretary S i n e i n i * w » » ' r r e s I " 48. BETA DELTA—State College Oraneebure S P • President Frank Llovd: Secretary, M R Flint StatU ™ !!'<;«. ' 49. BETA EPSILON—Agricultural and Technical Collele Oreens boro, North Carolina; President Clintnr, F t w t d ^ e Q ~ „ „ " tary. Earl Holland, A. & T Colleee Etheridge, Secre50. BETA ZETA—Samuel Huston Colleee Austin T » V . „ TJ^= ( dent, Ulysses S. Taylor. Corresponding Secretary WeidfCnK-" Groves. Samuel Huston Colleee oecretary, weldon K. 51. BETA ETA—Southern Illinois Teachers College rarhr,ndoi„ 111., President. Charles E Jones 211 » K eP^vS?^. ' Gaffney Tavlor, Colp, Illinois ' &ecretary, 52. BETA THETA—Bluefleld State Teachers Colleee Bluefleld W. Va.: President. Alonzo Deskins Jr SecretaryFn,eene Field. State Teachers College ' oevretarj,. Ji-ugene 53. BETA IOTA—Western State Teachers Colleee Kainmo^r. Michigan: Pres. Hacklev E Woodford 114 N Park St - S e ? ' John T. Tanley. 1331 W. Michigan " 54. BETA KAPPA—Langston Universitv Laneston OklahomaPresident. Wendell O. Gray; Secretary Marshall Love 55. BETA MU—Kentucky State Colleee Frankford Kv • Presldent. Sheley Lynemf Secretary Nathaniel L Shields: Kv State College. oiueius, xs-y. 56. BETA NU—Florida A. & M College- President Oliver H Jones; Secretary, James M. Young, Florida A. &' M.



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April, 1941



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EDITORIALS Can't We Be Practical? By Dr. Reid E. Jackson


UST the other day, an undergraduate brother accosted me in the corridor and posed this question: " H a v e you any ideas as to how we might make OUT program different this y e a r ? " Naturally, I knew thai the speaker was referring to the annual educational program of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. While ostentatiously I endeavored to make courteous reply to the brother, I could scarcely quell the upsurge of my strengthening conviction thai Greek-letter organizations, in general, are more concerned with form in presentation of their annual programs than they are with the beneficial effects to be derived from such observances. To be more specific, the manner of decorations, the arrangement of brothers on the rostrum, the order of speakers, and the type of dress assume unwarranted proportions as essential factors in a successful program. One can readily understand, then, why I was compelled to inform my undergraduate lirotlier that " I can't think of any new ideas," since all novel means of presentation have been worn threadbare -no matter what the locality! The cause for the stereotype pattern of our animal programs is so obvious as to render it difficult to discern. The general organization, itself, is responsible for such state of affairs; for, it decrees that a certain week in each year should be reserved for celebration of our educational program. This activity, moreover, is centered about a common theme. It has not been long since that the "Go-Toll Lgh-Go-To-College" program experienced a welldeserved demise (due to senility, perhaps). And, already the "Education-for-Citizenship" program is gasping weak breaths occasioned by lack of intelligent interpretation. How, then, can we improve the situation? We should take our cue, I believe, from a fundamental principle underwriting democratic education. This principle, simply stated connotes "thai activity in a specific situation should originate as a result of the needs and demands of the local environment." There is an added psychological implication, in this view, to the effect that the time for the development of the activity would be determined by the presentness of the situation. That is to say, an activity should be initiated at that very time that positive action becomes necessary. What are the implications of this principle for the Alpha Phi Alpha Educational Program? In the first place, it might be expedient to abandon a stock theme for the direction of our educational program. One could hardly gainsay the fact that an immediate effect of such procedure is to be Found in the unstinting efforts of the brothers in

our many chapters to accord their materials and facilities to a topical theme. This is unfortunate, indeed, since it stifles, to a large extent, the urge to search one's environing situation for possible courses of action. What 1 have in mind is that each local chapter could well analyze its particular locale for a definite educational problem, relating to the welfare of the Negro. This practical problem. once isolated, could serve as a "frame of reference for the formulation of an active project, seeking at the solution of the problem. Perhaps, the suggestion enunciated above should be expanded further, in general outline. This project, it should be made clear, wrould not be confined to the ultimate presentation of a public program, instead, this project would involve concrete activity, within the community, utilizing all available resources and agencies, pertinent to the satisfactory consummation of the project. This implies that Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity would solicit the aid of all organizations, in a position to facilitate the effective development of the project. It might be said, further, that the project might include fact-finding and remedial aspects. In sum, the procedure should be consistent with the scientific method. Continued scrutiny of the proposal should reveal that duration of the project would depend upon the nature and scope of the problem. Eventually, then. the educational program of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity would become a year-round activity with each local chapter using its own discretion as to time and purpose of the local project. This is just another manner of stating that Alpha Phi Alpha would not observe an educational week but rather encourage the continuous endeavor of local chapters to define and analyze specific educational problems. concerning the Negro, at whatever time it is imperative. Mention might be made as to the role of the general organization in such a program. The office of the Director of Education might become the clearing house for the various projects instituted by the local chapters. To aid in the performance of advisory services to local chapters, an Educational Commission, including well-qualified individuals, might cooperate with the Director of Education in appraising the value of the local projects and advancing suggestions towards the resolution of these problems. In addition, a mimeographed bulletin, detailing information as to the progress of these various projects, might be dispatched periodically from the office of the Director of Education. All in all, then the Director of Education would have the responsibility, through those means he believe most appropriate, of coordinating the educational aspects of the various local projects. It is to be realized that the plan outlined here Turn to next page


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GLEANINGS HERE AND THERE DELEGATES Brothers Matthew E. Carroll and Burt A. Maybcrry, teachers in the public school system of Kansas City, Mo., attended the convention of American Association of Junior Colleges in Chicago in February. Among a delegation of 755 representatives from 45 stall-.. Hurt and Carroll were the onl) race delegates present. The convention was held at the Stevens Hotel. FOURTH E S T A T E Aloha men in attendance at the Second Annual Conference of Negro Publishers Association in Chicago, in February, were Frank L. Stanley of Louisville, Ky., General Manager of the Louisville Defender; Dowdal II. Davis, Advertising Manager of the Kansas City Call. Kansas City. Mo : Thomas Young, son of the great publisher. P. Bernard Young. Sr., of the Xorfolk Journal and Guide, Norfolk, \"a.: Don Davis, Managing Editor of the Houston Informer, Houston, Texas ; C. C. Dejoie, Jr., Managing Editor of the Louisiana Weekly, New Orleans, L a . ; and Lewis 0 . Swingler, Manager of the Memphis World, Memphis, Tennessee. APPRECIATION A word of appreciation is herewith tendered Brothers Luther Peck, Sidney A. Jones, Jr., Attorney Charles Lane, N. G. Glover and other members of Theta-Xi Lambda Chapters for the courtesies they extended visiting Alpha brothers at the Alpha House Saturday, March 1st. Among out of town men present were Brothers Dowdal H. Davis, Matthew E. Carroll, C. C. Dejoie, Burt A. Mayberry, and Lewis O. Swingler. After a most delicious supper, Brother Peck called an informal meeting for the purpose of presenting visitors to his fellow-fraters of Chicago-land. It is from such occasions that the true spirit of F r a ternity emanates.



Since the first of the year, a number of brothers have stopped by the Sphinx office

to extend



and on behalf of their chapters.


editor gratefully acknowledges the visits of:

Brothers Herman H. D. Car-


ter, formerly of Nashville, but presently of Washington, D. C.; James S. Peters, II, and George S. David, of Hartford, Con.; Jas. Porter, of Alcorn Co liege; William (Bill) Gray, Jr., of Southern University, and staff member of the Sphinx; Aaron L. Allen, of Nashville, Tenn., sales manager of the colored sales force of Metal Arts ; Albert Hardy, of SomerviHe, Tenn.; W*. C. Davenport, Beta Xu Lambda, Charleston, X. C , presently located in Raleigh. X. C , as Regional Tenant Purchase Specialist for the FSA. CUPID'S


The Sphinx belatedly offers this happy note of congratulations to Brother Randall (Pops) Tyus, of the Fisk University Endowment Fund Campaign, upon his marriage to the lovely Miss Lois Francis Davis, during the Yuletide season of 1°40. They honeymooned at the Tri-Conventions, Kansas City, Mo., and afterward left for California. Brother Tyus is a true and tried Alpha man, and his bride is an A. K. A. They were married at Galveston, Texas December 23rd past. — • • —




T o Brother Dr. Milton S. J. Wright. of Wilberforce University, and staff member of the Sphinx, goes the Sphinx stall's deepest sympathy upon the loss of his brother, William Wright, Jr., this past January at his home in Savannah, Ga. FROM ST. LOUIS 1. Brother John A. Davis, president of Epsilon Lambda, is Committeemanelect. 2. Brother Sidney R. Redmond. of Gaines case fame, was active leader in the Presidential Campaign. 3. Brother Sidney R. Williams, newlj elected head of the Cleveland, Ohio Urban League, was principal speaker at a mass meeting sponsored by the Xegro Committee on Xational Defense. 4. Brother Arnold Walker was elevated to Industrial Secretary of Urban League in St. Louis. B L E S S E D E V E N T S . . . A. X. A. Sweets and Melba . . . Baby girl. B. Brother Steve Adams and Anne L. Chism . . . Baby girl. F O R T H C O M I X G E V E N T . . . Expected heir for Brother Arnold Walker and Catherine Williams. !•',. . . V A S H O X ' S A L P H A S . . . . Brother Mosley, principal; and H. S. Williams, Assistant principal.

April, 1941 NOTES




1. Mu Chapter's swanky formal party at the ritzy Minnesota Union Grand Ballroom was being looked forward to with pleasant anticipation at this writing. 2. The Sphinx club planned a Roller-Skating Party at the Twin Cities' new skating rink for this month. Sphinx club officers are Kenneth Stokes, president; Grover Ingram, vice-president; Percy Hughes, secre t a r y ; and Stanley H a r r i s , treasurer. 3. Brother Elmer H a r r i s was one of the recipients of a Bachelor's degree from Minnesota at the end of the past quarter, March 20th. 4. Mu offers its fullest support to Brother Raymond W. Cannon as member of the Governor's Committee on Negro Participation in Xational Defense and Brother Lawrence, its president, upon his appointment as Regional Director. ERITORIAL W R I T E R Brother Dr. Reid E. Jackson is Director of Education at Langston University. As chief editorial writer for the Sphinx, he will endeavor to appraise in a constructively critical manner the activities of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. AN INVITATION Thanks

to members

of Beta


Lambda Chapter for its invitation to attend its First Annual Dinner Dance on January 31st, at Southern University.

From all reports, it must have

been a lovely affair.



represents, in some degree, a theoretical "blueprint" foraction. But any a c tion must,



be prefaced



by im-

provement of human life, in any phase, proceeds apace with the ability of man to




through the medium of scientific tion.


Consequently, the prospectus ad-

vocated here can neither be appropriately accepted nor rejected, until it is subjected

to scientific



we willing to expend energy in testing not only this suggested



also any other which might claim our attention?

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Our Educational Campaign H A V E been asked some questions and invited to comment <m the educail program of our Fraternity. First in so doing, I think it is well to give some of its historical background so that those members who have entered the ranks in recent years may have a better understanding of it. Our first public or educational program originated in the Twelfth Annual Convention held at the seat of Theta Chapter, Chicago, 111., in 1919. I was a member of that convention. The attendance was large due to its central location and because many of us who were war veterans had been compelled to miss several conventions and availed ourselves of the first opportunity to return to the fold. The so-called N e g r o migration was in progress. Thousands of our people had left and were leaving the Southland to take residence in the industrial centers of the north where they obtained lucrative employment and enjoyed rights, privileges and protection hitherto denied them. The majority of these migrants had very little education, many were illiterate. The lack of intelligence and foresight on the part of the parents were reflected in the failure of their children to take advantage of the educational opportunities at hand.

His article reviews some of the fundamental objectives of our Educational program, relating them to our present trend.

As I recall we had about thirty-seven chapters of which approximately sixty percent could be classified as active. T h e members of that convention felt that it was selfish merely to continue insisting upon the personal progress of each other. They wanted to do more than this. They ireasoned that our great aggregation of the highest types of Negro manhood and creative brains should do something for the advancement of our race. Brothers P e r r y B. Jackson and Robert Martin, delegates from Pi Chapter, came forward and presented information on conditions in their city. They informed the convention that there were then about 30,000 Negroes in Cleveland, Ohio and that of this number only six N e g r o girls and one Negro boy were in the graduating classes of the city high schools in June, 1919. Upon investigation this was found to be no exaggeration. It represented a type of a condition existing in various parts of the country.

Other delegates presented similar facts. As a result, that convention created an educational program which for want of a better name was called The Go T o 'High School, Go T o College Campaign. This was designed to correct these conditions and was the very beginning of our public activities. It is true that in establishing this movement the Fraternity stepped outside the scope of the Preamble of our Constitution but it justified its action by the urgent need of our people, that fact that n o other organization was doing anything in this particular respect, and because it was in a good position to render an effective service It was not the intention to make college graduates of every boy and girl in our race. The Fraternity merely insisted that every boy and girl prepare and improve their opportunites through education and training to that



R A Y M O N D W. C A N N O N , E S Q . . General President, 1924, '25 '26, and '27. First Director of Education, serving from 1928 to 1931. Second Vice President, 1923; General Vice President, 1913-14. First Editor of the Sphinx, official publication.

point where they would fit into the scheme of life with greatest usefulness. It is interesting to note here that after we had inaugurated this movement each one of the other undergraduate Greek Letter Fraternities of our race as well as the Sororities devised and established a public program devoted to some phase of racial development. Most of us are familiar with the G T H S , GTCC, as it was carried on each spring in much the same manner as our present program is operated. Each successive convention did some thing to improve its effectiveness. The General President was the National Director of the movement and was obliged to direct this in addition to all of his other duties. It was too big a job for one man. In 1927 I proposed an amendment to the Constitution providing for the creation of the office of Director of the Go T o H i g h - S c h o o l , Go To College Campaign. This was passed and the incumbent of this office subsequently became known as the Director of Educational Activities, and is now called the Director of Education. Jewel George B. Kelley nominated me for this office after I had resigned the Presidency and I had the honor of becoming the first Director of Education. I spent four years in this work gradually organizing and enlarging the progiram in 36 states. In the Twenty-first Convention Brother Emory B. Smith of Mu Lambda Chapter succeeded in having passed a provision for scholarships. H e was Chairman of our first Scholarship Commission and rendered a very fine service. When the Constitution was revised at the Atlanta Convention the Scholarship Commission was included in the E d u cational Department in order to protect it from those who wanted to abolish scholarships. Brother Smith continued as a member of the commission. Gradually the educational department was expanded to a full year program and included commissions on 'research, student loans, literature and information for the G T H S , GTCC, vocational and industrial education, publicity, employment and placement of our graduates. The scholarships were ten in T u r n to page 17


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Southern Regional Meet at Birmingham

May 2-4th Chairman

The program will be developed about the t h e m e : ' A L P H A P H I ALP H A IN T H E S O U T H L O O K S I N TO T H E NATIONAL DEFENSE P R O G R A M . ' W e feel keenly the lack of proper participation of the .Negro of the South in the National Defense Program, but we feel even more keenly his lack of cognizance with this program,â&#x20AC;&#x201D;what it is, what it is doing and hoping to do, and what it can mean to us as a group. It is our hope to be able to stimulate deep thought and to lay the foundation for action in this direction. With such great thinkers within on" midst as Brothers Rayford Logan. Howard H. Long, and William H. Dean, who know the details of National Defense, Alpha Phi Alpha will continue to light the way for the future.



T o all Chapters in the Southern Jurisdiction of Alpha Phi A l p h a : It is with a great pleasure and a feeling of deep responsibility that I am officially informing you that a Southern Regional Convention is herewith called to assemble at Birmingham, Alabama, Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday, May 2-4, 1941, in conformity with the official permission of the General President of our F r a ternity. Omicron Lambda Chapter will serve as host chapter. W e are strongly urging each chapter within the region to send at least one delegate to this convention. We also are extending a most cordial invitation to all General Officers and to chapters of other regions to be represented in our deliberations. The many and complex problems which beset our country and our F r a ternity are making it more and more necessary that the minute details of organization of thought and action be clarified and concentrated in order that continuous efficient and constructive planning and action might result from our General Conventions. Properly located and planned regional conventions are our most logical approach to this accomplishment. It is with this in mind that we of the Southern R e gion are planning to meet.

Along with the national problems, there are the more directly regional problems within the Fraternity itself which understandingly cannot be thoroughly discussed within the limits of the General Conventions, but which nevertheless need a great deal of thought and planning if the future growth and activity of Alpha Phi Alpha in the South is to continue progressively and effectively. W i t h the South destined to play an increasingly greater part in our international and national picture, as well as in the life of the Negro in America, it is imperative that serious and sincere Negroes plan a course of action with unquestioned unanimity of purpose. This Regional Convention is also dedicated to this end. W e are quite fortunate in being able to meet in Birmingham for many reasons, several of which should be mentioned here. First, Birmingham is as nearly the geographical center of the Southern Region as we could consider any city to b e ; hence, it is most accessible to chapters from a point of view of time, distance, and financial considerations. Second, Birmingham is a progressive community, the most strong. ly industrial city in the Region; its importance in the new industrialization of America cannot be too highly emphasized. Third, Omicron Lambda Chapter of Birmingham has long been an active center for progressive action

April, 1941 within the Region m d the Fraternity at large, which is Itire to reflect itself in the planning a/id accomplishment of the Regional Convention. Finally, held at so convenient a location, this Convention should act as a great stimulus to the program of the 1941 General Convention, to be held at Louisville, Kentucky, also within our Southern Region. In conclusion, it is not by accident that the Convention comes at the conclusion of the Education for Citizenship Week. Thus placed, it is intended to serve as a fitting climax to the program of the General Organization and of the Director of Educational Activities, Brother H . Council Tren holm, within this Region, where this program is obviously a more momentous necessity than elsewhere. With these serious objectives in mind, it is our hope that all chapters will be represented, and will plan to do so well in advance. T h e program of the local host chapter, of the General Organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;our program, certainly deserves our individual and group support in an unanimous fashion. We shall be happy to receive and to incorporate the suggestions of all officers and chapters in our program. Sincerely and fraternally yours in Alpha Phi Alpha, F E R D I N A N D L. R O U S S E V E , Southern Vice-President. T E N T A T I V E P R O G R A M FOR T H E REGIONAL CONVENTION Friday afternoon: Registration. Friday evening: Smoker and symposium. Saturday morning and Saturday aftern o o n : Business sessions. Saturday evening: Banquet and Formal. Sunday m o r n i n g : Period of worship. Sunday afternoon: Public meeting. CONVENTION COMMITTEE H . Lovell Mosely, 1304 1st Court W., General C h a i r m a n ; Tilford Cole, 1625 6th Avenue, So., Registration; Cleophas Haygood, 212 10th Avenue, H o u s i n g ; Charles L. Shepard, 215 10th Avenue, Publicity; Herbert Pegues, 704 3rd Avenue, Convention Secretary; Damon Lee, Jr., 2728 South 27th Avenue, Entertainment; R. Lincoln Jackson, 54 9th Avenue, P r o g r a m ; Roscoe C. Sheehy, 804 Walker Street, Hospitality; Frederick Curtis, Radio P r o gram ; Charles J. Greene, 1218 Thomas Street, F i n a n c e ; W. E. Shortridge, Souvenir, 311 17th Street, Ensley Station.

April, 1941



Western Regional Conference _.


Frankly, there have been times at Wiley when the administration has questioned the wisdom of its liberal attitude toward Greek Letter organizations, particul rly on the college campus. Even the organizations themselves do not maintain that their record of performance has always paralleled the direction of their expressed ideals. Despite the acknowledged error of their ways, or lapses from their lofty idealism as seen in the results of their total influence on the social life of the .Negro, especially student life, it must be conceded that the aims and purposes that still dominate the pronouncements of these organizations justify the hope and faith that we proponents and disinterested friends continue to exhibit in them. The Wiley college administration, which was among the first in Negro colleges to give recognition to Greek-Letter organizations, did so on the basis of its belief that with the proper leadership and the social version set forth in the published proclamations pertaining to the proposed plans and programs of these organizations, they possessed a high social potential as well as great possibilities for lifting scholastic and leadership standards in colleges. Although at times as already intimated, Wiley has felt that these organizations have not lived up to expectations ; and notwithstanding the fact that the more sober thinking clement among these groups realize and admit that performance has fallen short of possibilities or goals set, there seem to be forces at work within the groups themselves to redirect their energies and efforts into channels of original intent. Not having altogether lost its first confidence in the fundamental principles on which the organizations were founded, and feeling that in most of them there is discernible a recrudescence of that erstwhile zeal for commendable achievement and determination to recapture their idealism, Wiley college is glad to avail itself of this oportunity, this occasion, and this means of reaffirming its basic hopes in

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John M. Gandy

Planned for Wiley May 10-11 By H. J. M A S O N Mr. Mason is a Wiley graduate, and holds t h e Master's Degree from New York University. His wide experience includes Secretaryship to President Dogan, and Alumni Secretary of Wiley.

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And unanimous consent, l i s with paramount elation That we tend this small ovation To our brother President. 0

This Captain of a Citadel Of rising Afric's glory, My feeble tongue could never tell The grandeurs of his story. For a score of years I've And he's ever been the I've seen joys and sorrows And still virtue was his

known him, same; borne him name.

John M. Gandy is a name T h a t all good men revere, For he has blazed a trail to lame In places far and near.

DR. M. W. DOGAN the ultimate working out of the expressed aims and purposes which characterize, for the most part, charted and constitutional declarations of all the organizations. Wiley gladly embraces the opportunity of welcoming the Western Jurisdictional meeting of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity to its campus. It has always been the policy of this institution to lead all possible cooperation to those agencies which have for their objectives the improvement of human conditions. Therefore, in light of the achievements of the Alpha fraternity, this institution feels that whatever contribution it can make to the success of this Regional Conference should be willingly done. These are times when agencies for good should pool their interests in every possible way for the strengthening of morale and bringing to a greater realization the idea for Christian Brotherhood and democratic ideals. Knowing that the objective of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity is "Education for Citizenship," Wiley college is glad to make available to that organization its facilities for the Regional Conference and to assure the leaders that they will find a congenial atmosphere on the campus in which to carry op their work;.

A leader and a worthy one, A friend sincere and t r u e ; S o w legion are the things he's done For folks like me and you. A man of true fraternal codeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; A man of gracious creed, Who never falters 'neath the load To bear another's need. Peer of potentate Pride of happy Making paths for Leading on to

and s c h o l a r thousands true, us to follow ventures new.

Sympathetic, altruistic, In his aims to educate Opportune and optimistic In his visions for O L D S T A T E . All the fruits of his endeavor May the smiling fates defend; May he linger on forever 'Mongst the things he's toiled to win. May Of May Be

he bask in retrospection a thousand deeds well done, the dreams of his selection unfolded one by one.

Our wish for health and happiness W e heartily extend, May all good fortunes ever bless O u r Brother, and our Friend. DR. J O H N M A N U E L


By J. Farley Ragland Xu Lambda Chapter Ya. State College




April, 1941





B R O T H E R B E R N A R D E. S Q U I R E S During the brief span of two years that Brother B. E. Squires has been in the Northwest as secretary of the Seattle Urban League, he has accomplished much by the way of a program of improvement and increased opportunity for race members of the community. As secretary of the Urban League, he has led the fight for the inclusion of Negro workers in the Defense P r o g r a m industries, broader integration of Negroes in the field of organized labor, and has done much to foster and develop a program of better race relations. As Regional Director of Alpha Phi Alpha in the Northwest, he has worked untiringly for the establishment and continued growth of Alpha Xi Chapter, the first of Alpha Phi Alpha chapters in the Northwest of our country. The chapter charter covers the University of Washington in Seattle and the University of Oregon in Eugene. Oregon. The chapter with its seven charter members, three old Alpha n u n and four new brothers, was established in November of 1939. At present, it has a roll of eleven members, all of whom are financial. There are few Negro students in attendance at these two schools, btit there are possibilities of a second initiation soon which will increase the ranks of Alphadom in America's "Northwest Evergreen Playground." Brother Squires came into the fraternity through Kappa Chapter at Ohio State University in 1926. PUBLICATIONS The Sphinx takes public note of three significant publications that have been sent to the office this year. Two are periodicals published by individual chapters. Alpha Tau Lambda, Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Delta Lambda, Baltimore, Maryland. The third is the Bi-

ennial Report of the Bureau of Negro Welfare and Statistics, published under direction of Isaac M. Carper, Director. Brothers of Alpha Tan Lambda, for the past three years, have been given splendid account of their activities in The Alphagram._ It is a nifty two-page

. . . . Western Regional Undergraduate Director, is working diligently with his Vice-President, Brother Bert McDonald, to put over the Western Regional Conference, scheduled Eoi Wiley College May 9-1 lth, in grand style. Both Attorney McDonald and Brother McTerry reside in Los Angeles, California. Joining hands with Brother Terry in the promotion of undergraduate â&#x20AC;˘\lpha men is Brother Ulysses S. Taylor, senior at Samuel Huston College, Austin, Texas. Active in extra-curricula activities at Samuel Huston Brother Taylor has also maintained a high scholastic standard during his four years of college work. H e was elected to Phi Theta Kappa honor scholarship society in 1941. mimeographed


in gold


black. The Alpha News, issued monthly by the graduate chapter of Baltimore, is printed work, and carried in its first edition, February 10, 1941, announcement




scheduled appearance and the likeness of its dynamic young president, Brother Rufus E. Hackett.

The Alpha col-

ors of gold and black predominate. In the Biennial Report from the N e gro Welfare and Statistics, West Virginia sent to the Sphinx editor through the courtesy





Hall, secretary of Alpha Iota Lambda, Charleston,

is a most


presentation of Negro life of that state.


April, 1941



J O H N R. L A W R E N C E , JR. Regional Director, Midwestern Jurisdiction is a native of St. Paul, Minn. He was educated in the public schools, Central High, and Minnesota University where he majored in Psychology and Political Science. Brother Lawrence will resume his studies during the coming year. Interested in the religious field, he has served for several years as a T r u s tee of Pilgrim Baptist church and State President of the Baptist Young P r o pie Association of Minnesota. Other activities include: membership on the Board of Crispus Attucks Home, a founder of the Credjafawu Social Club, and founder and president of the Credjafawu Credit Union.



S T E N S O N E. B R O A D D U S Recent appointee of Southern President Ferdinand L. Rousseve as Regional Director, is a native Kentuckian. He was educated at Kentucky State College, Ohio State University and Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science. Into Alphadom, Brother Broaddus came by way of Kappa Chapter, Ohio State in 1928, and has been active in Alpha Upsilon, and Alpha Lambda. He organized Gamma Beta Lambda and is serving as its president. Brother Broaddus is instructor in Agriculture and manager of the farm at Kentucky State College.

Initiated into Mu Chapter in 1924, Brother Lawrence has served as chapter secretary, vice president, associate Sphinx editor, and State Director of Education during the "Go T o H i g h School, Go to College" campaign era. H e has rounded out ten years as president of Mu Chapter. B e married in August, 1939, and his wife, Mrs. Helen Lawrence, is one of the Twin Cities leaders in choral work. They both were in attendance at the Kansas City convention. Brother Lawrence has been nicknamed "The Bishop" by the brothers of Mu. because of his efforts, with several other 'old faithfuls' of Mu to rehabilitate the chapter and make it one of the strongest among Greek-letter organizations on the Twin City college campuses.

G. A. GALVIN, M. D. Brother Gregory A. Galvin, president of Alpha Chapter, Cornell University, received his secondary and college training at Virginia Seminary and H o w a r d University. He is an M. D. from Meharry Medical College, N a s h -

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C H A R L E S F. L A N E , E S Q . Midwestern Regional Director, holds the A. B. Degree from University of Illinois and J. D. from the University of Chicago. He has held various offices in T a u Chapter, Illinois University; and Theta Chapter, Chicago, since 1922. Brother Lane served as Regional Director in 1940 under Vice President Lucien Wright, Columbus, Ohio. H e is a member of Theta Xi Lambda Foundation Board, President of the T a u Foundation which supervises the F r a ternity House at Champaign, 111., and partner of an Alpha law firm, known as Clarke, Longmire and Lane.

ville, where for two years he served as president of Chi. Other accomplishments : Interneship, Freedmen's hospital; Kappa Pi H o n o r a r y Medical Society; member of Medical Staff of Ithaca Memorial Hospital, and also visiting member of Medical Staff of Cornell University Infirmary; member of W e l fare Medical Board of City of I t h a c a ; Chairman of Board of Managers of South Side Community Center; Chairman of Executive Board of Ithaca Branch, N . A. A. C. P . ; Chairman, Board of Trustees, Calvary Baptist church ; member and examining physician for Masons and Elks L o d g e s ; member of Chi Delta Mu Medical F r a ternity and Chi Rho Sigma. His appointment at Regional Direc tor in the Eastern Jurisdiction was recently announced by Brother Roger F . Gordon, Eastern Vice President.

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J. R. L I L L A R D Midwestern Regional Director, is a graduate of Nebraska University. During his college days at Nebraska, he served as a member of the University Players, Y. M. C. A., and was president of Beta Beta Chapter. He has done graduate work at Nebraska and Minnesota University. The son of Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Lillard, one of the oldest families of Westport, in Kansas City, Brotheir Lilian!. is a veteran in Alpha circle at the young age of 28. He was Western Regional Director in 1936 and at present serves as president of Beta Lambda of Greater Kansas City. Brother Lillard is active in both civic and social affairs of his city. He is president of the Frog Club, Inc.. member of Jvanhoe club, one of the oldest in the city; member of the N. A. A. C. P., an instructor at R. T. Coles Vocational and Junior High School, and an ardent lover of sports. D u r ' n g the recent convention in Kansas City, Brother Lillard served as chairman of the Housing Committee, but Mrs. R. B. Lillard, mother, carried out the activities of the chairman from her hospital home at 2547 Tracy Ave.

C L I N T O N L. B L A K E . Secretary and charter member of Beta Nu Lambda Chapter, Charlotte, N. C , who has been appointed Regional Director by Southern Vice-President Ferdinand L. Rousseve. Brother Blake attended the Tri-Conventions in Kansas City last December in company with a party of prominent leaders of Charlotte, including Mrs. Marguerite M. Adams, Mrs. Mabel Wychc Russell, Miss Minnie A. Blake, his sister; Miss Ionia L. Sliute, Miss Kvclyme Hill, and Robert L. Owen.



Correct niames and addresses are of your magazine. Chapter secretarurged to

report at

once changes of addresses of their members

moving from

to another.





Member of Psi Chapter, Philadelphia, has been appointed Undergraduate Regional Director in the Eastern J u r i s diction, presided over by Vice President Gordon. Brother Morris is a native of Philadelphia and attended the public schools of that city. He was awarded a $1000 scholarship to studyart. Following graduation from Philadelphia School of Industrial Art, 1940, he attended Temple University, and is a 1941 candidate for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Education.


essential for prompt postal delivery are again


H e was initiated into the fraternity by Psi Chapter in 1937, and served as president of Psi in 1940. Brother Morris is winner of the Barr Ferree Art Prize, (1932); Beauz Arts Gold Medal for Watercolor Painting (1939-40); and member of Psi's championship basketball team.



April, 1941

one locality

W A L T E R M. B O O K E R Western Vice President Bert M c Donald is herewith announcing the appointment of Brother Walter M. Booker, of Prairie View State College, as Regional Director for the State of Texas. Brother Booker is secretary of Alpha Eta Lambda Chapter.

Associate editors are requested to begin preparing now for the Pictorial Edition, scheduled for publication in September. Price list of cuts will be sent to chapters before the close of the current school year.

April, 1941

AROUnD A R O U N D T H E C I R C U I T . . . title of a column devoted principally to Regional Directors, is herewith presented with the view of introducing to chapters of the four jurisdictions Alpha men chosen to carry out the important responsibility of cultivating fraternal fellowship in their respective Regions. U L Y S S E S S. T A Y L O R Southwest Region To you brothers who have been honored by your Vice-Presidents to serve as Regional Directors and to brothers who are upholding the ideals of Alpha I hi Alpha, greetings. This being my first privilege to contribute to the official organ, I can say it is truly a great honor. I believe the space devoted to "Around the Circuit" will not only serve as a medium through which we are brought in more intimate contact with each other but will help give suggestions to other chapters as to what they and their representatives are doing. To all chapters in the Southwest Region and to those over the United States, I wish you much progress and success in your undertakings. SUGGESTIONS FOR EDUCAT I O N W E E K . . . In the Education Week Observance, it has been the policy of Beta Zeta to give to the community, Austin and its immediate environ, the benefits of its experiences and training in the field of education. This has been accomplished through the cooperation of the graduate brothers who are making their life's work in these small communities. Many Negro youths have been helped through scholarship grants. In order that our program may benefit the greatest number, I suggest that the chapters make out their program and send a copy to all brothers in surrounding towns. It is here that our greatest educational gap lies. I also suggest that the mailing list of our chapters be very full of those brothers who have said "so long, goodbye, and good luck" to their beloved chapters. In this way we have found that the percentage of delinquent graduates has been reduced.




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F R A N K L Y N W. M O R R I S , JR. Eastern Region Greetings Chapters of Alpha! It is a real pleasure to know that the lamps of Alphadom are bright in its many chapters even though the lights of another continent are dimmed. More than ever the chapters must live the noble precepts laid down for us. Through units of solid thought and action the neighboring chapters of the areas can work together in supporting the program of the general organization. Let us try, in all chapters, to stimulate inactive brothers back to the point of vibrant interest. In the undergraduate ranks there is a challenge that seems to be oudening. "Fraternity man . . . so w h a t ? " Certainly the general organization need not reply to that challenge. Its record speaks aloud! However, there is the opportunity for each chapter to be so creative, so active and alive in its area that it will be a glowing testimony of the fraternity. While the cannons roar echoes, let us brothers plan our bird nest of brotherhood and service in the cannon's mouth and hear the music of its rustic throat become the bluebird's songs, the robin's note. SUGGESTION'S FOR EDUCAT I O N W E E K . . . In one city I know of a young group that was formed as a Negro Student Aid. Led by an Alpha man, and composed of both frat and non frat boys and girls, this group raised funds in a short campaign by having subscription days, tag days, and a dance. A few weeks after they were able to give a substantial scholarship check to a high school graduate. The acclaim and interest of the leading educators of this city were won by the initiative shown by this group. It would be fine if Alpha's chapters located in urban centers would sponsor the formation of such groups as young Negro student aid societies. The radio quiz programs are very entertaining these days and the idea can be worked out in the schools and recreation group as projects of the chapters. Along this line it appears that the rolls of many of our chapters include

n u n in the various fields of labor and the professions. These brothers should be available for service in any sort of panel or guidance clinic a chapter might sponsor during Education Week. —-•—

J O H N R. L A W R E N C E , Midwestern Region Brothers in Alpha, greetings.


W e live in crucial times. We must co-ordinate our forces and powers. Our noble brotherhood affords every opportunity for leadership and cooperation. It is a distinguished pleasure to ex- • tend felicitations to the chapters and brothers. Ma;: our efforts as brothers and ofcers be reciprocal; may we help each other; may we. as servants of all, really merit our places which is first of all. SUGGESTIONS FOR EDUCAT I O N W E E K . . . Have an opening and closing Mass Meeting at popular churches. Hold such meetings where good music, etc., may be presented. Use the choirs, musicians and soloists who will draw large numbers of people. Have an electrifying program. Use the radio, newspapers, posters, stickers, and hand bills. Distribute your publicity where the masses can get it. Offer small prizes or a scholarship stipend to young students for essays or orations on "Citizenship." Have brothers speak before active clubs of adults or young people. Omit propaganda meetings in which national defense discriminations are argued to no avail. T r y to show the part that we, as citizens, must t a k e ; what our interests and ideals should be, how and why we should contend for our political rights and privileges. Stress "Education for Citizenship" and special privileges, political partisanship or assume the work of other Negro welfare organizations. A T T O R N E Y C H A R L E S F. L A N E Midwestern Region As one of the Regional Directors of the Midwestern Jurisdiction, I hereby extend greetings to the chapters under my supervision. Realizing that all

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chapters are faced with problems from time to time, I have pledged myself to lend whatever assistance is within my power. Our fraternity problems usually are of like n a t u r e ; consequently it behooves one chapter to avail itself of the knowledge and experiences gained by another. The Regional director might serve as a medium through which such knowledge may be transmitted. I hope to visit your chapter in the near future. in order that I might have first hand information as to your situation. Call upon me as you see fit, for I will be ready and willing to serve you. — • • —

JACK R. TERRY Western Region Greetings : Negroes today are becoming more and more a part of world order. As Alpha Phi Alpha men representing the finest type of manhood in the world. we have a place in this world order that must be filled, a definite standard that must be maintained, a definite goal that must be attained. Our educational guidance will aid greatly in the cause. G. A. CALVIN, M. D. Ithaca, New York Greetings to Chapters : It is a great pleasure to serve you in the capacity of Regional Director. Correspondence from chapter groups or individual members is always welcomed. The more contact we have, the closer will be our union . . . the greater our accomplishments. I shall work untiringly for the establishment of new chapters in fertile fields and the perpetuation of those chapters already listed with us. Never hesitate to call upon me whenever it is felt that my services are needed. H o w ever, the responsibility of keeping Alpha in the foreground, where it justly belongs, is the task of every individual member in every chapter. No one man can do it. Thus, with cooperation as our key word, let us work together for all of the fine, lofty ideals to which we a r e pledged, making our Region the strongest in the great link of Alpha brotherhood and building so firmly for Alpha that nothing can prevail against it. EDUCATION WEEK SUGGEST I O N S . . . 1. Attractive educational posters portraying the need for education in various fields of activity, and its advantages. 2. Speakers provided for school assemblies. 3. Speakers provided for churches. 4. Stress and en-


courage Negro participation in training schools being established under the National Defense Program. 5 Special programs with educational theme. 6. Forums. 7. Educational movies shown to school or occupational groups. 8. Series of well planned lectures (Note) Not simply any kind of lectures but a series designed to meet the educational needs of individual communities. —••— S. E. B R O A D D U S Kentucky State Brothers in Alpha, Greetings : As chairman of the Hospitality Committee for our General Convention. Louisville, Christmas, l'Ml, I wish to extend you greet ngs and a hearty welcome to come and taste Kentucky's hospitality. If you have attended other conventions, perhaps you can recall times or occasions when hospitality was lacking or could have been more pronounced If so, please drop rr,c a line, telling me of these instances in order that we can avoid such mistakes or omissions. It is the desire of my committee to see that at the 1941 Convention, every brother has what he wants . . . when he wants it. — • • —

J. R. LILLARD, Kansas City, Mo. Alpha Brothers, Greetings : During such trying times, as the world is experiencing now, it is of the greatest importance that we band ourselves together with a stronger bond than any we have ever experienced heretofore. Daily do we see race after race and people after people conquered, destroyed and placed in servitude, all because they were ignorant of the powers of unity, cooperativeness, and oneness. Let us as a minority group profit from their evident mistakes. It is certainly time for us to do something to renew the links in the chain of Alpha Phi Alpha when a majority (Mind you I say a majority) of our links, to the extent of almost three to one, are missing from the chain. If this is true, can we as true Alpha men sit idly by and do nothing? N o ! W e must do something and do it with a united effort. In order to spread unity abroad, one must start at home. It is quite true that we as Regional Directors are supposed to work upon this condition but the pitiful allowance that our Vice-Presidents get and the 'miracles' they are supposed to perform with this meager amount will not per-

April, 1941 mit a real All Out Effort to reclaim delinquent brothers. Since the funds of the organization will not permit an increase in the allowance for the Vice-Presidents, 1 suggest that each Regional Director be allowed the sum of $50.00 expressly for the purpose of getting these delinquent brothers back into the fold; further, that no Regional Director be permitted to retain his position who fails to bring into the general organization at least three-fourths the equivalent of his allowance used in reinstatements. Thus the fraternity is only investing $12.50 for the reinstatement of seven brothers. In some cases. Regional Directors will bring in twelve or fifteen brothers out of their allowances. To me this would be a grand idea for the Executive Council to experiment with this year and make a report of same at the Louisville Convention. Another matter of grave importance to Alpha Phi Alpha is the guidance of our present Negro youth educationally. Daily we adults are awakened to the fact that educational guidance for the masses of the Negroes of the country has been far out of line. As a result of this poor guidance, we find ourselves as a race unprepared to accept the opportunities that we must fight so valiantly to have. Alpha Phi Alpha, as a professional, educational organization, should be the fore-leader in this guidance problem. We are extremely proud of the active leadership which our national president has taken in regards to the N e gro in National Defense, but there is much to be done and he cannot possibly do it alone. It is up to us to place ourselves at his disposal to assist in any and every way we can. As proof that Beta Lambda is on the road to do the things mentioned, I will cite to you one or two incidents. First, Beta Lambda, out of its own pockets, gave an Eighty-Dollar scholarship loan to a brother attending Kansas University Medical school. He would have been compelled to drop out of school but for this assistance. Secondly, Brother Earl D. Thomas. principal of R. T. Coles Vocational School, was one of a group of men who went down into their own pockets to set up a Carpenters Union in order that N e g r o laborers might enjoy defense work. I could go on citing many other equally significant examples of cooperation, and interest. (Turn to page 20)

April, 1941


Brother J. D. Parks Sponsors National Track Meet May 10 Brother James D. Parks, for


years a member of the Sphinx


is taking the lead in the sponsoring of probably the largest and most pretentions nation-wide all-high school track and field carnival ever attempted by Negroes. The meet will be known as the Middle-Western





Track and Field Championships and will be held in Saint Louis on May 10, 1941. Public Schools Stadium, a massive concrete amphitheatre seating 24.000 with locker space for 800 and 300 showers has been contracted for as the site of the meet. Public Schools Stadium duplicates to the last detail the great university stadiums of the country and has a 220-yard straightaway. The 440 is run on one curve, and pits are directly in front of the grandstand. Roosevelt H i g h of Gary, many high schools from Illinois, Missouri,

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d Is :s in IInâ&#x20AC;˘rwill be held under the sponsorship of the Missouri State Negro Inter-Scholastic Athletic Association.


P U B L I C S C H O O L S T A D I U M , ST. L O U I S . MO. his



â&#x20AC;˘11 J u t e amphitheatre which seats 24,000, has locker space for 1,800 and showers for 300 will be the scene of the largest all-high school track an d field meet ever attempted by Negroes. The meet is under the sponsorship of Missouri State Negro Inter- Scholastic Athletic Associainon. Schools should contact J. D. Parks, secretary-treasurer. M.N.I.A.A.. Lincoln U., Jefferson City, Mo. -


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Brother Robinson was one of the "model" initiates at the Pan-PacifiConvention, Los Angeles. 1936 and. since then has taken an active part •n all activities of Alpha Delta from which he is retiring at present as president. His chapter, during the Formal Installation Banquet, presented him with a Gold Key as a token of appreciation for his services. He is a graduate of Livingstone College, 1937; and (lid graduate work at U. C. L. A. At present he is a student

Offers Prayer In Legislature

at the Los Angeles College of Chiropractice. His father, Brother James A . Robinson, Sr., is a loyal son of Alphadom. Brother Charles W . Greene, Atlanta Ga., as Southern Vice President, pairticipated in the initiation of both father and son, the latter during ceremonies in I.os Angeles.

Vice-President Midwestern

J A M E S A. R O B I N S O N . J R . Of Los Angeles, Calif., was elected Laj Councilman oi the Executive Council at the Twenty-eighth General Convention, Kansas City. H e was one of two undergraduates to he so li mored. Brother Thomas Kelley. Wilberforce University, was the other. With Brother Edward W . Brooke, H o w a r d University, who is serving his second term three memhers of the Executive Council a r c undergraduates, largest undergraduate representation the Council has ever had since the pioneer days of the Fraternity.

April, 1941



R E V . E M M E T T T. B R O W N Pastor of Scott Street Baptist church. Bluefield, West Va., has the distinction of offering prayer in the regular s c s sion of the West Virginia Legislature. Brother Browne is a member of Alpha Zeta Lambda Chapter, Bluefield; a leader iii both his immediate community ami the state of West Virginia. J O H N WY.CLIFFE F L E M I N G Cincinnati, Ohio, newly elected Vice President of the Midwestern Jurisdiction, has announced a program of revitalization for his great area which embraces many of the historically significant chapters of Alphadom. H e succeeded Brother Lucien Wright, Columbus, Ohio, at the Twenty-ninth General Convention, Kansas City.

H e is interested in the educational and civic activities of the members of his congregation and the citizenry at large.

forward to a year of pronounced s u cess in the Midwest.


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The Negro College in a Changing Order By A L B E R T P. M A R S H A L L E A R the center of the state of Missouri, in Jefferson City, is located an education center which has recentl i taken its place among the outstanding institution'; of the country. Lincoln University is now in the midst of its seventy-fifth anniversary, has already had on its campus W. E. B. DuBois. Ralph Bunche, and Abram Harris, and is bringing Malcolm S. McLean to the campus this month. Other speakers on the program this spring are C. C. Spaulding, President North Carolina Mutual Lite Insurance Company, Arthur Raper, Social Science Analyst, United States Department of Agriculture, and Harold F . Gosnell, Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago.


The general theme for these discussions is "The Negro college in a changing order." Later in the year the anniversary committee plans to spoil sor an educational conference to try to solve some of the major problems facing Negro institutions today. It is particularly significant that Lincoln University is celebrating seventy-five years of existence, for, like most schools of its kind, it has seen many hard days, but because of the urgent need for youth education in the state, has withstood the turbulent years to emerge as a contender for a place among the top ranking Negro institutions. But like most institutions of its kind. the problem is not always one that can be solved in an educational conference, or over a round table. Missouri is a border state, and as such, must suffer the consequences of Jim Crow in most respects, and must make itself satisfied with whatever amount the all-white legislators decide is necessary for its operation. Fortunately, however, Lincoln has fared fairly well in the past. Salaries range from $1800 to $3600 per y e a r ; several new buildings have been added in the past few y e a r s ; the number of faculty members as well as departments has increased, along with a rapidly increasing student body. In 1936 the student body was approximately 300; at the end of the registration period last September approximately 600 students were registered. The faculty of Lincoln, measured by degrees, is one of the best in the country. A master's degree is the general requirement, while members are constantly urged to seek a higher degree.

Such eminent men as B. T. McGraw, head of the department of Economics and Business Administration, and recently appointed consultant for the defense program, W. Sherman Savage, head of the history department, and author of two books on Abolitionist litera. hire, Lorenzo Greene, outstanding collaborator with Carter G. Woodson, in the writing of The Negro Wage E a r n er, go to make up the teaching personnel. At its head is Sherman Dana Scruggs, a stalwart member of Alpha Thi Alpha. Brother Scruggs came to Lincoln University in July, 1938, from Kansas City, Kansas, where he had served as Supervisor of Negro Elementary Schools for a number of years. His education was received at W a s h burn College, and Kansas University. from which he received his doctorate in 1936. The fact that seventy-five years of progress is being celebrated cannot erase the fact that Lincoln University has a long way to go toward furthci improving herself. T h e theme of the lectures suggest that the administrators realize the future possibilities of the school. Revision of the curriculum to meet present day needs has also shown the realization of the fact that a growing college cannot remain stagnant, t u t must keep abreast of the times. At this institution is the seat of the Beta Zeta Lambda chapter, composed of eighteen active members. Their program consists of aiding undergraduate brothers in any way that will be beneficial to them. Recently the brothers came to the rescue of a needy freshman student, not a brother, who had no money for clothes. Brothers gave him shirts, ties, shoes, and an overcoat. A coordinator serves as the connecting link between Alpha Psi and Beta Zeta Lambda, and is held responsible for wholesome contacts and useful suggestions from one to the other. Pl^ns arc being made to present a scholarship each semester to some w o r t h - student, which will cover incidental fee. Each year a small track shoe is given to outstanding athletes over the state, and every effort is made t o improve the academic stand ing of undergraduate brothers. At a recent meeting the chapter voted t" place a plaque in a conspicuous place which would list the names of outstanding individuals made at Alpha

J O H N W. H U G U L E Y , J R . John \Y. Huguley, Jr., recently appointed Executive Secretary to the President of Howard University, was born in Americus, Ga. He graduated with honors from thj Department of Agriculture at Tuskegee and served as commencement orator in 1918. His subsequent education was secured at several schools, thus providing nuni erous contacts and a catholicity of view. H e has attended Fisk University. Lincoln University (Pa.), and Harvard College. H e received his S. B. degree, with concentration in Chemistry, at the latter institution in the class of 1925. His favorite hobby is photography, and lie is a member of the following organization: Associated Harvard Chemists. Boylston Chemistry Society, Beta Kappa Chi, Alpha Phi Alpha, and N. A. A. C. P. His research work includes the published report on "Modern Development in Elcctrophysicis." At the University of Minnesota, he worked with Dr. Isaac M. KeltholT. .international authority in the field of Contamination of Precipitates, on the Properties of Lead Sulphide Precipitated from Solutions of Alkali Halides. Mr. Huguley lias written numerous speeches and essays on the Negro and science. From the Journal of Negro Education, published at Howard Univc sity. A R N O L D B. W A L K E R Boasting one of the leading organizations of the nation, the St. Louis Urban League, headed by John T. Clark, is particularly proud of its industrial department that is now being guided by Arnold B. Walker who was promoted to industrial secretary after serving as field secretary with S : dney R. Williams who left recently to accept 1'si. Another would mention outstanding contributions of members of Beta Zeta Lambda. In this way we belivee that the brotherhood of Alpha Phi Alpha will be strengthened.


Page 16 the position as executive secretary of the Cleveland Urban League. W a l k e r outlines the purpose of the industrial department as being vitally interested in securing jobs for applicants, organ : zing the unorganized worker and acting as the counselor in the creation of better labor relations. The work is divided into the following major divisions: Free employment service, Labor organization, Labor relations. —From St. Louis Call. —•—

Dr. W E S L E Y S P E A K S O F BANNEKER "In this luster of names of patriots and heroes who served their country and their local community, none stand higher in the estimation of those who have read history without prejudice of neglect and with an eye single to truth, than the name of Benjamin Banneker. "He was born free and was the son of a free man in a land of slaves, which called itself a democracy—He was described by one who knew him as a man of "black complexion medium of statue, of uncommonly soft and gentlemanly manners and of pleasing colloquial powers." "Banneker, contemporary of Washington, Hamilton, Jefferson, and Adams. had a message in word and in life for the builders of our democracy. He was one of its heroes." —This is an excerpt from the speech of Dr. Charles H. Wesley, past president of Alpha Phi Alpha, in a broadcast of "Heroes of Democracy." This was taken from The Journal of Negro Education. —••—

G R A N T D. V E N E R A B L E Grant D. Venerable, local insurance executive, will be absent from his former post with the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance company for another year, it was learned this week, following his request for further leave. Venerable, who rose from an agent to become superintendent of district No. 2 here, in five years of his work with Golden State, has been acting as an engineering consultant recently, and it is his interest in this field which decided him to forgo the insurance business for a while. A graduate of the California Institute of Technology with a B. S. in Engineering, Venerable stated that during the depression, he did not get a chance to apply his training, but that because of great need for engineers at this time, especially in the mining field, he is now

able to follow his chosen profession. —From the California Eagle. P. S.: Brother Venerable is on the roster of Alpha Delta, Los Angeles, Calif. A L F R E D M. B L A N D


"I am glad to be here," is what Alfred M. Bland had to say upon airrival recently from the battle-scarred Orient where he has been teaching for the past seven years. "Things seem a wee bit strange, but it's good to be home again." Bland, alumnus of the University of Southern California, went on a tour of the Orient with the Philadelphia Royal Giants baseball team in 1932 and made contacts with university officials in Japan and Philippines. Returning home in 1933, he was summoned by Royal and Pontificial University of Santo Thomas under Spanish Dominicans where he taupht Zoology for two years. Later, he joined the faculties of the University of the Philippines where he has been for the past five years. In the summer of 1936 Bland went to the Hokkaido Imperial University in Sappora, Japan where he investigated the mioroscopical techniques of Drs. Makino and Oguma, world famous cytologists. Contacts with these men have been of inestimable value to him, he said. Bland reads, writes poetry, and plays the violin. H e has visited Cuba. Mexico, China, Japan, Korea, Manchuko, as well as the Philippines. H e is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and is back at the University of Southern California, preparing work for a doctorate degree in Zoology. —California Eagle. — • • —



Lorenzo Fuller, baritone and senior scholarship student in the School of Fine Arts at the University of K a n sas, appeared as guest soloist with the K. U. Symphony Orchestra, Thursday night, March 13, at Hoch auditorium. Mr. Fuller is said to be the first Negro ever to appear as a guest soloist with the orchestra under the direction of Karl Kursteiner. H e sang "Dc Glory Road" and "Ballard for Americans," the latter being the title number of the program. A versatile tered several appeared in pf "Emperor

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musician, Fuller has masmusical instruments. H e the university p r o d u c t o n Jones," winning an award

for the best dramatic performance of the year 1940. Fuller has written several musical comedies and arranged the "Sweetheart of A. Phi A." voted a song of the national fraternity. —Kansas City Call. P R O F E S S O R M A R T I N G. H A Y N E S Professor Martin G. Haynes and the Beach High School chorus under the direction of Peter Smalls shared the honors with Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown when the Zetas presented another of their cultured triumphs at the historic F. A. B. Church on Sunday, March 8. Prof. Haynes has been a fosterer of educational ideals for youth of Savannah since his initial work as an educator here, and is a masterful speaker. H e has had a broad travel experience and a wealth of knowledge. He has appeared in this capacity for some of Savannah's most outstanding presentations. —From the Savannah Journal —••—



Brother Joe Green, basketball coach, Beech Cuyler High School, has had a successful season. His team won a'.1 games played but one, losing honors in state-wide tournament played at Georgia State College. Brother Rev. C. H. Richmond attniilcd the Workers Conference at Johnson C. Smith University. T h e conference personnel included some of the most outstanding men and women in religious education in the country. Brother Rev. A. E. Peacock, chaplain, Georgia State College, was guest speaker at the Presbyterian church March 9th. He is now assisting in the services at St. Phillips A. M. E. church Savannah. —From Savannah Morning News DR. BINGA


The New York Star-Amsterdam announced appointment of Brother Dr. Binga Dismond, New York, as Specialist of the Workmen's Compensation Board of Medical Society of the County of New York in its February 4th edition. He is serving in the field of Physical Therapy for treatment of workmen's injuries. He has been the only N e g r o member of the New York


April, 1941 Physical Therapy past fifteen years.

Society during


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Alpha Leaders In The Nation's


CANNON AND TARVER The Governor's office announced to the Spokesman and Recorder (Minneapolis Spokesman) newspapers the a p pointment of Raymond Cannon of Minneapolis and Lawrence T a r v e r of St. Paul to study defense situation. In letters to his appointees, he said, "I am requesting you to advise me regarding a sound manner to g r a n t an opportunity to our fellow citizens who are of the Negro race, to participate in the defense of o u r state and our country in the emergencies that a r e ahead of us, particularly arising throughout National Guard leaving the state to enter Federal service. I wish you would give this matter careful t h o u g h t Confer with other veterans of the last war, with the Legion Posts and with other leaders whom you may wish to confer with and then report to me for a conference in which I will determine the action the state will take." â&#x20AC;&#x201D;From the Minneapolis Spokesman

Leaders of Mu Lambda Chapter, Washington, D. C , headquarters of many national activities of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Brother C. Thurston Ferebee, left, is president of Mu Lambda. Brother H a r o l d B. J o r d a n is Assistant Cashier of the Industrial Bank, Director-Treasurer of the Southwest Community House, and an active member of Mu Lambda.



O. K E L L E Y

iBirother John 0 . Kelley, recently appointed to the principalship of the Vernon School in Quindaro, Kansas, came to Kansas City, Kans., from St. Charles, Mo., where he taught and was vice principal for five years in the Franklin H i g h School. A graduate of Lincoln University, (Mo.) with the B. S. degree in science from that institution, Brother Kelley has done graduate work at the University of Minnesota. When Brother Kelley went to St. Charles to work, the school there was little known. Shortly alter his arrival there, he took over the job of coach and it was in this line of work that he distinguished himself. The first year his basketball team took second place trophy in the Missouri State T o u r n a ment. E a c h year his cross country track teams have won the events which take place at the state university, taking not only first place trophy but the team's trophy and most of the placement metals. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;The March 7th edition of the Kansas City Call carries a lengthy article on his splendid organization of athletes.

number, of one hundred dollars each, offered once each year to the public in general, five to high school graduates entering college or university and five to undergraduate college students. The Twenty-fourth Convention in St. Louis in 1933, inspired by the sentiments and deeds of Brothers Sidney P. Brown and Walter F . Jerrick, took steps leading to the greater program of Alpha Phi Alpha which was completed during the Special Convention in Chicago, in the summer of 1934. The Go T o H i g h School, Go T o College Campaign and some other features of the early program were retained to be used when and where necessary. All of us a r e familiar with our present program and it is not necessary to describe it here. However, I shall mention some observations I have made. I am asked if we a r e following the paths I had in mind, it having been inferred that I conceived the idea. I wish to state that our initial program did not originate with me. Every Brother in the Twelfth Convention had a hand in it and must share the credit for it. Among some of those in the lead in this matter I recall Brothers P e r r y B . Jackson, Robert Martin, S. S. Booker and Lucius L. McGee both of

whom subsequently became General Presidents, and Walter F. Jerrick. It was my idea, however, after I became General President, that the Fraternity should separate its program from the office of the presidency and create a national office to operate it, and the Director of Education is the result. I never had in mind that any scholarships or fellowships offered by Alpha Phi Alpha would be restricted to members of this organization. It seems to me that we take something away from our sincerity when we give all of them to ourselves. It is true that we must insist upon the personal progress of our members, but it is true also that we have dedicated our organization to the service of our race, and we should be as free and generous with our public in the one respect as we are in the other. If scholarships are to be awarded on the basis of merit then all of our race who are properly qualified and desire to compete for them should have opportunity to do so. A true Alpha Phi Alpha man must recognize merit whether within or without our F r a t e r nity. I believe, too, that our program is getting away from us. T h e way in which we have been carrying it on for the last several years our F r a t e r nity now is either on the edge or on the (Turn to n e x t . p a g e )

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Lingering Memories Of

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Editors in attendance at the Tri-Conventions were breakfast guests of Mr. and Mrs. Girard Bryant, prominent in educational and social circles of Kansas City Friday, December 27. They are shown talking over plans for covering their respective conclaves held under a single roof through coordinated efforts nf Kansas City Kappas, AKA's, and Alphas. Left to right:â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Lewis O. Swingler, editor, Memphis World and Alpha's official organ, the Sphinx; Mr. Bryant, teacher in the public schools of Kansas City and chairman of the Kappa Souvenir brochure; Miss Lucille Bluford, managing editor of the Kansas City Call, and principal in the Bluford vs. Missouri University case; G. James Fleming, editor, Kappa Journal and staff member of the Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) T r i b u n e ; Mrs. Dorothy Davis,- staff member of the Call; and Miss Zatella R. Turner, editor of the AKA's Ivy Leaf, and teacher at Virginia State College. Miss Turner. Mrs. Davis, and Mr. Fleming hold Phi Beta Kappa keys, the former two from K a n s a s University. Miss Bluford is also a Journalism graduate from Kansas University.

EDUCATIONAL CAMFAiUN (.From Page 17) verge of entering the national pol.ticai arena. We might as well face the fact now because that is the direction in which we a r e drifting. W e have investigated New Deal Agencies, discrimination in government departments, made an unemployment survey, delved into the matter of National Defense and we have a Committee on Public Policy which decides our strategy. In our Education-for-Citizenship movement we appear to be overlooking several important elements of citizenship and emphasizing principally the necessity of voting. Soon it will be easy for this organization to say how to vote and then what party to support. 1 realize the necessity of serving our race, and in order to do so we must have a social program. But I feel that our Fraternity has been encroaching on

Uie helus oi other organizations. 1 think we should leave the work of the N . A. A. C. P . to that body, let the Urban League have all of its program, and other organizations likewise. These organizations have the proper equipment to canry on their work. We can help to support them by contributions. There are matters on our own doorstep to take care of. There is still much discrimination to be resisted in all oi the so-called mixed schools and on their campuses; we must fight to gain entrance to schools which now deny us admission; and there are serious economic and social problems confront. 11.4 students and prospective students of our race. We have departed a long way from many of the established usages and customs of Greek Letter College F r a ternities and we must be careful not to go so far as to impair our recognition as a fraternity at the various institutions of learning where we are

represented. 1 believe that in the very near future it is going to become necessary to define the limits beyond which this organization may not go. We can serve our race very well and still continue as a fraternity.

History of Alpha Phi Alpha In The Second World War . . . Data for such a book, to by Dr. Charles H. Wesley, of Alpha Phi Alpha, are being at present under direction of Rayford W. Logan.

be edited Historian gathered President

Chapters have been sent questionnaires requesting information regarding all brothers, active or inactive, who have entered any branch or arm of service, including civilian activities.

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1 A K L ^ I U iiUUCATlON Education is obtainable by your own effort. The word is de rived from educo, of Latin derivation meaning to lead out. It means leading yourself out from the shadows of ignorance. Don't be illiterate; educate yourself. In each one of us is a f oetic complex. And never is it more in the ascendency than in the Spring time. Poetry offers the quickest way to literacy, culture, and thD social graces. The following verses, some are verse, some are worse, will stimulate your Vernal consciousness: I'm the best pal I ever had APRIL S H O W E R S 1 like to be with me t a r e to our coffin adds a nail, no doubt I like t o sit and tell myself And every grin so merrily draws one out. Things confidentially —Wolcot. —o— I often sit and ask me For beauty I am not a star, If I shouldn't or I should: There are others more handsome by far; And I find that my advice to me My face, 1 don't mind it Is always pretty good. For I am behind it. I never got acquainted with It's the people in h u n t that I jar. Myself till here of l a t e ; —o— And 1 find myself a bully chum, If a figure fat you detest I treat me simply great. But eating rich foods you like best Remember dears these humble quips I talk with me and I walk with me. Two minutes in the mouth, two hours in the stomach— And show me right and wrong, But a lifetime On the hips. I never knew how well myself —o— And I could get along. A book of verses underneath the bough I never try to cheat me, A jug of chemicals, a still and Thou I'm as trustful as can be Beside me raving in the wilderness— No matter what may come or go, Then Paradise were near enough—and how. I'm on the square with me, The Siamese Twins spooned in the dell— United they stood, united they fell. I've made a study of myself, —o— Compared with me the lot "forgive me for the mean words that I said," And I've finally concluded She blushed and sighed and hung her head I'm the best friend that I've got. I'm sorry for the things I did last night Just get together with yourself Your sending flowers proves that you were right And trust yourself with you, (I forgive you dear, said he) You'll be surprised how well yourself And as they walked and talked beneath the bowers Will like you if you do. lie wondered who in heck sent her those flowers. —Selected. —o— I don't belong to the American Bund Xow I lay me down to sleep, But I'm proud of having a Christinas Fund Absorbent cotton beneath my sheet, Wine, women and song won't get a dime Applicators beneath my head, It's for Louisville fun at Christmas time. And Vapo rub beside my bed. If 1 wake before 1 die, The vermin only tease and pinch Drop Boric acid in my eye. Their foe superior by an inch •—o— So, naturalists observe, a flea Man wants but little here below Hath smaller fleas that on him p r e y ; Nor wants that little long, And these have smaller still to bite 'em Man wants but little here below And so proceed ad infinitum. But he wants that little strong. —Wolcot. Man wants but little here below Cursed be the man, the poorest wretch in life, He isn't hard to please, The crouching vassal to the tyrant wife! But woman, bless her little heart W h o has no will but by her high permission; Wants everything she sees. W h o has not six pence but in her possession; W h o must to her his dear friend's secret t e l l ; Not drunk is the frater who upon the floor W h o dreads a curtain lecture worse than hell ! W h o can still rise and drink some more. W e r e such the wife had fallen to my part, But drunk is he who prostrate lies I'd break her spirit or I'd break her h e a r t ; Without the power to drink or rise. I'd charm her with the magic of a switch, —o— I'd kiss her maids, and kick the perverse witch. Could those old pleasant days again appear —Robert Burns. Might one wish bring them, would I wish them here? —o— I would not trust my heart—the dear delight Kpitaph— Seems so to be desired, perhaps I might— Behold me friend, as you pass by But no— As you are now, so once was I ; And now, farewell—Time unrevoked has run As I am now, soon you must be, His wonted course, yet what I wished is done, Prepare for death and follow me. By contemplations help, not sought in vain Postscript— Time hath but half succeeded in his theft— Dear friend, I hope that you fare well Thyself removed, thy power to soothe me left. Wherever you be, in Heaven or H e l l ; —William Cowper. But to follow you, I'm not content ( T u r n to next page.) Until I know which way you went.

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Goodbye now, I hope you will have dumped some of our dumbness and shall have educoed some inherent and intrinsic intelligence when we use our Xmas Funds to meet with Alpha Lambda at Louisville. Goodbye n o w ! O. WI'LSON W I N T E R S .


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"Alpha Educational Week" is as t r a ditional as Alpha.






Curricula leading to the Bachelor's decree in the Divisions of:

As Midwestern Regional Director, I am going to start at home first and then branch out into the broader field on a mission of reclamation and revitalization. I feel that it can be done and we know it should be done. Fifteen thousand fraternity men, speaking as one, would vibrate over the nation as the 'quiver' of an earthquake, and the echo of their concerted voice would be as a 'trumpet tone' in the high council of the mighty of this nation.



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LETS SING! U til, well,—looks like Alpha men still have music in their souls. 1 he Sphinx is pleased at the way Chapters all over the country are accepting our song contest. Chapter quartettes are being organized immediately and in some cases an official song leader has been selected. Uur slogan for this year's project is "A Singing Fraternity is a Happy F r a ternity,—'Let's S i n g ! ! " Don't overlook the fact that any chapter or individual member may submit as many compositions as he wishes. Sign up for two numbers and start perfecting your idea now. Remember, the Sphinx is now anxious to get pictures of individuals and quartettes interested in the contest. With fifty chapter quartettes attending the Louisville Convention this year, the sessions will surely "hum."

gest that this name be changed to the following t h e m e : " A L P H A AL P R E P A R E D N E S S




Y O U T H . " Reasons:— 1. N e g r o





T h e title of our first march song entrant (the composer doesn't mind letting it out) is "Hail to Alpha" and comes from Beta Lambda chapter in Kansas City. Thanks, b r o t h e r ! Fill out the entry blank right now stating your intention to cooperate, and mail to the Sphinx.

prepared for social, economic or industrial changes of life which they meet APPLICATION

daily. 2. Negroes of the country have never been prepared to meet national changes caused by activities outside of


Please enter my name in S P H I N X original song contest.

the American hemisphere. 3. As a race we









opportunity has presented itself before we begin to prepare for this particular opportunity.

This is reflected



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woeful lack of prepared N e g r o youth for National Defense. 4. W e a r e prone to lay


and wail




things but seldom willing to go down


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In closing, may our "Educational Week" this year be the best ever.

My chapter

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immediate or-

(name of chapter) ganization of a quartette to represent the chapter at the Louisville


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By James B. Browning History Editor kiERSONS interested in minority I groups will find in William Pilling's translation of General Don Bartolome Mitre's "The Emancipation of South America" (London, 1893), not only the dramatic story of tha achievement of independence under the leadership of men like "Protector," San .Martin, and the "Liberator," Simon Bolivar, but ample space is devoted to the part by the several racial groups, and how "each race took its own special part," (p. 21.) When Sail Martin made his celebrated passage of the Andes, at least 710 Negroes found a place in the famous army which set out from Cuyo, in 1817. In the same year on the plain of Chacabuco one of the greatest battles of the wars was fought and won by the patriot forces. Professor Chapman says, "Chacabuco marked the turning point in the entire series of wars in Americas." And Mitre adds (p. 150) : "One month after the battle he (San Martin) passed by the scene of his late victory, and saw there a mound of earth. Under which lay the dead of the 12th of February of the patriot army, most of them Negroes from Cuyo, liberated slaves. This mound was the first landmark of the W a r Emancipation." San Martin had completed the work of achieving independence in Rio De Las Plata and had watched the development of independence in present day Paraguay under Doctor Jose Gaspar Rodriguez Francis and in present day Uruguay under Jose Gervasio A r t i g a s ; San Martin had carried liberty across the frozen Andes to the subjects of His Majesty in what is present day Chile. But not being satisfied he pressed on to Peru by land, while Cochrane and his recently organized navy came by sea. In Peru the forces

oi San Martin "urew plentiful supplies from the surrounding country, mounted their infantry with 600 slaves, giving freedom to all who would join

their ranks." (pp. 232, 233), Moreover, all persons born of slave parents in the future were declared to be free (p. 283). In northern South America the population, according to Mitre, (p. 299) was made up of ". . . 1,234,000 white and European Creoles: 913,000 were indigenous races, 615,000 of mixed races, and 138,000 were Negro slaves." In this sector of the wars of independence, iNegroes fought at times for the Royalist, in one instance, in the valleys to the south of Caracus, "the N e groes committed all manner of excesses, attacked several towns, maltreated the white inhabitants, and Came so near Caracus that .Miranda, (the precursor of patriot leaders) was compelled to detach troops against them." (p. 309). Undoubtedly the most outstanding Colored soldier in the W a r s of Independence in South America was Manuel Pair, about whom there are 17 references in Pilling's .Mitre, in the course of which the author describes the rise of this handsome mulatto to the apogee of his career, and his decline and disgraceful death at the hands of those whom he had served well but whom he had betrayed; he was sentenced to death for disobedience, sedition and desertion, (p. 379). Perhaps of more significance is the aid which Alexander Petion, president of Haiti, gave to Bolivar (p. 368) and the liberation of the slaves of northern South America which Bolivar secured in appreciation for the help he received from the budding "Black Republic." (p. 370). This is a notable work because it

indicated a fertile held for research for the Colored Student who has the historical and language equipment to delve into this field of study which covers two continents, and was, and is still people by thousands of Negroes. To give just two examples: A biography of Manuel Pair written from original sources, and the complete story of the participation of the Negro in the wars of independence, would both make, if done in a scholarly way, worthwhile contributions to Historical literature.

AN ECONOMIC DETOUR | T is quite probable that you do not know what "An Economic Detour" is. There are many people who do not know; and, strangely, there are even thousands of Negroes who have never heard of it, and a number of them live in Memphis, the home town of the author of the unusual, interesting and useful book under this title. THE


"An Economic Detour" is an authoritative study of the economic struggles of Negroes in North America, containing a wealth of historical matter concerning Negroes never before published in book form; and a complete history of life insurance in the lives of American Negroes. At first thought, it would seem that a history of so prosaic a subject as economics and life insurance would be a dry treatise of sober statistics and staid facts and figures. But "An Economic Detouir" has been successfully "needled" with sparkling drama and exciting incidents of historical import(Turn to Page 22)


Page 22 AN ECONOMIC DETOUR (.From Page 21) ance and universal interest. The storj ui notorious failures of Negro business enterprises are related in a frank and authentic m a n n e r ; but the expert hand and experienced pen of the author divests these failures of any significance of inherent racial weakness which may have attached to them. Revealed, also, are the sensational schemes of financial manipulators; and there is bitter denunciation of the sky-high costs of receiverships through which the Race lost millions in assets.

broadway of America must turn to a detour that leads he knows not where" and "following this doubtful economic trail he knows that he will have to find most of his customers within his own race in any enterprise he attempts."



"An Economic Detour" contains delightful stories of the lives of 9) of the Race's most successful men and women; and in these chaotic tinus when the Negro youth may well wonder what the unpredictable future holds for inm it seems particularly fine that he be reminded of the accomplishments of men and women of his color who fought and conquered odds and reverses as great as those now existing. THE


In the introduction to his book, the autlior explains that the Negro "has been driven into an awkward, selfish ro:ner, attempting to operate separate racial businesses to rear a step-child economy"; and this is 'AN E C O N O M I C D E T O U R which no other racial group in this country is requited to t a v e \ " lie states further that the "Negro, despite centuries of unrequited toil to hell) build and maintain the economic

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M E R A H S. S T U A R T Mcrah Steven Stuart, author of "An Economic Detour" was born in Mississippi 62 years ago. He says that he started life with the proceeds of a bale of cotton; and during the early years of his life he served as a school teacher, bank cashier, investigator of fraternal frauds (from which experiences he recalls many odd anil interesting tales to enliven the pages of his book)

and finally enters the field of insurance. H e has held many responsible positions in this field having been chairman of ihe Committee on Organization of the powerful National Negro Insurance Association and serving a few years later as President of that organization. Mr. Stuart has acquired and deserves an enviable reputation as an orator and leader in almost every phase of Negro life. At present he is Vice President and Director of Governmental Relations of the Universal Life Insurance Company of Memphis, Tennessee, and Historian of the National Negro Insurance Association. An energetic, busy, versatile man, he feels keenly the necessity for the younger Negro to study and understand the contributions Negroes have made and are making in the economic structure of the country; and he believes that if his book serves to throw any light upon this subject or to inspire one Negro youth to carry on the work that he and his contemporaries have pioneered he shall have been amply rewarded for three years of painstaking and careful work. AN E C O N O M I C D E T O U R has attracted the attention of dealing educators and business men and women of both iraces ; and has been extensively reviewed by outstanding commentators. Orders

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VOICE OF THF SPHINX ALPHA DELTA LOS ANGELES In 1939, Brother Horace Hampton instigated through our 'Education for Citizenship' campaign a theme called "New Frontiers," and during the week, campaigned the local high school for higher ideals. He finished with one of the most sensational and well programmed discussions that has ever been presented in Los Angeles. Appearing on the orogram were a lawyer, a doctor, a business man, a writer, and a N. A. A. C. P. secretary. The Educational Director for the year 1941 has not yet completed his

program. Personal meetings with local high school youths 'by members of the chapter, along with vocational training preparatory form blanks, to aid and inspire for future education are the tentative plans. The final Sunday of the Educational week is usually ended at a large mass meeting which has already proven its effectiveness. J A M E S A. R O B I N S O N , Jr., Ed. Director of Alpha Delta, Executvie


Los Angeles.

BETA EPSILON LAMBDA WEWOKA, OKLAHOMA Beta Epsilon Lambda Chapter met at the home of Brother Cecil Cowan in Boley, Oklahoma, with Brother Nat Watson as co-host. A delicious three-course dinner was served, during which time business of the fraternity was in progress. Brother Dr. D. A. French was so fatigued from his daily labors, he requested Vice President Brother V. E. McCain to take the chair. Brother French introduced by P.rother Roy Troy English from Perry, Oklahoma, made an inspiring talk on


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Alpha Sigma. .Host Chapter To Western Regional May 10-11

Alpha Sigma Chapter, Wiley College, will serve as host Standing from left to right, front row: L a Verne Sweatt, ter, James T. Sprott. Second R o w : Walter B. Ford, Woodie Dickerson, Carlee II. Mack, Roderick H. Adams, Fred D. Smith, Lannett Mack. F. T. Long. Not shown on this picture a r e : Paul Cooper, Horton Cooper, Strassner, F . B. Hodge, P. T. Young, Nolan H. Anderson, and Alpha spirit. They were classmates at the University of Kansas. Brother I. T. Anderson is laying plans for a Bronze Mayor contest. Brother French has proposed a spring fashion show. Brother Cowan suggested plans for a basketball game. Brother L. D. Jackson proposed an Alpha Queen contest. In fact, all the boys are full of ideas for raising funds.

to the Western Regional Conference May 10-llth. Sim Seymour, James C. Wallace, President, Kervin

W. Car-

Kirven, Jessie Johnson. Third r o w : Oliver W. Sprott. Ruben Last r o w : Maxie C. Sprott, Dr. Kelso B. Morris, H. Nelson, Dr. V. E. Daniel, H. C. Clark, T. E. Ellis, J. C. Hunt. Dean and Harold K. Logan.

Brother English lives a good distance from the seat of the chapter, over 100 miles, but he is all paid up for 1940-1941-1942 in all chapter obligations. Let's say, "Hail to Troy


BETA PHI LAMBDA SAVANNAH, GEORGIA Organized November 7, 1940, Beta Phi L a m b d a has completed six months as a charter organization. The follow-

ing statements are offered as working plans for a serviceable p r o g r a m : 1. Bet Phi Lambda plans to tie up with the Young Men's Civic Club of Savannah in promoting a citizenship driveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to have men and women register and vote. The Y. M. C. A. was organized primarily for this purpose, and has accomplished much in getting Negroes to recognize their duties and obligations in social economic, civic and religious life.

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Eta Chapter, New York City

Since the Kansas City, Mo., convention, Eta Chapter has already staged, (1) its Closed Party, January 4th; (2) its Annual Formal, February 14th; (3) Moved its meeting place to the palatial Penthouse of Harlem, Plans on fool at the date of submission of Brother Thomas N. Coleman's article to the Sphinx included: (1) Testimonial Banquet in honor of Brother "Dolly" K i n g ; (2) Cabacet P a r t y ; (3) Survey on Negro in National Defense; ( 4 ' Furtherance of campaign for 'Frat' House;- (S) Continued endeavor toward reclamation of delinquent brothers; (6) Keynoting activities toward employment oi not only Alpha members but all members of Negro groups. 2. In order that Beta Phi might do this effectively, we have a speaker come here on ond Sunday in May. 3. Brother .\1. G. Haynes chairman of the Education tee. B. H. C R U T C H E R , Savannah, Georgia.

Lambda plan to the secis the Commit-

BETA MU KY. STATE COLLEGE Our Educational programs in the past have been built around the general plan which we intend to use again this year. Beta Mu chapter is given each year a week set aside in which to bring before the student body "Education for Citizenship." On Tuesday of that week we present the Sphinx club in a pantomime of the 'deep' South which has for its theme "The Negro's Plight as a Citizen." On Wednesday we have a forum and discuss "The Negro Citizen." On T h u r s day, one of the brothers will give an address on some subject pertaining to "Education for Citizenship." The Sphinx club closes the program with the Sphinx song and the chapter with the Alpha hymn. All the presentations relate to the

'in ral theme, "A Voteless People is a Hopeless People." J O S E P H TAYLOR, Kentucky State College. GAMMA ALPHA LAMBDA CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. Brothers in Alpha Phi Alpha; The brothers of Gamma Alpha 'Lambda Chapter extend greetings to all Brothers in Alpha Phi Alpha. Our chapter has recently been set up in this section of Virginia by a number of Alpha Phi Alpha men who felt the need of getting together in the true Alpha way. In this area, these towns are not far apart, and in each town there were from two to six Alpha men. All of these men. being like minded. as far as the fraternity is concerned, decided to get together and petition the General Organization for permission to set up a d i a p e r to serve us in this section. T h e belief was that if we could get the men interested in an Alpha club, it would not be long before we could get the desired chapter. The Alpha club was formed by Alpha men in Charlottesville, Lexington, Staunton, Warrentown, and Waynesboro, Virginia. While operating as a club, we



met in three of the places just mentioned. All meetings were well attended, and all the brothers showed enthusiasm in the proposed chapter. Our petition for a graduate chapter was sent to the General Organization and was accepted. Brother Roger F . Gordon. Eastern Vice-President of the General Organization, met us in Charlottesville at the home of Brother Dr. E. W. Stratton. He, in very befitting words, set up what is now Gamma Alpha Lambda. The chartered members of this chapter are: Charlottesville, Dr. B. .A. Coles, Rev. I'. R. Dawson, Leonard Barbour, Rev. Theodore Jemison, Rev. E. Lloyd Jemison, Dr. E. W . Stratton, and William Smith; Lexington, Dr. A. W. Pleasants. Jr., L. J. Shaw (president); Staunton: Dr. C. J. Walker, A. K W a r e ; Warrenton, Dr. Andrew Dibble; Waynesboro, J. F. Nicholas. Since the meeting in which the chapter was set up, we have had one other get-together, held in Brother Ware's home in Staunton. Plans are being formulated to carry on a program in each member's respective community as outlined by the General Organization. All brothers at this meeting repledged themselves to wholehearted support of the new administration. headed by Brother Doctor Rayford Logan. E. L L O Y D J E M I S O N , Charlottesvile, Virginia.

ALPHA OMICRON LAMBDA PITTSBURGH, PA. Under the dynamic leadership of Dr. W. Wendell Stanton, Alpha Omicron Lambda is doing big things in 1941. Our motto is to make this our biggest and best J t a r thus far. Preparations have already been launched to meet Alpha brothers in Louisville this year. W h e n we arrive, you will know that Pittsburgh is in town. W e hand out bouquets to our All-Americau secretary, Brother Wilbur C . Douglass. Much of the success of our chapter is due to his persistence in seeing that members arc financial in both the local chapter and Grand Chapter. Fraternally yours, J O S E P H W . G1VENS, Pittsburgh, Penna.

ALPHA CHI FISK UNIVERSITY Once again, plans are under way in Alpha Chi for the annual banquet and


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Logan Calls Upon 1941 Host


Brother Rayford W. Logan, General President, during one of the regular meetings of Alpha Lambda Chapter. Louisville, 1941 Convention host, gave an informal talk regarding Alpha Phi Alpha's program, mentioning the role which Alpha men were playing in the National Defense. The picture presents the president, seated third from left e n d with chapter officers flanked on both sides. dance, which wil be given by brothers in four chapters of this city (Nashville). The date is May 9, and we are all looking forward to a grand time when the good brothers get together. The annual popularity and scholarship contest began March 21. This is the third year of the contest. Brother Bernard Wheatley, vice-president of the chapter, is chairman of the Scholarship Committee, while Brother Roscoe Bryant of Tulsa, Oklahoma, is chairman of the Popularity Contest Committee. We published a news sheet, The Alpha Flash, which described the purpose of the drives. Chapter members have pledged themselves to their utmost cooperation in our work. On February 15, a plaque was presented to Kappa Alpha Psi


by Brother Clarence Foster, representing Alpha Chi.

This plaque was giv-

en in memory of William Birdsong, a much beloved student and former president of Kappa Alpha Psi, who passed in September,

1940. Heartiest


ments are due Brother Foster for conceiving the idea and carrying it out. New officers


Brother John Brother

our chapter


W. Parker,


Bernard Wheatley,


ident and Dean of Pledgees ; Brother Roscoe












Brother Clarence Payne, parliamentari a n ; Brother

Hyron Coleman,


l a i n ; Brother Robert Johnson,


to the Sphinx.

Alpha Chi Chapter has pledged $100 to the Fisk Endowment Campaign. BROTHER ROBERT JOHNSON Fisk University. ALPHA


Alpha Theta Lambda greets you from the "City-By-The-Sea" with the hope that in spite of "wars and rumors of wars" Brothers in Alpha are receiving a reasonable degree of blessings that result from a genuine service to our fellow-man. Your graduate chapter in Atlantic City was distinctly honored during the month of February wdien fourteen leading educators from seven states and the District of Columbia, including five presidents of leading colleges, staunch officials and members of Alpha Phi Alpha, delegates to the

Page 26 Teachers' Convention, were our guests at an informal banquet given in their honor. Speakers at the banquet w e r e : Dr. Frederick D. Patterson, president of T u s k e g e e ; H . L. Dickason, president of Bluefield State Teachers College; Miles W. Connor, president of Coppin Normal, Baltimore; Dr. K.. B. Atwood, president of Kentucky State College; H. Councill Trenholm, education specialist and president of the Alabama State Teachers College ; Charles H . Wesley, retiring national president and Howard University d e a n ; Howard II. Long, school superintendent of W a s h i n g t o n ; Earl O. Thomas, principal Coles Vocational School at Kansas City; J. St. Clair Price, dean of education at H o w a r d ; Bruce Hull, W. Virginia principal; L. V. Jordan and Dr. H a r r y W . Green, West Virginia State College d e a n s ; William H. Gray. Southern Universi t y ; Fred Alsup, University of Pennsylvania. The following brothers, delegates to the convention but unable to attend the banquet because of conference assignments, sent g r e e t i n g s : F . G. Clarke, president of Southern University; J. R. E. Lee, Florida A. and M. Dwight O. W . .Holmes, M o r g a n ; Dr. John M. Gandy, Virginia S t a t e ; J. F. Drake, Alabama A. and M . ; Charles H. Thompson, H o w a r d ; J. Hugo Johnson, Virginia S t a t e ; R. O'Hara Lanier, the new dean at Hampton, and A.. D. Cook, high school principal at Kansas City. Brother Trenholm acted as guest toastmaster and did a fine job. Local Brothers who provided the "piece de resistance" for the visiting "heavies" were : F. C. Newton, Arwin A. H a m m , Adolphus Bayton, Dr. Richard M. Fowler, Dr. H. Donald Marshall, Dr. F r e d Murray. Nathaniel Spencer, Dr. Jacques Batey. Atty. William A. Dart, Rev. John Henry Hester, Ralph Greene, C. M. Cain, John R. Major, Dr. Leroy P. Morris, Atty. James A. Lightfoot, and Richard T. Lockett. Just prior to the coming of the educators we held our usual election and returned to office Brother Ferdinand Newton as president and Brother Hamm as secretary. Both are efficient, interested in chapter advancement, and have done a great deal for the perpetuation of Alpha Phi Alpha in this section of the counry. The second initiation since the establishment of t h e chapter saw the Reverend John Henry Hester being duly impressed by a committee of "im-



pressionists" headed by no less a personage than Brother Gordon, Regional Vice-president. Brother Hester has already entered into the spirit of service of the fraternity. In the news we are happy to report that our Dr. H. Donald Marshall. sincere and progressive young physician, has just been elected president of the Atlantic City Medical Association. Dr. Madshall will hold the post with dignity and honor. Dr. Leroy P. Morris is serving well as the School Dentist. Appointed last Pall Dr. Morris was the first Negro to receive this appointment. ,Needless to say he is doing a fine job. Our "Big Brother," C. Morris Cain, is also constantly in the news in his efforts to secure Federal funds for additional housing in Atlantic City. Brother Cain is rated an authority in this field and has to answer calls as an expert all over the country. H e is one of the first Housing Managers. Other Alpha men in this area are doing their jobs in a splendid, unselfish fashion. Would like to tell of them, but am sure Editor Swingler has his blue pencil poised, so will "fade out" until the next issue. Yours in Alpha, R I C H A R D T. L O C K E T T , Associate Editor, Sphinx.

NU LAMBDA ETTRICK, VA. Brothers in Alpha, Greetings: Old Time the mighty and the mystic grandly marches on down 'mongst these happy and hallowed hills of 0 1 ' Virginia, and finds the good brothers of Nu Lambda copiously cmbued with that characteristic spirit of vim and vigor, zeal and zip, and happy altruism that earmark the workings of Alphadom. The new corp of officers have really "gotten in the groove" so ably laid down by their official predecessors, and things are going over with a bang. The Education Committee as a part of the campaign—Education for Citizenship—has launched a statewide essay contest among the senior students of every high school in the state. The subject of the essay— " W h a t I think would be the most effective Method, or Methods, of Getting the Negro in Virginia to Vote." Plans are under way for a large Community-wide program for Educat'ou Week. Brother J. L. 'Lockett recently attended a meeting of the National As-

April, 1941 sociation of Agricultural Workers at Tuskegee Inst., and read a paper before the group. Brothers John M. Gandy and J. Hugo Johnston attended the N. E. Association meeting in Atlantic City, N. J., Feb. 22-26. Brother Johnston was also at Hampton Institute on Feb. 22, and read a paper before the Hampton Research Society on "Race Relations in the Slave Period." T h e spirit of true fraternity and good fellowship reigned at a meeting of The Va. State College chapter of The American Association of University Professors. Brother George W. Owens was signally honored at this gathering as he was one of the first members of the Association. H e was lauded for his many years of unselfish and meritorious services and especially for his outstanding achievement in organizing and founding "The ,New Farmers Of America." Main speaker for this illustrious occasion was Brother Luther H . Foster Brother Owens was presented with a significant token of esteem by Dr. P. C. Johnson, on behalf of the group. A sumptuous repast was served of savory and succulent viands sufficient to tempt the taste of an epicurean. The welcome of Jones Hall rang with the symphonies of deserved felicitations, and Marsh 12 shall be a day long kindly remembered by good Brother Owen. 'Tis grand to be an Alpha man— To view the ramparts where we standTo battle bravely hand in hand, And win proud laurels in the land. 'Tis grand to 'cross the burning sand'— To scale the barriers we scan— T o gain the pinnacles and stand United in a solid band. Fraternally yours, J. F A R L E Y R A G L A N D , Associate Editor to Sphinx.

ALPHA UPSILON LAMBDA MONTGOMERY, ALA. Brothers: Alpha Upsilon Lambda has had an enjoyable time this year. Our absence from the pages of our Sphinx must not be construed as inaction on our part. W e continue to function in a manner befitting Alpha Upsilon Lambda and it is accurate to attribute lack of news about us to the fact that having so much to say, we prefer to withdraw for a while and let the limited space at our disposal be used by other Chapters which are equally deserving of Press mention.


April, 1941

Chicago Hospitality

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For Land-Grant



Brothers of Theta and Xi Lambda Chapters entertained Al pha Phi Alpha brothers in attendance at the Land Grant College Presidents' Association Conference, Chicago, November 11, 1940, at the famous Alpha House. In the picture are shown, left to right, seated:â&#x20AC;&#x201D;George Ar thur, Secretary of the Wabash Y. M. C. A., and formerly with Rosenwald Foundation; President R. B. Atwood, of Kentucky S t a t e ; William Bell, of Alcorn College; J. M. Gandy, Virginia State ; G. L. L a m a r r Harrison, L a n g s t o n niversity ; Felton G. Clarke, Southern University. Brothers standing, left to right:â&#x20AC;&#x201D;C. L. Longmire, L. S. Peck, Rev. A. Wayman W a r d , Nelson E. Woodley, Alderman Jordain, Evanston, 111.; Alderman Grant, Third W a r d ; Dr. Ros coe C. Giles, State Representative E. A. Greene. Attorney Charles Lane, and Dale E. Beverly. The Alpha House was in ship shape condition as the Board of Directors had just recently repaired and painted the outside and decorated the interior. This was perhaps the finest meeting of the entire year. Bro ther Dr. Fred D. Patterson, president of Tuskegee Institute. Brother was unable to be present as he had a previous engagement as guest speaker over "Wings Over J o r d a n " program. J. R. E. Lee, of Florida A. & M. College, could not be present. The cateress, Mrs. Fulmore, prepared an "extra special re past for the group, including on the menu turkey sandwiches, coffee, chocolate, and delicious apples. Brother Lane acted as toastmaster, and Brother Luther S. Peck served as chairman of the Joint Committee of Xi Lambda and Theta Chapters. Alpha Upsilon Lambda comprises many brothers from different Chapters, but we have a very few natives who have crossed the burning sands into this Chapter. The relationship between the graduate and undergraduate Chapters is "marvelous," leaving nothing to be desired. Of course, one can readily see the advantage of having Alpha Upsilon Lambda and the undergraduate Chapter, Beta Upsilon. working hand in hand and we are immensely proud that right here in Campus City, Montgomery we see this phenomena in endless operation.

Last month we were literally inundated with a flood of conferences and as usual our Chapter took great pride in extending to the brothers on visit in our midst a right hearty welcome. How we love to entertain! We like to do this every once in so often; and the fact that we do not succeed in doing this so often is hardly our own faults. At our regular meeting on the second Tuesday in March, Brother Clarke, the revered father of Brother Felton Clarke, president of Southern University, attended and spoke to us.

We were deeply inspired by what he had to say and were absorbed by his Alpha-inspired struggles to build the University which his son so ably manages. Our Director of Education. Brother Trenholm, dropped in and everyone was happy to see him. We always look forward to welcoming our Director of Education who is indeed a true Alpha man of action." 'Last, but by no means least, we take great joy in telling you that we entertained our General President, Brother Logan, during the week of the Alabama State Teachers Association

Page 28 Convention. H e was the main speaker at our Convention and the speech he made was the piece-de-resistance of the Convention, thus fully recompensing for the unavoidable cancellation of the speech b) Brother Milton Wright, who had tn leave hurriedly owing to the regrettable death of his brother. The speech which Brother Logan made reminded us of the magnificent speech made by Brother Wesley at Kansas City "That Sunday afternoon." It had all the fire of an Alpha speech and was as much noted for its oratory as for its bristling, two-fisted attack on anti-democratic trends. I would love to reproduce the speech right here, but as it might offend our friend in Chicago (Claude Barnett of the A N P ) 1 ask your forgiveness. Suffice it is to say. that our General President, Brothther Logan, came to Campus City, saw Campus City and conquered Campus City. Later that evening we repaired to the Imperial Club where a smoker was given in honour of the visitors with our General President as the goes) of honour. President H a r d y of Alpha Upsilon Lambda introduced the General Presfdent to the body and after the introduction to the General President, Brother Hardy turned the proceedings over to the capable management of Brother Woolfolk. The Ala. State Teachers African Glee Club was on hand and sang African songs in African languages to the delight of all present. The General President then addresses the gathering. Brother Albritton has also been bringing honours to the Chapter and Alphadom as well. In his capacity as Physical Educator at Campus City, he specializes in track and recently inaugurated boxing programme. He is fresh from the triumphs of his proteges in the track meets at Boston and New York City and is as highly admired as a track coach as Brother Fletcher is as Art instructor. Brother Fletcher staged an impressive art exhibit as part of the Teachers Convention, displaying the art work of students of State who take courses under him. T w o other brothers who came in for notice and many compliments during Convention Week were Brothers Jones and Caldwell, Campus City candid cameramen. E n passant, before we close this article we wish to thank Brother W i n -



ters for his "Fraternity F u n " diary which he kept during Convention in Kansas City. Everybody connected with Alpha Upsilon Lambda considered it witty and we are afraid that any day now Liberty Magazine will be asking Brother W i n t e r to sell his diary to them for publication. In that case, brothers please remember that you saw it first inâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Sphinx.

April, 1941

Mother's Day program. W e hope to make these a grand success. Until the next time, Alpha Zeta signs off by saying, "AVatch us progress under Alpha's Banner." Cherrio and the best of luck to all. Fraternally yours, Stanley W. Kemp, Editor to the Sphinx.

Yours for Alpha, o

"A Wayman Ward's bath NYABONGO, Editor to the Sphinx.




Broth e s :





Brothers in Alpha Phi Alpha : Time goes on and so docs Alpha / e t a . Once again we greet the brothers in Alpha Phi Alpha. We can a s sure you that we arc still forging ahead, continually in scholarship, fellowship, and reclaiming brothers that is so typically Alpha. Spring has come and we have already inducted seven more outstanding members into the fold. These men were Brothers E d w a r d Wilson, Damon Keith. John Clark, James Parker, W i l liam Howard, Glenn Zellars, and H a r r y L o n g ; most of these neophyte brothers are honorary students. We were proud to make history this year in scholarship; the chapter ranked first in scholarship this year which was the first time any fraternity ever maintained a higher scholastic average than a sorority here since the history of the chapter. The debating team here is also composed of three brothers who are Brothers William Howard, Isaac Graves, and Lawrence Jones. Recently they made a tour in both South and North, spreading more Alpha knowledge. On Friday, February 21, 1941, when Delta Sigma Theta Sorority's Alpha Delta Chapter presented its annual Jabberwock, Alpha Zeta received second honor for its skit, "The Eleventh Hour," an original skit which portrayed predicted invasion of the Western hemisphere resulting in the downfall of the world's one remaining democracy, the United States. The idea was brilliantly conceive 1 by the author, Brother Arthur Burns. At the time of this writing plans are under way for our annual prom and

In an effort to minimize the expenses of meeting, the chapter in continuing the idea of meeting in the homes of brothers. On the 20th of February, Dr. Fowler and the Junior Internes at Homer G. Phillips Hospital were hosts at Armstrong Tea Room. 414S Enright Ave. In grand Alpha .Medical Atmosphere, the good old Alpha fellowship prevailed. Conversation centered on National Defense and other current topics in the "General Bull Session." This was the first meeting in which our newly elected President. Attorney John A. Davis, presided. From every indication, there is assured success for the Chapter for the current year. To get into action, President Davis appointed various standing committees. Realizing that there is need for "NewBlood" in the chapter, a "Rushing Committee" was appointed with Brother Steve Adams acting as Chairman. Already the names of several outstanding men have been recommended as potentialities. Here is hoping a precedence will be broken, as it is the feeling of many of the brothers that some adde 1 blood is needed. T h e meeting closed with the singing of the Alpha Hymn and a very deliciou ; meal was served.

T h e menu consisted

of "golden fried" chicken, flanked with all the t r i m n r n g s , including the most select "giblet g:avey." Afterwards brothers



in recreational

the ac-

tivities. Will Epsiion Lambda get some new blood this year? Follow her in the next issue of the Sphinx. Fraternally yours, G. V. Quinn, Editor to the Sphinx

April, 1941


Beta Lambdans


Fete Brother Ralph

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Beta Lambda chapter, Kansas City, and recent host to the T w e n t y - E i g h t h General Convention, continues to function in the social and civic life of the "Heart of America." Recently members were hosts to B r o t h e r Ralph Mizelle, assistant solicitor in the past office department, W a s h ington, D. C , at a stag smoker at the home of Brother J. R. Lillard, chapter president. Left to right, standing:—D. W . Lewis, J. A. Curry, E. J. Bassett, Attorney I. F . Bradley, C. LIughes, Dr. S. H . Thompson, Jr., Matthew E. Carroll, Burt A. Mayberry, A. O. Thurnian, W. W . Andres, John Kelly, Attorney Elmer Jackson, T. Stafford, Mack Spears, Dr. A. C. W ilson, Isaac Brister, James Jeffress. Seated: J. O. Morrison, Paul Mobiley, Attorney Ralph Mizelle, J. R. Lillard, J. H. Bluford and Guy Davis.

BETA NU CHAPTER FLORIDA A. & M. COLLEGE Brothers in Alpha Phi Alpha, Greetings : Beta Nu Chapter began the second semester in full swing, hoping to make it the best in history. Two Neophyte Brothers were fortunate enough to cross the burning sands this semester. Brother James McRae of Quincy, Fla , and brother Alonzo Pasohell of Miami,

Fla. With regards to the social activities. February 22, Beta Nu Chapter had its annual costume ball—very unique and elaborate affair which took place in our college gymnasium. Many types nf costumes were represented at the dance; however all Alpha men wore Mexican costumes.

So much for the social side. We are now making great plans for the observance of the "National Education for Citizenship week," from April 27 to May 4th. On the campus, along with our program, we shall award a prize of $5.00 to the most well-rounded student on the campus. We are not only making plans for the outstanding student on our campus but the most outstanding student in the local high school. As an incentive we are offering a prize of $2.50 for the most outstanding high school student. As usual we always enjoy rendering service and striving for all the high ideals in life. With best wishes far a continuous successful school year. I remain, Fraternally yours, Robert Wright, Associate Editor to the Sphinx.



On J a n u a r y 1, the chapter officers elected in November, formally took over their required duties. Mu Chapter to date has pledged nine university students. On January 11, the chapter held a luncheon in the new Minnesota Union on the campus of the University of Minnesota in honor of the pledges. Eight pledges were present. At this luncheon the pledges were formally organized into a Sphinx Club. Mu Chapter's basketball squad recently took on a strong Phillis Vv'heatley House team and though it came out second best it drew a nice crowd and the team had a lot of fun.


Page 30 W h a t the Chapter Plans to do in 1941 Mu Chapter is in the midst of its final plans toward the formal party to be given in early spring. Mu Chapter is beginning to go over its plans for its coining Spring Educational P r o g r a m . It is hoped that it will be better than any put on during recent years. Mu Chapter is working on plans which will bring mo.e recognition to Negroes and Aegro organizations of the University of Minnesota campus. Several prominent officials will be "contacted" soon. Of course the Chapter's season would never be complete without its annual banquet to close the school year. This will come in June as usual. On the athletic front the chapter basketball squad has been scheduled to play three mo.e games before the season is over. One of these games will be against the Omega team. In may 1940, Mu carried out a very successful Educational program. A prominent speaker was brought in to make the principal address. Short talks were made by members of other fraternities as well. Vocal and instrumental musical selections were also included. This affair was held in one of the largest churches in St. Paul, and a large audience was on hand. This year Mu Chapter would like to. rather, plan to present a similar program, but it will be much broader. Plans are being made to present the program in both of the twin cities on successive Sundays. This year, contrary to last, no scholarship will be awarded. Fraternally yours, N O R M A N P. L Y G H T


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tary and Rendall Hooe, chaplain. Due to the extensive program that has been planned for the Sphinx Club, the brothers decided that a new type of office should be established to administer their affairs. It was unanimously decided that John Nelson Doggctt, Jr., would be the best man for the new office. The title attached to the innovation is, 'Dean of the Pledge Citib." At the installation services, Brother Shockley, the new president presented a tenable plan of action for the ensuing year. The bid for the L'Ouverture Cup again headed the list and it was re-emphasized that concerted efforts would be expected and displayed by all. All other chapters will be informed as to the progress we are making. On added


19, 1941, the


14 new pledgees to the Sphinx

Club. Those inducted were Charles McLaurkin, Thomas Jenkins, William Jenkins,





Robert Frazier, Harold Pierce, Dudley Turner, Morris de Lisser, Elma loway, Fred

Win. Hymes, Thompson







It is the tenour of Nu Chapter that the columns allotted to the Undergraduate chapters should not be used for personal





work as E t a and Alpha Chi Chapters of New York and Fisk Universities are doing is a joy and an inspiration to read instead of the general run of local publicity each chapter tries to secure for itself. From the scantiness of material elaborated upon, it seems that many of the Undergraduate



are asleep and

are indifferent

chapters to the

true policies and concepts of Alpha Phi Greetings Brothers of Alpha bond: Nu chapter wishes to extend hearty felicitations to Beta Chapter at Howard University on their winning the L'Ouverture Cup. Election time has rolled around and the list of officers has undergone a change. Brother Grant S. Shockley, formerly the vice president, succeeds Brother Roy Nichols, popular campus leader as president for the curreir year. Other incumbents are Elton Cannon, vice president; Woodson Hopewell, recording secretary; Paul Scott. parliamentarian; Judge Page, treasu r e r ; Robert Lee, S e r g e a n t - a t - A r m s ; Charles Okedas, corresponding secre-

Alpha. Each year

Nu chapter



Theodore Milton Selden Medal to the freshman

who has

made the



average of his class.


medal is awarded in the hope that it will inspire the recipient to strive onward and upward toward the light of success.

Brother Judge Paige was the

recipient this year. Fraternally yours, H A R O L D L. W O O D Associate Editor to the Sphinx.

BETA TAU CHAPTER XAVIER UNIVERSITY Greetings from the H e a r t of the S o u t h : Beta T a u takes pride in introducing to Alphadom six neophytes who crossed the sands on December 11th. They are Brothers Edward Winters (nephew of Brother O. Wilson Winters). Leonidas Braboy, Charles Perkins, James Bernard, Cyrus Jollivette, and Eugene Sattold. Tne initiation was conducted by Brother W a r r e n McKenna with the assistance of a well organized rushing committee. The novelty of the appearance of these neophytes as draftees resulted in the publication of a photograph of them in the Xavier Herald. In honor of their collective achievement, a smoker was given and the Sphinx Club offered congratulations in print. Those of the brothers present at the convention surely must have met the Beta Tau delegates, Brothers Oscar A. Bouise and Walter E. Morial. We are well pleased with the report of their activities at the H e a r t of the Nation, and we are justly proud that the newly elected Southern vice president is a member of the faculty here at Xavier. Our chapter is planning its fifth anniversary celebration. The actual birth date was March 28, 1936, but the festivities are to consist of a solid week of activities. We would like to extend to all our brothers an invitation to attend. Most especially would we like to see or at least hear from all those who were initiated into Alpha Phi Alpha through Beta T a u chapter. The more frequent publication of The Sphinx had yours truly in a tailspin until Brother Oscar Bouise came to the rescue. Between the two of us we intend to keep Beta T a u before the Alpha eye as the pearl of Alpha Phi Alpha. Our aim is to give some interesting bits of information concerning our activities in New Orleans at regular intervals—Brother Swingler permitting. Much against my will, I have been charged to bring to our press the news of Brother Mason Cloyd's election to the presidency of the Xavier Student Council (Brother Murray Martin held the first presidency last year) and to the chairmanship of the Xavier P a n Hellenic Council—not affiliated with tinNational Pan Hellenic Council—of which Brother Wesley Scott is also a member. Brothers Karl Carter and Stanford W r i g h t are ailso mlembers

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of the Student Council. Brothers Eugene Safford, Charles Perkins, Lucius Thomas, Eldridge Williams, and Benjamin Mourning are doing their part in making the Xavier Senators tne championship basketball team in the S. I, A. C , under the direction of Brother Giles Wright, coach. Brothers Flournoy Coles, Wilbur Brawley, Karl Carter, and Mason Cloyd are working with the Students interracial Relation Council composed of white and Negro students from colleges in the city of New Orleans. Brother Wilbur Brawley acted as official delegate from Xavier University at the recent meeting ol Alpha Kappa Mu at Tuskegee. All of this indicates that Beta Tau's brothers are to be found in most of the campus activities, in most instances in the upper places.

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Until next we go to press we wish you one and all the best of luck, the greatest success, and a fond cheerio. MASON DOUGLASS CLOYD Associate Editor. Fraternaly yours, —o


BETA DELTA CHAPTER STATE COLLEGE Greetings, Brothers :— Beta Delta again says hello to all brothers in the bond. With the beginning of the new year and new ideas for Beta Delta, the Chapter held its annual election of officers. They a r e : — Brothers Frank Lloyd, president; M. R. Flint, secretary; Roland Geiger, secretary; V. L. Deas, t r e a s u r e r ; W. E . DeLain, ex-officio officer; Harold H. Marshall, editor to the Sphinx. Beta Delta is very cognizant of the fact that Alpha Phi Alpha stands for leadership. After a diligent quest was made for men who were willing and capable of upholding the ideals of Alpha Phi Alpha, Beta Delta admitted to the bond of brotherhood neophyte Brothers Isaac Armstead, E d w a r d P a r rish, Nash Scott, F r a n k Toland, E . C. Robinson, Vivian Deas, James Boyd, Samuel Heyward, and Roland Geiger. These neophyte brothers crossed the burning sands courageously and are numbered with those brothers in upholding the name. There are many outstanding Alpha men among the faculty here. Brothers Paul R. Webber, Jr., Professor Economics and Assistant Coach; Ollie C. Dawson, Head Coach; Walter M. Buch-

With a full discussion regarding plans for their 1941 educational program completed, members of Alpha Delta Lambda Chapter, Memphis, turned their attention to a delicious menu prepared for them by Sphinx Editor Lewis 0 . Swingler, host, during one of their regular semi-monthly sessions. The cateress, Mrs. Florence Wheeler, prepared a Buffet Supper of 'banquet proportion,' including two large platters of fried chicken. Seen in the picture are Brothers Walter W. Gibson, A. A. Latting, Hugh M. Gloster, James King, chapter president; Charles Tarpley, II, Lewis 0 . Swingler, Coach Walter P. Adkins, chapter secretary; A. B. Owen, Jr., Tavlor C. D. Hayes, J. D. Will iams, A. L. Allen, of Nashville, Sales Manager for Metal .Arts; Edwin C. Jones, and Christopher Roulhac. Only partially visible, with left hand in pocket, is Brother Henri Twigg. corresponding secretary. annan, Dean of Agriculture; J. D. McGhee, R e g i s t r a r ; Hilton C. Jones, head of the English Department; Archibald W. Brown, Business Administration; and Brother Howard Jordan, Psychology and Education, replacing Brother Roy K. Davenport, who left for Columbia University to continue his studies. Beta Delta, January 5th. presented Brother Martin G. Haynes, of Savannah, Ga., as its guest speaker. Brother Haynes is principal of the Beach High School and President of the recently established Beta Phi Lambda of that city. F o r the remainder ot the school term. Beta Delta has planned an extensiveprogram, prom.


its formal


We extend to all brothers our

best wishes for a most successful year. Fraternally yours, HAROLD H. MARSHALL, Editor to the Sphinx.

ALPHA GAMMA LAMBDA N E W Y O R K CITY, N. Y. New York City, N. Y. Brothers in Alpha, Greetings :—• Alpha Gamma Lambda Chapter looks forward to a year of improved service to our beloved Fraternity. Our delegates to Kansas City, Brothers Myles A. Paige, Justice of the Court of Special Sessions of the City of New York, and J. Barksdale Brown, made their very splendid report at the J a n uary meeting to an overflowing attendance. Our meetings are held on the third Monday night in the month at T H E H O T E L T H E R E S A of which Brother Walter W . Scott is the resident manager. We cordially invite any visiting brother to drop in and say hello. Our Eastern Vice-President, Brother Roger F . Gordon, made a very impressive talk which was well received by


Page 32 the crowded gathering. Brother F a r row R. Allen, our most capable General Treasurer, also spoke in his usual, sincere manner. We were also favored with remarks from Brother Andrew Tyler, Eta Chapter delegate; Harold Branch and Fred Martin, Beta Alpha Lambda Chapter's delegate to the Convention; Brother Robert T. Custis, Recording Secretary of Alpha Gamma Lambda Chapter, who as an Alternate In the Convention, made a very thorough analysis of the results of the sessions. Our chapter officers for the current year are as follows: Frank A. Walker, president; Clarence \\ . Richardson, vice president; C. Arthur Jackson, corresponding secretary; Dr. Caesar I'. McClendon, treasu r e r ; \ ester G. Fnwlkcs, financial secretary; Robert T. Curtis, recording secretary; (i. Dewey Curtis, associate editor of the Sphinx. It is with the deepest regret that we report the death of our late Brother Otto A. Hicks, elected to serve as the Chapter Sergcanl-at-ainis for the year. He entered our O M E G A Chapter Saturday, February 8th last. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his beloved mother and devoted wife, Mrs. Edna Hicks. Burial was in St. Louis, Mo. Several members have left New York City to do service in other cities. Brother T. Arnold Hill is in W a s h ington, D. C , as an Executive Director of the N . Y. A. Brother James Arnold is at present Acting Executive Secretary of the Twelfth Street Branch Y. M. C. A., Washington, D. C. Congratulations to Brothers Arnold and Hill in their new fields. In closing may I say, "let us get together" in view of these very critical times. Let us not only grow in numbers but also in the work that we shall do so that our influence will be an inspiration to our youth of today —our leaders of tomorrow. Fraternally yours, G. D E W E Y C U R T I S , Associate Editor to the Sphinx. o—•

BETA CHI CHAPTER PHILANDER SMITH COLLEGE Brothers of Alpha, (Ireetings :—• Beta Chi, here alone in the Wonder State, has not been idle nor asleep. Despite the fact that activities have not been reported since the convention, progress has been made and Alpha has marched on in true Alpha style. We are happy to present three neo-

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phyte brothers who joined us by crossing the Alpha sands in February. They are H a r r y B. Gibson, Jr., James B. J'arks, and John D. Robinson. Brothers who took office in January are C. Alton Russell, president; Eugene Landers, vice president; Tullis E. Freeman. secretary ; Theodore Walters. t r e a s u r e r ; James Hewitt, editor to the Sphinx. As we go forward this year, may the biothers of Alphadom unite their spirit in common welfare of till mankind. Fraternally yours, G. A L T O N R U S S E L L , Associate Sphinx Editor. o GAMMA CHAPTER VIRGINIA UNION UNIV. lirothers in Alpha Phi Alpha, Greetings:— The spirit of fellowship and achievement which has motivated Gamma in the past is greatly deepened this year. The closing months of 1940 saw the prosecution of the most ambitious financial undertaking ever attempted by the chapter in its history; the successful completion of which at the opening of the new year, has made for a unity of purpose that is seldom excelled With the dawn of the calendar year of 1941, the following Brothers took oftice: Charles R. McCrary, president; Henry A. Wise, vice president; Silas Binns, recording secretary; G. Douglas Brown, financial secretary; Barrington H. Bowser, t r e a s u r e r ; Marcellus E. Toney, s e r g e a n t - a t - a r m s ; G. Richard Martin, chaplain; J. Wallace Collins, associate editor. The chapter roster lists twenty-nine active members. The first activity of the year was a very successful smoker given by the chapter and the Sphinx Club for new students, which was attended by well over a hundred guests, brothers, and little brothers. The speaker of the evening was Brother Robert B. Johnson, a graduate of this school in 1938 and who has the singular distinction of being back at Union teaching in 1940, holding an associate Professorship in the Department of Music and an Assistant in the Department of Social Sciences. The Sphinx Club is both qualitatively and quantitatively the best in its hist o r y ; it has over twenty-five members, and its scholarship qualifications are by the university. A Sphinx Club Choral Club was formed and gave a chapel recital, which was hailed by critics as the best of its kind.

W h a t the Chapter Plans to do in 1941 The annual "Miss Gamma" contest has already been launched, with six comely coeds bidding for that coveted title. The proceeds from this contest will, as is usual, go to the maintenance of the Gamma Scholarship Fund which annually provides tuition at Union for some deserving male High School graduate. This is Gamma's participation in the Educational program of Alpha Phi Alpha. Though each brother has personally pledged $5.00 to the Belgian Friendship Fund, plans are being made for a large contribution by the chapter. Plans are also being instituted for a system of coaching and a lib.ary ot information on subjects, contributed by Alpha upperclassmen for the benefit of the newer students. Yours for Fraternal improvement, J. W A L L A C E C O L L I N S , Jr. o A L P H A RHO

LAMBDA COLUMBUS, OHIO Brothers in Alpha Phi A l p h a : Alpha Rho Lambda Chapter has a community forum that has operated for the past four years. It meets every fourth Sunday at one of the local churches. Various interesting topics are discussed. Some expert in the field first gives a talk on the topic; then questions are asked by the audience. These forums are well attended and the audience seems to look forward to the fourth Sunday of each month. W h a t the Chapter Plans to do in 1941 1. To reclaim as many Brothers as possible. 2. To go forward with an Alpha Reformation, Restoration and Renaissance P r o g r a m . 3. To form an auxiliary of the wives and sweethearts of Alpha Brothers to help create more interest in the chapter activities of the year. 4. To buy a house for dormitory and social activities of the chapter. (We now rent one). 5. To carry out the program of the General Organization in the Education for Citizenship Program. Fraternally yours, A. D. V. Crosby. o ALPHA ALPHA LAMBDA NEWARK, NEW JERSEY Brothers in Alpha Phi Alpha, (ireetings :— Alpha Alpha Lambda Chapter held its annual banquet and installation ser-


April, 1941 vice January 25th past in the spacious dining room of the Grand Hotel. All of the brothers present pledged themselves to make this the greatest year in the history of the chapter. Brother Dr. Gaylord Howell, master of ceremonies, introduced Brother Dr. Farrow Allen, General Treasurer, as guest speaker of the evening. Brother Allen gave a very interesting and inspiring report of the convention. Brother Fred Martin and Brother Dr. Harold Branch, delegates to the convention from Beta Alpha Lambda, also spoke on the highlights of the convention. The following brothers were selected to guide our chapter for the coming year. Brothers Dr. Charles H a r r i s , president; Brother Dr. Aubrey Robinson, vice president; Brother Arthur W i l liams, secretary; Brother Guy R. Moorchcad, treasurer. Brother Leonard C. W r i g h t was recently appointed to the position of Parole Officer in Newark. All members of the chapter join in wishing him every success in his . new position. Our chapter plans to sponsor, with the aid of other fraternities and sororities, a play written by Hughes Allison, noted author, in an effort to break down discrimination against our nurses and doctors in our city hospitals. W e hope to present this play this month. In keeping with our policy to make this the most outstanding year in our history, we are working night and day to put the program over. Brother Dr. James C. Carr was recently appointed City Physician for the Department of Public Welfare. Fraternally yours, O L L I E T. DALY, Pittsburgh, Pa.

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in which the convention was carried out. The speedy, unique method used in the registration, the ease and satisfactory way in which each brother was housed, the grand way all were entertained, constitute a great part of the cause for applause. It is true that "bull sessions," private parties and social club affairs were grounds for admiration but above all else the brothers in Alpha have expressed admiration orally and by letters for the slogan of the Convention, "Cooperation in the H e a r t of the Nation" and the fine w a y in which the spirit and letter of this bond was carries out by Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, and Kappa Alpha Psi. Beta Lambda spared no pains to provide this convention, and feel that a criticism has been set as to what a Convention in Alpha can be, with or without the cooperative atmosphere. Beta Lambda is alive now, more alive than at any time in recent years. This is opposed to the theory that convention cause chapters to grow for the moment but like the "Mississippi bubble" hursts as the glamour and fan fare passes into oblivion. The following are the new officers who will guide Beta Lambda for the next y e a r : Brother J. R. Lillard, president; Brother Paul Moberly, vice president; Brother Dowdel Davis, recording secretary; Brother J. A. Jefferies, corresponding secretary; Brother Guy D a vis, financial secretary; Brother J. H. Bluford, t r e a s u r e r ; Brother J. L. Howell, director of education; Brother Sol. H. Thompson, sergeaut-at armBrother A. O. Thurman, associate edit o r ; Brother L. Hughes, chaplain; Brothers M. E. Carroll, J. L. Howell, and J. R. Lillard, reporters to the P a n Hellenic Council. What the Chapter Plans to do in 1941


These brothers in Beta Lambda forming the executive committee ably led by Brother President J. R. Lillard, has presented to the chapter the following program for the year.

Greetings Brothers in Alpha Phi A l p h a :

1. Establish a scholarship aid of $100.00.


The Convention held in the beautiful Municipal Auditorium here, during the Christmas Week has gone, to meet another year in the city of Louisville, in Kentucky. Many have been the letters that have come in from all sections of the country expressing the admiration for the way

ing during October or at some other appropriate time. We are to ask various administrative officials from both sides to appear before us to give talks. F o r example, Superintendents of schools, their topics would be, "How we as an Educational group can aid our public school system and make the teaching lot of teachers easier." Mayors and departmental heads, their topics would be, " W h a t we as an Educational group can do to contribute to the welfare of our city administration or what educational project could we sponsor that would best aid that particular department." Civic group leaders such as our Chamber of Commerce presidents, Chairman of our Citizens Advisory Council, etc. Their topics would be, "How we can aid the Industrial and Commercial development of our city or how can we best help your group through movements amongst our group." (The purpose of this type of program being is to inform the other race that we too are interested in the development of our respective cities and not just from the stand-point of complaining about our racial mistreatment and economical improvement. 4. We are planning an Educational Committee to sponsor some type of activity in each of the five schools during "Educational Week." There is in committee a program of action for carrying on the educational program campaign beyond our prementioned plans. One hundred dollars have been set aside with the tentative idea of dividing it equally between the two junior colleges in Greater Kansas City. This is to be used in the assistance to some worthy boy student in either academic o r vocational study. Plans are being made whereby the one hundred dollar educational fund might be (replenished. Eighty percent is being paid back out of the already shallow pockets of willing brothers of Beta Lambda. A R T H U R O. T H U R M A N , Kansas City, Mo. o


2. F o r social activities they have planned a masked Hallowe'en Party and give a prize for the most unique costume. A dinner party in honor of the Alpha Wives and Sweethearts in April, 1941. 3. We are planning to sponsor a Civic program in the Power and Light Build-

RHO CHAPTER, PHILADELPHIA, PA. Greetings :â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Rho chapter has held another annual election to decide what officers would guide the ship of Rho for another year. Before the floor was opened for nominations the former president made a

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most sincere plea that the brothers select another as their spearhead. Each of the brothers could tell that he meant every word from the bottom of his heart. One brother called attention to the fact that Brother Jerrick had served Rho as president for 24 years with not an absence from chapter meetings, in that time. H e closed his remarks with a hope that Jerrick would be returned to office to round out a quarter of a century of service to Rho in particular and Alpha Phi Alpha. His nomination of Brother Jerrick for president followed and the vote was unanimous. All of the other officers were also returned an unanimous vote. As is our custom we recognize and make mention here of outstanding accomplishments of Brothers of Alpha in this area. Brother Dr. Lloyd Fleming along with Brother Herbert Nelson have recently been elected directors of the Ardmore Building and Loan Association. Brother Herbert Nelson is pursuing post graduate study in Criminal Law at the University of Pennsylvania, and is the president of the Pennsylvania Institute of Effective Speaking. Brother Dr. Waltier of Germantown has been invited to join the hospital staff of the new Doctors H o s pital (white). This hospital is manned by graduate nurses and resident physicians. Each staff physician is required to post $1500 as his contribution to the movement. Brother Dr. Percy Bowser, Financial secretary of Rho, is the treasurer of a most progressive company of men, m a jority of whom are Alpha men. These men banded themselves together, put up $1000 in cash and equipped and opened a first class laundry, manned by colored employes. It is estimated that this company has reached the $50,000 class. Alpha marches on. An interesting banquet was given for Dr. Rice, North Philadelphia's public spirited dentist. As president of the North Philadelphia Civic League, he was instrumental in putting colored police in radio-equipped red cars in his sections, as well as makin;* it possible for colored moving picture operators to get into the unions. Brother Dr. " P o p " Georges, one of our best "Chest men" proved to be a splendid master of ceremonies for the occasion. Brother Dr. Donald Maddox was one of the principal speakers. Fraternally yours, S Y L V E S T E R B. S M I T H , Associate Editor.




in Alpha,

Greetings:— Beta Iota Lambda started what promises to become a tradition with its brilliant formal dinner dance J a n uary 31, 1941. Keynoted by the forceful address, "Alpha Phi Alpha Expands southward," delivered by Brother Ferdinand L. Rousseve, Southern Vice-President, the affair proved to be a most colorful occasion. Seated around tables laid out in the form of a gigantic "A," under a row of large Sphinx heads of alternating black and gold, the guests enjoyed a delightful dinner, punctuated by brief speeches by Brothers Dr. F. G. Clarke, President of Southern University; Dr. J. S. Clarke, President-Emeritus and Dr. B. V. Baranco, President of Beta Iota Lambda. The dining hail of Southern University, where the event took place, was decorated in b'.ack and gold. Live palms filled the corners, while behind a huge illuminated A. Phi A. were two large camels, and a row of pyramids. At the other end of the hall a hand carved and illuminated Sphinx head looked down upon the guests. Much credit must be given to Brother William H. Gray, Jr., who served as toastmaster. His witty remarks kept the banquet moving at a rapid pace. In addition, he conceived the gesture which typified the wholesome and fi iendly relationship which Alpha Phi Alpha seeks always to maintain toward all other Greek-letter organizations. At his request Mrs. M. B. Pearry arranged a medley of the songs of all the Negro fraternities and sororities which was sung by ten beautifully gowned young ladies. As each song was sung, the members of the organization being honored arose around the banquet table, making an impressive sight. After the dinner, the tables were moved back and the guests danced until twelve at which time the dance came to a close. Fraternally, F. G. Y E R B Y , Editor to the Sphinx. o

BETA CHAPTER HOWARD UNIVERSITY Greetings Brothers :—• Beta Iris a colorful program for the next couple of months. Probably this

April, 1941 space should be devoted to telling Alphadom about it, as it merits. We helped sponsor the Inaugural Banquet for our National President, Brother Rayford W. L o g a n ; the Coronation Ball was due the following week-end, when Delta's lovely Nadine Harris was crowned; the Annual Musical Tea. under the guidance of Brother George Thomas followed t h a t ; then cam! the big Alpha House Party. All eyes are focused even now on our Spring Prom. All this is news, but suppose we use this space to mention a few of the colorful figures that we have here at Beta—Brothers who in their varied ways make our chapter the bee-hive of interest and fun that it is. Oi course all of them cannot he mentioned here, but in each issue some of them, along with the reports of their antics w.ll be presented. Great Guys! Four years ago, Beta had its "Four Horsemen," in the person of Brothers Gordon, Anderson, Magruder, and Eldridge. All have graduated but in time have assumed the proportions of legendary figures. They are epochal here in that all other swinging teams are measured with them as the standard. Well the 1941 counterpart to those greats are the "Beta Brutes," Brothers William Parks, Robert "Fifi" Thompson, Esmond Bond, and Marshall Hill. They all came in on the Fall 1939 probation and have rapidly risen to a prominent place in Beta's ranks. Consistent in their meeting attendance, they are uncompromising in their desire for maintenance of Fraternity standards. Great g u y s ! H o w a r d University has a tough time in the athletic arena. Everyone feels the depressing results of repeated losses in the major sports, football and basketball. Beta shares the concern, but it is pridefully viewing the work of one basketballer, Brother Marshall Hill, who has turned into a consistent high-point man on recent road trips. Member of the all-state interscholastic team back in his Missouri High School days, Brother "Brute" Hill seems to be on his way to new laurels here. Brother William P a r k s is our new Regional Director. H e is the chapter treasurer. Exacting in his daily choice of attire, discriminating in his weeklyaffairs with women, devoted in his yearround service to Beta, "Brute" Parks has earned a place of leadership in the chapter as well as on the campus. His greatest service to date was his fine


April, 1941 work, along with Brothers Aris Allen and Tyus, at the Kansas City Convention, in bringing the L'Overture Cup home to us. Great g u y ! The most colorful figure in recent years to grace our ranks is Brother Robert "Fifi" Thompson, Westfield, New Jersey's conquering hero. Virtually unknown in his freshman year because of a quiet, retiring air, he has catapulted to campuswlde fame since his probation days when he gained his nickname, "Fifi." Creating a new dance known as the Pivot, he was placed in the lead of the probation chorus in a never-to-be-forgotten act, "Madame Fifi and her Chorus Girls." Mention of it still musters a hearty round of laughs. Great g u y ! The sunkist shores of Florida sent us the fourth of the "Brutes," Brother Esmond Bond. One thing distinguishes him from most Howard men—and that is his faithfulness to one girl. Dead earnest in everything he does, Brother Bond came to Howard, Alpha bound. With his chorts, he is renown for the rhythmical beauty of his stroke (with a tennis racquet). His phisolophy is to drive home (the tennis racquet) seldom but sure. Very rarely are his balls returned. Popular with all the brothers. he has never been known to shirk from an assignment. Great g u y ! That takes care of the 'Brutes." The brothers asked me to announce that Brother Eddie Brookes has "at last" given his frat pin to Wilma. T h e college paper had this to say about i t : "Eddie Brooke is trying to get into the Alpha Sphinx Club again since Wilma Burton now has his fraternity pin— a sure sign that they will be a middleaisling it any day now." Saturday afternoon, February 15th, the Sphinx Club gave a party for the freshman students at the House. It was the first project presented by the new club and proved a big success. We're expecting great things from those fellows. Fraternally, BRO. W I L L I A M T. P A T R I C K •


PHI LAMBDA CHAPTER RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA Brothers in Alpha Phi Alpha, Greetings:— Phi Lambda sends out through these columns a call of renewed fraternity to all brothers within and without the fold. At present we are in the midst of a drive both to reclaim all lost


brothers within our reach and to inspire young men to the heights Alpha has scaled. This latter is to come through our year-round Education for Citizenship campaign, which is an attempt to teach the real meaning of citizenship—by precept and example. Two brothers have been hospitably received by Phi Lambda in recent weeks. They are Brothers C. I. Sawyer, formerly of Beta Epsilon at A. & T. College, Greensboro, N. C , and Brother Norman of Winston Salem, formerly a teacher in the public school system there but now in the public school system of Raleigh. At our last meeting President H . L. Trigg, Elizabeth City Teachers College, was present. Whenever he gets a chance to drop back in Raleigh on meeting night he never fails to attend. Such is the interest of every man in this group, and I am glad to be able to report that every meeting is lively because of the keen interest of every brother present. Brother John H a r l a n brought back to the group a glowing report of the convention. In fact Brother H a r l a n was so full of the convention that one brother remarked, "We certainly got our money's worth from his report. There was one statement really outstanding in his report:— "Let no one think that the Alpha Convention was merely a grand social event. Although a good time was had by all, the really serious undercurrent was felt all the way through, and the good accomplished was worth all the time and money spent." Brother H a r l a n has made quite a number of the chapter vow not to miss Louisville. Brother R. P. Daniel was unable to reach the convention because of an automobile accident in Texas while enroute to Kansas City. Yet even in his absence, he was reappointed chairman of the budget committee. Brother H. C. Perrin has been reelected president of the C. I. A. A. So brothers help me wish him success in his guidance of one of our strongest athletic groups. Phi Lambda has reason also to be very proud of a very brilliant young brother, J. H. Franklin, of St. Augustine College. He is a member of the faculty of the college, serving as P r o fessor of History. Brother Franklin wen on a stale-wide tour addressing high school groups, clubs and simi-

Page 35 lar organizations. His services as a speaker are greatly in demand. Phi Lambda, under the leadership of Brother J. P. Bond, is not only hoping but working to put over an adequate program. Fraternally yours, P . M. B R A N D O N , Associate Editor to the Sphinx o



Brothers in Alpha, we greet you:— The Psi column did not appear in the last Sphinx issue. So the new officers have not been announced as yet. We of Psi Chapter have decided to venture forth on a new experiment. That is of electing a younger group of officers. They have met and pledged themselves to the task of actively cooperating in all the campaigns and programs of the general organization, aside from the program and new policy they have decided to pursue in our own chapter. New officers are Brother Franklin Morris, president; Brother Ralph Baxter, vice president; Brother Robert Poindexter, secretary; Brother John Jones, assistant secretary; Brother Ernest Smith, t r e a s u r e r ; Brother Linsay Strothers, sargeant-at-arms and Brother Edwin Campbell, associate editor of the Sphinx. Our president, Brother Morris, who along with Brother Hugh Hyde is in the graduating class from Temple University, has set up a system of committees which already is proving itself by its smooth functioning and efficient discharge of the duties designated to the various committees by him. We might further state that we of Psi Chapter are justly proud of our new president who is not only an energetic leader and a great organizer, but at the same time, is an orator of considerable distinction not withstanding his youth. February 11th, two new brothers were initiated into the fold of Alpha Phi Alpha. They are Brother Geo. Nottake and William Coleman, Jr., who are both honor students at the University of Pennsylvania. These two brothers have made noteworthy achievements at the university and have, at all times, been examples of those broad ideals and aims of Alpha of which we are all so proud. Brother Coleman, Jr., during the last semester, received all "A's" a total of

P a g e 36 seven. H e is scheduled to be interviewed for Phi Beta Kappa in the spring, to graduate in June, and to enter H a r vard Law School in the fall. In the same manner the work of Brother Nottage has been gratifying to all Alpha men. W e say to these brothers as we say to all Alpha brothers, "Go o n ! Sail thou ship of A l p h a ; for thou can's! cross safely tlie turbulent sea of life." Fraternally yours, EDWIN CAMPBELL, Associate Sphinx editor. o ALPHA NU LAMBDA TUSKEGEE INSTITUTE Alpha Nu Lambda speaks through these columns once more after an absence of about two years . . . or is it three? This year the brothers at T u s kegee decided to put an end to their inactivity, once and for all, and so L: >t together, planned things anew. The fust two meetings of the "rejuvenation" period were held at the apartment of Brother W. A. Shields. The following officers were elected:â&#x20AC;&#x201D; President, Burnette J a c k s o n ; Secretary, Horace D w i g g i n s ; Treasurer, Robert Reid; and Associate Sphinx Editor, Neal F . Herrifold. Twenty-three men are now financial and in good standing with Alpha Nu Lambda, and we expect to add to this number before the school year ends. Our personnel includes brothers at T u s kegee Institute and at the Government Hospital. Our most recent meeting, held at the residence of Brother Irving Dcrbigny, was one of those "real' Alpha meetings, the kind where the brethren get loose and really show the "good old Alpha spirit." Perhaps that remark will lie clearer when I indicate that one of the major problems considered was that of new blood for the chapter and for the fraternity in general. Hosts for this gathering were Brothers Derbigny. Cravens, Brown, Jackson and Lee, all of whom "did themselves proud." A large number of the men were present and enthusiastic over plans for the chapter. In the absence of Brother Dwiggins, who is away for a few months doing work in the Veterans' Administration, Bronx, New York, Brother George Reid is acting as chapter secretary. W e promise you more news as the months roll by. As the various projects shape up, which the chapter plans,



information will be passed to you through these columns. So with best wishes from Alpha Nu Lambda we say 'so long' until the next time. Chapter editor, N E A L F. H E R R I F O R D o

ALPHA OMICRON CHAPTER JOHNSON C. SMITH UNIV. Greetings : Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity takes pride in introducing the following newly initiated b r o t h e r s : T. Wilkins D a vis, Thomas Lee Ingram, Harold Stinson, Homer Kennedy, and Leslie Cogdell. As the majority of the officers of the chapter were Seniors, it was expedient that new officers be elected in order that the progress of the fraternity would not be retarded. Brother Horace Davenport was elected president; Brother Delford G. Williams, vice president; Brother T. Wilkins Davis, recording secretary, and Editor to the Sphinx; Brother Thomas Lee Ingram, financial secretary, and treasurer; Brother Homer Kennedy, chaplain, and Brother Leslie Cogdell, sergeant-at-arms. The former officers w e r e : Brother R. B. Blue, vice president; Brother Jesse Primus, recording secretary and Editor to the S p h i n x ; and Brother U. L. Oliver, financial secretary and treasurer. To reinforce the effectiveness of the previous activities a banquet was given by the chapter on Wednesday, December 18th, in the private dining room of Fred Kemp's Cafe. The occasion began at 9:00 p. m. During the r e p a s t which consisted of fried chicken. E n g lish peas, rice, hot rolls, lemon Meringue custard, and coflfce, short talks were made by the former officers, and their successors. The affair, as all others, ended by the singing of the Alpha Thi Alpha Fraternity hymn. T. W I L K I N S D A V I S Associate Sphinx Editor o

XI CHAPTER WILBERFORCE UNIV. Xi Chapter plans for the year 1941 to be a bigger and better year than 1940. The first milestone reached was the Third Annual Sweethearts' Banquet held in the dining hall of Arnett Hall January 17th. The room was lighted with candles. Sweet and soft music floated into the ears of all present,



blended with the tender voices of our sweethearts. T h e menu included such food as fruit cocktail, roast turkey, Alpha Sweetheart salad and all other delicious food to make the dinner enjoyable. New officers, following the dinner, were introduced to the sweethearts of all Alphas with the Dean of Men, Brother Dr. J. A. Lane, giving a few remarks. The officers for 1941 a r e : President, Charles Spivey; Vice President, John Leslie; Secretary, Thomas Kelley; Assistant Secretary, Charles Benson; Corresponding Secretary, Wayner W i l l i s ; Treasurer, William B r o w n ; Historian, Robert H a r r i s ; and Associate Editor of the Sphinx, W i l liam Browning, Jr. Brother Kelley, delegate to the 28th General Convention in Kansas City, returned with due honors to carry dear old Xi forward by being elected member of the Lay Executive Council. A slight insight on future plans are the participation in Founders Day at Wilberforce, spring probation, initiation and the Spring Formal. Until the next edition, Xi Chapter wishes the continued progress of all chapters and hope each will forever carry the torch aloft. Fraternally yours, W I L L I A M B R O W N I N G , Jr. Associate Editor to the Sphinx o BETA KAPPA CHAPTER LANGSTON, UNIVERSITY Brothers in Alpha Phi Alpha:â&#x20AC;&#x201D; In a time of crisis, Beta Kappa joins hands with other chapters in carrying Alpha Phi Alpha to greater achievements. Already plans are being made for our much discussed annual celebration of the chapter's Founder's Day. The chapter entertained the male members of the freshmen class witn a very unique smofcer. Brother Dr. Charles Wesley, former General President, was guest speaker for the Oklahoma Association of N e gro Teachers which convened in Oklahoma City, February 6th, through February 8th. H e was guest of Brothers Dr. G. L. Harrison, president of Langston. Brother Wesley addressed the regular chapel assembly February 6th. It was a most inspiring message. With the news of Brother Wesley having been made prior to his coming, the a s sembly was crowded with citizens in the surrounding neighborhood. Brother James Hatchett, president of the chapter, extended welcome greetings

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to Brother Wesley and presented Dr. Harrison, who introduced the noted visitor. Brother Faythe A. McGinnis, senior,

recently lext for Tuskegee Institute to receive Pi.ot Air Corps.




U. S.

Beta Kappa Chapter will promote two topics during our educational week . . . "Go to High School; Go to College" and '"Education for Citizenship." The major program will he presented April 30 in the auditorium of Langstoti University with a special address and comments on education of Negroes for Citizenship. Throughout the week of April 27-May 4, the chapter will do much in stressing the importance of better education to students and citizens of Langston and the surrounding

community. JERRY RUSHING, Langston, University. o

UPSILON CHAPTER KANSAS UNIVERSITY Brothers in Alpha :— We of Upsilon extend heartiest greetings and best wishes to you all. With the fall semester completed, we are striving onward to higher achievements in the shining light of Alpha Phi Alpha. The true spirit of fraternity, and intelligent actions shall rule oui hearts, guide our thoughts and control our lives so that the attainment of the goal we seek shall not pass into oblivion. Much enthusiasm is manifested here at Upsilon through the clearance of our house debt, and with our newly elected president, Ralph Rodgers at the helm, the controls are set for full speed ahead. In the interest of promoting some degree of cooperation and unity among the Greek letter organizations here at the University of Kansas, our chapter gave a good will party immediately following the National Convention, inviting all the other Greek-letter organizations and the independents. This is the initial program of this nature that has been advanced on our campus, and recently there has been steadily developing a more concrete Pan Hellenic Council which had previously lapsed into a state of inertia. The chapter was recently host to Brother William H. Towers, a representative in the Kansas State Legislature during his recent visit here. Brother Towers is a charter member of Upsilon


Chapter. He is the only Negro in the Legislature. On the day dedicated to Dan Cupid, true to tradition, our chapter gave a Valentine Party. In the course of the evening, lovely Miss Vedrene Voorhies was proclaimed our Valentine Sweetheart. With the beautiful decorations and the prevailing romantic atmosphere, everyone was in a festive mood and the affair was a modest bull's eye for Cupid's bow and arrow. We at Upsilon are quite busy at piesent fostering higher standards in campus life, developing a sense of respect for other fraternal organizations, and intensnying our interest and welfare m our Fraternity. Brother Lorenzo Fuller, well re membered by his performance in the recital at the convention, recently heaped honors upon himself, his race and his fraternity by his masterful peril.nuance with the University of Kansas Symphony orchestra. Being chosen for tiie soloist fur the evening was an honor within itself. And his singing of "Ballard for Americans," the feature number of the evening, was superb. His otlur selection was J agues Wolfe's "De Glory Road." I liree times he was hailed back to the stage to acknowledge the applause of the audience. Brother H a r r y Rollins is our representative to the Pan Hellenic council. 'the council's major problem is better representation and less discrimination for Negro students at the University. A L V I N A. W H I T E University of Kansas •





Greetings Brothers :— Once again, after an absence of four months, Beta P i comes into the limelight. The brothers are striving daily to live up to the high ideals and standards of Alpha Phi Alpha. Since the last report, we have had an election with the following brothers being elected :— President, Theodore Lightfoot; vice president; Cecil T. D r a p e r ; recording secretary, Herman Stone; corresponding secretary, Decator J o h n s o n ; treasurer. Jack Gilmore; chaplain, Raymond Calhoun; sergeant-at-arms, Albert Childress; and editor to the Sphinx, Elliott Mayfield. These newly elected officers have avowed, not only to do bigger and better things for Alpha than our retiring

Page 37 officers, but live up to the reputation that they have made. Among its members Beta Pi has an All-Southern and All-American foothall player. He is Brother Jack Gilmore, who hails from Beloit, Wisconsin. brother Gilmore is a junior and cap tain of Lane s luotoan team. H e also shares toe captaincy oi the basketball team with Brother Wardell Beasley. 1 lie Lane cagers so far have enjoyed a measure of success on the hardwood. Another brother, C. T. Draper, was our delegate to tiie 28th General Convention. Upon his return, he reported to the chapter the strides taken by all brothers at the session. On our campus we have seventeen stalwart young men wearing the Sphinx pins. These little brothers have had their election of officers. They a r e : — H a r d i n g Thomas, president; Ernest Buchana, vice president; Kelly M. Graham, secretary; Virgil May, treasurer; William Suttles, s e r g e a n t - a t - a r m s ; Rev. C. W. Jones, chaplain. On February 21, we gave our fifth animal Founder's Day program in our college chapel. Our principal speaker ol the day was Brother A.tis N. Barlow. After our day program a smoker was held that evening for the brothers no Lane College campus and this vicinity. 1 he second annual Delta Sigma Theta Jabberwock was held February 28. W'.e were there with our skit, "The Pilfered Hen," with which we failed to win a prize, but our Sphinxmeu won third place with their skit called "The Negro Children of 1850." ELLIOTT MAYFIELD Lane College o

Fraternity Address By R O S C O E C. G I L E S , M. D. Delivered at 28th General Convention, Kansas City, Missouri Editor's Notes: First installment of Brother Giles' address was published in the Convention Number of the Sphinx, February, 1941. We must next fight superstition, not only of the sordid type born of ignorance and handed down through many generations and of which, may I hasten to add, the Negro is not alone the victim, but of the more subtle type. horn of prejudice such as, the Negro has never accomplished anything; the Negro can do well only under white leadership; Negro professional men

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and women are not as competent as similar representatives of other g r o u p s ; Negro business cannot succeed; Negroes only feel at home among themselves or off to themselves; N e gro institutions cannot possibly attain the same degree of proficiency that other institutions can attain. Given the same opportunities, Negroes, whether on the field of athletic prowess or in business and professional relationships, have proven themselves the equal, and in many instances the superior, of other racial groups in America, and it is our duty to spare no pains in getting this idea over to all the people of the world and to our own in particular. In our desire to attain economic security we must not lose sight of the fact that there is a dearth of Negro professional men and women. This includes physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, architects, engineers, bankers, business executives, journalists, etc. There are whole communities, for example, where there is not one Negro physician to 13,700 of the population, and whole counties where there are no Negro dentists. One need only to point out the necessity for trained leadership which these groups offer and for the support of that trained leadership as fundamental to any economic security. Alpha Phi Alpha has done a most commendable job by the number of scholarships and fellowships it has given away, but there is still much to be done. This is particularly true in the field of medicine where for the past fifteen years or more there has been an increasing tendency to discourage the admission of members of our Race to study medicine in many of the Northern universities. It is important that all doors that have been opened to us shall remain open, not only for the advantages that accrue from studying at these seats of learning, but also for the contacts, especially in the alumni organizations, which may prove valuable in the future. We should educate the public to take out educational policies for their children while young to provide the necessary means for college training for them and provide more scholarship funds, not only for post-graduates but for undergraduates, and to encourage others to do likewise. The more affluent among us should be taught to make the necessary provisions in their wills for the training of our youths. We must interest ourselves in


field of politics. The ballot is one of the

most powerful weapons open to a people. This does not imply blind allegiance to any particular political party. James Weldon Johnson once said, "I do not see that political and economic revolutions ever change the hearts of men. They simply change the bounds within which the same human traits and passions o p e r a t e " 1 believe our future destiny in America will depend to a large measure upon the zeal with which Âťi' support other agencies in fighting for the extension of universal suffrage in America by lighting for the abolition of the poll tax, the socalled White Primary in the South. the share-cropper evil, and all other laws and practices which deny us participation as citizens in the affairs of our Government. Finally, may I mention all too briefly perhaps, and certainly not in accord with its importance, our exclusion from the Defense Program of America? I regret that time will not permit a summary of what other agencies have done along this line, nor what has been accomplished by the Defense Committee of the National Medical Association with which I have been identified for several years. The National Medical Association, the Chairman of its Executive Board, its President, and its Special Defense Committee have been very largely responsible for the appointment of colored men on the local Draft Boards, the Advisory Boards or the Appeal Boards in thirty-two states in the Union. It has also been largely responsible for the integration of colored physicians and dentists by having them assigned to take care of colored units of the Army. Some of our experiences with government officials have been most illuminating, to say the least. One is amazed in talking to many of them of how nebulous are their ideas of what we are preparing to defend. I think most of us will agree with Dr. H a r r y A. < (verstreet in a Town Meeting of the Air broadcast December 16, 1940, when he asked the very pertinent question, "How can we. without contempt for our own hypocracy, ask any human being to defend a country that treats him with contempt?" This is the only country we know. W e came here shortly after the Pilgrim Fathers and have been intimately associated with its history for over four hundred and fifty years. \\Y constitute the largest and most loyal minority group in America. The degree to which America will go in granting us equality of opportunity

April, 1941 and adequate representation in all governmental agencies is the yard stick for the measurement of her sincerity in attempting to impress the rest of the world with her brand of democracy, and the gauge as to whether the preservation of that sort of democracy is worth while. So far her attitude as to the participation of the Negro in the defense plans of the Government has been a black spot upon her escutcheon. Many countries of the world have their eyes fixed upon this Country with the query, "How can the United States of America be tri sted when she treats her largest and most loyal minority group so unjustly?" 'I his is our Country. We should and we will share in her defense as we have always done. We should, by the same token, fight with every legitimate weapon at our command to define what democracy really is and to ask no more nor accept any less than any other group in America. W e should fight that the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States be made a living. breathing thing. We should step up to the wall of every proscription in America and stand with unbowed head and unbroken spirit like Christ stood before Golgotha, strengthened by the conviction that truth, justice, and right are on our side, and fight till America is forced to practice the democracy it preaches, or to reveal to the world her impotency in extending to others what she insists upon for herself. Let us continue our tight to lea 1 America back to democracy until in this Country there shall be no North and no South, no East and no West. no racial or religious antagonisms, till from whatever part of the Country we come we may all join in one grand chorus of "America The Beautiful" in deed and in fact the land of the free and the home of the brave. o

Economic The

Status Of Negro

Second installment of Founder's Address by Brother Nathaniel A. Murray at 23th General Convention, Kansas City. The first section of his message appeared in February Edition, 1941.

Another field in which we can aid is the C. C. C. Many of our Brothers are now enrolled in this organization as leaders and instructors. These positions pay from $165X0 to $-'50,011

April, 1941 monthly. Let us encourage more A. P. A. brothers to enroll in this growing field. I can not begin to name the many advantages along educational, social, moral, military, and vocational linos, that grow out of membership in the C. C. C. Here you earn while you learn. In the National Youth Administration a program is being carried on that is essentially a work program. Thousands of boys and girls in school and out arc learning to handle tools, operate machines, carry on home making, construct roads, and build houses. All of this is for the purpose of giving them a touch with effective labor. They will be better prepared to interest an employer when they have some work experience to offer him. In the Agricultural field we should do what we can to encourage our N e gro farmers and their wives to be thrifty, industrious, and promote the general welfare of their respective communities. There are now employed approximately 416 Demonstration Agents. Many of these agents are A. P. A. brothers who work in the held of Extension sponsored by the U. S. Department of Agriculture. There is room for many more if they only qualify. The work of these agents consists in carrying to the very farm door of our Negroes, and their wives the most modern methods of Agricultural practices. We must encourage Negro farmers to stand 100 per cent behind these agents both men and women. They must be taught to give up the old hit or miss ideas of the past, and take on the newer methods as outlined by the Agricultural department. If our Negro farmers would follow the advice of these agents they would soon learn how to manage their farms properly and obtain maximum crops at a minimum cost. Again a Diversified system of farming which involves growing, more than one crop at a time would save them money, time, labor, and at the same tune insure them against total loss, if the one crop system of growing only Cotton prevailed. Rotation of Crops would likewise provide them with four different kinds of crops each year, viz. a money crop, a feeding crop, a material crop, and cleansing crop. The land will improve in fertility from year to year and bountiful crops will be raised. In the field of Insurance I feel that the Negro has a sort of Economic salvation. It not only offers Financial Indemnity and Social security but it also offers continual employment to our



boys and girls. W h y then should we not encourage brothers (through our various chapters of the fraternity) to support and buy insurance policies in Negro operated companies and thus build up a future Gibraltar for his Family and his race. At the 17th General Convention held in New York City on December 27 to 31 incl. 1924 much constructive legislation was passed. Prominent among the measures passed was what was then known as the Insurance plan. This plan offered a means whereby we could obtain finances to engage in a larger field of service to others. The plan stipulated that Endowment policies would be taken out on the lives of fraternity members. All graduate brothers were to be urged to take out endowment policies for either 10 or 20 years for $100.00 naming the General Organization as the beneficiary Undergraduates were to take out similar policies on graduation from College. An Endowment Commission was named consisting of three to look into the proposition and report at the next General Convention. At the Richmond, \ ' a . convention in Dec. 27-31 incl. 1926 the Endowment Commission made its report. It was received very favorably and it w a s voted to put the plan into operation beginning January 1, 1927. Other legislation passed at this Convention urged the General Convention to take out policies of $10,000.00 each upon the lives of the fraternity Jewels and again named the General Organization as the beneficiary. Altho this Insurance plan was considered one of the most constructive plans offered and accepted it was not fully realized because of many obstacles that developed during the year 1927. Some of the obstacles was the entrance into the fraternity of Political Bargaining. It was this same sort of Political Bargaining that found its way into our fraternity affairs at the New York Convention, u hen certain brothers thought so little of their fraternity and its general welfare that they resorted to Political bargaining on important measures in their zeal to put forward their political favorites. Even though the age of the Founders may be more advanced than the age of some younger brother it is well to remember that the returns on the payments of premiums will come in sooner to the fraternity and more than compensate as an investment for the premiums paid. W i t h young brothers selected, the premiums would be paid for a longer time and the fraternity

Page 39 would be required to wait for the larger income from those sources, whereas in the case of the Founders, it would come in sooner because of the lesser expected life span. In line with this plan I should like to recommend to the General Organization that this plan be revived and again placed in full operation. T h a t is take out the $10,000.00 policies on the lives of the living Jewels, and urge the graduate and undergraduate chapters to take out policies of $100.00 with the usual beneficiary. I hope our President will name a committee again to look into this and put it into operation some time in the year 1941. I consider this plan a most important contribution to our financial Foundation. Another way in which we as a fraternity can aid work for economic stability is to request those brothers who are in a position to do so, as far as it is feasible, to recommend that future contracts for building expansion programs in their schools or school communities over which they have control and which are destined for occupancy by Negro boys and girls, shall stipulate the using of Negro labor to erect these buildings. The percentage of course will depend upon their being able to secure competent skilled and unskilled Negro workers. Negro schools can do much toward helping in this job-getting business by modernizing their trade courses as now offered, so that the boy or girl graduate will be prepared to take their places in the economic struggle for existence. With the advent of the Automobile such obsolete trades as Blacksmithing and Wbeelwrighting should be modified and in their place, such trades as Auto mechanics, Sheet Metal work, and kindred trades should be given. The demand for autos by the American public has so increased that new trades have been developed to meet this demand. Our trade schools should meet this demand for the new trades just like those of the other group have met the demand. By this I mean we should offer training in sheet metal work, electric welding, arc welding, auto spray painting, and how to operate the various types of electric, steam, hydraulic, and mechanical presses that in one operation stamp and shape whole bodies for autos, and their various parts. Various other trades, as plumbing, torch welding, steam, hot water, gas, vapor, electric, heating installations, pipe fitting, for steam, gas and electric systems, fab-



ricated roof covering-, oil burner installation, tire vulcanizing, neon, flourescent, electric and gas lighting systems, refrigeration from gas, oil and electricity, and airplane mechanics and aero engineering should be included. If we had boys and girls trained that is trained properly, in these modern trade industries, with the aid of proper pressure we could place them at good wages in the industrial life of the Defease program. Again we can help by aiding our young people to decide early in life the particular business or trade they wish to engage in, for a career or a living. They should begin by preparing for the business they would develop by acquiring a working knowledge of the trade or business. This will enable them to gain valuable experience and knowledge while studying at a school that gives dependable courses. T r a d e and Vocational schools should give training in the Building trades and Building construction. Such trades would develop skill in the handling of tools and permit Negroes to remodel and modernize not only their own homes, but enable them to do .similar work on the homes of others. T r a d e unions can lie induced to admit Negroes into their organization, if enough pressure is exerted by our leaders. In the Field of Home Economics, Negroes have long been known for their excellence in preparing fried chicken. Why then should we not capitalize upon this known reputation for Real Fried t h i c k e n Dinners and open modernized eating places along heavi ly travelled state and national highways? We should encourage this because nearly every one likes fried chicken. The Italian has seen fit to capitalize upon Spaghetti, the Chinaman upon Chop Suey, the German upon Beer, Sausages and Saner Kraut, then why should we not as Negroes, capitalize upon our reputation for preparing Fried Chicken Dinners and advertise as Real Fried Chicken Dinners by Negroes who know how to prepare as well as cook it. In Boston, Mass.. two Negroes have developed a business that brings a substantial income on the basis of serving Fried and other form s of Chicken dinners. One of these restaurants is managed by a fraternity brother and is patronized by white and colored. It has become an institution in that community. A similar project is in Chicago. There are many opportunities open to Negro youth if they will have faith and if we as leaders will point out the way.



Negroes in the United States at present are a minority group, but that does not prevent them from laboring to let the world know what they are capable of doing. The sooner we as Negroes learn that Labor is the Law of Life, the sooner will we overcome many of the difficulties now confronting us. Every tiling must have some work done upon it before it can be enjoyed. Love your work and raise it to the highest level. The apple has to be peeled, the orange peeled, the ear of torn husked or the banana peeled, before we can enjoy it either as a fruit or a food. The Japanese found that seaweed and fish furnished food nutrients, from the sea or liquid land as they called it, that could not be furnished from the real land due to the density of population, Land in Japan was so scarce that what land was available was needed to build homes, hence they turned to the sea or liquid land to carry on scientific research to obtain food. The result of their work solved a very pressingneed and furnished food to feed betpeoples. We must not only labor for ourselves but we must teach our children how to labor. All labor is honorable as long as it is honest. The Negro washer woman failed to see the chance to apply science to her art. T h e ideas of our parents in not wanting us as their children to have to work as hard as they did. is one of the most damnable goals to set ahead of future citizens in a nation, characterized by Industry, Agriculture, Transportation and the like. The success attained by graduates from such schools as Hampton, and Tuskegee and similarly conducted schools, has come about thru learning to work while attending those Institutions. In the various C. C. C. camps throughout the nation, the U. S. Government realized that all play and no work was not conducive to the development of an all-round American citizen. Hence it has seen fit to adopt the Hampton slogan of Learning by Doing. It has also gone a step further by allowing all enrollees in the various camps to Earn while they Learn, because all 'members receive some form of compensation. W e can ill afford at this time to ignore the appeals of those we left behind. Their appeals whether for social, political, educational or financial betterment should be beard. As we rise we must lilt. We all agree that we are judged by what the masses do and not by what the successful few do. The future of the Negro in America lies with the Negro himself. If we as Ne-



groes hope to profit from the set up of the U. S. Defense program we must do all we can to encourage the race to make a thorough examination of itself, especially as regards their habits of industry, their health and their character. He must also break away from the traditional American veering toward white collar status and enter more ino the manipulative skills, occupations and technical careers. Even though the Negro belongs to the minority group in this country he does not have to be the target for the so called superior races. With so many disadvantages confronting him, the outlook for the future seems anything but bright yet he must continue to believe in himself and fight to overcome every obstacle confronting him. tie must make his future economic status a realization of his efforts in trying to benefit himself and those dependent upon him. In conclusion I wish to impress upon my audience the absolute necessity of leaving unturned no stone which will contribute materially in steering our boys and girls into selecting those trades in the newer fields of labor for which they are best fitted and which at the same time offers such splendid chances for making a real good living. Let us not try to get away from the use of the word Negro. Let us use the word Negro in all forms of advertising. History today is full of facts which are continually being unearthed and given to the public. These historical facts tell of the wonderful part we have played not only in the history of the U. S. but the history of the world at large. We should be proud of this record for it means much to our coming generation, lint while we are teaching race pride to the Negro let us not be unmindful of the need for improvement of our economic condition. Since A. P. A. has always stood for the highest ideals and aims, I feel now is the time to put into action the slogans of the Founders "Service Above Self" and "Lift As W e Climb," and make them living realities that touch the lives and the future of all Alpha Phi Alpha men throughout the entire world. Since A. P . A. has always stood for the highest ideals and aims, I feel now is the time to put into action the slogans of the Founders, "Service Above Self," and "Lift as we Climb," and make them living realities that touch the lives and the future of all Alpha Phi Alpha men throughout the entire world.


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57. B E T A X I — L e M o y n e College, M e m p h i s , T e n n e s s e e ; P r e s i d e n t , O s c a r W. S p e i g h t , 598 W a l k e r A v e n u e ; S e c r e t a r y , B e n j a m i n J o n e s , 34 S. P a r k w a y , E., C. S e c r e t a r y , D a n i e l G. C a r t e r , L e M o y n e College. 58. BETA O M I C R O N — T e n n e s s e e S t a t e College, N a s h v i l l e , T e n n . ; P r e s i d e n t , Billy J o n e s ; S e c r e t a r y , I r a E v a n s , T e n n e s s e e S t a t e College. 59. BETA P I — L a n e College, J a c k s o n , T e n n . ; P r e s i d e n t , T h e o d o r e L i g h t f o o t ; S e c r e t a r y , H e r m a n S t o n e , L a n e College. 60. B E T A R H O — S h a w U n i v e r s i t y , Raleigh, N. C ; President, C l a u d W h i t a k e r , J r . ; S e c r e t a r y , Milford T a y l o r , S h a w U n i versity. 61. B E T A S I G M A — S o u t h e r n U n i v e r s i t y , S c o t l a n d v i l l e , La.; P r e s ident, E d m o n d Harris, Secretary, Lenard Clarke, S o u t h e r n University.

62. B E T A T A U — X a v i e r U n i v e r s i t y , New O r l e a n s , La.; P r e s i d e n t , F l o u n r y Coles; S e c r e t a r y , S t a n d f o r d W r i g h t , 3817 P i n e S t r e e t . 63. B E T A U P S I L O N — S t a t e T e a c h e r s College, M o n t g o m e r y , Ala., P r e s i d e n t , S t a n l e y J . Reese. J r . , S e c r e t a r y , K e n n i e t h A. Vernon , 64. B E T A P H I — D i l l a r d U n i v e r s i t y , N e w O r l e a n s , L a ; P r e s i d e n t H a r o l d L u c i e n ; S e c r e t a r y , J o s e p h M a c k , 1911 S t B e r n a r d Avenue. 65. B E T A C H I — P h i l a n d e r S m i t h College, L i t t l e R o c k , A r k a n s a s ; President, Alton Russell; Secretary, Tullis E Freeman P h i l a n d e r S m i t h College. 66. B E T A P S I C H A P T E R — O x f o r d , C a m b r i d g e , L o n d o n U n i v e r s i ties, L o n d o n , E n g l a n d ; P r e s i d e n t , Dr. C. B . C l a r k e Belfield H o u s e , N e w B a r n e t , E n g l a n d ; S e c r e t a r y , N . A F a d i p e 43 Calthorpe Street, London, England ' 67. GAMMA ALPHA—Tyler, T e x a s , Pres., S t r a t f o r d S. H i l l i a r d ' S e c r e t a r y , J a m e s M. T h o m p s o n , T e x a s College

CHAPTER ROSTER—Graduate Chapters 01. ALPHA LAMBDA—Louisville, K e n t u c k y ; P r e s i d e n t , D r . J . H. Walls, 1631 W. Jefferson S t r e e t ; S e c r e t a r y , ILyman T. J o h n s o n , 2627 W. M a d i s o n S t . , 02. BETA L A M B D A — K a n s a s City, Mo., P r e s i d e n t , J . R. L i l l a r d , 2547 T r a c y ; C o r r e s p o n d i n g S e c r e t a r y , J a m e s Alfred Jeffress, 1824 P a s e o S t . 03. GAMMA L A M B D A — D e t r o i t , Mich., P r e s i d e n t , H e n r y S. D u n b a r , 561 C h a n d l e r ; S e c r e t a r y , G r o v e r D . L a n g e , 607 A d a m s Ave., E . 04. D E L T A L A M B D A — B a l t i m o r e , M d . P r e s i d e n t , R u f u s E. H a c k e t t , 1536 M c C u l l o h S t r e e t ; S e c r e t a r y , D a v i d J . W h i t f i e l d , 704 Gay Street, Baltimore. 05. E P S I L O N L A M B D A — S t . L o u i s , Mo.; P r e s i d e n t , J o h n G. Davis, U N . Jefferson; S e c r e t a r y , P a t r o b i a s C. R o b i n s o n , 4573 G a r f i e l d S t . ; Corr. S e c r e t a r y , A r n o l d B . W a l k e r , 3017 D e l m a r Blvd. 06. Z E T A L A M B D A — N e w p o r t News, Va.; P r e s i d e n t , T. R o g e r T h o m p s o n , 641 H a m p t o n A v e n u e ; S e c r e t a r y , F e r n a n d o B r o w n , 2411 Jefferson Ave. 07. T H E T A L A M B D A — D a y t o n , O h i o ; P r e s i d e n t , , Lloyd G . P h i l lips, 617 R a n d o l p h S t r e e t ; S e c r e t a r y , W a l t e r C. B l o u n t , J r . , 417 S. E u c l i d A v e n u e . 08. ETA L A M B D A — A t l a n t a , G a . ; P r e s i d e n t C h a r l e s W. G r e e n e , 304 Griffin S t . , N. W., S e c r e t a r y , N e l s o n C. J a c k s o n , 247 H e n r y St., S. W . 09. I O T A L A M B D A — I n d i a n a p o l i s , I n d . ; P r e s i d e n t , A r n o l d C. B a n i s t e r , J r . S e n a t e A v e n u e B r a n c h YMCA; S e c r e t a r y , J o h n Mansfield, 724 B l a k e S t r e e t , N o . 114. 10. K A P P A L A M B D A — G r e e n s b o r o , 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 . C r u t c h e r , A. & T . College. MU L A M B D A — W a s h i n g t o n , D. C ; P r e s i d e n t , C. C. H o u s e , 11. 149 W. S t . , N . W., S e c r e t a r y , G e o r g e W. P e t e r s o n , 604 D . S t . , N. W . NU L A M B D A — E t t r i c k . Va.; P r e s i d e n t , J a m e s B . C e p h a s , V i r J. W a r t m a n , Jr., Virginia 12. g i n i a S t a t e ; S e c r e t a r y , C h a r l e s S t a t e College. X I L A M B D A — C h i c a g o , 111., P r e s i d e n t , D r . E. K . M c D o n a l d , IS. 5624 S. S t a t e S t r e e t ; S e c r e t a r y , A l t o n M. C h i l d s , I I , 3653 Calumet Avenue. OMICRON LAMBDA—Birmingham, Alabama; P r e s i d e n t R. 14. L i n c o l n J a c k s o n , 54 9 t h A v e n u e , N.; S e c r e t a r y , H . Lovell Mosely, 1304 1st C o u r t W., 6-8429. B i r m i n g h a m , A l a b a m a . P I L A M B D A — L i t t l e Rock., Ark., P r e s i d e n t , I. T . G i l l a m , 1211 15 P u l a s k i S t r e e t ; S e c r e t a r y , C. F r a n k l i n B r o w n , 1019 Cross S t . R H O LAMBDA—Buffalo, N. Y„ P r e s i d e n t , C h a r l e s B. Hayes, 16, 350 1 2 t h S t r e e t , N i a g a r a F a l l s , N e w York; S e c r e t a r y , Dr. J . M c D o n a l d B o b b , 215 W i l l i a m S t . , Buffalo. O r l e a n s , La., P r e s i d e n t , Herman 17. S I G M A LAMBDA—New W a s h i n g t o n , 2506 L o u i s i a n a A v e n u e ; S e c r e t a r y , C l a r e n c e T . Mason, Dillard University. 18. TAU L A M B D A — N a s h v i l l e , T e n n . , P r e s i d e n t , W. D . H a w k i n s , Jr., 76 W h a r f A v e n u e , N a s h v i l l e , T e n n . ; S e c r e t a r y , J a m e s R. A n d e r s o n , 1027 1 8 t h Ave., N. Fla., P r e s i d e n t . T. M. 19. U P S I L O N L A M B D A — J a c k s o n v i l l e . C h r i s t o p h e r , 3640 L a u r a S t r e e t ; S e c r e t a r y , T . V. T h o m a s , 1760 Myrtle Avenue. 20. P H I L A M B D A — R a l e i g h , N. C : P r e s i d e n t , J o h n P e r c y B o n d , A r c a d e H o t e l , S e c r e t a r y , W a l k e r H. Q u a r l e s , J r . , S h a w U n i v e r s i t y , R a l e i g h , N. C. ei. C H I L A M B D A — W i l b e r f o r c e , O h i o ; P r e s i d e n t , J a m e s T . Henry; Secretary, Harold J o h n s o n , Wilberforce University. PSI LAMBDA—Chattanooga, Tennessee; President,, Booker 22. T. S c r u g g s , 1909 B l a c k f o r d S t r e e t ; S e c r e t a r y , D r . W. B . D a v i s , 124% E. 9 t h S t r e e t . ALPHA A L P H A L A M B D A — N e w a r k , N. J e r s e y : P r e s i d e n t , D r . 23. C h a r l e s H a r r i s , 269 G r o v e S t r e e t , J e r s e y City; S e c r e t a r y , A r t h u r W i l l i a m s , 136 L i n c o l n S t r e e t , M o n t c l a i r . ALPHA B E T A L A M B D A — L e x i n g t o n . Ky.; P r e s i d e n t , F . L. 24. B a k e r , 629 N. U p p e r St., S e c r e t a r y , D r . H . A. M e r c h a n t s , 126 DeWeese St. ALPHA GAMMA LAMBDA—New Y o r k C i t y ; P r e s i d e n t , F r a n k 25. A. W a l k e r , 450 S t . N i c h o l a s A v e n u e ; S e c r e t a r y , C. A r t h u r J a c k s o n , 400 C o n v e n t A v e n u e . ALPHA D E L T A L A M B D A — M e m p h i s , T e n n e s s e e ; President, 26. J a m e s G. K i n g , 758 Ayers S t r e e t ; S e c r e t a r y , A b n e r B . O w e n , Jr., 598 W i l l i a m s A v e n u e . ALPHA E P S I L O N L A M B D A — J a c k s o n , Miss., Pres., E v e r e t t R. 27, L a w r e n c e , T o u g a l o o College, T o u g a l o o , Miss.; S e c , A l a n T . B u s b y , Box 176,_ Alcorn, Miss. ALPHA ZETA LAMBDA—Bluefield, W. Va.; P r e s i d e n t , D r . 28. D. T . M u r r a y , K e y s t o n e , W. Va.; S e c r e t a r y , Edward W. B r o w n e . Bluefield S t a t e T e a c h e r s College. ALPHA ETA L A M B D A — H o u s t o n , T e x a s ; P r e s i d John 29. W. Davis, 2914 Rice S t r e e t , H o u s t o n , T e x a s ; S e c r e t ea nr yt ,, W endell T e r r e l l , P r a i r i e View College, P r a i r i e View, T e x a s . ALPHA T H E T A L A M B D A — A t l a n t i c City, N . J.; President, 30. F e r d i n a n d C. N e w t o n , 217 N. J e r s e y A v e n u e ; S e c r e t a r y , A r w i n A. H a m m , 124 N. N e w Y o r k A v e n u e . 81. ALPHA I O T A L A M B D A — C h a r l e s t o n , W. Va.; P r e s i d e n t , T h o m a s E. Posey, I n s t i t u t e . W. Va.; S e c r e t a r y , K e r m i t J . H a l l . 308-B E l i z a b e t h S t . , C h a r l e s t o n , W. Va. 32. ALPHA K A P P A L A M B D A — R o a n o k e , Va.; P r e s i d e n t . D r . E l wood D. D o w n i n g , 236 P a t t e r s o n A v e n u e ; Secretary, Dr. G e o r g e A. M o o r e . 106 W e l l s A v e n u e . N . W . 33. ALPHA M U L A M B D A — K n o x v i l l e , T e n n . : President, N. A. H e n d e r s o n . 123 E. V i n e Ave., S e c r e t a r y , M. D . S e n t e r , 2134 E. V i n e Ave. :t4 AiLPHA NU L A M B D A — T u s k e g e e I n s t i t u t e . T u s k e g e e , Ala.; President, Burnette Jackson; Secretary, Horace Dwiggins, Veterans' Facility, No. 91, Tuskegee, A l a b a m a

135. ALPHA X I L A M B D A — T o l e d o , O h i o ; P r e s i d e n t , L e o V E n g lish, 614 T e c u m s e h St., S e c r e t a r y , Charles People's 858 Avondale Avenue. 136. ALPHA O M I C R O N L A M B D A — P i t t s b u r g h P a • P r e s i d e n t W Wendel, Stanton, 518 4 t h A v e n u e ; S e c r e t a r yy Wilbur c ' D o u g l a s s , 518 4 t h A v e n u e . ' W U D U r ** 137. ALPHA P I L A M B D A — W i n s t o n - S a l e m , N C • President W a l k e r E. P i t t s , 1117 E. 1 1 t h S t r e e t , C. S e c r e t a r yy William R. C r a w f o r d , 926 R i d g e A v e n u e . ' yvl"""n 138. ALPHA R H O L A M B D A — C o l u m b u s , O h i o - P r e s i d e n t A DeV C l a r e n d o n 5 A v e 2 2 n d S t r e e t ; S e c r e t a r y , B e g a g y T . B e n t o n , 246 139. A L P H A S I G M A L A M B D A — D a l l a s , T e x a s ; President H I 5 2 0 l i a K e ' a t l n 1 3 A v e ° m a S A v e n u e > S e c r e t a r y , S. W. H u d s b n , J r . ! 14 °tt£H£ ! T A U , L A M B D A — T u l s a , O k l a . ; P r e s i d e n t , W. D . C o m b s . 1801 N. Norfolk S t . ; S e c r e t a r y , J . T y l e r S m i t h , 124 N G r e e n wood Street. 141. A LnP H A J U F S I L O N L A M B D A — M o n t g o m e r y , A l a b a m a - P r e s l c ? t - ^ - Warrick H a r d y , Secretary, William H. Fletcher, S t a t e T e a c h e r s College. «"»• 142. ALPHA P H I LAMBDA—Norfolk, Va., P r e s i d e n t Dr E H A d a m s , 1608 Effingham S t r e e t , P o r t s m o u t h , Va.; S e c r e t a r y ' T h o m a s W. Y o u n g , 721 C h a p e l S t . <="««>. 143. ALPHA C H I L A M B D A — A u g u s t a , G a . , P r e s i d e n t , L a w r e n c e e B X 04 P1Igrim Ins Co : n08 phil p St ' - S e c r e t a r y , J o h n M. T u t t , 144-

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A 1 ^M ? ^ „h Pe eS I B L AnM B D A — C o l u m b i a , S. O.J P r e s i d e n t , J o s e p h ™, ^? ' < i e d i c t College; S e c r e t a r y , T h o m a s S. M a r t i n , ziuy Marion fatreet. BETA ALPHA L A M B D A — J e r s e y City, N. J.; P r e s i d e n t J o h n B. F r a z i e r . 5 7 % J e w e t t A v e n u e , J e r s e y City, N . .! ; S e c r e t a r y 5 ™ a n d , : L H e n d e r s o n - 2 6 9 C l i n t o n S t r e e t , N. E.. O r a n e e N J BETA B E T A L A M B D A — M i a m i , F l o r i d a ; P r e s i d e n t , A n t h o n y E. G a r d i n e r , J r . , 1486 N o r t h w e s t 6 C o u r t ; S e c r e t a r y L e o A. L u c a s . 6306 N o r t h w e s t 14 A v e n u e B E T A GAMMA LAMBDA—Richmond, Virginia; President J o s e p h R. R a n s o m e , 815 N. 6 t h S t r e e t ; S e c r e t a r y D a v i d A. G r a v e s , 308 W. L e i g h S t r e e t . BETA DELTA L A M B D A — D a y t o n a B e a c h , Fla., P r e s i d e n t

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