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CHRISTMAS EDITION FRATERNITY SHIELD . . . symbolic of all our noble traditions and highest aspirations. The aim of Alpha Phi Alpha is being heightened as members of our fraternal bond join the forces of America and the United Nations along the far-flung reaches o f the "Fighting Front." Greetings and best wishes for a hastening of the day of a glorious triumph in behalf of all Humanity. Replica of Fraternity Shield designed by Ferdinand L. Rousseve, Sigma Lambda.


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RAYFORD W. LOGAN President Howard University, Washington, D. C. BERT A. McDONALD First Vice-President 319 East 48th St., Los Angeles, Calif. FERDINAND L. ROUSSEVE Second Vice-President 4636 Willow Street, New Orleans, La. JOHN FLEMING Third Vice-President 1532 Linn Street, Cincinnati. Ohio ANDREW R. TYLER Fourth Vice-President 426 W e s t 1 4 6 t h St., New Y o r k C i t y JOSEPH H. B. EVANS General Secretary 101 S. Street, N. W., Washington, D. C. FARROW K. ALLEN .... Treasurer 337 West 138th St., New York City LEWIS O. SWINGLER Editor of the Sphlni 390% 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 , Honorary, Thomas E. Kelley, Wllberforce University. William T. Patrick, Jr., Clark Hall, Howard University, Washington, D. C.i Chas. D. Proctor. Fisk University, Nashville, Tenn. 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

Chairman, Budget Committee Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina



Wilberforce University, Wllberforce, Ohio KERMIT J. HALL Director, Transportation State Teachers College, Bluefleld, West Va JEWELS Dr. Henry A. Callis, 2306 E St., N. E., Washington, D. 0.; Nathaniel A. Murray, 150 You Street, N. W.. Washington, D. C.i Vertner W. Tandy, 221 West 139th St., New York, N. Y.; George B. Kelly, l-113th Street, Troy, New York. •Charles H. Chapman—*Roy H. Ogle—"James H. Morton—•Deceased. REGIONAL DIRECTORS WESTERN JURISDICTION—Bert A, McDonald, Vice-President; Walter M. Booker, Prairie View College, Prairie View, Texas; James A. Robinson, 850 East 49th Place, Los Angeles, Calif.; Bernard E. Squires, 326 Railway Exchange Bldg., Seattle, Washington. SOUTHERN JURISDICTION—Ferdinand L. Rousseve, Vice-President; Region:—Louisiana, Arkansas, Miss., Southern Vice-President la charge; Harold Lucien, Dillard University, New Orleans, La., Undergraduate Director; C. M. Roulhac, Jr., 810 E. McLemore, Memphis, Tenn.; Bernard G. Wheatley, Fisk University, Nashville, Tenn.; Andrew J. Lewis II, 525 Tatwall St., Atlanta, Ga.; John P. Bond, 13% E. Hargett St., Raleigh, North Carolina. EASTERN JURISDICTION—Andrew R. Tyler, Vice-President; John M. Moore, Va. Union University, Richmond, Va.; G. A. Galvin, 216 West State St., Ithaca, N. Y.; Frank Morris. Jr., 1519 Page Street, Philadelphia, Pa.; William J. Parks, Jr., 1917 3rd St., N. W., Washington, D. O ; Rufus Hackett, 536 McCulloh St., Baltimore, Md.; and Thomas A. Center, 54 Mt. Pleasant, North Cambridge, Mass. MIDWESTERN JURISDICTION—John W. Fleming, Vice-President; John R. Lawrence, Jr., 947 Iglehart Ave., St. Paul, Minn.; J. R. Lillard, 2547 Tracy Avenue, Kansas City, Mo.; Attorney Charles F. Lane, 417 East 47th Street, Chicago, Illinois.


1. A L P H A — C o r n e l l U n i v e r s i t y , I t h a c a , N. Y.; P r e s i d e n t , Dr. G. A. G a l v i n , 216 W. S t a t e S t r e e t ; S e c r e t a r y , Dr. A l b e r t P . J o h n son, 216 W. S t a t e S t r e e t . 2. B E T A — H o w a r d U n i v e r s i t y , W a s h i n g t o n , D. C ; P r e s i d e n t , W i l l i a m T. P a t r i c k ; S e c r e t a r y , J o h / i C. H a r v a r d , 1917 3 r d Street. 3. G A M M A — V i r g i n i a U n i o n University ; R i c h m o n d , Va.; P r e s i d e n t , E. D. M c C r e a r y , Jr., S e c r e t a r y , P e r c y P a t r i c k s , V i r g i n i a Union. 4. D E L T A — T i l l o t s o n College, A u s t i n . T e x a s ; P r e s i d e n t , S a m u e l Fuller; Secretary, Joseph B. Bracy. 5. E P S I L O N — U n i v e r s i t y of M i c h i g a n . A n n Arbor, Mich.; P r e s i d e n t , W a t s o n Y o u n g , 210 G l e n n St.; Secretary, Peter J. C a r t e r , No. 2 A d a m s H o u s e . 6. Z E T A — Y a l e U n i v e r s i t y , A t h e n s , O h i o ; P r e s i d e n t , C. A. T r i b b e t t , 124 Dixwell Ave.; S e c r e t a r y , E. H . G o i n , 573 O r c h a r d Street. 7. E T A — C o l u m b i a U n i v e r s i t y , S t . L a w r e n c e , B r o o k l y n C. C , S t . J o h n U n i v e r s i t y , B r o o k l y n , New Y o r k City; P r e s i d e n t , M a c C. Davies, 79 S t . N i c h o l a s A v e n u e , N. Y. C • S e c r e t a r y , Lloyd C. B e s t , 217 W. 120 N . Y. C. 8. T H E T A — U n i v e r s i t y C h i c a g o , C h i c a g o , 111.; P r e s i d e n t , Clift o n O. D u m m e t t , 311 E. C h i c a g o A v e n u e , Box 158. C h i c a g o , 111.; S e c r e t a r y , F r a n k A. B a n k s , 740 E. M a r q u e t t e R o a d . 9. I O T A — A t l a n t a , G e o r g i a ; T o b e s e t u p . 10. K A P P A — O h i o S t a t e U n i v e r s i t y , O h i o ; P r e s i d e n t , L i o n e l H. N e w s o m , 51 E a s t 1 1 t h Ave.; S e c r e t a r y , J a m e s K. A n t h o n y , 68 E. 1 1 t h Ave., C o l u m b u s , O h i o . 11. M D — U n i v e r s i t y of M i n n e s o t a , Minneapolis, Minnesota; P r e s i d e n t , J o h n R. L a w r e n c e , 947 I g l e h a r t Ave., S t . P a u l , M i n n . . S e c r e t a r y , J o h n M. P a t t o n , 954 S t . A n t h o n y Ave., S t . Paul, Minn. 12. N U — L i n c o l n U n i v e r s i t y , P a . S e c r e t a r y , J u d g e E. Page, Lincoln University. 13. X I — W i l b e r f o r c e U n i v e r s i t y , O h i o ; P r e s i d e n t , E v e r a r d A. H u g h e s ; S e c r e t a r y , J a m e s E. M o r r i s I I , W i l b e r f o r c e U n i v e r sity, W l l b e r f o r c e , O h i o . 14. O M I C R O N — P i t t s b u r g h , Pa., P r e s i d e n t , P a u l L. J o n e s , 228 W e s t 14th, H o m e s t e a d , P a . ; S e c r e t a r y M c D o n a l d W i l l i a m s , 201 M i c h i g a n A v e n u e , B e t s h o o v e r , P i t t s , P a . 15. P I — W e s t e r n R e s e r v e , C l e v e l a n d , O h i o ; President, Samuel W a d e , 2285 E a s t 8 9 t h S t r e e t ; S e c r e t a r y , J o s e p h D . S m i t h , 2813 C e n t r a l A v e n u e , N. 584. 16. R H O — G r a d u a t e G r o u p , P h i l a d e l p h i a , Pennsylvania; Pres. D r . W. P . J e r r i c k , 1843 C h r i s t i a n St.: C. Sec. D r . O. W i l s o n W i n t e r s , 28 C u r r e n A r c a d e ; F . S e c . N o r r l s t o w n , P a . ; F . Sec. Dr. P e r c y I. Bowser, 5344 R a c e S t . 17. S I G M A — H a r v a r d University, B o s t o n , Mass., President, T h o m a s C e n t e r , 12 H u b b a r d Ave., C a m b r i d g e , Mass.; S e c r e t a r y , G. S a m u e l D a r r e l l , 111 T o w n s e n d S t r e e t , Roxbury, Mass. 18. T A U — U n i v e r s i t y of I l l i n o i s , C h a m p a i g n - U r b a n a , Illinois; President, R i c h a r d Alexander; Secretary, N a t h a n i e l B. Green, 1301 W. C l a r k S t r e e t , U r b a n a , 111. 19. U P S I L O N — U n i v e r s i t y of K a n s a s , Kansas State Teachers College, E m p o r i a , K a n s a s ; K a n s a s S t a t e College of A g r i c u l t u r e & Applied Science, M a n h a t t a n , Kansas, Lawrence, K a n s a s ; P r e s i d e n t , R o b e r t N. C l a r k ; Secretary, J a m e s D. W a l k e r , 1101 M i s s i s s i p p i S t r e e t , L a w r e n c e , K a n s a s . 20. P H I — O h i o U n i v e r s i t y , A t h e n s , O h i o ; I N A C T I V E 2 1 . C H I — M e h a r r y M e d i c a l College, N a s h v i l l e , T e n n . ; P r e s i d e n t , R a l p h a e l E. T i s d a l e ; S e c r e t a r y , S. B e r n a r d V a g n e r , M e h a r r y M e d i c a l College. 22. P S I — U n i v e r s i t y of P e n n s y l v a n i a , T e m p l e U n i v e r s i t y , P h i l a d e l p h i a , P a . ; P r e s i d e n t , F r a n k l i n M o r r i s , 1519 P a g e S t r e e t W e s t ; S e c r e t a r y . R o b e r t P o l n d e x t e r , 2128 C h r i s t i a n S t r e e t . 23. A L P H A A L P H A — U n i v e r s i t y of C i n c i n n a t i , C i n c i n n a t i C o l lege of P h a r m a c y , Miami University, Cincinnati, Ohio; P r e s i d e n t , J o h n W. F l e m i n g , 1532 L i n n S t r e e t ; S e c r e t a r y , W e b s t e r Posey, 1506 B a y m i l l e r S t r e e t . 24. ALPHA B E T A — T a l l a d e g a College, T a l l a d e g a , Ala.; P r e s i d e n t , H o r a c e J o h n s o n ; S e c r e t a r y , W i l l i a m K i n g , T a l l a d e g a College. 25. ALPHA G A M M A — B r o w n U n i v e r s i t y , P r o v i d e n c e , R h o d e I s land, INACTIVE. 26. ALPHA D E L T A — U n i v e r s i t y of S o u t h e r n C a l i f o r n i a , L o s A n geles, Calif., P r e s i d e n t , H e n r y F e l t e n b e r g , 1286 S. S e r r a n o ; S e c r e t a r y , E d w a r d Y o r k , 1286 S. S e r r a n o A v e n u e . 27. ALPHA E P S I L O N — U n i v e r s i t y of C a l i f o r n i a , Berkeley, C a l i f o r n i a ; P r e s i d e n t , H a r o l d R. J o n e s , 2831 E l l s w o r t h S t r e e t , B e r k e l e y ; S e c r e t a r y , H e n r y J o h n s o n , 1340 8 t h St., O a k l a n d , California.

V i r g i n i a S t a t e College. I n s t i t u t e , W e s t Va.; P r e s i d e n t , L a w r e n c e N . J o n e s ; S e c r e t a r y , G a r l a n R . Als t o n . W e s t Va. S t a t e College. 29. ALPHA E T A — S t . L o u i s , Mo.; P r e s i d e n t , G e o r g e H. H y r a m , 4432 N o r t h M a r k e t St.; S e c r e t a r y . E a r l W. H u n t e r , 2316 Spruce. 30. ALPHA T H E T A — U n i v e r s i t y of I o w a , I o w a City, I o w a ; P r e s i d e n t , J a m e s P e o p l e s ; S e c r e t a r y , A. Low; C. S e c r e t a r y , G e o r g e R. R a g l a n d , Jr., 818 S o u t h D u b u q u e S t r e e t . 3 1 . ALPHA I O T A — U n i v e r s i t y of C o l o r a d o , D e n v e r , Colo., P r e s i d e n t , H o w a r d J e n k i n s , Jr., 3131 G i l p i n St., S e c r e t a r y , J o h n W a l l a r , 2606 G i l p i n S t . 32. ALPHA K A P P A — S p r i n g f i e l d College, A m h e r s t College, A m h e r s t , Mass., S p r i n g f i e l d , Mass.; I N A C T I V E . University, Evanston, Illinois; 33. ALPHA M U — N o r t h w e s t e r n President, Charles Warren; S e c r e t a r y , W i l l i a m C. P y a n t , 1930 B r o w n A v e n u e . 34. ALPHA N U — I o w a S t a t e College, D r a k e U n i v e r s i t y , Des Moines, Iowa, INACTIVE. 35. ALPHA X I — U n i v e r s i t y of W a s h i n g t o n , S e a t t l e , W a s h i n g t o n ; P r e s i d e n t , J a m e s P . J o h n s o n , 928 31st St., S e a t t l e , W a s h i n g t o n ; S e c r e t a r y , R o b e r t B . P i t t s , 326 23rd A v e n u e , N o r t h . 36. ALPHA O M I C R O N — J o h n s o n C. S m i t h U n i v e r s i t y , C h a r l o t t e , N. C ; P r e s i d e n t . H o r a c e D a v e n p o r t ; S e c r e t a r y , T. W i l k l n s D a v i s . J o h n s o n C. S m i t h U n i v e r s i t y . 37. ALPHA P I — L o u i s v i l l e M u n i c i p a l College, Louisville, K y „ P r e s i d e n t , A n d r e w M o t e n , 2336 W. C h e s t n u t S t r e e t ; S e c r e t a r y , J u l i u s L. G r e e n e , 1810 W . C h e s t n u t S t r e e t . 38. ALPHA R H O — M o r e h o u s e College, Ga.; P r e s i d e n t , B e n j a m i n B u l l o c k , S e c r e t a r y , C l a r e n c e W i l l i a m s , M o r e h o u s e College. 39. ALPHA S I G M A — W i l e y College. B i s h o p College, M a r s h a l l , T e x a s ; P r e s i d e n t , F r e d e r i c k D. S m i t h ; S e c r e t a r y , T. L a n n e t t M a c k , Wiley College. 40. ALPHA T A U — U n i v e r s i t y of A k r o n , O h i o ; P r e s i d e n t , A t t o r ney Artee Fleming, 22 W e s t M a r k e t S t r e e t , A k r o n , O h i o ; S e c r e t a r y , H e r b e r t T. B r a c k e n , 385 W e l l i n g t o n . 4 1 . ALPHA U P S I L O N — C i t y College, D e t r o i t , M i c h i g a n ; P r e s i d e n t , Lloyd G. R i c h a r d s , 6364 E p w o r t h Blvd.; S e c r e t a r y Clift o n H. Griffith. 3607 R i v a r d . 42. ALPHA P H I — C l a r k U n i v e r s i t y , A t l a n t a , Ga.; President, C l a r e n c e D. C o l e m a n ; S e c r e t a r y , E p h r a i m A. Grier, C l a r k University. 43. ALPHA C H I — F i s k U n i v e r s i t y , N a s h v i l l e , T e n n e s s e e ; P r e s i d e n t , C h a r l e s D. P r o c t e r ; S e c r e t a r y , C l a r e n c e I. P a y n e , Fisk University. 44. ALPHA P S I — L i n c o l n U n i v e r s i t y , Jefferson City, Mo.; P r e s i d e n t , A l p h o n s e E. Ellis, Allen H a l l . L i n c o l n U n i v e r s i t y S e c r e t a r y , W i l l i a m McCoy, Allen H a l l , L i n c o l n U n i v e r s i t y ' 45. B E T A A L P H A — M o r g a n College, B a l t i m o r e , Md.; P r e s i d e n t W i n s t o n E m e r s o n B r o w n , 529 C u m b e r l a n d S t r e e t - S e c r e t a r y ' H a r r y A u g u s t u s Coles, 1935 D r u i d Hill Ave. BETA B E T A — U n i v e r s i t y of N e b r a s k a , C r e i g h t o n U n i v e r s l t v 46. Municipal University, Lincoln, Nebraska, President Gaines T. B r a f o r d , 1952 T. S t r e e t , L i n c o l n , N e b r a s k a Secretary H a r o l d B i d d i e x , 2225 S. S t r e e t , L i n c o l n , N e b r a s k a . 47. B E T A G A M M A — V i r g i n i a S t a t e College, E t t r i c k Va • P r e s i d e n t , R e u b e n K. D a v i s ; S e c r e t a r y , A r t h u r E Y o u n s ' 48. B E T A D E L T A — S t a t e College, O r a n g e b u r g , S C • P r e s i d e n t R o l a n d J. Geiger. 49. B E T A E P S I L O N — A g r i c u l t u r a l a n d T e c h n i c a l Colleee G r e e n s boro, N o r t h Carolina; President, Clinton E t h e r l t e e Secret a r y , E a r l H o l l a n d , A. & T . College. ^ n e r i a g e , secre 50. B E T A Z E T A — S a m u e l H u s t o n College, A u s t i n T e x a s - P r p s i d e n t , M a c e o D. P e m b r o k e ; Secretory, Weldbn K Ornvls S a m u e l H u s t o n College, A u s t i n , T e x a s . w e l a o n K - Groves, B E T A E T A — S o u t h e r n I l l i n o i s T e a c h e r s Colleee C a r h n nriale 51. 111., P r e s i d e n t . C h a r l e s E. J o n e s , 211 N w i l l SerretarV 8ec Gaffney T a y l o r , C o l p , I l l i n o i s . ' retary. 52. B E T A T H E T A — B l u e f l e l d S t a t e T e a c h e r s C o l l e e e P r e s i d e n t : e?"1 Conile 53. B E T A I O T A — W e s t e r n Michigan; INACTIVE.



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54. B E T A K A P P A — L a n g s t o n U n i v e r s i t y , L a n e s t o n OklahomaP r e s i d e n t , G e o r g e P e a r s o n ; S e c r e t a r y , Loyal R u c k e r 55. B E T A M U — K e n t u c k y S t a t e College, F r a n k f o r t , Ky.'; P r e s i d e n t , A r t h u r W a l t e r ; S e c r e t a r y , R o b e r t L. C l a r d y 56. i E T ^ £ P " ^ ! , » r , l d w Ax- & M i , C o l ' e g e , T a l l a h a s s e e , F l o r i d a ; P r e s i d e n t , Oliver H. J o n e s ; S e c r e t a r y , J a m e s M. Y o u n g .

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ESSggllElNTMAS, 1942, finds Phi Alpha v f e ^ 4 | cancelling its Thirtieth General Conven[ ^ ^ ^ ^ tion, due to the inconveniences imposed by the present war situation. This act, in itself, is symptomatic of further sacrifices which the fraters in Alpha Phi Alpha WILL and SHOULD be called upon to make, both individually and collectively. The question, then, is " C a n we meet the t e s t ? " Cancellation of our current annual convention will be no more than a mere gesture, unless we implement slogans for victory into positive everyday activity, designing towards greater fulfillment of the democratic ideologyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not only in America, but all over the world! And, once we do this, we will be executing action proposed before in this column, even before Pearl Harbor. This is just another way of saying that the present straggle between democracy and totalitarianism has erected no new issues. It has simply brought them into bolder relief! A reiteration of certain of these obligations, then, is not amiss. Of primary concern to all Alphadom should be the status of those Alpha brothers who are now members of the armed forcesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;particularly those assigned to foreign duty. Whether or not it is Christmas, we should remain in constant touch with these brothers. A special Yuletide Greeting, of course, is in order; but, we must remember, likewise, the human desire to know what the other fellow is doing and what is going on at home. News which we might consider trivial would prove stimulating to the boys in uniform. I am sure that von have heard this preachment before, but HAVE YOU DONE ANYTHING ABOUT I T ! Again, it is human to procrastinate; but why wait until the soldier writes YOU for news? In this transmissal of news, it is proper to include items referring to the activities of the local chapter, in all its ramifications to home life. Local chapters, moreover should build upon accurate and cumulative roster of the brothers in the armed forces. Just as it is desirable for those of us who remain on the home front to write the brothers in the armed forces, it is also apropos for the brother in the armed forces to keep in contact with bis brothers at home, as well as the general officers of the organization. It is well to seek information regarding the plans and activities of Alpha Phi Alpha and it is equally as inappropriate for an Alpha man to feel his responsibility to the fraternity temporized upon his induction into the armed forces. What is more true, perhaps, is the fact that this responsibility becomes heightened, as the banner of Alpha Phi Alpha invades areas hitherto relatively strange. We must, at all times, know Alpha

men by their presence and, in this stirring challenge, the Alpha soldier must continue to press forward to greater heights of excellence and performance. In fine, an Alpha man should expect no more from the fraternity than he does himself for the fraternity! Furthermore, his actions, as a soldier, should be exemplary of high standards of conduct which are conducive to progress in soldier life. This is said because there seem to be those who have accepted induction as the last tryst with life and, consequently, have fashioned for themselves a pattern of life which is not at all commendable or characteristic of normal life. Further implications, which space precludes, could be drawn ; but, the desideratum is that a constant inter-relationship should exist between the brother at home and the brother in the armed forces. In his official release, cancelling the Annual Convention, General President Logan suggested " a banquet, to be held by each chapter and by groups of brothers not able to reach a chapter seat, on the night of December 31, 1942. Greetings would be read from the General President, the jewels, other General Officers including the VicePresident and the Regional Director of the particular jurisdiction. At midnight one brother would figuratively give the Fraternal grip to all other Brothers and then all would sing the Fraternity hymn." Consistent with a previous proposal, this column advocates once more a functional local program, deriving from peculiar local needs. Paradox that it may be, the present curtailed national life affords excellent opportunity to initiate such program. That it might have well been tried in normal times is besides the question. The point is that exigency now demands a re-adjustment in our fraternal life and NOW is the time to institute not so much stop-gap procedures as intelligent measures which can persist, even after the present emergency. In this vein, the following plan is broached, without any misgivings, as to its future value and significance. Why could it not be possible to arrange for state meetings of Alpha Phi Alpha, within the threemonths period following the Christmas holidays. The Regional Director might assist each state in selecting an appropriate place and time for the meeting. While one is aware of the imminent gas rationing program (this is being written November 16, 1942), it does seem possible that, upon ample preparation, share-a-car clubs could be organized for such a confab. These state meetings, after dispensing of the routine business demanded by the fraternity, could address their attention to those Turn To Page 6

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December, 1942


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



G. B.




President Logan Extends Greetings Of The Season TO ALL ALPHA


GREETINGS: At the crucial Yuletide we simply cannot s a y : "Peace on Earth, Good Will to All Men." Both abroad and at home mighty forces are arrayed for the purpose of denying to Mankind the dignity of the human personality for which the Christ died on the Cross and of mocking the noble Trinity of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity for

F E R D I N A N D L. R O U S S E V E Second Vice-President

which the


of a once

THOSE glorious

J K W E L N. A. M U R R A Y

France ran red.

and rough and tough. But the Alpha

This Christmas is the first, however, since 1939 that our side has begun to fight on a terrain that it has chosen. This fact is the best Christmas present that any of us could expect at this time. N o one knows how many more red Christmases will have passed into eternity before the forces of evil have been broken. The struggle will be rude

nion who are engaged in this Campaign

JOHN Third

FLEMING, Vice-President

lor Citizenship will emerge more determined than ever that they will not become another lost generation wandering through a bewildered world to a third holocaust. Brothers in Alphaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;There is no Defeat. There is only the postponement of victory!

A N D R E W R. T Y L E R Fourth Vice-President



J E W E L V. W. T A N D Y

DR. F A R R O W R. A L L E N General Treasurer

GREETINGS FROM BRO. THOMAS E. KELLEY My message to the men in the Armed Service:â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

J O S E P H H. B. E V A N S General Secretary G R E E T I N G S OF From Jewels, General Officers, and Counci linen to brothers all over the world. Our prayerful wishes go out; especially for the welfare of brothers in the armed service. We face the New Year with confi-

C H A R L E S D. P R O C T O R lay Councilman

L E W I S O. SW'fN'GLER Editor, Sphinx Magazine

THE SEASON dunce for we are united in spirit arid purpose. And through "Manly Deeds" Alpha Phi Alpha will surely add another illustrious page in 1943 to its already glorious record of service.

B E L F O R D V. L A W S O N General Counsel

To you, brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha, who a r e fighting for our country, I express admiration for your loyalty and determination in playing your part. Even though you are always given evidences here and there of racial difficulties and oppressions, you have shown that you a r e truly men of the highest caliber. You are representing the ideals of our Fraternity. Although many of you will not be home this C h r i s * - " ^ T sin"'


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Alpha In Wartime F r o m Page 3 pertinent problems, involving the civil liberties and economic status of the Negro, in their immediate environment. Definite effort could be expended to perfect a philosophy and technique which would enlist aid not only of Alpha brothers but also from any interested persons or groups, who are commonly concerned with the problem at hand. This idea, it is conceded, is by no means new. But, it would be novel T O S E E S O M E O N E DO SOMETHING ABOUT I T ! Activity should not cease here, if it did become possible to inaugurate a concrete program of action, as suggested above. Each state conference could prepare a careful report of its work and then elect a single representative to attend a central conference, along with the Executive Council. It is true, of course, that transportation is difficult; but the stake which the N e gro holds in the present muddled state of world affairs is so fraught with insecurity, as to warrant an assemblage of our keenest thinkers and social engineers, whose task will be to decide upon a consolidated course of action. The senate controversy anent the anti-poll t a x bill might be offered as a case in point. Indeed, it is encouraging to note that there is appearing in Washington a group of liberal solons who will brave the wrath of certain element to oppose fearlessly the perennial southern bloc. But they cannot fight our '"ust


DO YOU KNOW That SUPREME LIBE PANY is now issuing a £ clauses to a certain percen under an Order of Paymen If you have not been c write for Information to ti Stewart. JJ\J I LJ. t. «*».,,*._,

Chicago, Illinois

seem advisable, from this corner, for the Council to convass the G E N E R A L E L E C T O R A T E of the fraternity to ascertain a consensus of opinion as to WHAT IT WOULD LIKE TO BE D O N E , before arriving at A N Y decision pertaining to the entire personnel of the fraternity. Consequently, it is strongly urged that the foregoing plan be submitted to popular referendum for its disposition. In like m a n ner, any other proposal seeking a constructive program of action could be referred to the common man of the fraternity. F u r t h e r mention might be made of the laudable project of the Kansas City Convention of 1940. While there is no intent here to deprecate the work of the national Pan-Hellenic Council, there still seems to be little evidence of its influence upon the G E N E R A L S P I R I T and A C T I V I T Y of the various Negro Greek-letter organizations. T h e Kansas City Experiment needs to be repeated! All the Negro fraternities and sororities should deliberately consolidate their programs, so as to constitute a frontal attack against racial discrimination, on the part of our intellectual elite, which is supposed to h a r b o r our intelligent minds. If Alpha Phi Alpha would accept the plan proposed above, or any modification thereof, it would be in excellent position either to assume the lead o r to fall into line (it would not make that much difference!) with the remainder of the Negro Greek-letter groups. This, brothers in Alpha, is construed o be a Christmas message, consistent

with the raging war. To be sure it

is not platitutionus. The era of Santa Claus is passed. W e must perform service for ourselves! W e can no longer continue to be content with left-overs! This, then, is a Christmas message calling for courage and intelligence to fight not only the aggressors abroad but also the vandals at home. Brothers, in Alpha Phi Alpha, we all are soldiers who bear upon o u r shoulders a heavy responsibility as to the nature of the Yuletide Season of 1942 and thereon. Let us do all we can so as to cause to live again that historic Christmas chant "Peace on E a r t h and Goodwill to M a n ! "

Greetings From Secretary Evans A Merry Christmas And Happy New Year, To— All Chapters and T o Brothers Home and in the Armed Services :


W e will miss each other at the regular time for our Convention Banquet, but I am sure that the response to the suggestion of our General President will find Alpha men assembled all over the country to see the Old Year go and to usher in a New Year of significant activity, both in our chapters and on our national front. T h e finest Christmas present that wc can make to our brothers, who are engaged in the war effort, will be to let them know that Alpha Phi Alpha moves on—that in their absence the home guard will assume its responsibility and keep the fraternity moving far-

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December, 1942


(The Secretary's To All Chapter Secretaries: When the new secretary comes in, see to it that all forms for remittances, pin orders, etc., are turned over to you by the former secretary and keep intact your file of financial reports, so you will have information about grand taxes paid for each brother. Whenever a remittance is made to this office, we send back a new set of forms for your next remittance. If you are without forms when grand taxes are to he sent in, list the payment in your letter and we will make up the forms for you. Send all four copies of the remittance blank to this office. In ordering pins, use the price list of February 1st, 1942 and figure the cost carefully, making sure to add the ten percent required as a federal tax. Put the total amount (including the tax) in the "Pins" column. We do not have special pin order blanks for initiates. Use those you have, placing as many orders as possible on the one blank—and be sure to have initiates sign their names on the reverse side of the white blank. Whenever you write in about pins that have been ordered, give the pin order number on the blank and also give the serial number assigned to that pin. See that the name of your chapter appears on any correspondence that you write. If you use blank paper, put the name of your chapter after your signature and the name of the office which you hold. When you list names of brothers, always give the full name, or at least the first name and initials. For brothers OTHER THAN OFFICERS in the armed service, list the names and write opposite—"Armed Service." Give address where it is known. SEND IN NAMES OF YOUR NEW OFFICERS. Fraternally, JOSEPH H. B. EVANS General Secretary

Greetings From Continued From Page 6 ward. Let us lay emphasis on reinstatements and holding to that which we already have. Let us make a reality of our challenging slogan, "Not Alpha Phi Alpha for College, but Alpha Phi Alpha for Life."



Corner Accepts

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War Post

T. W. JONES Brother T. W. Jones, formerly head of the Physics Department at Prairie View State College where he was active in Alpha Eta Lambda chapter, is presently serving as State Coordinator for Negroes for Alabama's Engineering Science, and Management War Training program. Brother Jones, however, was given a leave from a more recent position as head of the

W. T. PATRICK Beta Chapter, Howard University, who was elected Lay Councilman at the Louisville, Kentucky convention in December. He succeeded Brother Edward Brooks, Bow First Lieutenant in the service. Brother Patrick extends greetings, especially to younger brothers of the Fraternity. Electrical Division at Tuskegee Institute, to accept his new post. Holder of the Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State College at Ames, Iowa. Brother Jones is identified with Alpha I\;iu Lambda Chapter, Tuskegee.

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December, 1942


We valiant b a t t l e s w o n When war and worlds begun; W e gory s w o r d s have s w u n g In sagas yet unsung.


\Vnrk'!-iiie work? While sloven slackers s h i r k — While foreign-isms i r k — You bet y o u r life we'll w o r k ! Toiled I from dawn of day, When fought the Blue a n d C r a y ; Toiled I for puny pay, In fertile fields away. Buy—me b u y ? Buy battle bonds yon c r y — Tail-tinted folks like I

You bet y o u r boots we'll b u y ! We've bought and fought before, Lack in the d a y s of y o r e ; We are faithful to the t r u s t That I'nele Sam lias put ill us. — J . Farley Ragland. (Lawreneeville, Va.)

A Soldier's


H e r e ' s to t h e c h a p in t h e tunic a n d cap, Who glories in Old (dory's call, H e r e ' s to the man with the gun In his hand, To fight for the freedom of all.

T t l b u r t cartoon couxtwy of Wathington



T o g e t h e r m a y we s t a n d I n this O u r C o u n t r y ' s h o u r , United man to m a n In loyalty and power. Lei every heart and h a n d Eternal homage pay, To this our N a t i v e L a n d L a n d of the n i n e and C r a y . Let no uuvalored t o n g u e D a r e t a i n t Our F a t h e r ' s Creed ; Let no u n g a l l a m t h r o n g P r o f a n e the Cause we heed.


Americans we stand— The Black, t h e Red, t h e W h i t e , T o g e t h e r h a n d in h a n d I n U N I O N m a y we fight. America is F R E E ! With L I B E R T Y for A L L ! And now as free m e n we Shall heed Our C o u n t r y ' s Call. U N I T E D we must s t a n d ! In this Our C o u n t r y ' s h o u r — T o g e t h e r — m a n to m a n — In U n i t y and P o w e r . — J . Farley Ragland. (Lawreneeville, Va.)



L e a v e no u n g u a r d e d place W i t h i n Our A r m a m e n t s .

Fight?—me fightl We of the cast of night—

(live in each Creed and Race Its portion in Defense.

You bet your life

We of the skin mi-wliite—



H e r e ' s to the chap in the thick of the s c r a p . The lad with the s t o u t h e a r t and t r u e . H e r e ' s to the guy who s t a n d s willing to die. To uphold the Red-White-

And-Blue A cheer for the chap who will t h r o t t l e the J a p , Who'll m a k e every G e r m a n surrender, Drink to the one w i t h the s t r a i g h t - s h o o t i n g gun, A t o a s t to each g a l l a n t Defender. H e r e ' s to the Y a n k in the bomber and tank, To t h e r a n k of the big a n d the small, D r i n k to each lad, to each gay Gall ah ad, The S e r g e a n t , the P r i v a t e , and all. —J. Farley Ragland. (Lawreneeville, Va.)


December, 1942

Eta Chapter

Gears Program

Vivid scenes in the life of a chapter that is giving a practical significance to Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity in New York City. These pictures alone are hardly a beginning of th< praisal of the work that E t a is accomplishing during these critical times. Top, left end:—Councilman Adam Clayton Powell presents pin, history, shingles to 1942 initiates at French Center. Brother Lloyd Best, chapter secretary, seated. Also Nteoplntes Brother Powell was reclaimed by E t a this year. Center, top:—Brother Lester B. Granger, executive secretary, National Urban League, addresses Eta members at French Cen-



To War

The time always comes when some Alpha man desires to remind his brothers in the bond of the notable work being done by other Alpha men throughout the world. Many of these men have not gained the national prominence of some of our leaders, but, in their particular sphere of interests, are earning the respect of their fellow citizens through their contributions to the cultural progress of a nation. It would be wrong to say that

"Alpha makes men," for no serious intent could be implied by this phrase, but to say "Men make Alpha" is a true statement of which the history of the fraternity nobly bespeaks. Any o r ganization would be strengthened by such records as can be boasted about by our fraternity. And though many of our leaders are nationally known, we are made ever so much stronger by those brothers of lesser popularity, but perhaps of just as important positions in their communities. Such a


ter. Right end, top :—Brother Dr. F a r r o w R. Allen, General Treasurer, enjoys chat with Colonel Edward Gourdin, Commander, 37th Infantry, now stationed in New York, and Major I larry Lofton. Bottom, left end:—A symbol of the complex problem New York City presents Alpha Phi Alpha progress in the metropolitan area. Lower right:—Eta hears Brother Councilman Powell. Left to right:—Brothers Crawford, Flannigan, F . Day, Brown, Forster, PhiHips, Robinson and Lester Bryant, vice president.

WE TAKE PLEASURE By A. P. Marshall Alpha Pi Lambda


person is Dr.



Cray, Jr.. president of Florida Normal and Industrial Institute, who at the age of 30. becomes the youngest Negro college president, holding the Ph. D. degree. A record which bespeaks a notable achievement in Negro education makes such a tribute possible. And a glimpse into the life and achievements of this young brother proves that be stands for and symbolizes all of those ideals with which every Alpha man is familiar. "Tin- development of the individual self in the interest of our fellow men." But not only does Florida boast of an outstanding leader who by right is

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an Alpha man. Missouri also boasts of such a person. Since 1938 Dr. Sherman Dana Scruggs has proved his mettle as administrator of Lincoln University, and a leader in state educational circles. Since assuming tin: presidency of that state university there have been notable improvements in the physical and cultural atmosphere of the institution. The faculty and curriculum of Lincoln University are unexcelled by any other institution of its type. As a result of Dr. Scrugg's efforts Lincoln University continues to take its place among the leading Negro schools of the country.


Prince Nyabongo's

December, 1942



Journeying to the Carolinas, one finds many outstanding members of Alpha, but none with any greater future than Brother Dr. J. M. Walker, Jr., of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. F o r two years Brother W a l k e r has served as president of Alpha Pi Lambda chapter. In addition he has served as chairman of the local N e gro Chamber of Commerce, participated in various civic projects, and is now finding time from his busy practice to assist the war effort by examining army recruits. Under Bro. W a l k er's leadership Alpha Pi Lambda has constantly searched out possibilities for civic improvements and has joined hands with other organizations in movements designed to bring about better local conditions. In this realm of participation he has been ably a s sisted by an outstanding chapter roster. In

the same state,

Brother H . L.

T r i g g serves as president of Elizabeth City State Teachers

College, one of

the three state institutions maintained solely for the training of


MRS. AKIKI NYABONGO Marriage of Prince Akiki Nyabongo, founder of Beta Psl Chapter, London England, and member of a royal household of Africa, to the former Miss Virginia Simmons Crowder, of Greensboro, N. C, last summer was of wide interest In Alpha circles. His charming bride, pictured here, is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Lewis W. Crowder. Wedding scene was at Bennett College Prince and Mrs. Nyabongo reside in Montgomery, Ala., where he holds a ProP fessor's chair at Alabama State Teachers College.

school teachers. A winning personality, a natural gift for administration, and a thorough knowledge of modern educational


make Brother



Dr. T r i g g one of


outstanding leaders of the state. These, of course, are but a few of the



over the country.


A fitting tribute to

all of them cannot be made in these brief pages, but may it suffice to say that "we a r e proud of these men and stand behind them offering support ture."






Perry man-Schuster Wedding Rites Brother Louis H . Schuster, member of the faculty staff at Virginia State College, Ettrick, Va., said "I do" in nuptial ceremonies in which he was united in marriage to Miss Corinne R. Perryman, who is also identified with Virginia State teaching staff. The marriage was solemnized during the middle of this month. The bridegroom has served Alpha Phi Alpha faithfully for many years, and is a member of the Budget Committee of the " F r a t " Convention. His chapter is Nu Lambda, Ettrick. Congratulations 1

Dead line Notice February Edition T o All Associate E d i t o r s : In accordance with a plan made by General President Rayford W. Logan, and subsequently accepted by the Executive Council, the Sphinx Magazine is expected to be continued during the coming year. This is good news because scores of brothers had expressed concern over the uncertainty of the future for our official publication. Deadline for the February E d i tion is announced for Saturday, J a n u a r y 16th, 1943. No changes will be made in the Chapter Directory until publication of this E d i tion.

December, 1942



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With Brigadier General Benjamin O. Davis In England

POUNDS, SHILLINGS AND PENCE—Brigadier General Benjamin 0. Davis (left) looks on with interest as a London

tea shop proprietress explains intricacies of English money to Major General John C. II. Lee.

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GREETINGS FROM From Page S you will be remembered by your loved ones back home.

ALCORN A. & M. COLLEGE ALCORN, MISSISSIPPI Wishes the men in the armed forces

A Merry Christmas And

A Happy New Year


THOMAS E. KELLEY Lay Councilman

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death certificate number 8802 was issued tor James B. Crow, alias "Jim" Crow. It bore F. I). R.'s official presidential signature. It was an E X E C U T I V E order for the F. E. P. C. to embalm and bury the rotten remains of this sorcerous old objectionist. Yes sir, "Jim" Crow the old wrecker of unity was dead. This lazy lily-livered wizened old scoundrel had by force of prejudice made thirteen million Americans very unhappy and was the shami' of many others. Vim sec. he never had many genuine honest-to-goodness friends. Opportunists used him; hypocrites htnnored him; the indifferent tolerated him but he was loathed by liberals. The thirteen million Americans—well, I won't tell you what they thought of him; bill he's gone now. Yes, he died of natural causes in Southland after a long and C O L O R E D career. His time on earth finally expired one morning as the golden yellow fingers of a dawn's rising sun reached up from out of the East. Old "Jim" Crow had to take a long trip down that unfamiliar oneway road which he must have imagined in his delusional way would lead him to a superior lily-white heaven. The news of old "Jim" Crow's death seemed to get around mostly by the grape-vine which flourished in subterranean channels. T h e great newspapers in which James B. Crow's influence and likeness was reflected, always getting front page billings, seemed to kinda hush-hush his passing. I guess they couldn't bring themselves to really believe i t : such a come-off was preposterous. Yes sir, my friends, I can picture them saying, "It can't happen here"—"He couldn't do that to us"—"How we gonna get along with him gone during tlhese troubled days?" You see some people just won't scuttle the ship even when the Commanderin-Chief orders them to. Usually they're the old folks, the traditionalists, the folks astern eyeing the past, avoiding the searching clean winds of new horizons. Well poor old James Crow finally got a five line obituary wayback in a low inside corner of the papers. 'Twas, they say, just legal bric-a-brac. It reads like t h i s :

James B. Crow is dead; he died of natural causes in Southland Our beloved James B. Crow, alias "Jim" Crow, is survived by a stepchild—Southern Tradition. News of "Jim" Crow's demise, as I said, had got around mainly as gossip. Actually, way before he breathed his last the content of gossip in certain quarters, I know had him dead. I am sure this however, was just wishful thinking. Somebody even said 'soand-so' told them they heard with their own ears the "death rattles" in "Jim's" bosom. Howling dogs and hooting owls had for some little time been tin- genesis for spurious rumors of "Jim's" passing. Long ago, information from usually reliable sources in T H E K I T C H E N said that "Jim" had been given up by most of the doctors. Ves sir, they were positive old "Jim" was dying—some of them doctors, they said—doctored on "Jim" mighty hard for Miss Charity's sake, but "no suh, they weren't a curin him." They said further that the only thing keeping "Jim" Crow breathing was them whiteblood transfusions from the Red Cross. They went on t'say in contemplation they sure couldn't understand them doctors, keep a'telling and assuring "Jim" Crqw and also that stepchild of his, Southern Tradition, that the blood was lily-white when 'twas red,—that Tradition child couldn't seem to understand this double talk, she was SO SXOW to catch on. I heard this usually reliable source of information was asked—what kind of corpse they suspected old "Jim" would make? To wit, the jaundiced and bitter picture went something like the following: "Jim" Crow's big hulk had shriveled and shriveled, he was a mere shadow of his former self. He was a grotesque wrinkly bag of rattling hones his scabby integument was perforated with holes, from them white red blood transfusions and other intravenous medicaments for his "bad blood." "Jim's" false teeth made him more cadaverous looking than usual and there was a sibilant snaky noise to every breath he took. Old "Jim" got where he had no distinction of

December, 1942 taste, eating up everything he could get. Unkind and illogical reasoning about the thirteen million Americans was naturally his favorite dish,—the doctors cautioned, lest he'd contract complications— Fullacrap disease. They, fussy-like, went on t'say they couldn't keep the death-chamber clean because of "Jim's" loathsome and filthy excrementitious habits. "Jim" ordinarily had a rancorous odor, but he got very stinky on his death-bed : crosswise between a skunk and a rat, but more disagreeable. A virescent glow showed though the film of yellowish red clay that usually envelopes people down here in Southland of "Jim's" type—"gawdamighty! !" they went on t'say "he was the ugliest sight," the debris of death's triumph over life. Really I had never heard or seen "Jim's" whole name all spelled out. His certificate of death listed the initial " B " for a middle name, so I asked this usually reliable source of information what it stood for? They reflected serious-like and said, "I am sure it didn't stand for black nor for brown either"—then they said soft and solemn, "it must'a been for Bastard— or at least it should'a been." They said, too, "Jim" Crow was onery and stubborn even knowing he was at the end of his favorite rope—why he even profaned the priest who came to give euthanasian emollients. No sir, he didn't want to make amends, he's always been "just and right," he said, with bullying blatancy. N o ! ! "by cracky" he was't going to entertain in the slightest any idea of changing or doing an about-face—he was determined not to go down easy and peaceful-like. He said I N C E S T U O U S L Y , he'd live forever and gloriously too, 'cause his stepchild, Southern T r a 'ition, was p r e g n a n t ; yes sir, he'd tricked her and she was with child. Finally when the gory and turbulant end came only La Belle Southern Tradition was at his bedside; a reeking bed of hate, of pain and suffering a'way down south in the dixie hinterland. They said he didn't die in bis regular bedroom but in La Belle T r a dition's bed which had a built-in-commode to hold the chamber-john. You see, they said. "Jim" Crow had always liked to go to bed all over his big many ramped twenty-two room antebellum one-bath pestilential mansion. First, he'd sleep in the Georgian room, then the Floridian, the Carolinian the Alabamian and so on until he'd slept

December, 1942 in all his eleven guest rooms. I reckon he must'a been a regular old rounder and in more ways than just his sleep habits. In his heyday, they said he'd soon as not sleep in "Uncle Tom's Cabin": running poor Uncle Tom, Topsy and "Little" Eva clean out'a sight. Yes sir, they'd all have to s-c-a-t except Uncle Tom's wife; then the brood of the cabin was increased and became all mixed up. Afterwards "Jim" would reminisce with sadistic braggadocio, saying,—"them were the good old days, nature in the raw— 'twas our exclusive and most rapacious sport." The house "Jim" Crow built in Southland was something to behold, it was a feast for the eyes. Large in proportion, of course painted white, elaborate and lavish in decorative design with great two-story columned porticos and pedimental gables. The plush guest rooms were named for the confederate states. "Jim" Crow's house conspicuously expressed his importance and afforded him graces and amenities extracted from Southland's slave labor. But like all the lush of this period and as time gnawed away, "Jim's' big-house became awfully rickety—sun bleached and raw. It became an inflammable looking structure that had devoured it's own paint. The antique dealers had carted off piece by piece the household furnishings,—you know old "Jim" had to have "vitals." I can't for the love of me see why "Jim" Crow's old ramshackled house hadn't "gone with the wind." T'was a mess arguing on who'd panegyrize old "Jim" amongst his a r d ent worshippers. I ain't so sure it was ever decided upon conclusively 'cause many of these fervid session went on behind closed doors in Southland's little "Jim" Crow school houses. You know a certain few just loved "Jim' ( r o w down here in Southland better'n the three R's. One of them he-speckled governor's down in Southland, 1 understand, did a lotta broadcasting. Preaching and shouting while brandishing red suspenders he'd extol on what a "helluva feller" old "Jim" Crow was. This guy was one of "Jim's" opportunist friends who was trying to be re-elected,—the last I heard of him he was destined to a rendezvous with political oblivion. Maybe he was just practicing or rehearsing his own funeral—he had one foot in the grave anyhow. T h e private life and works of this



fellow, "Jim" Crow were indeed r e markable,—they were past imagining. He was something, the most incredible vanquished American born. You see not everybody got to know "Jim" Crow well like us thirteen million Americans. H e was esoteric and one of them introvert guys who'd brood in the sunlight thinking up evil and devil's play to loosen and project under cover of darkness. The reason we knew "Jim" Crow so very good was because we lived with the make believe "Southern Gentleman" he was by day and the hoodlum he was by night. 'Tis an old saying, to know a fellow plum good, you gotta live with him. Well, folks we sure worked plenty long and hard hours with him. Our life with him was on a twenty-four hour shift. Of course "Jim" didn't actually work himself because he had so much inertia, he was just the lazy boss of all he surveyed,—he was head and shoulders above Janus. He doled out some awfully lean rations for our toil and many of us got sick and died. "Jim" Crow wouldn't allow us much chance of going to school because he figured we'd get smart. Really we even dreamed of old "Jim" Crow—frightening—ghoulish dreams. Our impasse presented no escape from the ubiquitous spectre that was old "Jim" Crow. Even with all this forced in-

Page 13 timacy, nobody seemed to know exactly where he came from: rumor-mongers said he rowed over at the oar of a galley. "Jim" Crow always said, however, that he was legal 'cause he was right when he was wrong—dexter and sinister. There were many stories about old "Jim's" age. He must'a been pretty old, though, 'cause he always celebrated the anniversary of fighting in the Civil War—a war about eighty years ago in which he said, "by-gawd! ! I won the peace." This day was always the occasion of a "Jim" Crow tempest with parading in old moth-eaten gray unbraided uniforms, 'furrin' flag waving, and shooting-off some powerful incendiary speeches. Yes sir, "Jim" Crow was at his infectious best with metaphor and verb on this day and did we know how to stay clear outta sight? W e "lay-by" on this confounded day of pandemonium. These carryings-on lasted all through the livelong d a y ; forward he looked, and backward, and D O W N on us. This was the usual prologue leading up to a gruesome democratic travesty: a truly shameful American tragedy with racial hatred as its central theme and "Jim" Crow playing the leading role. As night's curtains were drawn and Southland's stage was set in d a r k n e s s ; Turn To Page 37




OUTPOST—Couched on top of a haystack, Private LeRoy Williams, of High Point, N. C . searches the terrain in front for possible enemy tank concentrations while Private DeWitt Slocumb, of Mt. Olive, N. C , stands by to flash the information back to headquarters over his walkie-talkie two-way radio (Second Army Public Relations Photo.)


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EAR Friends of my daddy, those who read this column and like it and those who merely read it. Since everybody lias been a guest writer for tliis column,â&#x20AC;&#x201D;my school teacher, mother, my daddy's dental nurse, and even our Belgian Shepherd dog, Juno, I thought it was time for me to take a fling at Mr. Swingler's magazine because the uncertain state of affairs might preclude any more editions of the Sphinx for the "duration." And the "duration" might continue until I am old enough for the local Sphinx (lull. So this possible and probable last issue comes to you under my influence. My name is Oliver Wilson Winters, Jr. I am ten months old. I weigh twenty-three pounds, and can stand alone, walk with assistance and utilize a vocabulary of exactly seven words. I can say, "hey dad, mom, bye, and Alpha Phi Alpha," or a reasonable lac-smile; one word for each of the Jewels. I am lap and house broken, husky, lusty and from the elfish smirk on my face you can see that I have inherited much of my father's humor. Strange to say, even at ten months I have no visible teeth. My daddy used to think it was funny telling people that I was delaying my teeth to embarrass him because he is a dentist. One day a friend of his who is famous for his dry, subtle wit exclaimed: "That kid may never have any teeth, remember he is an old man's child." My daddy replied by saying that such a remark coming from some one who is unblessed with heirs and who is decidedly not "heir conditioned" was in poor grace. Indeed my daddy said of him as Lloyd George said of Churchill. H e said the smart, heirless brother was like that because his status was "too little and too late." (Even beyond Lydia Pinkham's). I hope these few lines will serve as my introduction to Mr. Burt Mayberry. In Louisville last December one month before I was born, he told my daddy that after I arrived there would be no need to carry and use chewing gum to relieve those occasional sick spells. Brother Mayberry must be a father of experience because he was certainly correct. (Physicians please take

baps if they wore bonnets they would. They are more logical than women, also more zoological. Both men and women sprang from monkeys, but the women sprang farther than the men." Marjorie, aged four marched into the grocer's to tell the news. "We've got a new baby brother up at our house," she said. "You don't tell m e ! " said the grc "Is he going to stay with yon?" "I guess so," said Marjorie; "he's got his things off." In a high state of excitement little Evelyn ran into the house. "Oh mother!" she cried out. "Our pussy-cat has got some kittens and I didn't even know she was m a r r i e d ! " OLIVER

WILSON WINTERS, Guest Columnist


note. Medical science discredits that theory but the Mayberry's and the Winters' don't). Perhaps that was the reason my pop didn't attend any of the formal affairs last X-mas or was it those special blue pass cards that kept him too busy? I am sending in a few quipps the motif of which is juvenile. Please forward them to the Alpha men and their buddies in the Armed Service. Varied and interesting are the letters received by the Milk Rationing Board. H e r e are some samples: "Send me my ration book. I have a baby 18 months old, thanking you for same." "Please send me a form for Grade B milk, as I have a baby 2 months old and didn't know anything about it until a friend told me." "Sorry I have been so long filling in my form, but I have been in bed two weeks with my baby and didn't know it was runnning out until the milk man told me." Out of the Mouths A little girl wrote say on m e n : "Men marry. They drink swear, but don't go

of Babes and_ the following esare what women and smoke and to church. Per-

Since before his marriage he had worn a mustache. Clara, his little daughter had never seen her father excepting with mustache. One Saturday night, moved by a whim, he told the barber to give him a clean shave. Then he went home and went to bed. Early next morning little Clara came from the nursery to visit her parents. The mother was a w a k e ; her daddy still snoozed. The child was in the act of kissing her mother good morning, when her gaze fell upon the smooth face on the pillow beside her mother. H e r eyes widened with astonishment. "Mother dear," she said, in an awed whisper, "who is the gentleman ?" "Mother, who made m e ? " asked the inquisitive child. "God made you dear," said his mother. "Did he make you and d a d d y ? " "Yes." "Did he make grandpa and grandma?" "Yes dear he made all of us." "Well isn't there any biology and romance existing around this house." Florence had a penchant for exaggeration and it worried her mother very much. One day while playing in the street, the neighbor's fox terrier playfully darted at her. Florence ran screaming to the house. T u r n Next Page

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Howdy G a n g : As this goes to press wc have just received word that the General Coavention to be held in Chicago during the Christmas has been called off for the duration. Somehow I hate to see that done, because I feel that there is a great need for the discussions of the world today in order to be prepared for the post-war times. A number of the officers and "big shot" Brothers had been "felt out" as to their opinion on the roming Convention, and the feasibility of holding it at this time. Of course I wasn't interviewed on the matter, but I wanted to see it convene whether or n o ; not be so quick to follow suit. But if this will help any, let's all put our shoulder to the wheel and pull together, and "slap the hell" out of the Japs and the J e r r y s . There is the outstanding and proficient work that is being done by the Alpha men who are in service. From all over the country where camps are located, there comes the report that they are showing their real value to their country, their fraternity, and to their own. That they have the real caliber in them. A funny thing struck me when I read the last issue of the Sphinx. For some reason or other I want to put together the two titles of two contributing writers in the magazine and I think it will make a good subject. Dr. Reid E. Jackson, a very versatile Brother in Alpha Phi Alpha, writes an articleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; " F o r W h a t Are W e F i g h t i n g ? " and an article by our history editor. Brother James B. Browning on "Educated Fools." When you put the two together a very unique subject, " F o r W h a t Are We Fighting, Educated Fools?" I know



that it seems foolish to make such a statement, but as time goes on I am ready to agree with that title. I have had a very unique experience just recently, at the place where I draw my pay check; in other words, with one of my co-workers. So you see, I am ready

December, 1942

to say there arc plenty of us cated Fools."


Right here I want to pay tribute to an old friend of mine, whose sudden death came as a great shock to quite a number of us. I speak of Coach Turn Next Page

FRATERNITY FUN From Page 17 She told her mother that a bear had There's an off season for nearly all chased her. "He almost caught me flowersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;except blooming idiots. too," she said. Manicuring is a process by which a "Florence!" sternly, said her mother woman's hands are made unfit for dishwho had watched the whole scene. washing. "Aren't you ashamed of yourself to be so frightened at a little dog and to tell a deliberate falsehood. I was sitting here at the window and saw the whole thing-. I am going to punish you. Go to your room and pray to the Lord to forgive you for telling such a deliberate lie!" Reluctantly she went to her room but in a surprisingly short time opened the door and poked her head out. "It's all right mother," she said. "I told the Lord all about it and He said he didn't blame me a bit. H e thought it was a bear too when He first saw it. C'est le Guerre! Rationing has become that the proprietor of nearby fired one of the cause he smelled coffee

so acute here the restaurant waitresses beon her breath.

Conceit is the only disease known to man that makes everyone sick except the one who has it. The greatest water power known to man is a woman's tears.

With lots of love to Brothers Hank Richardson and Spurlock Clark who gave daddy a pre-maternity lecture on maternity room patience and parent behavior. An overdose of Four Roses negated the information. Not even my squalls were heard. Daddy was really "bottled in bond!" I hope I have brought a laugh, a chuckle or a smile to some daddy, brother or uncle. If the "duration' stops the editing of the Sphinx just write to us, daddy and me, and we will send a militarized F r a t F u n directly to your camp. (We have some new unexpurgated gems that couldn't make the Sphinx anyway). Unanswered ad in Local Newspaper Owner of 1940 Ford would like to correspond with widow who owns two tires. Object matrimony. Send picture of tires. Some girls in slacks go to extremes And live a w a y beyond their seams Goo goo and bye bye, Oliver Wilson Winters, J r .

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ft will pi-ubahly lx- a long time before we arc called together again. I am quite sure, not during the duration ; so here's hoping that we will fare as well as possible, whether we are in the Army, Navy, W A V E S , WAACS, Air Force, or the Home Front. To all, A Merry Christmas and a Ha.ppy New Year and May God Bless y o u !


The Lincoln University Family

Oh yea, forgot to mention about my latest ailment. Its Matticosi, and conns from the well known name of Mattie. Boy! She's swell and doesn't know it. She has me all a twitter, and could take me and all my earthly beloc Here's hoping.



It's A Son For Brother And Mrs. H. C. Trenholm



Brother H. Councill Trenholm, Director of Education, and President of Alabama State Teachers College, Montgomery, Ala., and Mrs. Trenholm announced the arrival of a son, who has already been christened Harper Councill Trenholm II. The Trenholm heir was born November 14th.

Mindful of her sons in the armed forces of democracy sends to them, her blessing, and the assurance that behind their might and self-devotion is the certainty that their friends back home and the collective resources of their homeland are unitedly thinking of their every need, with determination to see them through this crisis. HENRY


is allowing a few of its Southern Senators to disgrace the nation by their nasty attacks, and finally winning out on the Poll T a x question is something that all decent minded persons should resent—and resent it enough, so that tli.^e "Birds" can-feel it.



President, Storcr College

"Red" Stewart, of Kentucky State, who met with a fatal accident just after his team triumphed over my old Alma Mater. I can remember those days when Stewart played Center at Simmons University, a head taller than any one else out on the field. "Them were the Grand Ole Days." On behalf of the staff I pay him this tribute, and to his family, our deepest sympathy. Well, who do you suppose loomed up in my life again recently? Well you guessed it. None other than Olga. and boy was she swell! I'll never forget her. But she just won't. H a d the very great pleasure of entertaining some Good Brothers the other day. Brothers C. W t Anderson, and F r a n k Stanley of Louisville passed through our town. It's always a pleasure to see them. Again we were together

in Little Rock. A real pleasant was had by all.


As usual, I am always doing things backwards. With gas rationing coming on and everyone putting his car up, here I am dragging my ole jalopy out. But after experiencing the congested conditions on public transportation facilities, I feel I should take a chance. So here's to Luck. Being late as usual in getting my stuff in, I can't find all of my notes. But Uncle Sam has depleted our ranks so until it becomes very noticeable; and with the calling off of the General Convention, we need to pledge ourselves to carry the light higher and higher and have more of the Brotherly love. The action of the present


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December, 1942

Alpha Epsilon Chapter Crowns Its Queen At Coronation

Members of Alpha Epsilon chapter, California University, hold their ninth annual formal on the college campus at Berkeley. Big moment of the occasion was crowning of Miss Elise Honegger, of San Francisco as "Queen of the Ball."

ALPHA EPSILON CHAPTER California UniversityGreetings Brothers: Alpha Epsilon Chapter, located so far from the seat of general activity, is glad to say that our activities are still going strong. We have been relatively small and several of our brothers are now in the armed service, carrying the torch of Alpha throughout the country. Recently, we had our Queen Coronation Ball. It was quite a success, primarily because of the diligent efforts of the chairman, Brother James Allen. The affair was given on the University Campus at the International House. The Hall was beautifully decorated with


Brother James Allen served as chairman of the successful affair. Accompanying picture shows Alpha Epsilon brothers singing the fraternity hymn following the coronation.

huge flowers and a most attractive Alpha display in the bandstand. Miss Elese Hunniger was chosen Queen of Alpha Epsilon. She is a sophomore at the University of California and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. At a party given in honor of the queen after the dance, her engagement to Brother Edward Gordon was announced. On the campus, Sphinxman Walt Gordon, member of the Varsity football squad, is showing the opposing schools a hard time. In a recent game, his first big game of the season, he intercepted a pass and accounted for more than 35 yards gain. Quoting from the Daily Californian, "we think that if Walt Gordon had been in the game

in those closing seconds . . . we would have won." Sphinxman Gordon is the only Negro on the Varsity. At present our Educational Committee under the able guidance of Brother Rev. C. L. Warren and Brother Atty. Edward Bruce is working on a tentative series of forums with the discussion to be centered around the present world conflict. Our Athletic Committee, headed by Brother Robert Lee has started basketball practice in anticipation of victories over the Kappas during the coming season. The Rushing Committee, with Brother Andrew J. Howard, HI., chairman, is planning for the Annual Freshman Smoker. If there are Brothers located in any of the camps nearby, we would be glad

December, 1942


When Mu Chapter Observed

Biilliant setting for Mu's Thirtieth Anniversary Reception at Minnesota University. Brothers shown, rear standing:— Brothers S. O. H a r r i s , Thomas Monson, Leon Smith, John R. Lawrence, John II. Hickman. Seated, in front of standing line:—Brothers Robert Gardner, William Cassius. Raymond W. Cannon, former General President; John M. Patton, Brothers seated at table, next to camera:—Brothers Archie to notify them of our activities and to extend the brotherhood of Alpha to them while in service. Fraternally yours, BYRON RUMFORD

BETA CHAPTER Howard University Beta Chapter successfully sponsored its annual banquet for the induction of newly elected officers Saturday, November 14th, in the Frazier Hall Cafeteria at Howard University. This gala affair, arranged by Brother Arthur Carter and his banquet committee, was amply attended. Brother Thomas Allen, retiring president, delivered the first address of the evening. He was followed by Beta's


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James, Karl S. Weber, Next table:—Brothers C. C. Hill, S. V. Owens. C. W. Washington, Raymond Hatcher, Henry R. Thomas, Victor Calloway. Rufus Webster, A. J. Lewis, and Walter Goins. Lady guests included wives and sweethearts of the host brothers. Mother and father of Former President Cannon are seen on the extreme left end, rear table.

Queen, Miss Geraldine Pittman, who flew down from RadclifFe to be in attendance. Brother Tanner McMahon, new president, presented his speech of acceptance of office. The neophyte members of the fraternity were welcomed by Brother Eugene Tyree Reed, retiring Dean of Pledges. The toastmaster for the affair was Brother B. V. Lawson, who was introduced by Brother Arthur Carter. The roster of newly inducted officers featured Brothers Tanner McMahon, president; John Harvard, vice-president; Sergil Cave, recording secretary; William Banton, financial secretary; Rollins Williams, corresponding secret a r y ; Lloyd Reed, t r e a s u r e r ; Edward Hawthorne, parliamentarian; Isaac Moran, Editor to the Sphinx and H a s -

cal Humes, Sergeant-At-Arms. Brother Reed in his address welcomed the following neophytes, who were initiated November 8 t h : Walter Combs, William Delaney, Kenneth Dungill, Windell Freeland, Thurston Gains, Fred Henderson, William Hyde, Kenneth Myers, Gregory Swanson, Major Tappan, Leo Townsend, Coleman Tuckson, Emmett Thomas, Delmar White and James White. Beta Chapter regretted that more brothers were not able to be in attendance because of the present emergency, and desires to extend them sincere wishes for a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year to all their brothers the world over. Fraternally yours, ISAAC M O R A N .

p a g e 22 BETA OMICRON A. & I. State College Brothers in Alpha, Greetings: This past spring marked a most successful period in Beta Omicron's history. The activities of the chapter during the spring quarter included many outstanding features, among them being—Sunday School programs, quiet hours, Pageants, and the best Vesper program to be presented on our campus during the school year. Our activities were culminated by the Annual Banquet Dance, sponsored by Beta Omicron, Chi, Alpha Chi, and T a u Lambda, in our beautiful and spacious Crystal Ballroom. This banquet-dance was dedicated to our brothers who left our ranks to join our armed forces. Beta Omicron had five new brothers to cross the burning sands during last Spring, namely: Andrew Torrence from Little Rock, Arkansas, who is now in the a r m y ; Brother A r t h u r H o m e , Memphis, Tennessee; Maurice Hickman, Los Angeles, California, who at sixteen, was the youngest brother to ever cross the sands at Beta O m i c r o n ; Brother Frederick Robinson, Little Rock, Arkansas, and Brother W a r r e n Benbow, Deland, Florida. Election of officers for the school year 1942-1943 were as follows: President, E d w a r d R e e d ; Vice President, Joseph N. Stevens; Secretary, Tranny A r n o l d ; Treasurer, R. B. J. Campbell, Jr., Associate Editor to the Sphinx, Maurice Hickman. Brothers of Omicron wish to all brothers in the armed forces of our nation—a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and all success in your great venture. Fraternally yours, M A U R I C E HICKM \N o

GAMMA CHAPTER Texas College Greetings, Brothers in Alphadom: Gamma Alpha returned to the campus very much alive, in spite of the present day conflicts, although we lost four of our most capable members to the Armed Forces. They a r e : Brothers Stratford Hilliard, Jasper Morgan, C. L. Nix, James Thompson and William Lathen. T h e following constitute the membership of Gamma Alpha C h a p t e r : Brothers Travis Carr, president: Thomas Quails, secretary; James Shepherd, Dean of Sphinxmen; Luther Simond, corresponding s e c r e t a r y ; Sergeant-AtArms and reporter to the Sphinx;



Oliver Lattimore, Brother Hilliard and Brother Melvin Sponsors. Great determination exists among Alpha Phi Alpha dining this year. The first event of the year was a Smoker, to which all freshmen and Sphinxmen were invited. T h e first meeting was dedicated to making a program to follow during the school year. Realizing the chapter is relatively young and small (with only seven members present at this time), each brother is taking a great responsibility upon himself, so that Gamma Alpha may be the most active Chapter in Alpha Phi Alpha. Fraternally yours, L U T H E R S I M O N D , Reporter •


BETA SIGMA CHAPTER Southern University Greetings B r o t h e r s : Beta Sigma, as other chapters, also found its ranks well shaken at the outset of the school year. From graduation into the armed service went. Brothers Ulysses J n u s , Elma Jones, Leonard Clarke, Julius Hibler and Frederick Manson. Brother Ulis Shelton into defense work and Brother Lewis James into medical school, However, the roster of officers for 1942-43 is well intact. President. Brother Walter Austin ; Vice President, Brother Huel Perkins ; Secretary, Brother Arthur W i l s o n ; Treasurer, Brother Jonas Gaines; Editor to Sphinx, Brother Edward Bouey. In surveying the status and positions of honor held by Beta Sigma during the past year, such as Inter-fraternal and Intra-mural Basketball Champs, Pacesetters in scholastic and civic accomplishments, etc., we can really appreciate the responsibilities that are before us. We have recently made three neophyte brothers into the chapter— Brothers Leroy Vcntress, Leonard Washington and Wilbur Patty. So we who remain, do solemnly rededicate ourselves under the banner of Alpha, to carry on. Fraternally yours, E D W A R D H. B O U E Y Editor to Sphinx •


NU LAMBDA Ettrick, Virginia Brothers in Alpha, Greetings : On the evening of Armistice Day Brothers Foster, Galloway, and Davies were hosts to the second meeting of the school year, and the members of Nu Lambda convened at the sacred shrines

December, 1942 of Alphadom in due and ancient form. They drank copiously from the Bowing founts of wisdom, wit, and war news, and fraternized in the warm spirit ol true brotherhood that characterizes Alpha everywhere. Within the minds of all present, however, were thoughts of the recent passing of Brother Charles J. W a r t man Sr. Brother W a r t m a n was a member of long standing, and his life of unselfish service, devotion, and successful achievement epitomized the high ideals of Alpha's lofty precepts. We shall indeed miss Brother W a r t man whose warm presence always contributed something indefinably special to our fraternal gatherings. May he now recline in sublime happiness amid the jeweled halls of Valhalla, and look back in satisfied retrospection over a life well spent. And may we here carry on for Alpha in that accepted manner of successful achievement that characterized the labors of Brother Charles J. W a r t m a n Sr. Brotlnr Win. R. Simms, Charles J. Wartman, Jr., and Colson Jackson are Nu Lambda's latest contribution to L'ncle Sam's armed forces. They carrywit h them our prayers and hopes for continued safety and success. Brother ["ownes is back with us again after winning his P. H. D. laurels in Physics at Penn. State. Brother Harry W. Roberts has finished and submitted his P. H. D. thesis to Vale University. Brother Roberts has done, recently, some rather extensive research study on the Life and Labor of Rural Negroes in Virginia, which is also the subject of his Doctor's Thesis. Brother John M. Gandy is now President Emeritus of the College, and is on retirement as research Professor of H i s tory. Brother Gandy is one of Nature's true noblemen, and may he now find time to enjoy some of the fruits of his many years of uplifting labors. Brother Luther H. Foster is now ActingPresident, and under his able guidance things are still moving along here at State in their acustomed happy, precise, and successful stride. Brother Doctor C. F. Nelson of Lawrenceville, has chalked up an amazing record in the field of surgery. To date he has done nearly twelve hundred successful tonsillectomies. He has devised a specialized operative technique in throat operations that is astounding in its thoroughness of procedure. At our recent meeting several of the Brothers from Beta Gamma, our student chapter, communed with us, and their visit was felt to be mutually bene


December, 1942 ficial. W e were indeed happy to have them. In October's Sphinx was a note to the effect that December's issue might be the last publication for the Duration. Here's hoping, however, that the Voice of the Sphinx may still be heard, in spite of wars and rumors of wars. and that it may be able to continue shouting its thunderous tones throughout these Un!\ed States to inspire Sons of Alpha on to even greater and greater realms of outstanding achievement, and loftier and loftier heights of uplifting endeavor.

EPSILON LAMBDA St. Louis, Mo. Brother James A. Scott, former President of Epsilon Lambda and former General Vice President, has been selected as Director of Elementary Education of the Negro Schools of St. Louis. He, the first person to be chosen for this position, has an office in the Hoard of Education Building, and directs activities of nineteen schools with more than 2S0 teachers.


Fraternally yours, J. F A R L E Y R A G L A N D Associate Editor. •


ALPHA SIGMA CHAPTER Wiley College Greetings from Alpha S i g m a : Alpha Sigma chapter at this writing is forced to report depletion in its ranks due to not only the armed forces but also to educational piracy. Several brothers have been leased to Uncle Sam by Alpha Sigma. The latest to be called to the colors were Brothers LaVerne Sweatt and Lonnie Briscor. The brothers who have transfered to other schools are Brothers Roderick Adams at M e h a r r y ; Kenneth Curl at Prairie View, and H. A. Carr at Wilberforce. Brothers serving in the armed forces who have returned to the campus this year are Sgts. Alfonso Standifer and Thomas Dixon, and Lannett Mack, who is in the United States Navy. T h e visiting brothers were royally entertained at a smoker in the home of Bro. Dr. V. E. Daniel, dean of the college. Among the graduate brothers present were Bro. Dr. K. B. Morris, Bro. N. H. Anderson, and Bro. Fred Finch. Alpha Sigma is doing its little bit for the war effort also. W e have sent Christmas cards to all our members serving overseas. Along with this the brothers are gathering scrap meta! and purchasing war stamps. Bro. Benjamin W . Anthony, roentgenologist at Providence Hospital, Chicago, 111., visited the campus with his wife recently. Bro. F. T. Long. coach, and associate professor of cconottrices has returned from a very successful summer at the University of Michigan. There a r e a few additions to our fast growing Sphinx Club and from all indications they will make good Alpha material. The Sphinx Club has outlined its program for the year and

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sas University for the B. A., with Phi Beta Kappa honors, to H a r v a r d for the A. M., with a fellowship in English, to Minnesota and Ohio for further work in English, and the education of the atypical child. H e has taught at Sumner High School and Stowe College, St. Louis, and at Virginia State College. In addition he has served as principal of Wheatley, Turner and Banneker schools in S t Louis. Brother Scott's published articles a p peared in educational magazines including School and Society, Recreation, Journal of Negro Education, Journal of Exceptional Children, and The Crippled Child. Despite his busy professional life he is active in community affairs as a member of the Metropolitan Bureau for Wartime Care of Children and of the Board of Directors of Peoples Hospital. Brother Scott is a member of the St. Paul A. M. E. Church. His wife, who is Executive Secretary of the Wheatley Y. W. C. A., was Miss Anna Lee Hill of Winston-Salem N C. Negro Education in St Louis will reach a high level on the curve of achievement under the leadership of Brother Scott. Fraternally vours, R O B E R T P. W A T T S Associate Editor •


XI CHAPTER Wilberforce University B R O T H E R J A M E S A. S C O T T Brother Scott brings to his position profound scholarship, long varied experience and an instinctive sympathy with the problems of the school child. A graduate from the Sumner High School, St. Louis, he went on to Kanvery fine things are expected from the Little Brothers this year. Despite the losses from this chapter, Alpha Sigma is striving harder than ever to "put things over." W e are cooperating closer than ever with the graduate members of this chapter, and with the true spirit of Alphadom, we honestly believe that we shall continue to hold the light over high. In closing we say, may Alpha Phi Alpha play a great part in making the world free from tyranny and let al! roads lead to Chicago. Fraternally yours, J A M E S L. H U T C H I N S O N Editor to the Sphinx

Greetings, Brothers in Alpha:— XI Chapter wishes to extend greetings to all other chapters and hope that they have a very successful year. Brothers of XI are working very hard to keep Alpha Phi Alpha the greatest fraternity on Wilberforces' campus through the leadership of Bro. President Everard Hughes. Because of graduation and the present emergency, X I Chapter has been reduced to eighteen brothers. Brothers David Colton and George O. Walker were commissioned second lieutenants upon their graduation in June, 1942. Brother Colter is stationed with the 366th Infantry, Fort Devens, Mass., and Brother W a l k e r is stationed at Camp Robinson, Arkansas. Brother Arthur Crowell has been commissioned 1st Lieutenant in the Chaplain's Corps and is stationed at H a r v a r d University going through a six week's course. Brother Romeo Cherot, Wallace Barry, and Clarence Burton have also answered the call to the colors. On the military front of the Wilberforce R O T C Unit, Brothers Thomas


Page 24 Leigh and A L B E R T P a r k e r have been chosen Cadet Lt. Col. and Cadet Captain (Adjutant) respectively. Brothers R. Walker, and J. J o r d a n are Cadet 1st Lieutenants. Brothers Osbie Herald, J. Baker and W m . Shropshire are Cadet Sgts. Plans for the Freshman smoker and Chapel programs a r e in the making. XI Chapter is honored very much by having Brother Dr. Charles Wesley among them. Brother Dr. Wesley, General President, 1931-1941, was honored by all the Alphas in the State of Ohio at Promene Hall, Ohio State University. November 14th, at a banquet. All brothers reported an enjoyable time. Fraternally yours, BRO Wm. S H R O P S H I R E â&#x20AC;˘


BETA DELTA CHAPTER State College Greetings, Brothers : Beta Delta takes this opportunity to congratulate brothers who have left their various positions in civilian life

and answered, the call for the defense of our country. We keenly realize the fact that our livelihood in a democratic country will largely (Upend upon the successes made by our brothers, as well as all soldiers in this conflict. As all, cannot fiffht, remember, brother-soldiers. that we who are guarding the home front have pledged our allout support to you and are behind yon one hundred percent. So, let not race prejudice, discrimination, and the like. discourage you, but remember that you as well as all other soldiers have somettiing to tight for. Your mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sweethearts, and wives, are all looking forward to the day "When Johnny comes marching home again," not as the fallen, defeated or vanquished, but as the victorious, all-conquering J o h n n y ! This Christmas wherever you are, whether in planes, tanks, trenches, or it* tents, if you will prayerfully look toward the heavens, you too, as the shepherds of old, will hear and see the Angels as they sing "Peace on earth, good will to all men." This is the universal .peace; not just for one race, but for all races. This is the peace and freedom that shall give every nation its rightful place of existence and livelihood in a world of peace and freedom. This is your pledge to Alpha Phi A l p h a ; your pledge to your loved ones. This, brother-soldier, is what we are fighting for. Despite our draft-swept minimized group, Beta Delta continues to uphold the high ideals of Alpha Phi Alphaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as


is expected in Alphadom. W i t h Brother Paul R. Webber, J r . (Asst. football coach, Prof, of Economics, and proprietor of the college "Soda Shoppe") as our advisor, and the many educational activities we a r e planning; it is expected that this year will a d d greatly to the respect we have earned these fourteen years. On October 28, we initiated into the Sphinx Club two candidates we thought worthy of that honor. They a r e : Alfred A. Holmes, Savannah, Ga.; and James Ford, Tallahassee, Fla. The initiation ceremony was very impressive and one which shall long be remembered by both initiates and brothers. Beta Delta and the Sphinx Club led again at our annual Homecoming festivities. W e decorated Lou man Hospital, our scheme being based on the "Double V" campaign. One of the "Y's" bore the colors, old gold and black; the other, red white and blue. Our neon insignia was placed above the "Double V" and the front of the hospital artistically draped in the forestated colors significant of the "Double V." With the neon insignia burning brightly a t night, the decoration depicted an artistic masterpiece. We crowned Miss Minnie Dannelly, "Miss Alpha Phi Alpha." A roar of applause greeted the debut of Miss Dannelly, who is a Junior in the Dept. of Business Administration. Iter attendants were Miss Myrolcnc Bacote of Timmonsvillc, S. C , and Miss Eugenia Capers of Savannah, Ga.. The Sphinx Club crowned "Miss Sphinx" Miss Marion Priester. Savannah, Ga. H e r attendants were Misses Irene Barnes, Savannah, and Juanita Vaughn, Ansonia, Conn. Brothers who returned to the Alma Mater for this spectacle w e r e : Mac Russel Flynt, Bureau of Standards, W a s h i n g t o n ; James B. Lum, Bureau of S t a n d a r d s ; William Henderson, Sgt., Fort Bragg, N. C.; Samuel Heyward, Professor of Math and Mechanic Arts, Bamberg, S. C.; Theodore Martin. Navy Yard, Charleston; Sphinxmen Charles Chatman, Camp Croft, S. C.; Samuel Parker, Navy Yard, Savannah, Ga. Brothers who recently visited our Alma M a t e r : Freeman Gause, 2nd Lieutenant, U. S. A . ; Samuel Rice, recent inductee; Vivienne Deas, U. S. N a v y ; Charles W . DeCosta, Jr., Draftsman, Brooklyn Navy Y a r d ; E. C. Jones, U. S. A. Brothers entering armed forces since M a y : Robert H. Myers, Camp Wolters, T e x a s ; F. Jefferson Toland, File Clerk, Ft. Lewis, Tacoma, W a s h . ; Cresseye

December, 1942 D. Baker, Ft. Niagara, N. Y . ; William E. DeLaine, Aviation Cadet, T u s k e g e e ; Roland J. Geiger, Jr., Pres. of Beta Delta, Air Corps Enlisted Reserve, to be called June, '43. Beta Delta men here and t h e r e : W. Elbert Johnston, Jr., New York University; F r a n k P. Lloyd, Bureau of Standards, W a s h . ; Marion Day and Isaac B. Armstead, Wannamaker Chemical and Explosives Plant, Orangeburg, S. C. Brother Armstead also manages the State Theatre of Orangeburg. E d g a r Anderson, Prof, of Physics and Chemistry, St. George, S. C. Wilbert Smith, Firestone Co., Akron, Ohio. Brother Elbert Johnston, who is working on his Masters in Business Administration and College Administration is especially missed. His presence in Beta Delta was always a source of inspiration to the brothers. W e appreciate his presentation to the chapter of the magnificent Black and Gold scrapbook containing the entire history of Beta Delta, and the painstaking effort he had to undergo in compiling this large volume. Brothers now active in Beta Delta a r e : Roland J. Geiger, Jr., President, Senior in Business Administration; Willie G. Gaston, Financial Secretary, Senior, Business .Administration; Carl A. Green, Treasurer, Junior Biology major; E d w a r d Fuller, Editor to The Sphinx, Senior Chemistry major; Clyde L. Reese, Ex-officio officer, Junior Chemistry major; Samuel L. Anderson, Senior A. B. m a j o r ; Daniel Lawrence, James W. Becknell, Juniors Mechanic A r t s ; James V. Gibbs, Senior Chemistry major, Harold E. Mazyck, Jr., Junior Biology major. Through unceasing labor, Brothers Green, Reese, Gibbs, a n d Fuller have been recently elected to membership in Sigma Rho Sigma, H o n o r a r y Scientific Society. Finally, it is our sincere hope that this issue of T h e Sphinx will not be the last issue for the duration because we feel that it is a source of inspiration to brothers in the armed forces, as they are eager for news of the home chapter as well as of the general organization; and that it will enable those of us who remain at home to hold tight "the tie that binds" during this period of curtailed activity. Therefore, except in direct conflict with the w a r program, we must have the continued publication of T H E S P H I N X Sincerely and fraternally, EDWARD FULLER Editor to The Sphinx


December, 1942


Tau Chapter—Illinois

Taken during the latter part of last semester, the accompanying picture shows members of the T a u Chapter and its pledges. From left, top row. they a r e : — Brothers Robert O. Clark, Emmett Simms, Julian E D a w son, Jr., Williams II. Browne, 111, Massie L. Kennard, H a r v e j Alexander. Third row, from left:—James J. Seaberry, Robert

TAU CHAPTER University of Illinois Greetings to Alpha from Tau : Tau Chapter lias been the great and l a m i n g torch, higher than ever before! Last May Robert S. Brown, David Toney, Samuel McElroy, and Robert Crowder crossed the burning sands. Brother Robert Brown won a distinction for himself when he was elected to Phi Eta Sigma, freshman honorary fraternity, with an almost straight "A" average. Since that time, brothers have graduated and have taken their position

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E. d a y b r o o k s - Cary B. Lewis, Jr.. Homer L. Cbavis, Richard B Alexander. Second row, from left:—Nathaniel B. Green, C. 11. Bowman, FranUlin J. Gayles, Arthur H. Webb, E d w a r d k\ Gayles. Front row. from left :—Pledgee C. C. Watford. Brother Robert S. Browne, Brother Samuel McElroy, Pledgee Kidd L. Moore, and Brother David E. Toney.

in the American theatre of the war, either in actual combat, or in defense plants. Brother William Browne, who received his B. S. in chemistry, is now employed as a chemist for the International Harvester Company, of Chic a g o ; Franklin Gayles, B. A. in H i s tory, in the United States N a v y ; Brother Cary B. Lewis, B. A. in P o litical Science, is working in the Stewart Warner's defense plant in Chic a g o ; Brother Nathaniel Green, B. S. Musical Education, is present again this year doing graduate study in voice and theory. Brother Arthur H . Webb, who is

studying for the Ph. 1 >. degree in Bacteriology, has been appointed to the faculty, as assistant in Animal P a t h ology and Hygiene; and is the first Negro to be appointed to the faculty of the University of Illinois. Furthermore, Brother Webb has completely succumbed to the wiles of Cupid, and on December 5th, lovely Dorothy Griffin. of Chicago, became M r s . A. H. Webb. Brother Charles McGhee recently married the former Frances Nelson of Champaign, Illinois; Brother Sergeant Emmett Simms married Zephyreen Duncan, of Chicago, on October

Page 26 23rd. Brother Julian Dawson, formerly of Tau and Theta, married Florence Taylor, of Chicago. Officers of the year are as follows: Nathaniel B. Green, President; David Toney, Vice President and Dean of Pledges ; Robert E. Claybrooks, Recording and Corresponding Secretary : Robert }•'.. Browne, T r e a s u r e r ; Edward R. Gayles. Social C h a i r m a n ; James Seaberry. Chaplain and Parliamentarian; and Arthur 11. Webb, Sergeantat-arms. The Sphinxmen—Edward Mostly, Robert Stone. Harold Stem, John B. Holloway, Roland Stewart, and Nathaniel Johnson are rapidly proving themselves worthy of some day attaining Alphadom. On October 10th, "Homecoming," Tau of Alpha Phi Alpha and Alpha Nu of Delta Sigma Theta gave a gala Homecoming Dance at which Floyd Campbell supplied the music. On November 7th. the brothers gave a party for the pledges, at which the brothers in the armed forces were honored. Thus we carry on for Alpha and for America! Fraternally yours, R O B E R T S. B R O W N E .

BETA KAPPA CHAPTER Langston University Greetings, Brothers : The long silence prevailing over our chapter is now broken, as we take this means to inform all brothers that there still exists Beta Kappa Chapter. Our silence does not indicate inactivity. Instead, it denotes untiring, ceaseless and conscientious effort to raise and keep Alpha raised. Our recent activities had as their climax the fall initiation, which took place October 25th. This initiation added five glad Neophytes to our already depleted ranks of five. The Neophytes are—Thaddens Hobbs, John Ross, W. B. Proctor. Jr., Mitchell Southall and William Franklin. We, of Beta Kappa, arc proud to say that these new brothers have fallen in line and have already put their shoulders to the wheel in an effort to make Alpha supreme. W e suffered the loss of a fine brother, in the person of C. B. Wood. Brother Wood is a recipient of a position on the West Coast. To him we wish a successful career. On October 7th, Langston llomecomers enjoyed the crushing 20 to 0 defeat handed Wiley College by the Langston Lions. There were many brothers out who had once attended



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Langston. Among the notables were— former General President L. L. McGhee. Ralph Bine, of Vinita; and Hamilton Vaughan, of Fort Gipson. The brothers also had the honorable presence of Brothers Maxie Sprout, of Alpha Sigma and member of Wiley Aggregation. Approximately ten brothers have been called to the Colors, but this numerical depreciation serves as an inspiration and an incentive to thi we want to do, and the task we will do. Fraternally yours. B R O T H E R S. L H A R G R O V E , J r . Editor to the Sphinx.

Here is wishing a Merry Christmas and a Happj New Year to all Alphadom. Fraternally yours. J. C. P E N N .

« BETA ETA CHAPTER Southern Illinois Normal


Dear Brothers of Alphadom—

Brothers in Alphadom:

Greetings: Beta Eta is happy to report that the chapter is keeping abreast with the times. Our fall initiation was held on October 22, and six men were able to make the trip across the "burning sands" in due form. These were— Alonzo Crim, W a r r e n St. James, MilFord Blackwell, John Talbert. Burt Oliver and Jesse Perkins. Visiting brothers with us were—Elijah Langford, charter member of Beta E t a ; Brother Craig, of St. L o u i s ; Brothers Theodore Taylor and Wallace Price. The brothers who took an active part in the initiation were—Leroy Duckworth, Prank Owens. Gaffney Taylor, Carlston Brown, E a r l Brooks, Henry Washington, H a r r y Jones and yours truly. The following brothers are in the armed forces : Sergeant Charles Jones, Corporal Samuel Roberts, Cadet Harold Walker, Tuskegtse; Private Leroy Duckworth, Private I arlston Brown, Sergeant James Ear] (Red) Thompson. Private Viencenl Freeman Sergeanl Ruges Freeman", Private Lloyd Whitnej Bell, Private Lawrence Wilson, Private Morrison Angland. Bell and Wilson are in the Radio School in Lexington. Kentucky; and our highest ranking brother is Second Lieutenant Milbert Stanton. The newly elected officers are— Brother E a r l Brooks, P r e s i d e n t ; Brother Frank Owens. Vice-President; Brother Gaffney Taylor, Corresponding Secretary and T r e a s u r e r ; Brother Henry Washington, Secretary, Brother J. C. Perm, Faculty Representative and Chaplain, Brother Alonzo Crim, Reporter to the Sphinx. Brother Penn was elected delegate by the Jackson County Teachers Association to the Illinois Education As-

sociation, which will meet in Springfield on December 28th, 29th, and 30th. Beta Eta held an open house Sunday evening. November 15th, in honor of Brother Sergeant Charles Jones, and other soldiers, not brothers; among whom were Sergeant James Walker, brother to Brother Cadet Harold Walker; Sergeant Willard Brown Corporal Woods and several others.

Once again we joyously greet you, regardless of the many new obstacles that have arisen before us. Time has brought epiite a change to this link in the great Alpha chain. Many brothers have put their books upon the shelf to join the many that seek to make this wonderful land safe for those that are to follow. In all sincerity, those brothers who are no longer with us are missed greatly. Now we are awakened more than ever to the fact, that absence truly makes the heart grow fonder for those who know the secrets of that which is nearest our hearts—"Alpha Phi Alpha." This year after losing our president, who is now. Sergeant Leroy Suttles, our vice president, Brother Isaac Golden, took over. This year finds us with the following officers: Brother Isaac Golden, President; Brother Obidiah Reynolds. Vice President; Brother Frank Haugh, Recording Secretary. Brother Elliot Mayfield, T r e a s u r e r ; Brothel Vlbert H a r r i s . Sergeanta t - a r m s ; Brother Horace Hawkins. Chaplain. Although we miss our former president. Sergeant Suttles. who received his rank only thirty-six days after his induction, which is a record, also Brothers Sergeant Herman Stone, and Captain Melvin C. Hall, we still carry on, for we cannot let them down. Their leaving us at the beginning of this school year, has been an incentive to make us work harder. The first thing that materialized from our calendar for the year was an introductory program, held in the college chapel for the purpose of introducing the organization to the freshman class. Our guest speaker for the occasion was a former graduate, Brother Frederick Spann, who is now


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Alpha Psi Chapter—Lincoln

A L P H A P S I C H A P T E R L I N C O L N U N I V E R S I T Y , (Mo.) Seated, from left:—Brothers Billy Jefferson, Charles Brown, Louis K. H a r r i s , Bertran F . Wallace. Thomas C. Brackeen. completing his third year at Meharry Medical College. This year, as ever, we have been pretty active in campus activities. To the Brothers of the chapter went the Following campus offices. Brother Frank Haugh, President, and Brother Kllint Mayfield, V'u < Pr< id< nl of the senior class; Brother Obidiah Reynolds, Presidenl of the junioi class; Brother William C. Snttlcs, President of the Glee Club; Brother Elliot Mayfield, President of the Athletic Committee. We also had a brother, along with others, to represent the school at the National Youth Conference, held at Atlanta, Georgia. Beta Pi extends her heartiest greetings to the Brothers in camp and overseas, defending those things that we strive for continually. To them, the best of luck, and in their dark hours, may they still see the light of Alpha. Fraternally


FRANK J. HAUGH, Jr. Associate Editor.


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Standing, from left:—Brothers Lester Davis, Robert Sharpe, James Fields, Elmore Nelson, Samuel Jones, Jerry Gilchrist, and Dakota A. Pippins.

ALPHA PSI CHAPTER Lincoln University (Mo.) GREETINGS BROTHERS: Alpha Psi finds itself very much occupied with the war effort, and most of the brothers are making their last few wei I. > on thi - campus as worthwhile a the) i .I". 'I lie • bapti i pro_.i Jin has been twofold. The bi othei are trying to make a great contribu lion to this, our Alma Mater, and also make one to Alpha Psi. During the campus homecoming celebration, the chapter presented a beautiful name post to the University to become a part of the beautifying and improvement program here. They presented on Army Day, an Honor Scroll of Lincoln University's men in the armed forces to Miss Eunice Meriweather "Miss Homecoming." As for Alpha Psi itself, the chapter has adopted a new type budget system of finance to make the financial program less strenuous. Our President. Alphonso Ellis was inducted into the army, and the new

election of officers were as follows: Charles Brown, President; Bertran Wallace, Vice President; Thomas Brackeen, Secretary; Billy Jefferson, T r e a s u r e r ; James Fields, Editor of the Sphinx and Dakota Pippins, Sergeant,it \ r m s . i in our program for this first semester, was a celebration of the Fraternity's birthday. It was a very unique celebration as it was the first of its kind at Lincoln University. Brother James Tillman from Alpha E*a, one of the youngest chapters in our organization, is now one of us, an Alpha Psi. Brother Tillman is an outstanding scholar and we welcome him. The initiation for the fall semester at this writing is just beginning, and will terminate December Sth. This will mark the second initiation during which our new personality analysis program will be used. It worked so successfully at the last, that the brothers have continued it. Alpha Psi is proud to add to its list of accomplished aviators, two

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b r o t h e r s ; acting President Louis K. H a r r i s and Brother F r a n k Bruce, both whom passed successfully examinations for admittance to the U. S. Army Air Corps. Two Brothers from Alpha Psi, Brother Wendell Prukt and Brother Richard Pullam are approaching their graduation at Tuskegee. At this writing Alpha Psi has no information as to the convention, but should it be held, the chapter has prepared to attend and to bring to it one of the finest under-graduate programs in Alpha to share with the other undergrads. This includes one of the most effective initiation programs and most impressive Mother's Day services we believe used. Alpha Psi wishes to congratulate the editor of the Sphinx for such an excellent edition of the magazine last quarter. On our campus it has drawn the interest of many who are in no way connected with this organizaton, as an client publication. In closing may we ask all chapters who have members, or who know of members, who are in army camps in •this vicinity, or who may be coming to this area, Fort Leonard Wood, Camp Crowder, or Jefferson Barracks, to let us know who these men are and we shall be glad to extend to them the hospitality of our campus. W e have been glad to welcome several already, including officers and enlisted men. We have pledged ourselves to give maximum service to these United States of ours, on the front and at home in the truest Alpha spirit. As the convention still seems to be on, wc say loud and strong, "On to Chicago, and look out you undergrad brothers, for we certainly have our eyes on the L'Ouverture Trophy." Fraternally yours, JAMES FIELDS Assistant Editor Sphinx. ••

BETA UPSILON Alabama State Greetings, Brothers in A l p h a : Today while the eyes of men are turned towards war and destruction, members of Beta. Upsilon are doing their share to keep the home fires burning and on the front. Beta Upsilon proudly boasts of leasing to the Armed Service such capable brothers as Lindsey G. Fields, William Kimble, Rufus A. Smith, Emmett Jenkins, Sanford McKensie, Yancy Griggs and Luther Oliver. I With the withdrawal of many brothers because of Army Service, we had


to elect officers in September. Elected to carry on the responsibilities of President of Beta Upsilon was William Beard, a good fiery brother, now a senior in Education. Brother Beard hails from Birmingham, the Magic City. Brother William Kimber, our faithful secretary, was called to service. Elected to carry on the duties of secretary is Brother William Turk, a staunch Alpha man from Gary, Ind. Brother Alonza Harvey is still around to handle our financial difficulties. Brother Robert Bankhead, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, is our newly elected Dean of SpHnxmen. Brother Jefferson Underwood, who has been ill for the past few weeks is steadily recovering. Participating in various activities on the campus for the uplift of all a r e : Brother W i l liam Davis, our beloved Trumpet King, Brother Isaac Livingston, the campus Dorsey, and Brother James (Mama's Baby) Ivory, who is being kept on his toes by a much sought after Mobile Beauty. Brother William Thompson, (the steak man) is on the loose. Carry on where good Brother Luther (Gable) Oliver left off. Beta Upsilon is very proud to hear that Brother Samuel Boyea, the impossible, is doing great things at tinUniversity of Wisconsin. Brother Boyea withdrew from Alabama State to pursue a course in Journalism at Wisconsin. He was Associate Editor to the Sphinx while he was connected with Beta Upsilon. Succeeding him as Associate Editor, is Brother John B. Hall. Brother Hall is branded as the "Flash" at 'Bama. We feel the loss of good Brother M. Woolfolk, who so ably assisted the chapter for the past two years, who was called to the colors, but we can still count on the great Brother Dr. Akiki Nyabongo, who is still here giving his able assistance. T I M E M A R C H E S O N , " so does Beta Upsilon and all AJphadom, Fraternally yours, JOHN (HURRY UP) HALL Associate Editor, Sphinx. o

PHI LAMBDA CHAPTER Raleigh, North Carolina Greetings, B r o t h e r s : Phi Lambda has been hard hit by the present emergency. During the summer we lost, both our President, Brother J. P. Bond, and our Vice President. Brother Payne, who have left Raleigh to take responsible positions in con-

December, nection with the war effort. They have been replaced by Brothers Walker Quarles and M. W. Atkins, the president and vice president respectively. Brother Louis W. Roberts has recently been appointed to the faculty of Shaw University as Professor of Physics. Brother Roberts, in addition to teaching courses in Radio Communication miller the E S M W T program, is also Professor of Physics at St. Augustine College. During the summer he taught at the National Radio School in Lexington, Kentucky. Brother Ivan E. Taylor, Professor of English at Shaw and St. Augustine Colleges, received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania at the June Convocation. The Brothers of Phi Lambda are quite active in the Defense program of the city of Raleigh. Brother M. W. Atkins, Principal of Washington High School, is at present heading up the Victory Corps at his institution. Brother Walker Quarles is Chairman of the Defense Committee at Shaw University; and Brother John Hope Franklin is Chairman of the W a r Council at St. Augustine College. Brother H. I. F. Nanton has recently been appointed Information Specialist of the Venereal Disease Clinic of the United States Public Health Service, with headquarters here in Raleigh. Brother John C. Harlan, formerly Professor of Political Science at Shaw University, has accepted an appointment as Professor of Military Science a t A. and T. College in Greensboro, with the rank of First Lieutenant. Phi Lambda extends the Seasons Greetings to its brothers everywhere. Although we shall not see you this year at a convention, we shall be keeping the light of Alpha burning in our nook of the country. Fraternally yours, JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN Associate Editor

OMICRON LAMBDA Birmingham, Alabama Dear Brothers, Omicron Lambda extends heartiest greetings to all other chapters and hopes for them a continuation of success. As we look forward to the coming of the new year the faces of brothers Wm. L. Crenshaw, Tilford Cole, Allen Gooden, Jr., Mason C. Terrell, Noah S. Purifoy, and Herbert Pegues will be missed as these brothers were of great service to the fraternity, and we

December, 1942



Omicron Lambda Chapter—Birmingham,

Members of Omicron Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, Birmingham, Alabama. Reading from left to right, First row kneeling:—Major A. Brown, Sergeant-At-Arms, William E. Peterson, Editor to Sphinx Wayman C. Matherson. Assistant Secretary, H. Lovell Mosely, President, C. L. Shepard, Secretary, C. H. Hay-good, Vice President. Second Row, Standing : Charles O. Webb, Charles J. Greene, know they a r e carrying on for "Uncle Sam" in the "Alpha" way. Even though Omicron Lambda will face the new year with the prospect of an abbreviated membership the work of Alpha must go on, and so we have pledged ourselves to keep our fraternity ever elevated as only it should be. The officers of Omicron Lambda for '42 have been elected for a second term. They are viz: H. Lovell Mosely, President; C. H. Haygood, Vice President ; C. L. Shephard, Secretary; W a y m a n C. Matherson, Ass't Secretary ; Dr. W. J. Dowdell, T r e a s u r e r ; Major A. Brown, S g t . - a t - a r m s ; William E. Peterson, Associate Editor. One of the plans season is the Alpha quet. We plan to gala, exquisite, and

for the yuletide Phi Alpha banmake this affair memorable.

A recent visitor to the chapter was Brother R. A. Wilson who is a professor on the Langston University faculty.




Wilson told





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Dr. M. G. McCall, Will iam J. Golden, Frederick Lt. Herbert Pogues.

A. Curtis,

Third Row, Standing:—Damon Lee, Jr., R. Lincoln Jackson, Rev. W. L. Cash, Wilbur L. Hollins. Roscoe Shehy. Brothers not on P i c t u r e : Att'y A. D. Shores, B. A. Collins, Jesse Jones and W. E. Shortridge.

th ings about the research work he is doing on "The Negro In Politics." Omicron Lambda wishes for all chapters a joyous Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Thus we carry on for the U. S. A. and for Alpha Phi Alpha. Fraternally Yours William E. (Pete) Peterson.

ALPHA NU LAMBDA CHAPTER Tuskegee Institute Greetings, Brothers :—• The calendar year has rolled past not unlike any other year. Namely, a little fun and relaxation at our regular monthly meetings, a jam-up picnic during the summer with beer, barbecue and other embroidery which was most enjoyable, and last in the order named but certainly the uppermost in our minds and hearts was some fervid uninhabited discussion referable to the Negro today—his rights and his duty. It is needless

to say this latter part of our good brotherly confabs didn't throw any new light on this subject, but it did disclose repeatedly that all Alpha men are not made or do not think the same. Some are individualists: especially the older ones, who contend that the voice of the intellect is soft. Some I just can't case at all. Well, I won't try to explain further or go into a long harangue on this issue because I would have to get biographical and too personal, which naturally would not be brotherly. However, during the interim between this year's beginning and end some of your brothers have made history which should be rightly recorded on the pages of the Sphinx because they are Alpha men. A brief running account of same is all the space allotted will allow. W e have seen many new faces at our meetings. They are young, erect Alpha men in the uniform of the U nited States Army. We have extend-


Page 30 ed them every Alpha courtesy. They are with us today and gone tomorrow, which only epitomizes the seriotisn SN of our times. Some of our older brothers have left us for service. There is the strong probability that many more will follow them. The host of our last meeting:, Brother E. V Alexander, the pharmacist of the John A. Andrew Hospital, will be in the uniform of his country before this report come; ol the p r o s . Our vice president. Brother D e H a v e i Hinkson, Major U. S. A.. M. C . was transferrod from the Tuskegee Army Flying Field Station Hospital, to Fort H u a cluxa. Arizona. Brother Alf Thoma . 1st Lieutenant M. C , also of the Station Hospital, was sent to "foreign duty." He writes back that the only difference in his environs from H a r lem is that there are no tall buildings. Your guess as to his whereabouts is as good as ours. Brother John (Xed) Manly, my room and classmate at Howard, whose home is here, though Ire's affiliated with Eta Chapter, is also with Brother Thomas on foreign duty—he was recently promoted to a captain in the M. C Brother Louis Rabb has just returned from Columbia University where on a fellowship he earned a master's degree in Student Personnel Administration. Our president, Brother Irving A. Derbigny, spent the summer in Washington, D. C , as an advisor in the Office of Price Administration (OPA). Brother Robert D. Reid recently returned from the University of Minnesota where he put in his residency for a doctorate in history. Brother Russell Brown worked this summer at Iowa State University on a research problem in the physiology of bacteria—he is scheduled to read a paper on his studies before the Society of American Bacteriologists in Columbus, Ohio, in December of this year. Brother Timothy W. Jones was recently appointed coordinator in the E. S. M. W. T. (Engineer, Science and Management of War Training) for Negroes of Alabama. Brother William O. Nixon, now a second midst



for assignment

left our

at Fort


chuca, Arizona. The following brothers, physicians of the Veterans Hospital, were appoi"ted officers in the army of the U. S. Medical Corps (inactive at this time). Eugene H. Dibble, Jr., Colonel; T. T. Tildon, Lieutenant Colonel;


Charles N. Pitts, Major; Horace G. Dwiggins, Major; Peter L. Richardson, Captain; Charles Prudhomme, Captain; Reginald G. James, 1st Lieutenant; Alston B. Greaves, 1st Lieutenant; Junius L. Taylor, 1st Lieutenant; Robyn J. Arrington, 1st Lieutenant; Arthur R. Thomas, 1st Lieutenant, and Adam AI. Robinson, 1st Lieutenant: Brothers James E. Jackson and George 1'. Schanck also of the Veterans Hospital Staff, previously held reserve commissions in the Army Medical Corps as 1st Lieutenants— they are all wondering if and when tl eirs status will be changed from inactive to active. In summing up we have looked backward to report the highlights of our chapter and its members. However, as Alpha men, singly and en masse, we are also looking forward which is an eternal verity. The Alpha ingredients' in our personalities compounded in the good old Alpha way, will by force transcend all the vicissitudes of today and be with you at our Chicago convention either in the flesh or in spirit. Fraternally yours, CHARLES P R U D H O M M E , (Associate Editor) o

ALPHA BETA CHAPTER Talladega College Greeting: "The Season's Greetings to you all 1" It has been some time since we, of Alpha Beta have spoken to our brothers via the Sphinx, but we want all to know that we are quite active. Dawn of the year found twelve new men added to our chapter. They are as follows: James Caple, Herman Daves, Bernard Goode, Benjamin Lowe, George McClain, Williard McCloud, Furman Miller, James Morris, Warren Nash, Edward Ray, Charles Scott, and Leonard Williams. The "morning after" the neophytes crossed the burning sands they were feted with a breakfast by the chapter. Brother Horace Johnson, president, served as toastmaster. Brief speeches were made by graduate Brothers Hayden. Harris and O'Shields. At present, plans are being made for our "annual dance." Also underway arc plans for a joint chapel program with the Talladega College chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. With the new life and great promise that our new brothers have brought, it is hoped that we shall

December, 1942 have a most successful and enjoyable year. At the close of this year, Alpha Beta will be unfortunate and yet fortunate in losing only two brothers; namely—Brothers John Gladney and Lee Otis Milter, who will enter Meharry Medical College in June. In closing, Alpha Beta wishes to extend special Yuletide greetings to all brothers in the armed forces, and best wishes for success in the New Year to all affiliated with Alpha Phi Alpha. Alpha moves onward and upward! Fraternally yours, OIVER B. SPELLMAN, Acting Associate Editor.

BETA PHI CHAPTER Dillard University Greetings Brothers in Alpha: Beta Phi wishes to extend special greetings and other forms of salutations to you brothers who are serving in the armed forces of our country. We have the uttermost confidence that you will continue to hold ever aloft the philosophy of our dear fraternity. We, the brothers who have not yet been called to the colors, have some concepts of the hardships that you are now faced with. There are some brothers in our chapter who have spent a year or more in camps. We know what it is to long for loved ones. We know what it is to spend recreation trips in strange cities, with no particular place to go. Yes, we know of the USO and its activities, but we know that there are certain things that you have had at home that even this organization cannot replace in your lives. In spite of obstacles that confront you brothers, keep control of yourselves, and do not adopt the Epicurean philosophy of life, because tomorrow soon fades into today, and without some plan of hope for tomorrow, today cannot bring much joy or accomplishment. Beta Phi considers itself fortunate in that it has not lost any brothers yet to the armed forces. However, we have lost one Sphinxman to the navy, in the person of Fred Ross, who is now stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station. We are proud to announce that Sphinxman Ross has been promoted to the rank of chief petty officer. Brother Elliott J. Mason is now on leave from the chapter to attend theology school, after having graduated last June with the coveted honor, magna cum laude. Broth-

December, 1942


Alpha Pi Lambda's



Members of Alpha Pi Lambda Chapter with their wives at their Thanksgiving banquet on November 27. Left to right a r e : Brother and Mrs. Harold T a y l o r ; Brother and Mrs. G. II. Vaughn; Brother and Mrs. Fred Abels; Brother and Mrs. J V C a r t e r ; Brother and Mrs. A. H. Anderson (Toastmast e r ) ; Brother and Mrs. J. M. Walker, J r . ; Brother and Mrs. ers Joseph Mack and Antony Donfor are attending H o w a r d University. I'or the present school terms the following brothers were recipients of scholarships: Robert Johnson, Jr., Robert S. Scarbough, Jr., Harold W. I.mien, Antoin L. Joseph, and John R. Powe, J r . A few weeks ago Beta Phi, Dillard University, and all New Orleans was honored, in hearing Brother Paul Robeson in recital. Dillard University was still more honored by a chapel talk by Brother Robeson, who spoke to us on "Minority People and Their Problems." Brother Robeson, through his talk on that subject, convinced every one that he was a world citizen. After listening to his recital, both Negroes and whites affirmed the statement that Paul Robeson is not a singer of the classics, but a singer of songs of the masses, the oppressed and the courageous. His appearance here in New Orleans did more to bring southern whites to their senses than most of our protest literature; because at the Booker T. Washington School auditorium, where the recital was given, there was no racial discrimination, both white and black sat side by side and applauded him. O n the morning of November Sth, tour former Sphinxmen saw the light


R. L. Smith; Brother and Mrs. D. II. Banks; Brother and Mrs. A. 1'. Marshall; Brother and Mrs. L. L. Hall. Missing from the pictures are Brothers Leander Hill. Dr. \Y. F. Maroney, W. F. Pitts, J. L. Smith, who is now .a chaplain in the army, Dr. E. S. Wright. Dr. Hubert Eaton, and Rev. S. P a y ton Manning.

of the Alpha Phi Alpha after a strenuous and most enlightened trip across the burning sands. They a r e : Antoine L. Joseph, Frederiksted, St. Croix, V. I.; Harold S. Ballad, New Orleans, Louisiana; Earl W. Henderson, Mobile, A l a b a m a ; and Mays C. Maxwell. Brother Vernon W. W i n s low, who is a charter member of Beta Phi, directed the initiation. Friday night, November 6th, we gave a banquet to commemorate our fourth anniversary and to honor the neo-phytical brothers. Brother John R. Powe, Jr., acted as toast master. The principal address was delivered by Brother Ferdinand L. Rousseve, vice president. Brother Rousseve chose as his topicâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;"The Real Meaning of Alpha Phi Alpha." Also present at the banquet were Brothers W. Morial and Boute, of Sigma Lambda, and A. Atkinson and Brady Cooper of Beta Tau. Beta Phi has pledged the following into its Sphinx club: William A. Stewart, Chicago, Illinois; Kenneth F. Holbert, Dallas, T e x a s ; Charles C. Hithe, New Orleans, Louisiana; and Lionel A. Desbordes, New Orleans, Louisiana. On November annual election, ing people were destiny of Beta

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9th, Beta Phi held its in which the followelected to guide the P h i : Harold W. Lu-

cien, president; Oliver Hart, vice president; Robert S. Scarbough, Secr e t a r y ; Charles T. Terry III, t r e a s u r e r ; Earl W. Henderson, chaplain; Antoin L. Joseph, editor-to-Sphinx; Emile L. Meine, Jr., parliamentarian; Felton F. Randolph, sergeant-at-arms. I would like to extend to you on behalf of Beta Phi a joyful Christinas and a New Year of peace. Fraternally yours, O L I V E R H A R T , JR.

ALPHA ETA CHAPTER Stowe Teachers College Greetings B r o t h e r s : Alpha Eta, too, has felt the loss of member brothers to the war effort, but we are still carrying on with the few remaining. We have lost Brother President, George Hyram to the army, Brother Ozzie Robnet to the navy, Brother Secretary Earl Hunter to the army, Sphinxman William T a t u m to the army, and Sphinxman Joseph Sullivan to the navy. It is, however, felt that the navy and armed forces are very fortunate in obtaining men of such high caliber. We sayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;"Bon Voyage" to them now, although we feel that they will nut want for our company long. W e wish to salute Alpha men who are now fighting for the flag of their

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country in nearly every corner of the globe, and wish them success and Godspeed back to their homes. Brotherly yours, ALPHA ETA CHAPTER, O D E L L CLARK, Associate



CHI CHAPTER Meharry Medical College Chi will be on top again this year as the largest financial chapter in Alpha Phi Alpha. Already fifty-eight brothers have become financial with the general organization, and our treasurer reports that this figure will be increased considerably before the year is over. To this number must also lie added three who were ushered into Alphadom at press time. These men were David M. Spotwood, senior medical student; Conway Downing, Junior dental student; and Joseph Commander, sophomore medic and honor student. On Sunday following, the chapter honored the neophytes at a banquet at the fraternity bouse. Other social events for the year included the Annual Thanksgiving Party, and the regular pre-Christmas social meeting. Brother Dr. G. D. Holloway has returned to us after a year of extensive study and research at the University of Chicago. Dr. Holloway is Associate Professor of Bacteriology, and a very active brother. New members of the faculty also listed as brothers a r e : Dr. E. Perry Crump, Instructor in A n a t o m y ; Dr. Clifton O. Dummitt, Instructor in Peridontia and Dental P a thology ; and Mr. Raphael E. Tisdale, Instructor in Embryology and Histology. Dr. Crump is a graduate of Meharry and served his internship at Hubbard Hospital. Dr. Dummitt received the D. D. S. and M. S. D. degrees from Northwestern University anil served as president of Theta Chapter in Chicago until his appointment to the Meharry faculty. Brother T i s dale is a senior medical student with the M. S. degree from the University of Iowa in Histology, President of Chi Chapter, and a member of Kappa Pi Honorary Medical Society. As ever, Chi ranks high in scholarship. Other brothers recently elected to Kappa Pi w e r e : James H. Robinson senior; and Christopher L. Hunt, Richard M. Ilaskins, Howard W. Kenney and Fred E. Pinson. juniors. The following brothers have been rated as honor men by the Registrar of Meharry for the past y e a r : Anthony M. Stephens, John R. Henry, William


S. Odom, Turner McCoUry, John F. Benson, Ufred L. Humbert, and Robert H a r r i s , sophomores; Christopher L. Hunt, Fred E. Pinson, Howard W. Kenney, Henry L. W'ilkins, Merton 1'.. Anderson, and George D. Marshall, j u n i o r s ; Raphael E. Tisdale, James II. Robinson and Samuel E. Vaguer, seniors. Our congratulations go to Brother Dr. Jesse S. Chandler, now at Fort Huachuca who was elevated from the rank of 1st Lieutenant to that of Captain in the Medical Corps. Dr. Chandler still retains his membership in Chi Chapter, and even in his absence, is a source of inspiration to all undergraduate brothers here in Meharry. We were happy to welcome to Meharry and Chi Chapter, more than twenty-five brothers enrolled in the school of medicine and dentistry. These new brothers, representing many of our well known undergraduate Chapters, were officially introduced and extended an invitation of membership at our Annual Smoker for new brothers, Held October 6th. Most of these brothers have entered into the spirit of Chi Chapter and have pledged to support and help carry on the program. Officers elected for the year 1943 a r e : .Axel Hanson, Jr., President; Howard W. Kenney, Vice-President; Christopher L. Hunt, Recording Secretary; Edward L. Wilkerson, C o n e s ponding Secretary; George N'. Taylor, T r e a s u r e r ; Griffin M. Allen, Chaplain; William D. Patton, Editor to the Sphinx; Wesley Hicks, Sergeant-atarms. In closing, Chi wishes to extend Christmas greetings to all brothers at home and abroad, and wishes for them Godspeed. Fraternally Axel Hansen, Jr., Editor to the Sphinx â&#x20AC;˘



An Eta Chapter Executive Committee meeting was held at the home of General Officers President on Saturday, November 7th. It endorsed the General Officers action in calling off the 1942 Convention in Chicago, subscribed to the General Officers proposal to increase the Regional Budgets, and will hold jointly with Alpha Gamma Lambda, a Convention Memorial in New York City during the regular convention days of December 1942;

December, 1942 at which, resolutions will be passed for forwarding to the General Organization regarding the W a r Emergency and the Post W a r Economy Program already launched by the General Organization. Eta's second Annual Victory Ball at the Savoy Ballroom, NewYork, on February 19, 1943, was authorized for entertainment of all men now in the armed forces of any F r a ternity affiliation. Alpha men everywhere in the states must send their names and Chapter affiliation at the time of entering the Armed Services to Brother George Fenderson, Eta Dance Chairman, 811 St. Nicholas Avenue, New York City. at once, in order to get invitations FREE. . Eta Chapter elected officers for 1943 on November 19. The present officers are as follows: Men in the Armed Forces Forster, Cecil R., Chief Petty Officer United States Coast Guard, Educational Chairman. Graves, W. G., Private, United States Army, Co-chairman, Budget Audit Committee. Other Principal Officers Davies, Mac C , President; Bryant, \\ . 1.., Vice President; Tyler, A. R., T r e a s u r e r ; Best, Lloyd, .Secretary; Flannigan, Archie, Financial Secretary; Ransom, C. C , Associate Editor, The Sphinx; Atwater, F. D., Sergeant-atArms. Committee



Carey, J., Director of Athletics Committee; Rutledge, J., Personal Progress Committee C h a i r m a n ; Hurst, Wm. H., Rushing Committee Chairman. Our brothers will also be glad to know that Brother Lester Bryant, Vice President of Eta Chapter celebrated his birthday during the week of November 9th. The celebration was started on September 7th, when his bride of many moons took him to the T r e a t r e . Eta Chapter has also established a W a r Bond Memorial, honoring Alpha men in the United States Armed Services, and those who have joined Omega Chapter in the Great Beyond. Eta's first contribution to this Memorial was authorization of investment of $100.00 in W a r Bonds. In addition, all officers of the chapter are also participating similarly in this memorial. The dedication of this memorial will be held in December, 1942, during the local Convention Memorial. Speakers scheduled for this event a r e : Brothers Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Councilman and E d i t o r ; Clem Colin Ransom,


December, 1942 Consultant and Welfare Representative at Manhattan Special Sessions C o u r t ; Andrew Tyler, Justice Watson and P a g e ; Commissioner Elmer A. Carter and Lester B. Granger, National Urban League Executive. The Sphinx Club for 1942 is taking form. There are some fine timbers available to be "read-would" into Alpha Phi Alpha. Brother William B. Hurst, Jr., is Rushing Committee Chairman, he resides at 35 West 110th Street, Suite 3F. There is a great deal of news, such a.s releases regarding brothers admitted to the bar. This news will follow in future issues. In order to perpetuate the War Bond Memorial, each member of Alpha Phi Alpha everywhere is urged to buy W a r Bonds (of any denomination) i'i honor of Alpha W a r servants. All bonds will remain the property of the purchaser, and in his possession, but the amount of the purchase must be recorded with the local Chapter, and of the General Organization. Our President, Brother Mac C. Davies, of Eta Chapter, herewith records his first Memorial purchase of $100.00 bond, honoring Alpha, men in the 369th Coast Artillery, and the 372nd regiment. As aforementioned, our other officers are doing likewise. Hoping that all of the above information may be representative of Eta Chapter, and acceptable for publication, I am Very truly yours, CLEM COLIN RANSOM Associate Sphinx Editor .


ALPHA ALPHA CHAPTER Cincinnati, Ohio Dear B r o t h e r s : In spite of the fact that we are still los'ng good Alpha men to the armed forces of the nation, Alpha Alpha is seeking and will continue to seek to be instrumental in aiding our organization throughout the country to maintain its admirable status in the realm of Greek-letter organizations. Our most recent loss is Brother Fred W a t son, who is in California advancing rapidly, in the true Alpha spirit. October 11, 1942 was truly an outstanding occasion in Cincinnati. On that day Alpha Alpha through the efforts of Bro. W . C. Weatherly and his education committee, had the great honor and indescribable pleasure of presenting our general president, Dr. Rayford W. Logan, to the populace of

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Cincinnati and its environs. Dr. Logan's message, "The Xegro in The Post-War World." was singularly impressive and inspiring to us all. We know of no other individual who is so will informed along these lines, who has such deep insight into the problems confronting our Race now and those which will arise in the near future in relation to the war and the peace to follow; and who is so profoundly interested in awakening within us all the realization of the existence of these issues and their full significance. We thank God for a man like Dr. Logan ; for in such men, lies the salvation of the Negro people. Immediately following Brother Logan's address, Alpha men of Cincinnati and surrounding chapters sojourned to the Manse Hotel with their wives and sweethearts to enjoy a beautifully appointed informal banquet. Brother Theodore M. Berry, serving wittily as toastmaster, elicited remarks from brothers and their "better halves." Alter the banquet, we followed the crowd to Union Baptist Church where all who attended sat spellbound under the eloquent oratory of Brother Charles H. Wesley, former general president of Alpha Phi Alpha, and newly appointed president of Wilberforce. The ritual committee of Alpha Alpha planned and executed a smoker in honor of the new students on the campus of the University of Cincinnati recently. The affair was well attended and greatly impressed these newcomers to the campus. Our "Beacon," Brother John W. Fleming, as always, was instrumental in the success of the occasion. His timely remarks concerning fraternity life in general and Alpha Phi Alpha in particular, we feel were far-reaching and greatly appreciated by the fellows. Brother W. N1. Lovelace, who is always on hand to do his bit for good old Alpha, is to be commended upon his words of advice to the new group. We're proud as peacocks these days of our own Willard Stargel.




star athlete

really been showing

at U.




that he can play football.

Stargel, a

favorite of white and black alike on the campus,

is president of Quadres

Society, a campus organization; and is also an excellent student. Fraternally yours, D A N I E L J. T H O M P S O N , Jr., Associate Editor to Sphinx,

SIGMA CHAPTER Boston, Massachusetts Greetings: Sigma chapter, Mecca for all New England Alpha men, extends heartfelt Christmas greetings to Alpha men the world over. Sigma chapter has enjoyed a most successful year for 1941-1942. In November, 1941, three neophyte brothers "crossed the burning sands" into t h e . glorious realm of Alpha: Brothers Reynolds Costa, of the Boston University Graduate School of Education, (shortly afterwards appointed an instructor in the school) ; Brother James E. Lane, of Boston College; and Brother Milton M. Conliffe, of Tufts College. One week later, as a fitting climax to the traditional Harvard-Yale Thanksgiving day classic, celebrants from all parts of the country gathered at the spacious Rainbow Plantation in Walpole, Mass., to attend the bi-annual Alpha Phi Alpha H a r v a r d - Y a l e Victory Ball. Several hundred guests, among whom were a number of visiting brothers, danced to the music of Tasker Crosson's orchestra until the wee small hours of the morning. In January, Sigma chapter held its annual election. Brother President Thomas A. Center was re-elected by acclamation. Brother Center has done an exceptional job. Brother Julian C. Brauker was also re-elected as VicePresident. The other officers ' elected were : Secretary. G. Samuel D a r r e l l ; Treasurer, Thomas Fuller; Editor to the Sphinx, Milton M. Conliffe; and Robert L. Yancey, Sergeant-at-Arms. Brother Center was shortly afterwards appointed Regional Director of Alpha Phi Alpha for New England. Our annual Alpha Phi Alpha program was presented in May at St. Mark's Church, Roxbury, to a most receptive and enthusiastic audience. The theme was, "The Negro in the P o s t - W a r World." Brother Costa acted as Moderator, and introduced Brother Andrew R. Tyler, National Eastern Vice-President, who delivered an introductory address on the theme. Brother Captain Andrew Johnson. chaplain from the 366th Infantry, Fort Devens, Mass., delivered the main address. The entire audience spontaneously applauded as he finished. Brother Victor Bynoe read two resolutions drawn up at our smoker. The first was addressed to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and asked (in substance) that he, as President of the United States, exert his influence on the Brit-

Page 34 ish Government to grant India her freedom. The second resolution was addressed to Secretary of the N'avy Knox, and asked (in substance) that Negroes, as American citizens, be granted equal opportunities in the Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps. Copies of the respective resolutions were mailed to President Roosevelt and Secretary Knox. T h e Attucks Chorus, of Boston, offered several selections during the program. Felicitations were offered by representatives of the Omega Psi Phi and the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternities, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta sororities. Brother P r e s ident Center gave the reply. Brother Frederick Franklin is now engaged in Social Service work in Minneapolis. Best of luck, Freddie. Sigma chapter's loss is Mu chapter's gain. Brother Rev. S. M. Riley, formerly pastor of the Fourth M. E. Church in Boston has accepted a pastorate in Ohio. We wish Brother Riley much success in his new location. Brother Bernard Robinson, now in his second year at H a r v a r d Medical School, became the first Negro in New England history to be appointed to a commission in the Navy. Brother Robinson was given the rank of Lieutenant (j. g.), and upon his graduation will be raised to Lieutenant (Sen. g r a d e ) . T w o sons of Sigma,—neophyte brothers, incidentally, have joined the growing list of Alpha men engaged in the defense of our country and the successful prosecution of the war. Brothcr Reynolds Costa is stationed at Fort McClellan, Ala., and has recently been promoted to Sergeant. Brother James Lane is engaged in war work at the N'avy Yard at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Latest reports from Brother Lane indicate that all is well. The Sphinx Club at Sigma is small at present, but witli considerable suitable material now at hand, ail indications point to a comfortable enrollment in the near future. A recent pledge is Jay McRae, Captain and stroke oar of the Boston University crew. Smaller brother McRae is another first for Sigma chapter, as he is the first Negro ever to captain a B. U. crew, and to the best of our knowledge the first Negro ever to captain a crew in this country. T o Sigma's sons, and to all brothers in the armed forces, wherever you may be—to you the best of luck. May



God's blessings be with you—may Victory be yours. Fraternally yours, M I L T O N M. C O N L 1 F F E , Jr., Editor to the Sphinx. * KAPPA Ohio



Greetings Brothers : With this issue of the Sphinx, Kappa Chapter is unusually proud to report events which have taken place here in the Capital City. First and foremost the All-Ohio banquet was given at Pomerene Hall, November 14, honoring Bro. Dr. Charles H. Wesley upon his presidency of W i l berforce University. This was truly a gala affair and one in which will be remembered by all the brothers who attended. Tables were laid for approximately 125 brothers who came from all parts of Ohio to do honor to Dr. Wesley, who, after being officially greeted by representatives from the Ohio chapters gave a stirring and most-inspiring talk on Wilberforce University, its problems and its aims. After his speech he was presented with a gift of a beautiful electric clock by Bro. Lionel H. Newsome, president of Kappa Chapter, on behalf of all the Ohio brothers. A couple of old-timers were present and gave interesting side-lights of the early history of the fraternity, namely. Brothers Artee Fleming, of Alpha T a u ; and S. S. Booker of Beta Rho Lambda. Brother Attorney Charles Warfield, of Alpha Rho Lambda, was the toastmaster and Bro. Maceo Hill was song leader. Felicitations were read by Bro. A. D. V. Crosby, president of Alpha Rho Lambda, from Bro. Rayford Logan, governor of Ohio, John W. Bricker; the president of Ohio State University, Howard L. Bevis; and many others. Bro. John Fleming, midwestern Vice President, lay member, Bro. Thomas Kelley, and shield designer, Bro. James A. Dunn, were also present. Among other events at Kappa Chapter this quarter have been the initiation of six Sphinxmen. Richard Calloway, Jr., Irvin G. Lowery, Richard Fullen, James Thomas, George I. Johnson, and William Jenkins are the neophyte brothers T h e opening of school found the president of Kappa Chapter, Bro. Newsome, teaching a class in Negro history weekly at T h e Ohio Union. Bro. Newsome is also the president of the pan-hel-

lenic Koada Council.

December, 1942 Our sincere good luck, best wishes, and prayers go to all good Alpha brothers who are serving in the a r m ed forces. Those from Kappa Chapter whom we salute are Brothers Eugene "Tink" Bradley, Ralph Hammond, Alfred Farrell, all in the army, John H a r vey who is in the navy, and neophyte brother Richard Calloway, Jr., who leaves for the air corps soon. Fraternally yours, J A M E S K. A N T H O N Y Editor to The Sphinx •


BETA ZETA LAMBDA Jefferson City, Missouri Following a long established custom the Brothers of Beta Zeta Lambda journeyed to Sedalia, Mo., for their first meeting since the summer vacation. Our ranks were noticeably depleted, but the Brothers are determined to carry on with a program which is in keeping with the spirit of the times. Among the missing was our president, Bro. Hadley Hartshorne, who is on leave of absence from Lincoln University at the University of Minnesota, Also absent was our vice president, Bro. G. R. Cotton, who is on leave pursuing studies in vocational and industrial education at Ohio State University. Since we were without a presiding officer, the chapter elected Bro. A. E. Pullam, Jr., as president to fill the unexpired term of Bro. Hartshorne. Thus Bro. Pullam finds himself in the unique position of being both president and corresponding secretary. The armed forces have also claimed two of our members: Bro. George W i l liams, who first saw the light at Beta Zeta Lambda, is now a Corporal in an engineer's regiment at Camp Shelby, Miss.; Bro. J. T. Johnson is a Technical Corporal at Fort Custer, Mich., and Bro. B. T. McGraw is still carrying on with the Federal Housing Authority in Washington, D. C. Three Brothers have returned from leaves of absence: Bro. N . P . Barksdale from the University of Illinois, Bro. J. N. Freeman from Cornell, and Bro Armistead Pride from Northwestern. In addition to these, Bro. Walter "Duke" Williams, newly appointed Assistant Football Coach and Head Basketball mentor, and Bro. Robert Clark, Exchange Professor in History and Government from Philander Smith College, are additions to the fold.

Honors continue to be heaped upon

December, 1942 our past president, Bro. Christopher Hubbard. W e have been informed that the Sedalia (Mo.) Board of Education voted unanimously at its spring meeting to alter the name of Lincoln High School to Hubbard High School. Bro. Hubbard had been previously honored by the Missouri State Teachers Assocation for his work as principal of the Sedalia high school. Bro. J. H. Seeney, sometime chaplain of Beta Zeta Lambda, has been selected as acting principal of the Lincoln University Laboratory High School during the absence of Bro. Hartshorne. Recently President Scruggs announced that Bro. W a l t e r Talbot had been elevated to the rank of Professor of Mathematics. He has thus achieved the highest academic rank in the relatively short time of seven years, having come to Lincoln immediately following his graduation from the University of Pittsburgh in 1934. F o r our second meeting the Brothers returned to Jefferson City. Brothers U. S. Maxwell, J. D. P a r k s , and Robert Clark were guests of the chapter on this occasion. Also present was Bro. Rev. Nevers of Zeta Chapter now residing in Pittsville, Mass. After a rather lengthy business session, during which the chapter was effectively geared to the war effort, the meeting closed with the election of officers for the coming year. The results of the election follows: President, Brother A. E. Pullam, J r . ; Vice Pres ident, Brother T. D. P a w ley, J r . ; Secretary, Brother C. B. T a y lor; Corresponding Secretary, Brother James Seeney; Treasurer, Brother A. E. Maddox, Associate Editor to The Sphinx, Brother James Freeman; Sergeant-at-Arms, Brother Robert C l a r k ; Chaplain, Brother C. C. H u b bard. Beta Zeta. Lambda wishes for all Brothers and Chapters a joyous holiday season. It is our fervent hope that another year will see us re-united at our National Convention celebrating the victory of our nation and the part that Alpha men will have played in bringing it about. Fraternally yours, T H O M A S D. P A W L E Y , Jr. Associated Editor to The Sphinx o

KAPPA LAMBDA Greensboro, N. 0. Brothers in Alpha, Greetings: At long last we have joined the ranks of active chapters, and we have had a very successful year. Last fall a group of Alpha men, headed by Brother



Warner Lawson, set about to get the wheels in motion for re-organization and bringing life to the chapter. This was successfully done with about fourteen men paying their grand tax and reinstatement fee. Since last fall the chapter has lost three of its brothers to the armed service. They a r e : Brothers J. Raymond Davis, James Keono and W. A. I.owe. Brother Wesley H o m e has gone to Rocky Mount, N. C , with the NYA. A summary of the year's activities shows that in April the chapter sponsored a successful talent night for the benefit of the scholarship fund. Incidentally, the scholarship was given to James Russell, senior at Dudley High School. Then the chapter gave a spring dance in May. During the month of July, the chapter gave a closed picnic at the beautiful country home of Brother C. E. Dean. Shortly afterwards, Brother W a r n e r Lawson, our president, left to assume his duties as dean of the music department at Howard University. At the November meeting the following officers were elected: Brothers Vance Chavis, president; B. A. Collier, vice president; F . A. Jackson, secretary: E. X. Palmer, assistant secretary, M. B. Townes, treasu r e r ; N. L. Gregg, chaplain; A. T. White, Jr., associate editor of the Sphinx. It was decided that we give a dance at Christmas time. You will read more about that in the next issue of the Sphinx. Kappa Lambda. Chapter has thirty one brothers on its roster. Among new brothers in the city we welcomeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Brothers F. A. Jackson, E. N. Palmer, Charles G. Coleman, Lieut. Arthur Ferguson and Lieut. John C. Harlan. Lieutenants Ferguson and Harlem are instructors in military science at A. & T. College. Well Brothers, this is all there is at this timeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;more next time. Fraternally yours, A. T. W H I T E , Jr. Associate Editor. o

GAMMA BETA LAMBDA Frankfort, Kentucky. Greetings : From Kentucky land where the horses are fast, the whiskey good, and the women beautiful. If you do not believe the horses to be fast you should have been here to see Brother Kean's Thorobreds romp to a 39 to 0 victory over the Wilberforce Bull Dogs. The beautiful women were there also.

Miss Kentucky and all her attendants.

Page 35 Several good Alpha Brothers were there for it was Homecoming at dear old Kentucky state. And what a crowd of beauties. I was there also. Now some news items about Brothers of Gamma Beta Lambda and this vicinity of Kentucky. Brother W . W. Jones, Head of the Departments of Physics of Kentucky State College, has been loaned to the W a r Department in the field of Radio Research at the Avon Signal. Depot, Lexington, Ky. Brother H. M. Jason, Professor of French and Spanish at Kentucky State College has also been loaned to the W a r Department as special interpreter of French and Spanish Languages. Brother Jason is located in New York. City. Brother R. B. Atwood has again pioneered in the field of Educational Leadership by being one of the first college presidents to put his college on a war-time basis with a curriculum to meet the present emergency. Two new courses were added. Business Administration and Engineering. It is now possible for a student to finish a four-year course in two and twothirds years. This speed up program was set up in order to train more people to meet the present emergency in the shortest length of time. Go forward Brother Atwood. Alpha Phi Alpha is backing you. Brother Lieut. James McCullin flew in from the Tuskegee Air base where he recently received his wings and commission. Alpha Phi Alpha is flying along with you Brother McCullin. Brother Dr. J. A. Gay of Frankfort, Kentucky has been ordered to active duty in the Army Medical Corps. Brother Gay is stationed at Fort H a u chuca, Ariz. Rev. Brother William White, former pastor of St. John A. M. E. Church of Frankfort, Kentucky and Chaplain of Gamma Beta Lambda Chapter has been transferred to St. Paul A. M. E. Church of Lexington, Kentucky. St. Paul church is the largest church in the Kentucky Conference. Go forward Brother White. We are with you. Gamma Beta Lambda Chapter joinin in mourning with Kentucky State College over the death of John "Red" Stewart. Line Coach and Cashier of Kentucky State College. Stewart was accidently killed in an automobile wreck while on the way to Cincinnati to visit his mother who is very ill. It is said a truck side-swiped the car knocking them off the road. Dr. H u b bard of Cincinnati was driving the

Page 36 car. Stewart was the Faculty Advisor to the Panhellenic Council of Kentucky State College and a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. The entire nation mourns this loss. May I suggest that each chapter remember the Brothers in service during the Yuletide season. Buy War Bonds and Stamps in order that AlphaPhi Alpha may live in the Land of The Free and the Home of the Brave. Fraternally yours, Sheley Lynem, Jr., Associate Editor.

BETA PHI LAMBDA Savannah, Ga. Brothers in Alpha Phi Alpha, Greetings : During the summer months, Beta Phi Lambda had several meetings ; thus making it pleasant for some of the visiting brothers. Brother Walter Scott entertained the chapter in honor of brother Sidney Jones, Jr. a native of Savannah and a practicing attorney in Chicago. On another occasion, Brother Dr. S. M. Mi-Dew, Jr., entertained the chapter in honor of Brother Dr. Milton Wright, a native of Savannah, and dean of the department of economics and political science at W'ilherforce University. Brother McDew served a s chairman of the committee on Negro Health Week and at that time a drive was started to raise money to employ a social worker for one year. H e is now one of the many co-chairmen selected to sponsor an all-out effort for the sale of Christmas seals for the purpose of raising $1,200 to employ the social worker whose duty will be to make contact and to follow up cases of tuberculosis. This movement was started by the Chatham County-Savannah Tuberculosis Association and has its support. At one of our meetings, Brother C. V. Clay gave a complete and comprehensive digest of the history of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Brother Clay is a recent initiate into Beta Phi Lambda chapter and is professor of chemistry at Georgia State College, llis hobbies are research in chemistry, photography, and "messing" with plantsplastics have been made from the latter. Brother James Frazier, head of the Defense work in auto-mechanics, at Georgia State College was introduced and welcomed into the chapter. Brother Frazier came from Charleston, South Carolina where he was engaged



in the field of auto-mechanics for many years. He graduated from a course in ai to-mechanics at Iowa State College. Brother Dean Mohr, formerly supervisor of the adulte educatii n for Negroes in Georgia, lias been transferred to Pensacola, Fla., in the same field of work. Brother W. T. Alexander is in the army now. He is stationed at Signal Corps Training School, St. Augustine. Fla. Brother Wilson Hubert, formerly District supervisor, W. P. A. with Community Service Programs has accepted the directorship of the Soldiers in the field of auto-mechanics for many years. I Ie graduated from a course in auto-mechanics at Iowa State College. Brother Dean Mohr, formerly supervisor of the adult education for N e groes in Georgia, has been transferred to Pensacola, Fla. in the same field of Social service Center of Savannah. In his new capacity, he has shown excellent ability in managing recreational a c t i v i t e s in this area and lias attained the consistent commendation of Negro soldiers and army officers in Southeastern Georgia. His present staff consists of three men and four women. Brother Hubert is requesting that those enlisted brothers now in the southern camps and who may pass through Savannah, make themselves known. Eight brothers have been located already at Camp Stewart. You may find Brother Hubert at 2101 Ogeeehee Avenue, Savannah, Georgia, Phone 3-7')4<).

34 dairy cattle, predominant breed G u e r n s e y ; 4 beef animals, Hereford breeding stock, and 11 feeder stock; 70 hogs, predominant breed DurocJ e r s e y ; 2.447 laying h e n s ; 335 baby chicks: 70 fryers; 8 ducks; 4 turkeys, and 10 pigeons. There were 33 spring and summer gardens raised and 21 fall and winter gardens. Fruits and vegetables canned amounted to 3,753.5 gallons. Two people reported that they have enough canned goods to last for twelve months. As a result of this survey the people of this community have been inspired to form and sponsor cooperatively a pig project. Brother F . J. Gordon has organized a trade course in poultry for girls. These girls have a small project of 100 baby chicks. Beta Phi Lambda chapter will spread Christmas cheer to Mills Memorial Dome and Chatham Protective Home. The donation to the latter organization will he 50 baby chicks. The chapter started a Christmas savings account in December. Brother Glenn T. Johnson, W a r r a n t Officer Jr., grade, 90th Coast Artillery, Camp Stewart was introduced to the brothers of the chapter at a recent meeting of which Brother Wilson H u bert was host. Fraternally Benjamin H. Cruteher, Assistant Secretary.

Brother Cruteher lias recently made a "Georgia State College Community Food for Victory Survey." The idea was to show what the people of this community are doing to help win the war. Briefly, the survey shows that the SO people and units surveyed own


BETA ZETA men and their S. H. C. buddies! The campus affectionately remembers you this Christmastide. You'll hear from us if you send addresses.

Samuel Huston College S. E. GRANNUM, President

December, 1942

James Crow Is D e a d From Page 13 "Jim" Crow, the villianous tragedian and his flock of vultures K'aw, K'aw, K'awed in white robes and fiery crossed back and forth back and forth in the section set apart for us on the "out-skirts of town." Closeted in the meagerness of squat cabins we waited as an enthralled audience. We knew from past performances these blood-thirsty K, K, K's, lead by the inimitable "Jim" Crow were working themselves up to the wild feverish climax of a neck-tie party. We watched these pre-sacrificial human rites through the cracks in our cabins through which had passed many an icy wind. The sun and rain also had come in this way. The door had been shut and the boarded windows latched. Stagnant but warm exhalations gave us a sense of closeness. The growls and grumbling of an empty stomach disturbed the sickening heavy quiet. A woman prayed softly, pressing a male child with strong arms against her breast. Then she let go her pent-up emotions. Exhausted— she lay still—her little son was released from h e r embrace. W i t h other frightened children he hid his face in the aprons of other women folks. A few minutes seemed like years. Breathing was a conscious effort. The muscles of our bodies were tense— locked together in fear. We couldn't and dared not run lest we'd get shot in the back. Time stopped with a scream 1 ! Silence . . . A short scuffle. A low moan of a helpless man. T h e rustle of rope. Again silence . . . one of our brothers had been dragged away. W e all prayed. Soon we would k n o w : . . . if a heavy stench of burnt flesh filled the air—a poor brother's charred body could be found at the crossroads. If the air brought no such familiar odor we searched the wooded sections for the tallest tree for the poor brother who had been just plain lynched. I can recall my great grand-pa as a feeble sagacious old fellow, maimed by the heil of "Jim" Crow. H e was about sans everything except spirit. H e always told us he'd sure like to out-live old "Jim" Crow who at night you know, was quite vigorous with fabulous vitality and possessed with diabolic cunning. As wide eyed and proud youngsters we'd ask great grandpa why he didn't beat up "Jim" Crow?—to this, he answered gravely,



"he was bigger and stronger than m e : he had eber'thing and I got plenty of nuthin,—you'll find out some day bye and ibye." He'd tell us all kinds of horror-tales about "Jim" Crow which would take the kink and curl out of our hair. Many a dark night we'd torture ourselves as youngsters rather than go to the out-house-john 'cause we were sure that old boogie-man would get us. Now that I look back with great calm,—my great grand-pa wasn't afraid nor had he been cowardly in his stand. He just knew that the day was bound to come when "Jim" Crow would just plain die. T h e only time he would become irritable and vexed as I recall was when our cousins, Uncle Tom's children, would say they didn't believe half what he was saying. You see I have learned since, he and his brother Uncle Tom feuded something scandalous, much of the time they weren't on speaking terms. They didn't see eye-to-eye about "Jim" Crow. Uncle Tom always said Mister James B. Crow treated us folks tolerably fair. The truth of the matter was—Uncle Tom just had a way with him. Yes sir, Uncle Tom was the original "handerchief-haid" who with hat in hand, a broad toothy smile, head a'bending low; he would greet old "Jim" Crow—the scaly, scurvy, scamp and say—" 'morning Mistah white-folks Yesuh, Yesuh, Yesuh, Y E S U H - B O S S ! 1" Backing 'way graceful-like, head still a'bending back and forth with increased tempo and an occasional quick curtsy for good measure, Uncle Tom repeated "Yesuh— Yesuh—Yesuh." This kinda acting and these words were sweet music to "Jim" Crow: he'd say in self-indulgence and with his lilting drawl— "Thaw's a g-o-o-d BOY fu' yu." It was common gossip that Uncle Tom was a stooge for "Jim" Crow,—he was famous for carrying tales through the proverbial BACK-DOOR. My great grand-pa used to say he thought U n cle Tom was a degenerate,—kissing "Jim" Crow's posterior in private. He'd also say he wouldn't be surprised if my cousins did not grow Up the same way. I'm telling you as sure as gun's iron every last one of them turned out to be streamlined "handkerchief-haid" Uncle Toms. As the years rolled away and time went on, great grandpa learned to get along with "Jim" Crow but not like nobody but he himself knew—it wasn't hate, his heart really wouldn't let him

Page 37 hate, not even "Jim" Crow. Nonetheless he just figured and prayed that this graceless, good-for-nothjng hounding dog would just curl up and die— die a natural death. Yes sir, he was just one of my folks whose prayers and songs are props to self-esteem against "Jim" Crow's abuses. They all hoped and waited for a great day. 'J'hev prayed and praised in song beyond evil to the Lord-God-in-Heaven like nobody before or since,—'cause nobody'd seen the trouble they'd seen. I am sure "Jim Crow must have been the first racketeer and being drunk with local success and inbreeding—he felt he oughta spread-out. He took long trips ever so often but would always come shuffling back to his home in Southland—sorta unexpected-like. He would be hotter than the middle of Georgia during 'lection time. His right-hand looney tenants and cronies would always cook up a good neck-tie party on these fiendish homecomings. Yes sir, "Jim' Crow showed a sulky frustrated mixture of satiety and scorn for us thirteen million Americans when he came back from his travels in the 'furrin' Northland. "Jim" Crow h a d learned to his surprise that he couldn't make friends and influence people except in Southland. His incendiary speech-making hadn't set-off detonations of hate. These intelligent liberal people, he found out, were hep to his ebonized infectious doctrines. They told "Jim" Crow he was a malignant reproach to decent human rights. H e was too ignorant to comprehend such a reaction —decent was a 'furrin werd' to him. These liberals also let him know in no uncertain terms that they did not want an epidemic social disease which he was a carrier of to take root and spread in their midst. Thus a line was drawn by Mason and Dixon to quarantine "Jim" Crow to his Southland. However, being the covetous thug, the knave of trumpery he was, "Jim" Crow violated this line and invariably left a little prejudice behind. Yes folks this is just a biographical sketch of "Jim" Crow as I see it;— his life, his work and his death. Only skeptical anti-realist could believe their eyes in this resurrection at this time. Nothing can stay the steady hand of death. Old James B. Crow, a monstrous mortal was no e x c e p t i o n he is dead. The lethal embrace of another 'Old Timer' with a sickle and a (Turn to Page 39)

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CAN INDIA FIGHT EFFECTIVELY TODAY? By R. Lai Singh, Editor India News, Member Indian National Congress Editor's Notesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;This article \\ :i> written especially for members of


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Negro in America. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity members .are scattered from one end of the United States to the other. Among readers of the Sphinx are outstanding citizens in every walk of life. There i-. scarcely a single one of Alpha's members who does not recognize in the Indian problem one of the most important of all questions facing the United Nations. As a member of the Indian National ress, as one who has spent eighteen years participating in the struggle for Indian freedom, I assure you that the Indian masses have lost confidence in present British policy toward India. The masses of India have been machine-gunned from the air by British armed forces. W h e n those guns were turned away from the Japanese aggressor and against the people of India, a most serious blow to Indian morale was struck. As Nehru says, 'India can mean much to the length and intensity of the war." We of India are profoundly antiFascist. We believe t h a t if the Axis wins this war, we will lose our freedom for centuries to come. W e are convinced that only through a complete mobilization of our manpower, and with the fullest possible use of our resources, can we contribute best to a speedy victory over the Nazi-Japanese bloc. Freedom for India at this time would awaken among the Indian masses the utmost enthusiasm for the war, which they would then see is truly a war of liberation, a war in defense of their most cherished t r e a s u r e ; Freedom. But if the present status continues, if the Colonial die-hard Tories, through their influence in the British cabinet, continue to enforce their policy of adamancy, onlj a tiny proportion of India's vast strength will be, or could be, utilized in the war. May I mention, also, that India's participation as an equal in this war, would inspire the peoples of Africa, the peoples of the conquered countries, to new acts of heroism and bravery against the Axis. W h a t is needed t o day is an end to talk and the begin-

ning of .action in putting into force the principles of the United Nations charter. The Four Freedoms must be made a reality, not only at the end of the war for the people of the countries now under Nazi domination, but right now, at the earliest possible moment. during the course of the war, for each one of the United Nations. India is a itory to the Atlantic C h a r t e r ; India is a nation, and therefore entitled to consideration on that plane. India is anti-Fascist to the core, and will be able to offer much to help win the final victory. But the present status in India does not permit whole-hearted or complete participation by the Indian people in the war. On the contrary, a continuation of the present status, readers of the Sphinx will agree, I am sure, can only result in weakening the United Nations' war effort, in strengthening the Nazi propagandists who point to India and claim that the United N a -

December, 1942 tions do not mean what they say in their stated war aims. Strategically, militarily, India is of crucial importance. W e have not yet smashed the Axis. The United N a tions will need India's full strength. Why postpone the mobilization of that strength, the training of the Indian people in the art of defense? Four hundred million people, consciously organized on the side of the United Nations, can do much to defeat the Axis. These are some of the reasons whyIndia's present status must be changed â&#x20AC;&#x201D;why India must be free.




December, 1942

James Crow Is Dead


Lt. Col. Davis Flies To

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to gossip or talk indecorously of women-folks, but it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest, if La Belle Southern Tradition,




wouldn't end up as a Public c h a r g e she may even die in labor. Yes, folks, James B. Crow, alias "Jim" Crow and all be perpetrated in his pernicious way is legally dead—tbe records of proof are in the Nation's Capitol. So the orchestrated voices of thirteen million Americans—thirteen million Negro Americans echo in concert—Halleluliah and Amen at "Jim" Crow's passing. These Americans battle-scarred and seasoned, with morale high are now ready to take their places in the united all-out W a r effort for the "Four Freedoms" of the world. "Jim" Crow, Hitler, Hirohito, et al. will soon be just legend and lore of a period before Freedom's Renaissance.

ALPHA PI LAMBDA Winston-Salem, N. C. Greetings from the Camel City:— Members of our chapter enjoyed a delicious turkey dinner Friday evening. November 27th. This occasion will not be forgotten soon. Special tribute is due Brother D. H. Banks who made all arrangements for the banquet as "the committee." The evening was completed with dancing and all present left with yearning for another such an affair within the near future. Brother J. Leslie Smith is now Lieutenant Smith, stationed with the 354th Engineer Regiment al Camp Maxey, Texas. He was guest at an entertainment given by tlie chaptei during his furlough hack home recently. He- related many interesting experiences, and expressed best wishes for the chapter. Brother S. Peyton Manning, a newcomer, is pastoring St. John C. M. E. church. H e has joined up with the chapter, and serves as chaplain. Under Brother Manning's pastoral guidance, St. John has been reclassified as an " A ' class institution. Brothers here are participating in many activities. Brother A. H . Anderson was presented in a Book review at Winston-Salem Teachers College last month. Title of book is "No Day

LT. C O L O N E L B E N J A M I N O. D A V I S , JR.. commander of the 99th Pursuit Squadron, Tuskegee Army Flying School, and Lt. V. 11. Marchbank. Jr. chose Memphis, Tenn.. as destination of one of their routine Bights during late fall. They are shown with a group of Bluff Citians who lavishly feted the officers during their brief stay. Left to right:—Lewis O. Svvingler, Sphinx E d i t o r : Lt. Marchbank, Flight E x aminer of the Primary Field at Tuskegee; Mrs. Marion M. Simpkins, ISO Lounge Supervisor, Mr. and Mrs. A, Maceo Walker. In rear, from left:—Dr. and Mrs. Julian Kelso, and Col. Davis. Col. Davis is son of Benjamin O. Davis, Sr., only Negro General in the U. S. Army. Of Triumph," by J. Saunders Redding, and the review as given by the library staff of the college. In closing, we wish you Yuletide. A. P. M A R S H A L L Editor to the Sphinx

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DON'T FORGET TO WRITE Brothers in the Armed Forces would appreciate hearing from their Chapters, Jewels, Regional Directors, and General Officers. Keep letters flowing into these training centers and on the "Fighting Front." It is the Patriotic as well as the Fraternal thing to do.

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C H A P T E R R O S T E R—C o n t i n u e d 67. BETA XI—LeMoyne College, Memphis, Tennessee; President, James Barber, LeMoyne College; Secretary, Carl C Poston, LeMoyne, College. 58. BETA OMICRON—Tennessee State College, Nashville, Tenn.; President, Billy Jones; Secretary, Ira Evans, Tennessee State College. 59. BETA PI—Lane College, Jackson, Tennessee; President, LeRoy Suttles; Secretary, William Longdon. 60. BETA RHO—Shaw University, Raleigh, N. C ; President, Claud Whitaker, Jr.; Secretary, Milford Taylor, Shaw University. 61. BETA SIGMA—Southern University, Scotlandville, La.; President, Walter Austin; Secretary, Leanard Clark, Southern University. 62. BETA TAU—Xavier University, New Orleans, La.; President, Benjamin Mourning; Secretary, Standford Wright, 3817 Pine Street.

63. BETA UPSILON—State Teachers College, Montgomery, Alabama; President, Lindsay Fields; Secretary, William Kim ber. 64. BETA PHI—Dillard University, New Orleans, La.; President, Harold Luclen; Secretary, Robert S. Scarborough. 65. BETA CHI—Philander Smith College, Little Rock, Arkansas; President, Tullis E. V. Freeman; Secretary, Theadore Walters. 66. BETA PSI CHAPTER—Oxford, Cambridge, London Universities, London, England; President, Dr. C. B. Clarke, Belfleld House, New Barnet, England; Secretary, N. A. Fadlpe, 43 Calthorpe Street, London, England. 67. GAMMA ALPHA—Tyler, Texas, Pres., Stratford S. Hilliard; Secretary, James M. Thompson, Texas College. 68. GAMMA BETA—Durham, North Carolina; President, Leon Creed; Secretary, Theodore L. Bell, Box 626, North Carolina College.

CHAPTER ROSTER—Graduate Chapters 101 ALPHA LAMBDA—Louisville, Kentucky; President C. Milton Young, 818 S. 6th Street; Secretary, Louis J. Harper, 1753 W. Omsby Street. 102. BETA LAMBDA—Kansas City, Mo., President, J. R. Llllard, 2547 Tracy; Corresponding Secretary, James Alfred Jeffress, 1824 Paseo St. 103 GAMMA LAMBDA—Detroit, Michigan; President, Dr. Walter Harmon, 210 E. Davidson; Secretary, Grover D. Lange, 607 Adams Avenue, E. 104 DELTA LAMBDA—Baltimore, Md.; President, James H. Murphy, 828 N. Carey; Secretary, Elson :W. Higginbotham, 304 Robert Street. 105 EPSILON LAMBDA—St. Louis, Missouri; President, Arnold B. Walker, 3017 Delmar Street; Secretary, Dr. William Smiley, 4204 W. Cote Brllllante. 106. ZETA LAMBDA—Newport News, Va.; President, T. Roger Thompson, 641 Hampton Avenue; Secretary, Fernando Brown, 2411 Jefferson Ave. 107. THETA LAMBDA—Dayton, Ohio; President,, Lloyd G. Phillips, 617 Randolph Street; Secretary, Walter C. Blouiit, Jr., 417 S. Euclid Avenue. 108. ETA LAMBDA—Atlanta, Georgia; President, A. G. Moran, 673 Greensferry Avenue; Secretary, Leroy Carter, University Homes, Fair Street, Southwest. 109. IOTA LAMBDA—Indianapolis, Ind.; President, Arnold C. Banister, Jr. Senate Avenue Branch YMCA; Secretary, John Mansfield, 724 Blake Street, No. 114. 110. KAPPA LAMBDA—Greensboro, N. C , Pres., William E. Beaver; Sec, Benjamin H. Crutcher, A. & T. College. MU LAMBDA—Washington, D. C ; President, George W. 111. Peterson, 604 D. Street, N. W.; Secretary, G. Frederick Stanton, 611 Irving Street, N. W. NU LAMBDA—Virginia State College, Etterlck, Virginia; 112. President, Harry W. Roberts; Secretary, Charles J. Wartman, Jr. XI LAMBDA—Chicago, 111., President, Dr. E. K. McDonald. 113. 5624 S. State Street; Secretary, Alton M. Childs, II, 3653 Calumet Avenue. OMICRON LAMBDA—Birmingham, Alabama; President, H. 114. Lovelle Mosely, 1204 First Court, W.; Secretary, Charles Shepard, 13-10th Avenue. Phone: 6-8429. 115. PI LAMBDA—Little Rock., Ark., President, I. T. Glllam, 1211 Pulaski Street; Secretary, C. Franklin Brown. 1019 Cross St. 116. RHO LAMBDA—Buffalo, N. Y.; President, Robert W. Edwards, 310 Purdy; Secretary, H. Daniel Long, 131 Spruce. 117. SIGMA LAMBDA—New Orleans, La., President, Benson M. Boutte, 2536 S. Galvez St.; Secretary, Walter E. Mortal, 1433 Touro Street. 118. TAU LAMBDA—Nashville, Tennnessee; President, C. H. Webster, 1000 Villa Place; Secretary, Alfred C. Galloway, 2018 Clifton Road. 119. UPSILON LAMBDA—Jacksonville, Florida; President, George W. Cabanius, 2033 Louisiana Street; Secretary, Charles Simmons, Jr., 434 W. Ashby. 120. PHI LAMBDA—Raleigh, N. C ; President, John Percy Bond, 13y2 East Hargett St.; Secretary, Louis Roberts, Saint Augustine's College, Raleigh, N. C. 121. CHI LAMBDA—Raleigh, N. C ; President, Raymond O. Dickerson; Secretary, Clarence Harvey Mills, Sr., Wllberforce University, Wllberforce, Ohio. 122. PSI LAMBDA—Chattanooga, Tennessee; President, L. L. Patton, 4251/2 East 9th Street; Secretary, J. M. Bynes, 430 >/2 E. 9th Street. 123. ALPHA ALPHA LAMBDA—Newark, N. J.; President, Lawrence Willette, 137 Stevens Street, Belleville, N. J.; Secretary, Arthur Williams, 136 Lincoln, Montclalr, N. J. 124. ALPHA BETA LAMBDA—Lexington, Ky.; President, F. L. Baker, 629 N. Upper St., Secretary, Dr. H. A. Merchants, 126 DeWeese St. 125. ALPHA GAMMA LAMBDA—New York, N. Y.; President, Frank A. Walker, 450 St. Nicholas Avenue; Secretary, Vester G. Fowlkes, 2816 Eighth Avenue. 126. ALPHA DELTA LAMBDA—Memphis, Tennessee; President, C M. Roulhac, 810 E. McLemore; Secretary, Abner S. Owen, Jr., 598 Williams Avenue. 127. ALPHA EPSILON LAMBDA—Jackson, Miss., Pres., Everett R. Lawrence, Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, Miss.; Sec, Alan T. Busby, Box 176,_ Alcorn, Miss. 128. ALPHA ZETA LAMBDA—Bluefleld, W. Va.; President, W. Channing Spencer, Bluefleld; Secretary, Edward W. Browne, Bluefleld. 129. ALPHA ETA LAMBDA—Houston, Texas; President, Dr. J. W. Davis, 419% Milam St., Houston, Texas; Secretary, Lee Perkins, Prairie View, Texas. 130. ALPHA THETA LAMBDA—Atlantic City, N. J.; President, Ferdinand C. Newton, 217 N. Jersey Avenue; Secretary, Arwln A. Hamm, 124 N. New York Avenue. 131. ALPHA IOTA LAMBDA—Charleston, W. Virginia; President, Thomas E. Posey, Institute, W. Virginia; Secretary, Kermit J. Hall, 308-B Elizabeth Street, Charleston, W. Virginia. 132. ALPHA KAPPA LAMBDA—Roanoke, Virginia; President, Dr. George A. Moore, 106 Wells Avenue, N. W.; Secretary, Dr. L. C. Downing, 804 7th Street. 133. ALPHA MU LAMBDA—Knoxville, Tennessee; President, N. A. Henderson, 123 E. Vine Avenue; Secret-»y, M . D. Senter, 2134 E. Vine Ave., Knoxville, Tennessee.' — 134. ALPHA NU LAMBDA—Tuskegee Institute, Ala.; Preti I. A. Derbigny; Secretary, Harry J. Romm. 135. ALPHA XI LAMBDA—Toledo, Ohio; President, Leo V. En 1 llsh, 614 Tecumseh St., Secretary, Charles Peoples, 8* Avondale Avenue. 136. ALPHA OMICRON LAMBDA—Pittsburgh, Pa.; President, \«*

Wendel, Stanton, 518 4th Avenue; Secretary, Wilbur C. Douglass, 518 4th Avenue. 137. ALPHA PI LAMBDA—Winston-Salem, N. C ; President, Dr. J. M. Walker, Jr., 311 N. Church St.; Secretary, G. H. Vaughn, P. O. Box 457. 138. ALPHA RHO LAMBDA—Columbus, Ohio; President A DeV. Crosby, 265 N. 22nd Street; Secretary, Begagy T. Benton 246 Clarendon Ave. 139. ALPHA SIGMA LAMBDA—Dallas, Texas; President H 1. Holland, 2913 Thomas Avenue, Secretary, S. W. Hudson J r 5211 Keating Ave. 140. ALPHA TAU LAMBDA—Tulsa, Oklahoma; President Dr R C. Bryant, 360 N. Frankfort Place; Secretary, J Tvler Smith, 124 N. Greenwood Street. 141. ALPHA UPSILON LAMBDA—Montgomery, Alabama; President, C. T. Simpson; Secretary, J. M. Reynolds, State Teachers College. 142. ALPHA PHI LAMBDA—Norfolk, Virginia; President, Joseph L. Jones. Currituck County Training School, Snowden N. C; Secretary, Thomas W. Young, 721 Chapel Street, Norfolk, Virginia. 143. ALPHA2 0CHI LAMBDA—Augusta, Georgia; President, L. D. f ^ ^ u , 3 3 Milledgevllle Road; Secretary, John M. Tutt. 1108 Phillips Street. 144. ALPHA PSI LAMBDA—Columbia, S. C ; President, Dr. Robert W. Mance, 1429 Pine Street; Secretary, Frederick H Dedmond, Allen University. • 145. BETA ALPHA LAMBDA-Jersey" City, N. J.; President John B. Frazier, 57«/2 Jewett Avenue, Jersey City, N. J • Secretarv ,„« ? ^ i a . n < i i ^ H e n d e l s 0 1 1 - 2 6 9 Clinton Street, N E. Orange N 3' 6 Florida: - IS?h ^Ft^^T^r1President?Robert ^ f k o r t h w ^ t l4th/A2vrednuAeVenUe: S e C r e t a r y ' ^ ° *> L u c a s 147. BETA GAMMA LAMBDA—Richmond, Virginia; President, Welton H. Henderson, 609 N. 5th Street; Secretary, David , . „ A. Graves, 2204 Northnumberland Avenue. 148. BETA DELTA LAMBDA—Daytona Beach, Fla., President, Dr Hartley, G M ^ A ™ " °" B ° X 1 7 8 9 : ^ ^ - * Ernest 149. BETA EPSILON LAMBDA—Wewoka, Oklahoma; President I T. Anderson, Wetumka, Oklahoma; Secretary, L. G. Ashlev' Boley, Oklahoma. *" 150. BETA ZETA LAMBDA—Jefferson City, Missouri; President H Hadley Hartshorn, Lincoln University, Jefferson Cltv Missouri; Secretary Dr. Walter R. Talbot, Lincoln University. Jefferson City, Missouri. * 151. BETA ETA LAMBDA—Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; President, Lee Edward Lewis, 918 N. E. 6th Street; Secretary, William W. Johnson, 2506 N. E. 15th Street. 152. BETA THETA LAMBDA—Durham, N. C ; President, James 2 1 0 6 TvTaXl0£ Fayetteville Street; Secretary (Acting) John E. Payne, 1204 Fayetteville Street. 153. BETA IOTA LAMBDA—Baton Rouge, La.; President Dr B O B ar ° 1 2on''5 Jr " P ' °" B ° X 2 0 0 5 ; S e c r e t a r y . R. M. Ampey, P. 154. BETA KAPPA LAMBDA—Charleston, S. O; President Dr

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