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PUINX Educational Number Dr. George W. Gore, . «>rida A. & M.'s new president. Secst i o n of this distinguished educator head of Florida climaxes a career already replete with educational successes. As Dean of A. & I. State Colege, Nashville, Brother Gore brought p l y honors to himself and colJ&e. His influence has extended all "e Way from the rural schools of his ative Tennessee to the presidency r t . the American Teachers Associa'°n. Florida could not have turned * a better prepared man or one more exemplary as a christian gentleman ° r its leadership.









•ALPHA-PHI-ALPHA-FHATEHNITYGENERAL OFFICERS Belford V. Lawson General President 2001 Eleventh Street, N . W. Washington 1, D. C. A. Maceo S m i t h . . . . Southwestern V. P r e s . 2011 N . Washington Street Dallas 4, Texas Aaron Brown Southern V. P . Albany S t a t e College, Albany, Ga. Lionel H . Newson. . . .Midwestern V. Pres. 3735 P a g e Boulevard St. Louis 13, Missouri E d w a r d W. Brooke E a s t e r n V. P r e s . 155 Humboldt Avenue Roxlmry 21, Mass. D. Rudolph Henderson F a r Western Vice President 3665 Fourth Avenue Los Angeles 16, Calif. Bennie D. Brown General Secretary 3456 South State St., Suite 311 Chicago 16, Illinois Meredith G. Ferguson. .General Treasurer 925 Eleventh Avenue, N o r t h Nashville 8, Tennessee. Lewis O. Swingler Editor of t h e Sphinx P. O. Box 2031, Desoto Station Memphis, Tennessee Alonzo a. Moron Director of Educational Activities Hamptoe Institute Hampton, Virginia J a w n Sandifer General Counsel 101 West 125th Street New York 27, N . Y. LAY M E M B E R S Midwestern Robert A. Willis 2713 W. Madison Street Louisville, K e n t u c k y Southern Jerome F a r r i s 2514 Seventeenth Place South Birmingham 9, A l a b a m a Eastern Charles C. Greene 604 Kenyon Street Washington, D. C. Southwestern Charles W. Wexler, J r . 3300 Cleburne Street Houston 4, Texas F a r Western To b e Selected

Charles H . Wesley Wilberforce State College Wilberforce, Ohio


CHAIRMEN OF STANDING COMMITTEES BUDGET K e r m i t Hall 100 Fairview Avenue Philadelphia, P a . AUDITING W. D. Hawkins, J r . Fisk University, Nashville, Tenn. P U B L I C R E L A T I O N S DIRECTOR Dick Campbell 45 E a s t 135th St. New York City, N . Y. HOUSING William Benson 5943 S. P r a i r i e Ave., Chicago, 111. P I N S AND BADGES J a w n Sandifer 101 W. 125th St., New York 27, N . Y. PROGRAMS AND R E C O M M E N D A T I O N S J o h n Codwell 5508 Trempei St., Houston, Texas CHARTER ACHIEVEMENTS AND A W A R D S James K . Anthony A. & I . State College, Nashville, Tenn. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS Rayford W. Logan 1519 Jackson Street, N . E . Washington, D. C. RITUAL John Fleming 744 South Leggett Court Cincinnati, Ohio E X T E N S I O N & STANDARDS Walter Booker Howard University, Washington, D. C. JEWELS H e n r y A. Callis, 2306 E . Street, N . E., Washington, D. C ; National A. M u r r a y , 2151 West 21st Street, Los Angeles, Calif.; George B . Kelley, 1 113th Street, Troy, N. Y. *Charles H. Chapman, *Robert H . Ogle, *.T:imes H . Morton, *Vertner W. T a n d y — •Deceased. REGIONAL DIRECTORS SOUTHWESTERN JURISDICTION—A. Maceo Smith, Vice Pres.; L . H . Williams, 119 North Greenwood Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Oklahoma, Arkansas, Colorado and

Kansas, Charles Goolsby, c / o YMCA, 210 N. 13th Street, N . W., Lincoln, N e b r a s k a ; Walter E . Morial, 1833 Dryades Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, Louisiana, Texas and New Mexico. MIDWESTERN JURISDICTION—Lionel H . Newsom, Vice Pres.; District 1, T. Wendell Williams, 36 Atkinson St., Detroit, Michigan; District 2, William A. Smith, 2576 Monroe Street, Gary, I n d i a n a ; District 3, A r t h u r P . E v a n s , J r . , 819 West Chestnut Street, Louisville, K e n t u c k y ; District 4, B u r t A. Mayberry, 2446 Harrison Street, Kansas City, Missouri; District 5, Jesse L . Holliday, West Virginia S t a t e College, I n s t i t u t e , West Virginia; District F A . 5287, Columbus, Ohio. SOUTHERN J U R I S D I C T I O N — Aaron Brown, Vice P r e s i d e n t ; H a r r y B . Rutherford, 1330 Gregg Street, Columbia, S. C , Director North Carolina and South Carolina; Charles H . Tarpley, 299 L e a t h Street, Memphis, Director Mississippi a n d Tennessee; M. G. Miles, Director Florida and Alabama. EASTERN JURISDICTION — Edward W. Brooke, Vice P r e s . ; Area 1, Clifton R. Jones, Morgan State College, Baltimore 2, M a r y l a n d ; Virginia, Washington, D. C , and Maryland; Area 2, Richard T. Lockett, 1711 Arctic Avenue, Atlantic City, N . J . ; Delaware, Pennsylvania, New J e r s e y ; Area 3, William R. Hurst, 66 Court Street, Brooklyn, N e w Y o r k ; Area 4, Reynold Costa, 43 Rutland Square, Boston, Mass.; Area 5, George P . Thomas, 30 E a s t Morningside Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, N e w Hampshire; Director of Public Relations and Publicity, Eastern Region, William R. Simms, 86 Harold Street, Roxbury, Massachusetts. FAR W E S T E R N J U R I S D I C T I O N — D. Rudolph Henderson, Vice President; P a cific Northwest, William McCoy, J r . , 3017 N. E . Union St., Portland, Oregon; Northern California, C. Toland Draper, 1445 Ward Street, Berkeley, Calif.; Public Relations Director, Kenneth F . Smith, 1805 Fillmore St., San Francisco, Calif.

CHAPTER OFFICERS—UNDERGRADUATE CHAPTER ALPHA—kn 1—Cornell University, Ithaca, N. Y. President, Burton A. Pierce. 301 Dryden Road. Ithaca, N. Y.; Secretary, Leonard J. Smith, 305 S. Plain Street. Ithaca, N. Y. BETA—kn 2—Howard University, Washington, D. C. President, Nathan Howard Beavers, Cook Hall, Howard University. Washington, D. C ; Secretary, Manuel Lorenzo Walker, Cook Hall, Howard University, Washington, D. C. GAMMA—kn 3—Virginia Union University, Richmond, Va. President. Joseph Johnson, 904 Norton Street, Richmond, Va.; Secretary, Maurice C. Williams, Virginia Union University, Richmond, Va. DELTA—kn 4—Tillotson College, Austin, Texas. President, W. J. Tanner. Tillotson College, Austin, Texas; Secretary, Velma Overton, Tillotson College, Austin, Texas. EPSILON—kn 5—University of Michigan. Ann Arbor. Michigan. President, Robert S. Scarbough, West Lodge, Ypsilanti, Michigan; Secretary, Chisolm O. Davis. 105 East Summit St., Ann Arbor, Michigan. ZETA—kn 6—Yale University, New Haven, Conn. President, Byrd R. Brown, 1295 Yale Sta., New Haven, Conn.; Corres. Secretary. Sidney E. Clark, 582 Yale Sta., New Haven, Conn.

ETA—kn 7—Columbia University, New York City, N. Y. President David G. Smith, 243 West 138th St., New York, N. Y. Secretary! Maurice M. Delisser, 198 West 134th St., New York, N. Y. THETA—kn 8—University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. President. Donald Burgois, 325 E. 56th St., Chicago, Illinois; Secretary, William Franklin, 6227 So. Park. Chicago, 111. IOTA—kn 9—Morris Brown College, Atlanta, Ga. President. Charles Collier, Morris Brown College, Atlanta, Ga.; Secretary, Lorenzo Curry. Morris Brown College, Atlanta, Ga. KAPPA—kn 10—Ohio State University, Columbus 10, Ohio. President, William W. Grimes, Box 3029, Univ. Sta., Columbus 10, OhioRecording Secretary, Wayman D. Palmer, Box 3029, Univ. Sta., Columbus 10, Ohio. MU—kn 11—University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota. President, Martin G. Brookings, 691 St. Anthony, St. Paul. Minn.- Secretary Maurice O. Howell, 2207 Elliot Ave., Minneapolis, Minn. NU—kn 12—Lincoln University, Lincoln University, Pennsylvania President, Richard A. Terrell; Secretary, Harold D. Long, Lincoln University, Pa. (Continued on Page 39)



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Charles H. Houston Will Be Missed

Florida A. & M. New President T\E. GEORGE W. GORE, JR. is the new president of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College at Tallahassee. He succeeds Dr. William H. Gray who resigned last July. Dr. Gore has been dean of the Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial college since 1927. He comes to his new work as the head of the college with a good record as a school man and educator. And while he has not been spectacular and showy, that very fact recommends him to those interested in seeing a good job of educational leadership started in our school system; especially our state college. In some ways, it should be said that the Florida A. and M. College holds an enviable position among our Land Grant Colleges. Her plant is one of the best save that of Tennessee State, in the Deep South for Negroes. This, he should be able to carry on with a minimum of difficulty in securring the funds necessary for operations. We covet, therefore, for Dr. Gore a successful administration and career. Yet along with our expression of good will and good luck for Dr. Gore, we cannot but help add that it is our hopes that politics will not play a bold hand in the affairs of the institution. There just is no place for partisan politics in a program of education. We also hope that the state will not encourage stool pigeons to set bad examples for students to imitate. These warnings we sound in advance because it is going to be necessary for the new president to think his best thoughts and to act his best in order to build the kind of educational program demanded by Negroes, who are already denied equal education opportunities. From MEMPHIS WORLD

U A R V A R D MAN Charles H. Houston died a few weeks ago and thereby the American Negro community suffered a great loss. Here was a highly trained lawyer who subordinated his personal interests to those of the group he represented. He did so freely and willingly. It might very well be said that Charles H. Houston inaugurated the new legal policy of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People which has been so successful in forwarding the interests of Negroes everywhere. The appearance of Negro lawyers before the highest courts of the land was very unusual before Mr. Houston appeared on the scene, and his efforts did more to engender respect for Negro attorneys than any other man. Polished and erudite at all times, he compelled respect in any court in which he appeared. Too often the contributions of men like Charles H. Houston are taken for granted with many people assuming that what he did for his people was only what he was supposed to do. But he did not have to give so prodigally of his time and talents as he did, and rewards were always financially small despite his many legal victories. It is sad, indeed, that a man so valuable to us should have been taken away at the very height of his brilliant career.





Meet Florida A & M's New President GEORGE W. GORE, JR., dean of Dateifi.instruction and director of the gradudivision a t Tennessee A and I S t a t e College, has been appointed president of Florida A and M College in Tallahassee. The appointment was made by the Florida Board of Control and conflrmed b y t h e Board of Education of Florida. Brother Gore succeeds Brother William H . Gray who resigned last year. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Brother Gore was dean of A and I College for 23 years. A graduate of DePauw University, Indiana, he holds the M.A. degree from Howard University and the Ph.D. degree from Columbia University. While an undergraduate, Brother Gore was a Rector scholar for three years and g r a d u a t e d cum laude. L a t e r he received a Rosenwald Fellowship and two General Education Board Fellowships for g r a d u a t e study. A t

one time, he was YMCA secretary in Marion, I n d i a n a . The first Negro to be elected delegate to the National Education Association from a Southern state, he has been a member of the Tennessee delegation for five years. Brother Gore has for many years been secretary of the Tennessee State Teachers Association and is now president-elect of the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. A member of the American Council on Education, and a member of the J o i n t ATA and NEA committee, he is past president of the National Association of collegiate Deans and Registrars in Negro Schools. A founder and past president of Alpha







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Son Receives Medal For Late


I n the shortest speech of the NAACP'S forty-first annual convention held recently a t Boston, six-year-old Charles H. Houston, Jr., said: "Thank you for the Spingarn Medal; I hope I can be half as good as my daddy." Little Charles received the thirty-fifth Spingarn Medal, which was awarded posthumously to his late father, the celebrated constitutional lawyer, Charles Hamilton Houston. Presentation was made by Dean Erwin Griswold of the H a r v a r d University L a w School a t the concluding session of the convention, which was also addressed by Walter White, N A A C P executive secretary. H e m a n Marion Sweatt, whose case against the University of Texas broke the racial bars a t the institution, flew up from Houston to be present a t the closing session.

Presented to the audience of 3,000 persons, Mr. Sweatt paid t r i b u t e to the work of the N A A C P in winning his case, expressed awareness of the responsibility which rested upon him as the first Negro to enter the university law school, and pledged himself to do everything to reflect credit upon the race. Also presented to the audience for a few remarks was Dr. Hamilton Holt, president of Eollins College in Florida, and one of the 53 signers of the Lincoln Day Call for a national conference issued 41 years ago. Out of this conference, the N A A C P was developed. Dr. Holt congratulated the N A A C P upon the progress it had made and said: "No outside organization can do for you w h a t you can do for yourselves. Negroes will never get what they deserve unless they themselves work for their objectives."



(Continued from P a g e 3) K a p p a Mu Honor Society, he holds membership in Alpha P h i Alpha F r a t e r n i t y , Elks and the Knights of P y t h i a s . H e is also a member of Sigma P i P h i g r a d u a t e fraternity, K a p p a Delta Pi, and Delta P h i Delta honorary journalism f r a t e r n i t y . H e is director of the Citizens Savings Bank of Nashville and a trustee «f t h e K e n t School of L a w . I n literary circles Brother Gore is also prominent. Among his activities are editor of "The Broadcaster," contributing editor to the "Quarterly Beview of Higher Education Among Negroes," publisher of articles in the N E A " J o u r n a l , " and "School and Society." Brother Gore's wife is the former P e a r l Winrow of Independence, Mo., an honor graduate of A and I S t a t e College a t the age of 18 and has done g r a d u a t e work a t Northwestern University. Their daughter, P e a r l Mayo, was graduate summa cum laude in psychology from A and I and is now doing further study a t Ohio S t a t e University. I n his first message as president of Florida A.&.M. S t a t e College, Brother Dr. G. W. Gore told the faculty and student body: " F o r many years I have had t h e experience of being an adult as a college administrator, as a dean among deans. I felt t h a t I had priority as I was one of the oldest deans in America. As a president, however, I am a new born babe and I know how i t feels to be a freshman among seniors and g r a d u a t e students." Expressing a firm belief in the possibilities and potentialities of Florida A.&M. College, the president continued by saying, " I am concerned with one question . . . what should Florida A.&M. College stand f o r i " " I n t h e first place," said he, " I t should stand for friendliness. I am interested in the way people react. As I have walked about the campus I have been impressed with your friendliness. My job is to see t h a t this continues." The president pointed out very definitely t h a t Florida A. and M. College must stand for t h e a t t r i b u t e of quality. H e opined, after pointing to the campus tennis star, Althea Gibson . . . "she represents quality.

T H E P E A C T I C E of selecting undergrad' uate brothers as Lay Members of the Executive Council is serving well the purpose of training the younger men of the Fraternity for future leadership. The records will show t h a t the m a j o r i t y of these brothers have continued their interest in the affairs of Alpha, assuming greater responsibilities as the years go. Brother E dRobt. A. Willis w a r d Brooke, E a s t e r n Vice-President, and now a successful lawyer of the Greater Boston Area is a classical example of fraternal development. His first national office was that of a member of the Executive Council. Brother Robert A. Willis, of Beta Mu Chapter, K e n t u c k y S t a t e College, Frankfort, is one of four undergraduates elected to the Executive Council last December. He lives in Louisville, Ky., and represents the Midwestern Jurisdiction. (See Convention Number for pictures of Brothers C. R. Green, and Jerome F a r r i s , respective representatives of the E a s t e r n and Southern Jurisdiction.) Her name is a byword in America because she stands for quality. Whenever you excel people respect you regardless of race, color or creed." In his concluding statement he suggested t h a t A. and M. College must stand for leadership. Said he, "We propose to lead. We propose to set the proper examples. There will be hard days ahead. There will be times when people are misled. Things will have to be done. I recognize this fact. The honeymoon will soon be over. We shall have to get down to brass tacks. I solicit your prayers and pledge myself to help you build a school t h a t will stand for friendliness, quality, and leadership."

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MINISTERS BACK REGIONAL CONFERENCE The Southern Regional Conference was given a spiritual life through t h e participation of leading ministers of Orangeburg, S. C. where t h e Alphas held their session during t h e l a t t e r p a r t of April. H e r e are shown (In order named) Brother Charles H. Brown, who preached t h e Alpha Sermon a t T r i n i t y Methodist Church; Rev. I. DeQuincy Newman, member of Omega Psi P h i F r a t e r n i t y , and pastor of T r i n i t y Methodist; and Brother J. J. Seabrook, president of Claflin College who introduced Brother Dr. Brown.

ALPHA RENEWS FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY AT SOUTHERN REGIONAL crowned t h e efforts of the host SUCCESS and cohost chapters which entertained the annual Southern Regional Conference of Alpha P h i Alpha F r a t e r n i t y , a t Claflin and State A. and M. Colleges, Orangeburg, S. C. April 28-30. Belford V. Lawson, General President of Alpha P h i Alpha fraternity, and prominent attorney, Washington, D. C , in a challenging address on " H u m a n R i g h t s " urged his hearers to reject segregation in all of its parts. He spoke at the public session on Sunday afternoon. Dr. Charles H. Brown, Dean School of Theology, Benedict College, Columbia, S. C , delivered a masterful sermon centered around the theme of the conference "Leadership for the N e x t Half Century" a t Sunday morning services held a t T r i n i t y Methodist Church. Resolutions recommending changes in some of the policies and practices of the Alpha P h i Alpha f r a t e r n i t y were adopted a t the closing business session Saturday afternoon. Among t h e recommendations approved was t h a t "The General Convention appoint a comptroller of the budget who shall be subject to the convention

May, 1950 only in t h e performance of his duties and who shall in the exercise of his duties approve of all budget expenditures and see that all officers and office operate within the range of the budget approved by the general convention." Three hundred registered delegates and visiting brothers attended t h e epochal sessions. Charlotte, North Carolina, was voted the place for t h e next annual session of the Southern Regional Conference in April 1951. Dr. Aaron Brown, Vice President, who presides over t h e Southern Region and president of Albany S t a t e College was returned as nominee to the general convention to serve as vice president in 1951. Regional directors serving under Dr. Brown and participating in t h e deliberations a t t h e sessions were H a r r y B . Rutherford, Columbia, S. C , and M. G. Miles, Florida A. and M. College, Tallahassee, F l a . Bennie D. Brown, General Secretary, Alpha P h i Alpha, reported more t h a n 2000 active members in t h e Southern Region. lie also reported t h a t t h e Southern Jurisdiction was t h e only region t h a t had an increase in active membership. A live discussion on t h e floor followed panel topics on Saturday morning on "Leadership in Government" led b y Paul Simmons, L a w Professor a t State A. and M. College, Orangeburg; and "Leadership in Economics," led by A r t h u r J . Clements, Charleston, S. C. Other leaders who participated on program during t h e three days sessions were Benner C. Turner, Dean of the L a w School, State A. and M. College and president of Delta Zeta Lambda, t h e host chapter; Jerome Farris, Morehouse College, A t l a n t a , Ga.; L a y Member, Executive Committee, Alpha P h i Alpha f r a t e r n i t y ; Dr. J . A. Bacots, president of Benedict College, Columbia, S. O , who presided a t t h e Saturday morning session; Dr. W. G. Anderson, Alabama S t a t e College, Montgomery; and Dr. J . J . Seabrook, president Claflin College, who presided at the public session Sunday afternoon. The entertainment agenda included t h e Alpha Formal, Friday night with E a r l Bostic and orchestra furnishing t h e music; a get acquainted coffee hour for hostesses F r i d a y afternoon; a smoker F r i d a y evening; a bridge p a r t y for visiting Alpha wives given by Ladies Auxiliary; tennis exhibition matchess on Saturday afternoon and the gala P a n Hellenic Dance Saturday night. Host, mill cohost chapters were Delta Zeta Lambda, Orangeburg; Beta Delta, South Carolina State A. and M. College; Delta Alpha, Claflin College; Gamma Gamma, Allen University, Columbia, S. O ; Gamma P i , Benedict College, Columbia; Alpha Psi Lambda, Columbia; Beta K a p p a Lambda, Charleston; Gamma Gamma Larbda, Greenville; and Delta K a p p a Lambda, Florence. oOo

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PERSONALITIES A T SOUTHERN REGIONAL CONFERENCE (A) General and regional officers attending t h e Southern Regional Conference in Orangeburg. From left, Brothers M. G. Miles, Regional Director, Florida, and Alabama; Jerome Farris, L a y Member of t h e Executive Council; Belford V. Lawson, General President; Aaron Brown, Southern Vice-President; and head of Albany S t a t e College, Georgia; H a r r y B. Rutherford, Regional Director, N o r t h and South Carolina; and Bennie D. Brown, General Secretary.

(B) Mrs. J a k e Henderson, of Atlanta, Georgia, w a s more t h a n holding her own with these four good brothers, including her own husband (Left end) a t t h e Alpha Formal during t h e conference in Orangeburg. From left they a r e Brothers J a k e Henderson a n d "Bill" Clement, t h e l a t t e r of Durham, N . C ; Mrs. Henderson, A r t h u r Clement, of Charleston, S. C ; and F r a n k A. DeCosta, Dean of t h e Graduate School, South Carolina S t a t e A. & M. College. vention Sunday, M.iy 7, Brother J a m e s C. Evans, civilian aide to the secretary of* defense, pictured the ideal of equality of opportunity for all human beings as t h e goal not only of his fellow Alphas b u t for all who believe in better race relations and for America itself. The American Negro, he suggested, can best display his loyalty to t h e United

States by helping it realize this ideal. "We are a part of this culture—we have helped to build it," declared Brother Evans. "It if here t h a t we propose to make our contribution — a contribution to t h e strength of the nation, and also to equal rights for human beings all over t h e world."


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Stressing t h a t Alpha P h i Alpha, his fraternity, aims at equality in civil rights, in job opportunities, in education, in the armed forces, and in the ballot, Brother E v a n s declared t h a t "educational disparity between the races is the greatest b a r to equal opportunity in the armed forces." "The cause of equal opportunity," he observed, "is, however, much further advanced in the armed forces t h a n in the church and in the school, generally." Delegates from all over the East attended the two conventions ending Sunday, May 7th. Students, staff members and campus visitors joined with them in the public program of the final afternoon. They heard not only Brother Evans, but Attorney Belford V. Lawson, of Washington, D. C , president of the fraternity; President Alonzo G. Moron, Educational Director, of H a m p t o n ; Attorney W. Hale Thompson, of Newport News; and J . Rupert Picott, of Richmond, who is executive secretary of the Virginia Teachers Association—all Alpha brothers, discussing various phases of "Unconditional E q u a l i t y " in a symposium preceding the main address. Running through the various addresses were at least two threads of thought: An unconditional equality that spurns the " s e p arate but e q u a l " idea, and an emphasis on the civic responsibilities of " n o t just a few people, but everybody" in the matter of human rights. Three persons brought greetings to the visiting Greek letter members—George C. Bentley, Mayor of the City of Hampton; Alonzo G. Moron, President of Hampton In-

FAR WESTERN REGIONAL IN LOS ANGELES Planning committee for the third regional conference of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity has been holding a series of meetings to complete preparation for the FarWestern Regional Conference in Los Angeles. Three local chapters, Alpha Delta, Beta Psi, and Gamma Xi, will be hosts to the regional conference scheduled to be held J u l y 1 and 2.




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Brother Evans is still remembered for his inspiring and dynamic address at the closing banquet during the General Convention in Atlantic City, N. J., in 1948.

Brother D. Rudob h Henderson is vicepresident of the Far-Western Regional Conference, ami Brother Dewey D. Davidson, long-time Alpha devotee on the West Coast, is giving yeoman service as one of the chairmen on arrangements.



stitute, who also substituted for Dr. Stephen J . Wright, who was unable to participate as scheduled in the symposium; and Dr. Nancy B. Woolridge, national grand basileus of Zeta Phi Beta sorority and a member of the Communications Center staff a t Hampton. Furnishing music were the Hampton Institute small choir, directed by Dr. Henry N. Switten; Mrs. O 'Marie N. White, vocalist, music director of Zeta Phi B e t a ; Miss Clivetta Stuaut, pianist, of the Hampton music faculty; and Ernest Hays, Hampton Institute organist. Attorney Edward W. Brooke, Eastern Vice President of Roxbury, Massachusetts, of Alpha Phi Alpha, presided, and Dr. Edward It. .Miller, Hampton Chaplain, gave the invocation and the benediction. Hosts to the Alpha convention were the three local chapters—Delta Beta Lambda, graduate chapter at Hampton Institute headed by Dr. Hugh M. Gloster; Zeta Lambda, Newport News graduate chapter, headed by Hannibal W. Ridley, and Gamma Iota, Hampton Institute undergraduate chapter, led by Brother Charles H. Harrison. Convention plans were laid by an executive committee chaired by Ridley, with Brother W. Barton Beatty, Jr., Hampton director of public relations as convention chairman. Committee chairmen included W. H. Robinson, program; Major W. R. Brown, housing; George C. Cooper, entertainment; J . Saunders Redding, publicity; Dr. W. S. H a r t , budget and finance; Tamlin C. Antoine, registration; and William S. Mann, tours and open house.

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Southwest Regional Conference will be in New Orleans, Louisiana

This will be the last Regional Conference to be held before the General Convention meets in Kansas City, Missouri, in December.

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TRANSFORMATION ON THE HILL Langston Develops in Decade Under Leadership of Dr. G. Lamar HOSE WHO doubted t h a t Langston T University would ever come into its own, need to reexamine the basis of their thinking. For, indeed, during t h e p a s t t e n years, the University has experienced an unprecedented period of growth and development. This growth is evidenced b y capital improvement, a revised curriculum geared to the needs of t h e constituency which the institution serves, a m a t u r i n g faculty and an educational outlook t h a t makes the institution measure up favorably with schools of its type. The institution virtually has been transformed. This transformation "On the H i l l " (Langston University is referred to affectionately as "on the H i l l " b y students, faculty, and alumni) may be a t t r i b u t e d , in large measure, to the wise leadership provided by Dr. G. Lamar Harrison, who has j u s t rounded out his t e n t h year as president, a period of office t h a t has been outdistanced only by Dr. I n m a n E . Page, first president who served between 1898 and 1915. When Brother Harrison took office as president of Langston on J a n u a r y 5, 1940, many observers were reluctant to consider seriously the idea t h a t the Logan County institution could develop sufficiently to become a leader in the education of Negro youth. This feeling stemmed from at least t wo sources. First, a cursory examination of the institution's history disclosed t h a t almost without exception the president's period in office had not exceeded four years. In the second place, as Brother Harrison entered office, war threatened to become a reality, and thoughtful people




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the nation over had begun questioning whether higher education could make a contribution to life and living in its area of service. But unlike many presidents, Brother Harrison immediately projected a longrange program which took into account post-war needs as well as those t h a t might emerge during an era of peace. As a consequence, he has distinguished himself as one of the nation's leading educators, and in the process has given Langston t h e status it so Tichly deserves. W h a t is Brother Harrison's background? W h a t is the character of his training? W h a t are his outstanding personal characteristics? W h a t has been accomplished under his leadership? A n a t i v e of Oklahoma, Brother Harrison was born J u n e 3, 1900, a t Seward, Oklahoma, not far from t h e University he now heads. He received his early training a t L a w t o n and attended high school in Kansas City, Missouri. After receiving the A. B. degree from Howard University, he was awarded the Bachelor of Education and Master of A r t s degrees from the University of Cincinnati in 1927 and 1929 respectively, and his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in 1936. He was initiated into Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity in 1931 a t Columbus, Ohio. Before receiving his doctor's degree, with major concentration in college administration, rural education and philosophy of education, lie had acquired a rich background in teaching and research. Between 1932 and 1936 as director of Teacher Education at Prairie View College (Texas) he

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DR. H A R R I S O N speaks with members of t h e Oklahoma State House of Representatives during L i b r a r y Dedication about future needs of Langston University. Left to r i g h t : Lewis F . Wolfe, Logan Comity, E r . Harrison, and Bill Wallace Grady.

DR. G. L. H A R R I S O N directed or assisted in the completion of nine major research studies dealing with Negro life in Texas. Moreover, he had held outstanding teaching and administrative posts in a number of the major Negro colleges in this country. Tall, affable, and youthful (he is now greying), Brother Harrison brought to Langston certain personal a t t r i b u t e s t h a t are usually associated with success. Those who work with him are usually amazed at the poise he retains when t h e chips are down. Moreover, he shows excellent skill in dealing with people. H e is a man of vision, has unlimited capacity for work, a flair for dealing sympathetically with human problems, and possesses a well-integrated personality. Above all, a t the age of thirty-nine when he was inducted into office, he brought with him a rather mature educational philosophy. He believes t h a t every educational institution must be judged upon the basis of the changes and improvements which it brings to the life of t h e people it is intended to serve. With this background of training and experience, a sound educational philosophy, coupled with fine personal qualities, Brother Harrison has grappled for a decade with the following critical problems which faced the institution: (1) improving the faculty; (2) reorganizing the curriculum; and (3) making capital improvements. An overall problem with which these problems were intimately was t h a t of getting the institution accredited b y t h e North Centra] Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Breaking altogether with usual practice, Brother Harrison as he entered office did not in any way disturb the ongoingness of Langston b y discharging administrative or teaching personnel. Inst mil, lie adopted two procedures for improving his facility. He retained all faculty members, many of whom had served the institution for a decade or more; and he has, with the aid of his faculty, upgraded the preparation of the teaching personnel by inviting some recognized scholars to accept teaching and administrative posts. Too, he has encouraged teachers to secure a ' v n n c e l training through aiding them


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Administration Building, Langston University in securing fellowships iind through a boys' dormitory for $75,000 and a dairy barn. system of sabbatical leave. The tenure situation at Langston has Since the war a library which conimproved outlet Brother Harrison as is forms to most modem trends in library attested by the fact that, DO staff memdesign has been constructed at a cost of ber lias been dismissed during the past $340,000. In recognition of his efforts, the eight years. library has been named the General Lamar Harrison Library. Naming the library for The gradual upgrading of the preparaBrother Harrison was first conceived by tion of the faculty is evidenced by t h e the Board Of Regents Of Oklahoma A. and fact that when lie came to Langston only M. Colleges. In addition, a resolution was one professor held a doctor's degree. Today, passe 1 in the House of Representatives of there are nine professors holding the docthe State of Oklahoma, December 14, 1949, torate, with eight others who are candiStipulating that the library lie named for dates for this degree. Ill-other Harrison. Moreover, under Brother Harrison's leadBrother Harrison was honored at the ership salaries have I n increased suli t-'o'n lers Day-library Dedication held stantially. In this connection Dr. Harrison March 12, at which time a large number asserted, "The increase in the salary scale of Oklahoma citizens and educators of means that we will get better qualified men and women, as we want to improve our standards as we move along." As regards the college's offerings. Brother Harrison began shortly after his coming to Langston to reorganize the curriculum. He points out that "if a college is to render maximum service to society it must formulate a philosophy of education Which has S broad social outlook." In consonance with this educational position, Dr. Harrison led his staff to develop a stale meat of its philosophy and purposes. These purposes center around the contribution Langston can make to life and living the area it serves. Reorganization has also involve I the development of curricula in five divisions: agriculture, arts anil sciences, education, borne economics, an I mechanic arts. The more specialized courses are built upon a program of general education which includes the following areas: basic communication, social science, mathematics and natural science. In the pre-war improvement ' rotrram, launched shortly a l t e r his inauguration, the sum of $300,000 was spent for the erection of a science an 1 agri 'ulture building including equipment; $-'36,000 for an agricultural engineering building; an infirmary t h a t cost $9,000 and a wing to the

May, 1950 state and national importance were in attendance. Other construction since t h e w a r includes a student union building, faculty apartments, a g r a n d s t a n d in Anderson field, the paving and widening of t h e major streets on the campus and remodeling the president's home. As of this writing, a gigantic beautification project is underway. When completed Young's P a r k which borders t h e campus will be flanked by two artificial lakes and the park itself will have undergone a transformation. F u t u r e plans call for the early construction of an auditorium and a gymnasium. His was the leadership t h a t aided Langston for preparing for accreditation in the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Thus, in 1948, after an examination by Dr. E a r l W. Anderson, of Ohio State University and Dr. E. J . MeGrath, recently appointed United States Commissioner of Education, Langston was accredited. Although many individuals voiced concern about the accreditation, Dr. Harrisen was the first to make it clear t h a t t h e North Central Association was not primarily concerned with good schools t h a t were deteriorating but: with schools t h a t are consistently showing capacity for growth. It has been Brother Harrison's genuine leadership t h a t has eventuated in transforming Langston into a school t h a t is taking its place in the forefront of higher educational institutions in the nation.



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President, Alcorn College


E M B E R S AND B R O T H E R S of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity have done me great honor in their insistence that I deliver this address at this public meeting celebrating National Education Week. True to its tradition, Alpha P h i Alpha was one of the first fraternal bodies to inaugurate an. educational campaign to further education for the masses. While this is true, its emphasis stems further back than its ' ' Go-toHigh School Go-to-College P r o g r a m . " I n no Fraternal organization is scholarship more emphasized than in the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. The first verse of the National Alpha Hymn states, "In our dear A Phi A fraternal spirit binds . . . All the noble, the true, and courageous . . . Manly deeds, scholarship, and love for all mankind . . . Are the aims of our dear fraternity." I t is appropriate then that my message to you today should deal with some aspects of education. Since education is such a controversial subject, I speak to the point, " E d u c a t i o n as one College President Sees I t . " Without attempting to point out the conflicting schools of thought on the subject, I can say without fear of contradiction t h a t there are in the main but two fundamental concepts of Education: 1) liberal education; 2) vocational education. Each attempts to do the same thing for those educated—to prepare them for complete living and for the greatest possible usefulness to society. The definition of education used by the speaker, then, is " t h e impartation or acquisition of knowledge, skill, or discipline of character for complete l i v i n g . " I n other words, Education is the production of changes in human behavior. No one can live completely in a society without having an abiding faith in ethical values and without practicing the golden rules laid down by the master teacher and leader of men—The Christ. Education is inseparable from leadership. Those who are taught are followers. Those who teach are leaders. Too many of our teachers today are like Moses, the peerless leader and master moralist, hygienist and organizer, who worked on the mind through the body and on the person through the community to achieve his purpose at education. This is not enough to fit man for complete living. Jesus, the master mystic and psychologist, decreed that the divine in man must be nourished if every other law and duty be pushed aside; that the divine was that which furthered the process of growth and made it possible for man to slough off his deadselves, as the snake sloughs off its skin. He saw that no wider, stricter observance of law could recover for life the freedom and energy it had lost in every perfection of human institutions. In His view, goodness could obstruct life no less than wickedness, and without a perpetual challenge would undoubtedly do so . . . Jesus gave love a social mission and a political province. To more simply state his philosophy, let us put it this way: " T h e quality of leadership seldom excels the demands made upon it by those l e d . " If education fails in its effort to turn out a product that can and will live completely in a world torn asunder by personal

greed and prejudices it will be because those who teach have not become thoroughly imbued with the decree that " T h e divine in man must be nourished if every other law and duty be pushed a s i d e . " What of the teacher who has to attend trashy movies three times per week to get social diversion and intellectual food, even a t the expense of preparing lessons or grading examination papers to avoid giving the pupil an arbitrary grade subjectively arrived at? Before further exploring the social lag to which the flesh of man has made itself heir, let us briefly direct our thinking to the components of education. Education is the production of changes in human behavior. As in all forms of production the components a r e : 1) raw materials—the pupil and desired human behavior; 2) tools—the teacher, school buildings, laboratory equipment and whatever is used to stimulate and direct human behavior; and 3) the product—the resulting change in behavior. In education, changes in behavior may be usefully classified a s : 1) Changes in things known—Knowledge. 2) Changes in things done—Skills. 3) Changes in things felt—Attitudes. No education is complete or successful, until the third objective—change in things felt—attitudes—has been achieved. Too much of our present day education ends with achieving the first two, changes in things known—knowledge and changes in things done—skills. Such education is like a man without a soul. Mankind the world over has reached this stage in its development. The know-how of making the atom bomb and later the hydrogen bomb required a change in things known — knowledge. The actual making of the bombs required a change in things done—skills, because until they were made, man had not developed these skills. Like the man without a soul, man collectively, can put his knowledge and skill to work. He can destroy the world and the civilizations thus far achieved. On the other hand, he can if the third objective, change in things felt—attitude—is achieved, spare the destruction of the world and its civilizations and can apply his knowledge and skills to the constructive tasks that await his will to justify his likeness in the image of his divine master. That likeness has given love a social mission and political province in furthering the process of growth and human development in tilings good. When applied constructively, radio-active isotopes will best serve to control ravages of cancer and a score of other diseases yet unconquered by man istead of serving as a weapon of war. When applied constructively, the newly acquired knowledge in atomic energy can be used to revolutionize industrial and agricultural production and to raise the already highest s t a n d a r d of living known to man still higher. Man's failure to use this yet unknown power constructively, however brilliant he thinks himself to be likens himself to the man with one talent and to the comely virgins carrying their lamps without oil who went forth to meet the bride-groom. Reasoning deductively, it can be said t h a t

DR. J. R. OTIS EDITOR'S N O T E : Brother Otis took over the helm of Alcorn State College less than a year ago but his influence is already being felt in educational circles of the deep South. 'J'It is message was delivered during the annual Education and Citizenship Week in Jackson, Miss., during which time the graduate chapter, Alpha Epsilon Lambda, presented him as its guest speaker. •


social and economic stability cannot long abound in the absence of educational attainment which is commensurate with the social and economic level desired for those constituting the comunity. In America, the more prosperous sections are found where the masses of the population have education above the average. In the South where the percentage of t e n a n t r y is greateest the per cent of home ownership is highest where the masses of the population have education above the average. In short, human welfare and progress is greatest where education of the masses is greatest, the world over. Here in America we increasingly look upon education as the panacea of all our ills. Now pending in Congress there are more than 200 bills (including near duplications) designed to affect education. The range of interest reflected in these bills is enormous. There are proposals which would fix the pupil's teeth ami provide teachers for character training and for physical education. There are bills which would give the agricultural surpluses to schools for lunches, aid in the construction of school buildings, contribute to teachers' salaries, forbid the teaching of subversive doctrines, and bills to insure a knowledge of the constitution of the United States. House Resolution No. 3393 aspires even higher. I t provides for the construction "somewhere in the Middle W e s t " of a University for Universal Peace to be supported by a 25 million dollar annual appropriation and to confer upon the graduates the degree of Bachelor of Justice



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Kentucky Alphas Pace Fight for Integration in Education

Frank L. Stanley Saves Kentucky


Writes Amendment From Segregated

Six Universities.

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F R A N K L. S T A N L E Y S P E A R H E A D E D fight. Raised $1,500.00 for U. of L. suit. Wrote amendment preventing segregated regionalism in K e n t u c k y .


DR. J . A. C. L A T T I M O R E

EARL PRUITT Worked diligently behind t h e scenes, marshaling forces, telegrams and supporters. L Y M A N T. J O H N S O N Won case against University of Kentucky. Led fight to enter University of Louisville. R U F U S B. ATWOOD L e n t support, despite job as president of a Negro L a n d G r a n t college. DR. J. A. C. L A T T I M O R E Got amendment over permitt i n g Negro doctors and nurses to study. C. W. A N D E R S O N J R . Introduced legislation against segregated education. First Negro member of K e n t u c k y S t a t e Legislature.


H E W H O L E WORLD has doffed its T hat to Kentucky for t a k i n g t h e lead in removing segregation in higher education. Accused of setting the p a t t e r n for segregated education in 1904, with the enactment of the infamous Day Law, Kentucky can now bear her breast and declare to the heavens, " I have redeemed myself in p a r t . " In flash action, numbering only a few days, Kentucky schools met the test after receiving the go-ahead sign from the 1950 General Assembly, which said in effect, "You may admit if you wish t o . " First, Berea College, founded by abolitionists and admitting Negroes before 1904 until i t was stopped by law, again on April 14, some forty-six years after, became an integrated institution by board action: 1. "We reaffirm our dedication to t h e youth of the Appalachian mountain region to which we have tried faithfully to minister for nearly a

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century, and we continue to see in these young people a challenge greater than we can hope to discharge in any foreseeable length of time. 2. "We also express our interest in t h e efforts of Negro youths of this region to get an education, and we liereby empower our administration to admit such Negro students from within this mountain region whom we rind thoroughly qualified coming completely within the provisions of the K e n t u c k y law and whom in their judgment it appears we should serve." From 1866 to 1904, Berea College accepted Negro students on the same basis as others. Less t h a n a week after Berea's decision to re-admit Negroes, three Louisville CathTURN T H E P A G E

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Kentucky Alphas P a c e the Fight for Integration in Education olic colleges—Nazareth and TJrsuline for girls, and Bellarmien for boys—announced their courses would be open to Negroes "from this time on" and declared: " W h e n the right to the intellectual and spiritual development which is t h e proper concern of higher education is curtailed by the physical accident of race, there is implicit in such curtailment a materialistic philosophy of life, which is intolerable in a Christian and democratic society." Going on a step further, the University of Louisville, which had a Negro unit, Louisville Municipal College, decided after much coaxing and threatened suits, to admit Negroes to its g r a d u a t e and professional schools by September, 1950 . . . also by the end of the academic year, 1950-51, to moreover, a few of the Negro professors of Louisville, Municipal College are expected to be retained as faculty members of U. of L. One year ago, last April, Brother L y m a n T. Johnson legally won the right to a t t e n d the University of K e n t u c k y Graduate School through Federal District J u d g e H . Church Ford's decision a t Lexington. Twenty-nine Negroes studied a t the University of Kentucky in the summer of 1949, and presently twelve are in atendance. Brother J . A. C. L a t t i m o r e in 1948 persuaded the administration to support successfully, legislation t h a t allowed Negro physicians and nurses to t a k e post-graduate instruction. However, no institution opened its doors until 1950. Fifteen " e a r s ago, Brother Charles W. Anderson, Jr., became the first Negro to be elected to a Southern S t a t e Legislature since Reconstruction days. On several occasions, during Anderson's twelve years as Representative, he introduced bills t h a t sought to amend the Day Law. One passed the house by a close vote, b u t was killed in the Senate. Numerous committees have waited upon several governors through the years. Several suits have been filed against the state by the N A A C P . Two of them resulted in the **etting up of make-shift schools of Engineering and L a w a t Kent u c k y State College. Each make-shift was short-lived. Seeking every conceivable escape, Kentucky provided out-of-state aid to Negroes, and as late as this year, it attempted to join the Regional Compact, which to all i n t e n t s and purposes, exists solely to escape court decisions t h a t will admit Negroes to s t a t e schools along with others. Alphas again paced the fight. This time, Brother F r a n k L. Stanley militant publisher, and Dr. J . A. C. Lattimore, former National Medical Association head, led a delegation to the s t a t e capitol and demanded t h a t K e n t u c k y not t a k e a backward step b y joining the Regional Compact.

I n short order, Governor Clements, smarting under the political pressure of this group, permitted Stanley to amend Kentucky's Resolution to join the Regional Compact, to-wit: "Sec. 2. In its participation in the Regional Compact approved b y Senate Resolution No. 53 of the 1950 General Assembly, or in any other Regional plan having a similar purpose, the Commonwealth of K e n t u c k y shall not erect, acquire, develop, nor maintain in any manner, any educational institution within its borders to which Negroes will not be admitted on an equal basis with other races, nor shall any Negro citizen of K e n t u c k y be forced to attend any segregated regional institution to obtain instruction in a particular course of study, if there is in operation within the Commonwealth a t the time an institution t h a t offers the same course of study to students of other races." The wording is exactly as w r i t t e n b y Brother Stanley, and provides all of t h e necessary safeguards. Spearheading all of these fights to eliminate segregation in higher education, through his newspaper, the Louisville Defender, Brother Stanley has rendered yeoman service to our race. I t was Brother Stanley who suggested several suits against the University of Kentucky, and asked Brother Lyman Johnson to be t h e guinea pig. Later, Stanley, single-handedly raised $1,500.00 through his newspaper to finance a suit against the University of Louisville, and it was this air-tight threatened suit t h a t prompted the trustees to act so liberally. Moreover, the make-shift schools were constant t a r g e t s of criticism until abolished. Yet, modestly editorializing, Stanley w r o t e : "The 1950 General Assembly's praise must include full recognition of the groundwork laid for it to act freely in setting t h e stage b y previous a t t e m p t s to amend t h e D a y Law, the contribution of many and varied interracial leaders, lobbyists, plus the countless written and oral appeals to our Christian and democratic consciousness. Without these, the climate would not have been ready for even the permissive legislation enacted this year . . . furthermore, had Kentucky accepted segregated regional schools, we doubt t h a t any, save those forced to, would have extended full opportunity to all." Thus, the RT'HINX and all of Alphadom salutes Kentucky's stalwarts, Stanley, Lattimore, Johnson, Anderson, P r u i t t , Atwood and others, who lent support and kept faith through the years with the cause of full educational opportunity to every boy and girl . . . truly a noble example for others to emulate and to benefit from.

SHALL THE SCHOOLS PRODUCE? From Page 10 different and deals with them differently. In this school the teacher spends a large per cent of her time "studying the pupils," their social life, their economic life, emotional life, their academic and achievement life, their home life, their interests, their personality complexes, the cumulative records, their school activities and out-of-

school activities, and the other p a r t of her time "teaching the children," because if you do not understand a child you can not teach him comprehensively. Each child is t a u g h t on his own learning level, because he learns where he is, r a t h e r t h a n on t h e class level or grade level. Therefore we teach children "just as they

a r e " and not as they are classified or on the grade little Johnnie may be placed. Children are t a u g h t , rather t h a n t h e book or subject m a t t e r in t h e Developmental School. When teaching children i t is better to "know what arithmetic does to Johnnie than to know w h a t Johnnie does to arithmetic." In this process the teacher realizes the drilling, memorizing, theorizing and many of the uncomprehensible standardized tests are never justified and seeks a more meaningful approach, one more valuable, more worthwhile; one t h a t reveals higher ideals, and gives the child a desire and a will to "succeed." The creating a will to "succeed" is one of the sound corners of the "Middle Ground School." All Developmental Schools have a good testing program or plans are in the making to begin such a program. Why is t h e testing program so scientifically necessary? By testing, a teacher can discover t h e abilities, interests and needs of a child in a short time, compared to one or m a n y semesters otherwise. Children need help now and b y applying the proper type of tests the adjustment can be made soon and the maladjusted student is living a normal life and developing into a good citizen. There is some caution about t h e testing program, and to be concise there is a great need for testing efficiency in t h e school staff to understand, evaluate and measure what the tests say. No tests a t all is better t h a n to make the problem worse, and to place a testing program in the hands of those who do not understand certainly is a dangerous thing to do in this developmental school where the whole program centers around developing the child according to his abilities, interests and needs, which involves "learning b y doing, r a t h e r than learning by listening and learning b y memorizing. There are a few more experiences we should share before closing this discussion. (1) Realize all learners develop b e t t e r within their experience, therefore it is t h e duty to provide these experiences for all the children. Many authorities say every cli i Id in the'school system should have the same co-curricular opportunities and experiences, but we know not more t h a n ten per cent of the children in t h e American school get a chance to participate in t h e "once called" extra curricular activities. We know this is not justifiable if t h e program is one for training. However, we have made a program for ten per cent or less of all the students and we develop a few experts and the 90 per cent of the students get no development at all. The big question is, how long will society continue to pay the bill for a ten per cent training program? (2) Teach and learn the students how to study. A recent survey showed t h a t most students go through grade school, high school and college and never know how to study. (3) A greater degree of encouragement for social mobility must be p u t into the guidance program. The desire to rise above the p a r e n t a l environment, socially, politically, and economically. (4) The developmental school provides


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Alpha Man Joins Seminar To Europe

HERBERT T. MILLER U R I N G the summer of 1950, a p a r t y of fifty educators, editors, ministers and social workers known as "The American Seminar" will make a first-hand study of general conditions abroad. They will meet in left HITS, interviews, and group conferences a number of prominent leaders in


political, economic, educational, and religious fields, in addition to visiting many of the principal points of interest in Europe. Sherwood Eddy, statesman and student of world affairs, will lead the Seminar to Europe, l i e has invited Brother Herbert T. Miller, member of G a m m a Iota Lambda Chapter and social and civic leader of Brooklyn, New York, to join the party. o t h e r members of the p a r t y of fifty will come from various p a r t s of the United States. The American Seminar expects to sail on Juno L'.'!, from New York on the Cunard White Star Liner QUEEN MARY. After two weeks in England, studying conditions in Great Britain, and spending a day in Oxford and a Sunday iii Canterbury, the party will visit Amsterdam and the Hague in Holland. The group will then proceed to visit some of the principal cities of Germany Including Berlin, F r a n k f u r t , and Munich, and also witness the Passion Play at Oberammergau. The p a r t y will then go to Geneva, Switzerland, studying t h e United Nations at its European base, the World Council of Churches, and meeting European leaders. Venice, Florence and Milan will be visited in Italy, and Rome if it is not too overcrowded with "Holy Y e a r " visitors. A week will be spent in P a r i s with side trips to Versailles and Chartres. In each city to be visited there will be a number of lectures, each followed b y a period of informal questioning and discussion. In addition, optional sightseeing parties and field trips will be arranged. The Seminar definitely seeks to avoid propa-

SHALL THE SCHOOLS PRODUCE? for both individuals and group experiences. These two types of experiences are v i t a l to knowing how to get along with self and to get along with "others." This is a p a r t of the whole-child training program, and is often said the whole child comes to school and it is the duty of the school to teach the whole child. (5) The developmental school never allows its teachers to use unprofessional tactics with the children, such as ridicule, humiliating approaches, fear methods and embarrassing experience to force children to endure a meaningless and in most cases an uninteresting or non-worthwhile relationship. Most children are busy and as cooperative as the experience is justifiable. Where understanding, open-mindedness, stimulation, inspiration and encouragement a r e t h e vehicles, there is a minimum need of any of the "get rough" tactics. (6) Lastly, the Practical Middle Ground School has a good permanent record system, usually calied comprehensive or cumulative records. This type of record tells an accurate story of the child's life and it also offers important and reliable information to be used for better understanding and guiding the student for a successful life in school and after school. Some of the main features of this type of record as compared to the old academic record which only had the achievement grades of the students, are: 1) Family history; 2) Academic record; 3) Standardized tests results; 4) Interests and act i v i t i e s ; 5) Personality development, and 6) Comments, remarks and recommendations and suggestions by advisors, parents, teachers and administrators.

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As a summary to this profound question, yet a controversial question, there is a deep appreciation for the privilege to say " I t ' s the duty of the school (developmental or practical middle ground school) to produce citizens. Notwithstanding the increasing need for more scholars, it may well be said t h a t the scholars we have today were not produced in t h e American schools because the schools have not as a whole t a u g h t the superior or the very gifted students were not t a u g h t up to their abilities. Not only were they not taught, but in many instances the school did not know the extent of their abilities, capacities and interests because the school had no testing program. Of course there are instances where there was no testing program and a few students were discovered, but here we are discussing the American school child and not a few rare exceptions. Likewise the "dull child" or the "slow child" has not been t a u g h t . This child has not been understood by most teachers and most schools, particularly the traditional school where this dull child usually got all D's or F's for his grade, and in many eases the child was working up to his ability and whenever a child works up to his ability he cannot fail because he is accomplishing all t h a t can be expected. Again t h a t ' s another reason why the testing program is a must in the now-a-day schools. Many dull or slow school system because the teachers did not know the child's capacity to learn and demands were made for achievement when the student did not have the ability, and a very low mark was given for top performance. That's sad, and an educational

ganda ami makes an effort to hear all sides of each question. The party will sail from Cherbourg on the QUEEN MARY August 8, arriving in New f o r k August 13. So far as is known, Brother Miller will be the only Negro in the group.

Proposed Coat-of-Arms For Alpha Phi Alpha

J o h n Wycliffe Fleming ROPOSED <oat ()t Arms for Alpha P h i Alpha Coats of anus should be based upon heraldry, which is that science which treats of correctly describing, symbolically the basic tenets of American College Greek-Letter Organizations. After several years' research and study the diagram on next page of a coat-ofarms for Alpha P h i Alpha was produced and submitted to the Executive Council which referred it to the Ritual CommitTURN PAGE


blunder which society is getting tired of paying for. With the increasing number of developmental schools making their way into the educational program, it is believed t h a t in the next few years there will not be over a few failures in the school systems. There is no justifiable need for these failures now. To produce citizens is the duty of t h e American school system in order t h a t our democratic society may long endure. As we discover the needs of the children in our schools and make the proper adjustments according to their interests, abilities, intelligence, aptitudes and life situations, then and only then can we be sure t h a t our schools are producing "citizens." We feel the old school, often referred to as the informational school, is on its way out, and we know the progressive school philosophy is not conductive to good learning because it is not self-controlled, nor is it self-disciplined enough and does not have enough ordered freedom. Therefore the burden of training for better boys and girls is left to the Developmental or the Practical Middle Ground School to produce citizens, r a t h e r t h a n scholars.

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tee. After a year's study the committee met at the 1949 Convention in Atlanta and asked the convention's permission to submit this diagram to the Chapters and Brothers during 1950 and to present the matter to the 1950 General Convention for appropriate action. The Eitualistic explanation of this dia-



gram is being mailed to all chapters with a request that at a meeting or several meetings the matter be studied and discussed so that it can be acted upon intelligently at the convention. Brother John Fleming, of Cincinnati, former Mid-western Vice-President, is Chairman of the Ritual Committee. It has

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been through his untiring efforts that members of the Fraternity have remained in close touch with the fundamentals of Alpha Phi Alpha. He is an overseas veteran of World War II, having been called to the U. S. Armed Forces while holding a national office of regional vice-president of Alpha.




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Medallion Award to Drs. W. E. DuBois, Mary Bethune

L O U I S V I L L E delegation of Alphas motored to Kansas City during early spring to be feted by Beta L a m b d a Chapter, host to the 1950 General Convention. Observing the 30th Anniversary of t h e Founders Banquet the Kansas City Chapter presented Brother F r a n k L. Stanley, of the Louisville Defender, and well-known Kentucky civic leader, as p r i n c i p a l speaker. Brother Earl P r u i t t , Beeeher Terrace Manager and Wayman Hackett, Madison Junior High School facultyman, also went as official representatives of Louisville's Alpha Lambda, oldest g r a d u a t e chapter in the F r a t e r n i t y . I n 1941 a delegation of K a n s a s City Alphas came to Louisville to assist^ in planning t h a t year's General Convention. Similarly Brothers Stanley, P r u i t t , and H a c k e t t went to Kansas City this year. From w h a t they report, the 1950 Tri-Convention of Alphas, AKA's, and Kappas will be even greater than it was in 1940 in K a n s a s City. oOo


Giving Impetus To Convention Plans

INCOLN U N I V E R S I T Y in Pennsylvania added the names of Brother Dr. LDuBois, distinguished lecturer and author, and Dr. Mary Mr I.cod Bethune, noted educational leader, to an impressive list of recipients of the annual Alpha Medallion Award. Brother DuBois, who received the award for significant contributions to human understanding over the past 50 years, and Mrs. Bethune, who was cited for leadership in Negro higher education, are shown with Lincoln University President Dr. Horace

Alpha Mu Honors Brother Pyant E M B E R S of Alpha Mu Chapter, Evanst o n, Illinois, paid tribute to Brother William C. P y a n t the evening of April 24 at a surprise smoker, in honor of twentyfour years conw£* « r — tinuous service of Brother Pyant as a chapter officer. P r e s e n t at this smoker w e r e Brothers R o b e r t Ball, BROTHER PYANT Richard B a s s , Floyd Dubois, Abraham Dunn, Theodore Harding, Roy Levy James Patrick, Paul Overby and George Ricks, president of the chapter. The affair was held in the beautiful home of Brother Theodore Harding, 1717 Greenwood Avenue, and was a complete surprise to Brother Pyant, who had attended the smoker in the belief that it was a committee meeting. Food, smokes and refreshments aplenty were provided and the brothers enjoyed cards and social conversation. Each of the

M B u r t A. M a y b e r r y H E BIG P U S H to make the tri-parte .•(invention in Greater Kansas City this T December far greater than a similar session in 1940, ten years ago, in the " H e a r t of America" is now on. There will be a number of new faces among Kansas City K a p pas, Alpha Kappa Alphas, and Alphas on the convention horizon b u t the experience and balance for overall arrangements of so g r e a t a meeting will naturally come from some of the "Greeks" who pioneered in this sort of bold Pan-Hellenic venture ten years ago. There will be Prof. Girard T. Bryant, of the Kappas, who is serving as general chairman of the coordinating organization; Miss Lucille Bluford who will again h a v e charge of publicity; but the "wheelhorse" of the entire Coordinating Committee will in all probability be the affable, and efficient B u r t A. Mayberry, former General


Mann Bond following the presentation during the first week in May in the university chapel. The presentation was made b y Brother Richard Terrell, president of N u Chapter, Lincoln University. Other awards have gone to Marion Anderson, noted contralto; former Secretary of the Interior Harold L. Ickes; Eleanor Roosevelt, and Thurgood Marshall, Chief Consul for t h e N A A C P , and an Alpha man. L a s t year the awards were presented to U. S. Senator H u b e r t E. Humphrey from Minnesota; and Brother William L. Dawson, U. S. Representative from Illinois. brothers present spoke briefly and praised Brother P y a n t for having done so much for the chapter over a period of years and, also, for his continuing interest in the affairs of the chapter, even though he is quite busy with his varied activities as a Probation Officer with the Juvenile Court of Cook County, real estate broker and tax consultant, and is now a senior law student at DeP a u l University, where he a t t e n d s n i g h t school. During his tenure of service with t h e fraternity, Brother P y a n t served as Chapter Secretary with the exception of one year when he was Chapter President. H e has shown considerable interest in helping undergraduate brothers in every possible way and has been a familiar figure a t General Conventions of t h e f r a t e r n i t y over a period of years. An officer of the National Pan-Hellenic Council for many years, Brother P y a n t is now concluding his eleventh year as secretary of t h a t organization. He has also served the council as National Chairman, Regional Director, and Director of Publicity. I t was during Brother P y a n t ' s tenure as chairman of the council t h a t t h e organization first published a magazine relating to i n t e r f r a t e r n i t y activities which magazine was widely distributed. Brother P y a n t responded to t h e r e m a r k s of t h e various brothers expressing his grateful appreciation for t h e thoughtfulness on the p a r t of the brothers and pledged his continued loyalty and support to t h e chapter program.

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"The Female of the Species' Deal Mr. Swingler: Dr. Winters is out of town with the 28th Annual Pilgrimage of the J o h n Brown Memorial Association to Lake Placid, N . Y. J u s t two miles away at North Elba all that is mortal of the great abolitionist martyr lies in a humble grave surrounded by the Adirondack Mountains as sentinels. Close by is an beroic size bronze st ,i i IIP of J o h n Brown erected in 1936 by t h e association. My boss' DR. WINTERS great pride and chief claim to any fame t h a t may be lasting is his name carved on t h a t statue as a memlipr of the Monument Commission. H e declares it is the only monument in America erected to a white man solely by Negroes as a token of gratefulness.




The deadline for this issue is very near and I don't want the continuity of F r a t Fun broken. I am culling excerpts from his columns as far bach :is 11130 hoping to maintain the gleeful glint that comes to the

eyes or those whe read his column.

* » * Fraternal Wisdom Flattery is 90% soap; soap is 90% lye.




Ninety-nine out of every one hundred Alpha Phi Alpha men believe: That all Sorority girls secretly prefer Alpha men. That a biblical transcriber inserted the word Omega to prevent hard feelings when he recorded the exclamation: " I am the Rose of Sharon; I am Alpha and Omega.'' That the " i m p r e s s i o n " is the most impressive part of Alpha Phi Alpha incipieney. That if they were not Alpha men they would prefer a sorority to other fraternities. She was only a photographer's daughter, but oh how she was developed.

Married Life: " If a husband doesn 't need (retching it is a waste of time to watch him, and if he does need watching it is a waste of time to watch h i m . "




Sometimes it's the Mink in the closet t h a t ' s responsible for the wolf at the door. A fur coat is given to keep her warm, to keep her warmth or to keep hpr quiet. Faint heart never won fur lady.




Getting baby to sleep is hardest when she is about eighteen years old.

REMINISCENCES Donald was sick at the hospital and his little friend Leroy called to see how he was getting along, The nurse said: " W h y he is get tint,' along fine; he is convalescing n o w . " " W e l l , " said Leroy, " I would like to see him, so I ' l l just sit down here until he's t h r o u g h . "




Modern education was the topic of conversation in the suburban drawing room. Mrs. Jones wns saying thai it was of little use, while her hostess, Mrs. Martin held it was a good thing. " N o w , here's little G e o r g e , " said Mrs. Jones. " H e ' s bright and though only ten he can answer any question you ask h i m . " " W e l l , George d e a r , " said Mrs. Martin, " h o w iii,iii\ are four and t h r e e ? " " E i g h t , " came the prompt reply. ' ' There you are! ' ' exclaimed the proud mother. ' ' Missed it only by t w o ! ' '




Southern Suitor—'' Honeychile, would you mind if ah kissed you a l l ? " Honeychile—"Oh Sugar, a i n ' t my lips enough?"




This was it! A t last he was discovered; his secret was out. Garrulous Mrs. Seemore saw him at the theatre with the blonde. His wife was sure to learn of his peccadilloes. The next day he was much depressed and morose. His unknowing wife lovingly inquired if he was ill or worried about busi-

ness affairs. He said: " N o , I am not ill, but I have some presentiments. I feel like someone is going to tell a lie on m e . "




' ' No you must have the wrong number. Call the Weather B u r e a u . " " W h o was t h a t ? " inquired the comely young wife, looking up from her knitting toward her elderly husband who had just answered the phone. " O h probably some fisherman," said the husband. " H e wanted to know if the coast was clear.''




I'nofficial fraternities to be found a t every college: E t a Peesa P i Passa Bad Chek Tryan Bega Meel Kribba Exa Xam Telia Nu Li Drinka Lyk El




I will close by reminding you that in June 1950 you, like my boss, will have been married 19 years. Yours truly, (MISS) B E R T H A CAMPBELL ' Secretary to Dr. O. Wilson Winters •


GIVING IMPETUS Brother Mayberry ten years ago initiated 'goodwill tours' on behalf of the Kansas City Convention, lie kept members of the three sponsoring Greek-letter societies in good spirit with enthusiasm always a t the highest possible pitch for carrying out responsibilities* . . but greatest of all he is making his prediction come true. T h a t is to bring the three groups back to Kansas City in 1950 as sort of a Tenth Anniversary of their first encampment together. Burt, who likewise holds his old job as secretary of the Coordinating Committee, should be given some special recognition for creating in his community such an atmosphere conducive to such a meeting as will be held in Kansas City come December.

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"The Essence Of Democracy" By FRANK L. STANLEY Alpha Lambda Chapter Louisville, EDITOR'S N O T E S : Address given by Brother Frank L. Stanley, Alpha Lambda Chapter, timing the Mid-West Regional Conference, Gary, Indiana. Its significance during this period of Alpha's far-reaching objective as a social-action organization commands the interest of every brother. AM G E E A T L T honored this afternoon to have been invited to address you on this the occasion of the Public Forum of the Mi( I-Western Regional of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. I am indebted for your fine courtesy, and I feel a little bit in a difficult situation by the undeserved recommendations of Brother H a r r y Schell, because, doubtless, they have Taised your expectations beyond the point which I could begin to meet. Especially is this true when you consider that I am sharing the platform with our illustrious General President Belford V. Lawson. A specialist in the field of civil liberties, a shrewd diplomat, and expert strategist, Brother Lawson has given such able leadership to Alpha Phi Alpha that today it is recognized as the foremost Greek letter society in the fight for human rights. I t is with some trepidation, therefore, t h a t I discuss, " A m e r i c a n Democracy and the N e g r o , " because I feel somewhat presumptuous in attempting to enlighten such an intelligent audience as you, upon a subject which is the very core of our existence. I h-mocraey is on trial before the world. The test is so great that we must constantly ask ourselves, " W h a t does democracy offer the world in general, and colored people in p a r t i c u l a r ? " Reportedly, there are close to eight hundred milion people who are on the side of democracy, and the Russians claim nine hundred million sympathizers and followers of Communism, leaving about one billion people, most of whom are colored, to be persuaded one way or the other. We are living in one of the most critical and decisive periods, not only in our national history, but in the history of modern civilization. We are on the threshold of another half of the most swiftly moving century in our history. In Alpha, we are beginning the 45th year of existence of our beloved fraternity. We have reached the vantage point for all who would remove their shackles of segregation and discrimination and fight for first-class citizenship for all. Fairfield Osborn, in his remarkable book: " O u r Plundered P l a n e t , " tells of the dead cities of Northern Syria, which stand stark upon their rock foundations. The once great trading capitals of a fertile plain are now ghost cities rising high out of a desert as monuments to the folly of man. America may well ponder the image of those cities because we, too, stand stark and alone upon a summit . . . the summit of power. We boast of greatness in wealth, production and Armed Forces, but we are the poorest in t h a t most important qualityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; human happiness. Throughout the world today, people are vitally concerned about m a n ' s inability to live in Christian brotherhood. The sinister forces at play portray a picture of conditions t h a t are grave and full of evil portent. I t is a picture of m a n ' s incapacity to master his environment, one


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of violence, of fear, of mistrust, and shortsightedness. I t is self-evident that a climatic situation exists which threatens to overturn human affairs. We are in a position in history never occupied by us before now. We are the trustees of both the physical and ideological forces of western civilization. Time and history have doubled back upon us and America is trapped into the position of demonstrating before the world that democracy is neither a mystical a list ruction, nor a mechanical gadget, but that it is a way of life which establishes the dignity of every individual as central, regardless of the accidents of antecedents. Democracy is obligated to prove that men can live with one another and bring forth the maximum gifts of each for the fullest enjoyment of all. As little as we may like it, we are not only the spiritual inheritors of all of our civilization's past, we are its trustee of the present, and also the reluctant architects of its future. But we must approach this trusteeship with extreme modesty because we are a young giant just come to manhood and responsibility, not new to world wars, but new to world peace . . . new to the fine art of living decently together, both a t home and abroad. Everywhere in America, people, and particularly young pople, are looking for a message. This is even more true today because of the Negro's impatience with his slowness in obtaining civil rights. A large section of America seems to have its head in the sand like an ostrich, or its fingers in its ears like the proverbial monkey, or its heart hardened like Pharaoh and many refuse to see what this blight of segregation is doing to the very soul of democracy, and they are deaf to what the Russians are telling millions of colored people all over the world about the way democracy treats colored people under its banners. Because we are a people who need and do respond to a leadership above the dead level of normalcy, a people who must find a way to remove segregation from the face of the earth, and because we are so desperately anxious to do something about our low position, we are indeed looking for a message and we are searching for enlarged and more able leadership. Today, there are all too few who qualify as real leaders and even some of them who have been in the forefront for years are yielding to their personal desires, thus weakening their leadership. We need an all-out campaign for civil rights and complete recognition us full-fledged American citizens. Our efforts have 1 n nil too feebleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;so feeble, in fact, that neither of tin' major political parties has kept faith with their pledges made in prior party platforms containing civil rights plunks. We need greater organization ami coordination. We need to decide definitely what we want and line up solidly behind all programs aimed at full attainment of our rights. But, in every instance, conscience and intelligence must dictate the course of action and that action must be swift, far-seeing, and unselffish. We must develop that strategy which will give us closer contact and cooperation among the various groups within the race so that information and opinions can be shared and

strengths pooled wherever our interest demands cooperative effort. We cannot dis-associate our racial interests from the general interests of the total American community. We must link our problems with those of the oppressed people of the world. We cannot lift ourselves by our boot straps alone. We must think interrncially and learn the viewpoint of otter people. We must not only discover and convert liberal whites to the cause of democracy. We must help them cultivate a spirit that appreciates and cherishes the intrinsic worth of nn individual regardless of race, color or creed. Recently, in discussing the leadership approaeh the Negro must employ in his fight for first-class citizenship. Dr. Channing H. Tobias, said: " N e g r o leaders must approach the postwar period in America with a consciousness of obligation to do their pari in the solution of nil the great problems that confront the unt ion. It will be a mistake for them to focus all their thinking on problems of race relations, however trying and exasperating they may be at the moment. I have noted four principal types of Negroes in relation to their adjustment to American life: â&#x20AC;˘' There is the Negro who, with hat in hand, bows obsequiously in the presence of white people while he lies about conditions and about what is in his own heart because the white man has something that he wants, a ml he thinks that is the way to get it. " T h e r e is a less objectionable type, familiarly known as the 'Uncle T o m ' Negro who is not vicious, but now has become weary of the struggle and is willing to close in with any kind of bargain so long as he can be assured of comfortable living for the rest of his days. " T h e r e is the ultra-racial type who is not satisfied with anybody or anything, who is never pleased with the course of events whether they are favorable or unfavorable, and who would be disappointed if the things that he asked for were granted because then he would be deprived of the one thing for which he lives and breathes, namely agitation for the sake of agitaton. " T h e r e is finally the type who will not lie about conditions or about what is in his own heart, who will cooperate, but only on the basis of mutual respect. The fourth type is, in my judgment, the kind of Negro American who will do most in the post-war period to bring about full recognition of the claims of his people for first-class citizenship in our great democracy." Most of you here today, representing the intelligentsia of our race, are regarded as leaders. Think on these types of leadership defined by Dr. Tobias and classify yourself. If vou are in the first two, then change immediately. If you are an ultra-radical, you have a tremendous nuisance value, but ternper your acts with judgment lest you affect the general progress of the group. Regardless of type, get into the gfiht and act! D o n ' t simply live. You owe it to civilization to help make life better for having spent your own little inch of time and energy here on earth. You have heard me refer to Communism once or twice today. But I am afraid that vi ry few of us really know what communism is. or how it works. Suffice it to say t h a t we must come to know realistically rather than hysterically or wishfully, what Communism is. We do know that it is the other major force in the world, and that it makes powerful promises. Whether or not they


Page 18 ESSENCE OF DEMOCRACY are fulfilled is a difficult matter to determine. But not every man who wants some of these promises is necessarily a " B E D . " We cannot fight Communism negatively. As long as people are hungry, they will trade their souls for bread; as long as people are naked, they will follow those who promise to clothe them. As long as they are under the heels of masters, they will follow him who promises liberation. As long as Negroes are denied civil rights, America can expect them to beat upon the doors of courts, public institutions, and accommodations, to play on the conscience of whites and to harass Congress. America cannot close her ears like the ostrich in the sand, to all of the underprivileged, and dispossessed and retain world leadership. And as long as America remains deaf to these cries, Communism will flourish. I choose to believe, however, t h a t the defects of our democracy offer a special opportunity to us. Civil rights are not going to fall out of the heavens. We must be willing to fight for their attainment. I n truth, it is our moral obligation to put our own house in order ourselves. We are p a r t and parcel of democracy and we must enlist in that common enterprise . . . in the bold experiment of freedom. I t is bold because it cannot be realized without the most difficult and persistent collaborative effort. We are likewise struggling to attain the most difficult of all arts . . . the art of living together in a free society. It is comfortable even if slothful, to live without responsibility. Responsibility is exacting and painful, and for every right there is a corresponding responsibility. Democracy involves hardship . . . the hardship of the unceasing responsibility of every citizen. Democracy is always a beckoning goal and not a safe harbor. I t is constantly endangered by inertia, complacency, timidity and reluctance to sacrifice. The real answer to the defects of the American way of life is not denial of the Democratic faith. The answer is more loyal practice of the faith in order to establish a functional democracy . . . a democracy in fact, rather than in theory. You and I must exemplify the spirit of freedom and tolerance if we are to be their inheritors. A free man is a glorious creature, but he is also a slave to humanity. J u s t for the reason that we are not homogeneous people, but a vast mixture of races, nationalities and creeds, we have the greatest opportunity of our lives to emulate the true ideals of democracy. We can do something creative and redemptive. Among ourselves and before all the world we can prove that democracy is workable and t h a t it can be real by establishing here in America once and for all a democracy that knows no distinction of race, creed, color or national origin; that holds all human beings in high respect and seeks for all of its citizens full opportunity to a good life. In the words of an old poet of the Sanskrit . . . ' ' Listen to the exhortation of the dawn . . . Look to this day, for it is life, The very life of life; I n its brief course are all the varieties and realities of your existence, The bliss of growth, The power of action, The splendor of beauty. F o r yesterday is but a dream, And tomorrow only a vision. But today, well-lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, And every tomorrow, a vision of h o p e . "




Miss Helen Louise Leatherwood U R . AND MBS. Luther Leatherwood, of ' * "Chicago, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Helen Louise, to Brother Maurice E. King, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. King, of Enid, Oklahoma. Miss Leatherwood, graduate of Northwestern University, is secretary to Brother Bennie D. Brown, General Secretary of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Her fiance is an instructor in the Chemistry Department of Morehouse College, and a member of E t a Lambda Chapter, Atlanta, Ga. The wedding is planned for September. An Alpha Kappa Alpha soror, Miss Leatherwood has been identified with the General Secretary's office since it became a full-time set-up over two years ago. Her efficiency in the matter of handling important records coupled with a charming personality has been an all important asset in the operation of the General Secretary's Office. Visiting Alpha men from all over the country have been captivated by her charm. No wonder Brother King succumbed to Cupid's dart. Congratulations, Brother King. •


Schuster New Head of Va. State Conference C O U R T H A N N U A L meeting of t h e Vir• ginia State Conference of Alpha P h i Alpha F r a t e r n i t y was held Saturday, March 25, in Richmond, Virginia. The meeting was held in the conference room of the Slaughters Hotel with Clifford T. Seymour, vice-president of Beta Gamma L a m b d a Chapter, Richmond, presiding in the absence of Rupert Picott, s t a t e president. " T H E ABOLITION O F SEGREGAT I O N I N V I R G I N I A " was theme of t h e meeting. Purpose of t h e conference is to m a k e possible more complete inter-chapter cooperation on t h e s t a t e level; to share in a common understanding of Alpha P h i Alpha problems and to serve as a clearing house for Alphadom in Virginia. Some of the highlights of t h e conference w e r e : the official welcome b y Dr. E d w i n T. Ragland, president of t h e Rich-

May, 1950 mond g r a d u a t e chapter; a history of t h e Virginia State Conference by G. W. C. Brown of Norfolk; and the. remarks of t h e incoming president, Prof. Louis H. Schuster of Virginia S t a t e College. New state officers elected for 1950 a r e : President—Prof. Louis H. Schuster, N u Lambda Chapter, Petersburgh, former E a s t e r n Regional Vice-president of t h e F r a t e r n i t y ; Vice-president—David Graves, Beta Gamma L a m b d a Chapter, Richmond; Secretary—G. J a m e s Gilliam, B e t a Gamma oOo Arthur L. Roundtrea, Gamma Chapter, Virginia Union University; Treasurer—H. W. Ridly, Zeta Lambda Chapter, Newport N e w s ; Chaplain—William P a y n e , Gamma Iota Chapter, Hampton I n s t i t u t e ; Sgt.-atArniS'—Richard Gilmore, B e t a Gamma Chapter, Virginia S t a t e College; and Public Relations—-William A. Thornton, Beta Gamma L a m b d a Chapter, Richmond. Thirty delegates representing nine of the twelve g r a d u a t e and u n d e r g r a d u a t e chapters in Virginia attended the conference. They were Sumner G. Madden, G. James Gilliam, Clifford T. Seymour, William A. Thornton, David A. Graves, Milton F. Hill, J . Livingston Furman, J . Wilbur Jordan, Sr., Dr. Roosevelt Harrington, and Dr. E d w i n Ragland, all of B e t a Gamma L a m b d a Chapter, Richmond. Arthur Roundtrea, Weldon Sims, J a m e s E . Bell, Marshall Reese, J a m e s Cole and Richard Walton, Gamma Chapter, Virginia Union University. J . F . Banks, Alpha K a p p a Lambda Chapter, Roanoke, Virginia. H . W. Ridly, W. B. Howard, William A. Millen and Clarence Johnson, Zeta Lambda Chapter, Newport News. G. W. C. Brown, Alpha P h i L a m b d a Chapter, Norfolk. Hugh Gloster, Delta Beta Lambda Chapter, Hampton, Virginia. William V. Payne, Gamma I o t a Chapter, Hampton I n s t i t u t e , Hampton. Richard Gilmore, Clarence Edwards, Joseph Press and William C. Tanner, eBta Gamma Chapter, Virginia S t a t e College. Louis H . Schuster, N u L a m b d a Chapter, Petersburgh. President Schuster has announced t h a t the fall meeting will be held a t Virginia S t a t e College during the football season. WDLLIAM A. THORNTON Beta Gamma L a m b d a oOo B R O T H E R L. A L E X WILSON—Chicago Defender staff member, captured the annual Wendell Willkie Award for the best feature writing in Negro Journalism for 1949. A native of L a k e County, Florida, Brother Wilson joined the Defender staff only a year ago. H e was voted the award by the H a r v a r d University Society of Nieman Fellows, judges of the awards, on the basis of two features . . . " W h a t Causes Crime," and "The Making of a Killer." " W h a t Causes Crime" was a p e n e t r a t i n g sociological study of environmental forces in Chicago t h a t have influenced t h e lives of a number of convicted criminals. The series ran in the city edition of t h e Chicago Defender. "The Making of a Killer" was another city edition series t h a t traced t h e background of two 'teen-aged youths. Sidney Johnson and Roosevelt Baccus charged with killing policeman David F . K e a t i n g . Brother Wilson is a g r a d u a t e of Florida A. and M. College who completed his undergraduate studies with honors. While in college he edited the F A M C E E A N , official college organ. The 37-year-old w r i t e r did g r a d u a t e study a t t h e University of Wisconsin.




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25th Wedding Anniversary for the Ernie C. Martins

H E HOME of Brother and Mrs. E r n i e Martin, Bluefield, West Virginia, was T the scene recently of their 25th Wedding Anniversary, and the occasion a t t r a c t e d long acquaintances, and relatives from many sections of the country. Mrs. M a r t i n , t h e former Bernice Hughes, is the daughter of the L a t e Brother Bishop W. A. C. Hughes, of the Methodist Church. Friends of many years showed up for the Silver Anniversary Reception. Among those were Brother Shag Taylor, Otis Galloway and his wife, E v e l y n ; E d g a r Gordon, who flew down from Boston, Mass.; Dr. Chester H a r r i s and his wife, Ethel, well known radio personalities of P i t t s b u r g h , P a . ; Brother and Mrs. Dick Weeden of Lynchburg, Va.; Brother P . G. Howard, of Keystone, West Va.; Brother A t t o r n e y Alfred Hughes, brother of Mrs. M a r t i n , and his wife, Blanche, together with Brother Dr and Mrs. Berkley Butler, of Baltimore, M a r y l a n d ; Brother Julie M a r t i n , brother of Dr. Martin, and his wife Elsie, of Washington, D. O.J Brother Dr. Douglas Murray, and his wife, Ruth, of Kimball, West Va.; Brother Dr. and Mrs. Walter Johnson, of Covington, Va.; Brother Stewart-Calhoun and his recent bride who motored over from Keystone; Brother Dr. P . R. Higginbotham, and his wife, Gwendolyn, brotherin-law and sister respectively of t h e Mart i n s ; Brother Leonard B a r n e t t , and his wife, Letitia, of London, West Va.; Brother and Mrs. Clarence Shelton, from t h e County Seat of Welch, West Va.; Brother J o h n Flippin and his wife Prances from Beckley, West Va.; Brother and Mrs. Mervin Endres, of Welch. From Bluefield, fellowtownsmen of t h e E r n i e M a r t i n s , came Brother H e n r y L a k e Dickason, president of Bluefield S t a t e Teachers College, and his wife, Flossie; Brother Rev. C. Anderson Davis who had oOo BROTHER WALTER GORDON — The amazing career of Brother Attorney Walter Gordon, " T H E U R B A N L E A G U E M A N O F T H E Y E A R , " was dramatized on t h e evening of April 5 on t h e NBC n e t work feature, titled " T H I S I S T O U R L I F E , " with Ralph E d w a r d s as comment a t o r . The salute to Brother Gordon was h e a r d from coast to coast. While i t came as a surprise to t h e well known West Coast leader, t h e broadcast did include t h e personal appearance a t the radio station in Los Angeles of individuals who had played important p a r t s in the life of Brother Gordon. Among these were his mother, wife, and d a u g h t e r ; and Governor E a r l W a r r e n who flew down from t h e S t a t e Capitol, Sacramento, to be on hand a t t h e radio station to briefly pay personal tribute to his former schoolmate a t t h e University of California. To the scores of Alpha brothers who had gathered to hear this broadcast dramatizing the life of one of their own members, i t must have been quite a thrill to h a v e heard the Alpha H y m n played during t h e period in which t h e commentator made mention of Brother Gordon's membership in Alpha P h i Alpha F r a t e r n i t y . The series of " T H I S I S T O U R L I F E " Broadcast is sponsored b y the Phillip Morris Cigarette. S A L U T E TO BETA ETA LAMBDA—Perhaps one of the most unique and far-reach-

BOSTON A L P H A ' S fly down to Bluefield, W. Va. to Bro. M a r t i n ' s 25th Wedding Anniversary. Left to r i g h t : Bro. E d g a r Gordon, Bro. E r n i e M a r t i n and his charming •wife Bernice, Bro. " S h a g " Taylor, and Bro. Otis Galloway. charge of the dedicatory services of the home; Brother and Mrs. E . W. Brown; Brother and Mrs. E a r l y McGhee; Brother and Mrs. Eddie P a l m e r ; Brother Dr. Claude Kingslow and his mate, Lula; Brother and Mrs. J o e T u r n e r ; Brother Cortez Reece, who rendered selections on the Solovox; Brother Julius Tonsler, Brother Aubrey Jackson, and Brother Dr. and Mrs. H e n r y Whisiker; and Brother and Mrs. Eddie Hebert. All in all the anniversary had t h e appearance of a Grand Alpha Conclave. Brother Martin, a n a t i v e Bostonian, former President of Sigma Chapter and of Alpha Zeta L a m b d a Chapter, first saw t h e light of Alpha in 1918, while he was blazing gridiron for his alma mater, Tufts College. He captained this college team in 1920. H e was t h e dynamic president of Sigma Chapter during the era when Sigma more t h a n held its own in t h e greater Boston area. I n t e r f r a t e r n a l basketball was initiated there through his personal interest and sponsorship. First it was a game between Alpha and Omegas, back in 1923. The score was Alpha 20, Omega, 14. One of the first chapter houses to be established

anywhere in the country was planned and brought to fruition a t 558 Mass. Avenue through Brother Martin's personal interest and efforts. To Alpha Zeta L a m b d a Chapter, Bluefield, Brother M a r t i n has brought t h a t same Alpha spirit which manifested itself so much during his undergraduate and his g r a d u a t e school years. Two of the Anniversary guests had been associated with Brother M a r t i n during his college days. They were Brother Taylor who twenty-five years before honored Brother and Mrs. M a r t i n with a gala p a r t y in Boston, shortly after their m a r r i a g e ; and Brother Galloway who played on Tufts football team during Brother M a r t i n ' s college days there. Gifts were magnificent. Felicitations came b y mail, telegrams, and b y telephones. " I t is a privilege for Alpha Zeta L a m b d a Chapter to have as one of its brothers a personality of unbounding energy and truthful sincerity," is t h e sentiment expressed by his chapter in Bluefield. Brother M a r t i n is engaged in t h e practice of dentistry and is a member of t h e Staff of L a k i n S t a t e Hospital in t h e capacity of Oral Surgeon.

ing community projects ever sponsored b y a local chapter can be accredited to B e t a E t a L a m b d a Chapter, Oklahoma City. Brothers of this fine and enterprising chapter were largely responsible for g e t t i n g out the April 15th Edition of the Oklahoma City T H E BLACK D I S P A T C H , largest publication in the state, and one of the most widely read in t h e Southwest. Most of the leading articles were w r i t t e n b y Alpha men, and they also took a hand in selling advertising copy, checking over typographical errors and giving substantial help in the mechanical and circulation dep a r t m e n t s of the newspaper. This splendid gesture must have brought

forth a delightful beam on t h e aging countenance of hard-hitting, and m i l i t a n t Editor Roscoe Dungee, who for more t h a n t h i r t y years has fought t h e battles of his race without fear or compromise. I t revealed more t h a n words can express t h e sense of responsibility this chapter has toward the community. There is small wonder though, because B e t a E t a L a m b d a still is possessed with t h e never dying spirit of t h e L a t e L. L. McGee, who served Alpha with distinction as i t s dynamic president during t h e formative stages of the organization; and in t h e capacity as E d i t o r of t h e Sphinx, official publication of Alpha. He was donor of McGee Cup.

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Muriel Ralm at Albany State College

i i i s s MUEEEL RAHN, concert and • ' * opera soprano u ho appeared in concert a t Albany-State College during midspring. She is shown autographing one of the programs for Brother Dr. Aaron Brown, president of the college. Others seen in the picture are Mrs. Aaron Brown, and Charles Rugg, accomplished musician who

accompanied Miss Rahn a t the piano. Miss Bahn is the wife of Brother Diek Campbell, public relations director of Alpha P h i Alpha. Brother Brown is serving as southern vice president. He first saw the light as an Alpha man at Talladega College where he was initiated into the F r a t e r n i t y by Alpha Beta Chapter.

Africa Like A Volcano On Race Issues, Bro. Logan k l E G R O P E O P L E , including Africans, 1 ^ are not going to accept much longer the exploitation, segregation and discrimination which have been imposed upon them for hundreds of years, declared Dr. Rayford W. Logan, professor of History a t Howard University. Brother Dr. Logan is a P a s t General President of Alpha P h i Alpha F r a t e r n i t y and presently serves as Chairman International Relations. Speaking at the first meeting of the Annual Festival of Fine Arts, held a t Howard's Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, Dr. Logan pointed out t h a t few people in high places in the United States seem to realize that Africa is sitting on a volcano of pent-up h a t r e d t h a t is a p t to erupt at any time. Talking about "African Nationalism and the Cold War," Brother Logan explained that State Department officials and other American leaders are afraid t h a t South and Southeast Asia will follow China, but they don't believe t h a t Africa might also join in this march of Communism; so they do not bother about her. Europeans have a contempt for Africans, he said, because t h e y don't think t h e African people are willing to fight and die for their independence. But, he added,


Africans have accepted suppression and exploitation for the past 500 years and they are not. going to sit quietly by and continue to be segregated and discriminated against. Although Africa is not t h r e a t e n i n g and not issuing any warning it is feared t h a t unless she is given self-government soon, she will explode. The Soviet is standing by ready to inflate the hatred t h a t is brewing in t h a t country. The people of Africa are determined to get their independence even if they have to accept aid from the Communists. "The Africans will soon walk the world with dignity like any other m a n " predicted the speaker. Brother Logan reminded his audience that on December 10, 1948 t h e General Assembly of the United Nations, with the Soviet Bloc and the Union of South Africa abstaining, approved the universal legislation of Human Rights. This document claims to "provide a yardstick by which we «-an measure our short comings." I t is now merely an ideal. In order for this declaration to be binding, it must be incorporated into a t r e a t y called a " d r a f t convena nt of Human Rights." This t r e a t y must be drawn up and ratified b y the Senate of the United States and other member nations. "We're faced w i t h t h e case^ of the missing articles," he emphasized.

May, 1950 F r o m Bottom of P a g e 19 Brothers who aided in the publication of the BLACK D I S P A T C H were J . M. Jenkins, Kenneth Hudson, Dr. F r a n k Cox, Mere<litli Mathews, Otis A. Freeman, chapter secretary; L. B. N u t t e r , I r a D. Hall, J o h n Dungee, W. H. Tolliver, E. W. Tolliver, C. E. Bell, R. E. Oliver, P a u l Strong, Moses Miller, Ferguson Brooks, Rev. W. Taft Watts, Albert Alexander, A. Hebert, J u l i u s If. Hughes, H. L. P a r k e r , J . L. White Marshall Gamble, Dr. J . M. Littlepage, Dr. E. A. Owens, Dr. E . C. Moon, Sr., G. C. Hamilton, L. A. Breaux, Dr. G. E. Finley, F r a n k Mead, William A. Johnson, T. M. Crisp, and Searcy Bailey. SALUTE TO E H O LAMBDA—for t h e publication of its 1950 Activities Calendar of E v e n t s . P a r t i c u l a r l y striking and appropriate is the picture of Mrs. Archie E . Singleton, affectionately known throughout Alphadom as "Mother" of Alpha P h i Alpha F r a t e r n i t y . I t was in her home in Ithaca, New York the F r a t e r n i t y was born December 4, 1906. " M o t h e r " Singleton, who i s now a resident of Buffalo, has remained in close touch with her Alpha boys through almost forty-five years. Only three of her original "Alpha sons" survive. They a r e Jewels George B. Kelly, of Troy, New York; Jewel Henry Callis, of Washington, D. C ; and Jewel Nathaniel A. Murray, of Los Angeles, California. Jewel Vertner W Tandy, designer of the Alpha badge, passed last November. The Calender of Activities also carries a list of meeting places for t h e year, roster of officers for both the graduate chapter and Delta Epsilon, reecntly organized u n d e r g r a d u a t e chapter Buffalo University; and a brief history of chapter projects, membership roster, and standing committees. The pocket-size folder is worthy of emulation by other chapters. D E A N A R M I S T E A D S. P R I D E - h e a d of the School of Journalism a t Lincoln University, Mo., has been elected into membership of the American Society of Journalism School Administrators. Announcement of acceptance of Brother Pride was made b y LJwight Bental, president of the A.S J S A Li his communication to the institution (Lincoln University), Mr. Bental, who is chairman of the department of journalism a t San Jose State College, San Jose, California, s t a t e d : "This action has been t a k e n by the membership of the Society following careful evaluation of your professional qualifications a t Lincoln University It presents a judgment t h a t your school of journalism meets the high standards and liberal philosophy of professional training observed b y member institutions and t h a t your membership will be a credit to our organization and to the cause of professional education which it serves." A salute is also due Brother Pride, who a T3 ^ ™ i v e m e m b e r with B e t a Zeta Lambda Chapter, Jefferson City, Mo for his successful completion of the required work for his Doctor of Philosophy Degree from Northwestern University


Dr. William L. Crump of Tennessee S t a t e A. and I. State College, Nashville, is the new editor-in-chief of the K a p p a Journal, He succeeded Dr. G. James Fleming, who " W W " ™l ° , r , l e r J ? i d e n t i f y himself with Who's W h o " publication. During his more t h a n ten years as editor, f»r Fleming developed the K a p p a J o u r n a l into one of the leading organs of its k i n d .

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â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Bermuda Vacations Travel Service, Hamilton, Bermuda. E P S I L O N T H E T A LAMBDA CHAPTER, Hamilton, Bermuda, became t h e 220th Chapter formed by Alpha P h i Alpha F r a t e r n i t y , and t h e first Negro College Greek-letter Society to set up operations on t h e island. Brother Bennie D. Brown, General Secretary, formally presented t h e charter to t h e chapter during an Installation Banquet held a t t h e Imperial Hotel. H e was invited to Bermuda as special guest of t h e newly formed chapter. Left to r i g h t : Bro. President Collingwood V. Burch, MCP.; Bro. Bennie D. Brown, National Executive Secretary; Brothers T. C. Stowe, Cecil Da Costa, Alfred Hinson, Lawrence Clarke, H. Roy Dismont, Winton Williams, C. A. Smith and H. G. Hill. Not shown: Bro. F . S. E u r b e r t and Bro. E. A. Cann.

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A t t o r n e y s Belford V. Lawson, General President, and J a w n Sandifer, General Counsel, shown standing before XJ. S. Supreme Court Building, Washington, D. C , shortly after Brother Sandifer had be en certified for practice in this highest tribunal. The two lawyers, along with Brother E d w a r d W. Brooks, of Boston, E a s t e r n Vice-President; Brother Theodore Berry, of Cincinnati, Ohio, former General Counsel; Brother William McClain, of Cincinnati, and George Windsor, of Washington, D. C , were successful in pushing t h e Elmer Henderson case through t h e U. S. Supreme Court. The death-dealing decision to segregation in dining cars on Southern railroads, rendered by the court in favor of Elmer Henderson, had its origiii in 1942 when Henderson, now executive director of American Council on Human Hights, was seeking funds to i n s t i t u t e proceedings against the Southern Eailroad for s e g r e g a t i n g him in a dining car, and unable to raise funds elsewhere, came to Alplin 1'hi Alpha F r a t e r n i t y and pleaded his ease. The f r a t e r n i t y , after being convinced of the soundness of Mr. Henderson's case, directed him to i n s t i t u t e proceedings in court, and alloted five h u n d r e d dollars to cover preliminary costs. A series of other legal steps followed, including the filing of briefs for the case. Over an eight-year period the fight continued until it reached the climax on J u n e 8, 1950, when the TJ. S. Supreme Court made its momentous decision.

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B E T A SIGMA LAMBDA Chapter observed A L P H A SUNDAY a t Talcott Congregational Church, Hartford, Connecticut, Sunday, April 23. Brother J a m e s W r i g h t is pastor. This date also marked the formation of t h e Alpha Wives, an auxiliary of t h e chapter. Shown in accompanying picture a r e brothers and their wives who a ttended services a t Talcott Congregational Church on Alpha Sunday. From left, front row: Brothers J a r v i s Arms, Bernard Brown who was in H a r t f o r d in connection with t h e membership campaign of t h e N A A C P ; Dr. Willard Coleman, A t t o r n e y William Graham, p resident of B e t a Sigma L a m b d a ; Mrs. Graham, Mrs. Willard Coleman, Mrs. Daniel Crosby, and Mrs. Joseph Bullock. Back row, fr om left: Brothers J a m e s Lee, Dr. Joseph Bullock, Daniel Crosby, William DeLoach, Rev. J a m e s Wright, Mrs. William DeLoach, and Mrs. J a m e s Lee. N I N T E R R A C I A L chapter of Alpha A P h i Alpha F r a t e r n i t y was installed F e b r u a r y 10, 1950, by the N e w a r k Chapter of the fraternity during a meeting held a t the Alumni House, 604 High Street. Guest speaker was Brother Belford V. Lawson, general president, whose address centered around the aims of the national organization and the current change t a k i n g place within fraternities. He declared t h a t no longer are these organizations emphasizing social activities, b u t are turning more and more to seeking solutions to national and international problems. The new chapter, which is to be located

upon the campus of Rutgers University, was presented its charter by Edward Brooke, Eastern vice-president. I t is the Delta Iota Chapter. Certificates of membership was presented by Richard T. Lockett, of Atlantic City, eastern regional director. Charter members a r e : E r i c Springer, president; Russell Sugarman, vice-president; Phil Johnson, secretary-treasurer; Roland Stewart, historian; William Leverett, Fred D. Wilson, Robert Leher, Archie Burke, Norman Levison, William Reid, Walter Malinofsky, Wilbur T. Washington and William J . Hopkins. The new officers of Alpha Alpha

Lambda were installed during this same service. They are as follows: President, James E. Abrams; Vice-President, H a r r y Hazelwood; Secretary, Arthur C. Williams; Treasurer, Dr. Ernest C. Richards; F i nancial Secretary, Phillip H o g g a r d ; Sgt. a t Arms, Logan McWilson; Assistant E d i t o r of Sphinx, Benjamin A. Collier; Chaplain, Phillip Hoggard. Bertram C. Bland, chairman of t h e program committee, presided. Guest members included Lois E. Sanders, assistant City Corporation Counsel of Jersey City, Dr. Marcus Carpenter, Dr. M. Morris and



Page 24 Henry Hoxter, Atlantic City. Members of the local chapter, Alpha Alpha Lambda, attending, included: DrB. Herl>ert Whigliam, Ernesl Richards, Collins Lewis, Aubrey Robinson, Clarence 8. Janifer, R. C. C a n , James W. Parker, Sr., Ernest Bacote and C. C. l'olk; Milton Taylor, H a r r y Hazelwood, Benjamin Collier, Phillip Hoggnrd, Logan McWilson, James E, A I.rams, Arthur C. Williams, Delbert H. Banks, Oliver Brown, Vernon Henry, Ollie Daly, James Eastman and James H. Hygood.

ALPHA POETRY From Verse to Worse Let me say as I scan the " f u n " I hid Not, " I wish I h a d " but, " I ' m glad I did.'' * * * God in His goodness sent the grapes To cheer both great and small. Little fools will drink too much, And great fools not at all!



There was a young lady of Kent Who said she knew what I meant When n u n asked her to dine,


Gave her cocktails and wine, She knew what it meant—but she went.




King Solomon ami King David 1.cil merry, merry lives, Sad many, many lady friends And many, many wives Hut when old age crepl upon them, With many, many qualms, King Solomon wrote the Proverbs King David wrote the Psalms.




There was a young girl named Anheuser Who said that no man could surprise her But Pabst took a chance Pound the girl at her A u n t ' s And now she is sadder Budweiser.




When I was young and in my prime I though! it great to have a dime; And so it gives me quite a pain To find myself that way again.




Tkfl sirens lured men to the rocks In days beyond our ken Now sirens work the other way They lure the ' ' r o c k s ' ' from men. oOo

SPEAKERS' table a t installation service of Delta Iota Chapter. February 10, 1950. Left to right: Richard T. Lockett, Eastern Regional Director; Jawn Sandifer, General Counsel; Bertram

May, 11)50 GAMMA XI LAMBDA Saint Paul, Minnesota (3 i l a d i n g s :

The brothers here in the upper midwest are making big plans for the new year and already have in the making the annual Spring p a r t y which was held F r i d a y April 14, in the beautiful Minnesota University Grand Ball Boom. We are sure t h a t many of you that were here during t h e midwest regional last year can recall the beautiful affair t h a t was held there. The president of our chapter has informed me t h a t all brothers in good standing are welcomed. So we are looking to see the brothers from far and near. Lots of things have happened here in the past several months of which I will briefly scan which concerns the brothers. Our Freshmen smoker was held in October and it was one of the best ever well attended and entertained. Our Brother R a y Cannon told the freshmen men about fraternities and w h a t an important p a r t t h a t they make in our daily lives. President Patton told us what our objectives were for the coming year. Bach brother introduced himself and told a little something

Bland, M. C ; Edward Brook, Eastern Vice Pres.; Belford V. Lawson, General Pres.; James E. Abrams, Chapter Pres. and Collins E. Lewis, Retiring Vice Pres.

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about the kind of work that they were doing. By just sitting and listening it sounded like the reading of "Who's Who" in the Twin Cities. The Brothers here a r e definitely the leaders in their particular field of business or profession. Our good Brother Whitney M. Young has been transferred from the St. Paul Urban Lague, where he worked M industrial secretary to Omaha, Nebraska, as executive secretary. The brothers here will miss him very much for he has been a hearty worker here in the community as well as the chapter where he held t h e office of secretary fur the past several years. Many opportunities that had never been opened to Negroes were changed through his careful planning and tactfulness as an executive. The citizens in Omaha will certainly appreciate him. New members are expected to join this grand organization and the associate editor will soiol their names in for publication. The initiation was March 3, and the dean of Pledges informed the graduate chapter t h a t they are really good men. F r a t e r n a l l y vours, COLERIDOE T. HENDON Associate Editor

EPSILON DELTA LAMBDA Talladega, Alabama Greetings Brothers: In the Autumn of 1949 four educators of Anniston along with eighteen other gentlemen from Sylacauga and Talladega saw fit to re-unite a common bond t h a t was already deeply imbeded in each of them. Thus you see the organizing of Epsilon Delta L a m b d a Chapter. Previous to having a charter granted, a majority of the meetings were held in Talladega. Since the g r a n t i n g of the charter brothers of Epsilon Delta Lambda have been rotating their meetings from Talladega to Sylacaiiga to Anniston. All the chapter meetings held since t h e formation of our chapter have been inspiring, entertain inn', and a source of real fellowship. F r a t e r n a l l y yours, L U T H E R D. W A R E I I Associate Editor

DELTA MU CHAPTER University of Wichita To Brothers in Alpha, Greetings: Delta Mu Chapter marked i t s initial meeting on March 25th with an impressive installation ceremony, presided over by the Regional Director Brother L. H. Williams. The installation of Delta Mu Chapter at the University of Wichita cited the climax to a struggle of five Alpha Brothers: Richard Cary, president of the new chapt e r ; Bill Ridgeway, vice-president; E r n e s t Bruce Jr., recording secretary; Theodore Madison, treasurer; Otis Hammonds, corresponding secretary. I n addition, three now men crossed the burning sands into Alphadom. They a r e Leroy Graves, J a m e s Flemons, and J o h n W. Johnson. The three new brothers are also charter members. The initiation-installation ceremony was followed by a n impressive banquet a t the Parish House of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church. The banquet was highlighted b y a dynamic address by Bro. Bert A. Mayberry of B e t a L a m b d a Chapter. Assisting in m a k i n g t h e occasion a n overwhelming success were brothers from

E S T A B L I S H M E N T of N e w Jersey's first â&#x201E;˘ undergraduate chapter of Alpha P h i Alplia Fraternity was an occasion t h a t brought several national officers and brothers prominent in the affairs of the E a s t to the Installation Banquet. The affair, held in the Alumni House in Newark, N . J., marked the birth of Delta Iota Chapter, with its scat at Rutgers University in nearby New Brunswick. The occasion likewise marked the installation of officers for Alpha Alpha L a m b d a Chapter, Newark, as well as formal granting of the charter to Delta Iota. From left, standing: Brothers H a r r y Hazclwood, Walter Malinofsky, James H. Haygood, J r . , William L. Reid, Arthur C. Williams, Wil-

bur T. Washington, Delbert T. Banks, Essau Broekington, William J . Hopkins, William G. Leverett, Norman J . Levison, and Dr. Collins E. Lewis. Seated, from left: Philip 8. Johnson, Russell B. Sugarmon, Jr., Eric W. Springer, Fred D. Wilson, and Robert E. Stewart. Officers of the new chapter are Eric W. Springer, president; Russell B. Sugarmon, vice-president; Philip S. Johnson, secretary-treasurer; Fred D. Wilson, dean of pledgees; ami Roland E. Stewart, historianassociate Sphinx editor, Members include Brothers W. F. Malinofsky, William Reid, and Norman !'. Levison. General President Belford V. Lawson presented the charter to Delta Iota.

Beta Lambda, Upsilon, Alpha Tau Lambda, Delta Eta Lambda, and Beta K a p p a Chapters. Delta Mu has the distinction of being the first National fraternity on the campus of the University of Wichita. Long before the receiving of a charter the Brothers at Wichita had embarked on an active program of achievement and uplift in the name of Alpha. Those fellows at Wichita 1'niversity as well as Friends University who desired to become Alphas were organized into a club supervised by the brothers. The group sponsored a successful financial project, gave a n iiin I,er of social functions and set forth a winning basket hull team. Emphasis has always been placed on high scholarship and good character. We are proud to s t a t e t h a t from this time on, Delta Mu will be doing i t s utmost to make Alpha continue to stand out first among college fraternities. F r a t e r n a l l y vours, B I L L T. R I D G E W A Y Associate Editor 0O0

will observe its first birth date. Delta Upsilon Lambda made its debut a year ago during a well planned program which w a s conceived with the rich and glorious tradition of Alpha in mind. The occasion utilized the abilities of each one of the chapter's charter members in presenting a most commendable program. Brother Newson, our Mid-western regional director and official representative of the general president and general organization, made a very forceful and thoughtworthy challenge to Delta Upsilon Lambda at this time. He officially welcomed the chapter to our great fraternal family as he presented the chapter elm rter. The brothers accorded the signal honor of signing their names as charter members of the chapter w e r e : Dr. C. 0 . Simpkins, president; Bro. James L. Robinson, vicepresident; Bro. James C. Leary, corresponding secretary; Bro. Allen H . Brooks, recording secretary; Bro. Adolph R. Spain, treasurer; Bro. Cordell Robinson and Bro. Hugh J . Thornton, members. Upon adjourning the formal ceremonies the Brothers journeyed to Camp Osfran on L a k e Bistineau where they were feted with an elaborately prepared menu of delectables. After a night's rest a t Camp Osfran, t h e brothers were treated to a b i t of swimming, boating, fishing and numerous other en-

Delta Upsilon Lambda Shreveport, La. Greetings Brothers in Alpha: On April 23, 1950, Delta Upsilon L a m b d a

Page 26 joyable activities. All brothers present received a souvenier in the form of an Alpha paddle with AI'A inscribed in the colors of the fraternity. Visiting Brothers from Alpha Sigma and Beta Sigma were present for the two-day accasion. l'.dta Upsilon Lambda considers the past few months ÂŤÂťf its existence well used. We have made considerable progress in: 1. Establishing a well organized internal structure; 2) Reclaiming brothers; 3) Cooperating in intrafraternal activities of the Pan-Hellontic Council and otherwise; i ' Cooperating with the community by providing < able Alpha Men for civic speaking engagements; 5) Cooperating with non-Greek organizations such as the bi-monthlv panel discussions of our local Y.M.C.A. Delta rpsilon Lambda held its annual installation program .luring its first meeting in 1950. The guest speaker for the occasion was Bro. 8. 11. New-son of the Political Science Department of ({rambling College. Bro. Newsom made adequate use of his (more than) 25 years of experience within the Bond. lie reawakened the brothers to their respective responsibilities. The occasion was enlightening as well as impressive. After the program the brothers were treated to a lavishly prepared installation dinner by Bro. .lack s t r o n g (Principal of Bossier Colored High) and his most gracious wife. The new officers installed for 1950 were: Dr. C. O. Simpkin, President; Bro. Collie W. Edwards, Vice-President; Bro. J a m e s C. Leary, Corresponding Secretary and



Treasurer; Bro. Allen H. Brooks, Recording Secretary; Pro. Paul E. Sardinian, Dean of Pledgees; Bro. J a c k Strong, Chaplin; Bro. Leonard 8. Barnes, Sgt.-at arms; Bro. dames S. Holt I I I , Associate Editor to t h e Sphinx. We are now planning a full seven-day observance of "Education For Citizenship Week." Our program will cover at least three cities together with the four high schools here in our immediate vicinity. We of Delta I'psilon Lambda are strivtnake each meeting cover a greater span of progress than the one preceding it. Fraternally pours, J . STOKES HOLT I I I Associate Editor oOo

BETA ZETA LAMBDA Jefferson City, Mo. At mid centaury, Beta Zeta Lambda is enjoying one of its best years. Beginning in January, when the chapter added to its fold Ambrose B. Lewis, Assistant Professor Agricultural Engineering here a t Lincoln University, things have moved at a merry pace, lirother Lewis is a graduate of Virginia State and Cornell University. His initiation into the fraternity made the Department of Agriculture staff 100% Alpha. The staff includes: l!ro. Dr. J . N. Freeman, Head of the Department, Bro. Robert L. Hurst, Bro. Alan T. Pushy and Bro. 0. E. Dickinson, who is presently on leave. During the same meeting, Dr. A. R. Mad-

Delta Upsilon Lambda Receives Charter

DURING establishment ceremonies of Delta Upsilon Lambda Chapter in Shreveport, La., Bro. Lionel Newson is showing presenting the charter to Bro. C. O. Simpkins, president of the chapter. Left to right: Bros. James L. Robinson, chapter vice-president; James C. Leary, corresponding secretary; Lionel Newson, mid-western regional director, Allen H. Brooks, secretary; C. O. Simpkins, Adolph R. Spain, treasurer; Cordell Robinson and Hugh J. Thornton. In absentia were Jack Strong, Collie Edwards and Isaac Greggs. Brother Newson, since the establishment of Delta Upsilon Lambda a year ago has become mid-western vice-president with headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri.

May, 1950 dox of Sedlaia, Missouri turned the gavel over to Dr. U. S. Maxwell, Head of the Chemistry Department who will serve us the year 1950 as president. Bro. Maxwell has been Treasurer of the chapter for the past ten years. Officers installed with him a r e : Nicholas Gerren, Vice-President; Arthur Pullam, Recording Secretary; W. Carl Gordon, Assistant Secretary; Dr. Alfred Farrell, Corresponding Secretary; J . B . Hylick, Treasurer; Henry C. Anderson, Chaplain; James D. Parks, Sergeant-at-Arms, and Huel D. Perkins, Editor to the Sphinx. On February 4th, we entertained the members of Alpha Psi Chapter in a Smoker a t the Recreation Building. The affair, which had as its purpose a closer relationship between the two chapters, was highly successful. Smokes, cokes, food, singing and real brotherhood made it a memorable occasion. The highlight of the March meeting was the showing of a travelogue on Mexico by Bro. J . D. Parks. These pictures were taken by Bro. Parks on his vacation there last summer. The presentation was a most enjoyable one. In an effort to observe the 20th anniversary of Alpha Psi Chapter here on the campus, the brothers of Beta Zeta Lambda presented the undergrads with a gift. This gift took the form of a substantial sum of money which was to be used toward the purchase of a new sign for Alpha Psi Chapter. Needless to say, the undergraduate chapter accepted our gift most graciously, hence, Alpha Psi now displays a bright new neon sign, the most beautiful sign on the "hill." During the month of April, this chapter had the privilege of entertaining our Sphinx Editor, Bro. Swingler. Bro. Swingler, who was here for just two days in connection with a Journalism Workshop, took time out to fellowship with the brothers of both chapters. I t was indeed a pleasure to have him visit us. He came to us just as the latest Sphinx was released, making it possible for us to compliment him in person on such an excellent issue. In May, we will entertain our wives and sweethearts at a closed Banquet-Dance out at the Musical Pig on Highway 50. This promises to be a swell affair and will end our chapter activities for the current school year. The Educational Activities Committee chaired by Dr. T. D. Pawley is in the process of sending out its annual Certificates of Merit to outstanding male students graduating from the high schools of central Missouri. The Gold Track Shoe, awarded annually to the high school athlete amassing the highest number of individual points a t the MNIAA Track Meet was won this year by R. Smith of Douglas High School of Hannibal, Missouri. Accomplishments of the brothers of the chapter include the election of Bro. W. R. Talbot, Head of Mathematics Department, to the position of Midwest Regional Director of the National Institute of Science, and the completion of the requirements for the Doct o r ' s Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University by Bro. A. E. Pride. Said Degree to be awarded at the June Convocation. Congratulations to you both. Beta Zeta Lambda Chapter extends best wishes to all chapters. "Our true hearts ever strive, successes' goal to gain, so that our fraternity's praises may be s u n g . " Fraternally yours, HUEL D. P E R K I N S Editor to the Sphinx



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The accompanying picture was token at the smoker given for Bro. L. O. Swingler. I h e following brothers of Alpha Psi were present: (Front Row) from left: Joseph Lewis, Frank May, Hubert Powell, Jo^n Franklin, Ihcmas Miller and Gus Ridgel. (Second Row) Left: Joseph Trigg, Jr., Eddie Madison, William M. Jackson, Willi xm Harris, John Phillips, Roderick Cole, OdeU Pritchett, Brother Swingler, Boyd Burnett, Ross Pearly, Cleveland Williams, Alvin Washington, Austin Dewney and John Payton. (Top Row) from left: Clifton Reed, Robert Reece, and Earnest Anderson.








BETA ZETA LAMBDA Chapter, honored guest Bro. Lewis O. Swingler, and visiting Brothers to the Journalism Workshop held at Lincoln University April 24 and 25. Front Row: (From left Brothers James Seeney, Dr. A. S. Pride, Dr. TJ. S. Maxwell, and Arthur Pullam. Second Row: President Sherman D. Scruggs, Bro. Morgan, visiting brother; E. G. Rodgers, Nicholas Gerren, Dr. J. N. Freeman, Henry C. Anderson, Maurice Grant, visiting brother. Third Row: Brothers H. D. Perkins, A. B. Lewis and Dr. Alfred Farrell. Members of Beta Zeta Lambda not pictured are Brothers Dr. A. R. Maddox, Dr. N. P. Barksdale, J. B. Hylick, Dr. W. H. Madison, Louis Hunley, and W. Carl Gordon.

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Beta Sigma Lambda Gives Lenten Tea

P H O T O : Mrs. F r a n k T. Simpson, and Mrs. Joseph M. Bullock, both Alpha wives, are seated a t the table (left and r i g h t end), while Brothers Attorney William D. Graham, chapter president, B a r t o n Beatty, of Hampton, and William DeLoach, chairman of t h e program, chat with each other. B E T A SIGMA LAMBDA Chapter gave a " Lenten Tea a1 the Women's League Auditorium, Bartford, Connecticut. A capacity audience was on hand to hear solos by Esther DeLoach Watson, talented local soprano, and Phil Hall, popular baritone. Alpha Wives prepared the tasty menu and poured a t the beautifully decorated tea table. High spot of the event was the brief address made by Brother Barton Beatty, Hampton Institute Public Relations Director, who was in the eity as representative of the United Negro College F u n d Drive. â&#x20AC;˘


possess outstanding leadership qualities, and beal every one else t a k i n g the test. Last years' recipient was Lawrence A. Reed, g r a d u a t e of Dunbar High School, Okmulgee. According to the dean of the liberal arts school of Morehouse College, young Reeil has made the honors list for the first semester and is an active particip a n t in the extra-curricular life of the school. The chapter feels r a t h e r proud of its project and of the young men affected by it. F r a t e r n a l l y yours, H. F . V. WILSON Associate Editor oOo

ALPHA TAU LAMBDA Tulsa, Oklahoma

DELTA IOTA CHAPTER Rutgers University

A L P H A TAU LAMBDA, from the "Oil * Âť Capital of the World," sends greetings to brothers all over the world. The chapter, under the sterling leadership of Bro. " B o b " Fairchild is embarked upon a program of civic and social betterment t h a t has made its Impact upon this section of t h e nation. "Alpha" has become synonymous with all t h a t is great and good and selfless. On the evening of April 21, t h e beautifully appointed home of Bro. Dr. and Mrs. E. L. Hairston was the scene of the annual p a r t y for Alpha wives and sweethearts. Despite the f a d that the affair was strictly "family," the fun and food dispensed made it, as usual, the high point in the soeial season. The p a r t y is now a traditional "must," it being bruited about t h a t nt least one brother stays financial because of it and t h a t it is another's sole appeal to his biily line. Bro. Tollie H a r r i s and his party committee m a k e it so. On April 27, Bros. A. L. Morgan, F . H. Parker, C. L. Cole and Booker Brown will administer comprehensive tests for the annual one hundred dollar scholarship to go to some outstanding senior high school boy in the Tulsa area. The only restriction on the award is ,that the lad apply the amount received on his collegiate expenses,

Greetings Brothers: February of this year culminated in t h e formation of another chapter in Alpha P h i Alpha history with the birth of Delta I o t a Chapter, Rutgers University. Delta I o t a is the first undergraduate chapter of Alpha in the State of New Jersey. Let us turn back the pages and relive some of the highlights of Delta Iota's origin: The initial organization between spring of 1948 and December of the same year dealt with the pledging and initiation of the charter members of this chapter: Armstead O. B u r k e ; Philip S. Johnson, Secretary - t r e a s u r e r ; Robert L e h r e r ; William G. L e v e r e t t ; Eric W. Springer, President; Roland E. Stewart, Historian-Associate Editor; Russell B. Sugarmon, ViceP r e s i d e n t ; and Fred D. Wilson, Dean of Pledges; In April 1949, official campus recognit ion was given Alpha P h i Alpha a t Rutgers through the Targum campus newspaper, which commended the Student Council's approval of the Alpha P h i Alpha Constitution as an interracial inter-faith link. L a t e r in May, the I n t e r f r a t e r n i t y Council also stamped its assent on the Rutgers Chapter. H a v i n g obtained official approval from the administration, t h e I F C , and the Student Council, Rutgers Chapter

May, 1950 continued to offset the vacillation of its number which varied obistically between sixteen and twenty-four. After the summer recess, Rutgers Chapter once again renewed its drive to secure and maintain the elusive twenty men, this time being thwarted by the graduation of threa brothers ami numerous Sphinxmen. Upon initiation of neophyte Brothers Norman P . Levison Walter F . Malinofsky, and William I-. Beid in Dei-ember 1949, the original Alpha Phi Alpha requirement was once again attained and the elusive Rutgers t w e n t y requirement bieked but two adding Sphinxmen Klisha Brown, Roger Benson Mar/ell Dixon, Lodric K. Harris, P a u l Harris, W a r r e n Henry, Clarence Nealy, Walter Sekela, I r v i n g Verasloff, and G a r r e t t Yanagi. 1 bieked b y the Alumni I n t e r f r a t e r n i t y Council which had to and did approve t h e chapter, Kutgers Chapter, in J a n u a r y 1950, was given the final green light, save granting of the chapter charter, to assume campus status as well as recognition. On F e b r u a r y 10, 1950, a t the Alumni House in Newark, New Jersey, as guests of Alpha Alpha L a m b d a Chapter, General President Belford Lawson and E a s t e r n Vice-President E d w a r d W. Brooke presented to Rutgers Chapter its charter for Delta I o t a Chapter. Getting back to the scene, we find considerable extracurricular a c t i v i t y on t h e part of Delta I o t a Chapter. Brother Fred Wilson is dependently active in track while Brothers Springer and Sugarmon have made large contributions to t h e Scarlet 150-pound football team. In the varsity department, we find Sphinxman Elislui Brown playing with the football men. Brother Leverett, in his undergraduate days was almost universal in athletic competition. On the non-athletic side of t h e ledger, Alpha has Brother Springer on the staff of the Antho, the campus literary magazine, Brother Johnson an assistant in t h e Physics lab. Brothers Springer and Stewart active in WRSU, the student radio station, and Brother Malinofsky, an outstanding member of the Booster Club. Brother Malinofsky was chairman of the football rallies and instrumental in Alpha P h i Alpha's selection for staging the coveted annual Princeton Bonfire. As a whole, during the newly formed "Greek Week" on Rutgers Campus, this year between February 19 and 26, Delta Iota took p a r t in the rushing campaign and attended t h e final day's I n t e r f r a t e r n i t y Banquet en masse. Delta I o t a Chapter looks forward to increased activity on t h e Rutgers Campus in order for its presence to be traditionally heard and felt here. The members intend to hold high the finely tuned ideals of Alpha P h i Alpha whose regional officers and chapters have held Delta Iota's struggling hand in theirs. We speak principally of g r a d u a t e chapter Alpha Alpha Lambda, its members, and its fraternal well-wishers. A special vote of fraternal gratitude goes to Brother Collins E . Lewis for his guidance here in New Brunswick. Through t h e untiring effort set forth by all these men urging and coaxing us forward, they have somewhat cooled t h e burning sands of t h e road to our long-desired goal, Delta I o t a Chapter, Rutgers University. F r a t e r n a l l y yours, ROLAND E. S T E W A R T Associate Editor


DELTA KAPPA CHAPTER Alcorn A. & M. College Greetings: The Alpha P h i Alpha F r a t e r n i t y extended its boundaries to Alcorn A. & M. College the week-end of March 18-19 when the Charter Members of Delta K a p p a Chapter came through in a beautiful initiatory ceremony climaxed by a public program on Sunday in Oakland Chapel. Brother Charles H. Tarpley, Regional Director of the F r a t e r n i t y for Mississippi and Tennessee, directed the initiation which was followed by a stupendous banquet with the original menu of the frat e r n i t y serving to commemorate the glorious history of the fraternity. Brother Lewis O. Swingler, editor-inchief of the Sphinx Magazine, and editor of the Memphis World, was guest speaker in the public program on Sunday. Brother Swingler declared that "All Greek Letter organizations must cooperate in the pursuit of the common goal of helping to promote the Negro's welfare, socially, politically, and economically through higher education." Scholarship was stressed as an important factor to success. The aid which the Alpha Phi Alpha F r a t e r n i t y has given Negro boys and girls was given an honorable mention in liis explanation of the "Go to High School and Go to College Movem e n t s " which were sponsored by the frat e r n i t y to help arouse interest among our people in the importance of an education. The program was concluded by remarks from Brother Dr. J . R. Otis, president of Alcorn A. & M. College. Other distinguished guests honoring the new chapter were: Brother Herschel C. L a t h a m , Sr., President of Alpha Epsilon Lambda Chapter, Jackson, Mississippi,


members of Alpha Epsilon Lambda Chapter, and members of Gamma TJpsilon Chapter, Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, Mississippi. Charter members of Delta K a p p a Chapter of Alpha P h i Alpha F r a t e r n i t y Inc., Alcorn College, Alcorn, Mississippi


are shown from left to r i g h t : Jimmie D . Walker, Frank Crump, J r . (Sphinx editor), Jesse W. Whitfield (president), Willie Ma lone, Charles J . Wilkins (corresponding secretary), Thomas (i. Edwards (vice-president), Travis Eiland (financial secretary),

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Brother J. R. Otis, president of Alcorn A. & M. College is shown with four members of his faculty staff during t h e formation of Delta Kappa- Chapter on t h e Alcorn Campus. From left to r i g h t : Brothers Dr. J. R. Otis, president, H. A. Wilson, director of public relations, P. E. R. Ammous, director of mechanical industries division, R. W. Hunter, dean of instructions, C. A. Berry, director of s t u d e n t personnel. All of these brothers are members of Alpha Epsilon Lambda, first and only g r a d u a t e chapter in t h e S t a t e of Mississippi.

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Robert W. Magby (recording secretary), James (). Trimm, Ozzie Payton, Charles P. Patterson, Zeb Garner, .Jr., Charlie Paine, Charles ] . . Davis, and Lueious Turner, Jr. Fraternally yours, FRANK CEUMP, JR Associate Editor -0O0-

BIG ALPHA WEEKEND AT ALCORN COLLEGE A LI MIA I'll I ALPHA Fraternity's big * * weekend in Mississippi came Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20 a t Alcorn College. The occasion ushered in Mississippi's second andergra luate chapter, Delta Kappa, with chapter seal .-it Alcorn, Pre siding over installation ceremonies was Brother Charles Tarpley, Regional Director. He was assisted by Brother Lewis O. Swingler, Editor-in-Chief of the Sphinx Maga; ine, who gave the address during the public program in Oakland Memorial Chapel. After the chapter had been organize] with a membership of sixteen newly initiated brothers, officers and visitors from Alpha Epsilon I ambda, Jackson and vicinity; and Delta Cpsilon, undergraduate chapter at Tougaloo College, were guests at a banquet given in the college dining hall. Such prominent graduate brothers as Herschel 1 atham, president of Alpha Epsilon Lambda; and mortician of Jackson, ami Alcorn's College president, Brother Dr. .1. If. Otis, participated in activities.


May, 1950

Among Brothers shown in accompanying picture taken at Alcorn College, seated from left: Dr. R. W. Harrison, Srâ&#x20AC;&#x17E; of Natchez, Miss.; Dr. J. R. Otis, President of Alcorn College; Sphinx Editor, L. O. Swingler, of Memphis, Tenn.; Charles Tarpley, Regional Director, of Memphis: Herschel Latham, of Jackson, Miss., President of Alpha Epsilon Lamda, and John H. Spriggs of Laurel, Miss. Among others shown are: Brothers Dr. R. W. Harrison, Jr., of Yazoo City, Miss., Charles A. Berry, Robert W. Hunter, P. E. R. Ammons and Herbert A. Wilson, all of Alcorn Faculty Staff.

TRACK STAR HONORED At Ga. State College INURING THE first of the year the stu*~ dent body, faculty, and staff of Georgia State College acclaimed one of its most outstanding athletes in the history of the school. The Director of Publicity presented little brother Prank Prince a bronze plaque on behalf of i of the local newspapers for his outstanding achievements in the field of track. Prince, a entice of the Republic of Panama, came to Georgia State in lfi4S to further his education in the Hold of I'.iology. As much as he loves track, he has not neglected his studies, for his 2.25 average is evidence of thai fact. In the South Eastern Athletic Conference which was held in the spring of 1949 at geburge, S. C , the "Rocket," as Prince is known, paeed his team to a Conference Championship by winning the 88 yards in L.52 and the mile in 4.18. The following Bummer he made six appearances in the Easl and came home with three first place trophies. Among his victories is one in which he beat Setpn Hall's Phi Thigpin in the half mile.

In January 1950, little brother teamed with some of the top performers in the East under the New York Pioneer Club. In the first indoor meet of his career, the " R o c k e t " placed second in the Annual Metropolitan A.A.U. loon yards in 2.17.4. Not satisfied with a mere second, the Sphinxman came back with a 2.16.2 to take first place honors in the Knights of Columbus meet held on Long Island. Tn the Annual Melrose games at Madison Square Garden, Prince ran the anchor for a victorious N. Y. P. Club in the mile relay. After returning to Georgia State College in February for a short stay, the middle distance track star boarded a plane which carried him to Guatemala City, Guatemala for the Central American games. Wearing the colors of his native Panama, Frank Prince won the 1,500 meters, finished second in the 800 meters and ran a blazing 48.4 leg to pace the Republic of Panama's 1,600 meters team to a new meet and Caribbean record of 3.7.2. We the brothers of Delta Eta Chapter, have rolled out the welcome mat to receive our little brother who has definitely excelled in the field of track. By CLIFFORD E. HARDWICK I I I


May, 1950 GAMMA IOTA LAMBDA Brooklyn, N. Y. Greetings, Brother of Alpha: Gamma Iota Lambda Chapter is rejoicing. The chapter presented the ' ' One World Ens e m b l e " in its first scholarship concert a t the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The concert was a huge success from the point of finance and attendance. The one World Ensemble is a mixed group of artists, managed by Brother Dick Campbell, National Publicity Director of the fraternity. The success of the concert was due largely to the splendid committee of Brothers and Alpha wives headed by Brother " B u c k y " Holly. Gamma Iota Lambda has been lavishly entertained by Brother Boston, Edwards, Lee and Norman at monthly meetings. Gamma Iota Lambda prides itself in its unique possession of Alpha wives, a three year old permanent organization of wives of the members of the chapter. This organization has added prestige to Alphadam by the staging of three very successful cocktail parties for the benefit of the chapter and its charities and for the Ladies untiring efforts in getting their husbands active in the chapter. The president of the organization is Mrs. Dorothy Page, the wife of Brother Myles Page. One of our brothers recently brought much honor to himself and to the fraternity as well. I have in mind the reappointment of the Honorable Brother Myles A. Page as justice of the Special Session Court of New York City. I know of no one more deserving of such than Brother Page, who has scaled the heights; who has rubbed shoulders with the best that America has produced and yet he has never lost the common touch. And it is these two factors more than anything else, namely the successful job already done by him on the bench and his keeping the common touch, which won for him the reappointment. The Bedford Stuyversant Community Center, the director is Brother Albert Edwards. Eecently he had a very successful fun raising drive. The chairman at the initial fun raising breakfast was Brother " H e r b " Miller, who as usual did a very commendable job. The following Brothers of Gamma Iota Lambda Chapter serve on the board: Miller, Mahood, Redmond, Levy, and Gerald Numand J r . Brother Gerald Numan J r . was recently sworn in as a full fledge attorney: Brother Nurmand, Brothers in Alpha and Brothers in Gamma Iota Lambda in particular wish you much success. Gamma Iota Lambda was represented a t the Eastern Regional Convention at Hampton by our president Brother Joseph MaHood J r . and Brother Gerald Nurmand J r . Fraternally yours, J O S E P H N . THOMAS Associate E d i t o r 0O0

"Alpha Chi Chapter Crowns Sweetheart"


ISS LURABELLE CUNNINGHAM was crownsd sweetheart of Alpha Chi a t Fisk University. This was an exceptionally colorful affair in t h a t it featured the coronation in a twilight setting, the first of its kind to be held on the Oval—facing t h e historic Jubilee Hall Dormitory. • A touching musical background was rendered b y the University chimes, which included a pan-hellenic medley and the Fra-

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T H E S W E E : H E A R T and her a t t e n d a n t s are from left to r i g h t : Bro. James C. Christian, Miss Bobetta Smith, the Sweetheart, Miss Lurabelle Cunningham, Brother Alva Thornton, Miss Millicent Walker and Bro. James Stanback. t e r n i t y Hymn before the processional. A colorful processional pictured a dramatic scene as all Brothers of Alpha Chi eseorted members of " P i " Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority to the seene of the Coronation. Brother Alva Thornton, Presi lent of Alpha Chi Chapter, had the honor of crowning Miss Cunningham. The ceremonies were climaxed by a serenade to the new Sweetheart renderil by all brothers from nearby chapters who formed a giant " A " just before Miss Cunningham's platform. A closed banquet honoring the Queen was held immediately after the coronation ceremonies. Miss Cunningham is presently a Junior and an honor student at Fisk University. She is a resident of Atlanta, Georgia, and also a member of the Ivy Leaf Club of " P i " Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha.

ALPHA MU LAMBDA Knoxville, Tenn. Greetings: Alpha Mu Lambda continues to progress •is the months of the year 1950 roll around. The brothers have already given tangible evidence that the spirit of Alpha will carry the chapter through its best year ever. Jabberwock time came—The brothers as usual cooperating with other organizations entered a skit. Throughout the years that Alpha Mu Lambda has participated the shits have been of such quality that the name of Alpha has been high in competition. This year was certainly no exception as the 'presentation of " T h e Q u e s t " won second place. To Brother M. D. Senter, a wizard at writing and directing skits we express our appreciation. To Brothers Cowan, Holt,

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Newly elected officers of Alpha Alpha Lambda Chapter are, front row: Brothers Harry Hazelwood, Vice-President- James E Abrams President; Dr. Ernest Richards, Treasurer. Back row: Benjamin A. Collier, Editor io the Sphliii; LogM M c W ^ ^ B r t a f / S Sectary! 1 5 ^ ^ " ^ ^ " ^ L°UiS S a U n d e r S ' ^ ^ fT°m J e r S 6 y C i t y ; P h l U p H ° ^ r d " C h a p l i n , and A r t h W c W i m p s ' , Hodges, Siaelair, Alexander, Woods, Henry and Harper who gave such excellent poi trayals, our sincere thanks for a job well done. For tlie most beautiful affair of the season credit goes to Brother .1. I. Seals, chairman of the social committee and his associates. The Alpha formal was truly great: The ladies in their glamourous, eye catching evening apparel; the men in tuxedos and tails; the music of Frazier -Mem-Melds' orchestra provided an atmosphere that will long be remembered, Alpha men share a significant part in the civic, religious, and cultural aspects of the city. The Carl A. Cowun Park was named in honor of our dynamic president. Brother Cowan, along with other interested individuals wen- responsible for the beautiful site. Brother Cowan is a well known and capable attorney of this city. Brother George Lennon, Director of Athletics and Coach a t Austin High School travels about the conn try conducting Coaching Clinics and the like. He is one of the most sought after persons in his field. Brother J . Claude Woods, J r . ,

is a member of the J . C. Woods and Sons Building Company presently engaged in the designing and construction of a number of new homes. Holding the reins of the 1950 V.\F('A Membership Campaign was Brother A. (I. Houston, pastor of the Logan Temple Church, also active in tin- campaign were Brothers L. A. Jackson and .1. II. Harper two of the highest membership campaigners. The Campaign was directed by Brother Harold 1,. Dodges, acting Executive Secretary. Brothers (). T. Hogue, principal of Austin High School and W. II. Holt, Manager of the Austin and College Homes Project are the only names of a few brothers who are carrying on in the tradition of Alpha. Brother William Lawson, Beta Omicron Chapter, Tennessee s t a t e College was the guest speaker for the seniors of Austin for the Annual Senior Citizenship Ceremony. Citizenship Certificates were awarded by Brother C. A. Cowan, of Alpha Mu Lambda. Brother Lawson was introduced by Brother George Walker of Gamma Omicron. Fraternally yours, LINCOLN A. B L A K E N E Y Associate Editor

ALPHA PSI CHAPTER Lincoln U. (Mo.) <• reelings, Brothers: Alpha I'si Chapter wishes to extend i t s hopes for success in every way to all t h e brothers. When brothers step forward in achiev ent, Alpha moves with them. We in Alpha I'si Chapter have had a prosperous and lively year. Our semester program has been carried out very favorably thus far. Spring probation brought none new men across the binning sands into Alphadom. They were. Otto Bradford, Walter Booker, Melvin Crouther, Marion Franklin- Morris Kemp, Herbert Simmons, Howard Swonigan, Garland Underwood and Virgil " . l a c k " Wright. This year finds Alpha Psi making preparations for the celebration of its twentieth anniversary. The festivities and general procedure have a promising outlook. There a r e plans designed for both open and closed affairs. I n all, the anniversary activities. have a successful ring. Prior to probation activities the brothers


May, 1950 of Alpha Psi gave a surprise smoker for the Sphinx Club. I t served a two-fold purpose: as a happy get-together for the pledgees and as a means for improving relationships on both levels. We are constantly concerned about improving the Sphinx Club, as it is an important stage in the development and making of future Alpha Men. Bigbrother-pledgee relatioship should be given ample consideration. The graduate chapter of Jefferson City, Beta Zeta Lambda, gave a smoker in honor of Brother Lewis O. Swingler, our Sphinx Editor, who was a guest speaker here for the School of Journalism's Headliner Week observance. Within keeping with the close harmony between the graduate and undergraduate chapter, the brothers of Alpha Psi were invited to attend. The smoker was Indeed an occasion marked by enjoyment on the part of all. With the " E d u c a t i o n for Citizenship W e e k " programs, probation, and other numerous activities behind us, Alpha Psi begins preparation for its last social function. Yes . . . the Black and White Ball. It will be a gala affair with more surprises than last year's still talked about affair. There can always be room for more news, as we at Lincoln are ever on the move, but we must end here. Look for us in the future to be on the front ranks, holding the name of Alpha High. Fraternally yours, E D D I E L. MADISON J E . Associate Editor


Chapter Crowns Its

ALPHA DELTA LAMBDA Memphis, Tennessee Greetings, Brothers:


BROTHER MITCHELL TAKES BRIDE Member of Tau Lambda Saint Luke Church, Nashville, Tennessee, was the scene of the marriage of Miss K a t h r y n Hale Campbell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Campbell, of Nashville, to Brother Benjamin Lamar Mitchell, son of Mrs. M. L. Mitchell, of Los Angeles, California, Monday evening, December 2C>, at six o'clock. Reverend C. P . Raines, pastor of the church, officiated; Reverend L. A. Story assisted. Preceding the ceremony, Miss .lean King, organist; Mrs. C. P . Raines and Mr. Estil Covington, vocalists rendered nuptial music. The bride wore traditional ivory satin with chapel-length veil; her only ornament was a single strand of pearls, the gift, of the groom. She carried white roses and an orchid. Miss Phyllis Campbell, sister of the bride was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Mrs. â&#x20AC;˘ Ann Whitman, Gary, Indiana; Miss Doris Campbell, Nashville; Mrs. Ann Heard Hall, Tuskegee, Alabama; and Mrs. Leatrice Buchanan McKissaek, Nashville. Miss P a t r i c i a Campbell was junior bridesmaid: L i t t l e Ann Marie McKissaek was flower girl, and L i t t l e Arthur Davis was ring bearer. Mr. Calvin McKissaek served as best man. Messrs. Deberry McKissaek, Harold Buchanan, Samuel McKissaek, ami Calvin A. McKissaek were ushers. The bride attended the University of Idaho and was graduated from Tennessee A. and I. s t a t e College, where she is now a staff member. Brother Mitchell is also a g r a d u a t e of Tennessee S t a t e and is an active member of Tau Lambda Chapter. He is a member of the staff of McKissaek and McKissaek, Architects. Fraternally yours, B R O T H E R CLINTON D. CROOKS Associate Editor

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A L E X A N D E R P. DUMAS Brothers of Alpha Helta Lambda and undergraduate members of Beta Xi Chapter, LeMoyne College, united their efforts in sponsoring their annual Education and Citizenship Program on Mother's Day a t Centenary M e t h o d i s t Church. Guest speaker w;is a newly arrived brother from Philadelphia, who came to Memphis to take over managership of the local office of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Co. He was Brother Alexander P. Humas, who gave an inspiring address on the subject, "This Age in Which We Live." " I t is now incumbent upon all college Greek letter organizations to unite their forces for calm thinking and action about problems we are presently facing in this world of unrest," Brother Dumas told his audience.


i s s BOMALNE S M I T H of Philadel- - - phia, Pa., was crowned Queen of B e t a Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha a t the annual Coronation Hall by N a t h a n H. Beavers, President of the Chapter, on F e b r u a r y 3 in the University Ballroom of Howard University. A court of fourteen young women reigned around Miss Smith who Was dressed in a white gown or ravishing simplicity, and was cloaked in the Alpha cape. Members of her court were the Misses Natalie Stewart, .loan Carter, Gwendolyn Taylor, Merle Mitchell, Helen Brown, P a tricia Adams, Elsie Tillard, Joyce Dinkins, Marjdrie Webb, Connie Davis, Audrey Ilinson. Prior to the crowning of the Queen, last year's Queen, Miss .Joyce Momiw, escorted by Brother John Bandy of the Howard Players and dressed in black and gold, was presented to the guests, along with Mother Natalie Day. Brother Louis Johnson, a senior in the School of Music, led the brothers in serenading the newly crowned Queen with the Alpha Sweetheart Song and the Fraternity Hymn. The centerpiece was bedecked with a pedestal Of gladioli and yellow tea roses surrounding a throne of gold satin upon which the Queen sat .luring the coronation. Decoration of the hall which included amers and balloons was under the direction Of the general chairman of t h e Coronation Ball. Other Beta Brothers on the committee were John Cozart, Al Barnes, Eugene Massey, Carl Andrews, Charles White, Sterling Safrit and Al Collie!' CHABI ES P. HOWARD J R . He was introduced to the Memphis audience by Brother Lewis O. Swingler, educational director of Alpha Delta L a m b d a Chapter, and editor of the F r a t e r n i t y s official publication, the Sphinx. A native of Natchez, Miss., where his family has for more than a half century been prominent in the medical profession, Brother Dumas has moved to the forefront in the insurance field. He opened up the Philadelphia district office when North Carolina Mutual

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began doing business in Pennsylvania about ten years ago. His record in t h e Quaker S t a t e placed him among t h e top executives of district offices. He was transferred to the important Memphis District following an extended period of illness on the p a r t of his predecssor. Brother Dumas holds two degrees from Howard University, Engineering and Pharmacy, but he preferred in the final analysis business as a career. H e first saw the light in Beta Chapter, Howard, and during his ten-year stay in Philadelphia Brother Dumas was associated with Psi Chapter. H e was not in Memphis a week before he took a d v a n t a g e of the opportunity to a t t e n d a meeting of Alpha Delta Lambda and formally requested a transfer in "order t h a t I may never lose my active interest in Alpha." Selection of Brother Dumas as speaker on the Educational Program not only gave Alpha men from their own ranks in Memphis one of the bes1 they have ever had, but offered him the opportunity of becoming better acquainted with the people he will be working among as an insurance executive. Other participants on the program included Brothers Dr. E. M. Will;ins, chapter president; Rev. K. M. Johnson, chaplain; J . D. Williams, reading; Bay Anderson and Dee Kilpatrick, members of Beta Xi Chapter, who rendered respectively vocal and instrumental selections; Rufus S. Hawkins, who presented a full-scholarship to LeMoyne College through the institution's


president, Brother Hollis F . Price. One of the major highlights of the program was rendition of several selections by the Woodstock High School Glee Club from Lucy, Tennessee. I t is now traditional with Memphis Alphas to present a singing group from one of the schools of Memphis or its immediate vicinity. A reception was held in honor of Brother Dumas a t the beautiful Club Del Morocco. Brother Dr. W. O. Speight, Jr., vice-president of the graduate chapter, had charge of arrangements. Brothers A. B. Owen, Jr., Torris Toney, and Rev. H. M. Nelson eave devoted service in helning to make this year's program successful. Members of B e t a Xi, aside from participation on the church program, conducted a series of lecture tours to many of the hi"-h schools of the greater Memphis vicinity. They spoke to g r a d u a t i n g seniors ur<"-inT them to continue their education in college. During the fall-winter season plans will be made by the graduate chanter to observe its 20th Anniversary. I t is hoped that a full weekend of activities will be carried out marking the occasion. An invitation will be extended to representatives of Kappas, Alnha K a p n a Alphas, and the Alohas of the Greater Kansas City area to send to Memphis at that a motorcade of visitors as was done ten years ago . . . to five local members of the three societies first hand information as to what to expect at the tri-parte convention.

May, 1950

In Washington,

D. C.

MU LAMBDA CHAPTER Washington, D. C. Impressive was the Installation Banquet held by Mu Lambda Chapter during the first of the year. The occasion likewise honored charter members. More than one hundred Alpha brothers gathered at Dunbar Hotel for this affair. Among charter members present a t the banquet were Brothers Merrill Curtis, Victor Daly, Eugene Davidson, William Leo Hansbery, Louis H. Russell, James H. Saunders, and Emory B. Smith. Brother L. (). Bwingler was one of eight citizens of Memphis cited by the National Urban League, and the Memphis Branch for distinctive community service in advancing better race relation. Swingler, along with Prof. N a t D. Williams, of Omega I'si Phi Fraternity, and A. Mac.eo Walker, of Kappa Alpha Psi F r a t e r n i t y , were given citation by the National Urban League. The new high school gymnasium will be named in honor of Brother B. T. H u n t , principal of Booker T. Washington High School. No educator in these parts is more deserving of this recognition. The chapter is glad to report the recovery of Brother Jesse Williams, who was rushed to Kennedy Veterans Hospital for an emergency operation. Unitil the next time, best wishes for a pleasant summer season. Fraternally yours, J . EDWAh'l) COTTON Associate Sphinx E d i t o r

May, 1950 Communications, however, were read from several other charter members who now reside in other cities. They expressed regrets that they could not attend. Sorrowfully " w e noted also that the 'Grim Reaper' took the following brothers from our midst: Brothers Arthur Curtis, Joseph A. Jones, Robert H. Ogle, and Harold Stratton. After appropriate opening remarks by Brother Emory B . Smith, Toastmaster, and prayer by Brother Morrill Booker, Brother Clifton R. Jones, Eastern Regional Director, greeted the charter members of Mu Lambda, and congratulated charter members present for having the foresight to establish this chapter in 1023. Brother Curtis, on behalf of charter members responded to these greetings, and in his characteric way enlivened the meeting with his clever wit and humor. This was followed by a brief but extremely interesting and enjoyable address by Brother Marshall Shepard, Recorder of Deeds of the District of Columbia. Needless to say Brother Shepard acquitted himself with glory on this occasion. Entertainment was interspersed w i t h brothers of Beta Chapter who were members of the Howard University cast of players who recently completed a successful journey to Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. Their numbers were refreshing and enthusiastically received. Brother George M. Johnson, Dean of Law School, Howard University, installed the officers of Mu Lambda Chapter, reminding each officer of his obligation and the duty he should carry out. Brother Frank Davis, president of Mu Lambda, responded for the officers. Brother Nathaniel Beavers, president, Beta Chapter, also brought greetings from his chapter. Brother Alonzo G. Moran, president of Hampton Institute and Educational Director of Alpha, highlighted the occasion with a scholarly and timely address which will long be remembered by brothers who attended this gala affair. Brother B. V. Lawson, Jr., General President, told the brothers that the program of Alpha is being Implemented in all chapters and in every jurisdiction. Fraternally vours. A R N E T T G. L I N D S A Y Associate Sphinx Editor

DELTA BETA CHAPTER Bethune-Cookman College Delta Beta Chanter ;it Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beaeh, Florida grim with determination to make this year a most successful one installed the officers for the current year at ;i gay and SUmptttOUS banquet on Thursday, J a n u a r y 13. Officiating as master of ceremonies was tlie energetic, unassuming, out going 'President, Brother Archie Allen. During the eourse of the delicacies being serve I, Brother Allen expressed great appreciation on hehalf el' the chapter to the young ladies of the Home Economics Department (honored guests) for their artistic work in decorating the Alpha Shrine Room in Hal 1 . Primary Breakers at the occasion were Brother Robinson an 1 Brother Dr. Hartley, both of the Beta Delta 1 ambda Chapter, who in choicest words exhorted the new officers to a] hold the i teals an I lofty aims of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, A fiit Lng re ;• onse was made by the in coming president, Brother 1 awrenee Scott, a brother of dynamic 1 ersonnlit.v and full of potentialities, in whose regime the chap-



ter hopes to achieve great things. Other speakers were: Brothers Ray Washington, Andrew Hoodlum, Neophytes Ogebe Ogbu anil Marion Frederick. The new officers and their respective offices for the current year are as follows: Brother Lawrence Scott, P r e s i d e n t ; J a k e Miller, Vice-President; Ray Washington, Recording-secretary; Andrew Goodwin, Financial-secretary; Lucious Davis, Treasurer; Ogebe Ogbu, editor to the Sphinx; Marion Fredrick, Chaplain; Carl Harrison, Parliamentarian. F r a t e r n a l l y yours, OGEBE OGBU Associate E d i t o r -oOo-

OMICRON LAMBDA CHAPTER Birmingham, Alabama Greeting Brothers of Alphadom: A real pleasure it was to have had Alpha at its greatest showing and a t its level best on the steps of our city. The inspiration received at the convention has manifested itself to us in various forms. And the fruits of this manifestation are being seen in abundance. Omicron Lambda has revamped its program to become national in scope. Brotherhood has become our chief objective—the brotherhood of the world. We feel t h a t if through Alpha, we can reveal to the external world the binding powers of brotherhood, Alpha shall receive an added star in its crown, and we shall be proud. Under the wise and youthful leadership of our president Brother Dr. Isaac Graves, Omicron Lambda sparkles with its newness. Our Reclamation Committee, charged with the task of redirecting Alpha-strayed brethern back into the fold, has done and is still doing a marvelous job. Already we have had the return of several lost brothers with a promising indication t h a t many more will return. On our last meeting, at the home of brother George Bell, a quiet smoker was piven for those returning to Alpha's glory. Son"-s were sung b y t h e entire body heralding the nobility of Alpha. Our returning brothers were accented with all the honor and dignity deserving a brother With the summer months (our period of inactivity) closing upon us, we pledge ourselves to the improvement of our manliness and to the restrengthening of our devotion to Alpha. Our purpose shall be to bring to every brother the passionate love of comrades. For we hear in our souls fiber the call of the new Abdia and send a hue ami cry to the high heavens, "this is our Alnha, proud in its glory; radiant in its splendor." Fraternally vours, HKNXIE J. H A R R I S Associate Editor oOo

IOTA CHAPTER Morr.'s Brown College Greetings Alphas: During the following months, Ace are 1 lanning sei era) social and educational i ro•••rams. In connection with the annual Alpha Phi Al ha "Education tor Citizenship" week, lota Chapter has scheduled several programs in our chapel and a program to be presented in one of the city high schools. For the first time in the history of Iota

Panre 35 Chapter, it was decided to present an annual scholarship award. A $20.00 award, which is being given in memory of the l a t e Herbert C. P.oggs, offered to the Freshmen or Sophomore writing the best essay on the subject: "Till-; ROLE O F T H E COLLEGE STUDENT I N C I T I Z E N S H I P . " Mr. Hoggs was intrumental in establishing Iota Chapter at Morris Brown College. The Sphinx Club has accomplished several outstanding goals for 1950. I n February the Sphinx Club purchased and presented to the Chapter, a Sphinx Club insignia. No other Pledge Club, at Morris Brown, has an insignia. On February 14, the Sphinx Club presented its annual "Sweetheart D a y " program. At this time, Miss M a r g a r e t Fineher, a beautiful junior from A t l a n t a , was crowned queen of the Sphinx Club. Willie Williams, president of the Sphinx Club gave the origin and purpose of Valentine Day. Walter Stubbs presented corsages to the Sweetheart of the various Pledge Clubs. Tickets were passed out and the audience sang " L e t Me Call You s w e e t h e a r t . " as a large box of candy was i.resented to the young lady holding t h e lucky number. The program was enjoyed by all who attended. ' From the members of I o t a Chapter to Alphas everywhere, here is a h e a r t y wish t h a t your coming summer vacation will be both prosperous and enjoyable. F r a t e r n a l l y yflurs, JOSEPH JONES, JR. Associate E d i t o r . oOo

GAMMA IOTA CHAPTER Hampton Institute, Virginia Greetings Brothers: Gamma Iota has been a bee hive of activity since the turn of the half century. With the reports and objectives of the JNational Convention still ringing in our ears w e settle down to make the second semester of the school year 1949-50 our greatest in our comparatively short existence, i n our Snhinx Club of eighteen strong, enthusiam reached an all time high. A beautiful banner was purchased to add color to all public appearances and Sphinx hats of K old with black letters obtained to instill a sense of pride in the members Two impressive joint banquets were held with the I v v Leaf Club of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority as well as a motivating worship service in the college chapel. Brother Alfred T. Kynard, one of t h e original Sphinxmen of Gamma Iota, was appointed chairman of the Scholarship c S t t e e t o investigate and set c r i t e n a f o r the awarding of the chapter scholarships. Most significant of Ins recomniendaK £ " a s the naming of the scholarship awarded yearly to the " " ' s t a n d i n g male graduating senior of I'hemx High School as the Robert 11. Ogle Memorial Scholarship in honor of our dear founders. March found us busily making ready for what proved to be one of the most striking initiation periods ever witnessed by this college. Sixteen aspirants were ',..,. | on probation a u l wound up an exciting week of activities with a formal banquei with the AKA probates t h a t developed into an extravaganza. The A K A probates were attired in pink evening gowns an 1 white evening wraps and t h e Alpha probates in tuxedos and carried black neatly wrapped umbrellas. A brief concert by both groups was held on Ogden

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Hall steps following the banquet. Numerous brothers from Beta Alpha at Morgan, Beta Gamma at Virginia State College, and Gamma at Virginia Union attended the final initiation ceremonies which added to its grandeur. All sixteen men crossed t h e sands successfully. Civic activities have been carried on extensively. Individual taxation of the brothe raised funds to show free movies illy at the Hampton Community • 'enter for the benefit of underprivileged children of the community. Brother William V. Payne attended a State Convention in Richmond composed of both graduate and undergraduate chapters to discuss new proposals for civic endeavors. Contributions were given to the new Catholic Center recently constructed for its recreation room. Gamma Tots chapter is also working with the student Christian Association in its proposed Carnival the proceeds of which is to be used for grant-in-aids to be awarded to Hampton students a t t e n d i n g Summer camps in Mexico. Brother Warren Hatcher, as chairman of the Education for Citizenship Week Committee, worked out a commendable program which included a radio program over the college radio station, WHOV, encouraging everyone to vote on which all of the brothers participated. Also brothers presented programs at the Phenix High School of H a m p t o n ; Huntington High of Newport N e w s ; Carver High of Hillton Village; Bruton Heights High of Williamsb u r g ; Booker T. Washington High of Norfolk; and Norcum High of Portsmouth encouraging high school seniors particularly to go to college and to learn the qualifications for voting in Virginia. A splendid Sunday afternoon program to which all members of the community were invited ended up the week. There will never be a dull moment and the brothers of this chapter are extending a warm welcome to all brothers to a t t e n d to help keep the light of Alpha burning brightly. At our home by the sea the welcome mat is always out to brothers in Alpha and we and our Sphinx Club are ever striving to ascend to heights unprecedented and wc will never say die. Fraternally, A L B E R T M. MUNDY I I 0O0

A L P H A SCHOLARSHIP AT LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA.—was awarded to a member of the student body of the institution. He was Andrew 11. Ransom, of Wilmington, Delaware, member of the freshman class at Lincoln. Ransom was elected by the student body on the basis of his outstanding scholastic record and athletic ability, lie received the scholarship during the same time Alpha Phi Alpha presented its annual medallion awards to Brother Dr. W. E. B. DuBois, distinguished author and editor of the Encyclopedia of t h e Negro, and Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, president emeritus of Bethune-Cookman College where she served for over 40 years. oOo

RHO LAMBDA CHAPTER Buffalo, N. Y. Greetings, Brothers in Alpha: I t is with the combined emotions of pride and regret, that I report on the ae tivities of Rho Lambda for the current year. Proud of the fact, t h a t Rho L a m b d a has adopted a program far more extensive


than ever before, and r e g r e t t i n g t h a t space will not permit a lengthy dissertation, so t h a t all may become fully acquainted with the efforts we are extending in behalf of Alpha. In brief, the program which was enthusiastically adopted is as follows: 1. The appointment of a Reclamation Committee. 2. Rho Lambda's first activities calendar. This publication contains in addition to a schedule of forthcoming Chapter events, a picture of Mrs. Archie E. Singleton, "Mother" of Alpha Phi Alpha, who now resides in Buffalo, rosters of Chapter Officers, Active Brothers, Standing Committees, explanations of the Rho Lambda Teacher's Award and Youth Award, and a biographical sketch of J a m e s Robinson, J r . (Upon request, we will be more than happy to forward one of these calendars to any Brother.) 3. The two awards which Rho Lambda proposes for the year are a portion of our Education Program. The Teacher's Award will he presented to t h a t seconda r y school teacher in the Buffalo Public School System who has rendered the most significant contributions toward the development of more wholesome, inter-cultural attitudes among high school students. The male high school student selected as most outstanding in Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Vocational aspiration will be the recipient of t h e Youth Award. Both of these will be public presentations, made a t the Annual Educational Program in J u n e . 4 Memory of Brothers J a m e s E . Rose, James L. Robinson, M. A. Allen, J . MacDonald Bobb and James L. Waters who through the years have been summoned from the rolls of Rho Lambda to those of Omega, a Memorial Service was held under t h e guidance of Brother Father Osmond II. Brown. It is anticipated that this will he an annual occurrence; there is so little that we can do, for those who gave so much. Seemingly, a precedent is being established in Bho Lambda since your servant was appointed Associate Editor. Sometime during the course of each year, I have made known to you the facts which 1 feed aie conclusive evidence t h a t a Brother is oustanding. If I may recapit u l a t e ; in m i s I informed you of the activities of Brother Russell N. Service, who was and still is one of the youngest Executive Secretaries in the Y. M. C. A.; in 1949 the spotlight was directed upon Brother James Robinson, Jr., former GI and now attorney a t law. Now in Pi.ld, I am overjoyed to announce the name of Brother Father Osmond H. Brown—what has he done? According to Brother F a t h e r Brown, he has only done his job to the best of his ability; however, in an announcement made by the Rt. Rev. Lauriston L. Scaife, Bishop of the

May, 1950 Diocese of Western New York, Brother F a t h e r Brown during his 26 years as rector of St. Phillips Church has "endeared himself to the community as well as the church" and he has made " g r e a t contributions to the life of the church and the community." As a result of his contributions and in recognition of his tireless efforts, Brother F a t h e r Osmond H. Brown, became the first Negro Priest in the 161-year history of the Protestant Episcopal Church of t h e United States to lie appointed an Honorary Canon. He is truly a credit to his home, his church, his community and our F r a t e r nity. With sincere wishes for the continued success of all, I remain, F r a t e r n a l l y yours, R I C H A R D B. B L U E , SR. Associate Editor . oOo

DELTA ETA CHAPTER Georgia State College Greetings Borthers: Delta E t a Chapter, has planned for a successful school year under the leadership of the president Brother J a m e s Savery. Several activities have been given. A freshman Smoker was given in October, this occasion served for two purposes, t h e y are (1) The teaching value of Greek Letter Organization to Freshmen, and (2) To stimulate the Brothers. The observance of "Founder's D a y " was held in Meldrim Auditorium on December 4th, with Brother F r a n k A. DeCosta, Dean of Graduate School at South Carolina S t a t e College as speaker. The "Sweetheart D a y " was observed October 24th, with the crowning ceremonies t a k i n g place on the campus. The Brothers serenaded our Sweetheart, Miss Beautine Williams by singing t h e "Sweetheart Song." Brother Savery, president of the chapter presented a lovely bouquet of flowers to Miss Williams. She reigns for the year 1949-1950. Miss Williams was selected on the basis of her charming presonalty, character, scholarship along with her dazlingz beauty. She is a junior, majoring in secretarial science and her home is in Savannah, Georgia. Delta E t a Chapter welcomes into t h e chapter thirteen new Brothers they a r e : Crawford Bryant, J a m e s Bigum, E d w a r d V. Connor, Willie Campers, Charles MeDaniels, Arthur L. H a r t , J a m e s D. J a c k son, Eddie Lindsey, Richard Lyles, Edward Pierson, Maceo Taylor, J a m e s P . Says and Philip <i. Wiltz. We have continued to hold high t h e name of "Alpha P h i Alpha." We had several Brothers to make the honor roll and two brothers to make the "Dean's L i s t " they were Brothers Donald E. Adams and F r a n k L. Baldwin. We are planning to sponsor an Oratorical Contest in the near future and t h e contestants will be students of the local high Schools.

The chapter is looking forward to a successful year and wish success to all other chapters of Alpha P h i Alpha, Inc. Fraternally yours, C L I F F O R D E. H A R D W I C K III Associate Editor

May, 1950 ALPHA ZETA CHAPTER West Virginia State Brothers in Alphadom, greetings: Alpha Zeta is still on the road to glory and ascension. To begin with, Fall Probation was outstanding. Fourteen probates crossed the burning sands, bedecked in top hat, tails and flowing capes of Alpha's black and gold. I t was by far the most popular probate line on the campus. This was in December. In J a n u a r y of the new year, Brothers in Alpha Zeta met in Glassock Hall for the Annual Installation Banquet. The atmosphere was bewitching with candlelights glowing into the faces of the diners and enhancing t h e beauty of the guests. Our versatile Brother Washington Crofton was toastmaster, and it was he who introduced Brother A. H. Calloway as speaker for the occasion. Brother Calloway, principal of Boyd Junior High School in Charleston, West Virginia is a former athlete. And so it was t h a t analogies between fraternities and sports were brought to light, " F r a t e r n i t i e s , " said Brother Calloway, "are training grounds akin to baseball spring training grounds. I t ' s a place where rookies if they have the mettle and preparation can step into the big league and become successful." Brother Crofton, in keeping with the notion of the occasion next introduced Brother H a r r y Youngue, the president for 1949, who surrendered officially this office to Brother Paul Redden, J r . Brother Redden, an energetic leader accepted the office and offered an inspiring speech. Brother Dr. William J. L. Wallace, professor of Chemistry of West Virginia State College and president of Alpha I o t a Lambda Chapter, was present as a guest as well as Mrs. Willie P . Russell, Dean of Women. The festive Brothers of Alpha Zeta on t h a t evening continued the traditions of the Chapter by going to Fleming Hall where a formal dance was held. During the intermission, the Brothers sang the national hymn. Then, with the luscious and lovely Alpha Sweethearts, the Misses Sylvia Galloway, Lily Ann Moore, and Carolyn E v e r e t t in the center, the Brothers sang the Sweetheart song to them. Brother Washington Crofton rendered a trumpet solo as well as a vocal solo. Our volatile neopyte Brothers, H a r v e y Adams and Herschel Cohran, completed the intermission with their pantomime in swing. Mid-term graduation took five Brothers from the cloister of our Chapter. Brother Robert Peters receiving a B. S. Degree in Biology, was graduated as a distinguished militarv graduate in the Reserve Officers Corps. He was recommended for a regular army commission having received one of the highest ratings in the country as a ROTC Cadet. Brother Gerald Bobbins also received a reserve commission. H e expects to enter active duty on a competitive tour. Brother Henry L. Walters, a sociology major, with his graduation accepted a position with the Y. M. C. A. in Cincinnati, Ohio. Brother Frederick V. Davis, one of the pillars of our chapter, has entered t h e Boston University School of Theology. Brother Timothy Fuller has returned to the college in quest of a teacher's certificate in printing. Brother W a y m a n Mcintosh, a J u n e graduate, but who returned last semester for a


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teaeher's certificate, will enter the University of Minnesota for a Master's Degree in Physics. The two Brothers who returned to the campus this semester were Walter Buchanan and Eugene Unity. Par-Excellence is the name (or Alpha Zeta's basketball team, for under the expert coaching of Brother Horace McCarthy, the team was tops, the Zenith. I t remained undefeated both in the intramural and inter-fraternal leagues. The teams made several visitation games, one at Kappa Chapter and the other at Pi Chapter. Both teams suffered losses from the smooth machine-like workings of our Chapter. Brother Shirley Robinson received the honor as center on the All-Intramural team. Smaller Brother " T a n k " Harris received the honor of All forward. Alpha Zeta welcomed twenty-three new members into the Sphinx Club this seme-: ter. The new Smaller brothers are: Eddie Allen, Milford Archer, Allen Blount, William Blount, George Cowser, Robert Davis, Philip Kit/., William Flinches, Harold Jack son, John Jones, William Martin, Howard Matthews, Thomas Murphy, dames Mosby, William Parks, Melvin Peebles, Edward 1'under, John Scott, Nathaniel Steinback, Alon/.o Taylor, Lewis Williams, and dames Jackson, The creative talents of Brother Alton Wimbly once again were manifested in the Annual Jabberwock sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. As the theme pertained to holidays, Alpha Zeta had t h e good fortune of executing to the full its skit concerning Labor Day. Parades, lightning and thunder, and the usual antics of Labor Day were dramatized to such an extent t h a t Alpha Zeta gained second place, through popular acclaim and comment deemed Alpha Zeta the winner. F r a t e r n a l l y yours, T. H. M I L L S Associate Editor oOo

ALPHA NU LAMBDA Tuskegee, Ala. Alpha Nu Lambda has continued its program of making the Tuskegee community ever conscious of its presence. We are proud to the fact that the 35th Atlanta General Convention made its usual Pilgrimage to Tuskegee Institute and the Veterans Hospital. Since that time there has been a renewed interest among the Alpha Brothers to foster a bigger and better program than heretofore. This enlarged program first made itself felt with a vigorous campaign for reinstatement of delinquent Alpha men in the community. We are happy to report that this campaign has been quite successful. To date several Brothers have been reinstated, among them Brother G. W. A. Scott, Assistant Principal of the Tuskegee Institute High School. Brother Scott has been a member of the fartemity since 1909, and it is most interesting to hear him tell of the eaily days of Alpha and of the many difficulties that had to be overcome. Another feature of the expanded program is the publication of a monthly NEWSLETTER. This has well served to maintain the interest of the active Brothers, as well as create new interest among the slothful ones. While the Alpha Nu Lambda Newsletter is largely of local interest, we will be glad to include on our mailing list any Brothers of other chapters who will send us their

names and addresses. The 1950 " E d u c a t i o n For Citizenship" activities were again conducted jointly with Gamma Phi Chapter. Following the usual custom, speakers made appearances at the various high schools throughout the county, ami the week's activities were climaxed with a public program in the Tuskegee Institute Chapel. The speaker this year was Brother Nelson ('. Jackson, Southern Field Service Director of the National Urban League of Atlanta, Georgia. The speech was highly illuminating, and was well received by an enthusiastic audience of Brothers, students and community residents. Following the chapel program Brother Jackson was the guest of Alpha Nu Lambda at a smoker at the beautiful home of Brother Dr. E. E. Alexander. The occasion, including the delirious refreshments, was a most enjoyable one. NOTEWORTHY CHAPTER RECEPTIONS TX C H A P T E R S of the Eastern Juris diction united their efforts to sponsor what was referred to as the Jewels Testimonial Banquet in honor of the JewelFoumlei's of Alpha and their wives, and widows of deceased Jewels. "The mbers of the F r a t e r n i t y are fully cognizant of the meritorious achievements of these noldo, true, and courageous Brothers whom God gave wisdom and strength to bequeath to us our rich legacy known as Alpha Phi Alpha," the announcement read, and added: "We cannot deny the fait that the founding of Alpha with its humble beginning was a great conception. We wish to prove to the surviving Founders that their faith has been fully justified in the life of every Brother in Alpha by this demonstration of our profound gratitude for their vision." Participating chapters included Delta Iota, Rutgers University, N. J . ; E t a Chapter, New York City; Alpha Gamma Lambda, New York City; Gamma Iota Lambda, Brooklyn, N. Y.; B e t a Alpha Lambda, Jersey City, N . J.; Delta Mu Lambda, Montclair . BROTHER ROYAL W. P U R Y E A R â&#x20AC;&#x201D; w a s recently elected president of Florida Normal ami Industrial College, St. Augustine. A native of Winston Salem, N. C , Brother Puryear taught in the public schools of that city before going west to Texas. He holds the B.A. Degree from Howard University and M.S. Degree from Indiana University. For several years Brother Puryear was connected with YMCA work, having served as secretary of the Jackson Street Branch in Vicksburg, Miss. He is listed in Who's Who in American Education. He resigned his position at Butler College, Texas, to head up Florida N. & I. oOo B R O T H E R DUNBAR M c L A U R I N â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Native Oklahoman, is making an enviable record as a business man and world traveler. He is engaged in the export and import business of auto parts in Manila, Philippines. His business interest also includes a motion picture production company which produces movies in the Prilippines. Brother Mcl.anrin is a World War I I veteran. His academic education was received at Langston University, Kansas and Illinois Universities. He has traveled extensively in the Middle East, including Egypt, the Holy Land, and in such European countries as Geneva, and Rome where he interviewed Pope Pius. His father


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May, 1950 college and in the State of Virginia, have been enriched by his talented service." Dr. J . H. Johnston, Dean of the College, said "Mr. J . Harold Montague came to Virginia State College in 1933 and since t h a t time he has served with great distinction as Head of the Department of Music. As Department Head he took over the work which for long years had been done by Miss Anna L. Lindsay. With him t h e Department grew and the musical organizations and students trained at the college became famous in the s t a t e and nation. His life brought beauty to this campus and happiness to many who learned to appreciate the work this man did." oOo

Brother C. Harvey Mills Of Xi Lambda Chapter Passes At Wilberforce

Brothers of I o t a Lambda, Indianapolis, Indiana. has become a national figure for the nonsegregation suit he filed against the State of Oklahoma for admission in the state university. The elder McLaurin is now doing g r a d u a t e work at Oklahoma University as well as a number of other Negro students. 0O0

B R O T H E R DR. ALONZO G. MORON— president of Hampton I n s t i t u t e , Virginia, and Educational director of Alpha P h i Alpha F r a t e r n i t y , has been elected to the board of Trustees of the National Urban League. During the first of the year Brother Moron was guest speaker in Brooklyn at a reception honoring the venerable Brother Eugene Kinkle Jones (See Convention Edition, 1950), one of the founders of the National Urban League. This affair was sponsored by Gamma Iota Lambda Chapter. oOo BROTHER J O S E P H R O B E R T BOOKER— has been filling numerous speaking engagements as president of the National Bar Association, an office he was elected to during the 24th Annual Convention of t h a t distinguished body of lawyers in Indianapolis. 1849. A practicing attorney of Little Rock for the past t h i r t y years, Brother Booker runs true to the tradition of a great family name. His m a t e r n a l grandfather, the L a t e Ellis C. Morris, was president of the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A.; and pastor of Centennial Baptist Church, Helena, A r k a n s a s ; and his father, the L a t e Dr. Joseph Booker, served over a period of years as president of the Arkansas Baptist College. There are two Other brothers and two sisters, namely Attorney William A. Booker, of Chicago; Dr. Walter Booker, Howard University, both Alpha men; Mrs. Carrie Booker Neely of the Tulsa Public School System; and Miss Sarah Booker.

Brother Montague


O T H E R J . HAROLD MONTAGUE, BginiaR Head of the Music Department a t VirS t a t e College, passed on April 29, while enroute to the hospital. H e was chatting with friends a t a softball game and was stricken with a h e a r t a t t a c k which proved f a t a l . Well may it be said t h a t Brother Montague is a pioneer in A Capella work in Negro Colleges. He organized the A Cappella Choir a t South Carolina S t a t e College where he was employed as the H e a d of t h e Department of Music. His experiences a t Syracuse University where he received his Master of Music Degree were rich. I t was there t h a t he became the assistant director to Dr. Kwalwasser, Director of the Syracuse University Singers. K a r k Gerhkens, Andre Polah, J a c o b Kwalwasser, Olaf Christiansen, Ralph Baldwin, George W. Andrews, and Hugh Ross have been among Brother Montague's outstanding teachers. In September, 1933, he came to Virginia State College to head the Department of Music. Here again he organized an A Cappella Cho'r which has become nationally known as one of the country's leading school organizations. Many of the critics of music have praised the Choir for its p u r i t y of diction, for its tonal color and balance, and for its scholarly interpretations. In commenting upon the death of Brother Montague, Brother Dr. Daniel, President of Virginia State College, issued the following s t a t e m e n t : "In the passing of J . Harold Montague, Virginia S t a t e College has lost a professor whose devotion to music was an inspiration to the college community. The famous Virginia State College A Cappella Choir was established by him. The music programs, both a t the

r \ R . CLARENCE H A R V E Y M I L L S , SR., " educator, scholar and teacher at Wilberforce University for thirteen years died suddenly on Thursday evening, April 13th a t the Veterans Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. Brother Mills was widely known throughout the entire United States as an educator and scholar ef high report. At the time of his death he was professor and chairman of the division of humanities a t Wilberforce University. Born in Florida in 1895, Brother Mills secured his college training a t Dartmouth College where he received an A.B. degree in 1918; H a r v a r d University where he received his M.A. in 1920 and the University of Chicago where he received the P h . D . degree in 1928. The prominent educator has occupied teaching positions in such notable institutions as Howard University, Talladega College, A & T College, Crispus Attueks High School and the current tour a t Wilberforce University. Brother Mills was an outstanding student of the humanities. For his outstanding scholarly work as a student he was admitted to the P h i Beta K a p p a Honorary Society. Numerous additional academic followed. According to the records he was the first of his race to receive the Ph.D. degree in Romance Languages and Literatures. In addition, he was a Dartmouth scholar on the New Hampshire Grant for 1916-1918; a H a r v a r d University scholar 1919-1920; and the Daniel Webster Prize Winner. The noted educator was also a contributor to many scientific journals in his field of specialization. He published the "Etudes de Style" in 1931; and "Selective, Annotated Bibliography on the Negro and Foreign L a n g u a g e s " (The J o u r n a l of Negro Education) 1939. The Wilberforce University professor was a member of such learned societies as the American Association of Teachers of French; National Federation of Modern Language Teachers Association; American Association of Teachers of I t a l i a n ; American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese; American Association of Teachers of German; American Association of University Professors; American Folklore Society and the American Dialect Society. He was also a member of such fraternal organizations as Alpha P h i Alpha F r a t e r n i t y , Masonic Lodge, Elks Lodge and the American Legion.

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XI—kn 13—Wilberforce University and College of Education and Industrial Arts, Wilberforce, Ohio. President, J. Willard Vann, College of Education and Industrial Arts; Secretary, Sanborn Pumphrey. Box R 24. Wilberforce. Ohio. OMICRON—kn 14—Pittsburgh 19. Pennsylvania. President, Richard S. Richards, 6500 Meadow Street, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Secretary, William E. Green. PI—kn 15—Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio. President, Leon L. Yancey, 86T Herrick Road, Cleveland 8, Ohio; Secretary, Leonard Hamilton. 2250 E. 89th St., Cleveland, Ohio. RHO—kn 16—Philadelphia, Pa. President, Walter F. Jerrick, 1843 Christian St.. Philadelphia, Pa.; Secretary, D. R. Allen Durrant, 4500 Brown St.. Philadelphia, Pa. SIGMA—kn 17—Boston, Mass. President, Baron H. Martil II, 14 Wabon St.. Grove Hall, Mass.; Secretary, George A. Strait, 23 Harold St., Roxbury 19, Mass. TAU—kn 18—University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois. President, Robert Norwood, 1301 W. Clark, Urbana, 111.; Secretary, Stephen W. Duncan, 1301 W. Clark, Urbana, 111. UPSILON—kn 19—University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. President, Lawrence S. Lackey, 1101 Mississippi, Lawrence. Kansas; Secretary. Chester I. Lewis. 1101 Mississippi, Lawrence, Kansas. PHI—kn 20—Ohio University. Athens. Ohio. President, Alfred Jefferson, Men's Dorm., Box 158, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio; Secretary, Lucian M. Dixon, Box 158. Ohio University. Athens. Ohio. CHI—kn 21—Meharry Medical College, Nashville 8, Term. President, Randle E. Pollard, Meharry; Secretary. Perry B. Little. Meharry Medical College. Nashville 8, Term. PSI—kn 22—University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa. President, Ed. R. Harris. 2128 Christian, Philadelphia 46, Pa.; Secretary, Leonard L. Burns. 4517 Kingsessing Avenue. Philadelphia. Pa. ALPHA ALPHA—kn 23—University of Cincinnati. Cincinnati, Ohio. President. John Leahr, 5409 Ward Street. Cincinnati, Ohio; Secretary, Andrew S. Johnson, 505 Polar St., Cincinnati, Ohio. ALPHA BETA—kn 24—Talladega College, Talladega, Ala. President, Samuel Brookins: Secretary, William W. Andrews, III, Talladega College. Talladega, Ala. ALPHA GAMMA—kn 25—Brown University, Providence. R. I. ALPHA DELTA—kn 26—University of Southern California. Los Angeles. Calif. President, William Redmond, 433 Park Front Walk, Los Angeles 11; Secretary, Joseph A. January, 1353 West 37th Place, Los Angeles 7, Calif. ALPHA DELTA—kn 26—University of Southern California. President, Peter Dauterlve, 1430 E. 122nd PI., Los Angeles, California; Secretary, Albert Oliver, 212 E. Santa Barbara Ave., Los Angeles, California. ALPHA EPSILON—kn 27—University of California, Berkley, Calif. President, Jerome O. Hutton, 60 Oak Ridge Road, Berkley, Calif.; Secretary. Herman Lewis, 2804 Stanton St., Berkley, Calif. ALPHA ZETA—kn 28—West Virginia State College, Institute, W. Va. President, Paul Redden, Jr., Prillerman Hall; Secretary. Chellis D. Madison, Prillerman Hall, West Virginia State College, Institute, W. Va. ALPHA ETA—kn 29—St. Louis 13, Mo. President, Artie V. Whitmore, 3719 Page Blvd., St. Louis, Mo.; Recording Secretary, George H. Hyram, 4432 N. Market. St. Louis, Mo. ALPHA THETA—kn 30—University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. President. George R. Ricks, 1014 Emerson St., Iowa City, Iowa; Secretary, James C. Patrick, 1016 Garrett PI., Iowa City. Iowa. ALPHA IOTA—kn 31—University of Denver, Denver, Colo. President, Irving Andrews, 3223 Gilpin; Secretary, Harlan Porter, 2717 LaFayette, Denver, Colo. ALPHA KAPPA—kn 32—Springfield College, Amherst College, Springfield, Mass., Amherst, Mass. ALPHA MU—kn 33—Northwestern University. Evanston, 111. President, George R. Ricks. Emerson St., Branch, Y. M. C. A., Evanston, 111.; Secretary, J. Lawrence Patrick, Jr.. 1016 Garnett PI., Evanston. 111. ALPHA NU—kn 34—Iowa State College, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. President, Wendell Hill, 1060 14th St.; Secretary, George A. Lawson, 1180 13th St., Des Moines, Iowa. ALPHA XI—kn 35—University of Washington, Seattle, Wash. President, Clarence Pruitt, 3129 North Commercial Ave.. Portland, Ore.; Secretary, Carl Deiz, 3218 North Borthwick, Portland. Ore. ALPHA OMICRON—kn 36—Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, N. C ; President, Richard A. Benn, Johnson C. Smith University, Box 185, Charlotte 6, N. C ; Secretary, Harry L. Jackson, Johnson C. Smith University, Box 136, Charlotte, N. C. ALPHA PI—kn 36—Louisville Municipal College. Louisville, Ky. President, Robert T. Downs. 3233 Hale Ave.. Louisville. Ky.; Secretary, James M. Coleman, 633 E. Hill St., Louisville, Ky. ALPHA RHO—kn 38—Morehouse College, Atlanta, Ga. President, Jerome Farris; Secretary, Charles Moreland, Morehouse College, Atlanta, Ga. ALPHA SIGMA—kn 39—Wiley College. Marshall. Texas. President, Charles Harlins, Wiley College, Marshall, Texas; Secretary, Robert E. Jones, Wiley College, Marshall, Texas. ALPHA TAU—kn 40—Akron University, Akron, Ohio. President. Sterling Tucker, 199 Perkins St., Akron, Ohio; Secretary, John Crooks, 639 Bellevue, Akron, Ohio. ALPHA UPSILON—kn 41—Wayne University, Detroit, Mich. President. James Stephens, 4027 St. Clair, Detroit, Mich.; Secretary. Jphn D. Strauthers. 1425 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit. Mich.

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ALPHA PHI—kn 42—Clark College, Atlanta, Ga. President, James E. Woodard, Clark College, Atlanta, Ga.; Secretary, David B. Kirkland, Clark College, Atlanta. Ga. ALPHA CHI—kn 43—Fisk University, Nashville, Tenn. President, Alva Thornton, Fisk University, Box 368. Nashville 8. Tenn.; Secretary, Willie Fleming. Fisk University, Box 215, Nashville, Tenn. ALPHA PSI—kn 44—Lincoln University, Jefferson City. Mo. President Thomas W. Miller, 214 Allen Hall, Lincoln University. Jefferson City.' Mo.; Secretary, Gus T. Ridgel, 214 Allen Hall, Lincoln University, Jefferson City. Mo. BETA ALPHA—kn 45—Morgan State College, Baltimore, Md. President, Wilbert L. Walker, 1006 Fulton Ave., Baltimore, Md.; Secretary. Liston A. George, Morgan State College, Baltimore 12, Md. BETA BETA—kn 46—University of Nebraska. Lincoln, Neb. President, 1971 51st St., Lincoln, Neb.; Secretary, Earl Hunnigan, 2627 Binney St.. Omaha, Neb. .__ _ BETA GAMMA—kn 47—Virginia State College, Petersburg, Va. President, Richard G. Gilmore, Virginia State College, Petersburg. Va.; Secretary, Frederick E. Swanson. Virginia State College. Petersburg. Va. BETA DELTA—kn 48—State A. and M. College. Orangeburg. S. C. President, Theodore Pride, State A. and M. College. Orangeburg, S. C.; Secretary. Arnold Macklin, State A. and M. College. Orangeburg, 9. C. BETA EPSILON—kn 49—Greensboro, N. C . A. and T. College. President. Marvin A. Sanders, A. and T. College. Greensboro, N. C.; Secretary, Lawrence Hooper, A. and T. College. Greensboro, N. C. BETA ZETA—kn 50—Samuel Huston College. Austin, Texas. President. Ira Wimberly, Samuel Huston College. Austin, Texas; Secretary, Robert Gray. Samuel Huston College. Austin, Texas. BETA ETA—kn 51—Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, ill. President, A. L. Cartwright. 318 E. Oak St., Carbondale, 111.; Secretary, Walter H. Clark, 325 E. Jackson St.. Carbondale. 111. BETA THETA—kn 52—Bluefield State College. Bluefield. W. Va. President Paul A. Lee. Bluefield State College. Box 38, Bluefield. W. Va.; Secretary, Bernard S. Carter, Bluefield State College, Box 38. Bluefieid. W. Va. BETA IOTA—kn 53—Western State College. Kalamazoo. Mich. BETA KAPPA—kn 54—Langston University, Langston, Okla. President, Henry Ponder, Langston. Okla.; Secretary, Reymond Fortune, Langston University, Langston, Okla. BETA MU—kn 55—Frankfort, Ky. President, J. Franklin Allen: Secretary, Herbert E. Olivera, Kentucky State College. Frankfort, Ky. BETA NU—kn 56—Florida A. and M. College. Tallahassee, Fla. President, Joseph Anderson, Florida A. and M. College, Tallahassee. Fla.; Secretary, Walter Lang, Jr., Florida A. and M. College, Tallahassee, Fla. BETA XI—kn 57—LeMoyne College, Memphis, Tenn. President. Robert Eldridge. 250 Cambridge; Secretary, D. Morgan Kllpatrick, 291 Decatur St.. Memphis, Tenn. BETA OMICRON—kn 58—Tennessee State College, Nashville, Tenn. President, Arthur J. Williams: Secretary, J. Leonard Oxley, Tennessee State College, Nashville, Tenn. _ .. . BETA PI—kn 59—Lane College. Jackson, Tenn. President, B. Hardy, Lane College, Jackson, Term.; Secretary, James L. Triplett, Lane College. Jackson, Tenn. BETA RHO—kn 60—Shaw University, Raleigh, N. C. President. Allen Crooms, Shaw University, Raleigh, N. C ; Secretary. John J. Williams, Shaw University. Raleigh. N. C. BETA SIGMA—kn 61—Southern University, Baton Rouge, La. President. James J. Prestage. Jr.. Southern Br P. O. Box 9617, Baton Rouge, La.; Secretary, Anderson Williams, Southern Br P. O. Box 9647. Baton Rouge, La. BETA TAU—kn 62—Xavier University, New Orleans. La. President. John L. Finley, Xavier University. New Orleans. La.; Secretary, Robert L. Simpson, Xavier University, New Orleans, La. BETA UPSILON—kn 63—Alabama State College, Montgomery, Ala. President. Buren Snowden. Alabama State College, Montgomery, Ala.; Secretary, Ed. Nathaniel Moore, Alabama State College, Montgomery. Ala. BETA PHI—kn 64—P. O. Box 449, Dillard University. New Orleans, La. President, William Douthit; Secretary, William L. Edwards. BETA CHI—kn 65—Little Rock. Ark. President, Willie H. Mott. Philander-Smith College. Little Rock, Ark.; Recording Secretary, Lloyd Meyers Philander-Smith College, Little Rock, Ark. BETA PSI—kn 66—Oxford University, London, England. GAMMA ALPHA—kn 67—Texas College, Tyler. Texas. President. Aldridge McCurdy, Texas College, Tyler, Texas; Secretary, Sam Wallace, Texas College, Tyler, Texas. GAMMA BETA—kn 68—North Carolina College, Durham, N. C. President. Albert E. Williams. North Carolina College, Box 796, Durham, N. C ; Secretary. Winston R. Pearson, North Carolina College, Box 796, Durham, N. C. GAMMA GAMMA—kn 69—Allen University. Columbia, S. C. President, Jacob C. Tingman; Secretary, Calvin C. Rubens, Allen University, Columbia, S. C. GAMMA DELTA—kn 70—A. M. and N. College. Pine Bluff. Ark. President, Victor Starland. A. M. and N. College. Pine Bluff, Ark.; Secretary. Vannette Johnson, A. M. and N. College. Pine Bluff. Ark. GAMMA EPSILON—kn 71—University of Wisconsin, Madison. Wis. President, Horace Hobson, 1154 Williamson St.. Madison, Wis.; Secretary, Stanley P. Hebert, 740 Langdon Ave., Madison, Wis. GAMMA ZETA—kn 72—Fort Valley State College. Ft. Valley, Ga. President. Hiram O. Sanders, Fort Valley State College. Ft. Valley, Ga.;

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Secretary, William H. Alexander, Fort Valley State College, Ft. Valley, Ga. GAMMA ETA—kn 73—University of Indiana, Bloomington, Ind. President, William Herring, 418 E. 8th St., Bloomington, Ind.; Secretary, Donald Wood, 418 E. 8th St., Bloomington, Ind. GAMMA THETA—kn 74—University of Dayton, Dayton. Ohio. President. George R. Hicks, 572 Broadway, Dayton 7, Ohio; Secretary, John Fields, Jr., 812 Dennison Ave., Dayton 8, Ohio. GAMMA IOTA—kn 75—Hampton Institute, Hampton, Va. President. Charles H. Harrison, P. O. Box 63, Hampton, Va.; Secretary, John H. Palmer, P. O. Box 63, Hampton, Va. GAMMA KAPPA CHAPTER—kn 76—Miles College, Birmingham, Ala. President, Lorenzo B. Hayes, 850 Lincoln Ave., Birmingham, Ala.; Secretary, Ernest L. Jones, 1535 22nd St., Birmingham, Ala. GAMMA MU—kn 77—Livington College, Salisbury. N. C. President, S. Conaster Love, Livingston College, Salisbury, N. C ; Secretary, Franklin A. Stewart, Livingston College, Salisbury, N. C. GAMMA NU—kn 78—Pennsylvania State College. Pennsylvania. President, Wilbert C. Lancaster, Box 118, Jordan Hall, Pennsylvania State College, Pennsylvania; Secretary, Kenneth E. Carter, 218 Jordan Hall, Pennsylvania State College, Pennsylvania. GAMMA XI—kn 79—University of California, Los Angeles, Calif. President, Robert E. House, 642 E. 28th St., Los Angeles 11, Calif.; Secretary. Samuel McGruder, 820 E. 42nd Pl„ Los Angeles 11, Calif. GAMMA OMICRON—kn 80—Knoxville College, Knoxville, Tenn. President. Harold Ramsey. Knoxville College; Secretary. Aaron L. Smith, Knoxville College, Knoxville, Tenn. GAMMA PI—kn 81—Benedict College, Columbia S. C. President, Claudius Conner, Benedict College, Columbia 13, S. C ; Secretary, Frank Fair. 2208 Senate St., Columbia, S. C. GAMMA RHO—kn 82—Purdue University, LaFayette, Ind. President, George Younger. Seneca No. 348, West LaFayette, Ind.; Secretary, Edward Garrett. 325 Shutz St., West LaFayette. Ind. GAMMA SIGMA—kn 83—Delaware State College, Dover. Dela. President, Iley W. Murfree, Delaware State College, Dover, Dela.; Secretary, John E. Bush, Delaware State College, Dover, Dela. GAMMA TAU—kn 84—Michigan State College, East Lansing. Mich. President, William H. Haithco, 1306 Hyland. Lansing, Mich.; Secretary. Herbert H. Burnett, 318 Mason, East Lansing, Mich. GAMMA UPSELON—kn 85—Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, Miss. President. Felton C. Pilate, Box 398, Newton, Miss.; Secretary, Joseph C. Robinson, 117 West Elm St., Jackson, Miss. GAMMA PHI—kn 86—Tuskegee Institute, Alabama. President. Cleveland O'Neal. Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, Ala.; Secretary, David H. Fennoy, Box 841, Tuskegee, Ala. GAMMA CHI—kn 87—Pittsburgh, Kan. President, Henry J. Jones. 1008 N. Joplin, Pittsburgh, Kan.; Secretary, Harold E. Bruce, 1008 N Joplin, Pittsburgh, Kan. GAMMA PSI—kn 88—St. Augustine's College, Raleigh, N. C President, Franklin P. DeLaine, St. Augustine's College, Raleigh, N. C ; Secretary, John W. Hairston, Jr., St. Augustine's College, Raleigh, N. C. DELTA ALPHA—kn 89—Claflin University, Orangeburg, S. C. President, Charles L. Keels, Claflin University, Orangeburg, S. C ; Secretary, James Felder, Claflin University, Orangeburg, S. C. DELTA BETA—kn 90—Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, Fla. President, Lawrence Scott; Secretary, Ray Washington, BethuneCookman College, Daytona Beach, Fla. DELTA GAMMA—kn 91—Alabama A. and M. College, Normal, Ala President, Edward H. Oliver, Normal, Ala.; Secretary, Nelson Glover A. & M. College, Normal, Ala. DELTA DELTA—kn 92—Albany State College, Albany, Ga. President, E. J. Martin, 416 Mercer Ave., Albany, Ga.; Secretary, Terry T Pierce, 606 Cotton Ave., Albany, Ga. DELTA EPSILON—kn 93—University of Buffalo, Buffalo, N. Y. President, Joseph Beal, 420 Clinton St.. Buffalo, N. Y.; Secretary, William Powell, Jr., 248 Springville. Eggertville, N. Y. DELTA ZETA—kn 94—Syracuse University, Syracuse, N Y President, Theodore A. Talbot, 1409 S. McBride, Syracuse, N. Y.; Secretary, Arnold D. Duncan, Collendale. A-7, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N. Y. DELTA ETA—kn 95—Savannah, Ga. President, James H. Savery, Savannah State College, Savannah, Ga.; Recording Secretary, Lewis Vaughs, 767 E. Gwinnett St., Savannah, Ga. DELTA THETA—kn 96—Texas State University for Negroes, Houston, Texas. President, Charles W. Wexler, Jr., Texas State University Secretary, James Rece, Jr., 2734 Nance, Houston 10, Texas. DELTA IOTA—kn 97—Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N. J. President, Eric Winston Springer, Box 175, Rutgers University; Secretary. Philip S. Johnson. Box 175, Rutgers University, New Brunswick N. J. DELTA KAPPA—kn 98—Alcorn College, Alcorn, Miss. President, Jesse Woodson Whitfield; Secretary, Robert W. Magby, Alcorn College Miss.

CHAPTER OFFICERS-Graduate Chapters DELTA NU—kn 100—Maryland State College. Princess Anne, Maryland. President, Elmer W. Winfield, Maryland State College; Secretary Chester O. Walton, Maryland State College, Princess Anne, Maryland'.


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ALPHA LAMBDA—kn 101—Louisville 3, Ky. President, Arthur P. Evans, Jr., 1917 Yale Dr., Louisville, Ky.; Recording Secretary, Dalton M. Childress, 518 York St., Apt. 7, Louisville, Ky. BETA LAMBDA—kn 102—Kansas City, Mo. President J. A. Bradford, P. O. Box 293. Kansas City, Kan.; Secretary. James Alfred Jeffress, 1824 Paseo St., Kansas City, Mo. GAMMA LAMBDA—kn 103—Detroit, Mich. President, J. J. McClenden, 320 Alger Ave.. Detroit 2, Mich.; Secretary, Grover D. 571 Alger Ave.. Detroit 2, Mich. DELTA LAMBDA—kn 104—Baltimore. Md. President. Frank E. Walker, 1134 N. Fulton, Baltimore 17, Md.; Secretary, Simon H. Carter, 1526 Appelton St., Baltimore 17, Md. EPSILON LAMBDA—kn 105—St. Louis, Mo. President, John D. Buckner, 4246 W. North Market, St. Louis, Mo.; Secretary, Virgil McKnight, 6104 Colorado Ave., St. Louis, Mo. ZETA LAMBDA—kn 106—Newport News. Va. President. Hanibal W. Ridley, 819 22nd St., Newport News, Va.; Secretary, Clarence C. Johnson. 1119-A Marshall St., Newport News, Va. THETA LAMBDA—kn 107—Dayton, Ohio. President. Earle A. Williamson, 2345 Germantown St., Dayton 8, Ohio; Secretary, Charles L. Pitman, 336 Ethel Ave., Dayton 8, Ohio. ETA LAMBDA—kn 108—Atlanta, Ga. President, I. H. Burney. 186 Auburn Ave., Atlanta. Ga.; Secretary, Clarence C. Coleman, 529 Payne Ave., N. W., Atlanta, Ga. IOTA LAMBDA—kn 109—Indianapolis, Ind. President, Clifton V. Scott, 4071 Byram St., Indianapolis, Ind.; Recording Secretary, Anderson Dailey, 1145 N. Sheffield, Indianapolis, Ind. KAPPA LAMBDA—kn 110—Greensboro, N. C. President, Robert Haith, Jr., 900 Benbow Rd., Greensboro, N. C ; Secretary, R. D. Crockett. 527 Macon St., Greensboro, N. C. MU LAMBDA—kn 111—Washington, D. C. President, Frank F. Davis, 1443 Tea St., N. W., Washington 9, D. C ; Secretary, Verdie L. Robinson, 310 M. Street. N. W., Washington. D. C. . NU LAMBDA—kn 112—Petersburg. Va. President, Lawrence N. Jones, Virginia State College, Petersburg, Va.; Secretary, Clarence C. Gray, Virginia State College, Petersburg, Va. XI LAMBDA—kn 113—Chicago, 111. President, Atty. Charles F. Lane, 6227 S. Evans Ave., Chicago 37, 111.; Secretary. Penrose E. Goodall, 9431 S. Forest Ave.. Chicago, 111. OMICRON LAMBDA—kn 114—Birmingham, Ala. President, N. W. Wills, Sr., 1610 S. Delta St., Birmingham 5, Ala.; Secretary, W. W. Whetstone, 319 11th Ave., North, Birmingham, Ala. PI LAMBDA—kn 115—Little Rock, Ark. President, Dr. G. W. S. Ish, Sr., Century Bldg., Little Rock, Ark.; Secretary, A. A. Arnold, 2224 Rock St.. Little Rock, Ark. RHO LAMBDA—kn 116—Buffalo, N. Y. President, Kenneth L. Brown, 95 Sycamore Ave., Buffalo, N. Y.; Secretary, Russell N. Service. 125 Glenwood Ave.. Buffalo, N. Y. SIGMA LAMBDA—kn 117—New Orleans, La. President, Walter E. Morial, 1433 Touro St., New Orleans 16, La.; Secretary, Marcus Neustadter, Jr., 1766 N. Mire St., New Orleans 19, La. TAU LAMBDA—kn 118—Nashville, Tenn. President-Secretary, James R. Anderson, 1027 18th Ave.. N., Nashville 8. Tenn. UPSILON LAMBDA—kn 119—Jacksonville, Fla. President. Eugene J. Butler, 3405 Phoenix Ave., Jacksonville, Fla.; Secretary, Theodore V. Thomas, 1760 Myrtle Ave., Jacksonville, Fla. PHI LAMBDA—kn 120—Raleigh, N. C. President, W. C. Davenpot, 1302 E. Hargett St., Raleigh, N. C ; Secretary, N. O. Cockrell, 1205 Gatling St., Raleigh, N. C. CHI LAMBDA—kn 121—Wilberforce. Ohio. President, Capt. Lloyd A. Parker, Wilberforce, Ohio; Secretary, Clarence Harvey Mills, Sr., P. O. Box 129, Xenia, Ohio. PSI LAMBDA—kn 122—Chattanooga, Tenn. President, S. W. Seals, 642 Maple C t , Chattanooga, Tenn.; Secretary, R. W. Stramge, 1027 E. 10th St., Chattanooga, Tenn. ALPHA ALPHA LAMBDA—kn 123—Newark, N. J. President. Attorney James E. Abrams, Jr., 15 Wallace St., Newark 13, N. J.; Secretary, Arthur C. Williams, 158 Lincoln St., Montclair, N. J. ALPHA BETA LAMBDA—kn 124—Lexington. Ky. President, H. A. Merchant, 128 Deweese St., Lexington, Ky.; Secretary, Carl L. Lynem. 407 N. Upper St., Lexington, Ky. ALPHA GAMMA LAMBDA—kn 125—New York. N. Y. President. Andrew R. Tyler, 2181 Madison Ave., New York, N. Y.; Secretary, Joseph C. Saunders, 747 E. 168th St.. Bronx 56. N. Y. ALPHA DELTA LAMBDA—kn 126—Memphis, Tenn. President, Dr. E. M. Wilkins, 1003 Leath St.; Secretary, A. B. Owen, Jr., 598 Williams Ave., Memphis, Tenn. ALPHA EPSILON LAMBDA—kn 127—Jackson, Miss. President, Herschel C. Latham, 809 W. Pearl St., Jackson, Miss.; Secretary, Dr. R. W. Harrison, Jr., 229 1-2 Main St., Yazoo City, Miss. ALPHA ZETA LAMBDA—kn 128—Bluefield, W. Va. President, H. D. Clarke, 220 E. 3rd. Williamson. W. Va.; Secretary, E. W. Brown. Bluefield State College, Bluefield, W. Va. ALPHA ETA LAMBDA—kn 129—Houston, Texas. President, John E. Codwell, 5508 Tremper, Houston, Texas; Secretary, Clifton L. Banks, 3420 Dennis, Houston, Texas. ALPHA THETA LAMBDA—kn 130—Atlantic City, N. J. President, Edwin J. Martin, 501 N. Indiana Ave., Atlantic City. N. J.; Secretary, George G. Dickerson, 400 N. Tennessee Ave., Atlantic City, N. J. ALPHA IOTA LAMBDA—kn 131—Charleston, W. Va. President, Dr. W. J. G. Wallace; Secretary, E. R. Armstead, West Virginia Institute,

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A LPHA V r P A L A M B D A - k n 1 3 2 - R o a n o k e . Va. President, Dr. William R. Brown, 319 Colorado Ave., Salem. Va.; Secretary, Dr. Ellwood D. Downing, 36 Center Ave.. N . W.. Roanoke, Va ALPHA MU L A M B D A - k n 133-Knoxville. Tenn. President Leonard A. Jackson. 304 S. Bertrand St.. Knoxville. Tenn.; Secretary, J. Woods. Jr., 223 Deaderick Ave.. Knoxville. Tenn. ALPHA NU L A M B D A - k n 134-Tuskegee. Ala. President, Dr. E G . Trigg P O. Box 428, Tuskegee Institute, Alabama; Recording Secretary, Mr James R. Poole, P. O. Box 26. VA Hospital. Tuskegee Ala ALPHA XI L A M B D A - k n 135-Toledo. Ohio. President. Eugene G. Weathers. 923 Tecumseh St.. Toledo 7, Ohio; Secretary. Howard Palmer, 703 Palwood Ave., Toledo, Ohio. ALPHA OMICBON L A M B D A - k n 136-Pittsburgh 19, Pa. President Charles H. Cuthbert. 2621 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh 19. Pa.; Secretary, Wilbur C. Douglass. 412 Bakewell Bldg.. Pittsburgh 19 Pa. ALPHA PI L A M B D A - k n 137—Winston-Salem, N. C. President, Clarence I. Sawyer. 2030 Lincoln Ave.. Winston-Salem, N. C , Secretary, James T. Diggs, Jr., 911 Graham Ave., Winston-Salem. N_ C. ALPHA KHO LAMBDA—kn 138—Columbus. Ohio. President, Edward J. Cox, 53 N. 21st St., Columbus 3, Ohio; Secretary. Arthur L. Wilson, 121 S. Wayne, Columbus 4, Ohio. ALPHA SIGMA L A M B D A - k n 139-Dallas, Texas President. J. Leslie Patton, Jr., 3803 Munger St.. Dallas 4, Texas; Secretary, C. L. Dennard, 1721 McCoy St., Dallas 4, Texas. -__•*—• o ^ „ . T ALPHA TAU LAMBDA—kn 140—Tulsa, Okla. President. Robert L. Fairchild. 2119 N. Quincy, Tulsa 6, Okla.; Secretary, C. H. Johnson, 1207 N. Iroquois, Tulsa, Okla. ALPHA UPSILON LAMBDA—kn 141—Montgomery, Ala. President, W E Anderson, Alabama State College. Montgomery, Ala.; Secretary, W. H. Coston, Alabama State College, Montgomery, Ala. ALPHA PHI LAMBDA—kn 142—Norfolk. Va. President, John b. Seldon. 1320 Bolton St., Norfolk. Va.; Secretary. Thomas W. Young, 721 Chapel St., Norfolk. Va. . _ „ ALPHA CHI LAMBDA—kn 143-Augusta, Ga. President, George W. Hunter, Maryland State College; Secretary, H. L. Thompson, 917 9th ' ALPHA PSI LAMBDA—kn 144—Columbia, S. C. President, L. Raymond Bailey. 1407 Park St., Columbia, S. C ; Secretary, Harry B. Rutherford, 1330 Gregg St., Columbia. S. C. BETA ALPHA LAMBDA—kn 145—Jersey City, N. J. President. Dr. Marcus E. Carpenter. 99 Storms Ave.; Secretary. William N. Johnson, 117 Atlantic St., Jersey City, N. J. BETA BETA LAMBDA—kn 146—Miami, Fla. President, David H. Dobbs, 1545 N. W. 68th St., Miami, Fla.; Secretary, Charles L. Williams, 1200 N. W. 6th Ave., Miami, Fla. _ ..... , BETA GAMMA LAMBDA—kn 147—Richmond, Va. President, George Peterson, 305 1-2 E. Leigh St.. Richmond, Va.; Secretary, Spingarn D. Brinkley. 710 N. Sixth St., Richmond 19, Va. BETA DELTA LAMBDA—kn 148—Daytona Beach, Fla. President. James E. Huger, Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, Fla.; Secretary, Robert K. Wright, Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, Fla BETA EPSILON LAMBDA—kn 149—Boley. Okla. President, Wayne C. Chandler, Lima, Okla.; Secretary. L. G. Ashley. Box 247, Boley. Okla. BETA ZETA LAMBDA—kn 150—Jefferson City. Mo. President, U. S. Maxwell. Lincoln University, Jefferson City. Mo.; Secretary, Alfred E. Farrell, Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Mo. BETA ETA LAMBDA—kn 151—Oklahoma City, Okla. Secretary, Otis N Freeman, 1519 N. E. 8th St., Oklahoma City, Okla. BETA THETA LAMBDA—kn 152—Durham, N. C. President, J. M. Schooler. 1607 Fayetteville St.. Durham, N. C ; Secretary. C. T. Willis, North Carolina College, Durham. N. C. BETA IOTA LAMBDA—kn 153—Baton Rouge, La. President, James L. Hunt, Southern University, Baton Rouge, La.; Secretary, R. M. Ampey, Southern University, Baton Rouge, La. BETA KAPPA LAMBDA—kn 154—Charleston, S. C. President, T. M. McCottry, 42 Morris St., Charleston 15, S. C , Secretary, E. B. Burroughs, 35 Morris St., Charleston, S. C. BETA MU LAMBDA—kn 155—Salisbury, N. C. President. S. W. Lancaster, 702 W. Monroe St., Salisbury, N. C ; Secretary, W. R. Brooks, 924 W. Monroe St., Salisbury, N. C. BETA NU LAMBDA—kn 156—Charlotte, North Carolina; President, I. Grantham Simpson, 300 Flint St., Charlotte, N. C , Secretary, Walter E. Jordan, 301 Camel St., Charlotte, N. C. BETA XI LAMBDA—kn 157—Omaha. Neb. President, Marion M. Taylor, 2112 N. 27th St.; Secretary, Alfonso Smith, 964 N. 28th St., Omaha 10, Neb. _ BETA OMICRON LAMBDA—kn 158—Mobile, Ala. President, Orlando C. Powers, Box 436, Fairhope, Ala.; Secretary, Leander A. Hall, Jr., 804 Selma St., Mobile, Ala. . . BETA PI LAMBDA—kn 159—Albany, N. Y. President, Crispin C. Hall, 589 Third Ave.; Secretary, Edward F. Kennell, 122 Second St., Albany, N. Y. BETA RHO LAMBDA—kn 160—Youngstown, Ohio. President, Lemon Alexander, 342 Kenmore, Youngstown, Ohio; Secretary, James E. Smith, 2953 962 S. Federal St., Youngstown, Ohio. BETA SIGMA LAMBDA—kn 161—Hartford, Conn. President, William D. Graham, 71 Rohde St., Hartford, Conn.; Secretary, Jarvis H. Arms. 13 Rohde St., Hartford, Conn. BETA TAU LAMBDA—kn 162—Fort Worth, Texas. President, U l lice M. Thomas. 1001 E. Leuda St.. Fort Worth 3, Texas; Secretary.

Laurence L Thurmond. 1005 E. Leuda St.. Fort Worth 3, Texas. BETA UPSILON L A M B D A - k n 163-Jackson, Tenn. President. Herman Stone Lane College, Jackson. Tenn,. Secretary. Thomas J. Womack, 711 N. Hays Ave.. Jackson, Tenn. BFTA PHI L A M B D A - k n 164-Savannah, Ga. President, L. D . Perry ^ 4 E Henry St., Savannah, G a , Secretary, J. B. Clemmons. Georgia State College, Savannah, Ga. BETA CHI L A M B D A - k n 165-Muskogee, Okla. President. Dr. Jesse S. Chandler, 2229 Findley St.. Muskogee, Okla.; Secretary, Vernon T Vnihpe 569 N. 9th St., Muskogee, Okla. BETA'PSI L A M B D A - k n 1661-Los Angeles, Calif. President, James A. Robinson 2 o T T w . Adams Blvd.. Los Angeles. Calif, Secretary. c a m , , . i p DeBose, 4415 W. 30th St.. Los Angeles, Calif. GAMMA ALPHA L A M B D A - k n 167-CharlottesviUe. Va President. M. T Garrett, 320 W. Main. Charlottesville. V a , Secretary, B. T. B „ a „ K 755 Ridge St., Charlottesville. Va. «__«. GAMMA BETA L A M B D A - k n 168-Kentucky State College, Frankfort K T President. Cary B. Lewis, Kentucky State CoUege. Frankfort. Ky ; S r e t a ^ Arnold W. Wright. Kentucky State College. Frankfort. K y GAMMA GAMMA L A M B D A - k n 169-Greenville S^ C. President John T. Wilson, P. O. Box 87, Due West, S. C , Secretary, R. W. Ander son, 110 1-2 Church St.. Anderson. S. C. President

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Dr P C. Brooks. 201 S. Virginia St.. Hopkinsville, Ky., Secretary. Thomas A West, 914 E. 2nd St., Hopkinsville, Ky. . . . ^_ Th ° G A M M A ZETA L A M B D A - k n l 7 2 - T a m p a Fla. President^ Dr. Wm. O. Bunch. 827 N. N e w York Ave., Lakeland. Fla., Secretary, Dr. r T riarke 420 W North St., Lakeland, Fla. E J - G « A ETA L A M B D A - k n 173-Austin, Texas President L M. Mitchell. 1193 San Bernard St.. Austin, Texas; Secretary, Jerry B. Bell. 1906 GAMM\ S THET S A l i M B ^ A - k n 174-Wilmington. D e l . . President. Dr wtlUan, Goens. 503 E. 10th St., Wilmington, D e l a , Secretary, For. „ » . . A Lee 400 Taylor St.. Wilmington, Dela. ^ ' G A M M A 6 IOTA L A M B D A - k n 175-Brook.yn, N. ^ P r e s i d e n t ^ J a s . Mahood, 2 Brevoort PI.. Brooklyn, N. Y , Secretary, James C. Hairston, Jr

" ^ M M r K f r P A l T M B ^ A - J n l l - W i l m i n g t o n . N. C. President. Dr Huoert A Eaton. 1406 Orange St.. Wilmington, N. C , Secretary. B. T. Washington, 306 N. 6th St., Wilmington, N. C. GAMMA MU L A M B D A - k n 177-TaUahassee, Fla. President Dr. J E Matthews, Florida A. and M. College. Tallahassee F l a , Secretary. M G. Miles, Florida A. and M. College. Tallahassee. Fla. GAMMA NU L A M B D A - k n 178-Lynchburg Va. President E ^ Thornton, 1303 Wise St.. Lynchburg, V a , Secretary. B. H. Scott, 2200 P

T £ ^ W 5 £ £ * n 1 7 9 - S t . Paul Minn. President John M. Patton, 954 St. Anthony. St. Paul, M i n n , Secretary, A. J. Lewis. 418 Charles Ave., St. Paul 3, Minn. President GAMMA OMICRON L A M B D A - k n 8 0 - A l b a n y G-. * * « £ * " • William H. Dennis. Jr.. Albany State College. Albany. Ga., Secretary. R W Harris, Albany State College, Albany, Ga. GAMMA PI L A M B D A - k n 181-Galveston. Texas. President, Dr. Mack J MteTey. 3211 A v e . N.. Galveston, Texas; Secretary. Fleming HUf

^ M M A A V R H O - ^ B t A n L T k n X ? 8 2 - G a r y , i n . P r e s i d e ^ Paul^A. Stephens, 1706 Broadway; Secretary, William A. Smith, 2576 Monroe, Gary, Ind. _.,„„ GAMMA SIGMA L A M B D A - k n 183-Macon, Fort VaUey. Ga President Raymond J. Pitts. Fort Valley State College. Fort Valley Ga Secretary. S u L l e y E. Ruthland, Fort Valley State CoUege. Fort Valley, 3 GAMMA TAU L A M B D A - k n 184-Beaumont, Texas. President, Dr J. B Matthews. 535 West 13th St., Port Arthur. Texas; Secretary. Guy F Tone'! 1965 Poplar St., Beaumont, Texas. . . . . GAMMA U P S n l o N L A M B D A - k n I S ^ M a r s h a l l Texas. President N. H. Anderson, M. D., 1302 University; Secretary, Warren L. Pamber ton. Wilev College, Marshall, Texas. _ GAMMA PHI L A M B D A - k n 186-Berkeley, Calif. **?**£*J£ Spann, 2811 Dohr, Berkeley, Calif, Secretary, B. F. R. Lawson. 3523 West St., Oakland, Calif. p—sident GAMMA CHI L A M B D A - k n 1 8 7 - S a n Francisco. Calif., President. Alvin Nurse, 2085 Sutter St., San Francisco 15, Calif., Secretary. Howard C. Clay, 2643 Bush St. San Francisco 15. Cahf. GAMMA PSI L A M B D A - k n 188-Ashville, N. C , President, W. Frank Hammond 79 Congress St., AshviUe, N. C , Secretary, Willie B. Burton, 2 Ridge St.. AshviUe, N. C. DELTA ALPHA LAMBDA—kn 189—Cleveland, Ohio; President, A R Decatur. 5105 Quincy St., Cleveland 4, Ohio; Secretary, H. C. Crawford, 10708 Hampden St., Cleveland 8 Ohio. DELTA BETA LAMBDA—kn 190—Hampton Institute, Hampton, Va • President, Hugh M. Gloster, Hampton Institute, Hampton, V a , Secretary, Clifford B. Howlette, 249 W. Queen St.. Hampton, Va. DELTA GAMMA LAMBDA—kn 191—Cincinnati. Ohio; President. William A. McClain, 3005 Walters St., Cincinnati 6. Ohio; Secretary, Spencer A. Turner, 900 Prairie Avenue. Cincinnati 6, Ohio. DELTA DELTA LAMBDA—kn 192—West Palm Beach, F l a , Presi-


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dent, Dr. Robert L. Smith, 431 Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, Fla.; Secretary, C. G. Dyson. 332 Rosemary Ave., West P a l m Beach, Fla. DELTA EPSILON LAMBDA—kn 193—Secretary, Billy Jones, 1433-A East Broadway. East St. Louis, 111. DELTA ZETA LAMBDA—kn 194—Orangeburg, South Carolina, President; B e n n e r C. T u r n e r , State College, Orangeburg. S. C . Recording Secretary; Ernest A. Finney, Claflin College, Orangeburg S. C. DELTA ETA LAMBDA—kn 195—Topeka, Kansas; President, Dr. G. Robert Cotton, Kansas Vocational School, Topeka, Kansas; Secretary, P . A. Townsend, 416 Kansas Ave., Topeka, Kansas. DELTA THETA LAMBDA—kn 196—Huntsville, Alabama: Secretary, Ralph H. Lee, Ala., A. & M. College, Normal, Ala. DELTA IOTA LAMBDA—kn 197—Columbus, Ga.; President Richard M. Haskins, 516 Eighteenth St., Columbus, Ga.; Secretary, J a m e s A. Huling, 1729 Seventh Ave., Columbus, Ga. DELTA K A P P A LAMBDA—kn 198—Florence, S. C.J President, Clyde L. Reese, 307 N. Sanbore St., Florence, S. C ; Secretary, J. F . T. Bailey, Route 1. Florence. S. C. DELTA MU LAMBDA—kn 199—Montclair. N. J.; President. Dr. F e r d i n a n d D. Williams. 191 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, N. J.; Secretary, George A. Phillips, Sr., 74 Elm St., Montclair, N. J. DELTA NU LAMBDA—kn 200—Danville. Va.; President. J . Luck. Jr.. 310 S. Main St., Danville, Va.; Secretary, L. Wilson York, 306 Holbrook St., Danville. Va. General Organization—kn 201—Chicago, 111. General Secretary, Bennie D. Brown, 3456 S. State St., Suite 311, Chicago, 111. DELTA XI LAMBDA—kn 202—Kingston, J a m a i c a ; President, Glendon Logan, Kingston Technical School, Kingston, Jamaica, B. W. I.; Secretary Leigh A. M. Lloyd, Kingston Technical School, Kingston, Jamaica. B. W. I. DELTA OMICRON LAMBDA—kn 203—Princess A n n . Maryland; President. George C. Hunter. Maryland State College; Secretary, J o h n S. Lash, Maryland State College, Princess Ann, Maryland. DELTA PI LAMBDA—kn 204—Selma, Ala. President, A. C. Peoples,

Camden Academy, Camden, Ala.; Secretary, A. J. Durgan, 1417 T r e m o n t St., Selma, Ala. DELTA RHO LAMBDA—kn 205—San Antonio, Texas; President, U. J. Andrews, P . O. D r a w e r 1598, San Antonio, Texas; Secretary, Rowland J. Martin. 917 Menchaca St., San Antonio 2, Texas. DELTA SIGMA LAMBDA—kn 206—Pine Bluff, Ark. President, Chester E. Hynes, A. M. a n d N. College; Secretary, Charles L. Sheppard. A. and M. College, P i n e Bluff, Ark. DELTA TAU LAMBDA—kn 207—Phoenix Ariz.; President, J. Eugene Grisby. 1010 8th St., Phoenix, Ariz.; Secretary, A u b r e y C. Aldridge, 14 N. 13th St., Phoenix Ariz. DELTA UPSILON LAMBDA—kn 208—Shreveport. La.; President, C. O. Simpkins, 1508 Gary St., Shreveport, La.; Secretary, Allen Henry Brooks, 1950 Milam St., Shreveport, La. DELTA P H I LAMBDA—kn 209—Tuscaloosa, Ala.; President. Jesse L. Anderson; Secretary. B e r n a r d Jackson. DELTA CHI LAMBDA—kn 210—Milwaukee. W i s e : President. Fred D. Bobo, 2009, N. 10th St., Milwaukee, W i s e ; Secretary, Stanley P. Hebert, 2031 N. 5th St., Milwaukee, Wise. BETA PSI LAMBDA—kn 211—Denver, Colo.; President, Earl M. West. 2519 Gilpen St.. Denver, Colo. EPSILON ALPHA LAMBDA—kn 212—Tyler, Texas; President, R. W. P u r y e a r , Butler College, Tyler, Texas; Secretary, William F . Jones, 323 S u m m e r Kamp, Tyler, Texas. EPSILON BETA LAMBDA—kn 213—Macon, Ga. EPSILON DELTA LAMBDA—kn 215—Talladega, Ala.; President, Robert E. Lawson, Box 145, Sylacauga. Ala ; Secretary, Leo H. Clayton, Box 145, Sylacauga, Ala. EPSU.ON EPSILON LAMBDA—kn 216—Waco. Texas. President; Mr. Samuel A. Winfleld, Jr., 115 Church Street, Secretary; Rev. Edward C. Gibson, 115 C h u r c h Street. EPSILON ETA LAMBDA—kn 218—Charleston, Missouri, President; Charles S. Bowden. 404 S. Locust, Charleston, Mo., Recording Sec. Clyde C. Currin, 311 S. Elm, Charleston, Missouri. EPSILON THETA LAMBDA—kn 21i>- - H a m i l t o n . Bermuda.

The SPHINX | Spring/Summer 1950 | Volume 36 | Number 2 195003602  

Transformation on the Hill. Education as One College President Sees It. Shall the School Produce Scholars or Citizens? Essence of Democracy.

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