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ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, Inc. GENERAL OFFICERS G e n e r a l President: A. M A C E O SMITH, 2011 North W a s h i n g t o n Street, D a l l a s 4, T e x a s . S o u t h w e s t e r n Vice-President: L. H. WILLIAMS, 119 North G r e e n w o o d . Tulsa. O k l a h o m a . S o u t h e r n Vice-President: W . H. DUKE WILLIAMS, P. O . Box 1549, Jackson. Mississippi. M i d w e s t e r n Vice-President: WILLIAM A. SMITH, 2537 M a d i s o n Street, G a r y . I n d i a n a . E a s t e r n V i c e - P r e s i d e n t : WALTER BOOKER, 14200 Hamlin Street. N. E.. W a s h i n g t o n , D. C. F a r W e s t e r n V i c e - P r e s i d e n t : SAMUEL P. DeBOSE, 463616 W . 21st Street. Los A n g e l e s . California. G e n e r a l S e c r e t a r y : JAMES E. HUGER. 4432 S. P a r k w a y , C h i c a g o 15, Illinois. G e n e r a l T r e a s u r e r : MEREDITH G. FERGUSON. 925 Eleventh A v e n u e , North, N a s h v i l l e 8, Tenn. Editor-in-Chief. SPHINX: W . BARTON BEATTY. Box 352, P h o e b u s , Virginia. Director of E d u c a t i o n a l Activities: MILTON S. J. WRIGHT, Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, O . G e n e r a l Counsel: EDWARD C. MADDOX, 129 Third Street, Suite 4 1 1 . Los A n g e l e s . California. Historian: CHARLES H. WESLEY. C e n t r a l State College, Wilberforce, O h i o . LAY MEMBERS. EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MIDWESTERN—147-E S h a w Hall. M i c h i g a n State College, East L a n s i n g , Michigan • SOUTHERN — R u b e n A. S h e a r e r , T a l l a d e g a College, T a l l a d e g a . A l a b a m a • EASTERN—Claude A. C o n n e r , Box 307, University of P e n n s y l v a n i a • SOUTHWESTEHN—Lloyd H. Williams, Box 184. T e x a s S o u t h e r n University, Houston, T e x a s • FAR WESTERN—Willie Brown. 2255 M a r i p o s a Street. S a n Francisco, California. JEWELS H e n r y A. Callis. 2306 East Street, N. E.. W a s h i n g t o n . D. C ; G e o r g e B. Kelley. 1 - 113th Street, Troy. N e w York; N a t h a n i e l A. M u r r a y . 2151 W e s t 21st Street. Los A n g e l e s 7, California. DECEASED: C h a r l e s H. C h a p m a n . Robert H. O g l e , Vertner W . T a n d y . E u g e n e Kinckle Jones. CHAIRMAN. STANDING COMMITTEES BUDGET—Kermit J. Hall. 5000 W o o d l a n d A v e . . P h i l a d e l p h i a 43, P e n n a . AUDITING—W. D. H a w k i n s . Jr.. Fisk University, N a s h v i l l e , Tenn. PINS AND B A D G E S — E d w a r d C. M a d d o x , 129 W e s t 3rd Street, Los A n g e l e s . Calif. OTHER C H A I R M E N — C h a i r m a n for the Election Commission a n d the following committ e e s will b e c h o s e n later d u r i n g t h e y e a r : Housing, P r o g r a m s a n d R e c o m m e n d c t i o n s , Charter Achievements a n d Awards, a n d Ritual.

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ALPHAS 1954 FOUR POINT PROGRAM Pay for National Headquarters. Reclaim Brothers. Pay National Tax. Register and Vote.

SPHINX STAFF EDITOR-IN-CHIEF W . Barton Beatty. Jr. ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITORS J. Rupert Picott, W . Byron Rumford FUN EDITOR O . Wilson W i n t e r s EDITORIAL DIRECTOR—Milton S. J. W r i g h t . ASSISTANTS—Hugh M. Gloster, Rayford W . L o g a n . H o w a r d Long, F r a n k L. S t a n l e y , W . W e s l e y Whetstone, Thomas W. Young.. STAFF EDITORS—Edward W . Brooke. Robert P. D a n i e l . John H o p e Franklin, Jacob R. H e n d e r s o n , Lionel H. Newsom, J. S a u n d e r s R e d d i n g . A. M a c e o Smith. C h a r l e s V. Willie. S t e p h e n J. Wright. CONTRIBUTING EDITORS—Carlton H. Lee. E. E. A l e x a n d e r , Robert J. Anthony, Rufus B. A t w o o d , W a l d o W . E. Blanchet. O s c a r C. Brown, Archib a l d J. C a r e y , Felton G. Clark, Henr y M. Collier. Jr., E d g a r E p p s . William L. Fitzgerald, Nelson R. Freem a n , Rudolph H e n d e r s o n , G e o r g e W , Hunter, Nelson C. Jackson, F r a n c i s J, Johnson, F r a n c i s A. K o r n e g a y . Marc u s A . M a h o n e , H o r a c e W . Melvin. A. J. Polk, R a m o n S. S c r u g g s . C l a r e n c e B. Shelton, C. E. Simmons, Jr., Leroy A. Simmons, Everett Singleton. Robert L. Smith. W a l t e r D. S p a n n , H. Theo Tatum, J. G. Thornton.

CHAPTER DIRECTORY UNDERGRADUATE CHAPTERS 1. ALPHA—G. A. Galvin (P), 401 W. State St., Ithaca, N. Y. 2. BETA—Lionel G. Ranger (S), Box 211 Howard University, Washington, D. C. 3. GAMMA—Claude L. Franklin, Jr. (S), Virginia Union University, Richmond 20, Va. 4. DELTA—Green Mackey, Jr. (S), 2306 E. 8th St., Austin, Texas. 5. EPSILON—A. William Douglass, Jr. (S), 735 Haven St., Ann Arbor, Mich. 6. ZETA—Hamilton D. Smith (S), 17 Ball Rd., North Haven, Conn. 7. ETA—Leonard Dawson (S), 938 St. Nicholas Ave., New York 32, N. Y. 8. THETA—Orin C. Taylor (S), 11343 S. Aberdeen, Chicago IS, 111. 9. IOTA—William Duncan (S), Morris Brown College, Atlanta, Ga. 10. KAPPA—Madison Alford (S), 1055 River Rd. Dorm, Columbus 10, Ohio. 11. MU—Maurice O. Howell (S), 2708 E. 32nd St., Minneapolis, Minn. 12. NU—Robert E. Winters (P). Box 392 Lincoln University, Lincoln University, Pa. 13. XI—William R. Lee (S), Box 165 Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, Ohio. 14. OMICRON—Robert P. Smith (P), 3046 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh 19, Pa. 15. PI—Burton D. Clemons (P), 3668 E. 143rd St., Cleveland, Ohio. 16. RHO—R. Allen Durrant (S), 40 West Upsal St., Philadelphia 19, Pa. 17. SIGMA—Baron H. Martin, II (P), 14 Wabon St., Grove Hall 21, Mass. 18. TAU—Gerald Hines (S), 1301 W. Clark St., Urbana, 111. 19. UPSILON—Churby C. Clowers (S), 1101 Mississippi St., Lawrence, Kansas. 20. PHI—Sylvester Davis (P), 366 Atkinson Hall, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. 21. CHI—W. C. D. Henderson (P), 1719 21st Ave., N., Nashville, Tenn. 22. PSI—Hugo Marcos (S), 3843 N. Sydenham St., Philadelphia 40, Pa. 23. ALPHA ALPHA—John R. Queen (S), 839 Ridgeway Ave., Cincinnati 29, Ohio. 24. ALPHA BETA—Reuben A. Shearer (P), Talladega College, Talladega, Ala.

25. ALPHA GAMMA—(Inactive) Providence, R.I. 26. ALPHA DELTA—Alvis Andrews (S), 2116 S. Western, Los Angeles 18, Cal. 27. ALPHA EPSILON—Bobby Cooper (P.), 1109 30th St., Oakland, Cal. 28. ALPHA ZETA—F. B. Newman, Jr. (S), 119 Gore Hall, Institute, W. Va. 29. ALPHA ETA—Arthur L. Visor (S), 2615 Pendleton Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 30. ALPHA THETA—(Inactive) Iowa City, Iowa. 31. ALPHA IOTA—Belvin Williams (S), 2246 Washington St., Denver, Colo. 32. ALPHA KAPPA—(Inactive) Springfield, Mass. 33. ALPHA MU—Charles M. Smith (S). 2142 Dewey Ave., Evanston, 111. 34. ALPHA NU—(Inactive) Des Moines. Iowa. 35. ALPHA XI—Robert L. Williams (S), 421 East Pine St., Seattle 22, Washington. 36. ALPHA OMICRON—Robert E. Steede (P), Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, N. C. 37. ALPHA PI—Melvin E. Talbott (P), 522 E. Kentucky, Louisville, Ky. 38. ALPHA RHO—Robert K. Anderson (S), Morehouse College, Atlanta, Ga. 39. ALPHA SIGMA—Leroy A. Jackson, Jr. (P), Wiley College, Marshall, Texas. 40. ALPHA TAU—Allen D. Jackson (S), 735 St. Clair St., Akron 7, Ohio. 41. ALPHA UPSILON—Richard O. Brown (S), 1545 Calvert St., Detroit 6, Mich. 42. ALPHA PHI—Wallace Hartsfield (S), 240 Chestnut St., Atlanta, Ga. 43. ALPHA CHI—Cyril O. Packwood (S), Box 274, Fisk University, Nashville 8, Tenn. 44. ALPHA PSI—George W. Enstow (S), Room 22, Tull Hall, Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Mo. 45. BETA ALPHA—Harold Bradby (S), Morgan State College, Baltimore, Md. 46. BETA BETA—Maurice L. Russell (S), 1971 S St., Lincoln, Neb. 47. BETA G A M M A - J a m e s L. Hall (S), Box 2105 Va. State College, Petersburg, Va. 46. BETA DELTA—Ned Hickman (P), Box 248 State College, Orangeburg, S. C. 49. BETA EPSILON—Charles D. Bussey (P), A. and T. College. Greensboro, N. C. (Continued on P a g e 32)


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Program For 1954 General Convention of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. December 27-30. 1954, Miami, Florida FORTIETH GENERAL CONVOCATION THEME: "The Realities and Ethics of Integration" SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26 Registration—Miami Carver Hotel, 9th St. at 3rd Ave., N. W. MONDAY, DECEMBER 27 9:00 A.M.—Registration—Booker T. Washington High School 9:00 A.M.—Executive Council Meeting — General President's Suite. Carver Hotel 2:00 P.M.—First Business Session — Booker T. Washington High School Brother Carl Rhetta. President of Beta Beta Lambda Chapter, Presiding Invocation — Brother J. B. Blacknell Welcome Addresses on Behalf of Host Chapters Graduate Chapters — Brother H. James Greene Undergraduate Chapters — Brother Samuel Washington Response and Keynote Address — Brother Henry J. Richardson Greetings and Introduction of the General President — Brother Walter H. Williams, Sr.. Southern vice-president Remarks — Brother A. Maceo Smith, General President Memorial Service to Departed Brothers — Brother A. Wayman Ward Appointment of Convention Committees and Officials—Brother A. Maceo Smith Report of Rules and Credentials Committee — Brother A. J. Lewis, III Fraternity Hymn — Brother Maceo Hill Adjournment — The Convention Chaplain, Brother A. Wayman Ward 8:00 P.M.—Public Meeting — Dr. Ira P. Davis, Presiding 10:30 P.M.—Bait-A-Date Dance — Mary Elizabeth Hotel, Flamingo Room TUESDAY, DECEMBER 28 9:00 A.M.—Second Business Session — Call to Order and Presiding, General President A. Maceo Smith 1. General President's Annual Report 2. Report of Regional Vice-Presidents and Lay Members A. Southern Region — Brother Walter H. Williams, Sr. a. Lay Member — Brother Reuben Sheares B. Western Region — Brother Samuel P. DeBose b. Lay Member — Brother Willie Brown C. Midwestern Region — Brother W. Alexander Smith c. Lay Member — Brother William A. Reid D. Eastern Region — Brother Walter M. Booker d. Lay Member — Brother Claude A. Conner, Jr. E. Southwestern Region — Brother Lloyd H. Williams. Sr. e. Lay Member — Brother Lloyd H. Williams, Jr. 3. Fraternal Address — Introduction of Speaker — Brother Raymond W. Cannon Speaker — Brother Jewel Henry A. Callis 4. Report of the General Officers A. General Secretary — Brother James E. Huger B. General Treasurer — Brother Meredith G. Ferguson C. Editor of the SPHINX — Brother W. Barton Beatty, Jr. D. Director of Educational Activities — Brother Milton S. J. Wright E. General Counsel — Brother Edward C. Maddox F. Historian — Brother Charles H. Wesley 5. Report of the Executive Council — Brother James E. Huger, General Secretary

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NEXT DEADLINE JANUARY 10, 1955 Publication Office: 522 East Bute Street, Norfolk 10, V a . A d d r e s s all n e w s m a t t e r to Editor-in-Chief: W. BARTON BEATTY, JR. Box 352, P h o e b u s , V a . SUBSCRIPTION PRICE — $2.00 PER YEAR Published four times a year, in February, May, October, and December. Entered as second class matter at the Post Office at Norfolk, Virginia, under the Act of March 3, 1879. Acceptance for mailing at a special rate of postage provided for in Sec. 1102, Act of October 3, 1917. Individual chapters will be billed for cost of engraving pictures submitted and used.

Fraternity Hymn •— Brother Maceo Hill Adjournment — Brother A. Wayman Ward 12:15 P.M.—Convention Picture 12:30-1:25 P.M.—Lunch 1:30 P.M.—Third Business Session — Call to Order and Presiding, General President A. Maceo Smith Report of Committees A. Pan-Hellenic — Brother William C. Pyant B. Budget — Brother Kermit J. Hall C. Public Relations — Brother L. O. Swingler D. Semi-Centennial •— Brother Russell N. Service E. General Secretary — Brother William F. McKinney

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Jflankmb J?eebÂŁ Cf)ris;tmaÂŁ By BROTHER J. METZ ROLLINS, D. D. Pastor, Carver Memorial Presbyterian Church, Newport News, Virginia LUKE 2:10-11: "Be not afraid; for behold I bring you good nexus of great joy which will come to the people; for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour who is Christ the Lord." R.S.V.

The birth of Christ over 1900 years ago was the birth of the greatest personality in history. His birth which was attended by the very unusual marked the beginning of a new day for all mankind. The world has never been the same since he came, since he was born the Saviour of the world in Bethlehem of Judea. His coming into the world changed the course of history as no event has or ever will. What makes Christmas indeed is not tinsel, trees, toys and trifles, but Christ makes Christmas. It is the spirit of the Christ child who was born in a manger that makes this hallowed day and blessed season. Someone has said, "We would never dream of writing the play of Hamlet with Hamlet left out." There can be no real Christmas with Christ left out. That first Christmas saw the Magi, the wise men from the East worshipping him and presenting unto him precious gifts, and lowly shepherds hastening to the place where he was born to adore him with a profound sense of awe. For Christmas to be Christmas, Christ must be adored and reverenced as the Saviour of all mankind. A poet has expressed the thought in these poignant words: "Let Christmas become not a thing Merely of merchants' trafficking, Of tinsel, bell and holly wreath And surface pleasure, but beneath The childish glamour let us find Nourishment for soul and mind. Let us follow kinder ways Through our teeming maze And help the age of peace to come From a Dreamer's martyrdom." Mankind needs Christmas. Men need the spirit of Christmas, so joyful and so hopeful. What strange, beautiful things it does for us! Christmas speaks largely of God's eternal love, of his forgiveness, of his power to transform human lives. Christina Rosetti has put the thought in poetry when she sang, "Love came down at Christmas Love all lovely, Love Divine; Love was born at Christmas, Star and angel gave the sign. Worship we the Godhead, Love incarnate, Love Divine; Worship we our Jesus; But wherewith our sacred Sign?

Love Love Love Love

We need Christmas to keep alive in our hearts the dream of universal peace foretold by the prophet when he looked forwaid to a warless and peaceful world, "And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not take up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more," for Christ is the "Prince of Peace." It was George Bernard Shaw who once said, "If there is to be peace nations must adopt some such policy as Jesus Christ would propose if he were a modern statesman." We need Christmas, the joyful spirit that Christmas brings in order that hate may yield to love, in order that despair may give way to hope, in order that moral and spiritual darkness that envelopes us may be dissipated by the spiritual light characterizing Christmas. We need Christmas to remind us that we have the rapacity in our hearts to express the spirit of generosity, unselfishness and love to our fellowmen. We need Christmas because it prompts the motive of sharing and of helping. A lighthouse keeper, who lived on a desolate reef, was asked, "Don't you find it lonely here?" He answered, "I used to until I saved my first man." We need Christmas not for just one day in the year, but for every day. Christmas is not merely a day or a season, but a condition of the heart. We need the spirit of Christmas to drive from our hearts all selfishness, avarice, racial animosities and war with all of its horrors and devastation. We need Christmas as a time to reaffirm certain noble beliefs as expressed by Howard Thurman's "A Christmas Affirmation": "I affirm my faith in the little graces of life: The urgency of growth, the strength of laughter, the vitality of friendship. I affirm my confidence in the dignity of man: His fortitude in despair, his strength in weakness, his love in hatred. I affirm my joy in the experience of living: The fragrance of nostalgia, the scattered moments of delight, the exhilaration of danger. I affirm my need of my fellows: The offerings of faith, the gifts of variety, the quality of difference. I affirm my hunger for God: The desire for fulfillment, the ache for understanding, the sense of peace."

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By BRO. LEWIS O. SWINGLER Brother A. Maceo Smith, General President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity for three years, will, during the 40th General Convention in Miami, Florida, yield the gavel of authority. T o say that "he has kept the faith" would be something of an understatement, on appraisal of his stewardship, except for the fact that this paraphrased expression of the Missionary of long ago has its true and classic meaning in the spirit Brother A. Maceo Smith demonstrated as he went about the performance of the Alpha task.

of our objectives; and authorization of legal status for regional conferences to the end that the national program may be spelled out and reemphasized within the five jurisdictional areas of operation. But all of these results, as substantial as they are, could not have been achieved without the essence of charity . . . a determined will to restore our balance and to bring our perspective back in line with the fundamental aims of this fraternity. Now that his tenure of office is

drawing to a close . . . made so by the statute of limitation imposed by constitutional provisions upon the presidency, we can best demonstrate our appreciation for his services as a devoted brother, and his leadership as a capable president by electing an administration that'll also keep the faith with the program Brother Smith put into effect for strengthening of our fraternity from within and to use his own words in the Convention Call "Lend a hand, as college-trained leaders, toward devising a workable plan for 'living in an integrated society'." Once an Alpha man, always an Alpha man. If that be true, and we knoiv it is, then why not Once an Active Alpha man, Always an Active Alpha Man.

Our agenda of business for the 1954 General Convention will deal with some of the most vital issues now facing Alpha Phi Alpha and there will be differences of opinion as points of views are exchanged in an effort to arrive at practical conclusions. Yet the Alpha brotherhood will, during the Miami Convention, be given its best opportunity in many a year to re-affirm its Faith in the Fraternity . . . in the noble objective for which it was conceived almost a half century ago. The unity which will make this sort of convention possible in Miami will be due in great measure to the sort of leadership A. Maceo Smith has given Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. It was first demonstrated when he became Southwestern vice-president, a position which incidentally sought him during the Chicago convention of 1945. For six years Brother Smith served as regional vice-president, and during this period the southwest became fertile grounds for unprecedented development. It was due in large proportion to his influence and that of his associates that the 1947 convention went to Tulsa, Oklahoma. This marked the first time a general session had ever been held this far west. And it was due to his loyalty to the Alpha Phi Alpha Cause at every level . . . from the chapter to the general convention, that the brotherhood sought him out for leadership at the highest level of service during a period when the fraternity faced its greatest crisis. His administration will be recorded on the pages of our fraternal history for its many tangible results. Establishment of a national headquarters; stabilizing of our finances for more effective use in the promotion DECEMBER, 1954

REORGANIZATION COMMITTEE IN SESSION Left to right: James E. Huger. general secretary; John D. Buckner; A. Maceo Smith, general president; Dr. Howard H. Long, chairman; Attorney Raymond W. Cannon, past grand president.

The 1954 Convention Call TO THE ALPHA BROTHERHOOD Greetings: As General President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, and in obedience to Article VII, Section 1, 2 and 3 of the General Constitution and the Mandate of the last General Convention, I hereby call, direct, summon and order the Jewels, present and past General Officers and delegates from all local chapters to assemble in Miami, Florida, December 27-30, 1954, for the purpose of conducting the Fortieth General Convention of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Appropriate arrangements have been made for your comforts while the Supreme Legislative body transacts the business of the organization. Each member of this historic General Convention is directed to come prepared to ponder the vital problems of the Brotherhood and to lend a hand, as college trained leaders, towards devising a workable plan for "Living in an integrated society." Fraternally yours, - A. MACEO SMITH, General President


Gamma Gamma Lambda Sends Eight to College SPARTANBURG, S. C. - Yes, that is, educationally, we try to send them to college. The fact of the matter is, the Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., just sent its eighth high school graduate to college on a scholarship — as a part of its annual educational project . . . This has been an annual affair with Gamma Gamma lambda for the past five years. T o explain further, this is a program wherein high school seniors of all accredited high schools in the Piedmont area of South Carolina are eligible to compete in an oratorical contest; the winners are granted scholarships to the college of their respective choices. Students who compete but do not win scholarships are given Alpha awards for their efforts. Many of these efforts are worthy masterpieces which give our judges quite a tremendous task in selecting the winners! Gamma Gamma Lambda takes pride in stating that the students in this vicinity have entered competition gleefully with an eye on scholarships and awards, and an eye just for the fun and glory (we hope) of vying with their fellow students for the sake of dear old A Phi A. Should you chance to drop into this locality some uneventful day, we'll feel highly honored to have you look in on us around the first Wednesday night of the month for a good brotherly get-to-gether. Our new headquarters address is: Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter, Box 1311; Greenville, S. C. Officers of our chapter are: Brother H. L. Barksdale, president; Brother Jiles R. Edwards, vice-president; Brother R. W. Anderson, II, corresponding and recording secretary; Brother Luke H. Chatman, assistant corresponding and recording secretary; Brother Dr. H. E. Hill, financial secretary; Brother E. W. Whittenberg, treasurer; Brother H. G. Simpson, sergeant-at-arms; Brother J. T. W. Minis, parliamentarian; Brother W. M. Holcombe, chaplain; Brother W. G. Hill, historian and Brother T. E. Greene, associate editor to the

T. T. Nicholson, Brother Dr. H. S. Smiley, Brother G. A. Swingler, Brother Dr. J. B. Wade and Brother

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Howard's Beta Chapter WASHINGTON, D. C. - Having missed the October issue of the SPHINX, Beta Chapter at Howard University thinks itself justified in making its news "big" in this issue of our magazine. Again, Beta strives toward the top. We brothers of Beta Chapter manifest our aspirations through achievement — achievement in all fields of campus endeavor. Certainly we gaze with pride upon the annals of our glorious past, knowing full well, that to surpass it — only achievement in the imminent future, holds key to a greater future. To lead Beta Chapter toward the realization of its goals and objectives are men of dedicated purpose. Brothers George C. Davis and Ronald Shel-

ton serve as president and Nice-president respectively. Brothers Coleman Seward, Braxton Canne and Roy LittJejohn are recording, correspondence and financial secretaries, respectively. Elected to the offices of treasurer, clean of pledgees, parliamentarian are Brothers John Hudson, Roy Clarke, and Theodore George, respectively. Brothers Robey MacDonald and Yettikov Wilson were named as chaplain and sergeant-at-arms, respectively. Reelected to the office as associate editor to the SPHINX was Brother Arthur Clement. However, great leaders are mack: by greater followers. And at Beta Chapter such is the case. Brothers of noble achievement abound. There is Brother Daniel Hall, member of Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society. Biol her Roy I.ittlejohn is a Distinguished Military Student. Brother Geddes Hanson serves as editor-inchief of the campus newspaper, The Hilltop. Brother Yettikov Wilson is president of the Howard University (Continued on Page 11)

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Members are: Brother Frank Alexander, Brother Dr. J. C. Anderson, Brother Dr. E. Brandon, Brother W. H. Coleman, Brother Dr. Warren Cooper, Brother Dr. W. S. Gandy, Brother Edward G. Grimes, Brother Dr. H. J. Hare, Brother Dr. L. W. Long, Brother J. D. Mathis, Brother

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MU LAMBDA AWARDS PLACQUE Brother C. C. House receives Mu Lambda's Achievement Award Placque from Brother Millard "Buddy" Dean. Chairman. Awards Committee.

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ALPHA CHI HITS THE "BULL'S EYE" Fisk University, Nashville — Black and Gold line-up . . . During hectic and colorful "probation week" ceremonies at Fisk recently, fifteen members of the Alpha Chi Chapter's line take advantage of the opportunity for a brief interlude from the rigorous probation routine to pose for the photographer. At the conclusion of one of the most memorable and spirited "pro" weeks in recent Fisk history, the Alpha Chi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., welcomed the fifteen new neophytes into the organization with a round of social activities that included a party and banquet. The fledgling brothers (shown during probation week) are, left to right, front row: Lawrence Jordan, Richard Reid, Arvis Lotting, Jonathan Reed, Orlando Lightfoot, Robert Hunter, Timothy Donaldson, and Frank Ennix; (back row), James Patterson, Andrew Rhodes. Richard Thornell, Curtis Patton. Gerald Tisdale, Porter James, and Theodore Slaughter.

Beta Epsilon Sets Standards GREENSBORO, N. C.-Beginning the year with its newly elected officers, the Beta Epsilon campus juggernaut has begun to roll and to date has captured the majority of the enviable positions on the A. and T. College campus. Brother Charles Bussey of Washington, D. C. is both president of the Student Council and editor of the college newspaper, an unprecedented achievement on this campus. Other offices held by the brothers of Beta Epsilon include: vice-presidency, the Officers' Club, vice-presidency, the Lettermen's Club, associate ediDECEMBER, 1954

torship of the college paper, captaincy of the rifle team, secretaryship of the Y.M.C.A. . . . all held by Brother Don J. Fairley; presidency, Fellowship Council, managing editorship, college newspaper . . . held by Brother Gilbert Caldwell; sports editorship of the college newspaper and Yearbook, Brother James Knight; presidency, the Men's Glee Club, presidency, the Physical Education Majors and Minors Club, Brother James Barnes; presidency, American Chemical Society, Brother Charles Timberlake; commander, Air ROTC Squadron, Brother Ike Willis; commander. Air ROTC Drill Team, and secretary of the Student Council, Brother Robert D. Shaw; presidency, Debating Society and Sophomore Class, Brother Samuel T u c k e r ; vice-presidency, sophomore class, Brother Clarence

Peoples; Student Council representative, Brother Jesse Bass; '"King of the Aggies," an honorary title held by Brother Irvan McMurtry; vicepresidency, Dramatics Club, Brother William Simpkins. Brother Bussey has been named by the President of the College to serve on a number of committees, among which are Hospitality Committee, Yearbook and Publicity Committee, and others. Bussey is also copy editor of the Yearbook, executive editor, the Scott Hall Sentinel, and executive officer of the Pershing Rifles. Officers of Beta Epsilon are: Gilbert Caldwell, president; Marvin Wilson, vice-president; Ocie Boyers, recording secretary; James Porter, corresponding secretary; Ike Willis, treasurer; Charles Bussey, parliamentarian and director of publicity. PAGE 5


Brother Stanley Releases Awards

BROTHER WILLIAM REID. JR.

BROTHER REID RECEIVES SIGNAL HONORS AT MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY EAST LANSING, Mich.-Big Man on the campus of Michigan University, William A. Reid, Jr., has the distinction of holding more student offices than any other student in the history of the school. A major in Business Administration, Brother Reid will receive his bachelor degree in December, 1954. Brother Reid, lay member of the Executive Council, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, has won many firsts lor a Negro at Michigan, which include being tapped by Calibur, a secret society consisting of the top 13 male students, elected student speaker to inter-group high school students in Lansing, and was awarded one of two trophies for being the "Best Voice Commander," cadet of more than 1,300 men, and still another trophy as the "Most Outstanding Cadet." Among other honors, he was elected to the varsity team in 1951, vice-presiPAGE 6

dent and later president of the Men's council, governing 9,300 men and 47 male organizations; and president of the men's interdorm council. He was also chief justice of the students' supreme court, the highest position on the student tribunal organization. He was appointed to the Spartan Round Table, an executive board consisting of faculty and students, and headed by the president, John A. Hannah. He was one of two students to represent the college at the National Conference of Christians and Jews. A colonel in the ROTC, he was also a member of the Scabbard and Blade, a national military honorary society. Brother Reid has been commissioned a lieutenant in the army and hopes in the future to study law at Harvard. He has been selected by Brother A. Maceo Smith to serve as a resource person for the undergraduate Workshop at the Miami Convention.

D E T R O I T , Michigan — Ten newspapers and fifteen individuals received plaques and trophies respectively, as winners in the 1954 National Newspaper Publishers Association Merit Awards Contest. The awards were made by Dean Armistead S. Pride, Lincoln University School of Journalism and chairman of the Committee of Judges. The winning newspapers were: The Pittsburgh Courier, Ohio Sentinel, Norfolk Journal and Guide, Cleveland Call-Post, Louisville Defender, Chicago Defender, St. Louis Argus, Louisana Weekly and Wilmington Journal. Newspaper men cited for outstanding reporting were: John L. Clark (Pittsburgh Courier); Charles Loeb, Wody Taylor and Thaddeus Stokes (Cleveland Call-Post); Francis Mitchell and Joseph Sheppard (Norfolk Journal and Guide). The best columnists were: Louise E. Martin, (Chicago Defender); Lucius E. Lee (Ohio Sentinel); and Frank L. Stanley (Louisville Defender). The top photographs of the year were submitted by Talmadge Johnson and Charles Hairgrow of the Ohio Sentinel and Thomas Washington of the Louisville Defender. Editorial Cartoon Art prizes were won by A. S. Malai (Pittsburgh Courier); Chester A Commodore (Chicago Defender) and William A. Framon (St. Louis Argus). Newspapers cited for the best Public Service programs were the Pittsburgh Courier, Louisville Defender and Wilmington Journal. Prizes were awarded for the bestwritten editoials to the St. Louis Argus, Louisana Weekly and Cleveland Call-Post. Winning features were originated by the Pittsburgh Courier, Michigan Chronicle and Norfolk Journal and Guide. Mechanical Reproduction honors went to the Journal and Guide, Cleveland Call-Post and Louisiana Weekly. Negro newspaper promotion citations were given the Ohio Sentinel, Norfolk Journal and Guide and the Pittsburgh Courier. Judges of the N. N. P. A. Merit Awards Contest are: Dr. Armistead S. Pride, James A. Saunders and Consuelo C. Young of the Lincoln University (Mo.) School of Journalism, and Dr. Emil L. Telfel, William Allen White School of Journalism University of Kansas. THE SPHINX


Wilmington Chapter Awards Scholarship W I L M I N G T O N , D e l . - O n Saturday, S e p t e m b e r 18th t h e c h a p t e r of A l p h a P h i A l p h a Fraternity i n W i l mington, Delaware presented a $300.00 scholarship to Richard Brooks. R i c h a r d B r o o k s is t h e s o n of Mrs. N a n c y B r o o k s of 11 K i a m e n s i R o a d in B e l v e d e r e a n d is a g r a d u a t e of H o w a r d H i g h S c h o o l in the class of 1954. T h e s c h o l a r s h i p is a w a r d e d ann u a l l y o n the basis of s c h o l a r s h i p , character a n d l e a d e r s h i p a b i l i t y ; a n d it m a y be a w a r d e d a g a i n to t h e same r e c i p i e n t or to o t h e r a p p l i c a n t s . Richard h a d the highest scholastic a v e r a g e a m o n g t h e m a l e s t u d e n t s of t h e g r a d u a t i n g class. H e w a s a m e m b e r of t h e E x e c u t i v e C o m m i t t e e of the Student Council; was h o m e r o o m p r e s i d e n t for t w o c o n s e c u t i v e years; w a s d r u m m a j o r for t h e h i g h s c h o o l b a n d a n d t o o k part i n inter-scholastic p a n e l discussions o n w o r l d affairs. H e is n o w a s t u d e n t at t h e U n i v e r s i t y of D e l a w a r e in t h e f r e s h m a n class. Mr. Y o u n g , a teacher i n t h e B a n croft [ u n i o r H i g h S c h o o l , is c h a i r m a n of t h e s c h o l a r s h i p c o m m i t t e e w h i c h i n c l u d e s Dr. Earl J a c k s o n , p r i n c i p a l of Bancroft J u n i o r H i g h S c h o o l a n d Dr. L e o n V. A n d e r s o n . Mr. C h a r l e s S i m m s is p r e s i d e n t of t h e c h a p t e r .

TWIN HONORS FOR BROTHER LESTER B. GRANGER Twin honors recently came to Brother Lester B. Granger, executive director of the National Urban League. Columbia University awarded him an honorary doctorate degree and he was elected as a member of the board of directors of the New York School of Social Work of the same university . . . Brother Granger also holds the distinction of being the first Negro to be elected as president of the 81year old National Conference of Social Work and to serve as chief of the United States delegation to the International Conference of Social Work.

DECEMBER, 1954

MEMORANDUM To: U N D E R G R A D U A T E BROTHERS From: CHAIRMAN, U N D E R G R A D U A T E RELATIONS, OTIS D. SIMMONS Subject: UNDERGRADUATE PROBLEMS A N D RELATIONS MESSAGE: Inextricably we are committed to render genuine SERVICE to others, and to provide LEADERSHIP in an era of rapid social change. To render the greatest ; poss ble SERVICE to the largest number of people requires an insight into theii basic needs, and the peculiar social structure of their environments. Now, then, if our Undergraduate Programs can be so organized as to include the giving of blood to a blood bank at some local hospital during our initiation week, rather than seeing how many paddles we can break across an initiate or by requiring that he spend lavish sums of money on initiation garments of one kind or another, we will see a corresponding increase in the respect and admiration for our fraternity by influential people of the community. Subsequently, many men of excellent talent would indubitably be stirred our way as a direct result of such worthwhile initiation week projects. In a word, what we must do immediately is cease beating men into Alpha Phi Alpha, and impress them into our fraternity through initiations which test their intellectual qualifications rather than their physical endurance. If we fail to do this, then we may expect to find—particularly on predominantly white college campuses—more and more qualified Negro youth turning to predominantly white organizations which do not practice brutality during initiations. To be sure, this would be a major tragedy for Alpha. Although I will probably be accused of sentimentality, certainly an important fact about our fraternity is that the Negro today owes much of his current progress to our founders who had as fhrir innermost purpose the eradication of the psychological pestilence — racial prejudice — from this great land of ours. And, congniently, they stressed repeatedly that the men who could give leadership to MI li a purpose should be college trained. Since 1906 various groups of one kind or another have followed gallantly in the footsteps of our brave organizers. What I wish to enlarge upon is the fact that we have indeed a remarkable and glorious heritage. The tradition of our fraternity reaches back into antiquity, using as its symbol the Sphinx which has been for centuries the silent symbol of strength, attesting to the genius of the Africans. In our hustle to bring white students into our fraternity, we are too often prone to be apologetic concerning the fraternity. Lest any member gets the idea that I'm against integration, let me state here and now as concretely as I know how that I believe wholeheartedly that we should endeavor to bring into our fraternity all of the qualified white lads that we can find. But certainly we should proudly inform them about the outstanding achievements and contributions of Negro Americans to humanity and to our great country specifically. Turning to the problem of Undergraduate Housing, the most expedient method to follow seems to be the one in which a joint committee, composed of an equal number of Graduate and Undergraduate brothers, is elected or appointed by the respective chapters to work out certain technicalities peculiar to their area. After such group has been legalized, then a request for funds for a down payment on the house should be tendered to the Housing Committee of the general organization. The joint committee (composed of active members in good standing with their respective chapters) should also be empowered to plan any fund raising enterprises that they feel might enable the Undergraduate Chapter to meet the payments on such house. Balls, dances, concerts and jabberwocks have proved, for many chapters, to be excellent fund raising activities. In the matter of giving the Undergraduate a larger and more important place in the fraternity, we must keep firmly in mind the fact that as the freedom of movement of the Undergraduate increases, so must his responsibilities. There can be no escaping the fact that in the past it has been extremely difficult to receive correspondence from various chapters. Such negligence on the part of local chapters has caused graduate brothers to approach with caution the matter of giving larger responsibilities to Undergraduate Brothers of a National Scope. Now, to be sure, you cannot be held responsible for what happened in the past, but we must face up to the inescapable fact that with higher offices go correspondingly increased duties. Be assured that I shall strive diligently to get Undergraduates finer positions in our fraternity, but at the same time I shall expect us to make the most of what we have. The Commission on Reorganization, chaired by Brother Howard H. Long, has recently approved an amendment proposed by the Undergraduate Workshop at the past general convention to replace the "Lay Member" with an "Assistant Vice-President" who will be an Undergraduate. Now, what his duties and responsibilities will be will have to be decided by all of us at the Miami Convention. In passing, I would like to say that it has been indeed an exciting experience serving as Chairman of Undergraduate Relations. Indubitably this has been my greatest honor. Remember this, Brothers, that as Alpha men we are committed to exemplify qualities of LEADERSHIP and EXCELLENT CONDUCT at all times. Today this is so extremely important, as we will be judged fit or unfit to live as equals in a democratic society by the way in which we conduct ourselves publicly. As a result of the May 17th Supreme Court Order banning segregation in public schools, a whole new world of opportunities are opened to us. Every "active"

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in order to keep the have-nots down and retain the status quo. (4) We do not have to psychologize ourselves into a feeling of superiority in order to build up the symbol of inferiority in the other man. (5) We are Negro leadership just starting up the hill, just high enough to recognize the reason for the rise and fall of Empires, EDITOR'S NOTE: An address given hx Brother for the general welfare—one world, the failure of power politics and force. II'. //. "Duke" Williams at Southern Regional one people. Just high enough to recognize our reConvention, Birmingham, Alabama, April We belong to our times and must sponsibilities in the help of building 17, 1954. share in them. In this age of social a better world. One world, one peoBROTHERS IN ALPHA, revolution, neither old age nor youth ple, forward on all fronts. GREETINGS: is inspired by withdrawal. We must In our march to complete freedom, First of all, servants of all, we shall face the facts, the clear injunction we cannot tolerate those who would transcend all. Does this mean any- would seem to be "Forward on all hinder progress because we must thing to you, or are they just empty Fronts." progress or perish. The "Uncle words? If they do mean something We rise as we weave ourselves into let's evaluate our values and move for- i he fabric of our times as a part of Toms," "pseudo-liberals," "Time is ward with a Brotherhood strong in its a grand whole, while we cheerfully not right,'' "Don't go too fast," ideals, courageous in its stand on Hu- and dutifully do our part. In the "Gradualism" view must be swept man Rights, and United to the last symphony of progress Alphas dare not aside. The time has come when we must separate the boys from the men Brother against all forms and types of loiter or be in discord. Alphas re- in order that the brotherhood of man segregation and discrimination based sponsibility in the changing south will may be a reality. on race, religion, or national origin. be to furnish the leadership for a new We must adopt the philosophy of This is Alpha's challenge. era. We need a leadership for the new Von Kirk who states: Forward on all Fronts "I will respect all men and women We must view Brotherhood from era that will lead in emancipating us regardless of race or religion. from the inferiority of race or color. five points: We want a leadership that can emanI will exemplify in my own life the 1. Common Sense — Get rid of our prejudices in order to live with our- cipate itself from the idea that we spirit of good will and understanding. want charity rather than opportunity. I will establish comradeship with selves and with our neighbors. We need leadership that will break those who seek to exalt the spirit of 2. Good Sportsmanship — Do not the chains of pessimism and doubt love and reconciliation through the make another person or another group and replace them with hope. We want world. the scapegoat for our own shortcomleadership different from the old type. I will attribute to those who differ ings and frustrations. "The ones who tell us what we like from me the same degree of sincerity 3. Education — Beyond the develop- to hear rather than what we ought ment of skills and the acquiring of to know." We want leaders who dare that I claim for myself. I will uphold the civil rights and knowledge, we must learn how to live to speak the truth; who seek the truth religious liberties of all citizens and together. rather than victory. We do not want 4. Science — Humanity is one; there our people to become cowards. We groups whether I agree with them or is no such thing as a superior or in- want a leadership which seeks to have not. I will do more than live and let live. ferior race. us pool our resources. We want a I will live and help live — one world, 5. American Democracy — We hold leadership that thinks. T h e true leadthese truths to be self evident, that all er will be entirely selfless. He will one people, you go to your church men are created equal, that they are be cool, calm, judicial. He will never and I'll go to mine, but we will walk endowed with inalienable rights . . ." indulge in the luxury of losing his down the street together. True brotherhood makes good sense, good reWhether we wish it or not, a pat- patience, or losing his temper, or of ligion, and good democracy. tern of unity has been woven into the self pity. He will always think of his I trust in our deliberations at this society of mankind. Alpha must be business as people united with each convention we have not come with the prepared to interpret and assist in other to satisfy human needs. microscope of criticism for that only. glorifying this unity in the changing The leaders of the day must look Nor have we come with the telescope South. Opportunities lie immediate- upward to the world of tomorrow con- of scorn. But that we have come with ly around us. But opportunities can fidentially facing the problems for the the mirror of truth. Through this make us look ridiculous unless we are greatest good to the greatest number. mirror we can see Alpha's responsiprepared to take advantage of them. We have this great advantage. We bility in a changing south. Through The shores of opportunity are strewn have only one way to go, only one di- this mirror we can see Alpha's rewith the wrecks of those who had not rection to look—forward and upward. sponsibility to furnish the leadership the strength, courage, determination, Let us for a moment analyze our for a new era. Through this mirror and inspiration to make port. Let this position. (1) We do not have to we can see one world, one people. not be said of Alpha. Forward on worry about holding the other man Through this mirror we can see the all fronts—social, political, and eco- down, and keeping him from sharing brotherhood of Alpha not only playnomic. the good things of life, thereby retard- ing a major role in the symphony of Two small boys were fighting on a ing our progress. (2) We do not have progress, but the conductor of the playground. An older girl separated to sit in mortal fear behind man made symphony. Remember only through them, and she remarked, "They are laws, rules, and practice in order to the mirror of truth may we see this only cousins, but they fight like broth- keep the underprivileged from sharing episode. ers." Yes, we will fight like brothers, fully in God's world. (3) We do not Let us go forward with confidence but in this fight it will be the battle have to stifle education and fair play (Continued on Page 22)

Alpha's Responsibility In the Changing South

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THE SPHINX


A Story

of Alpha

Development

In the

West

Alpha Epsilon and Delta Omicron . . . BAY A R E A , Calif. - Alpha Epsilon a n d Delta Omicron Chapters of Alp h a P h i Alpha Fraternity, Inc., are holding fast to the aim of manly deeds, scholarship a n d love for all m a n k i n d . D u r i n g the past year the two chapters have completed a program designed for cooperation a m o n g chapters. T h e s e two chapters are located in the Bay Area which is divided into two sections by the sands of M o t h e r N a t u r e in the form of the Pacific Ocean. Alpha Epsilon C h a p t e r is located in the East Bay at the University of California at Berkley. T h e C h a p t e r is very active on campus as well as off campus. D u r i n g the '53-'54 school year the men in the chapter maintained a very high scholastic average —

High enough in fact to be second on the dean's list. T h e Chapter's activities included participation in t h e Ann u a l Spring Dance a n d Show, T h e Selection of Alpha Sweetheart, CoW i n n e r of the most active C h a p t e r award for T h e Far-Western Region and the Co-Sponsoring of a scholarship event in which a high school senior was given a four year scholarship to Stanford University at Palo Alto, Calif. T w o Brothers of Alpha Epsilon g r a d u a t e d — one entered Hasting Law School — the other e n u r e d the University of California Medical School. T h e C h a p t e r is led by President Irving McCaine a n d Brother Nat Smith — Juniors at the University. Just 15 miles across the Bay Bridge

a n d n o r t h of the Golden Gate rests the stronghold of Delta Omicron Chapter, San Francisco State College. I n the West Bay, D O has m a d e Alpha the watch word of all those w h o seek the light. Delta O m i c r o n C h a p t e r has maintained a high scholastic average since its charter was granted in 1951. T h r o u g h the '53-'54 school year the Brothers in this C h a p t e r have become the U n d e r g r a d leaders of Alpha in the West. T h e y have within their C h a p t e r t h e Lay M e m b e r to the Executive Council, Brother Willie Brown, the Lay M e m b e r elect, Brother Carlton Dias w h o also heads the Central District Advisory Board which is the total representative body of the (Continued on Page 19)

DELTA OMICRON AND ALPHA EFSILON'S 1954 SWEETHEART Miss Blanche Vitero. Sophomore at San Francisco State College majoring in Business. On her leit is Brother Willie Brown, lay member and co-chairman . . . On her right is Carlton Dias. Brother and lay member elect, and also co-chairman.

D E C E M B E R , 1954

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From Initiation In Alpha T o Alpha's General President By BRO. A. MACEO SMITH Recently, I received the following telegram from SPHINX Editor W. Barton Beatty: "Prepare article for December issue on subject: "From Initiation in Alpha to Alpha's General President". Forthwith, I began pondering the purposes such an article would serve. These questions ran through my mind: Would such a parade of activities inspire Brothers to this high office? Is the path to the office limited by geography? What are some of the qualifications and requisites to achieving this office? Can one talk about himself without appearing egotistic? Must a Brother seeking this office be conditioned by the rule "First of all, Servant of all, I may transcend all?" Well, for whatever purposes this article may serve, here goes "30 Years in Alphadom", by your General President. In 1924, along with three other Fisk seniors, I "ate the food prepared for the gods", and "crossed the burning sands". At that time Fisk University forbade recognition of college fraternities or initiation therein. I recall that Brother A. Maurice Moore, now a celebrated Chemist, and I led a conspiracy that placed our graduation in jeopardy by making application which led to our initiation into Chi Chapter, Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. The initiation rites were solemn, and the heraldry portrayed "brainwashed" me into a burning conviction and fervent determination to ever hold high the lofty ideals of Alpha Phi Alpha. With a continuing devotion to the cause of making myself worthy of the great heritage provided by our founders, I pursued my life's work in the light of these principles. It may seem trite to say, but is nevertheless true, that the inspiration received has guided my footsteps from that beginning to the present time. Since that historic Saturday night in an upper room of the old YMCA building in Nashville, Tennessee, I have approached each lot and opportunity for service with humility and perseverance. I mention this to prove the efficacy of having all chapters execute the vital processes of initiation with serious impression-giving devices rather than the "paddle". From Chi Chapter in Nashville to New York, I journeyed in pursuit of PAGE 10

professional training and experience. A warm welcome was extended by the Brothers of Eta Chapter where I later became house manager, business agent of the basketball team, chairman of the annual formal committee, director of education, and leader in many other phases of service. In 1929 I returned to my home town for a different type of service in the Hinterlands of the Southwest. Following a tour of duty in Texarkana, Little Rock and Oklahoma City, I settled in Dallas, Texas for a longer season of service. All-the-while, and with the advice, assistance and counsel of my Brothers and others, I sought to extend the influence of my early impressions and to make myself useful in every community where I served. Being imbued with the desire to achieve freedom and first-class citizenship for myself and other suppressed minorities, I alerted the citizenry of Texas in 1933 in staging a "battleground for civil rights". The logistics were good, and the measurable results are contained in the following celebrated victories: The Texas Primary Case; Teachers Salary Equalization; Negroes for Jury duty; the famous Sweatt Case (led by a Brother); and successful attacks on many other "Jim Crow" practices and customs. As fitting recognition for leadership and service on these fronts, many local, state and national bodies have honored me with citations, testimonials and board memberships. In 1945 at the Chicago Convention I was elected to the high office of Western Vice-President. While serving in that post, and under the leadership of General President Belford V. Lawson, the Far Western Region was created and many other innovations in the Fraternity's administration were instituted, including the establishment of the office of the General Secretary as a full-time job. In 1951, at the Berkeley Convention, I was elevated by the will of the Convention to the high office and responsibility of General President. Also, I joined with others in establishing maximum tenure of this office to be that of three years. I wish to make it crystal clear that I have never "politicted" for any office in the Fraternity. It has always been my conviction that the office should seek the man. I still maintain that conviction and offer this criterion to sober

the climate at the Miami conclave. Foremost among the achievements of my administration as General President are the following: (1) Streamlining the fraternity's organization and program. (2) Establishment of a sound fiscal policy. (3) Acquisition of national headquarters, (4) Increasing the Grand Tax so that adequate funds would be made available, (5) Practically doubling the Fraternity's assets. (6) Improving Undergraduate relations, ^ O r g a n izing the A-Phi-A Housing Foundation, Inc., with an increasing supply of funds for undergraduate chapter housing, and (8) Lifting the general morale of the Brotherhood. Suffice it to say, these accomplishments are not attributed to the General President alone. I am deeply grateful to the officers of my administration, and to the thousands of other loyal Brothers who have helped. As I round out 30 years of faithful service to the Fraternity, I take pride in the fact that Alpha has meant much to me and I trust and pray that this recitation of my activities will inspire others to increase their zeal to strengthen the Brotherhood and "service to mankind" for therein the honor lies".

EXTENDS BEST WISHES Ero'her J. A. Mann, incoming president of Phi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity extends best wishes on behalf of the fraternity to Brother H. C. Perrin who is leaving this city and his post at Shaw University, which he has held for nearly a quarter of a century, to accept a new position at Morgan State College. The honoring Smoker was given at the home of J. T. Livingston with all members in attendance.

THE SPHINX


Howard's Beta Chapter

ANOTHER ALPHA SWEETHEART Miss Audrye Flamer is shown being crowned "Sweetheart" of Gamma Beta Chapter by Brother L. B. Frazier as her court looks on.

MEMBERSHIP ANALYSIS Graduates Regions Western Southwestern Eastern Midwestern Southern

As of 25 October 1954 1953 179 617 937 1139 1195

Total

4067 Intermediates Eastern 63 Midwestern — Total

Old 101 544 861 996 1022

New 5 16 25 19 17

Total 106 560 886 1015 1039

Difference Over last year - 73 - 57 - 51 -124 -156

3524

82

3606

-461

28 10

3 3

31 13

- 32 + 13 -

63 Undergraduates Western 80 Southwestern 318 Eastern 503 Midwestern 501 Southern 708

38

6

44

69 146 370 332 369

17 110 139 151 246

86 256 509 483 615

+ 6 - 62 + 6 - 18 - 93

Total 2110 General Organization 27 Jewels 4 Life Members 46

1286 14* 3 45

663 1

1949 15 3 49

-161 - 12 1

4

19

+ 3

Grand Total 6317 4910 756 5666 -651 * 9 brothers removed from General Organization to form new chapter. TOTAL MEMBERSHIP 1953 1954 Difference 259 Western 192 - 67 Southwestern 935 816 -119 Eastern 1503 1426 - 77 Midwestern 1640 1511 -129 Southern 1654 -249 1903

DECEMBER, 1954

(Continued from Page 4) Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Brother Roland Williams is president of the Freshman Class in the School of Pharmacy. Brother Braxton Cann is president of the Junior Class in the College of Liberal Arts, at the University. Brother Arthur Clement doubles as president of The University's chapter of the N.A.A.C.P. and treasurer of Scabbard and Blade — a National Military Society. He is also a student representative on the University Wide Committee on Religious Life at Howard. Brothers Daniel Hall and Theodore George serve as Student Council representatives from the Senior and Junior classes respectively in the College of Liberal Arts. Brothers William Clement and Wilborn Lindsay are on the Engineering and Architecture Student Council. William serves as treasurer and represents the Junior class on the Council, while Brother Lindsay is the representative of the Senior class. In connection with The Bison, Howard University's Yearbook publication, Brother Coleman Seward represents the Junior Class of the Liberal Arts College, while Brother Arthur Clement is a member of the editorial staff. In the military vein — R.O.T.C. specifically — at Howard University Brothers Aaron Wilkins, Robey MacDonald, along with Brothers Roy Littlejohn and Arthur Clement hold high ranking positions in the Cadet Corps. T o continue to enumerate the manifestations of leadership as exhibited by Alpha men at Beta Chapter: Brother Alvin Henry, member of the Greek Council, serves on the UniversityWide Council. Brother Raymond Bennett had a leading role in the Howard Players' magnificent production of Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew." Ranking member of the Kappa Sigma Debating Society is Brother Roy Littlejohn. Yes, names create news and at Beta Chapter—names of noble men abound therefrom, connoting achievement and leadership in all phases of campus endeavors. Last spring, twenty men became Brothers in the Great Bond of Alpha, here—and this Fall are eager to blaze a trail of greater achievement and success. That many more of the older Brothers offer them a friendly challenge. Surely greatness is in the offing—not only through which Beta Chapter can reflect with pride — but certainly, the Great Land of Alpha can claim with joy!! PAGE 11


L. A.'s ALPHA BASKETBALL TEAM Kneeling, left to right: Brothers Fred Kennedy, Charlie Clark, Oliver Downs, Clayton Moore, Kenneth Hill and Hugo Hill. Standing, left to right: Brothers William Crenshaw (coach). Pies Griiiin, Roland Yonkers, William Hill, John Barber, Jardine Wilson, Nick Bias, Don Watson and David Butler. This team participated in the interfratemity basketball series.

New Chapter House Planned For Nashville NASHVILLE, T e n n . - November marked a n o t h e r milestone in Alpha's march of progress. Chi C h a p t e r at Meharry Medical College a n n o u n c e d the institution of a new chapter house program. U n d e r the former administration of Brother W i l l i a m G. D. Henderson a n d the present administration of Brother T . W e n d e l l Williams Chi C h a p t e r passed a n o t h e r l a p on the road to full ownership of its home. Because of the recent addition of a men's dormitory to the college campus there was a decrease in the house's n u m b e r of resident brothers, especially incoming brothers, on w h o m the chapter d e p e n d e d for a major p a r t of its support. A new program of renovation, redecoralion a n d refinancing directed toward the attraction of upperclass brothers into the house has been instituted. Chi Chapter, one of the fraternity's older chapters, has long w a n t e d a h o m e of its own. R e n t a l proved unsatisfactory so that in 1949, u n d e r the administration of Brother Charles T . Battle, Jr., a n d t h r o u g h the generosity of g r a d u a t e Brothers H e n r y Allen Boyd, M. G. Ferguson, A. L. Allen, a n d W. D. Hawkins, money was lent to Chi to m a k e a down p a y m e n t o n the h o m e of the late Brother R. C. Cheek, M. D., w h o was himself a friend of Chi. T h u s the chapter emb a r k e d on an ambitious new era. Early in 1954, a special fund-raising committee was appointed. Its appeal is especially directed to former members of Chi. T h e money received is

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deposited by the committee to be used on the purchase a n d repair of the house. T h e initial response was not t h a t h o p e d for, b u t Chi wishes to publicly thank the following for their generosity, A. L. Allen, Nashville, T e n n , 5100; Dr. Andrew Best, Greenville, S. C , $50; Dr. H . A. Boyd, Nashville, T e n n . , $100; Dr. Maceo Clark, Dayton, Ohio, $100; Dr. D. Conner, $10; Dr. Horace Dewiggins, Tuskegee, Ala., $10; Dr. Julius B. Fields, St. Augustine, Fla., $50; M. G Ferguson, Nashville, T e n n . , $100; W. D. Hawkins, Nashville, T e n n . , $25; D r . T . C. Henderson, Chicago, 111., $50; Dr. D. A. Hooker, T e r r e H a u t e , Ind., $50; Dr.

J. S. Simmons, Sanford, N . C. $20. It is c o n t e m p l a t e d that a p l a q u e will be made a n d placed in the house with the names a n d a m o u n t s of each person c o n t r i b u t i n g fifty dollars or more to the fund. Chi C h a p t e r is p r o u d of its h o m e a n d is taking the o p p o r t u n i t y to let the brothers in Alpha know of its efforts. T h e goal is not yet reached, so an appeal is m a d e to everyone to aid Chi. Contributions to the fund, no m a t t e r what the size, will be welcomed a n d should be sent to Brother Axel Hansen, M. D. of Meharry Medical College, treasurer of the committee. T o Brother M e r e d i t h G Ferguson of Nashville, general treasurer of Alp h a Phi Alpha, Chi wishes to extend a special thanks for his efforts in its behalf.

Theme Announced For Alpha's 40th Confab General President A. Maceo Smith announced that the Theme for the 40th General Convention of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., being held in Miami, Florida, December 27-30, 1954 will be: "THE REALITIES AND ETHICS OF INTEGRATION" Said President Smith in his announcement "the time has come when we must give a great deal more serious study and consideration to this very important phase of our everyday life, for it not only affects us, but the relationship of America to the whole world."

WILMINGTON CHAPTER Left to right, standing: H. Weldon Simms, Dr. Wayman Coston. The Rev. Maurice J. Moyer, Donald Brown. George Taylor. Richard Brooks, recipient of chapter scholarship award and Charles L. Simms. Seated: Philip G. Sadler. Dr. Leon V. Anderson, William Young, Dr. W. W. Goens.

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Five Year ACHR Evaluation Released WASHINGTON, D. C. - The American Council on Human Rights released today printed copies of the report of its Commission on Evaluation headed by Dr. Howard H. Long, Dean of Central State College in Xenia, Ohio. The 123-page document represents an intensive analysis of the program and operation of the six year old Greek-letter project. The ACHR is a cooperative program of six national fraternities and sororities: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. It was created to mobilize the resources of its six member organizations in a joint effort toward equality of justice and opportunity for all citizens. The emphasis of the Council's program has been in the field of national legislation by the United States Congress and executive action by the President and the departments and agencies of the Federal Government. The headquarters of the project is in Washington, D. C. Elmer W. Henderson is its national director. The Council has been in the forefront of efforts to obtain a national fair employment practices bill; safeguards DECEMBER, 1954

for minorities in housing and other social legislation; the elimination of segregation from the armed services and other important developments in recent years. Members of the Evaluation Commission in addition to Dr. Long were: Enos S. Andrews of Philadelphia, Kappa Alpha Psi; Mrs. Vivian E. Cook of Baltimore, Alpha Kappa Alpha; Miss Patricia Roberts of Washington, Delta Sigma Theta; James N. Saunders of Washington, Alpha Phi Alpha; Mis. Josephine C. Smith of Washington, Zeta Phi Beta and Mrs. Lorraine A. Williams of Washington, Sigma Gamma Rho. Dr. Paul Cook of Miner Teachers College was the researcher for the study. Mrs. Bertell Collins Wright of Monlclair, New Jersey, is president of the Council. The study covered the direct social action program of ACHR; detailed its activities in the field of housing; analyzed its program in education and public relations and its local councils and included a chapter on its method of operations. In evaluating the work of the Council the Commission stated in conclusion: "In summary, therefore, we find that ACHR has operated unusually

effectively. One is a bit astonished at the record it has made and this record gains emphasis because it was established incidentally to the operation rather than as a planned accumulation of an occasion such as this survey. It would be difficult to find any organization that has done so much with so little, on the one hand; and it may be equally as difficult to find an organization with so much unused potentiality as resides in the 100,000 men and women who back the organization on the other. One is likely not to envisage what this potential really means in terms of getting things done. It follows then, that any notion of diminishing the work in any way would seem to be quite out of place. This is the time for new resolves to go forward to greater fruitfulness. Finally, there is every reason to be heartened. Since 1948 many things have happened that could not be anticipated at that time. Although ACHR cannot claim sole credit for what has transpired, certainly we think that no one can read what has gone before without appreciating that it has played a highly important role in what has taken place. We have noted several events such as the elimination of segregation in the railroad dining cars and the drive on housing in which the role of ACHR bulks so big that few would want to discredit any reasonable claim it might put forth. ACHR can afford to put aside distractions and in the idiom of the British: "Go on with the job."

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SWATS WITH SWINGLER!! By BROTHER LEWIS O. SWINGLER Chairman, Committee on Public Relations

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OR Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity it's Convention time and the magically tropical lure of beautiful Miami will

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graduate brothers for three full days of work and play. A. Maceo Smith, of Dallas, Texas, General President of the Fraternity, in issuing the official call for the three-day session, scheduled to be held December 27th through 30th, challenged his brothers to come to the 40th General Convention "prepared to ponder the vital problems of the Brotherhood, to lend a hand, as college trained leaders, toward devising a workable plan for 'Living in an integrated society'." Theme for the Convention is "The Realities and Ethics of Integration." While the visiting Alpha Phi Alpha men prepare to descend upon Miami with an agenda designed to occupy their attention with such issues as housing, education and citizenship campaigns, and a series of workshops dealing with every important phase of internal operation, the host brothers of Florida will balance off the cares of the day with a glittering social calendar reflecting the glory and holiday mood of the festival season. DR. IRA P. DAVIS CONVENTION CHAIRMAN Dr. Ira P. Davis, prominent Miami physician and already nationally known for his fabulous hospitality and as an ambassador of good will for this capital of the nation's winter vacationland, is serving as general chairman of the 40th General Convention. Solid support for entertaining the Alpha meeting in Miami is being given by all brothers of the immediate host chapter, Beta Beta Lambda; and chapters throughout the state. Wives and lady friends of the host brothers in Miami have been formed into the Beta Beta Lambda Chapter Auxiliary and through this organization plans have been made for entertaining wives of delegates and visiting brothers. Among speakers scheduled to appear on the convention program are Attorney J. Richardson, of Indianapolis, Ind., who will give the keynote address Monday. December 27th at the Booker T. Washington High School; Dr. Henry A. Callis, one of the seven founders (Jewels) of Alpha Phi Alpha, and a Washington, D. C. physician, who will make the Founder's address; Charles W. Greene, Associate Director of Agency, Atlanta Life Insurance Company, and for 17 years vice-president of Alpha's Southern Jurisdiction, who is scheduled to give the convention address; and Lloyd Riley, the undergraduate address. NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS SET UP Statute of limitation will make it necessary for the Miami Convention to elect another General President to succeed President Smith who will be completing his third and final term. Elected in Berkeley, California in 1951 to succeed Attorney B. V. Lawson, of Washington, D. C , Mr. Smith and his administration can point to such distinctive accomplishments as (1) the establishment of a national headquarters for Alpha Phi Alpha in Chicago . . . 'one of the finest of any Greek-letter society in the nation'; (2) chapter housing aids

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for undergraduates; (3) stream-lining of the structural organization to make for more effective operation from within; (4) installation of immediate chapters; (5) and amendment to the constitution to provide for the election of chief executive officers through chapter referendum and ballot. IMPORTANT REPORTS Important reports bearing upon the Fraternity's structural status, internal growth, and expansion in the field of social action will come from General Secretary James E. Huger, of Chicago; Meredith Ferguson, General Treasurer, W. D. Hawkins, Auditor, both of Nashville, Tenn.; Vice-Presidents W. H. (Duke) Williams of Jackson, Miss., of the Southern Jurisdiction; Lloyd H. Williams of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Southwestern Jurisdiction; William A. Smith, of Gary, Indiana, Midwestern Vice-President; Walter Booker of Washington, D. C. Eastern Jurisdiction; and Samuel P. DeBose, of Los Angeles, Far Western Jurisdiction; W. Barton Beatty, of Hampton Institute, Hampton, Va., Editor-in-Chief of the SPHINX Magazine; Milton S. J. Wright, of Wilberforce University, Ohio, Director of Education; Edward C. Maddox, of Los Angeles, General Counsel; and Charles H. Wesley, of Central State College, Wilberforce, Ohio, Historian.

MIAMI CARVER HOTEL HEADQUARTERS Miami Carver Hotel has been selected for the convention headquarters, and Booker T. Washington High School scene of the business sessions. The social affairs will be held in the Dinner Key Auditorium, the Lord Calvert Hotel, and the Solaria of the Miami Carver Hotel. Housing or hotel reservations can be made by Alpha Phi Alpha men writing to Dr. Ira P. Davis, of 1036 N. W. 2nd Avenue, Miami, Florida, or Anthony Gardin of 1036 N. W. 2nd Avenue, Miami.

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^tom t&e (fevtenal Secnetatcf & *De&& Brothers in Alpha: I greet you in this final edition of the SPHINX before we meet by the shore for the 40th General Convention which convenes in Miami, December 27th - 30th. The brothers in Florida are leaving no stones unturned to make this one of the most impressive conventions ever held in the history of Alpha. In the last issue of the SPHINX we listed the entire program for the convention including the social program both for men and women. DELEGATES CREDENTIALS Delegates Credentials were sent to each chapter with the instructions that they be mailed to: James E. Huger, General Secretary Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Hotel Miami Carver 899 NW Third Avenue Miami, Florida before December 15. It is requested that Chapter Secretaries be certain that the Senior Delegate will have in his possession the duplicate copy to be presented at the Convention. Additional copies may be obtained from the General Secretary. Rituals Chapters are urged to send in their old Ritual and receive from this office a copy of the 1951 Revised edition. T o date less than 100 chapters are using the new Ritual. Constitutional Amendments Below will he found the Constitutional amendments that were submitted to the chapters on November 3. They are listed here in order that all delegates will have an opportunity to study them before they are presented to the Convention: Constitutional Changes Submitted jmin the W'csteni Region Amend Article IN section 4 second paragraph to read - T h e General Secretary shall refer such petitions to the Committee on Standards and Extension whose findings shall lie reported by the General Secretary to i IK- General Convention or the Executive Council. A majority vote of either body can authorize the establishment of such a chapter. Article V, Section 3 to be added—Graduate chapters shall be granted authority to initiate undergraduate men on local campuses located in its area and not serviced by an undergraduate chapter. Petition for this privilege must be made to the Vice-President of the area affected. If he does not approve, the request is denied without recourse. If he approves the request, he must send the petition with his approval to the committee on Standards and Extension for final approval or denial. Action of the committee will be returned to the Vice-President who will notify the chapter of the action taken. Ibis authority to initiate undergraduates through a graduate chapter may be granted for a period not to exceed three years and may not be renewed during the first seven years following the date of the granting of the request. It shall be the duty of the graduate chapter with this authority, to foster the organization of an undergraduate chapter in the area in question. Article VI Section 7 add - Life membership shall be valid only as long as the member holding such membership is financial with the chapter in his locale. Article VI Section 1 amended to read — Membership in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. shall be of six classes: Undergraduate, Undergraduate transition, Intermediate, Graduate, Associate and Life. A member in

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good standing is one who has fulfilled all obligations of his chapter and the General Organization. Section 4 same Article to be added - An aplicant for membership in a graduate chapter as an undergraduate transition member shall be one who meets the requirements set forth in Article VI section 2 and who attends a school that is not covered by an undergraduate chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha. I he graduate chapter that he is applying for membership in must be the nearest chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha to his school. By-Law 21 — When a new chapter is organized. charter members who are unfinancial at the time shall be exempted from paying a reinstatement fee and the 10',', penalty in order to receive the new pass card. By-Law 22 - -Men being initiated into the fraternity on or before July 1st of any year shall pay the full grand tax for the current year. Men being initiated after July 1st shall pay 50% of the grand tax for the current vear. By-Law 23 - Chapters organized on or before July 1st shall be requested to submit the full grand tax for the current year for its charter members not already holding a current pass card. Chapters organized after July 1st shall be requested to suhmit 50% of the grand tax for current year. SAMUEL P. DEBOSE, Vice President

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Constitutional changes submitted from the Southern Region 1. AH graduate brothers affiliated with undergraduate chapters shall be required to pay a graduate regional fee at all Regional Conventions. 2. All chapters be required to send at least one regional fee for one delegate to the Regional Convention if they are not represented in person. 3. T h a t the General Constitution be amended so as to set up a definite procedure for the reinstatement of a suspended brother. 4. That the Offices of the Editor of the Sphinx and the General Secretary be combined and that the duties of Editor of the Sphinx as found in Article VIII, Section 8 of the General Constitution become a part of Article IX dealing with the duties of the General Secretary. W. WESLEY WHETSTONE, Regional Director

Constitutional changes submitted from the Eastern Region 1. T h a t the grand tax be reduced from $10.00 to S5.00 per year; and that in so doing consideration be given to the elimination of some of the projects to which Alpha Phi Alpha is contributing large sums of money. 2. T h a t only accredited delegates will be eligible to vote at Regional Conventions for Vice Presidential nominees. Alpha Omicron Lambda Chapter Wilbur C. Douglass. Secretary

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Proposed constitutional amendments coming from the Commission on Reorganization. 1. Initiation Costs—The Regional Vice-Presidents and other General Officers are continually beseiged with chronic complaints about the high cost of initiation for undergraduates. The National Pan-Hellenic Council approves a maximum fee of $35 exclusive of the basic badge. After due consideration of the many factors involved, the Commission on Reorganization proposes the following amendment to the By-Laws: That the By-Laws be changed so as to include a limit on the total amount that can be charged a candidate for initiation into any undergraduate chapter. The maximum amount to be set at $50.00 including the cost of the basic badge and further providing that a chapter must refund to each individual amounts collected above ami in violation of this maximum. 2. Undergraduate General Officers - The Commission on Reorganization has studied the reports of officers of the past several years and the digests of workshop recommendations from the last two General Conventions concerning the many recommendations to change the status of the only general office now restricted to undergraduates and makes the following proposal: That all proper sections of the constitution be amended to provide an "Assistant Vice President" in each region who shall be an undergraduate. T h e duties of this office to be prescribed but to include the supervision of undergraduate activities in their regions. T h e office "Lay Member" shall be abolished. 3. Fiscal Operations - T h e following proposed amendment to the By-Laws is designed to cover situations where brothers or new initiates make grand tax payments in September or October are not forced to pay an additional grand tax within 40 or 60 days. T h a t By-Law 10 be amended to provide that the General Secretary shall issue a pass card for the succeeding year upon receipt of grand tax payments received after August 31st. T h e adoption of this amendment will standardize the grand tax pro-

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INDIANAPOLIS ALPHA WIVES ENTERTAIN WITH COCKTAIL PARTY DURING MIDWESTERN REGIONAL CONFERENCE In the picture, seated on the floor, left to right. Imogene Jones, Mrs. George Cromwell. Hazel (Mrs. Jonn) Moore. Mrs. Julius Judkins, Barbara (Mrs. James) Cummings, Miss Marilyn Love, Betty (Mrs. Clifton) Scott, Ruth (Mrs. Roy) Clinthorne. Middle row. seated: Mrs. James Huger. Mrs. Melous Graham, Mrs. James McGee. Roselyn (Mrs. Henry J.) Richardson. Mrs. Walter Wiley, Mrs. Joseph Penn. Emma (Mrs. Theodore) Randall. Georgia (Mrs. Robert) Wright, Mrs. Julius Swafford, Genevieve (Mrs. Wilber) Chenault. Standing: Mrs. Mackey, Mrs. Vernice Brent. Marian (Mrs. Alfred) Grayson, lima (Mrs. Spurling) Clark, Maenell (Mrs. Laverne) Newsome, Mrs. Stemson Broaddus. Edna (Mrs. Joseph) Isom, Fren (Mrs. Fred) Williams, Mary (Mrs. Grant) Hawkins, Mrs. Homer Chavis, Katherine (Mrs. Mercer) Mance sealed on arm of chair, Jackie (Mrs. Ralph) Hanley.

Recommended StopOvers in Florida Those traveling Highway 90 through Pensacola may stop over at Florida A. & M. University with Brother Moses G. Miles . . . Over Highway 1 from Jacksonville you may stop over in St. Augustine, 40 miles south of Jacksonville at Florida Normal and Memorial College — Brother Royal W. Puryear, President . . . Or at Daytona Beach, 100 miles south of Jacksonville, you may stop over at Bethune-Cookman College — Brother Richard V. Moore, President.

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panel of speakers for youth. For the current year, Beta Nu Lambda is planning to get at the core of effective guidance programs and provide skilled advisors to study each student individually and help him decide in his own mind that his life's work may CHARLOTTE, N. C. - Each year be. T h e chapter is also attempting Beta Nu Lambda Chapter has given not only to lower educational mortalischolarships to highest ranking stu- ty of students graduating from high dents who graduate from high schools school who fail to enter college, but of the immediate community. Under also to help students to find themthe leadership of Brother Robert E. selves. Wood the chapter this year is planMuch of the credit for this revitalized program must go to the chapter ning to offer over five scholarships. Of special significance is the pro- president, Brother Wood, and to gram offered to seniors in high Brother Thomas Watkins, Jr. Outschools. This plan, in the spring of standing too, is the work of Brother 1954, was part of the national Go-to- Eugene Potts. Brother Potts, a disc High School — Go-to-College and Edu- jockey, is one of the chief advertising cation For Citizenship campaigns. In directors and a member of a local this program the chapter presented a radio station.

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Leaders and Citizens Jam Cain Testimonia EDITOR'S NOTE: Brother C. Morris Cain who is an active Alpha Man in liis home community lias also served as chairman of the Housing Commission of Alpha Phi Alplui Fraternity, Inc. Brother Cain was honored in Atlantic City, New Jersey early in November 1954. So significant was the occasion, we arc publishing the full report from the A T LANTIC CITY PRESS, November

5, 1954.

C. Morris Cain was acclaimed last night as one of the resort's outstanding citizens. Some 400 persons, including a college president, all members of the City Commission, the county's entire State legislative delegation, top business and professional men, and just plain citizens turned out to honor the civic leader for 50 years of outstanding community service. The occasion was a testimonial dinner for Cain by his friends, at the Jefferson Hotel. Those who attended represented all sections of the city and all walks of life. It was a true manifestation of brotherhood as Negro and white, Jew and Gentile sat together to honor the man who came here 50 years ago to work as a hotel bellman and rose to a position of eminence in the community. Cain was praised for playing an important part in breaking down racial barriers, and in general helping make the city a better place in which to live for everybody. Dr. Horace Mann Bond, president of Lincoln University, delivered the principal address. Mayor Altman was the toastmaster. Speakers included Monroe L. Mendelsohn, vice-president and general manager of T H E PRESS, who served as general chairman; Robert H. Johnson, Philadelphia, grand exalted ruler of the Elks of the World; Bayard L. England, president of the Atlantic City Electric Co., and a leader in civic affairs; Mrs. Walter B. Stewart, who represented the resort's women's clubs; William A. Fisher, head of the local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; and Albert A. Marks, Jr., president of the Kiwanis Club. All heaped praise on the honored guest for his fine character and service to the community. T h e sentiments of the speakerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the entire crowdâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;were summed up in a framed scroll presented by England in behalf of the city, which reads: "Citation for C. Morris Cain, on the DECEMBER, 1954

completion of fifty years of service to Atlantic City. "Distinguished citizen, humanitarian, friend and steadfast worker in every worthy cause. "His life has been characterized by devotion to his fellow man, his ability and integrity, his responsiveness to every call of humanity, his splendid public service and wise counseling to youth and adult of every race and color and creed exemplify the finest traditions of our American way. He has earned our grateful regard and affection." Mayor Altman said the community appreciates Cain's work and honored him for "what you stand for and what you do." "You have done more to break down the bars of discrimination in our city than anyone else I can think of," said Altman. Dr. Bond said Lincoln University, which recently celebrated its Centennial Anniversary, was honored to have Cain among its graduates. "He typifies the finest fruits of Lincoln University," said the educator. "We must find the recipe for producing more such men." Dr. Bond reviewed Cain's earlier life; his struggles to make a living when he was orphaned as a boy; when he came here to work as a bellman

and elevator operator; his fine scholastic record; his work in behalf of youth and his rise to eminence. "It's a long step from a bellman to an honored citizen," he said, adding: "During his entire life he showered blessings on the community." Johnson praised Cain for an outstanding job in the educational department of the Elks, and called him "a great American." He presented him with a commission as assistant education director of the Elks. He said the organization is now helping 57 students through college and spent over $1,000,000 for student assistance in the past 25 years. Fisher said the NAACP has "revered appreciation" of the work Cain has been doing for youth in the community. "His charming simplicity and humility have endeared him to people throughout the nation," he said. Mrs. Stewart said she had been associated with Cain in many civic projects over the past 25 years and had been inspired by his efforts. "You have contributed much to our city," she said. "You have been an inspiration to all of us . . . a great teacher who served well." England pointed out that Cain's management of the Stanley Holmes Village made that project one of the outstanding public housing operations in the nation. He described the honored guest as "one of the great citizens of Atlantic City." Mendelsohn said the make up of the crowd was evidence of the high regard and deep affection in which (Continued on Page 28)

GAMMA IOTA LAMBDA PRESENTS ALPHA "MAN OF THE YEAR" AWARD Brother John Edward Lowry, center, receives the Gamma Iota Lambda Chapter "Man of the Year" Award irom Brother R. Maurice Moss, president of the chapter, left, as Brother Cecil Gloster. program chairman for Gamma Iota Lambda, looks on.

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Memorandum to Lay Members To: LAY MEMBERS: FROM: CHAIRMAN, UNDERGRADUATE RELATIONS, OTIS D. SIMMONS SUBJECT: TENTATIVE AGENDA FOR GENERAL CONVENTION MESSAGE: Indubitably our job will be one of paramount importance and interest at the Miami Convention in the light of the May 17th Supreme Court Order outlawing segregation in public schools. To be sure, we may expect subsequent action among predominantly white fraternities across the country. Therefore, our fundamental consideration would seem to be to outline for ourselves an enlightened program based firmly on the mudsill of CHARACTER BUILDING and GROWTH. Certainly we cannot deny that all power and all fulfillment come through growth, Therefore, our entire Undergraduate Program should be centered around this one pertinent theme. If you have any suggestions at all as to how we might improve or implement our agenda, kindly write me before December 10th, and I will happily include them. TENTATIVE AGENDA 1. Call to Order Chairman, Undergraduate Relations, Brother Otis D. Simmons 2. Fraternity Prayer Brother Roger Youmans 3. General Discussion of Undergraduate Program Brother Otis D. Simmons 4. Sub-Clinical Discussion Groups and Chairmen. The purpose of these subgroups will be to talk over the five or six basic issues most urgent to Undergraduates, before presenting final opinions on such matters to the general convention. Such groups might be concerned about finding: a. Methods of improving "Pledge" Training Procedures — Chairman, Brother Lloyd H. Williams, Jr. b. Methods of improving Initiation Week Practices — Chairman, Brother Reuben A. Shearer. c. Methods of working out housing problems satisfactorily — Chairman, Brother William A. Reid. d. Methods of rendering the most SERVICE to the most people of our respective communities — Chairman, Brother Willie Brown. e. Methods best suited to giving greater dignity and importance to the office of "Lay Member" — Chairman, Brother Claude A. Conner, Jr. 5. Special Assignments relative to appointment of a Committee to study methods of Recruiting More and Better Qualified Men for Alpha — Chairman, Brother Martin L. Harvey. Members of Brother Harvey's Committee: Brothers Johnnie M. Hiuton, Claude L. Franklin, and Julius Lee, Jr. 6. Special Committee to study the whole problem of Undergraduate-Graduate Relations and how best we can all go about the business of strengthening the brotherhood — Chairman, Brother Livy T. Wilson. 7. Recorder for the Proceedings Brother Joseph I. Carwise. Do let me know if you will serve on the committees or sub-groups assigned. We desperately need to meet prior to the general convention. I would suggest that the entire Undergraduate Committee (every one of you whose name appears as chairman or as a member of a committee is a member of the Undergraduate Committee) meet in the Carver Hotel at 7:00 p. m., Sunday, December 26th. If you think of a better time when we could meet, kindly let me know about it. With warmest regards, I am Fraternally yours, OTIS D. SIMMONS Chairman, Undergraduate Relations

Beta Mu Exemplifies Scholarship, Leadership T A L L A H A S S E E , F l a . - T h e brotherhood of Beta N u C h a p t e r is ever vigilant a n d "on the j o b " in exemplifying Manly deeds, Scholarship, a n d Leadership. T h i s is being accomplished u n d e r the capable leadership of Brother Samuel Washington, Presid e n t of the chapter. Also he is a n officer in the R . O . T . C . a n d vice-president, Southern Student U n i o n Association. T h e officers of Beta N u for this year are: Brodes Hartley, vice-presi-

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dent; recording secretary, Lawerencc M o m a n ; corresponding secretary, Earl V. Farrow; financial secretary, Benjamin Wilson; treasurer, Stanley Broxton; p a r l i a m e n t a r i a n , Sylvester S h a n n o n ; dean of pledgees, R i c h a r d B. McGriff; assistant dean of pledgees Charles T . Maxwell; a n d associate editor to S P H I N X George L. Mims. T h e brothers also play a major role in the leadership of the campus. Brother Sylvester S h a n n o n is presid e n t of Student G o v e r n m e n t Association, president of Sigma T a u M u D e b a t i n g Society a n d president of Psychology C l u b , Scabbard a n d Blade Military Society a n d n u m e r o u s others. Brother M o n r o e W . Mack is presi-

dent of the University C h a p t e r of N A A C P and president of Scabbard a n d Blade Military Society, president Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Society, president of M o r t a r a n d Pestle C l u b for Pharmacy Major a n d Battalion C o m m a n d e r of First Battalion, R. O. T . C. Unit. Brother Earl Farrow is president of Christian Federation; Brother R i c h a r d McGriff is president of local chapter of Alpha K a p p a M u ; Brother Charles T . Maxwell, S u p e r i n t e n d e n t of Sunday School; Brother Benjamin Wilson, is Editor of Famcean; Brother Edward P. Nolan, president of Business Guild; Brother George I.. Mims, president of YMCA a n d president of AgricultureH o m e Economics C l u b . O t h e r members are: Brothers R o b e r t a n d Gerald Burke, Carlton Batson, sports editor of Famcean; Charles Leonard, Reginal Pastuer, a tenor in the University choir; James Matthews. Earl McCrary, Joseph W o o d a r d , McLain Garrett, Lois J. Miller, L u t h e r L. Jones, Sylvester Johnson, Earl Brooks, Willie Roberts, Callivan Gladden, an outstanding Guard, who is a m e m b e r of the undefeated Rattler Football Squad; a n d Brother Vernon Lee who m a i n t a i n s an outstanding scholastic average in spite of his blindness. He is also p o p u l a r with the chapter members and participates in all activities. Plans are being processed for the a n n u a l paid affair which is a comedy. It is being produced by Brothers McGriff, Shannon, a n d R o b e r t a n d Gerald Burke. Along with Beta Nil's participation in campus leadership, it has attempted to integrate new ideas and insights into its general program. D u r i n g the first week of October, the a n n u a l Freshman Smoker was held with over a h u n d r e d attending. Brother A. L. Kidd, who was instrumental in getting Beta N u established on the campus, gave an inspiring talk on the "Progress of A l p h a a n d T h e Establishment of Beta N u . " D u r i n g the H o m e c o m i n g Parade Beta Nu's float received first prize. T h e Sweetheart for this year is Miss Mazie Sweet, a senior, from Fort Pierce, Florida. H e r court included: Miss Bessie Gaines, Tallahassee, Florida; Miss Virginia Fair, Pensacola, Florida; Miss Yvonne Hayling, Tallahassee, Florida; a n d Miss Dori's Brooks, Gainesville, Florida. T h brothers of Beta N u anxiously beckon every Alpha Brother to Miami, Florida, for the 40th General Convention, December 27—30, 1954. Extensive plans have been formulated to insure the b r o t h e r h o o d a variety of activities. W e look forward to seeing you in M i a m i by the Shore. Come to the M A G I C C I T Y .

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Brother Miller and Wife Honored

ALPHA DELTA'S CHEERING SQUAD Left to right: Connie Callowoy. Barbara Holden, Colleen Martin, Josie McCUnton. Sandra Morris. and Elaine Yates . . . This crew of cheerleaders spurred Alpha Delta cagers.

Durham's Gamma Beta Going Ahead D U R H A M , N . C . - G a m m a Beta C h a p t e r is striving to make the year 1954—55 the most successful year in the history of the chapter. Various activities a n d projects have been undertaken by each brother so that stronger unity a n d better cooperation can be obtained. T w o of the chapters most recent activities were the a n n u a l Smoker a n d the candle light coronation ceremony. T h e candle light ceremony d u r i n g the school year 1953—54 was the first of its kind on the college campus. T h i s year the ceremony was a colorful affair held on the balcony of the James E. Shcpard Memorial Library a n d was highly praised by the college administration a n d the entire student body. D u r i n g the ceremony sister Audrey Flamer, a P h i l a d e l p h i a senior, was crowned "Sweetheart of Gamma Beta"by brother L. B. Frazier, our Regional Director. Some of the proposed activities for the year are: a series of cultural events on campus; a drive to aid underprivileged children a n d a drive to increase N A A C P membership. T h e C h a p t e r officers are: President, Albert O p h e r ; Percell Bowser Vice-president; D o n a l d Bonner, Corresponding Secretary; James J o r d a n , Recording Secretary; R u d o l p h Smith, Treasurer, Louis Fields, ParliamenT r c a s u r e r ; Louis Fields, Parliamentarian, Reese Massey, Sargeant—at— Arms a n d W a l t e r Brown, D e a n of Pledgees. D E C E M B E R , 1954

Alpha Epsilon (Continued from Page 9) lour chapters of A l p h a in this area. T h e chapter's activities are not limited to the chapter. The brothers ate leaders in the College C o m m u n i t y . Brother Levell Holmes is treasurer of the 7320 Student Body of which only 5 p e r cent are Negroes. H e is favored to become president of the Student Body for '55-'56. T h e chapter is led by Brothers Bob Evans, president; R o l a n d H a l l , treasurer; V a n Hawkins ( R O T C head); Leonard Leath, secretary; a n d R a l p h Griffen, the Central District Supervisor. I n June of '54 four brothers graduated. Brother Bob Frelow was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Force. Brother A. B. Butler, 119 p o u n d N o r t h e r n California Boxing champ, is teaching high school biology. Brothers Rierce a n d Bell are doing graduate work in the fields of medicine a n d social science. Delta Omicron was also co-winner of the award for the most active undergrad chapter on the coast. T h e y co-sponsored the a n n u a l spring dance and show, the Black a n d Gold Ball, a n d the never-to-be-forgotten Sweetheart's Ball at the R o w i n g C l u b . At (he Regional Convention in Los Angeles the Delta O m i c r o n undergrads took complete charge a n d carried o n in the true spirit of Alpha. T h e pledge club of Delta O m i c r o n u n d e r the able hands of the lay member a n d dean of pledges n u m b e r s some 42 strong. So Alpha on the coast will not— "cease a n d desist!"

N E W Y O R K - G a m m a Iota Lambda C h a p t e r a n d A l p h a Wives of Brooklyn a n d L o n g Island chose their final joint meeting before s u m m e r t o have a very pleasant time a n d to honor a pair of h a r d workers w h o were leaving Brooklyn to take u p work a n d residence in the Middle West. Brother H e r b e r t T . Miller a n d his capable a n d loyal wife, Belle, were the guests of h o n o r on this occasion. Brother Miller h a d lor a n u m b e r of years been the dynamic, go-getting executive of Carlton Y.M.C.A. of Brooklyn a n d following this, associate secretary of the Protestant Council of New York City. H e was likewise a founder of G a m m a Iota L a m b d a Chapter. Brother Miller has gone to Cleveland, O h i o , to take u p work as associate secretary of the Cleveland Federation of Churches. T h i s is an imp o r t a n t position a n d will allow ample o p p o r t u n i t y for the talents a n d powers of this very capable team of H e r b a n d Belle.

Final Rites Held For Brother Edgar Harney Funeral rites were held for Brother Edgar P. Harney, Thursday. October 23. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church at New Orleans. Brother Harney, a native of Mobile, Alabama, died the previous Tuesday at the Flint-Goodridge Hospital. A graduate of Straight College and Xavier University where he earned a master of arts degree, Brother Harney began his teaching career here as viceprincipal at John W. Hoffman junior high school. He later served as principal of Lee Station school, Johnson Lockett school, J. W. Johnson, Thorny Lafon and Alfred Priestly junior high school, the position he held at the time of death. He was past president of the New Orleans Teachers Association; secretary and treasurer of the Principal's Association; a member of the Citizenship Awards committee; the Catholic Committee of the South commission on human rights; the Xavier University Alumni Association; the Bunch Club; the N.A.A.C.P.; the New Orleans Urban League; the Knights of Peter Claver; the Holy Name Society; and, past officer of Sigma Lambda Chapter of New Orleans, through which he was initiated as a graduate brother years ago. Brother Harney is survived by his widow, Mrs. Dixie E. Sanders Harney; a sister, Mrs. Mary Noel; and a brother, Julian T. Harney.

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Here and There With Alphas B R O T H E R G. RUBERT C O T T O N resigns as president of Kansas Technical Institute, Topeka, Kansas, to become Commissioner of Education for the Virgin Islands. Dr. Cotton was appointed to this position by the Honorable Archie A. Alexander, Governor of the Islands. Brother Cotton will begin his new duties January 1, 1955. Brother Cotton is well qualified for this position having spent a considerable number of years in the educational and administrative fields. He received his educational training at Hampton Institute, the Kansas State Teachers' College and at Ohio State University. * * * * BROTHER NAPOLEON HELM has recently received the position as probation officer to the Court of Domestic Relations, Concinnati, Ohio. Brother Helm is a recently discharged captain in the United States \nnv.

* * * * BROTHER 1'. I). PATTERSON, former president of Tuskegee Institute and now director of the Phelps-Stokes Fund, organized recently a meeting under the sponsorship of the Fund which was held in Hot Springs, Arkansas, October 26 and 27. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the recent Supreme Court decision affecting segregation in public schools. Sixty educators from fourteen states and the District of Columbia attended the meeting. * * * * BROTHER DR. EDMON CASEY and BROTHER DR. PAUL H O U G H are clinical instructors of internal medicine at the College (Continued on Page 28)

Bro. Lowry Chosen NEW YORK - At its 1954 formal, Gamma Iota Lambda Chapter of Brooklyn and Long Island initiated a novel plan.As a complete surprise to him, an outstanding brother was singled out and honored with the presentation of a plaque engraved as follows: "Presented to John Edward Lowry, M.D., by his brothers in Gamma Iota Lambda Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, signifying his selection as the Metropolitan Area Alpha Man of the Year. "In recognition of his contribution and for outstanding service to the medical and civic life of his community. A brilliant career climaxed by his being chosen president-elect of the County of Queens and president of the Library Board of the County of Queens. May 4, 1954" It should be noted that both acts of recognition are a first for a member of the race. Brother Lowry is at present a member of Alpha Gamma Lambda Chapter of Manhattan.

PROSPECTIVE ALPHA MEN Gazing toward Alphadom are these thirteen prospective Alpha Men. They aspire to become members of Beta Nu Chapter at Florida A. and M. University. The left file from bottom to top are: Earl Allen. Roger McLeod, Donald W. Williams, Howard Aaron, and Levi Johnson. Reading from bottom to top, right side file are: Edwin Demerritte. Ralph Flowers, Carl H. Kirksey, Clarence Griffin, Eugene R. Cromartie, W. Albert Biddle. Not shown are Raymord Dudley and Frederick Humphries.

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^tatenMtttf 'pout DR. O. WILSON WINTERS, Editor

Brother House Gets Achievement Award In D. C

MIAMI BECKONS Sholom Aleichem! Dr. Ira P. Davis, General Convention Chairman! Brother Davis expects the largest delegation in the history of Alpha Conventions.—Brother Davis is correct. Don't be surprised if there are a thousand Apes registered at Miami. (I don't include those in the famous Miami Monkey Jungle). There are few wives who don't know about the Ponce de Leon Fountain of Youth. "Hope springs eternal in the human breast," so a thousand Alpha wives will urge a thousand Alpha men to go to Miami for the convention and not come back unless they find and use that fabulous fountain. • • • • News Item - The Carver Hotel has been selected as the official headquarters - . . . will lend itself . . . for caucus (rhymes with raucous) meetings and meetings of other committees. Columnist note (I remember some of the "other committees" at the Hollender in Cleveland in 1952). # * * # Overheard in Trenton, N. J. "Say there, have you made up your mind, yet? About what? Whether I can go to Miami with you Oh I don't think I can afford it." Later that day this song was heard. "This ole spouse has been his children This ole spouse, his faithful wife This ole spouse darned all his stockings Nursed him oft' to save his life This ole spouse once was his shadow Shared with him from hand to mouth Now she's left to face the winter While he frolics in the South. Aint going need this spouse no longer? Aint going love this spouse no more? Aint got time to paint my toe nails Aint got time to cut my corns Aint got time to sort my snuggies Aint got time to prove I'm sane If he needs this spouse no longer I'm getting ready to make the train."

DR. O. WILSON WINTERS

Compendium on Miami Mores Miami is a wonderful city. It is often called the magic city. It received its city charter in 1896. Greater Miami covers about ninety square miles and has over 250 thousand inhabitants. The natives are friendly, even affectionate. In ordinary conversation one may be addressed as "Sugar" many times. Don't think people are spiritualistic mediums nor that they see a group of your departed ones around you when they say "you all". That's the same as "you'se" in Brooklyn. Racial relations are as stable here as any place in the South. Don't believe the yarns you hear about the impropriety of asking for cheese and crackers. You don't have to say cheese and biscuits. Page 12 of the Pre-Convention Issue of the SPHINX showed a fin£ picture of five lovely Miami damsels. There was Albertha, Pearl, Jereline, Vernee and Anna. The caption reads, "They are Vivacious! They are charm(Continued on Page 30) DECEMBER, 1954

WASHINGTON, D. C. - Mu Lambda C h a p t e r presented an Achievement Award to Brother C. C. House for "sustained and consistent activity of merit in the fraternity and in the community", at a banquet in Baldwin Hall, Howard University. The selection of Brother House was based upon standards set up by a committee consisting of Brothers James N. Saunders, Chairman; Eugene Holmes, Arnette Lindsey and Henry Robinson and the award is not yearly but only from time to time as others are qualified. The criteria consisted of the following factors: Weights I. Length of Active Membership (Points —15) II. Activity (Points —50) A. Chapter (35) (local) 1. Offices held 2. Committees a. Chairman b. Member B. National (15) a. Conventions b. Committees 1. Chairman 2. Member III. Civic (Points-15) A. Participation 1. 2. 3. IV. Vocational (Points—25) A. Achievements 1. Professional Organizations a. Local b. National 2. Discoveries, inventions, publications 3. Honors received Using the criteria as a basis for evaluating the candidates, the Awards Committee made up of Brothers Millard R. Dean, Chairman; Walter Garvin, Arnett Lindsey, James N. Saunders and Thurlow Tibbs, found that Brother C. C. House had the highest rating of the names submitted. The honoree is a native of West Point, Mississippi with a B.A. degree from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas and a M.A. from Howard University, Washington, D.C. and has been active since 1926 in fraternity affairs and with Mu Lambda since 1933. He has served as President, Beta Mu Lambda Corporation of Alpha Phi Alpha; President, Mu Lambda PAGE 21


Chapter; Treasurer, Beta Mu Lambda Corporation for 15 years. This corporation holds and maintains the 'Alpha House" in Washington, D.C.; Financial Secretary of Mu Lambda Chapter for 14 years and is at present serving a second two-year term as president of Mu Lambda Chapter. In the national organization he has been many times delegate and served on many committees such as the Auditing, Budgeting, Reorganization and Place Committees. He is active in the Washington blanch, NAACP., Member, Board of Management, 12th Street Y.M.C.A., edited a monograph on Accounting which is used in public schools and is a member of the Washington Society of Accountants and also active in his church, Lincoln Congregational. The address of congratulations was delivered by Brother James C. Evans, Civilian Assistant to Assistant Secretary of Defense with Verdi Robinson, Chairman of Program Committee and Master of Ceremonies. Brother Evans stressed how Alpha had set the stage for the changing times in that we once had Go to high schoolgo to college Campaigns and now everyone is conscious of the need for higher education. This slogan became unnecessary and the present program is based on citizenship and education. The gold plaque recognizing Brother House's achievements was presented by Brother Millard "Buddy"' Dean, Awards Committee chairman. Congratulatory remarks were made by Brother Jewell, Henry Callis and several other brothers including past National Presidents, Brothers Rayford W. Logan and Belford V. Lawson; Brothers Walter Booker, Eastern Vice President; Charles Davis, President, Beta Chapter; Brother Oscar Sistrunk, representing Intermediate chapter, Omicron Lambda Alpha Chapter; Brother Edward Austin President Beta Mu Lambda corporation; Brother James N. Saunders, Principal, Cardoza High School, where Brother House is a member on the faculty and one of the recent initiated members of Mu Lambda, Brother David Byrd.

ACHIEVEMENT AWARD TO BROTHER C. C. HOUSE Shown a! the speaker's table at the Achievement Award banquet of Mu Lambda Chapter. Washington. D. C, and left to right: Brother Jewel Henry A. Callis; Brothers James C. Evans. Civilian Assistant to Assistant Secretary of Defense; C. C. House, President of the chapter; and Walter Booker. Eastern Vice-President.

Combs, First Negro President Of Y . M . C. A. Secretaries DALLAS, Texas-W. D. Combs, Executive Secretary of the Moorland Branch Y. M. C. A. of Dallas was elected President of the Association of Y. M. C. A. Secretaries in the Southwest Area at the Annual Conference of the Secretaries held at Fort Worth, Texas, September 9-12. The Southwest Chapter of the Association of Secretaries is the professional organization of the Secretaries in Y. M. C. A. and is composed of all Y. M. C. A. Secretaries working in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. The Conference theme was "Improving Professional Competence." Mr. John R. McCurdy, President of the George Williams College at Chicago, 111., was the keynoter for the Conference and served as resource person. The outstanding revelation of the Conference was that many per-

CHANGE OF ADDRESS OF OFFICE OF GENERAL SECRETARY The Office of General Secretary is now located in the National Headquarters Building. Please address mail to: Mr. James E. Huger, General Secretary, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, 4432 South Parkwayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Chicago 15, Illinois. PAGE 22

sons and groups share the responsibility of providing adequately for continuing growth in Competence of Y. M. C. A. Secretaries. However, the main responsibility is on the individual Secretary to take advantage of available means of growth with which he is surrounded. W. D. Combs served as Chairman of the Program Committee of the Conference. More than 150 Secretaries spent 4 days at Camp Carter, Fort Worth, Texas, studying new techniques for improving themselves in their service to the Young Men's Christian Association. Combs is also Chairman of the Summer School and Director of the Estes Park Y. M. C. A. Summer School held at Estes Park, Colorado. Combs was initiated at Alpha Sigma in 1930 and has served as President of the following chapters: Alpha Sigma, Alpha Tau Lambda, and Alpha Sigma Lambda. â&#x20AC;˘

Alpha's Responsibility (Continued from Page 8) in the future. While the road ahead toward first class citizenship may be tough, the advances made in the last fifty years give us hope that the goal is in sight. THE SPHINX


40th General Convention (Continued from Page 1) F. Reorganization Commission — Brother Howard H. Long G. American Council on Human Rights — Brother Aubrey E. Robinson H. Music and Drama — Brother Maceo Hill I. Housing — Brother Oscar C. Brown J. Constitution — Brother John D. Buckner Convention Address — Introduction of Speaker — Brother Arthur Shores Speaker — Brother Charles Greene Fraternal Hymn —• Brother Maceo Hill Adjournment — Brother A. Wayman Ward 10:00 P.M.—All Greek Dance — Dinner Key Auditorium W E D N E S D A Y , D E C E M B E R 29 9:00 A.M.—Fourth Business Session—Call to Order and Presiding, General President A. Maceo Smith Invocation — Brother A. Wayman Ward 9:00 A.M.—Committee Hearings A. Recommendations B. Budget C. Standards and Extension D . Achievements and Awards E. Reorganization 10:00 A.M.—Work Shop Session — Brother J. Rupert Picott, Supervisor Workshop I — Undergraduate Problems, Relations and Participation 1. Leader: Brother Otis Simmons 2. Resource Person: Brother William Reid 3. Recorder: Brother Joseph I. Carwise Workshop II — Strengthening the Brotherhood — Reorganization and Program 1. Leader: Brother Bindley Cyrus 2. Resource Person: Brother Howard H. Long 3. Recorder: Brother Howard Bennett Workshop III—Social Action for Integration 1. Leader: Brother Charles H. Wesley 2. Resource Person: (Atty.) Brother Thurgood Marshall 3. Recorder: Brother Robert K. Wright 12:30-1:25 P.M.—Lunch

1:30 P.M.—Fifth Business Session — Call to Order and Presiding, General President A. Maceo Smith Report of Committees Concluded A. National Convention Committee — Brother Myles Paige B. Undergraduate Relations — Brother Otis Simmons C. Audit — Brother W. D. Hawkins, Jr. D. Standards and Extension — Brother Frederic A. Jackson E. Place — Brother Richard V. Moore F. Final Budget Report — Brother Kermit J. Hall G. Achievement and Awards — Brother Tolly W. Harris Undergraduate Address — Introduction of Speaker — Brother Willie Brown Speaker — Brother Roger Youmans Fraternal Hymn — Brother Maceo Hill Adjournment — Brother A. Wayman Ward 7:00 P.M. — Cocktail Party T H U R S D A Y , D E C E M B E R 30 9:00 A.M.—Sixth Business Session — Call to Order and Presiding, General President A. Maceo Smith Invocation — Brother A. Wayman Ward Report of Workshops Workshop No. I, Undergraduate Problems, Relations and Participation Workshop No. II, Strengthening the Brotherhood - Reorganization and Program Workshop No. Ill, Social Action for Integration Report of Committee on Recommendations — Brother Lionel Newsom Fraternal Hymn — Brother Maceo Hill Adjournment — Brother A. Wayman Ward 12:00-1:00 P.M. — Lunch 1:15 P.M.—Final Business Session—Call to Order and Presiding, General President A. Maceo Smith Nomination and Election of Officers Nomination of President to be voted on by Financial Brothers Report of the Election Commission — Brother H. L. Dickason Fraternal Hymn — Brother Maceo Hill Adjournment — Brother A. Wayman Ward 7:00 P.M.—Formal Banquet and Closed Dance, Municipal Auditorium F R I D A Y , D E C E M B E R 3 1 , 1954 9:00 A.M.—Executive Council Meeting — General President's Suite, Carver Hotel

MEMBERS OF ZETA LAMBDA CHAPTER Zeta Lambda Chapter began the social season of the Peninsula. Va., a.ea with a formal dance at Bay Shore Beach Pavilion. The chapter picture was taken during the intermission. Left to right: Dr. G. Carter. W. T. Brown, C. -Jones, T. E. Ross. C. Johnson. J. George. W. R. Herring. F. D. Jackson. Dr. L. A. Fowlkes. A. D. Manning. H. W. Ridley. R. L. Pride, and W. A. Miller. Standing, left to right: O. H. Smith. Atty. W. H. Thompson. Dr. W. Ross. Dr. S. Binns. Atty. E. Travis, P. F. Thomas. Dr. E. Hunter. J. Goble. G. W. Raney. E. Epps, T. S. Madden. B. Watkins. N. J. Pleasant. T. Rollins, and H. Price.

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Ward. The Coca-Cola Bottling Company 1903. Dallas. Texas.

Brother Ward resides in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Alpha Men Play Big Role ... Nine Alpha men are listed among the twenty-two young Negro public relations and sales representatives now serving The Coca-Cola Company and its bottlers in a promotional network which extends across the nation, giving the Coca-Cola industry one of the largest such forces in the country. T h e Moss H. Kendrix Organization, Washington, D. C , public relations firm, headed by Brother Moss H. Kendrix, serves as national public relations representatives for The CocaCola Company, Atlanta, Georgia, in its directions to the Negro market. Brother Kendrix's firm has served the Coca-Cola industry since 1951. The Kendrix Organization, under the direction of E. D. Sledge, VicePresident and Advertising Manager, The Coca-Cola Company, handles all public relations and promotional projects aimed at the national Negro community by the Atlanta soft-drink firm. Much of the attention of the Washington agency is devoted to working PAGE 24

MARCUS NEUSTADTER. JR.

HORACE COCROFT

with the local, independent bottlers of Coca-Cola. In the work with these bottlers, Brother Kendrix consults on marketing matters and has been responsible for the hiring of a number of men to handle public relations and sales promotion projects at the local level.

Brother G. S. Alexander is associated with Brother Kendrix in the five-person Coca-Cola unit of The Moss H. Kendrix Organization. A third Alpha man, Brother Horace Cocroft, is also stationed in Washington with duties to the Washington Coca-Cola Bottling Works. Other THE SPHINX


Brothers in the Coco-Cola public relations and sales network are Thomas Hawkins, Baltimore, Lee Ward, Dallas, Texas, E. L. Lipscomb, Jackson, Miss., Marcus Neustadter, Jr., New Orleans, Christopher Conner, Philadelphia and Jessie Lewis, Birmingham, Alabama.

CHRISTOPHER CONNER

March of Dimes— E. L. LIPSCOMB

JESSE LEWIS

The March of Dimes faces a challenge six times greater today than it did in 1938 when the organization was founded. Polio cases reported in the four-year period from 1938 to 1941 inclusive averaged 6,984 per year. In the fourvear period from 1950-53 inclusive they averaged 38,789 per year, or nearly six times as many. By far the majority of these patients were aided in part or in full by the March of Dimes. Superimposed upon this tremendous drain of March of Dimes funds for rebuilding lives is the monumental battle to wipe out poliomyelitis as a crippling disease. The vaccine field trials of 1954 and the evaluation study of those trials now under way are only the beginning of what it is hoped will be the final breakthrough against polio. But in the face of this optimism, new polio cases — particularly paralytic ones — continue at a high level.

MIAMI TIPS The Host Chapter of the Sunshine State of Florida promises a mean temperature of 78 degrees and a bright Florida sun and tropical moon to add to the enjoyment of visiting Brothers from less temperate climates. The "Sport of Kings" may be pursued at Tropical Park Race Track. Bathing and deep-sea fishing for the out-door type who wish to store some Florida Sunshine to take back to their own communities are available. An hour away by plane is the Caribbean for the tourist-minded Brothers. Other attractions are the Orange Bowl game on New Year's day, and a top light heavyweight boxing bout, featuring World Champion Archie Moore. These activities, in addition to a well-planned business and social program will all aid in making your trip to Miami for the convention worthwhile.

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These require more extensive treatment and longer stays in hospitals thus costing more in March of Dimes funds. Another complicating factor in the light on polio is emerging today. Fifteen years ago about one polio case of every 10 reported was fatal. Today only about one in 20 is fatal. One reason for this is that more can be done now to save patients' lives. But a result of this is that the expensive long-term case — often continuing for years — has become an increasing part of National Foundation planning. Research into new techniques of polio treatment and professional education so that these new techniques can be passed on to the medical field is being expanded at a greater cost. The development of techniques of this type, financed by March of Dimes funds, played a major part in halving the ratio of polio deaths to the total number of cases. The aim of the National Foundation's program of polio prevention is to hasten the day when polio ceases to be a threat to American homes. •

Alpha Beta Initiates 4 Into Alphadom On October 25 Alpha Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. introduced four young men to the greatness of Alphadom. After a very successful probation, the men of Alpha Beta marched to Foster Hall, the dormitory for girls, and gave a thrilling serenade. Among the numbers in the repertoire of Alpha Beta were: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Oh What a Beautiful Morning," "You'll Never W a l k Alone," "Scandalize My Name," the Chapter Hymn and the National Hymn. Aside from the traditional marching song, the men of Alpha Beta used a song to the tune of "The Happy Wanderer." The serenade was received and enjoyed highly by the ladies of Foster Hall. When other organizations would close shop and say that's all, the men of Alpha Beta made another forward step. The next night they went to the hospital to serenade those persons confined to bed. This, Alpha Beta called "Operation Forget Me Not." The serenade at the hospital, carried out in the true Alpha spirit, was also successful. With probation behind, the men of Alpha Beta look to the future and aim for the stars. For them, in AlPAGE 25


CONVENTION COMMITTEE IN SESSION AT WASHINGTON. D. C. Seated, left to right: Dr. Walter M. Booker, eastern vice-president; A. Miceo Smith, general president; Judge Myles A. Paige, chairman; Dr. Henry A. Callis, founder. Standing, left to right: Dr. Ira Davis, Miami Committee chairman; Dr. Ray lord W. Logan. Howard University; Herman Johnson, publicity director. Eastern Region, Washington. D. C; Attorney Henry Richardson. Indianapolis. Ind.; Dr. A. C. Fentress, Norfolk, Va. pha, there is no impossibility. Talladega College is called " T h e Alpha Lyrae Vega of them all." T h e Alpha Lyrae Vega is the brightest constellation in the sky. T h i s bright constellation is where the aims of the m e n of A l p h a Beta can be found. With only past records affording stiff competition, Alpha Beta "Marches Onward a n d U p w a r d T o w a r d the Light." â&#x20AC;˘

Another Alpha First Brother John Morris Stevens, .Sfi.700 Director of the M a n h a t t a n Boro Control Center, heads the world's most powerful Civil Defense installation. From this secret u n d e r g r o u n d headquarters, Staffs a n d volunteers of the Mayor, Boro President, a n d Commissioners of New York City control the intricate pre- a n d post-attack activities. Instant decisions of importance are possible, for the commissioners or

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their deputy must be within the Center with the Mayor a n d Boro President. Of the 500 to 600 present when the Control Center is activated, approximately 5 % are Negroes. Efficiency, not Race, is the criterion, thus decisively refuting proponents of segre-

tion. All commissioners become deputy commissioners according to Civil Defenses' chain of command. Brother Stevens is also the first Negro licensed by the J o h n Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company, a n d by the P r u d e n t i a l Insurance Company of America.

MEMORANDUM (Continued from Page 7) and "pledge" should feel it a part of his code of honor to identify himself with some worthwhile campus organization. Participation in such organizations would, of course, necessitate a thorough knowledge of parliamentary procedure; however, this should be accepted as a challenge and an opportunity for us to make wonderful progress in teaching our "pledges" parliamentary practices. Our Undergraduate Program should be permeated with the idea of the fullest possible growth of each "pledge." This would mean that a large variety of experiences would have to be opened to him, such as opportunities to speak on various programs, to chair committees, and the like. In everything we do fraternally with our "pledges" and ourselves we must constantly train for growth, because all power and all fulfillment come through growth. Fraternally, OTIS D. SIMMONS Chairman, Undergraduate Relations

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Johnson Pays Fine Tribute T o Brother Frayser T . Lane EDITOR'S NOTE: Remarks by Brother Charles

S. Johnson, President, Fisk l niversity ni Testimonial Dinar) and Banquet, sponsored by the Associated Organizations for Vocational Achievement, to honor Brother Fraysei T. Lane, at the Hotel Sheraton, Chicago, ill., November, 1954. "I confess that these remarks are highly prejudiced. T h e y are prejudiced by the experience of more than thirty years of close friendship â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a relaxed, a n d at times hilariously gay friendship that would spurn such formal designation as fellowship or brotherhood. "It was not surprising to me that other people h a d discovered in F. T . the honest humanness that I knew. But I was not emotionally prepared to hear about a public testimonial to these qualities. It enhances my respect for m a n k i n d generally. "I d o n o t even stop to appraise the m e a n i n g of this friendship. It is almost an affront, u n d e r the stimula-

tion of any occasion, to have to docum e n t t h e value for a public occasion. H O W E V E R , here is something for the record: 'At the risk of slander to his antiquity, I could go back to the early days of the Urban League, when o u r contact revealed a great, even though restrained strength. T h e real test of confidence is in being able to relax in his company; to get a needed spiritual setup; a n d a challenge to the most elusive of life's questions, posed in the most casual a n d ofttimes humorous phrases. "If ever I make a speech or write an article, you can be sure that my sub-conscious is busy, m u c h of the time, trying to answer some of F. T . ' s queries a b o u t life, people a n d the universe. I give you this as a solemn fact. "I have followed with admiration his efforts to translate his spirit into practical social action. Most of the

time, he has been realistic And practical, but ever so often he could lapse into his deeper convictions about the future; as for example, his dream of a domestic relations clinic, which, so far as I can learn, was more successful than profitable. "I have marvelled at his willingness to let anybody or everybody get the credit for his ideas, designedly left one shallow point less than the whole, while he played the minor scales with loud a b a n d o n . "If I can lay claim to any virtue not encompassed in purely personal appreciation, 1 might note that as Director of Race Relations Institute at Fisk University for the past eleven years, there has not been a single year that we have not felt that his wisdom was vital a n d necessary. His homely realism about life, a n d the tender h u m o r of his interpretations of the rough a n d t u m b l e struggle of his favorite people for survival, have been the stuff of diplomacy, as well as of faith. " H e r e is my testimonial to a friend w h o has never, in o u r now u n c o u n t e d years, failed me in the m o m e n t of critical inspiration needed. " H e r e is my testimony to a social statesman w h o calls the turns in o u r

"THE SOLID SOUTH" As Alpha Phi Alpha men the nation over complete final plans for thsir trek to Miami. Florida for the 40th General Convention, brothers of the Southern Jurisdiction are pledging full cooperation with the host chapter. Beta Beta Lambda, to the end that the coming session will go down in history as a distinctive landmark to fraternal progress . . . "This is our version of the 'Solid South'." commented Southern Vice-President W. H. (Duke) Williams, of Jackson, Miss., as ha received assurances from his Regional Directors and southern brothers at large that they are committed to wholehearted support of the Miami Convention. The "Duke, facing camera with gratifying smils. gets multiple hand-shakes to seal the bargain to this end of the Southern Regional Conference in Birmingham, Ala. Again in Atlanta. Georgia the middle of November, Vice-President Williams met with his directors and brothers of the Gate City to re-affirm their solidarity as a jurisdictional unit and to serve notice on the Fraternity at large that the Southern Jurisdiction will be as united behind the host chapter as the urgency of the convention agenda will demand.

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great struggle with uncanny insight, all the while shrinking in modesty from the very logic of his own prophecies. "Here is my tribute to one of the greatest of our first class citizens, who has been content most of his professional life, to work in unglamorous obscurity; who has been troubleshooter for the vast cultural breakdowns of these swiftly changing times; who has not been too proud of his knowledge and sophisticated skills to lend them to the teaching of the social alphabet. "LANE — the always generous host, who does not fear going hungry through his uncalculated giving away of himself and his substance — .is well as Margaret's. "I am prompted to this homely philosophy: that this is the spirit by which a troubled world survives. Not on its flag wavers, but on those who in the dim light, have the patience and the faith to create these flags. Not on the "JOHN, T H E CONQUERORS, but the men of modest claims, who provide the vital nourishment and put plowshares as well as swords into the hands of those who are acclaimed as the Saviours of Mankind. "I salute one of the nation's gentlest and yet most astute social statesmen, in this long belated hour of

glory."

Cain Testimonial (Continued from Page 17) Cain is held by the people of the resort. He pointed out that many leaders of business, industry and the professions were there to pay their tribute. In addition to the scroll, Cain was also presented with U. S. Savings Bonds from his friends, as well as other gifts from the Atlantic City Board of Trade and St. James Church. Cain took the honors modestly. He said Atlantic City and its people also did a lot for him while he served the people and the city. He spoke feelingly of the death of his wife and said his only mission in life is to "build the Kingdom of God in the hearts of men." Among the guests at the speaker's table were his sister, Mrs. Julia Coleman, and his aunt, Mrs. Salina ()wcus, both of New York. Senator Frank S. Farley, and Assemblymen Paul M. Salsburg and Milton W. Glenn were among the other members of the audience. T h e Rev. Harvey Bennett, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, gave PAGE 28

Here and There With Alphas (Continued from Page 20) of Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition, these doctors are research consultants to the Durham Tuberculosis Hospital in that city. * * * * BROTHER L. H. WILLIAMS, vice president of the Southwestern Region, will attend the World Centennial Conference of the Y.M.C.A. to be held in Paris, France in August 1955. BROTHER WILLIAM DECATUR has been appointed member of the staff of the Cincinnati Urban League. * * * * BROTHER WILLIAM K. BELL, author of "A Business Primer for Negroes" is making a special price of $1.50 for the book to brothers in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. The regular price of the book is $2.50. Copies may be ordered from the William K. Bell Publications, P. O. Box 185, College Station, New York 30, N.Y. * * * * BROTHER BARTON BEATTY, editor of the Sphinx, delivered the Founder's Day address commemorating the founding of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity to Beta Epsilon Chapter, A and T College, Greensboro, N.C. * * * * BROTHER CHARLES D. HOUSTON, JR., has been residing at the American Commons Club located at the University of Cincinnati where he is a student. Brother Houston is the first Negro to live in a University of Cincinnati fraternity house. * * * * BROTHER L. H. WILLIAMS, our Southwestern vice-president, was honored by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity with a citation naming him, a Tulsa pharmacist and business man, as the Omega Psi Phi "Citizen of the Year." Congratulations Brother Williams!

the invocation, and the Rev. Wyatt B. Johnson, pastor of Jcthro Presbyterian Church, gave the benediction. The musical portion of the program was furnished by Miss Mabel

Taliaferro, a soprano, accompanied by Mrs. Henrietta Freeman, and the Atlantic City High School Ensemble, comprising Tolly Newbitt, Joan Sinister and Martha Lamkin.

C.M.E. CHURCH DROPS RACIAL IDENTITY Deletion of racial identity as it related to the C. M. E. Church was made through a resolution offered at the General Conference of that religious body in Memphis, Tennessee. Two prominent brothers in Alpha served on the committee offering the resolution and which was adopted following stormy debate . . . Shown here are Brother Channing H. Tobias. Dr. W. R. Banks. president-emeritus of Prairie View State College. Texas; Bishop J. Arthur Hamlett. senior bishop of the Church; Dr. E. W. Taggert. of Birmingham, Ala.; Bishop D. W. Doyle, of the Sixth Episcopal District; Brother Dr. Aaron Brown; and Dr. B. Julian Smith, of Chicago, who was elevated to the bishopric during the Conference in Memphis.

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Brother J. Edward Cotton To Omega Chapter Death of Brother J. Edward Cotton this past April removed from the rank of A l p h a Delta L a m b d a C h a p t e r one of its most loyal members a n d from the A l p h a P h i Alpha circle at large a b r o t h e r w h o h a d figured prominently in t h e convention life of the organization. A l t h o u g h in failing health for a n extended period, Brother Cotton cont i n u e d to participate in c o m m u n i t y activities in Memphis, T e n n . , his home, almost u p to his sudden passing. I m m e d i a t e cause of his death was a stroke aggravated by hypertension. Brother Cotton, widely a n d affectionately known as "Hand-shaking Joe," was a g r a d u a t e of Wilberforce University where h e became intimately a c q u a i n t e d with Simpson a n d Irby, composers of t h e A l p h a H y m n ; a n d n u m e r o u s other brothers w h o in later years were to become o u t s t a n d i n g within Alpha's national circle. H e was

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staff as a c o n t r i b u t i n g editor d u r i n g the editorship of L. O. Swingler, a n d in that capacity his articles were written u n d e r the captain of Hits and Misses. T h e y were choice reading in the official organ. O u r deceased brother was a m o n g the first candidates to cross t h e burning sands into A l p h a d o m following the establishment of Alpha Delta Lambda C h a p t e r in 1930. H e attended his first convention in 1933 at St. Louis, Mo., a n d for t h e next 15 years Brother Cotton was on h a n d at these General Sessions. H e taught for several years in t h e public school system of Memphis, a n d d u r i n g W o r l d W a r IT served as a U S O Director. H e ret u r n e d to M e m p h i s to resume work as a projectionist at a local theatre b u t failing health virtually invalidated him except for participation in comm u n i t y activities, including his fraternity chapter, a n d church, Avery Chapel A. M. E. C h u r c h of which Brother E. M. Johnson is pastor. Brothers of Alpha Delta L a m b d a performed the last rites in keeping with o u r ritual, realizing that his transfer to Omega C h a p t e r was m a d e with that "unfaltering trust of o n e who lies down to pleasant d r e a m . " R E A D . . . "An American In India," by Saunders Redding (Brother) The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc., New York D E C E M B E R , 1954

BROTHER MARSHALL is shown here during his appearance as guest speaker on Civil Rights Day in Mound Bayou, Mississippi. From left: Dr. J. E. Burke, prominent dentist and civic leader of Forrest City. Arkansas: Brother L. O. Swingler. publisher of the Tri-State Defender in Memphis, Tennessee, and former editor of the SPHINX Magasine; Mrs. Christopher Bates, associate editor of the State Press. Little Rock, Arkansas; Brother Attorney Marshall, and Rev. Charles F. Williams of Memphis. State Grand Master of Masons of Tennessee.

In the Thick Of the Fight M O U N D BAYOU, Miss. - All Alphadom can take justifiable pride in lining claim to a brother w h o h a d the most important legal role that brought about the distinctive achievement of victory t h r o u g h the United States Supreme Court when the hisstory-making decision was h a n d e d down unanimously outlawing segregation in the public school system of this nation. It was Brother 1 Inngood Marshall, chief counsel of t h e National Association of Colored People, who headed the staff of lawyers responsible lor pushing the campaign

against segregation in public schools to a successful conclusion. Attorney Marshall's Mississippi engagement at M o u n d Bayou, the historically famous all-colored town, was sponsored by the Mississippi Regional Council of Negro Leadership. Approximately six thousand people from all over the Delta were present for this major event, which set the stage for t h e Council to restate the aims of the Negro in Mississippi to continue to fight for complete freedom. T w o other p r o m i n e n t Alpha P h i Alpha brothers have spoken to large crowds d u r i n g the Regional Council meeting at M o u n d Bayou d u r i n g the last two years including U. S. Congressman William Dawson of Chicago, 1952; a n d Rev. Archibald Carey, first alternate delegate to the U n i t e d Nations General Assembly, 1953.

Indianapolis Alpha Wives Entertain During Midwestern Regional Confab I N D I A N A P O L I S , I n d . - Saturday afternoon, May 15, the W o m a n ' s Auxiliary to lota L a m b d a C h a p t e r of t h e A l p h a P h i A l p h a Fraternity entertained visiting Alpha ladies in the h o m e of Dr. a n d Mrs. Roy Clinthome.

T h e home was beautifully decorated with Spring Flowers a n d Greens including a lovely b o u q u e t complements of the K a p p a Wives. Receiving with t h e Hostess Mrs. Roy C l i n t h o r n e were the President Mrs. Clifton Scott a n d members of P A G E 29


the Social Committee: Mrs. Mercer Mance, chairman, Mrs. Alfred Grayson, Mrs. Grant Hawkins also the

hostess, Guests included Alpha Wives from Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Michigan and Indiana, Beta Eta Chapter's 1954 Queen, Miss Imogene Jones, Southern Illinois University, and her attendant Miss Marilyn Love. Mrs. Vernice Brent was Omega Wife guest and Mrs. Mackey represented Indianapolis Kappa Wives. Favors served to highlight the elaborate affair when the Social Committee presented each guest with a beautiful and colorful demitasse set. Officers and members of Alpha Wives are: Mrs. Clifton Scott, president: Mrs. Theodore Simpson, vicepresident; Mrs. John Moore, recording secretary; Mrs. John James, corresponding secretary; Mrs. Theodore Randall, t reasurer; Mrs. Robert Wright, reporter. Mesdames Wilber Chenault, Spurling Clark, Roy Clinthorne, James Cummings, W. C. Curry, Alfred Grayson, Ralph Hanley, Grant Hawkins, Mercer Mance, Laverne Newsome, Henry J. Richardson, Arthur Roney, Louis Simpson, Charles Thomas, Alonzo Watford, Clarence Woods, Clarence Sebree, Arnold Banister, Anderson Dailey, Joseph Isom, Fred Williams and James Dozier. •

General Secretary's Desk (Continued from Page 15) cedurc as follows: Grand Tax due Nov. ITilh 10% penalty after Nov. 15th until August 31st - Reinstatement fee after August 31st — New grand tax September 1st to November 15th. Constitutional Changes Submitted By Brother Roderick B. Harris 1. T h a t an amendment be made that will 'in rge the offices of Treasurer, Auditor and Hudgct-Comptroller into one departmental office. 2. Amend the constitution to permit and authorize the General President to appoint from among the Fraternity's membership a certified or registered public accountant to audit the fraternity's books for presentation to General Officers and Conventions.

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FRATERNITY FUN (Continued from Page 21) ingl And, they arc in Miami! - Question, please! "Will they be there when I get there?" # # # # PALMETTO MUSINGS Bursar at Florida A and M College —"I'll give you just three days in which to pay your bill." Student — "All right. I'll pick the Fourth of July, Christmas and Easter." # # # # It's amazing how often the jury is locked up longer than the defendant. #' # # # Fill's little tragedies — They had two sons, no expense was spared to prepare them for a life of fame, popularity and public esteem. They were sent to the best schools and graduated with high honors. Hector became an aviator and with his sabre jet plane broke the sound barrier. Herman became a legislator and with his political oratory broke the wind barrier. # # # # In 1954 he was voted a member of Who's Who. Quite a long way from the moment when he was born and the nurse said to the "doctor, 'What's that?" # # * * A young couple were discussing the efficacy of having their unenlightened nine year old boy attend the new classes in Sex Education at his school. They finally decided to ask his opinion. . . . His answer was sweeping in its scope. "I don't want it," he snapped, "If there's any homework." # # * # Some men are well to do because others have found them hard to do. # # * # All men are not homeless, but some are home less than others. # # # # A young theologian named Fiddle Refused to accept his degree For, said he. it's enough lo be Fiddle Without being Fiddle, 1). D. # # # # Dinner Guest: "Will you pass the nuts, Professor?" Professor, absent rnindedly: "Yes, I suppose so, but I really should flunk them." # # # # It had been a near accident and a large crowd had gathered ;it the scene.

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NEW CHANGES It is important for chapters to have as many brothers financial as possible since after this convention individual ballots will be sent to financial brothers to vote on the General President who will serve starting after the 41st General Convention that will be held in Chicago in 1955. Chapters are urged to consider having delegates at this convention in view of the change in the Constitution that requires representation at one in four General Conventions.

• Alpha Phi Alpha will take its place in the vanguard of those who fight for desegregation. God bless you. PAGE 30

BROTHERS ATTEND MORAL REARMAMENT CONFERENCE Alpha Brothers. Frank Stanley, left, editor of the LOUISVILLE DEFENDER and Francis Kornegay. right. Industrial Secretary of the Detroit Urban League, accompany Governor Amha Aberra, center, of Ethiopia, during a recent Moral Rearmament Conference held at Mackinac Island, Mich.

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In his anger the car owner said to the pedestrian, "You walk around as though you own the street." The pedestrian retorted, "You drive around as though you owned your car." * * * * Two fishermen were driving along a highway when they came to a crossroad with a CLOSED sign blocking their way ahead. They disregarded the sign and drove on over a very rough terrain. They had gone three miles when the road ended at a broken bridge. The only thing to do was to turn around and retrace their route. When they reached the road block again they observed this inscription on the reverse side of the sign: "It really was closed, wasn't it?" # * * # The young clerk at the bank was new, and was eager to impress. "Have you an account here, Ma'am?" he asked the customer. "No," she said, "but I'd like to see the manager about opening one." So the young clerk led her into the manager's office and announced, "A no-account lady to see you sir." * # # # At a social gathering in Miami, a lawyer called a physician aside and said: "I hate to attend these affairs. People are always asking for free advice. Do you have to endure that sort of thing too?" "Why, yes, they do approach me," said Dr. Davis, "but I halt them in the midst of their symptoms with a curt arbitrary command, 'Disrobe.' After that I really have no trouble." # * » # This ole louse has packed his suit case This ole louse has paid his fare This ole louse can't help from grinning When he thinks of "way down there" This ole louse is getting feeble But he longs for one more fling One more A Phi A Convention And the fun it's sure to bring. Aint going fool this louse no longer Aint going hold him up this way Aint got time to stoke no furnace When I think of Biscayne Bay Aint got time to put on snow tires Aint got time to be that dumb Aint going hold this ape no longer Sweet Miami — here I come!

ALPHAS SET SOCIAL PACE IN THE DELTA Brothers of Epsilon Xi Lambda, with seat in Clarksdale, Miss., chose the beautiful Club Ebony at Indianola for their first annual Formal and the affair attracted approximately 300 guests from many sections of the Mississippi Delta. The chapter was established only three years ago, but under leadership of Brother B. T. Johnson, of Mound Bayou, Mississippi, shown left end, back row, has moved with great strides in the civic as well as social life of the" Mid-South. Brother B. H. Cooper, of Clarksdale. Miss., third from left, is chapter secretary. During intermission the host brothers with their wives and guests posed for the accompanying picture.

DECEMBER, 1954

A Brother Writes About India An American in India: A Personal Report on the Indian Dilemma and the Nature of Her Conflicts, by Saunders Redding, Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Co., 277 pages, $3.50. Reviewed

by

HOWARD GIBBONS.

In his 25,000-mile trip through India for the U. S. Department of State is in the Summer of 1952, Hampton Institute, Professor Saunders Redding saw nothing that "altered the general impression of India's rapid magnetization around an emotional and intellectual center that could mean national slavery." Redding, professor of English at the Institute and a well-known Negro author, was sent to India by the state department to tell the Indian people about the American way of life. While it appears that Communist heckling, the refusal of Indian intellectuals to believe Redding, and other interference prevented the American professor from telling effectively the American story, there was nothing to prevent him from getting a view of the great danger existing in IndoAmerican relationships. On his return, Professor Redding wrote this book of warning to America that India is in a dangerous state, on the verge of Communism, and to give a few—perhaps, too few—ideas as to what America must do to retain Indian friendship. The picture presented in the graphic writing of this college professor should make Americans sit up and take notice and begin to ask questions about the methods, if not the policy of the United States, in foreign affairs. "There is a hard solid core of communism in India and, considering the segment of population that harbors it —professors, writers, journalists, politicians and students who will soon be professors—it is a danger. And, unselfish as American hopes for India are, or are said to be, it is a danger to us. Professor Redding cites what he discovered to be Indian beliefs about America: That the United States is imperialistic, and that American designs in India are imperialistic; that organizations such as the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and the Fulbright program are tools of imperialism; that American policy is opposed to the liberation and rise of PAGE 31


EDUCATORS BACK COURT RULING O N SCHOOLS In a significant s ' a t e m e n t calling for i m m e d i a t e p l a n n i n g in g o o d faith to implement the S u p r e m e Court Decision a n d offering w h o l e h e a r t e d c o o p e r a t i o n in the a t t a i n m e n t of this objective, sixty N e g r o e d u c a t o r s from 14 s o u t h e r n s t a t e s a n d the District of C o l u m b i a set forth their their v i e w s e n this subject during a t w o - d a y meeting at Hot S p r i n g s N a t i o n a l P a r k . A r k a n s a s . October 26-27 . . . Dr. Frederick D. Patterson, former p r e s i d e n t of T u s k e g e e Institute, a n d p r e s e n t l y director of t h e Phelps-Stokes F u n d with h e a d q u a r t e r s in N e w York, i s s u e d the call for the meeting in the n a m e of the F u n d . . . Educators of A l p h a Fhi A l p h a Fraternity w e r e well r e p r e s e n t e d at this meeting a s indicated b y l e a d e r s s h o w n h e r e . From left: Brothers Dr. W a l t e r W . Gibson, a c t i n g p r e s i d e n t . LeMoyne College. M e m p h i s ; C h e s t e r A. Kirkendoll, president, Lane College. Jackson. Tenn.; Dr. Patterson, director of Phelps-Stokes F u n d , N e w York; Dr. A a r o n Brown, former p r e s i d e n t of A l b a n y State College, a n d staff m e m b e r of the Phelps-Stokes F u n d ; Rufus B. A t w o o d . p r e s i d e n t of Kentucky State College. Frankfort; a n d Dr. M. L. Harris, p r e s i d e n t . Philander-Smith College. Little Rock, A r k a n s a s .

i he colored peoples of the world and that America is unalterably prejudiced against non-whites; and that "AngloAmerican Democracy" is slow, that its methods are ineffective in an emergency.

UNDERGRADUATE CHAPTERS (Continued from Inside Front Cover) 50. BETA ZETA—Albert A. Greenlee (P), State Teachers College, Elizabeth City, N. C. 51. BETA ETA—Arthur E. Ncwbern (S), 813 N. Marion, Carbondale, 111. 52. BETA THETA—A. L. Roach (P), Bluefield State College, Bluefield, W. Va. 53. BETA IOTA—Lawrence Hauser (P), Teachers College, Winston-Salem, N. C. 54. BETA KAPPA (S), Allan M. Gordon, Langston University, Langston, Okla. 55. BETA MU—Edward D. Taylor (S), Kentucky State College, Frankfort, Ky. 56. BETA NU—Samuel Washington (SI, 222 Sampson Hall, FAMU, Tallahassee, Fla. 57. BETA XI—Stephen C. Black (S), 1088 Pearce Ave., Memphis, Tenn. 58. BETA OMICRON—Earl Ingram (S), East Dorm, TA & ISU, Nashville, Tenn. 59. BETA PI—Claude W. Malone (S), Box 26, Lane College, Jackson, Tenn. 60. BETA RHO—Jeremiah Wilson (P), Shaw University, Raleigh, N. C. 61. BETA SIGMA—Whitney J. LeBlanc (P), SBPO Southern University, Baton Rouge, La.

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62. BETA TAU—Stanley J. Brue (S), Xavier University, New Orleans, La. 63. BETA UPSILON—Leotis Peterman (S), Alabama State College, Montgomery, Ala. 64. BETA PHI—Louis H. Roberts (S), Dillard University, New Orleans, La. 65. BETA CHI—Herbert Thompson (S), Philander Smith College, Little Rock, Ark. 66. BETA PSI—(Inactive) Portland, Ore. 67. GAMMA ALPHA—Louis D. Hicks (P), Texas College, Tyler, Texas. 68. GAMMA BETA—John Royster (S), Box 2028 Chidley Hall, North Carolina State College, Durham, N. C. 69. GAMMA GAMMA—Fred Talbot (P), Allen University, Columbia, S. C. 70. GAMMA DELTA—Dan Minor (S), A.M. & N. College, Pine Bluff, Ark. 71. GAMMA EPSILON—(Inac(ive) Madison, Wis. 72. GAMMA ZETA—Daniel Williams (S), Ft. Valley State College, Ft. Valley, Ga. 73. GAMMA ETA—Cordell P. Olive (P), South Cottage Grove, Bloomington, Ind. 74. GAMMA THETA—John E. Moore (P), 1331 Swisher Ave., Dayton 8, Ohio. 75. GAMMA IOTA—William Moss (S), P. O. Box 63, Hampton Inst., Va. 76. GAMMA KAPPA—Robert A. Bethunc (S), 308 Kappa Ave., Birmingham, Ala. 77. GAMMA MU—Milton Hagins (P), Livingston College, Salisbury, N. C. 78. GAMMA NU—Seth Brown (P), Box 57, Hamilton Hall, State College, Pa. 79. GAMMA XI—Jardine C. Wilson (S), 5408 S. Hoover St., Los Angeles, Cal. 80. GAMMA OMICRON—William V. Powell (S), Knoxville College, Knoxville, Tenn. 81. GAMMA PI—Darwin M. Johnson (S), Benedict College, Columbia, S. C.

82. GAMMA RHO—Albert D. Holmes (S), 40 N. Salisbury St., W. Lafayette, Ind. 83. GAMMA SIGMA—William L. Murray (S), Delaware State College, Dover, Del. 84. GAMMA TAU—William A. Reid (P), 147 E. Shaw Hall, MSC, East Lansing, Mich. 85. GAMMA UPSILON—Edgar E. Smith (S), Tougaloo College. Tougaloo, Miss. 86. GAMMA PHI—Cornelius Blount (S), 102 Sage Hall, Tuskegee Institute, Ala. 87. GAMMA CHI—(Inactive) Pittsburg, Kan. 88. GAMMA PSI—Leo L. Oxley (S), 1113 E. Morgan St.. Raleigh, N. C. 89. DELTA ALPHA—Clifton Hubbard (S), Claflin University, Orangeburg, S. C. 90. DELTA BETA—Joseph L. Carwise (S), Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, Fla. 91. DELTA GAMMA—Alfred Crawford (S), Alabama A. and M. College, Normal, Ala. 92. DELTA DELTA—Joseph Pelham (P), Albany State College, Albany, Ga. 93. DELTA EPSILON—Sumner C. Nunley (S), 382 Woodlawn Ave., Buffalo 8, N. Y. 94. DELTA ZETA—(Inactive) Syracuse, N. Y. 95. DELTA ETA—Curtis V. Cooper (P), Savannah State College, Savannah, Ga. 96. DELTA THETA—Leo Brown, Jr. (S), 1022 W. 28th St., Apt. 2, Houston 8, Texas. 97. DELTA IOTA—William L. Reid (P), 12 Jennings Court, New Brunswick, N. J. 98. DELTA KAPPA—Wright L. Lassitcr (S), Alcorn A. and M. College, Alcorn, Miss. 99. DELTA MU—William T. Ridgeway (S), 812 Mathewson, Wichita, Kansas. 100. DELTA NU—William E. Clark (S), Maryland State College, Princess Anne, Md. 300. DELTA XI—Claude A. Orton, Jr. (S), Central State College, Wilberforce, Ohio. 301. DELTA OMICRON—Robert Frelow (P), 1218 Adeline St., Oakland, Cal.

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302. DELTA PI—Harold C. Whitney (S). Teachers College, Cheney. Pa. 303. DELTA RHO—George E. Walters, Jr. (S), 1141 Everett Ave., Kansas City. K 304. DELTA SIGMA—Leroy J. Sanford (S), Grambling College, Grambling, La. 305. DELTA TAU—Caesar W. Beckett (S), St. Paul's Polytechnic Institute, Lawrenceville, Va. 306. DELTA UPSILON—Charles Brown IS), Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. 307. DELTA PHI—Ben E. Bailey (S), Box 7099, Jackson College, Jackson 3, Miss. 308. DELTA CHI—Calvin O. Browne (S), 1591 Pacific St., Brooklyn 13, N. Y. 309. DELTA PSI—James Day (S). Florida N. and I. M. College, St. Augustine, Fla.

INTERMEDIATE CHAPTERS 500. OMICRON O'Dell, Jr. Washington 501. OMICRON (P), 410 E.

LAMBDA ALPHA—Mylous S. (S), Box 32, Howard University, 1, D. C. LAMBDA BETA—Livy T. Wilson Church St., Champaign. 111.

GRADUATE CHAPTERS 01. ALPHA LAMBDA—John A. Banks (P), 3420 Grand Ave., Louisville, Ky. 02. BETA LAMBDA—James Jeffress (S), 1824 Paseo, Kansas City 8, Mo. 03. GAMMA LAMBDA—Barton W. Morris (S), 293 Eliot St., Detroit 1, Mich. 04. DELTA LAMBDA—Arthur Spencer (S), 2560 Harlem Ave., Baltimore 16, Md. 05. EPSILON LAMBDA—Henry Von Avery (P), 4805 Maffitt Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 06. ZETA LAMBDA—Clarence C. Johnson (S), 1119 29th St., Newport News, Va. 07. ETA LAMBDA—William H. Hale (P), 1351 Sharon St., N. W., Atlanta, Ga. 08. THETA LAMBDA—Avery Watson, Jr. (S), 1330 Home Ave., Dayton 7, Ohio. 09. IOTA LAMBDA—Theodore S. Randall (P), 3810 Rookwood, Indianapolis, Ind. 10. KAPPA LAMBDA—Isaac H. Miller. Jr. (S), 223 E. Gaston St., Greensboro, N. C. 11. MU LAMBDA—C. C. House (P). 2824 14th St., N. E., Washington, D. C. 12. NU LAMBDA—John E. Reinhardt (S), Virginia State College, Petersburg, Va. 13. XI LAMBDA—Ahmed A. Rayner, Jr. (S), 4141 Cottage Grove, Chicago 15, III. 14. OMICRON LAMBDA—W. Wesley Whetstone, 1 (S), 1231 4th St., N., Birmingham, Ala. 15. PI LAMBDA—C. Franklin Brown (S), 1019 Cross St., Little Rock, Ark. 16. RHO LAMBDA—Hooper Councill (S), 38 Barry Place, Buffalo, N. Y. 17. SIGMA LAMBDA—Walter E. Morial (S), 1433 Touro St., New Orleans, La. 18. TAU LAMBDA—N. H. Williams, Jr. (S), 1405 South St., Nashville 4, Tenn. 19. UPSILON LAMBDA—Ralph B. Stewart (S), 109 E. Union St., Jacksonville, Fla. 20 - P " ' LAMBDA—M. Grant Batey, Sr. (S), 310 N. Tarboro Rd., Raleigh, N. C. 21. CHI LAMBDA—Thomas E. Kelley (S), Box 132, Wilberforce, Ohio. 22. PSI LAMBDA—George W. James, 1527 E. 3rd St., Chattanooga, Tenn. 23. ALPHA ALPHA LAMBDA—Arthur C. Williams (S), 158 Lincoln St., Montclair, N. J. 24. ALPHA BETA LAMBDA—Carl L. Lynem (S), 407 N. Upper St., Lexington, Ky. 25. ALPHA GAMMA LAMBDA—Marvin N. R'ley (P), 150 N. Lafayette Ave., White Plains, 26. ALPHA DELTA LAMBDA—A. B. Owens, Jr. (S), 598 Williams Ave., Memphis, Tenn. 27. ALPHA EPSILON LAMBDA—R. W. Harrison, Jr. (S), 229V2 Main St., Yazoo City, Miss. 28. ALPHA ZETA LAMBDA—Joseph I. Turner (S), Bluefield State College, Bluefield, W. Va. 29. ALPHA ETA LAMBDA—W. H. Bell (P), 3115 Cleburn, Houston 4, Texas. 30. ALPHA THETA LAMBDA—Chester C. Sutton, Sr. (S), 1011 N. Ohio Ave., Atlantic City, 31

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136. ALPHA OMICRON LAMBDA—Wilber C. Douglass IS), 412 BakeweU Building, Pittsburgh 19, Pa. ALPHA PI LAMBDA—James T 911 N. Graham Ave., Winslon-Salem, N. C. H8 ALPHA RHO LAMBDA—Raymond Thomas (S), 64'/2 N. 22nd St., Columbus, Ohio. 139. ALPHA SIGMA LAMBDA—Kenneth Holbert (S), 3934 Wilder St., Dallas, Texas. 140. ALPHA TAU LAMBDA—Tollie W. Harris (P), 326 N. Greenwood, Tulsa 6, Okla. 141. ALPHA UPSILON LAMBDA—W. H. Coston (S), Alabama State College, Montgomery, Ala. 142. ALPHA PHI LAMBDA—Thomas W. Young (S), 1660 Corprcw Ave., Norfolk 12, Va. 143. ALPHA CHI LAMBDA—John M. Tutt (S), 1108 Phillips St., Augusta, Ga. 144. ALPHA PSI LAMBDA—Henry W. Webber (S). 37 Samson Circle, Greenview, Columbia, S. C. 14*. BETA ALPHA LAMBDA—William Johnson (S), 117 Atlantic St., Jersey City 4, N. J. 146. BETA BETA LAMBDA—John H. Anderson (S), 1200 N. W. 6th St., Miami, Fla. 147. BETA GAMMA LAMBDA—Harvey O. Freeman (S), 2806 Griffin Ave., Richmond 22, Va. 148. BETA DELTA LAMBDA—Ernest C. Cook (S), Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, Fla. 149. BETA EPSILON LAMBDA—L. G. Ashley (S), Box 247, Boley, Okla. 150. BETA ZETA LAMBDA—A. P. Marshall (S), 929A E. Dunklin. Jefferson City, Mo. 151. BETA ETA LAMBDA—M. E. Gamble (S), Hennessey, Okla. 152. BETA THETA LAMBDA—L. B. Frasier (S), 2111 Duncan St., Durham, N. C. 1S3 BETA IOTA LAMBDA—Alfred L. Edwards (S), SBPO, Baton Rouge, La. 114. BETA KAPPA LAMBDA—E. B. Burroughs (S), 35 Morris St., Charleston, S. C. 155. BETA MU LAMBDA—L. E. Anderson (S). P. O. Box 862, Salisbury, N. C. 156. BETA N U LAMBDA—H. W. Norris (S). Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, N. C. 157. BETA XI LAMBDA—Clifford L. Carter (S). 2215 Burdett St.. Omaha, Neb. 158. BETA OMICRON LAMBDA—John L. Copeland (S), 359 N. Broad St., Mobile 16, Ala. 159 BETA PI LAMBDA—George A. Poyer (S), 2 First St., Albany 10, N. Y. 160. BETA RHO LAMBDA—James E. Smith (S), 2953 Karl St., Youngstown 8, Ohio. 161 BETA SIGMA LAMBDA—Jarvis H. Arms (S), 13 Rhode St., Hartford 5, Conn. 162. BETA TAU LAMBDA—Felix C. Thurmond (S), 1005 E. Leuda St., Ft. Worth, Texas. 163. BETA UPSILON LAMBDA—Herman Stone (S), Lane College, Jackson, Tenn. 164. BETA PHI LAMBDA—E. A. Bertrand (S), Savannah State College, Savannah, Ga. 165. BETA CHI LAMBDA—Harry M. Hodges (S), 808 Fondulac, Muskogee, Okla. 166 BETA PSI LAMBDA—Oscar V. Little (S), 1518 E. 22nd St., Los Angeles 11, Cal. 167. GAMMA ALPHA LAMBDA—John Chiles (P), 9 E. Frederick St., Staunton, Va. 168 GAMMA BETA LAMBDA—Cramon J. Myers (S), Kentucky State College, Frankfort, Ky. 169. GAMMA GAMMA LAMBDA—R. W. Anderson (S), Box 441, Greenville, S. C. 170. GAMMA DELTA LAMBDA—Martin K. Austin (S), Box 21, E. Beckley, W. Va. 171. GAMMA EPSILON LAMBDA—Jacob Bronaugh (P), 1216 Broad St., Hopkinsville, Ky. 172 GAMMA ZETA LAMBDA—Richard F. Pride (P), 2907 26th St., Tampa, Fla. 173. GAMMA ETA LAMBDA—C. P. Johnson (P), 1173 Hargrave, Austin, Texas. 174. GAMMA THETA LAMBDA—Phillip G. Sadler (S), 314 Rogers Rd., Wilmington, Del. 175 GAMMA IOTA LAMBDA—Herbert T. Miller (P), 558 Decatur St., Brooklyn, N. Y. 176. GAMMA KAPPA LAMBDA—B. T. Washington (S), 306 N. 6th St., Wilmington, N. C. 177. GAMMA MU LAMBDA—Walter H. Ellis (S), Box 168, FAMU, Tallahassee, Fla. 178. GAMMA NU LAMBDA—J. T. Thornton (S), 1303 Wise St., Lynchburg, Va. 179. GAMMA XI LAMBDA—Jessie W. Miller (S), 674 St. Anthony, St. Paul, Minn. 180. GAMMA OMICRON LAMBDA—R. H. Simmons (S), Albany State College, Albany, Ga. 181. GAMMA PI LAMBDA—Fleming Huff (S), 4110 Avenue I, Galveston, Texas. 182. GAMMA RHO LAMBDA—Clement C. Wa»kins (S), 2412 Madison St., Gary, Ind. 183. GAMMA SIGMA LAMBDA—Stanley E. Rutland (S), Ft. Valley State College, Ft. Valley, Ga. 184. GAMMA TAU LAMBDA—Oliver Sprott (S), 2505 Houston St., Beaumont, Texas.

185. GAMMA UPSILON LAMBDA—N. H. Anderson (P), 1302 University, Marshall, Texas. 186. GAMMA PHI LAMBDA—J. Oscar Williams (S), 1333 84th Ave., Oakland, Cal. 187. GAMMA CHI LAMBDA—Grandvel Jackson (P), 1959 Hayes St., San Francisco, Cal. 188. GAMMA PSI LAMBDA—Willie B. Burton (S), 2 Ridge St., Ashville, N. C. 189. DELTA ALPHA LAMBDA—Melvin Walker (S), 10119 Adams Ave., Cleveland 8, Ohio. 190. DELTA BETA LAMBDA—Tamlin C. Antoine (P). 324 Locust St., Hampton, Va. 191. DELTA GAMMA LAMBDA—Spencer E. Turner (S), 900 Prairie Ave., Woodlawn 15, Ohio. 192. DELTA DELTA LAMBDA—St. Elmo A. Greaux (S), 638 6th St., W. Palm Beach, Fla. 193. DELTA EPSILON LAMBDA—Billy Jont 342-a East Broadway, East St. Louis, 111. 194. DELTA ZETA LAMBDA—George W. Hunter (P), State A. and M. College, Orangeburg, S. C. 195. DELTA ETA LAMBDA—P. A. Townsend (S), 416 Kansas Ave., Topeka, Kansas. 196. DELTA THETA LAMBDA—Emest H. Wright (S), Alabama A. and M. College, Normal, Ala. 197. DELTA IOTA LAMBDA—James A. Hurling (S), 1729 7th Ave., Columbus, Ga. 198. DELTA KAPPA LAMBDA—Clyde L. Reese (P), 305 Sanborn St., Florence, S. C. 199. DELTA MU LAMBDA—Frederick D. Williams (P), 191 Bloomficld Ave., Montclair, N. J. 200. DELTA NU LAMBDA—L. Wilson Yor> 205 N. Ridge St., Danville, Va. 201. GENERAL ORGANIZATION 202. DELTA XI LAMBDA—Herridon G. Harrison (S), 808 Wooden Blvd.. Orlando, Fla. 203. DELTA OMICRON LAMBDA—Simon J. DeVane (S), 6V2 Pine St., Cambridge, Md. 204. DELTA PI LAMBDA—Andrew J. Durjj; 1417 Tremont St., Selma, Ala. 205. DELTA RHO LAMBDA—U. J. Andrews (P), P. O. Drawer 1598, San Antonio, Texas. 206. DELTA SIGMA LAMBDA—Charles I Shepard (S), A. M. and N. College, Pine Bluff, Ark. 207. DELTA TAU LAMBDA—WUliam M. Corbin (P), 4505 S. 19th St., Phoenix, Ariz. 208. DELTA UPSILON LAMBDA—James C. Leary (S), 1956 Weinstock St., Shreveport, La. 209. DELTA PHI LAMBDA—William Kimber <S), 31 Washington Square, Tuscaloosa, Ala. 210. DELTA CHI LAMBDA—F. D. Bobo (P), 2009 N. 10th St., Milwaukee, Wis. 211. DELTA PSI LAMBDA—Charles B. Minor (S), 2060 High St., Denver, Colo. 212. EPSILON \LPHA LAMBDA—William F. Jones (P). 323 Summer Kamp, Tyler, Texas. 213. EPSILON BETA LAMBDA—W. S. Hutchings (S), 536 New St., Macon, Ga. 214. EPSILON GAMMA LAMBDA—Edward O. Gourdin, 35 Hutchins St., Roxbury, Mass. 215. EPSILON DELTA LAMBDA—Robert E. Watson (P), Box 145, Sylacauga, Ala. 216. EPSILON EPSILON LAMBDA—J. W. Yancy, II (S), 1116 Elm Ave., Waco, Texas. 217. EPSILON ZETA LAMBDA—Charles H. Diez (SI, 9340 N. Portsmouth, Portland, Ore. 218. EPSILON ETA LAMBDA—Cleo G. Davis, 311 S. Elm St., Charleston. Mo. 219. EPSILON THETA LAMBDA—Dwight A. Burgess (S). Shelly Bay, Bermuda. 220. EPSILON IOTA LAMBDA—W. Lovell Turner (S), 604 Adams St., Suffolk, Va. 221. EPSILON KAPPA LAMBDA—Orlando C. Powers (P), P. O. Box 196, Grambling, La. 222. EPSILON MU LAMBDA—LeRoy Anderson (S), 622 N. Coyle St., Pensacola, Fla. 223. EPSILON NU LAMBDA—Winston R. Pearson (S), Manager's Office, Jeffry . Homes, Portsmouth, Va. 224. EPSILON XI LAMBDA—B. H. Cooper (S). Box 1000, Clarksdale, Miss. 225. EPSILON OMICRON LAMBDA—Thomas M. Law (S), St. Paul's Polytechnic Institute, Lawrenceville, Va. 226. EPSILON PI LAMBDA—O. H. Jones (S), 1105 S. E. 6th Ave., Gainesville, Fla. 227. EPSILON RHO LAMBDA—E. W. Nichols (S), State Teachers College, Fayetteville, N. C. 228. EPSILON SIGMA LAMBDA—Willie T. Ellis (S), 903 Bradley Ave., Tarboro, N. C. 229. EPSILON TAU LAMBDA—John C. Williams (S), Prairie View A. and M. College, Prairie View, Texas. 230. EPSILON UPSILON LAMBDA—James R. Johnson (S), 3420 St. John St., Flint, Mich. 231. EPSILON PHI LAMBDA, Burton G. West (S), 900 Dunbar Ave., Port Arthur, Texas. 232. EPSILON CHI LAMBDA—Edward N. Smith (S), Elizabeth City State Teachers College, Elizabeth City, N. C.


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The SPHINX | Winter December 1954 | Volume 40 | Number 4 195404004  

Mankind Needs Christmas. Newspapers Publishes Awards. Alpha's Responsibility Changes In South. Swats With Singler. Atlantic City Honors a Br...

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