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Richmond Planet

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Location: Richmond, Virginia
Date of Publication: January 20, 1934 (Wednesday)
Frequency: weekly
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Page 01,02

Column 01,02
Can We Help Liberia?

Transcript of Article

It has been announced in newspaper circles that a cetain large Negro weekly is going to launch a movement to help Liberia build roads, improve her educational system and increase her trade relations with the world markets. All plans are not complete as yet, but it is understood that the scheme will have the assistance of prominent Negro citizens of the United States, of power and understanding who shall cooperate with the Weekly in securing the necessary financial aid needed to put on this vigorous campaign in the interest of the intellectual development of the youth of Liberia, and for the betterment of that Republic.

It is suggested that there is much that can be done by the fourteen million Negroes of this country and much that will be done in interest of Liberia if we show sincere intentions of creating a stronger Republic. So a conference is scheduled for an early date and all interested persons are invited to attend, and offer suggestions to improve educational and economic conditions in Liberia.

In the United States today there are one million Negro children of school age that are not attending, because of the inaccessibility of schoools, according to a recent report of the Department of Interior. Nine out of every ten Negro teachers now employed in the United States, regardless of qualification, are being paid at the rate of less than $700 per year, although the unskilled factory worker under the minimum of the N. R. A., gets $728.00. The rate of illiteracy of the Negro population in the South is 16.3 per cent as compared with 1.5 per cent for the white population, and some states in this country spend as little as $12.57 per child on Negro education while the standard rate is set at $87.22 per year for each child.

When we consider the many problems confronting Negro education in America today, and note the little effort exercised by the Negro Race to solve them, this recent proposition to help Liberia becomes a little far fetched and despite our profound respect for ambition, we are forced to conclude that the Weekly would be quite in order to launch a drive for better American schools before attempting to solve Liberia's problem.

Summary of Article
Asserts that "when we consider the many problems confronting Negro education in America today, and note the little effort exercised by the Negro Race to solve them, this recent proposition to help Liberia becomes a little far fetched."

Column 02,02
Fifteen Years After the Treaty of Peace

Transcript of Article

On the morning of November eleventh, nineteen hundred and eighteen the nations of the world agreed to "cease fighting", so, the Armistice of Rethonde's was signed, which paved the way for the International Treaty of Peace that was done at Versailles, June twenty-eighth, nineteen hundred and nineteen, and civilization heaved a sigh of relief and was thankful that one of the most bloody periods since the history of man had ended.

Today, just fifteen years, and a few months since the signing of Armistice, and there are obvious signs that authorize deep concern for a world that had experienced enough of war. Universal peace is no longer hoped for. That is plainly seen by the attitudes and opinions that have come from some of the most significant points of the globe.

On December twenty-ninth, Foreign Commissioner, Maxim Swinoff of Soviet Russia, made it clear that his government expected and was willing and ready to fight Japan in the East and Germany in the West.

A few days later, Vice Admiral Nobumasa Suetsuga, of the Japanese navy, alarmed the world by stating that the Japanese no longer considered white race a superior one and expected to fight the United States and any other nation of the world that held a contrary view.

While from Washington, D. C., our Capitol comes the reassuring but war-like message of Mr. harry H. Wooding, the assistant Secretary of War that the American Army stands ready for any crisis.

A decade and a half has been long enough to prove that the contracting nations are not willing to sacrifice their national ambitions for international good will and universal peace. All nations, beginning with Germany, have demonstrated that.

Nations have seemingly forgotten those bood-soaked days of the last war, the millions of human lives lost, the millions of dollars spent, the burdens that are still "hanging on" as a grim reminder of What Price War! Yes, nations have forgotten their pledge of international peace and understanding; the various agreements are but insignificant pieces of paper, disregarded in the mad rush for national ambition. So, nations, just fifteen years after the international Treaty of Peace, are asking again for WAR.

Summary of Article
A solemn article that laments the fact that "just fifteen years after the international Treaty of Peace, are asking again for WAR."

Column 02,03
A Federal Anti-Lynching Law

Transcript of Article

Shortly after President Roosevelt had delivered, in person, his annual message to Congress at a joint session in the House, at the opening of the Seventy-third Congress, several days ago, six anti-lynching bills were introduced. The House heard four and two were introduced in the Senate. The Negro Representative, Oscar DePriest of Illinois introduced the first in the House and was followed by Representative U. S. Guyer of Kansas, then J. A. Gavagan of New York and last, H. P. Kapplemann of Connecticut. In the Senate, Edward P. Costigan, Senator from Colorado and Senator Robert F. Wagner of New York introduced a bill that is being supported by the N.A.A. C. P. and the remaining one was introduced by Senator Hamilton F. Kean of New Jersey. All of the anti-lynching bills were referred to the Judiciary Committee and opinion is divided on the outside.

There are leaders of both races who look forward to the passage of one of the bills as a step towards the prevention of lynching in this country, on the other hand, there are Negro and white students of government who are confident that a Federal Anti-Lynching Law is doomed to failure and they consider such Legislature, just another law to break. Those scholars of the latter view hold that lynching is an evil arising from the masses and that they must be corrected by the State and local police powers. They further contend that Federal intervention would probably punish but could not prevent lynching.

We also, are of the opinion that the Crime could be more effectively checked by State powers, but details of the twenty eight lynchings of nineteen hundred and thirty-three have shown us that State Officials are not of a similar opinion.

Lynching in America must be stopped! It must be stopped at once; not for the benefit of any given race or groups, but for the good of America and the principles upon which the country was founded. Every lynching hardens the public heart and lessens its respect for organized government, a most vital necessity of Democracy. Every lynching questions the government's power to function AND every lynching is a step backward, a vivid reminder of the age of Barbarism.

Summary of Article
Equally addresses the pro and con arguments for a federal anti-lynching law but emphasisizes that "Lynching in America must be stopped! Not for the benefit of any given race or groups, but for the good of America and the principles upon which the country was founded."

Column 02,03
Open Forum

Transcript of Article

Dear Editor:

I have noticed in several magazines and daily papers that President Roosevelt is taking a stand against lynching. Many of our, here-to-fore, indifferent American citizens have been lying "Supinely of their backs" not caring what comes, whether good or ill as far as lynching is concerned. Now, as far as I can see, this evil isn't anything new. Why it is almost as old as the emancipation proclamation. I wonder why this feeling against lynching is just becoming manifest. I hate to think that it is because of the latest trend of the lyncher's mind, that is, lynching whites as well as Negroes.

Every time I scan a paper, I see Negro lynched by mob. Once upon a time, this passed unnoticed except by a few Negro journals. Now the subject has become popular, and even the Chief Executive has spoken, publicly, against it.

Well, even if the interest of the public is finally aroused, I don't care under what circumstances, I am glad because I have grown weary of the smell of human flesh burning like the side of cattle.

Maury Winfield. Richmond, Va.

Summary of Article
A letter that praises President Roosevelt and the press for speaking out against lynching, even as it questions the reasons for the popularity of anti-lynching sentiments.

Page 03

Column 01-03
Society Notes of Charlottesvillians

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Mrs. Lillian Harris of Louisa, Va., was the house-guest of Mrs. Lottie Reaves last weekend. After this she left for Washington to visit friends.

Mrs. Heloise Wicks is ill at the University Hospital.

Mr. Ernest Allen, Sr., is ill at the University Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Woodfork of Tenth St., spent the day last Friday in North Garden, Va., as the guest of her mother, Mrs. Malinda Saylor.

Miss Daisy Spears, who has been ill at her residence on Twelfth St., is convalescent.

The missionary circle of Mt. Zion Baptist Church met at the residence of Mrs. Martha Hearns, last Monday evening. After a very interesting meeting the hostess served ice cream and cake.

A group of Richmonders, including Miss Naomi Davis, Messrs. William McLarty, George Bell, Russell Williams and Patrick Fells, visited Misses Helen, Evelyn and Hattie Mae Lightfoot on Sunday, last.

Among those who visited relatives at St. Emma Institute in Rockcastle, Va., last Sunday are: Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Fuller, Mr. Joseph Kelly, Sr., Mrs. Eva Mae Roberts, Misses Rosezellia and Fannie Fuller, Evelyn Robinson, Ella Washington, Arvella Houston, Pearl Douglas, Virginia Reed, Fannie Carter, and Clarice Kelly; Messrs. Alonzo Barbour and Floyd Wesley.

Miss Leola Belle was hostess to a group of young people on Tuesday night of last week, at her residence on Alphonso St. Those who enjoyed the evening were: Misses Christine Newman, Elizabeth Harris, Virginia Reed, Mary Angell, Constance Kelly, Virginia Brown, Helen, Evelyn and Hattie Lightfoot, Emma Brown, Thelma Washington, Sadie and Sarah Meade, Annie Hughes, Eva and Cora Powell, Alice Jackson, Mary Cawthorne, Clrice Kelly, Oliver Jones, Inez Jackson, Adele Martin, Marion and Otelia Arnette, Sallie Ca rter, Isabelle Ragland, Lucille and Gladys Richardson, Cornelia Jefferson, Ellen Anderson, Zelma Burks and Messrs. Arthur Wars, George Harris, John A. Jackson, Jr., Lawrence Perkins, Roy Lee, Denver Jones, Augustus Howard, Lorenzo Price, James Woodfolk, William Dabney, Claud Burgin, William Jackson, Grover Henderson, Charles Brooks, Lawrence and William Irving, Charles Fagans, Carter Winfrey, Cecil Watts, Thomas Martin, Isaac Kennedy, Edward Sellers, Edward Perry, Robert Reaves, Rudolph Taylor and William Lewis.

On Friday night, January 19, the Hi-Y-Club of Jefferson High School is sponsoring a musicale, presenting some of the most talented musicians of the city, in the High School auditorium at eight o'clock. Admission 15 cents for adults and 10 cents for chil dren. You are urged to come out and help the boys.

Monday, January 22, Mrs. Elsie C. Heiskell and Mrs. Berta Poindexter are presenting a group of men, young and otherwise, in an entirely masculine Fashion Revue for the benefit of First Baptist and the Trinity Episcopal Church. The admission is 15 cents. There will be presented also several features as added attractions.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Green and their son, Thomas, Jr., spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Willie Key of Eleventh St.

Miss Lucy Redd and Mrs. Frances Smith of Eveventh St., motored to Cismont Tuesday of last week to attend the funeral of Margaret Payne.

Mrs. Irma B. Carter who has been ill at her residence on Sixth St., N. W., has improved considerably.

Mrs. Carrie Byers, who has been indisposed at her residence on Seventh St., is convalescing.

Mrs. Alice Watson Carter was hostess to "The Smarter Set", at her residence on Grove St., extended, Thursday night of last week. At the conclusion of a very interesting business meeting, those present relished a sumptuous menu, served by the hostess. P rogressive bridge was then played for the next two hours. The highest score was made by Mrs. Izetta Williams, who won a beautiful box of linen writing paper, encased in a silver and gold trimmed duofold box. Mrs. Ione Seay Edgar won the second prize, wh ich was a lovely linen guest towel. After exchanging bits of conversation, those present expressed their enjoyment of the meeting and left for home.

Mrs. Rosa Scott of Washington, D. C., was the weekend guest of her mother, Mrs. Sallie Chishom, and other relatives in this city.

The Sunday School Department of the Church of God in Christ presented a Christmas Program entitled "Birth of Christ", from the second chapter of Matthew. Mrs. Mary E. Wilson was in charge of the entertainment.

Mr. J. A. Barbour of Rose Hill St., is out now, after an illness of three weeks.

Mr. William Hollins of Fourth St., N. W., is confined to his bed after having undergone a minor operation.

Mrs. Marjorie Hargrove of Fourth St., and a famous air artist known to many radio fans as "Whistling Bob" presented jointly, an enjoyable program over station W. E. H. C., in Charlottesville, last week.

Mrs. Peachie C. Johnson entertained the Thalian Art and Literary Club at her residence on Fourth St., last Thursday evening.

On Monday evening of last week, a group of "Smarter Set" Club members engaged themselves in an informal game of Contract bridge at the residence of Mrs. Eleanora B. Sellers of Anderson St. Those present were: Mesdames Glennie L. Murray, Lucile G. Sampso n, Elsie C. heiskell, Ione S. Edgar, Izetta S. Williams, Miss Rosemary M. Jones, Miss Geneva P. Knox and Mr. and Mrs. Waverly Carter.

Mr. Daniel F. Childress of Booker St. wsa reelected Worshipful Master of Yorkright Masons. Other officers will be announced in a later edition.

Mrs. Josephine Jackson recently returned to this city after visiting relatives in Scotland Neck, N. C., and various points in Virginia.

Mrs. Mills of Earlysville is living with her sister, Mrs. Robert Kelly of Tenth St. She is doing nicely.

Mrs. Sarah Robinson, who is ill at the University Hospital, is improving.

Miss Penelope Barbour visited Luray, Va., Wednesday of last week to attend the funeral of Mr. John Slater.

Reverand and Mrs. W. R. Strassner returned to this city last week. They spent the Christmas holiday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, visiting relatives.

Summary of Article
Various local announcements detailing the activities of Charlottesville's black community, such as hosting congratulatory dinners, reviewing men's fashion, and visiting interesting relatives abroad.

Page 04

Column 02
Jefferson School Notes

Transcript of Article

As another link in the cooperative chain of development in the public schools, Mrs. Cora B. Duke, Principal, and her teaching staff are working out and presenting very interesting and educational assembly programs during the assembly period. For the month of January, the high school staff is in charge of activities. This has been selected as a month of appreciation programs. The first week in January was devoted to "Home and School Appreciation Week". Mrs. E. C. Heiskell was teacher in charge. On Wednesday, she made a very inspiring address on home and school appreciation for the betterment of the child. On Friday, Fannie Mae Barbour read a theme entitled, "How Can I Make My Home Happy?" Then, Elizabeth Harris played an instrumental solo, entitled "Home, Sweet Home". The last number on the program was a recitation, "If" for girls.

The second week in January was devoted to "Self Appreciation". Mrs. C. W. Michie and Mrs. Cora B. Duke were in charge of activities. On Monday Mrs. Michie delivered the introductory address; on Wednesday, she made a very strong appeal to the students to place a greater par on themselves. On Friday, Mrs. Cora B. Duke read a story whose general theme was cooperation and how it helps one attain any desired end.

Don't forget the musicale presenting Charlottesville's leading talented musicians in the Jefferson School auditorium, Friday, January 19th at 8:30 P. M.

Summary of Article
Current news of activities at Jefferson School, including a listing of the "appreciation programs" scheduled for the month of January.

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