Baha'i curious Evangeline M King, Cheyney taught black history

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Baha'i curious Evangeline M King, Cheyney taught black history - - Teaching Negroes Deliberately And...
- Teaching Negroes Deliberately And Specifically By CARTER G. ttOODSON Of Washington. D. C, Editor of the JOURNAL OF NEGRO HISTORY, and author of "The Negro in Our History." "The Mis - education of the Negro" and "The Negro Professional Man," Dean D. O. V. Holmes, of Howard University, plunged into trouble the Committee on what we should teach the Negro child about himself and about others in relation to himself. He recommended that, beginning in the first grade, the teacher should "deliberately and specifically teach" the achievements of the Negro. Even jne member of the Committee itself felt that this was couching the recommendation in too emphatic language and that it might bring upon the Negro race the accusation of self - glorification and chauvenism of "which others are now guilty. Persons who have read this je - paf oi me committee as prtnted : l. V II - . . a,. n iac egro nistory week ram phlet, now being distributed, have expressed similar fevs as to the outcome of any such procedure as to direct special attention to the background of the people oi African blood. After thoroughly discussing the nastier, however, the members of this Committee enbusiastically adopted this recommendation because they think it is both expedient and wise. What Dean Holmes had in mind is not - that any teacher should neglect . the regular course of study to teach the Negro, but that he should give just as much attention to the study of the Negro as he does to that of any other element of the population. To proceed otherwise cannot be justified by sound principles of education. The reason for insisting that the history and statu of the Negri be treated "specifically and! delib - eateiy was to otter this as a sort of counteraction to the teaching of race prejudice. The Negro mind is disturbed from day to day by the oflamatory teachings imposed upon the public through the pulpit and the press; and practically all of the textbooks of social science used in she schools of Ameica deliberately and specifically teach that the Negro is inferior. The Negro meets these insinuations every day and every hour and everywhere. In order to prevent his spirit from being crushed and enable him to develop as a man' he must have some one to disabuse his mind of these false teachings; he must have something from the experiences of his own element to inspire him. There can be no mere error in "deliberately and specifically" teaching that the Negro has achieved something then there can bt in "deliberately and specifically" teaching the contrary. The one makes the other necessary. The wrong which has been dene must be .undone, and this is the only natural way to accomplish the task. If truth crushed to the earth will rise only by removing the false hood which crushed it The teachers throughout the country, however, axe not lacking in their ardor on t'.iis account. They aye going forward in the true spirit as reported by a teacher, of EoVards, Mississippi. He says, We have observed th s specal week fr several years with appropriate tyograma and with special emphasis upon the subjects sug - tested by the Association. We have hot limited our study of Negro HlMo and Literiture to the tivities of one week, for we offer a nigh school coarse in this (eld. ill in our college a course in lit eature has been made a regular part of our English courses. It has been tor tmrileee to be the instructor in Negro History for the past two years, and I must coafess that I have learned about all I know about my own people thouS)H the course. You may have alreaiy guessed that I am a product of a Northern university where a rather condescending air was shown toward Negro students and the introduction of a course designed to - acquaint the students with our history would have bees an unforgivable error. It is gratifying" too that in the tame spirit such teachers are car - rvinr this thought to both races. The Field Secretary of a Baptist Sunday School convention in MarTlahd says. "I feel that it is one step out of fWe moms of race prejudice. We nave teen lax m our white and colored children." A social worker of White Plains, Xew Yok, expressed her interest in the movement by requesting an appropriate ""play for a club of high ochools girls of both races. A Negro teacher in Pennsylvania seeking a pageant for a junior faih ning and Mr. and Mrs. Jessie Rhera of Woodmere. L L. and Mr. tad Mrs. Flood of Far Rockaway, L I. An enjoyable evening was stent txau. - school wants to work out an excellent celebration because be Is teaching in a consolidated school among twenty - four white teachers; but a Negro teachef in Washington says we ought not to have such a celebration in this city because white teachers who wiU not observe it will consider our action a discrimination against ourselves. A teachej from Woodbury, New Jersey, however, says, "I'm quite anxious to have my pupils become race conscious but find my own knowledge $0 inadequate and references Si Scarce." Asking for literature for the members of a choir in Cincinnati, the leader says. My. boys and a - irls know ncthina of egro achievements." . A pupil of the Things Seen, Heard and Done - Among Pullman Employees By JAMES Holiday Travel Viewed As Business Upturn The volume o ftravet, which was handled by the eastern rail roads during the past three weeks, it - iewed by many persons as being a strong indication that business collectively is on the Op - tarn. Among the more optimistic of these, however, this opinion is based entirely updn 1' single persons have used the railroads situation. In one retpect that manner of arriving at the business situation is not any too sound. But, on the other hand, that meter may be just as reliable as any other, since the railroads furnish us true an in dication of business conditions as one may employ, although there are any number of other industries that could be used for the pur pose. However, the railroads are employed in this instance, and not entirely without some justification. Not since (and this is tne general observation of Eastern traffic agents and other rail em ployees) have the carriers of this section of the country nanaiea so large a volume cf holiday travel as they did during the past tew weeks. There wasnt an Eastern railroad of the class - A designation which failed to crerate it popular passenge trains in two or . three sections. The New York Central Railroad for instance, operated one of its topular trains, the Like Shore .imited, in four sections on Friday before Christmas. The Pennsylvania Railroad also ran many oiits crack trains in two and three sec tions during the luletide week. The New Haven Railroad, which carries the bulk of travel between New York and the principal New England cities was taxed to its utrrfcst in - service !or the holiday business. One of the sirnincant tearores of the east holiday business was the larre demand for fuiiman ac commodations. Here in tne ust. where the railroad surcharge still prevails, Pullman, like the rail - rnid. emoved a more rocrauve patronage than it has done for quite a few moons. This was most obvious to the porters, for many of these 'were called upon to "double out." which was an emer - tiene that some of them had al most forgotten, so long bad such a demand been required. But, as said, these observations tie merely surface indications upon which too much dependence cannot be placed as beine a def inite criterion of the general health of business, lnere are, however, encouraging; Symptoms of the patient's, recovery. And sine be has shown enoucb im provement to stand the strain of traveling that in itself is a good Sign of recuperation. but a Oa fH i Ml II rN iW riM (. Berean School of Philadelphia says, "I am a former graduate of the Armstrong High School in Washington, and 1 am trying to introduce the Negro as 1 was taught in my school Being in a city where our race is not carefully studied as it should be, I feel that as a pupil of Berean I ing." A former graduate of Chey - can make my club very interest - writes from her home, slying, "I ney Training School for Teachers am trying to inculcate here the same - appreciation of the Negro that I learned from my inspiring teaclie of Negro History at Chey - ney. Miss Evangeline M. King." A citizen of Setauket, Long Island, says "Very little is known here of the achievement of colored people, and I am trying to encourage our younger generation." From Wells - ville, Ohio, comes the report, "I have a splendid little study club that was organized by me in my home in October, and it is marvelous how the members take to the work and like studying race lifeand history." ' " These reactions show that the main trouble, as pointed out by Dr. F. M. Wood, of Baltimore, in a recent address in Washington, D. C, is that the teachers themselves know practically nothing about the Negro and, therefore, cannot teach what they have never learned. Their knowledge of the Negro is restricted rnairWy to what the traducers - of the race have informed them about the numerous lyixhings and what the agitators have said about the horrors of slavery and serfdom in the United States. When adequately inform ed beyond these points their minds run. in the - piher direction. H. HOGANS observation. In other words, these as a barometer of the business 1 Picked Up Here ad There James Hairston, the nine - year old - son of Mr. and Mrs. James C Hairston of 795 St Nicholas avenue, who was struck and seriously injured by an automobile at 144th street and Lenox avenue on Saturday, December 2J, is improving as well as could be expected, according to reports from Harlem Hospital where be is a patient. The youth's father is a well - known member of the porter s group in the New York District, bting a representative oi the district s Local Committee C. Mrs. Hairston is also known in the dis trict as an active worker in the Women's Auxiliary of the Pullman forters Benevolent Association. The officers of the Women's Auxiliary ot tne v. r. a. a. report that this association was en abled, through the kindness of its many fncnas and sympathizers of the cause, to present this year the most replete Qwittmir bakets to de serving tamiltes of the purtcrs group that it has ever given. More than 4) cases were taken care of, it was said. Among the holiday mail re ceived by tins correspondent, and which he takes this means of ac knowledging, was the following. Mr. James H. Hogans, The S. Y. Age, 2J0 West LJjth street, N. Y. Dear 5ir: 1 am reminded that my subscription is due, and I am 7 sending money order for same herewith. t. I look forward to getting , the Eastern newt each week. especially your column. With best wishes for Merry Christmas, yours tru - v ir; ' . C C VEBB. EDITOR'S NOTE: Mr Webb is a member of the clerical staff of s, director of the Industrial Relations Bureau of the Pullman Company at Chicago. "WISE SAYINGS There never was a nobler mo ment in a man's life than wbca he finds himself alone and at bay, backed up'against God. Tee wokj Snorting and barking at turn. , One of lie most eUecuve way of pleasing and making ourselves 4red is to be cheerful, joy soft the heart anoce tbaaJcaa, tl a

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  1. The New York Age,
  2. 13 Jan 1934, Sat,
  3. Page 5

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