Washington Datel Bv ROBERT I This column has learned that several recent even ts have more than aroused the wrath of local citizens and it is felt this could be a factor in crirrii - nal activities going on in Washington. We learned that a number of tenants living in slum areas think the Board of D. C. Commissioners Commissioners are merely appeasing appeasing the slumlords with toothless toothless penalties for failure to correct housing violations. It is contended that a fine of $10 or $25 is no more than a slap on the wrist. Slumlords will merely pay this and make just enough repairs to placate the authorities. In the process the tenant will be put under pressure and probably get a boost In rent without additional additional service. Stiff fines, a suspension suspension of licenses or even jail sentences, it is pointed out, would be far more effective in cleaning up slum conditions. Many Capitol Hill and civic observes tell us this condition will negate the . President's poverty program and wil not be cleaned up until he steps in. Many civil rights groups with headquarters In Washington Washington have thrown their support behind Rep. Charles C. Diggs (D., Mich.), in his call for a reprimand to Deputy Police Chief Howard V. t'ovell for his testimony on Capitol Hill that crime hnd increased in the. district because of integration. integration. Covell, in reply to a question, question, told the Senate Subcommittee Subcommittee on Appropriations, that crime had increased since integration. integration. He testified in the presence of D. C. Board Commissioner Commissioner Walter N. Tobriner. Rep. Diggs has suggested that Covell be reprimanded for his testimony. He added that it is highly unusual for a subordinate subordinate to testify on Capitol Hill without first clearing his testimony with his superiors on the Board of Commissioners, Commissioners, which is Commissioner Tobriner. Congressman Dfegs is the new member of the district district House Committee. The civil rights groups also pointed out that Covell's testi - Nell Jackson Coach of U.S. Women's Team TUSKEGEE INSTITUTE. Ala. Dr. Nell C. Jackson, on leave from her position as assistant professor of physical education here, has been named to coach the American Women's track team in a meet against the Russian Women's team during July in Los Angeles, Calif. A member of the 1948 U. S. Hympic track and field team, and coach of the 1956 Worn - en's Olympic - track team. Dr. Jackson once set the Ameri - " r - ROBINSON mony belittles his si; s i. - , the eyes of the community, and adds heat to an explosive situation and further tarnishes the police department's' image. It is also contended that Wash ington has become somethin - of a police srate under Chic Robert V. Murray. - Several civil rights leader" told this column that a publi reprimand to Covell fron Commissioner Tobriner i greatly in order and will eas a lot of ruffled feelings. A group of social worker who daily handle many under privileged cases and deal with criminal elements, told The Courier that legislation alone will help, but will not solve the so - called D. C. crime rate. They were referring to recently recently released statistics on crime and closed door hearings hearings now being held on Capitol Capitol Hill. The social workers enumerate enumerate some of the things they think will ease the crime rate. They think, police with better orientation of racial matters, better housing, adequate street lighting, reduction in relief rolls, by puttins those to work that are able, cleaning up the school situation, provide provide wholesome recreation equivalent to those in the suburbs, suburbs, are among some of the suggestions. The Courier has learned that a petition is being circulated to obtain signatures to request the Postmaster General to return return the Main Post Office to 24 hour operation. It is contended that the shut - down is working a tremendous tremendous hardship on the community community because it puts a person person working from 8 to 5 at a disadvantage, and does not give him time to use his local post office. It is pointed out that the so - called saving on operation is no more than a political gimmick and might well backfire. Dr. James M - Nabrit. president president of Howard University, will be among those receiving honorary degrees at Catholic University, at its 75th annual commencement. Sunday, June 7. Dr. Nabrit will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree. degree. Author and reporter Simeon Booker, Washington bureau chief for Ebony and Jet magazines, magazines, was given a press book luncheon last week at the Carlton - Shcraton Hotel to announce announce the publication of bis book, "Black Man's America." The lunchen was attended by White House press secretary secretary George Reedy, Dr. Robert Robert Weaver, housing chief; Hobart Taylor Jr., special White House counsel, members members of the radio and television corps and daily and weekly reporters from various publications publications from around the nation. nation. It was also announced that Jet reporter Larry Still, formerly with the Washington Afro - American, will join the Washington bureau. 11 ""5 as' - . ) v - J L.,,. u. . .. - ..Oi. TO TALK Dr. William H. Dennis, President of Albany Albany State College, Albany, Albany, Ga., has announced that Dr. Samuel D. Proclor, Associate Diretcor of the Peace Corps, will deliver the Baccalauteate Sermon on Sunday, June 7, and Robert W. Kitchen, Director Director of the Office of International International Training Agency Agency for International Development, Development, Department of State, will deliver the commencement address on Monday, June 8. Both exercises will be held in Santord Hall Auditoriu - ' at 10 A.M. Dr. Proctor . a native of Norfolk, Va. Me received his college degree at Virginia Union Unversiiy and his doctorate doctorate at Boston University University in 1950. The White House announced that Ambassador Mercer Cook to Niger will be transferred to Senegal. Ambassador is a former professor of French at Howard University. He is to be succeeded by Joseph R. Ryan. 49, presently serving at the U. S. Embassy in Paris. Mr. Ryan was born in Massachusetts, July 11, 1914, and attended Massachusetts Massachusetts State College and Columbus Columbus University Law School. He is a member of the Washington, Washington, D. C. bar. He has been in the State Department since 1937. Dazell Pugh, former president president of D. C, returned here last week as a business representative representative for the New York City Waiter's JJnion. He and several labor leaders held a closed door session with officials officials of the National Social Security Board. Local politician Jimmie Witherspoon recently bcciirne the proprietor of an uptown grocey store. Mr. Witherspoon Witherspoon was recently defeated as an independent candidate for a post on the D. C. Democratic Democratic Central Committee. He has let it be known that he will remain in the party and give it his full support.