16K Donation to NAG
NEW YORK AGE DEFENDER SATURDAY. JANUARY 12. 1957 Sullivan pledges - ISGs' ThNegroJctorsG The twentieth annual meeting of the Negro Actors Guild of America turned out to be the body's most sucessful. Over 250 members of the 1700 membership organization gathered in the auditorium of the Grand Street Boys and - listened' to the financial re port. The audience was told that there was over $9,000 in the treas ury which is more than the Guild has had at any time. They were also told that the Guild will forego their annual fund raising show this' year because Ed Sullivan pledged the body $16,000. He turned over $6,000 and will deliver the rest by or before - March. The members voted unanimously to keep the present officials in office. The officers are: Noble Sissle, pres.; W. C. Handy, treasure; Leigh Whipper, first vice president and welfare chairman; Edith Wilson, second vice president; Lillyn Brown Evans, executive secretary; - Thomas W. Mosely, administration secretary. The executive board includes Ethel Harper, chairman; Charles Royce, Idella Kohke and Leroy Butler. Retired Judge Jonah' Goldstein presented Assemblywomen Bessie Buchanan with the Guild's "Bill Bojangles Robinson Award." Assemblywoman Buchanan, a life time member of the Guild, was a former dancer. Attorney Simon S. Feinstein, council for the Guild gave a brief history of the organization. The organization was organized when a group oi seven performers De cided that It was time the tan entertainers band together and form a Guild since there were a Jewish, Catholic and Episcopal - ean Guilds. Leigh Whipper. Noble Sissle, Rex Ingram, Muriel Rahn, Ham - tree Harrington, William C. Jlan - dy and Ada Brown enlisted the aid of attorney Feinstein who started the ball rolling toward securing the GuUd's charter. The late Bill Robinson was asked to become a charter member but he declined the offer even after his manager Marty Forkins gave him ok. Bill joined a few years later and he became an active member. Entertainment was supplied by Louise Woods who invited Noble Sissle to join her in one of the songs from "Shuffic Along"; Wal ter D. Smith, Richard Trigg and the Boataneers. Senator Julius Archibald address the gathering and Leigh Whipper informed the organization that they will be able to vote for their temporary home at the Grand Street Boys in the very near future. As the fellow said, it's chile today and hot tamale. "Perhaps the reason why teenagers know all the answers is that they haven't heard all the questions yet." Changing Times. LUCKY MILLINDER. SUPPORTS MARCH OF DIMES Mrs. Charles B. Hayes, Niagara Falls, N. Y., president of the Women's Auxiliary to the National Medical Association, appeals for generous March of Dimes support. She urges generous contributions to finish the polio fight.