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Robert Williams, Acclaimed Branch Head Anew, Says NAACP Asked Hands-Off 'Kissing Case' COLUMBIA, S. Williams, center of an NAACP controversy a year ago when he drew a suspension as president of the Monroe, N. NAACP branch, guessed he was somewhat in dutch before the suspension because of his role in the celebrated North Carolina "Kiss. ing Kids" case. State and national NAACP leaders didn't want to handle the case of the two small Monroe colored boys jailed on charges of kissing a little white girl, Mr.

Williams came to see me and told me to leave it alone. I then went to New York where talked with who also told me he didn't think it was a case for the NAACP to handle," Mr. Williams said. "I guess they didn't think the boys were worth defending. They did say it wasn't the kind of case they wanted to handle." MR.

WILLIAMS said he turned down an NAACP field job on this trip to New York. He made it clear that he wasn't angry or bitter in the least because of the suspension, which came after white reporters said he expressed the opinion that Southern Negroes ought to match violences and abuses inflicted on them by whites. Mr. Williams is back in his ofpresident of the Monroe branch, having been unanimously elected president again when the suspension was lifted. "I did not want to just go back to my President Boyd's Responsibility Will Alcorn Unrest Affect Its Rating? By TREZZVANT ANDERSON (Courier Roving Reporter) RESUMES After a summer of leading branch NAACP picket lines at Philadelphia, chain stores in sympathy with the Southern sit-ins, Miss Dorothy Vann, above, one of the original sit-in students at Claflin Orangeburg, S.C., has returned to her studies.

LORMAN, Miss. As Alcorn College- -oldest Negro land grant college in the nationmoved into its 90th-year of operation, the big question seemed to be: Will the college gain its accreditation in 1961, as hoped, in view of the conditions of unrest which have prevailed to the school's disadvantage? There have been reports that President J. D. Boyd had not been able to assemble an adequate faculty during his three years as president. Examples have been cited to The Courier, although there has been no official word from the president, who has refused to discuss the school situation with newsmen.

AMONG THE faculty inadequacies pointed out to The Courier have been such as these: physics has been taught by the college electricians, who is charged with having been often absent from class performing other duties. The catalogue lists David L. Davidson as "electrician and instructor in physical science." He holds the B. S. degree from Tuskegee Institute.

Also, no instructor in the mathematics department is said to hold a master's degree. The chief mathematics teacher has a bachelor's degree in agriculture, but is said to be a "math wizard," but with unorthodox teaching methods. The catalogue lists James Holbrook as instructor in mathe. matics. He holds the B.

S. degree in agriculture from Alcorn, with further study at Tuskegee and Jackson State. It was also said that during the school term, junior and JOHN IL. MCCRAY senior students were assigned to supervise laboratory sections be cause there were no faculty members available. Most instructors were overloaded, the report says.

All these things, and others, contribute to the feeling of instability and unrest at the college, and they form portions of the task ahead of President Boyd if he is to bring the college back to the level desired, and needed for accreditation. THE REPORT says the sparse attendance of students at President Boyd's inauguration last April was due to the fact that the students were boycotting his inauguration "in protest of his nasty attitude toward them." This reporter, attending the Inauguration, noted the low student attendance, but at that time was unaware of the underlying situation. This report also says that prominent Alconites around the state are sending their children to Jackson State College, and that "the campus under its present tension is not an ideal place for study." THE BLAME is placed upon President Boyd, who probably could defend himself, or explain situation, if he chose. But when asked by The Courier about the situation early last summer he flatly rejected any idea of discussing the matter. No one on the campus in an official position will talk, apparently fearing they will be fired.

Various fired instructors and alumni and others connected with Alcorn have a de bitter personal charges against Mr. Boyd, but none has offered any evidence to prove these personal charges. THERE WAS a huge student duties," he said, "so we. held an election." NAACP's Frank Reeves of Washington, D. was on the legal staff in Superior Court in January of 1959 when a circuit judge refused to order the boys released from the state reformatory.

A few weeks later, however, the boys were released to the custody of their parents, both families then moving to Charlotte, N. in homes secured by state NAACP leaders. One of the boys was in trouble again recently, this time for criminal assault on a colored girl. THE FIERY Monroe leader said nothing about his recent trip to Cuban, where he went to get first-hand information on the government of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. The Williams family received threats of bodily harm while Mr.

Williams was out of the country, which fact prob ably figured into his return at this time. Mr. Williams spent-Wednesday afternoon and evening in Columbia in interest of his weekly mimeograph newspaper, The der. He left for Charleston, S. from which point he was scheduled to speak before a student gathering in Atlanta.

-FIFTY YEARS OF PROGRESS- Guide Publisher's Brother Buried NORFOLK, -Henry Cheatham Young, owner of H. C. Young Press and brother of P. B. Young publisher of the Journal and Guide, was buried in Calvary Cemetery following services in Grace Church conducted by Dr.

Richard B. Martin, rector. He established H. C. Young Press in 1939 when the Journal and Guide discontinued commercial printing to concentrate better on publishing operations.

Treasurer of Grace Episcopal Church for over 30 years, he was also a member of its vestry. He was for years on the management board of the Hunton Beach YMCA. He was active in Boy Scout work and was one of the founders of Camp Eleanor W. Young for young people. Mr.

Young's affiliations also included the Aeolian Social and Beneficial Club, the Assembly Club, the Eureka Lodge and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Anne Williamson Young; his brother, and three Norfolk nephews, Henry Delaney Young, associated in the management of the H. C. Young Press; Thomas W.

Young and P. Bernard Young, president and editor, respectively of the Journal and Guide. -FIFTY YEARS OF PROGRESS 1-in-4 in U. S. in School RAEIGH, N.

is one of America's largest indus tries," Dr. William Coleman Shanks of Burlington told Shaw. University students at the formal opening exercises held Friday, Sept. 23. One out of every four Americans, he claimed, is now in school.

protest demonstration on the campus in October, 1959, and another in March, 1960. It is tragic that such an atmosphere should hang over the nation's oldest Negro land-grant college, one which has turned out such illustrious sons as the late Dr. J. E. Walker and Lleut.

George W. Lee of Memphis, along with others. But now, the big question is: What will happen this year, and will Alcorn get its accreditation in 1961? The answer seems to be up to President Boyd. SECTION TOO PITTSBURGH Oct. 6.

1160 F.S. FLYING SOLDIER--First Lieut. Jimmie Person, right, of Garysburg, N.C., a pilot in the U.S. Army who flew his light aircraft into Greensboro, N.C., last week to pay a visit to his alma mater, A. and T.

College, chats with Maj. Lawrence D. Spencer, professor of military science, and Capt. Harold L. Lanier, both of the Army ROTC detachment at the college.

Expelled Students Will Speak at SCLC Meeting ATLANTA. Ga. -Two students, expelled during the student protest, last spring, will speak at the annual conference of the ern Christian Leadership Conference, headed by the Rev. Martin Luther King scheduled to met in Shreveport, Oct. 11-13.

Edward B. King Jr. was one of several students dropped at Kentucky State College during a wave of student expulsions and faculty dismissals at the Frankfort institution. Bernard Lee, the other expelled student, was dis- LIFE MEMBER-Ellane Cristel Hammonds, grandniece of Dr. and Mrs.

C. G. Gomillion, has become the youngest life member of the Tuskegee Civic Association. Seventy new life members have joined since this type of membership had its inception 22 months ago. missed from Alabama State College at Montgomery.

Both young men serve on the Student violent Coordinating Committee, now engineering the student movement across the country. The annual meeting of the SCLC will be keynoted by Dr. Gardner C. Taylor, Brooklyn tor of the Concord Baptist Church. Also, speaking will be the Rev.

Jim Lawson, the expelled divinity student of Vanderbilt University. The theme for the Shreveport meeting is: "The Southern Strug. gle and the American Dilemma," embracing non-violence, voter reg. istration and the student movement. Conferees and participants from the 13 Southern and border states, observers from the North and Mid-West and other "cause" organizations will be in ance.

-FIFTY YEARS OF PROGRESS Dr. J. Beck Dies In Georgetown GEORGETOWN, S. C. Dr.

Joseph B. Beck, veteran educator who retired as supervisor of Negro schools in 1947, died here Wednesday at the age of 90. A pioneer in state educational circles, Dr. Beck had spent 49 years in the educational field here and is credited with having developed educational facilities to an -time high status as at present, He is survived by several sons, medical practitioners, and other relatives. Mrs.

Beck died several years ago. One son is principal of Sterling High School in ville, S. C. One is a physician at Florence; a third is a physician in Georgetown..

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