PACE 2 NEW YORK ACE DEFEN 'Ambassadors" Back From Touf SATURDAY, JUNE 16.1956 en Of a - .d - gfc i ! ',?' - H - i 1 - s , is : - . .. - - f ; ' t - 't j hi rTiiiw ilLr ii 1 ' i Who's Who In New York? Carmen Sheppard Tops As Educator, FJlmkian PORGY CAST WELCOMED With a triumphant 18 - month overseas toar behind tbem, - the cast f "Porgy and Bess" returned to American shores last week, and were received with open arms by New York City officials and patrons of the theatre. Above, mayor Robert F. Wagner presents a bouquet of roses to Georgia Burke ("Maria') on the city hall steps. On hand to welcome "ambassadors" LaVerne Hutchinson (center, above right) producer Robert Breea (fourth from left), Irving Barnes, Martha Flowers and Ethel Ayler, were Muriel Rahn and Fred O'Neal (second and third from right) currently in off - broadway hits. AIM fh In Buffalo - ABeei South Ballot Melp Pledms The annual conference of the AME in New York state, meeting at the Bethel AME church in Buffalo" last eek, adopted a resolution urging AME clergy and laymen to help the people of the South through the "proper and rightful exercises of their precious heritage, the ballot." "1 Under the leadership of Bishop Crarce W. Baber. host bishop, the conference adopted the resolution Which read in part: "The welfare of the people of the entire nation is dependent upon the caliber of public officials, elective and appointive. It becomes our Christian duty, therefore, to wisely exer - FREE VOTINC COUPON New York Age Defender ' MISS TEEN ACER OF 1956 Ctest Editor New York Aj Defender, IS West 125 tli Street ' New York 27. N. Y. I hereby cast 100 votes for . to yer Mi Toco Ager coo to t. Mi Nome ia Addre City City ......... ... Stote .. .. : J cise our right of franchise on every level, local and national, so that only those candidates for public office who are pledged to full and first class citizenship and to the extension of civil rights to all shall be placed in positions of re sponsibility and trust." The Rev. , Joseph A. Delaine, courageous AME minister from Lake City, S. C, who organized the Clarendon county. S. C. school integration case, told the conference that they would do a great service to the - South if they would "keep race - haters out of control of Congress and the Senate com mittees. "So long as Eastland and his ilk are in charge of committee, Rev. Delaine said, "we cannot ex pect our problems to be solved in Congress. People in the South are looking to you for help." The AME ministers and laymen pledged to wage an all - out campaign for registration and proper use of the ballot. CARMEN SHEPPERD Carmen Velma Sheppherd, born in Jamaica, B. W. I., came to the V. S. with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. David X. Shepperd, who became residents of New York City and citizens of their adopted country. Her kindergarten studies began at P. S. 119 and simultaneously, her music lessons were started with the late Miss Al berta Robinson. As her academic and music ed ucation progressed, she began singing lessons with the late Prof. Packer Ramsey dt the age of 13, later continuing her studies with Vere Richards at Carnegie hall. She was the recipient of six medals in voice from the New York Music Education league of which Miss Isabel Lowden is founder and president. After an extensive six year course,' Miss Shepperd graduated from Juilliard School of Music, receiving the regular, the teacher's and artist's diplomas. As a student of Columbia university, she earned ber Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees and has TJ. S. population increased 22 percent from 1939 to 1953 and tne number of jobs increased by 35 Urge School Zoning For Integration The. board of directors of the Urban League of Greater New York has called upon the Com mission on Integration of the Board of Education to reverse its feeent decision to take no ac tion on the problem of school zoning for racial integration until the fall. In a letter to Board of Education president Charles H. Silver and Comptroller Arthur - Levitt, " co - chairmen of the commission, the League asserted that "school zoning is probably the key consideration in achieving racially integrated schools ia New York city." The letter, signed by Mrs. So phia Yarnall Jacobs, president of the New York UL, added that if the board did not act on a zoning report before September it would be "impossible for children in the next school year to benefit by any policy or administrative changes in the zoning procedure." The League commended the Board of Education for its work thus far in adopting reports on educational guidance and standards but said that "it would be unfair in the extreme to children if bo .steps were taken to put into effect next September a policy of zosing for integration.." also to her credit, advanced work has taken graduate level studies at Ecole D'Artfi Americaines (Palais de Fontainebleau, France.) As an educator, she is known for the founding of the Carmen Shepperd School of Music which towards a doctorate. She also has given seven Town Hall recitals, and other recitals at Car - " negie hall, Carl Fischer hall, the the Women's International Expo sition, and a series of five concerts at the 135th st. Public library. She is founder and sponsor of the Carmen Shepperd Youth Group of the National Association of Nero Musicians which was awarded the association's citation for its "contribution to the advancement of music culture and in compliance with the high ideals and standards of the association." Miss Shepperd served as coordinator and chairman of the Voice Clinic for the Association at the National convention in Chicago during 1955. As a singer she has concertized in the U. S. and abroad and made radio appearances, also very successful Town hall recitals and has sung in the Assembly hall of Hunter college. Miss Shepperd's personal services and the services of ber school have been given freely in behalf of worthy philanthropic projects, outstanding amoog these are two under the distinguished patronage of Sir John and Lady Huggins oC Jamaica for the Save the Children fund; and for the organ fund of St. Ambrose church of which tho late Rev. Elliot Durant was rector. She has awarded individual student scholarships and tho school won the Music Education League's gold service medal for their noteworthy contributions. Miss Shepperd is the recipient of the Professional Citation of tho New York Cluh of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's club in 1955 "for her continuous pursuit of education in her chosen field, her accomplishments as a concert artist, a teacher of music and director of her music school." Miss Shepperd is a member of the Alumni Association of International house of whose board of directory she was a member for six years the St. Luke's Episcopal church, life member of tho National Council of Negro Women, Alpha Sigma chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, the alumni association of Columbia" university, Juilliard School of Music, the Fontainebleau association, first viro president of the New York Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's cluh, American Association of University .Women, treasurer of the David I. Martin branch. National Association of Negro Musicians and regional chairman of I the Scholarship fund for the National Association of. Negro Kusa - .eians.. . vf .,,,,., l i ! . V - .. ' . .... J!
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