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The Dunbar News
Published every two weeks at
2594 Seventh Avenue  New York
Subscription Rate for One Year
One dollar by mail (under Permit No. 2286, Sec. 562, P. L. & R.).

The Colonel's Son

Captain Arthur P. Hayes, infantry reserve, and his associates did a very gracious thing the other evening, December 30, in giving a banquet at our local Y.M.C.A. to Colonel Benjamin O. Davis of the United States Army and his son, Benjamin O. Davis Jr., now a cadet at West Point.

There are many, many good citizens who appreciate the significance of the occasion and regret that circumstances beyond their control make their own presence impossible.  Even the pacifists among them take great pride in honoring both father and son.

The presence of the Colonel's son at West Point is due, of course, to the action of the resolute Congressmen DePriest of Illinois.  The appointment reflects great credit upon him.  No wiser or happier selection could have been made.

The newspapers have had very little to say about the life and work of Cadet Davis at the United States Military Academy;  like his father, he shuns all notoriety.  But, a very great deal was said about Mr. Parham, the Negro Cadet first sent to West Point by Mr. DePriest but who did not measure up to the standards of that exacting institution.  The young man lacked background, he lacked basic education, he lacked intellectual acumen although his character approved sound.

Cadet Davis, however, has proved to be thoroughly prepared in every way.  He is a young man of admirable physique.  A former student of Chicago University, his penchant is mathematics, the stumbling block of all his predecessors except the late Colonel Young but basic to sound military training.  he has behind him the traditions of his father exemplary career from enlisted man to Colonel in the United States Army.  Cadet Davis's standing in his class, which consists of some 300 men, is twelfth, and that standing may be still higher before he graduates.  He has won respect, indeed, admiration by his manly modesty, his unremitting industry, his grit, his clear intelligence.

[[marginalia]] NOT TRUE [[/marginalia]]  Young Davis has met with no untoward incident while at West Point;  he carries no chip on his shoulder.  He has attended strictly to his own business and has acquitted himself so creditably in every discipline has to win the lasting esteem of the professors, as well as of the student body.  The attitude of his classmates, many of whom are from the southern South, was indicated in dramatic and memorable fashion not very long ago when on the drill grounds he was singled out by his classmates with an unanimous, "I. K. Davis!"

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From St. Paul, Minnesota, Mrs. Fred D. McCracken has just sent R. C. Bruce of the Dunbar cooperative community a photograph of his mother as a young woman.

[[image: photograph of woman captioned MRS. BLANCHE K. BRUCE]]

The faded little photograph was found in an old family trunk by Reverend Lealted whose family resided in Cleveland many years ago and knew the Willson family;  it was at his earnest request that Mrs. McCracken sent the photograph.  The photographer was E. Decker of Cleveland, Ohio.  Miss Josephine Bealle Willson resided with her family on Perry Street in that city.  It was from this homes that she was married in 1878 to U. S. Senator B. K. Bruce of Mississippi.  Her father was Joseph Willson, dentist and man of letters.  Miss Willson what's the first teacher of color in the public schools of Cleveland.

Dr. Willson was the author of "Sketches of the Higher Classes of Colored Society in Philadelphia" (Merrihew and Thompson–1841).  In presenting a copy of this now very rare volume to Mr. Bruce November 2, 1929, Principal A. O. Stafford of the Washington, D. C. public schools said:

This little book – with the reflections of a noble social philosopher I present to his grandson whose rare talent is now engaged in enlarging that society of which is ancestor wrote with such charm and insight nearly a century ago.


Mesdames Morilla Jackson and Ruby Slaughter were the special guests of Counsellor and Mrs. James W. Johnson at the formal dance given by the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity on Thursday night at the Renaissance Casino.  Mr. Johnson, aside from being an attorney is retiring president of Epsilon Sigma Chapter of the fraternity.  He and Mrs. Johnson reside at 3H: 2588 Seventh Avenue.


Mr. and Mrs. Rufus A. Atkins, 3B: 211 West 149th Street, had an impromptu bridge session at their apartment on Friday night.  Those who enjoyed the contract and auction games were Mrs. Martha Brown of Albany, her hostess Mrs. Ruth A. Martin;  Mr. and Mrs. Elton Rogers, Mr. and Mrs. Harold McDougald, Mr. and Mrs. John Nash, Mrs. Arthur Abernathy and John Riley.


Mrs. Irene Royal, 5A: 226 West 150th Street, is now home from the Fifth Avenue Hospital, where she was [[?]]
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Mr. and Mrs. William H. King of Apartment 3A: 2816 Eighth Avenue enjoyed the Christmas holidays in company with their son and daughter, Rev. William Herbert King and Mrs. India King Lee.  Young Mr. King is doing graduate work in the History and Philosophy of Religion at the Oberlin Graduate School of Theology in Oberlin, Ohio, and is the acting minister in Plymouth Congregational Church in Detroit, Michigan.  Mrs. Lee is the wife of Dr. Norman L. Lee, practicing physician in Philadelphia.  King Sr. Leaves for New Orleans in the immediate future where he continues connections with the Unity Life and Industrial Insurance Company.


Mr. and Mrs. George Hazzard had the following as their guests at their home, 4A: 247 West 149th Street, on New Year's Eve:

Dr. and Mrs. William C. Roane, Mrs. Alice Crawford of Baltimore, Thomas Collins of Newport, R. I.;  Dr. and Mrs. Louis Rolefort of Orange, N. J.;  Misses Lelia McIntyre and Edith A. Cooper of Trenton;  Mr. and Mrs. William Nimmons, Mr. and Mrs. M. Mott, Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Travis, Robert Travis, Philip Talbert.

Also Dr. Ray Waller, Miss Alice Coffer, Mrs. Elizabeth Jefferson, O. Richard Reid, Roscoe Conkling Bruce, Mr. Corum, Lawrence Bailey, Mrs. Pauline Jordan, Roy Lancaster, Mesdames Belle Thomas and Holman Drake.


Among the members of the Dunbar cooperative community present at the formal dance of the Pedagogues, a club comprised of school teachers of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, held at the Witoka Club, 222 West 145th Street on Friday night, December 29th, were Mrs. Sybil Hunt and Miss Bernardine Burwell.


James Weldon Johnson, poet, diplomat, song-writer, worker for the Negro race, professor of English literature at Fisk University, and author of several books, is the first recipient of the W. E. B. DuBois Price of $1,000 for Negro literature.  The presentation was made last Wednesday by Oliver LaFarge, chairman of the judges, as a ceremony in the Hotel Shelton, New York City, which was attended by leading the New York literary figures.

The award, which corresponds to the Pulitzer prizes for general literature, goes to Mr. Johnson this year for his book "Black Manhattan," adjudged the best book of prose and non-fiction written by a Negro during the past three years.  Mr. Johnson's most recent book is his autobiography, "Along This Way," published last October, too late to be considered for [[?]]
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The First Anniversary of the One Hundred Thirty-fifth Street Branch of the Young Men's Christian Association of the City of New York was observed December 27th through January 7th.  Executive Secretary Henry K. Craft made a brief report.  Dr. Emmett J. Scott, Secretary-Treasurer of Howard University, Washington, D. C., made the principal address.


No Discrimination on C.W.A. Projects

The following statement of policy on the question of discrimination in the employment of persons in Civil Works Administration project is issued jointly by the National Re-employment Service of New York State and the State Employment Service of the State Department of Labor regarding the employment of Negro workers:

"There shall be no discrimination in the selection of persons for work on Civil Works Administration projects because of race, color, religion or political affiliation.  The employment of colored persons is of particular concern."


The Late Dr. Wu

The late C. C. Wu, one time Chinese Minister to the United States, was a diplomat as plausible as he was engaging.  The son of Wu Tingfang, Dr. Wu was educated in this country and in England and added to the polish of the traditional Chinese gentleman a thorough background of western culture and an American sense of humor.  His enemies in China were many – as were his friends in this country and England.  In Canton they considered him "unreliable."  Here they had no need to question his reliability and were so pleased with his bland humor and his smiling suavity.  A master of the most polished English, [[?]]
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