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S.S. BERT WILLIAMS LAUNCHED
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PORTLAND, ORE, DEL EMBER 1, 19U
URBAN LEAGUE SETS UP HERE
ON EAST SIDE
14th Vessel Honoring Great Negroes
Slides Down Ways
sponsored by W ife
of the labor-management committee.
With a well-timed blow’, Mrs. Da
Petition Requesting Admission to Council of Social Agencies
Honoring the name of one of the vid smashed the beribboned bottle
Presented: Functions Outlined.
Negro humorists of the American against the prow of the ship, show
stage, the Liberty Ship S. S. Bert ering bystanders with foaming
A petition requesting admission to the Council of Social
i Williams, 225th cargo vessel to be champaign The huge ship gained
Agencies for a newly formed branch o f the Urban League
momentum and slid down the ways
What was once a Buddhist built at Todd’s New England Ship-
the strains of the “ Star Spangl
has been presented here in Portland. The National Urban cburob> attended bx Portland Jap- building Corporation at South
mingled with the cheers
League is a Negro welfare Olganization with branches in anese prior to their evacuation to Portland, Maine, slid down the
of the workers.
all principal cities. The forming of a branch here puts Port- other areas, is now another Indoor ways on November 18 into the wa-
Following the launching the
land on a par with other cities of its size.
play center added to tlr many sim- ters °f ( ast‘o Ray. the l nited
her husband and a dozen
The petition, presented by E. B. McNaughton and Harry ilar n a t i o n buildings under su-j States. Maritime Commission an-
with excellent at
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pervision of the recreational d m - I nounced this week.
A. D. Smith, ’ stated that This organization
sion of the Bureau of Parks. It will ; Mrs. Maxine R. David, wife of a tendance records were given a lun
cate the work of any other agency or organization, nor does be formally opened today (Friday) leadman welder on the third sbi^t cheon at a Portland Hotel. Andrew
it carry on functional activities except in those instances with Miss Hazel Mitchell, former- and a former welder herself, spr.n- B. Sides, president of the New
where community needs require such. Neither does the Urban > ly with the staff of instructors at sored the ship in the presence of a England Shipbuilding Corporation,
League carry on racial social work for other agencies, but the Clvic Recreation Center, in delegation from the Negro Actors presided at a luncheon and pre-
Guild of New York, a group of of- 'rented Mrs. David with the tradi-
assists other organizations in more effectively serving the
The newly opened center is at j ficials of the shipyard, and before tional engraved silver plate, as a
1137 N. E. Benton street, in the tri- a crowd of fellow workers. Mrs. I momento of the occasion.
Specifically an Urban League in
Elmer A. Carter, executive chair
. | 7270. Railroads and hotels account1 angle of Williams Ave. Clackamas David was selected for the honor
Portland will carry on a permanent i
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, , , by her husband, who was chosen to man of the Negro Actors Guild of
for 1100 employed and that there ; and Benton Street, and a block
program of negotiations with or-
were 271 gainfully employed in j west of the Williams Ave. bus line. pick a sponsor due to his perfect America, presented a famed paint
ganized labor and management to
It is a two-story structure with a work and attendance record in the j ing of Bert Williams to the ship
, ., other occupations,
reduce barriers that prevent the
Ihe Board also reported from a full-size basement and a number of yard over a period of three years, as a token from his organization.
utilization and upgrading of Negro
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¡preliminary survey that apnr >xi- rooms which are to be put to good working on the graveyard shift. Leigh Whipper, outstanding Negro
labor. This would include a voca- !
mately 2 u 7 families of newcomers use as game rooms, classes in This privilege is accorded various character actor, told a number of
tional guidance program of counsel
would remain in the area post war. crafts, story hour, and for meeting workers in the yard at New Eng- amusing anecdotes about Williams,
ing, direction into job training and
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The interests of the Urban rooms for social groups. The rais- lan,l Shipbuilding Corporation by
workers education for better per
League include Housing, Industrial
Relations, Health, Recreation, Re and ornately carved framing stored
In the field of research and in search and Race Relations.
for the duration, makes an excel
vestigation there would be con
A tentative budget was requested lent stage for the auditorium. This
stant gathering of information on amounting to $8675.10 to conduct commodious room has been re-
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I The National Association for the
the Negro question and exploring the work of the League for the styled
to serve as a gymnasium or , ,
Stumbling over a piece of wood
areas of needed attention. All pro first year.
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the basement of her home on
holding conferences in San Fran-
gramming would be based solely
are to be staged.
Day resulted in a
cisco this week for the purpose of
on the facts as gathered, so that U
It is planned to have play and establishing a Regional Office for broken foot for Mrs. Ruth English,
all activities would be geared in
instruction for both juniors and the Pacific Coast. President of lo 4320 S. E. 43rd Ave. Mrs. English
with the actual facts, rather than
adults, in crafts, dancing, badmin cal branches throughout the West paid very little attention to the in
on rumor, emotion and misinfor
ton, volleyball, ping-pong and other have been invited to participate in jury, but decided to visit a doctor
table games, and for children of the conference. The establishment after continued pain in her foot.
The Multnomah County delega
An inter-racial board of directors tion of members of the Oregon pre-school age singing, games and of a Regional Office on the West The doctor informed her that her
was chosen to handle the affairs State Senate met in the Portland rhythm classes.
Coast will save much valuable time foot was broken.
of the branch consisting of seven Hotel this week. Election of offic
Today and this evening it is to and expense by ending the necessi
A couple more weeks will pass
colored members and eight white ers was held and comment made on be informal open house so that the ty of communicating with the New before Mrs. English can visit her
members. The colored members are several bills destined to come up neighbors may come in and see York office of the NAACP.
Dr. DeNorval Unthank and Rev. before the next session of the legis what facilities are to be available
J. J. Clow to serve one year; Mrs. lature.
to them here by way of recreation.
Clifford Walker and Mr. Oliver E.
The programs that have been pre
One of the bills due to come up
Smith to serve for two years; and
pared for distribution, outlining ac
before ¿he body is the new and
Mr. Kelly Foster, Rev. L. O. Stone
tivities at the building, bear a note
liberal form of the Civil
and Mrs. Julia Smith to serve for
of explanation—that schedules and >
Rights Bill. The delegation declined
three years. The white members of
classes are tentative and will be
to comment on the bill or how they
the board are Harry W. Bruck,
changed to meet requests and
would' vote, preferring to wait un-
James Hamilton and Harry A. D.
needs of those using the building
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r. „ til they see it- in its introduced
Smith for one year; Roy Hill, E. B.
when it is deemed wise to do so.
McNaughton and Miss. Nell Unger _from when the ,e* lslature ,s m ses- The regular hours are to be from
to serve for two years; Mrs Elliot
3:30 to 10 p. m. daily except Mon
Officers elected were Represen days and Saturdays, when the
R. Corbett and Mr. Ed. Benedict
for three years. The board is to be tative John Hall, Republican, Pres building will be open from 9 to 5
ident; Senator Lee Patterson, Sec p. m.
A supplementary program of rec
In a preliminary report of a
“ sample” survey the board has re
from 6 to 10 in the evenings under
ported that out of 62 industrial es
direction of the park bureau at the
tablishments there were 7541 Ne
Elliot school, 2711
groes employed out of a total of |
which is in the neighborhood of the
132,634 employees or 5.68 per cent.
The Vanport Housing Authority new Benton street center.
That Negroes held a total of 5.04
the .addition of Mr. C.
per cent of shipyard positions or
Since the recreational centers are
L. Emerson to its staff as Publici part of tjie parks program of the
ty Director. Mr. Emerson comes to city they are open to the public |
his new position with a background without charge. Groups, such as ,
well fitted for his job. He is for clubs and organizations, are en
mer editor of a prominent maga titled to the use of the recreation
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zine and lately had been engaging buildings facilities as well as in to arrive in West Africa recently brought back 500 West African sol
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industrial surveys. As a Recruiting dividuals, and arrangements for diers of Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Gold Coast and the Gambia who Hid
Representative for the Kaiser Co. such groups may be made with the been wounded in fighting in Burma and the Middle East. For the first
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j time in the history of the four British West African colonies, their
in the southern states, he was re director in charge.
soldiers are fighting overseas. West Africans have proved to be among
sponsible for the presence in this
the world’s finest jungle fighters and a full division—the 81st West
Division— has distinguished itself in fighting irith the 14th
whom he will now work.
Army in Burma. They helped to drive the Japanese from the borders
In his capacity of publicity direc
p r to
of India, served under General Stilwell in the north Burma theatre,
tor, Mr. Emerson wants it known
and no the Arakan front recently pushed the enemy eastward to the
that he is interested in all phases
Kaladan River. Upon their arrival home, the wounded were greeted
by the Governors of the colonies. The more seriously wounded were
o f social activities and will appre
The War Department announced
to the Army’s new rehabilitation center at Accra. Picture shows:
ciate any notices on any affairs
cases from the Italian and Burma fronts are the first' to
that have to do with recreational
the hospital ship. A sergeant-major who was fighting with
activities within the project. He at the Fort Lewis Army Training
Burma jungle« said, “They have done a wonderful job
can be reached at Community Cen center. The first contingent of col
against the Japanese— they all deserve the Y. C.”
ter Number One.
ored WACS arrived this week.
British Information Photo from OWI.
N AACP To Open
Regional O ffice
Cause Foot Injury
No Comment” On
Civil R ights Bill
D irector in Vanport
African Wounded Come Home J,h;, ¡£p' ehv'“‘
A t Fort Lewis