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A Journal of Negro College Life
Published by the Students of Clark College
Atlanta, Ga., November 1944
Editor in Chief
William E. Thompson ’46
Ora Jeanne Bohannon ’45
Anna Marie Rice ’46
Feature Editor Marcella Cain Janes ’47 <
Literary Editor Genevieve K. Ferguson ’46
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, Art Editor Cynthia Perry ’46 <
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Jackie Adams ’48
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Associate Literary Editor Mason Wilkes ’47
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Secretary To Editor ..Thelma Barnhart ’45
Staff Typist Katherine Johnson ’46
Advisors To Editor Ora Jeanne Bohannon
Marcella James Calvin H. Johnson George C. Allen
• Faculty Advisors Mrs. Stella Brewer Brookes
(Leave of Absence)
Miss Cecil C. Posey
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The policy of the Staff is:
To print the views and opinions of the student body.
To act as a means for student expression.
To encourage the students of Clark College to make regular contribu
tions and to share with the other students their talents.
To do these things it will be i necessary for the entire school to co
operate—to see to it that news pertaining to students and of interest reaches
the Staff’s office in time for publication. We depend upon you to keep the
news rolling and we will let you see it in print once a month.
The Staff takes pleasure in dedicating the second issue of the Panther
to the various campus clubs, organizations, and Greek Letter Fraternities
and Sororities. It is through participation in these organization the students
of Clark College are given the opportunity to a happy and wholesome social
As news is being prepared for the second issue of the PANTHER the
student body is labouriously preparing for the celebration of the 76th Home
coming. To most of us Homecoming means the annual classic between the
Clark Panthers and the Morehouse Tigers, but to others of us it is the an
nual reunion of all Clarkites.
When a student graduates from high school, he looks forward to three
major happenings in his educational life . . . Matriculation, Commencement,
and Homecoming. Matriculation is that time when we enroll to pursue a
higher degree of formal training. It is that time when an individual says,
“I am desirous of rubbing elbows with Socrates, Plato, Karl Marx, Jesus
Christ, and the other great thinkers of the world. Unfortunately, it is not
always possible for everyone to realize his ambition through the Commence
ment Exercises which climax his four years of studying. Commencement
means the beginning . . . and so it is . . . although we think of it as the end
of our college career ... it is the time to give back to the world what we
have gained in four years, and it is the transition from a college student to
an alumnus of the college. For those who participate it is a momentous oc
Homecoming is that time when both students and alumni unite in a com
mon bond—the love of Alma Mater. For those who have matriculated it
means preparation fqr those who have graduated and will be coming back.
For all the former, students it is the one occasion when we forget years,
dates, and classmates to celebrate the annual Homecoming event. Homecom
ing brings back to the college those battered and bruised individuals who
have forged ahead and are now returning to tell of their success or attempts
at success—of the hard struggles for survival and of how they have kept
the banner of their Alma Mater aloft.
On the occasion of such a glorious event the students are challenged to
go forth and achieve as their predecessors have done. The football team
spurred on to victory, but whether victory is ours or not ... we still have
the aspiration for the coming of another year when we can start anew.
For flowers that bloom about our feet; for tender grass, so fresh, so
sweet; for song of bird and hum of bee, for all things fair we hear and see.
Father in heaven we thank thee! For blue of stream and blue of sky; for
pleasant shade of branches high; for fragrant air and cooling breeze; for
beauty of the blooming trees, Father in heaven we thank thee.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
From My Chapel Seat
Genevieve K. Ferguson
Ah, but once again, we of Clark
College know the joy of meeting to
gether each day for that potent rea
son which is none other than spiritual
Tuidanee. If ever in the history of
ur nation there were an immediate
need for reverence, spiritual living
and biotherly love, it is now. We
young men and women need to think
deeply on these three essentials to
enrich our lives, so that we will make
for ourselves and those around us a
The activities of Clark’s chapel pro
grams cover not only the Christian
phase of living, but they also empha
size facts on rightful social living.
The month of October found the
young men and women holding a sep
arate chapel meeting, over which, the
dean of men, Dean A. O. Bustamente,
and dean of women, Doctor Ethna
Winston presided. At the meeting
with the young women, the personnel
staff was introduced; it included Miss
Rose E. King, Nurse Chandler, Miss
Dovie T. Reeves and Mrs. Eddye M.
Thomas. The chapel committee under
took the task of assigning once more
permanent seats to the student mem
bers of the Clark Family. Due to the
fact that football season is here, the
cheering squad held exhilarting meet
ings with the student body. The lead
ers of the squad are: Cynthia Perry,
Anna Marie Rice, Ruth Riley, June
Daniels, Alva Lindsey, Thomas Gris-
son, Daniel Lewis and Alonao Hill.
This month, the different classes
elected their permanent officers for
the school year. President James
Brawley meditated with the student
body in a solemn formal worship the
second week of the month at which
time the Philharmonic Society, di
rected by Prof. J. I). Killingsworth,
sang, “The Lord’s Prayer,” by For
syth-Draft. Dean McPheeters gave
the student body much to think about
when he thoroughly cited reasons
why students should strive to their
utmost to make successful accom
plishments in their college careers.
Beginning its initial membership
drive this month, the Y. W. C. A. be
gan its program with spirited talks
from the following members: Mabel
O’Neal, Genevieve Ferguson, Marcella
James, and Mary Pickett. It is a tra
dition that Clark College have an in
duction Dedication Service each year.
This year the service was of such a
nature as to stimulate each student
to declare solemnly his confidence in
his institution and his belief in the
Christian faith. The service was
opened by President J. P. Brawley.
On the 22nd day of the month, each
student was able to take part in the
chapel program, for it was this day
that votes were cast for the election
of “Miss Clark.”
Mr. Daniel C. Thompson, a mem
ber of the faculty, related many im
portant facts about the works of the
N. A. A. C. P., in turn Mr. William
Thompson made a heartening appeal
for the membership drive of the
N. A. A. C. P.
* We Are Going to Ber
lin, to Rome, to Japan
Oh soldiers of America,
Ye sons of liberty,
Let’s fight this glorious battle
For freedom across the seas.
Do you hear the bugle calling?
Do you hear the great command?
Forward soldiers, possess the land.
We are marching on
To a foreign land,
To Berlin, to Rome, also to Japan.
Fighting all the way
Hitler and his gang,
We shoulder to shoulder stand.
Forward soldiers, possess the land.
For democracy and liberty,
For the freedom of mankind,
For the right and freedom of the seas
The Army and Navy fight.
Do you hear the cannons roaring?
Do you hear the great command?
Forward soldiers, possess the land.
All the people, all the nations,
Those oppressed by Hitler’s gang,
They are looking to America
The country of Uncle Sam.
Do you hear their anxious pleading?
Oh, save us by your might:
Forward soldiers, possess the land.
Armando O. Bustamente
March 15, 1943.
*This song was written and dedi
cated to the Armed Forces of the
United States. The words and music
has been copyrighted by the composer
and is being used with permission.
Mrs. Sara H. Cureton, head of the
department of Spanish, was chosen as
a resource person for the Confer
ence on “Demobilization Challenges
the Church” held at Central Congre
gational Church November 1, 2, 1944.
More than three centuries ago, the
Pilgrim Fathers celebrated the first
Thanksgiving in America by praying
and feasting after their first harvest
'n the “land of milk and honey.” De
spite a bitter winter, a tremendous
loss of their numbers, and the ard
uous task of subduing the wilderness,
hey we.e thankful that they had one
of the world’s most prized possessions
Again in the year, nineteen hun
dred and forty-four, we approach an
other Thanksgiving Day, and like the
Pilgrims, we have endured hardships
to maintain that jewel for which they
struggled—freedom. We will cele
brate, however, with a knowledge of
mounting victories, high aims of
peace, and a meaning far more pro
found than that experienced by the
Pilgrims. We stand today on this
b; oad and rich continent humbly
sending prayers of thanksgiving to
God for having spared us thus far,
for the benefits of the labors of our
forefathers. The land which faraway
peoples thought of as the “land of
milk and honey” still has an abund
ant storef for those who have an hon
est will to toil, a will for freedom for
themselves and for their fellowmen.
We can give thanks, humbly and
reverently from overflowing hearts on
this Thanksgiving Day. The abund
ant food our good Americans have
given to us is not all; we must be
thankful for millions upon millions,
named and unnamed, who go forward
in the light of a great perspective
toward the peace and equality of free
men, standing before God in a more
beautiful, just, and amiable world.
L. Guinart, ’48
Against a background of pale blue
The sun sinks slowly
While busy people pass—
While little children play—
Heedless of this marvelous sight—
The setting of the sun.
Men search the earth
Shall find no greater treasure
Than the Obit one.
But while they sleep
The sun still sinks
There is no sun:
But only beautiful rainbowed rays
To tell us
There was one.
—B. L. P.
Delta Sigma Theta
The officers of Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority include: Louise Brown,
President; Rhoda Dean, Vice Presi
dent; Portia Thomas, Corresponding
Secretary; Myrtis Smith, Recording
Secretary; Genevieve Ferguson, Dean
of Pledgees; Mildred Touchstone, Ad
viser to T. I. D.
Y. M. C. A,
The initial meeting of the Young
Men’s Christian Association convened
during one of the regular Chapel
hours in the Audio-Visual Room. The
purpose of the meeting was to greet
the new young men of the college and
to elect officers for the year. As a re
sult of the election the following
young men were elected: Benjamin F.
Bradford, president; George W.
James, vice president; William E.
Thompson, secretary; Joseph S.
Hickerson, assistant secretary; John
T. Smith, treasurer; John Cannon,
chaplain; Newberry Flanagan, re
porter; David T. Harper, Sgt. at
Arms. The Faculty Advisors include
Dean A. A. McPheeters, Dean A. O.
Bustamante, and Professor Curtis V.
During the summer the Young
Men’s Christian Association cele
brated its 100th anniversary, The as
sociation has grown in the past years
to include chapters all over the world.
The Clark Chapter is interested and
urges those young men not already
members to join the organization.
NORMA HULL BLAND THRILLS
(Continued From Page One)
The curtains fell slowly as Mrs.
Hull led in the singing of the Negro
National Anthem leaving us wishing
for still more. The artist was the
grateful recipient of an orchid cor
sage from the Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority, a rose spray from the Ivy
Leaf Club, and a beautiful basket of
roses from the Clark Playhouse.
Patronize our advertisers.
On the Shelves
l nave 'written a hook about read
ing. Those who write about sex or
money-making often give the impres
sion that it is the whole of life. I do
not want to give a similar impression
about reading, but I do want to per
suade you that it is a substantial part
of life, of reason.
(From) How to Read a Book, by
No Delay of Triumph
By J. Saunders Redding
J. Saunders Redding is the first
Negro to win the Mayflower Award
in Literature, given by the state of
Northa Carolina for his novel, No
Day of Triumph.
No Day of Triumph is a collection
of four short stories revolving around
the life, the experiences, and the
philosophy of Mr. Redding. Richard
Wright in his introduction to the
book, speaks of the author as the
first Negro of the middle-class to
break with the ideology of the “Tal
ented Tenth” in a complete and final
manner. His task is to expose, ex
hibit, and declare in a dramatic and
lasting manner; though some may
feel that he tears down more than
he builds up. Mr. Redding writes on
a high sensitive plane, describing how
a man surrounded by falsehood and
confusion, groped toward truth and
dignity and understanding.
In _ the first of the stories, Mr.
Redding relates his experiences as a
teacher at Morehouse College. He de
picts conditions there in his o w n
“personal” way (certainly, no one
else has ever spoken so of More
house). It is indeed an interesting
description, not only as a pin stuck
into an inflated balloon but also as
a criterion for other colleges.
At present, Mr. Redding is teach
ing English at Hampton Institute and
he is a columnist for the Baltimore
Afro-American. If he continues to
write books like No Day of Triumph
he may subdue the popularity and in
tellectuality of Mr. Wright. They run
a too close-for-decision race for the
Mason Wilkes II.
The Clark College Playhouse under
the direction of Mrs. Norma H.
Bland presented its first presentation
during the regular chapel hour Fri
day, October 27. The Playhouse was
assisted by the Verse Speaking Choir
who gave a splendid rendition of
“Twenty-fourth Psalm.” “The China
Pig” by Evelyn Emig is a one-act
play portraying the life of a small
family consisting of Elizabeth May
nard, mother; Muriel, the younger
daughter; and Elsa, the oldest. Mu
riel, is interested in the work of the
American Red Cross and is trying to
persuade her mother to permit her to
take the training offered by the Red
Cross. Elsa, her sister, has been of
fered a job in New York as an actress
and is determined to leave as soon as
possible to accept the job which pays
thirty dollars a month. Mrs. Maynard
hesitates giving neither of her daugh
ters permission to following their de
sires because of their father.
After a bit of persuasion Muriel is
given permission by her mother to try
and get her father’s consent. While
she is gone to the office Elsa trys to
show her mother where she has failed
to enjoy life because of her father’s
selfish motives. Mrs. Maynard re
views her life and thinks of the good
times she has missed because of her
sacrifices for her family. She has
just about decided to draw her sav
ings of $1,000 from the bank and ac
company Elsa to New York, when
Muriel comes in disappointed because
her father has rejected her plea. For
getting herself again, Mrs. Maynard
gives Muriel a check for $1,000 so
that she can take the course she so
desires. The curtains fall as Mrs.
Maynard tells her oldest daughter
that she will not run away, but stay
there and start living all over again.
Elizabeth Maynard, the mother —
Ella P. Stewart.
Elsa, her elder daughter—Kathe
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has been equipped at a cost of
more than two thousand dollars.
If it is books, paper, cosmetics,
soap, or whatever you want, see
the Clark College Bookstore
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