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THE TRUSTEES OF THE JOHN F. SLATER FUND 
Occasional Papers No. 24 



FIVE EETTERS 



OF THE 



UNIVERSITY COMMISSION 



ON 



SOUTHERN RACE 
QUESTIONS 



1927 



FIVE LETTERS 



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SOUTHERN RACE 
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Preface 

Whether l)y original intention or not, the Occasional Papers 
published by the Trustees of the John F. Slater Fund will be 
found to show quite fairly the series of degrees in th.e progress 
made in the education of the colored children of the South. 
The first, giving an account of the establishment of the Slater 
Fund in 1882, w^as published as far back as the year 1894. 
Incidentally too these publications mark, between the lines, 
certain steps in the process of racial relations. It seems 
therefore not inappropriate to include in the list the present 
series of Five Letters, which had considerable circulation at 
the time of publication and were widely quoted, but have not 
hitherto been brought together. They were addressed prima- 
rily to college students. They are brief and simple, but were 
prepared with great care and may he said to state fairly the 
best sentiment on the subjects dealt with. I have ventured to 
add an Introductory Address which I made at a meeting held 
in Knoxville, not that it has any special value except as per- 
haps glimpsing the temper of the time. 

The University Commission was established at a meeting 
of the old Southern Sociological Congress held in Nashville 
in 1912. Its work was pioneering. It held a number of meet- 
ings at various points in the South. At these meetings there 
were present by invitation leading local men of both races. 
The minutes of most of these meetings have been published. 
Two reports of value, one by Dr. Scroggs, in 1914, on Civic 
Status, and one by Dr. De Loach, in 1915, on Economics, have 
been printed in the minutes. An interesting paper on the gen- 
eral problem was published by Dr. Morse in the South At- 
lantic Quarterly of October 1920. The expenses of the meet- 
ings were met through the liberality of the Phelps-Stokes 
Fund, which has done such valuable service in very many di- 
rections. The Commission found that it could accomplish 



4 Preface 

little advance work, nor prepare an adequate study, without 
the full-time employment of some one person. The members 
were all completely engaged in their respective college duties. 
Moreover a dozen or more books on problems of race, or of ra- 
cial adjustments, were already being published or known to 
be on the way of publication. • . 

These books all have their value in one or another direction, 
but in spite of their excellence a place yet remains for a still 
more comprehensive work. It will be written by one man — 
wdiere shall he l>e found? — a man capable and available, a man 
of fairness and vision, and with power of style and exposition, 
who can perhaps command the co-operation of the scientific 
ability of men in colleges of both races. 

J. H. DiLLARD 

July, 1^2/. 



Lynching 

This letter is not written to convince you that lynching is a 
crime, for you know it already. Its object is to urge you to 
show others whenever opportunity presents itself that lynch- 
ing does more than rob its victims of their constitutional 
rights and of their lives. It simultaneously lynches law and 
justice and civilization, and outrages all the finer human senti- 
ments and feelings. 

The wrong that it does to the wretched victims is almost as 
nothing compared to the injury it does to the lynchers them- 
selves, to the community, and to society at large. 

Lynching is a contagious social disease, and as such is of 
deep concern to every American citizen and to every lover of 
civilization. It is especially of concern to you, and you can do 
much to abolish it. Vice and crime know that their best, 
though unconscious and unwilling allies, are luke-warmness 
and timidity on the part of educated, "good" citizens. Wrong 
is weaker than right, and must yield whenever right is per- 
sistent and determined. 

It is, of course, no argument in favor of, lynching, nor can 
we derive any legitimate satisfaction from the fact that it is 
not confined to any one section of our country and that the 
victims are not always black. One of the bad features of 
lynching is that it quickly becomes a habit, and, like all bad 
habits, deepens and widens rapidly. Formerly lynchings were 
mainly incited by rape and murder, but the habit has spread 
until now such outrages are committed for much less serious 
crimes. 

The records of lynching for 1914, compiled by three dif- 
ferent agencies, give the total number for the year at 52. 54, 
and 74, the authority for these figures being Tuskegee Insti- 
tute, the Chicago Tribune, and the Crisis, respectively. 

The conflicting reports can not be harmonized, but, to avoid 



6 Southern Race Questions 

any possibility of exaggeration, we may employ the most con- 
servative of these for analysis. 

It reveals these facts : Number lynched — colored : male 46, 
female 3; white: male 2, female 0. Total 52. 

Crimes charged against victims: Murder 13, robber}- and 
murder 6, robbery and attempted murder 1. suspected of mur- 
der 1, rape 6, attempted rape 1, killing an officer 5, wounding 
officer 1, murderous assault 3, alleged murderous assault 1, 
biting off a man's chin 1, accused of wounding a person 1, 
killing person in quarrel 4, beating child to death 1, tr\nng to 
force way into woman's room 1, stealing shoes 1, stealing 
mules 1, setting fire to barn 2, assisting a man to escape who 
had wounded another 1, l>eing found under a house 1. 

The three women were lynched for the following reasons : 
One, 17 years old, for killing a man who, it was reported, had 
raped her; the second was accused of beating a child to death; 
the third was accused of helping her husband set fire to a barn. 
In the last case, both husband and wife were lynched in the 
presence of their 4-year-old child. 

It should be especially noted that of the fifty-two persons 
lynched, only seven — two white and five colored — or 13 per 
cent, were charged with the crime against womanhood. This 
shows clearly how far and how quickly the habit has spread 
beyond the bounds set by those who first resorted to lynching 
as a remedy. 

According to states, the lynchings w-ere distributed as fol- 
lows : Alabama 2, Arkansas 1, Florida 4, Georgia 2, Louisi- 
ana 12, Mississippi 12, Missouri 1, New Mexico 1, North Da- 
kota 1, North Carolina 1, Oklahoma 3, Oregon 1, South Caro- 
lina 4, Tennessee 1, Texas 6. 

The same agency which reported fifty-two lynchings for 
1914 makes the following report for 1915: Number lynched 
— colored: male 51, female 3; white: male 14, female 0. To- 
tal 68. This is an increase of 16, or 30 per cent, over the total 
numl)er for 1914. 

According to states, the lynchings for 1915 were distributed 



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as follows: Alabama 9, Arkansas 5, Florida 5, Geore^ia 18, 
Illinois 1, Kentucky 5, Louisiana 2, Mississippi 9, Missouri 2, 
Ohio 1, Oklahoma 3, South Carolina 1, Tennessee 2, Texas 5. 

It is worthy of note that in at least four cases it was dis- 
covered later that the victims of the mob were innocent of the 
crime of which they were accused. 

These are the terrible facts. Is there no remedy? Have 
we not sufficient leg^al intellic^ence and machinery to take care 
of ever}' case of crime committed? Must we fall back on the 
methods of the jungle? Civilization rests on obedience to law, 
which means the substitution of reason and deliberation for 
impulse, instinct, and passion. It is easy and tempting to obey 
the latter, but to be governed by the former requires self-con- 
trol, which comes from the interposition of thought between 
impulse and action. Herein lies the college man's oppor- 
tunity to serve his fellows — to interpose deliberation between 
their impulses and action, and in that way to control both. 

Society has a right to expect college men to help in mould- 
ing opinion and shaping conduct in matters of this sort. It is 
their privilege and duty to cooperate with others in leading 
crusades against crime and mob rule and for law and civiliza- 
tion. The college man belongs in the front rank of those 
fighting for moral and social progress. For this reason the 
Universit}' Commission makes its first appeal to you and 
urges you strongly to cooperate with the press, the pulpit, the 
bar, officers of the law,* and all other agencies striving to elim- 
inate this great evil, by speaking out boldly when speech is 
needed and letting your influence be felt against it in decided, 
unmistakable measure and manner. 

(Signed) E. C. Branson, R. J. H. DeLoach, I. J. Doster, 
J. M. Farr, J. D. Hoskins, W. M. Hunley, W. L. Kennon, 
Josiah Morse. W. O. Scroggs, W. S. Sutton, D. Y. Thomas. 

January 5, ipi6. 



*An appeal for the Enforcement of Law, signed by a large num- 
ber of Southern Educators, was sent to judges and other officials 
throughout the South. See p. 21. 



II 

Education 

In its first open letter to college men of the South, issued at 
the beginning of the present year, the University Commission 
urged them to unite their efforts with those of the press, the 
pulpit, the bar, the officers of the law, and all other agencies 
laboring for the elimination of the monster evil of mob vio- 
lence. These agencies have labored diligently and with sub- 
stantial results, as is indicated by the decrease of the average 
annual number of lynchings from 171 for the decade 1886- 
1895 to 70 for the decade 1906-1915. Nevertheless, the Com- 
mission wishes to reiterate its appeal with renewed emphasis, 
knowing that the eradication of so virulent a social disease as 
the lynching mania can be effected only by the prolonged and 
vigorous efforts of sane and patriotic citizens. 

In this letter the Commission wishes to direct the attention 
of the college men to the educational aspect of the race ques- 
tion, inasmuch as the solution of all human problems ultimately 
rests upon rightly directed education. In its last analysis, edu- 
cation simply means bringing forth all the native capacities of 
the individual for the l)enefit both of himself and of society. 
It is axiomatic that a developed plant, animal, or man is far 
more valuable to society than the undeveloped. It is likewise 
obvious that ignorance is the most fruitful source of human 
ills. Furthermore, it is as true in a social as in a physical 
sense that a chain is no stronger than its weakest link. The 
good results thus far obtained, as shown by the Negro's 
progress within recent years, prompt the Commission to urge 
the extension of his educational opportunities. 

The inadequate provision for the education of the Negro is 
more than an injustice to him; it is an injury to the w^hite 
man. The South can not realize its destiny if one-third of its 
population is undeveloped and inefficient. For our common 
welfare we must strive to cure disease wherever we find it, 
strengthen whatever is weak, and develop all that is unde- 



Southern Race Questions 9 

veloped. The initial steps for increasing the efficiency and 
iisefuhiess of the Negro race must necessarily be tal<en in the 
school room. There can be no denying that more and better 
schools, with better trained and better paid teachers, more 
adequate supervision and longer terms, are needed for the 
blacks, as well as the whites. The Negro schools are, of 
course, parts of the school systems of their respective states, 
and as such share in the progress and prosperity of their sys- 
tems. Our appeal is for a larger share for the Negro, on the 
ground of the common welfare and common justice. He is 
the weakest link in our civilization, and our welfare is indis- 
solubly bound up with his. 

Many means are open to the college men of the South for 
arousing greater public interest in this matter and for promot- 
ing a more vigorous public effort to this end. A right attitude 
in this, as in all other important public questions, is a condi- 
tion precedent to success. For this reason the Commission 
addresses to Southern college men this special appeal. 

(Signed) E. C. Branson, R. J. H. DeLoach, J. J. Doster, 
J. M. Farr, J. D. Hoskins, W. M. Hunley, W. L. Kennon, 
Josiah Morse, W. O. Scroggs, W. S. Sutton, D. Y. Thomas. 

September i, ipi6. 



Ill 

Migration 

On two previous occasions the University Commission on 
Southern Race Questions addressed open letters to the col- 
lege men of the South, setting forth briefly the results of their 
studies and conferences on topics of importance to both races. 
The first of these dealt with the lynching evil, and, after point- 
ing out the inherent injustice of it and its menace to the es- 
tablished institutions of society, emphasized the fact that hu- 
man actions are like boomerangs, affecting those who act as 
much as, if not more than, those who are acted upon. It is 
becoming more and more recognized that the white race in 
many subtle ways has suffered more from lynching and its 
consequences than has the black. 

The second letter dealt with the education of the Negro, 
and stressed the need of larger support, better teachers, longer 
terms, and more adequate facilities, again on the ground of 
inherent justice of the proposal, and the fact that in doing for 
others we do even more for ourselves. 

In the present letter the Commission wishes to address the 
college men on what it considers the most immediate pressing 
problem of the South, and one of the most important for the 
nation, namely, Negro Migration. The present migration of 
the Negro is not an anomalous phenomenon in human affairs. 
The economic and social laws that affect the lives and actions 
of white men produce practically the same effects upon the 
Negro. It should not be surprising, therefore, to find him 
obeying so promptly and in such large numbers the economic 
law of demand and supply. There was no extensive migra- 
tion until the industrial centers, facing a dangerous shortage 
of labor, owing to the complete shutting off of the European 
sources of supply, turned to the South, where large sources 
were available. And so they sent their agents, with very allur- 
ing promises, and liberally used the Negro press, handbills, 
letters, lecturers, and other means designed quickly to uproot 



Southern Race Questions 11 

the Negro and draw him to the railroads, factories, and mines, 
where his labor is sorely needed. The dollar has lured the 
Negro to the East and North, as it has lured the white man 
even to the most inaccessible and forbidding regions of the 
earth. But the human l>eing is moved and held not by money 
alone. Birthplace, home ties, family, friends, associations and 
attachments of numerous kinds, fair treatment, opportunity 
to labor and enjoy the legitimate fruits of labor, assurance of 
even-handed justice in the courts, good educational facilities, 
sanitary living conditions, tolerance, and sympathy — these 
things, and others like them, make an even stronger appeal to 
the human mind and heart than does money. 

The South can not compete on a financial basis with other 
sections of the country for the labor of the Negro, but the 
South can easily keep her Negroes against all allurements if 
she will give them a larger measure of those things that hu- 
man beings hold dearer than material goods. Generosity be- 
gets gratitude, and gratitude grips and holds man more power- 
fully than hooks of, steel. It is axiomatic that fair dealing, 
sympathy, patience, tolerance, and other human virtues bene- 
fit those who exercise them even more than the beneficiaries 
of them. It pays to \ye just and kind, both spiritually and ma- 
terially. Surely the South has nothing to lose and much to 
gain by adopting an attitude like that indicated above. 

(Signed) E. C. Branson. R. P. Brooks, J. J. Doster, J. M. 
Farr, J. D. Hoskins, W. M. Hunley, W. L. Kennon, Josiah 
Morse, W. O. Scroggs, W. S. Sutton, D. Y. Thomas. 

August J I, ^9 1 7- 



IV 

A New Reconstruction 

The world-wide reconstruction that is following in the wake 
of the war will necessarily affect the South in a peculiar way. 
Nearly 300,000 Negroes have been called into the military 
service of the country ; many thousands more have been drawn 
from peaceful pursuits into industries born of the war ; and 
several hundred thousand have shifted from the South to the 
industrial districts of the North. The demobilization of the 
army and the transition of industry' from a war to a peace 
basis are creating many problems which can be solved only by 
the efforts of both races. The Negro, in adapting himself to 
the new conditions, should have the wise sympathy and gen- 
erous cooperation of his white neighbors. It is to the interest 
of these, as well as of, the Negro himself, that readjustment 
should proceed with the least possible difficulty and delay. 

We believe that this readjustment may be effectively aided 
by a more general appreciation of the Negro's value as a mem- 
ber of the community. Lack of sympathy and understanding 
between two groups of people frequently causes one group 
to regard the shortcomings of a few individuals of the other 
as characteristic of all that group. This is a natural tendency, 
but it is neither rational nor just, and it has proved, we be- 
lieve, one of the great obstacles to the development of more 
satisfactory racial relations in this country. 

The Negroes' contribution to the welfare of the nation has 
never been more clearly indicated than by his services during 
the Great War. When the call to arms was sounded his coun- 
try expected him to do his duty, and he did not fail. Large 
numbers of black men on the fields of France made the su- 
preme sacrifice for the cause of world democracy. In other 
war services the Negroes did their full share. Many thou- 
sands were employed in the building of ships, the manufacture 
of munitions, the construction of cantonments, and in the pro- 
duction of the coal, iron, cotton, and food stuffs without which 



Southern Race Questions 13 

victory would have been impossible. The Negroes' purchases 
of Liberty Bonds and War Savings Stamps, and their contri- 
butions to the Red Cross, the United War Work Fund, and 
other similar agencies are in themselves a splendid record of 
which the Negroes, and their white friends may be justly 
proud. 

It may also be appropriate in this connection to recall that 
throughout the period of hostilities the Negro was never sus- 
pected of espionage or of sympathy with the enemy, and that 
he has been wholly indifferent to those movements fostered 
by radical aliens that aim at the destruction of the American 
form of government. This good record of the whole race de- 
serves such publicity as will offset the common tendency to 
judge it by the shortcomings of some of its members. No 
people is spurred to higher things when habitually referred to 
in disparaging or contemptuous terms. Ordinary human be- 
ings tend to live up to or down to the role assigned them by 
their neighbors. 

On several previous occasions the University Commission 
for the Study of Race Problems has addressed appeals to the 
college men of the South for more justice and fair play for 
the twelve millions of our colored citizens. At this time we 
would appeal especially for a large measure of thought fulness 
and consideration, for the control of careless habits of speech 
which give needless offense, and for the practice of just rela- 
tions. To seek by all practical>le means to cultivate a more 
tolerant spirit, a more generous sympathy, and a wider degree 
of cooperation between the best elements of 1x)th races, to em- 
phasize the best rather than the worst features of interracial 
relations, to secure greater publicity for those whose views are 
based on reason rather than prejudice — these, we believe, are 
essential parts of the Reconstruction programme by which it 
is hoped to bring into the world a new era of peace and de- 
mocracy. Because college men are rightly expected to be 
moulders of opinion, the Commission earnestly appeals to them 



14 Southern R,\ce Questions 

to contribute of their talents and energy- in bringing this pro- 
gramme to its consummation. 

(Signed) E. C. Branson, R. P. Brooks, J. J. Doster, J. M. 
Farr. J. D. Hoskins, W. M. Hunley, W. L. Kennon, Josiah 
Morse. W. O. Scroggs, W. S. Sutton, D. Y. Thomas. 

April 26, ipip. 



V 

Interracial Cooperation 

The University Race Commission in its last letter to the 
college students of the South called attention to the fact that 
college men are expected to assist in moulding public opinion 
and to cooperate in all sane efforts to bring about a more 
tolerant spirit, more generous sympathy, and larger measure 
of good-will and understanding l^etween the best elements of 
both races. 

In this letter the Commission wishes to call attention to the 
progress made in the last few years in interracial cooperation. 
Already there are agencies at work developing such coopera- 
tion in local communities throughout the Southern States. 
Noteworthy in this connection is the establishment of more 
than eight hundred county interracial committees in the South- 
ern States, as a result of the efforts of the Commission on In- 
terracial Cooperation, organized in 1919 by representative 
Southern men and women, with its headquarters in Atlanta. 
This is a practical method of putting into service the leader- 
ship of both races. Sane, thoughtful men, who love truth 
and justice, can meet together and discuss problems involving 
points of even strong disagreement and arrive at a common 
understanding, if only they remember to look for the next best 
thing to do rather than attempt to determine for all time any 
set of fixed policies or lay down an inclusive program for the 
future. The most fruitful forms of cooperation have been 
found in connection with such vital community problems as 
better schools, good roads, more healthful living, and more 
satisfactory business relations. In all these community eft'orts 
the good of both races is inseparably involved. 

No fact is more clearly established by history than that 
hatred and force only complicate race relations. The alter- 
native to this is counsel and cooperation among men of char- 
acter and good-will, and, above all, of intelligent and compre- 
hensive knowledge of the racial problem. The number of 



16 Southern Race Questions 

those who possess specific knowledge upon which to base in- 
telHgent thinking and, iiUimately. wise action is still too small. 
There is great need, therefore, that facts now available con- 
cerning the advancement of the Negro race in education, in 
professional accomplishment, in economic independence and in 
character, be studied by thoughtful students in our colleges. 
Such facts as are definitely established could well be made, as 
has already been done in some institutions, the basis of in- 
struction in race conditions and relations as a part of a regular 
course in social science. This body of information would un- 
doubtedly allay race antagonism and would serve as a founda- 
tion for tolerant attitude and intelligent action in every direc- 
tion of interracial cooperation. 

(Signed) E. C. Branson, J. J. Doster, J. M. Farr, C. J. 
Heatwole, J. D. Hoskins, W. AI. Hunley, W. L. Kennon, 
Josiah Morse, W. O. Scroggs, \V. R. Smithey, W. S. Sutton. 
D. Y. Thomas. 

January 14, 1^22. 



Introductory Address* 

(Knoxville, Tenn., 1919.) 

So tar as I know, the first time that representatives of both 
races, wishing well, meaning well, and wanting good to our 
country, ever met together for frank and honest talk was at 
the Atlanta conference of the Southern Sociological Congress 
six years ago, that is, in 1913. This was a very remarkable 
meeting. Each year since that time the Congress has had such 
a section as this. That it is good to have such a meeting I am 
sure nobody who has ever attended one of them would doubt 
for one moment. I am glad to welcome all of us here again 
this year, because each year marks another step in the progress 
of race relationship in our Southern States, and it is good that 
each year we should have an opportunity of seeing "where w^e 
are at." 

I should like to make two statements. One of them is this : 
Never in the history of the world has any race in the same 
length of time made such progress in physical, intellectual, and 
moral improvement as the colored race has done in the last 
sixty years. Such a statement does not mean that there must 
not still be a forward movement in all these lines. There are 
still thousands who are uneducated, thousands who are very 
poor and in need of moral advancement. When I say that 
the history of the world shows no instance in the same length 
of time of such improvement along all human lines, I am not 
saying it in the way of flattery or in the way of making any 
one feel that efforts should cease, but simply as a fact. 

Another statement 1 should like to make is this : We are apt 
to think that our own time and our own nation are excessively 
peculiar, but there have been race problems all over the world. 
Now I believe it to be true that never before in history during 
the short period of sixty years have two races — thrown to- 
gether as these two races — -been known to reach such an ap- 



*Abbreviated from stenographic notes. 



18 Southern Race Questions 

proach toward satisfactory adjustment. We have certainly 
not reached perfection, but I do say that the two races, con- 
sidering the relations with which they started sixty years ago, 
considering all the bad things that have been said and done, 
have within the last sixty years made an approach toward sen- 
sible cooperation and mutual good-will such as history does 
not show^ anywhere else. 

We forget that a period of fifty or sixty years is a short 
time in history-. We forget that habits of thought and hal)its 
of feeling are not changed overnight. It takes time for in- 
dividual habits of thought and individual habits of feeling to 
change. It takes even longer for the habits and morals and 
customs of a whole people to change. 

I have watched each year, especially during the last twelve 
or fifteen years, this question of race relationship in the South. 
I have been over the South from time to time, have talked 
with the people of both races and in all conditions of life. I 
am sure that each year has marked a forward step towards 
good relationship Ijetween the races. We are here in the South 
together, we are going to stay together, and the sensible people 
of both races know and feel and believe more and more that 
it is much l^etter for us to stay here in good fellowship and 
cooperation than in hostility. That was a beautiful prayer with 
which we opened the meeting this morning, "Live together and 
love together." Let us live together in good-will. Nobody 
can predict the future, but we all know what we ought to do 
to-day and to-morrow, and we know that every human being 
should have a fair chance to develop. Those who have been 
working for the improvement of the colored people in educa- 
tion and in other ways, knowing that only by steady processes 
can right relations be estal^lished in our midst, have a right 
to feel encouraged. Last week there was an informal meeting 
of the white Superintendents of education from all the states 
of the South, and they bore testimony to the growth of senti- 
ment for appropriations of public funds for the education of 
the colored children. 



Southern Rack Questeons 19 

We have just passed through a great war. The colored 
people have been called upon to take their part in the nation's 
various activities, and I have yet to hear any informed person, 
North or South, who does not bear witness to the fact that the 
colored people have been doing their part in the field and at 
home. I recently took a trip through the South, met hundreds 
of workers, white and colored, heard their testimony as to the 
amount of money raised for Red Cross work, Y. M. C. A. 
work, and all sorts of war work, and the statements of the 
subscriptions from the colored people were amazing. After 
such an exhibition of patriotism as this and such cooperation, 
it must follow that the relations between the races are going 
to be further improved. I believe this to be true in spite of 
what some people of both races are saying. I believe the 
South, certainly the thinking South, has come to the con- 
viction more than ever that justice, fairness, and good feel- 
ing are the best way. 

The world has been suffering greatly from nervousness. 
The South, both white and colored, has shared in this nervous- 
ness. We must not allow ourselves to become hysterical. The 
good work that has been started must be kept going. Let us 
remember and be thankful that the great masses are every- 
where going about their business. It is the relatively few who 
make trouble. These we must make more effort to influence 
and improve. We must all try to make conditions better. 
There is too much work to be done for us to quarrel. Fair- 
ness must prevail on each side, and men must learn to think 
well of each other, while recognizing and respecting differ- 
ences. 

One of the l^est ways of doing that is to get together as we 
have come together here this morning. Let us listen to the 
people who are interested in this work, who have thought 
about the matter for a long time and have come here to speak 
to us frankly and at the same time in a spirit of good feeling. 
In all of these meetings we have never had the slightest un- 
pleasantness, never the slightest disturbance or misunderstand- 



20 Southern Race Questions 

ing, because all have spoken in a spirit of wanting to be help- 
ful. If we want to be friends we can say things frankly. It 
does no good to use camouflage. What we want is knowledge 
and understanding. 

I said that nobody could prophesy, but I feel like saying this 
much : it is my firm belief that it is entirely possible for the 
two races in the South to live together hamioniously on terms 
of cooperation and friendship with a satisfactory adjustment 
of the differences on both sides. We all know that race is a 
fact. We accept it as a fact. We also know that the in- 
fluences and forces of education and religion are facts. So 
let us day by day, as we see the ne.xt step, do our part in for- 
warding the progress of these two great means for the in- 
crease of justice and of human welfare, namely, education and 
religion. These are the true and permanent adjusters. 

J. H. D. 



Southern Exlucators 
Appeal for Enforcement of Law 

"We, the undersigned, ens^ajj^ed in the work of education, 
earnestly appeal to all citizens to exert their influence con- 
stantly and actively in condemnation of the crime of lynching. 

"We furthermore urge upon our State Legislators and 
Executives to enact, if necessary, and persistently to enforce, 
such laws as will tend to put a stop to this species of lawless- 
ness." 

John W. Abercrombie, Alal>ama ; Edwin A. Alderman, 
Virginia ; Dice R. Anderson, Virginia ; David C. Barrow, 
Georgia; Robert E. Blackwell, Virginia; F W. Boatwright, 
Virginia; O. J. Bond, South Carolina; W. F. Bond, Missis- 
sippi ; A. L. Bondurant, Mississippi ; E. C. Branson, 
North Carolina; M. L. Brittain, Georgia; R. P. Brooks, 
Georgia; Samuel P. Brooks, Texas; J. B. Brown, Tennessee; 
Julian A. Burrus, Virginia; Pierce Butler, Louisiana; Thomas 
Carter, Tennessee; W. S. Cawthon, Florida; Harrv W. Chase, 
North Carolina; C. E. Coates, Louisiana; Edward Conradi, 
Florida; Joe Cook, Mississippi; H. W. Cox, Georgia; Wm. 
S. Currell, South Carolina. 

George H. Denny, Alabama; Charles E. Diehl, Tennessee; 
Albert B. Dinwiddie, Louisiana; Jas. J. Doster, Alabama; 
Jerome Dowd, Oklahoma; Spright Dowell, Alabama; M. D. 
Dubose, Georgia; Samuel P. Duke, Virginia; Joseph D. Eg- 
gleston, Virginia ; H. F. Estill, Texas ; J. C. Fant, Missis- 
sippi ; Wm. P. Few, North Carolina; B, F. Finney, Tennes- 
see; Julius L Foust, North Carolina; John C. Futrall, Arkan- 
sas; Frank H. Gaines, Georgia; Sidney G. Gilbreath, Tennes- 
see; John C. Hardy, Texas; T. H. Harris, Louisiana; C. J. 
Heatwole, Virginia; Archibald Henderson, North Carolina; 
A. B Hill, Arkansas; J. H. Hillman, Virginia; James D. 
Hoskins, Tennessee; W. M. Hunley, Virginia. 

Theo. PL Jack, Georgia; J. L. Jarman, X'^irginia; A. S. 



22 Southern Race Questions 

Johnson. Georgia; J. E. Keeny, Louisiana; James H. Kirk- 
land, Tennessee; C. G. Maphis, Virginia; S. M. N. Marrs, 
Texas; Wm. J. ^Martin, North Carohna; John Preston Mc- 
Connell. Virginia; Edwin Mims, Tennessee; S. C. Alitchell. 
Virginia; H. A. Alorgan, Tennessee: Josiah Morse, South 
Carohna; Albert A. Murphree, Florida; M. A. Nash. Okla- 
homa; Edward W. Nichols, Virginia. 

Franklin N. Parker, Georgia; Rolx^rt P. Pell, South Caro- 
lina; Wm L. Poteat, North Carolina; Harrison Randolph. 
South Carolina; W. C. Riddick. North Carolina; Walter 
M. Riggs, South Carolina; Howard E. Rondthaler, North 
Carolina; V. L. Roy. Louisiana; Henry Louis Smith, Vir- 
ginia; W. R. Smithey, Virginia; G. E. Suavely, Alabama; 
Henry N. Snyder. South Carolina; Edwin L. Stephens. 
Louisiana ; W. S. Sutton. Texas ; David Y. Thomas, Arkan- 
sas ; Robert E. Vinson. Texas ; John E. White, South Caro- 
lina; and S. T. Wilson. Tennessee. 



Those signing tbe appeal comprise 8 State Sui:>erintend- 
ents of Education, 8 Presidents of State Universities. 18 Presi- 
dents of State Technical and Normal Schools, 23 Presidents 
of Colleges and Universities, and 24 College and University 
Professors. 



OCCASIONAL PAPERS PUBLISHED BY THE TRUSTEES 
OF THE JOHN F. SLATER FUND. 



1. Documents Relating to the Origin and Work of the Slater Trus- 

tees, 1894. 

2. A Brief Memoir of the Life of John F. Slater, by Rev. S. H. 

Howe, D. D., 1894. 

3. Education of the Negroes Since 1860, by J. L. M. Curry, LL. D., 

1804. 

4. Statistics of the Negroes in the United States, by Henry Gannett, 
of the United States Geological Survey, 1894. 

5. Difficulties, Complications, and Limitations Connected with the 

Education of the Negro, by J. L. M. Curry, LL. D., 1895. 

6. Occupations of the Negroes, by Henry Gannett, of the United 

States Geological Survey, 1895. 

7. The Negroes and the Atlanta Exposition, by Alice M. Bacon, of 

the Hampton Normal and Industrial Institute, Virginia, 1890. 

8. Report of the Fifth Tuskegee Negro Conference, by John Quincy 

Johnson, 1896. 

9. A Report Concerning the Colored Women of the South, by Mrs. 

E. C. Hobson and Mrs. C. E. Hopkins, 1896. 

10. A Study in Black and White, by Daniel C. Gilman, 1897. 

11. The South and the Negro, by Bishop Charles B. Galloway, of the 

Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1904. 

12. Report of the Society of the Southern Industrial Classes, Norfolk, 

Va., 1907. 

13. Report on Negro Universities in the South, by W. T. B. Williams, 

1913. 

14. County Teacher Training Schools for Negroes, 1913. 

15. Duplication of Schools for Negro Youths, by W. T. B. Williams, 

1914. 

16. Sketch of Bishop Atticus G. Haygood, by Rev. G. B. Winton, 

D. D., 1915. 

17. Memorial Addresses in Honor of Dr. Booker T. Washington, 

1916. 

18. Suggested Course for County Training Schools, 1917. 

19. Southern Women and Racial Adjustments, by L. H. Hammond, 

1917; 2nd ed., 1920. 

20. Reference List of Southern Colored Schools, 1918; 2nd ed., 1921. 

21. Report on Negro Universities and Colleges, by W. T. B. Wil- 

liams, 1922. 

22. Early Effort for Industrial Education, by Benjamin Brawley, 1923. 

23. Study of County Training Schools, by Leo M. Favrot, 1923. 

24. Five Letters of University Commission, 1927. 

25. Native African Races and Culture, by James Weldon Johnson, 

1927. 



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