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Page 4 of Kentucky Negro Educational Association Journal v.22 n.2

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Editorial Comment WHEN DO WE GET REPRESENTATION? Any organization is no stronger than its weakest unit. This is true in all instances-even insofar as our greatest national educational organization is concerned. This organization, the NEA, represents many hundreds of thousands of teachers-teachers in whose hands lie the future of democracy. How can we share our great ideal of democracy if it is not first evidenced in those who train our future generations? The NEA, as the leading educational organi- zation for the teaching profession, must cease hiding behind the undemocratic attitudes of a few prejudiced educators. It is time now that this great organization proves its greatness. This can be substantiated by quoting from the minutes of the Joint NEA-ATA Committee Meeting in Washington, D. C.: " . . . the NEA should take such positive and immediate steps as will provide that all members whose dues it receives will have an assured opportunity for state-level and local-unit delegate repre- sentation." "HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE" roughly translated, means it all depends on what you make it. While there is no place for politics in educa- tional associations, still educators, as individuals, cannot sit and silently watch the passing political scene. As educators and citizens during the year 1951 it is our duty to see that forward strides in education are made on the local, state, and national political level. We cannot afford to see the future of edu- cation deterred by a mumbo-jumbo of lobbying and political bickering at all levels. Contact your local political representatives; write your senators and congressmen. Let us fight together to see 1951 bring even greater educational gains on the local and state political scene-let us see a bill for federal aid to education passed by the 82nd Congress. COVER PICTURE Dunbar Grade and High School, located one-half mile south of Morganfield, is the only school for Negroes in Union County. Built in a modem style, it contains seven classrooms, lounge for teachers, a gymnasium with modern showers and rest rooms, and a steam heating plant. The superintendent, Mr. Carlos Oakley, and the Union County School Board work with untiring efforts to aid the principal, Mr. E. R. Hampton, and his efficient staff of ten teachers in providing a well-rounded educational and community program. The President's Letter February 1, 1951 To the Officers and Members of the Kentucky Negro Education Association Ladies and Gentlemen: These are perilous times through which we are passing. When we take a view of state national, and international world conditions, we become somewhat alarmed. However, with an abiding faith in God, we will be able to surmount the arising difficulties. Since my first letter, we have met on common ground with all sections of our grand old Com- monwealth represented, and worked out definite plans for our "DIAMOND JUBILEE" celebra- tion in April. Our efficient secretary-treasurer, W. L. Spearman, has sent to all members of the variouscommittees our reports on suggestions that were offered and adopted November 18, 1950. We are grateful to all for the letters and cards of congratulations upon the first issue of our JOURNAL. With your moral support, together with finance, our editor can continue to give you a good journal. Let this be the prayer of every teacher: 0 God, Thou who hast ever brought all life to its perfection by patient growth, grant me patience to guide my pupils to the best in life. Teach me to use the compulsion of love and interest; and save me from the weakness of coercion. Make me one who is a vitalizer of life and not a merchant of facts. Show me such a sense of value, that I may distinguish the things that last from those that pass, and never confuse mountains with mole hills. Grant me insight to overlook the faults of exuberance, because I can see with prophetic eye the possibilities of enthusiasm. Save me, oh Lord, from confusing that which is evil with that which isonlyimmature. May I learn the laws of human life so well that, saved from the folly of reward and punishment, I may help each pupil of mine to find a supreme devotion for which he will give his all. And may that devotion be in tune with Thy purpose for Thy world. May I be so humble and keep so young that I may continue to grow and to learn while I teach. Save me from letting my work become commonplace by the ever present thought of all human endeavors; teaching is most like the work that Thou hast been doing through all generations. Amen. Yours for an aggressive and progressive association. R. L. DowBRY, SR., President K. N. E. A. 4

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