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
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
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-
"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
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.
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
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
Teach me to use the compulsion of love
and interest; and save me from the weakness
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
R. L. DowBRY, SR., President K. N. E. A.