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Page 5 of Kentucky Negro Educational Association Journal v.13 n.1

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EDUCATION FOR VICTORY H. E. Goodloe, President K. N. E. A. Today the teachers of Kentucky are faced with the grim prob- lem of preparing men and women to fit into the different stations of life in this war torn world. The Axis and the United Nations are locked in al deadly conflict that threatens to destroy a great part of our present day civilization. When this is done, it will mean a new method of doing things. It does mean now that we must readjust our- selvies to the new condition brought about by the present conflict. The question now comes, What is the role of the Kentucky Negro Association in this world crisis? What is our role in this program, "Education for Victory?" I believe that there is much that the teachers can do and must do, if the victory is to be won and the principles of right and justice prevail in the hearts of men. Since this is true, then it is up to the teachers to face these problems as true Americans. We want the principles of democracy to exist; therefore it is ours to join a program that will eventually cause democracy to ibe a practical part of our mode of living at home as well as abroad. In other words, there is serious work to be done in this program, "Education for Victory." What ils the role of the Kentucky Negro Education Association in this world crisis? Again I say that there is much to be done at home and abroad in this great program, "Education for Victory." A few weeks ago the Attorney General of Kentucky became very much disturbed because the President's Fair Price Commission sought to gain certain information concerning the laws governing the educational system of Kentucky. He accused the Commission of meddling and trying to stir up strife between the racest in Kentucky, when the real motive of the Commission was to get information which would give them an opportunity to strengthen the weakness in our war program. In his defense of the educational program, the Attorney General used the age old defense that has so long been used in the southern states, that the white man and the Negro in Kentuc- ky understand each other and are satisfied with the conditions as they exist. He further laid great stress on how Kentucky was equali- zing educational opportunities by the Anderson-Mayer Act, which provides funds for Negro students to seek higher education in insti- tutions of learning outside the state. I believe it is the duty of this State Association and every Dis- trict Association within the state to let the world know that Negroes of Kentucky cannot possibly be satisfied until the following things become realities: 1. That equal opportunities be given all in our elementary and secondary schools, regardless of race or creed. 2. That Kentucky State College at Frankfort be raised to such a standard that it will be to the Negroes of Kentucky what the Uni- versity of Kentucky is to the white man. 3. That Negroes be represented in our state vocational setup, In 5

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