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Page 20 of Kentucky Negro Educational Association Journal v.21 n.1

Part of Kentucky Negro Educational Association Journal

OVER THE EDITOR'S DESK . . Newsletter, a news bulletin of the Louisville Public Schools, is published every two weeks, and issued to all school employees and to friends of education, to let them know what the schools are doing. The work of Kentucky's Committee on Moral and Spiritual Education is attracting attention nationally and internationally. Its chairman, Mr. J. Mansip Tydings, has been invited to address several educational associations. Requests for copies of the report of last summer's work shop have come from many states and from Australia, Japan and Greece. The committee has stressed the idea of finding the moral and spiritual values in ordinary school situations and helping pupils to accept them as parts of good living. Mrs. Lucy Harth Smith, principal of the Booker T. Washington School, Lexington, Kentucky, was guest speaker at the Texas State Teachers Association in Houston, Texas, recently. Her subject was "Guidance in the Study of Negro Life and History." Prof. L. J. Twyman, Glasgow, Kentucky, has succeeded Prof. H. C. Mathis as president of the Fourth District Education Association, and Mr. W. L. Spear- man, Sr., Louisville, Kentucky, has succeeded Mrs. Agnes G. Duncan in the Fifth District Association. Both retiring presidents have given fine leadership in their respective organizations. Their successors have already given promise of continuing the good work. The degree of LL.D. has been conferred by Wilberforce University upon Prof. E. T. Buford, principal of State Street High School, Bowling Green, Ky. Miss R. L. Carpenter, Assistant Supervisor of Music in the Louisville Public Schools, attended a workshop in music education at Boston University, under direction of the well-known conductor, Kousevitsky. The Committee for Kentucky, which has for six years directed a self-examina- tion by the people of Kentucky, has turned over its affairs to the University of Kentucky and has gone into history. The status of the state in education, health, housing, labor, taxation, agriculture and other areas was carefully de- termined and "blue prints" for a greater Kentucky drawn. The facts which were publicized helped "Kentucky awake from its lethargy and start on the march to progress." Dr. R. B. Atwood, of Kentucky State College, and Mr. Frank L. Stanley, of the Louisville Defender, vice-presidents of the organization, and Mrs. Ora K. Glass, chairman of the Henderson County Negro Citizens' Health Committee, were active workers in the program of the Committee. The National Conference of Christians and Jews, Inc. will provide competent speakers on interesting and entertaining movies, records, film strips or other program aids on the Brotherhood theme. Also, they will assist and advise with groups planning round tables, institutes on human relations, forms and discussion groups to discover a working basis for cooperation among men of good will. John T. Kenna, 201 Realty Building, is director of the Kentucky Regional Office. The Southern Regional Council, in a pamphlet, Race in the News, states: "In their positive efforts to improve race relations, many papers have gone con- siderably beyond what conservative newspapermen might think their readers would stand for. At least one such newspaper can be found in virtually every Southern state . . . The responsible editor . . . merely applies the same news values to Negro events that he does to all events . . . with the same respect for accuracy, the same sense of fair play and good taste, that good journalism demands in all stories." The Handy Foundation for the Blind, Inc. has been organized to work for the prevention of blindness and to promote more job opportunities for the blind. The Foundation is named after Mr. W. C. Handy, now totally blind for the past twelve years, a Broadway music publisher-composer of the internationally famous "St. Louis Blues" and "Memphis Blues." J'almetto State Teachers' Education News and The Broadcaster, official organs of the state education associations of North Carolina and Tennessee, respect- ively, come regularly to our desk. Each contains live news and articles of interest to teachers. 20

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