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Page 4 of Kentucky Negro Educational Association Journal v.23 n.1

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Editorial Comment THE ALL-STATE CHORUS We note with regret the passing of the All-State Chorus. We are proud of the part that the K.N.E.A. had in building it up to its present stature. However, even the best of children will run away from home. We do feel that we need the support of all the teachers in Ken- tucky. We feel that education as a whole is being damaged when one group leaves the fold. It seems unnecessary to have two groups doing the same thing at the same time. Such duplication of efforts should and must be com- bined to develop one strong teacher-controlled organization. We the parents will wait for our children to return to the fold. 76TH K.N.E.A. MEETING Great plans are in the making for the 76th meeting to be held in Louisville on April 16, 17, 18. The reception given to the work shop plan last year was so great that we are again using it as the basis for our meeting. The meeting will be centered around the theme "Moral and Spiritual Values in Educa- tion." This has long been a neglected phase of our educational program. Last year the workshops were so successful because of the contributions made by each participant. If the idea is to have continued success, you must again come with interest and a willingness to make your contributions. ELECTION YEAR This is Election Year again. Only through the vote of each member can we continue to secure intelligent leadership for our organiza- tion. Decide early to make your vote count. For- get petty politics and personalities. Help to put the best we have in positions where they are most needed. Use your vote intelligently. COVER PICTURE This issue's cover carries a picture of new Western School, Owensboro, Kentucky. The school, built at a cost of approximately $200,000, twelve classrooms, administrative offices, health room, teacher's lounge, cafeteria, Science department, a library, and facilities for the teaching of business education and home economics. In addition there has been erected a trades building in which agriculture and industrial arts are taught. President's Message To the Officers and Members of the Kentucky Negro Education Association Ladies and Gentlemen: Permit me to thank each and every one of you for the unstinted support given for the successful ending of the 75th Anniversary and Diamond Jubilee Celebration April 11-13, 1951. The privilege and honor of representing you at the 89th Session of the N.E.A., in San Fran- cisco, California, July 1-6; at the N.E.A. Head- quarters in Washington, D. C., July 27-28; and the American Teachers' Association at Hamp- ton Institute, Va., July 29, 30 and 31 was great- ly enjoyed by me. From each of these meetings, information and inspiration were received that has enabled me to be of greater service to the teaching pro- fession. This Fall was used attending the District Teachers' Associations, either in person or by proxy. The reception given by all Associations of the plans for 1951-52 were gratifying. En- dorsements were given the Centennial Action Program of the N.E.A., the requested budgets of Kentucky State College, Lincoln Institute and West Kentucky Vocational Training School, and endorsement of "Integration In," which in- cludes pupils and teachers, rather than "Integra- tion Out," that only takes the pupils and one or two teachers. Unified dues-Local, State and National- were also endorsed. A questionnaire was sent the candidates for Governor and Superintendent of Public Instruction on seven important educa- tional questions. Your continued support to the K.N.E.A. is urgently needed. The representatives of the fifteen southern states attending the meeting in Washington, D. C. were assured that each association would receive between $250.00 and $300.00 to assist with publishing the official organ of each asso- ciation. We are hopeful that the retired teachers of the K.N.E.A. will become active, since an amendment to the constitution at the 1951 session made this possible. We have kept a watchful eye on the happen- ings of the General Assembly of 1952, and have registered protest against measures we felt not beneficial to us as a group. If there were any changes in the official families of the District Teachers' Associations, we first want to thank the out going officers of Continmed on Page 16 4

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