You Are Invited to Attend the Exercises and Exhibits of the Cheyney Community League Fair Day ... October 17, 1924… [opening lines of program]
“Join Us in This Good Work — We Need You”
Rare; unrecorded. In 1924—three years after the re-issue of The Birth of a Nation movie which spurred a resurgence of interest in the K.K.K.—progressive Black Americans in Pennsylvania seeking racial understanding and harmony.
“The Cheyney Community League represents the extension service of the Cheyney Training School for Teachers. It is a movement for a progressive negro citizenship in which the students and teachers of the school join with the colored people of the neighborhood in working out together our common racial and inter-racial problems.” [p(1)]
Singing, reports, games and picnics were on offer. The core of the day’s agenda were lectures, the most notable being “The Cheyney Community League” given by Leslie Pinckney Hill, poet, educator, musician and director of the Cheyney Training School for Teachers (previously the Institute for Colored Youth). Hill had a long and beneficial relationship with this organization, serving from 1913 to 1951 when he was named president emeritus. [DAB]
Within the program several women lead sessions on “Inter-Racial Cooperation”, “The Get-To-Gether Idea”, and one simply entitled “Baby Clinic”. One of the final sessions, led by Jessie Johnson, is “How the Coming Generation is Looking Out on the Future of the Race”.
Description: You Are Invited to Attend the Exercises and Exhibits of the Cheyney Community League Fair Day ... October 17, 1924… [opening lines of program]
[Cheyney, Pennsylvania]. Friday, October 17, 1924. Program. Single sheet. Folded once to form 7¼ x 5 inches; 4-pages. Folds, near fine condition.