Leaders for Tomorrow ... Christian Democracy’s Challenge.
“The Negro and the New Day”
Unrecorded. Lincoln Day religious program extolling a “New Day” for American democracy and the necessary role of Black leadership.
Addresses for use during the church service discuss the impact of such HBCUs as Central Tennessee College, Meharry Medical College in Nashville, and Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta. The address “The Negro and the New Day” declares:
“The leaders for tomorrow among the Negro people must be Negroes themselves. No others fully understand the characteristics of the race in such a way as to be able to meet the varying crises that come to people emerging from ignorance into world of thought and thoughtful action. ... To point out the fields of usefulness open to the Negro race, despite the handicaps of birth, is to increase the number of leaders who shall eventually summon hundreds of thousands of these people to the joy and benefits of a thoroughly trained mind.” (pp10–11)
A two-page spread of photographs focuses on training women as teachers, nurses, seamstresses, and “home builders.” Illustration cuts show men as preachers, lawyers, physicians and laborers.
Along with printing prayers, readings and hymns, the program solicited funds for students and college scholarships and promoted annuity bonds issued by the Freedman’s Aid Society “for the redemption of the great continent of Africa.”
The society was an outreach to former Southern slaves and their children led by the Methodist church. Corresponding Secretary I. Garland Penn was a noted Black journalist and religious activist.
Description: Leaders for Tomorrow ... Christian Democracy’s Challenge.
Cincinnati: Freedman’s Aid Society, (1919). pp. 9 x 6 inches. Pictorial self-wrappers. Prepared by Ralph Welles Keeler. Cover design by Mildred Marion Coughlin. Half tone and vignette illustrations. Light soiling to wrappers, one small tape repair and with short separations along spine; very good.