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Elberta Turner letter to J. Howell Atwood
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TitleElberta Turner letter to J. Howell Atwood
DescriptionElberta Turner, of Monmouth, Illinois, writes on behalf of the Womans New Era Club asking Professor J. Howell Atwood of Knox College to speak on Founders' Day, April 6, 1934, during Afro-American Health Week.
Named PersonAtwood, Jesse Howell; Washington, Booker T.;
AuthorTurner, Elberta
Time Period1930s
Date Created (original)March 16, 1934
IdentifierJ. Howell Atwood Manuscript Collection (box 9)
CollectionStruggle and Progress-African Americans in Knox County, Illinois (Knox College)
Date Digital2012-08-23
TranscriptNegro 51

500 S. 3rd St
Monmouth Ave
March 16. 1934

Dr. J H. Atwood
Galesburg, Ill.

Dear Sir:
We read your speech on the Negro of
today, made some wks ago.
And appreciated your interest shown, by your recent
Beleiving from my heart when the two groups are
better acquainted with their real selves, the race
Problem will be solved. When men of all Creeds are
kinds, not only feel justified in keeping the golden rule,
but transalates it thus in their lives. As ye would
men do unto you (even if you were as they) Do ye also unto
them. This will end all Racial feelings, an Educated
heart as well as head. Not looking on humankind on
account of color. But rather the prinicipal of the man
The Race have shown their love for our country, in the
times of war, ever ready to offer their all. lives, for
democracy. When pledging allegiance to our flag, I hope
we some day can say with assurance, like other groups of
Americans, One Nation Indivisible With Liberty & Justice
for All. Thus abolishing redism & socialistic from the
mind. But I believe you will agree with me when
I say, some litalments[?] that this people are compelled to
take, is only forcing them to seek a liberty they are denied

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In the present Government.
The eyes of Twelve million AfroAmericans are
Now focused on our Nations Capitol to see the out-
come of the resolution on race discrimination in the
House Resturant[?]. If this isnt settled favorably, I
wonder what bearing it will have at the next election.
Im afraid some of our leaders are taking the wrong
stand. But only time will bring out these ans.[?]
Dr. Atwood you probly recall if in the yr. of 1915
Booker T. Washington one of the early Educators of
the race and founder of the Tuskeegee School.
Ask that A wk. be set aside in April, to be known
As National Afra-American Health wk. Thus in-
augrating the Health wk we are planning to observe.
Dr Frank J Jinka announced that the first wk
in April be observed as such: Ill. this numbering the
20th Annual observance.
The Womans New Era Club has been appointed to conduct
some in our community. By the Mayor of Monmouth,
we have farther gotten the endorsements of the School
officials Minister Welfare Ass. and Medical Ass.
of our City. We will conduct A Dental clinic for
children. A baby Contest, Judged on health rating. Health
motion pictures, lectures, lessons taught in 1st aid etc.
On Friday the 6th of the wk we will observe Founders
Day. Commemorating the Honorabl Booker T. Washington.
Its on this occasion that we seek you to be the Principal
Speaker the evening of April 6th 8 p.m. at Calvary
Baptist Church. Cor 1st St and Ninth Ave.
We are hoping it possible for you to accept this

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Im sure one of your lectures would
prove quite benificial in these days of of un-
rest among the people.

Hoping to hear from you soon,
and favorably.

Very Truly Yours
Elberta Turner

Chr. Health & Hygiene Dept.
Womans New Era Club
Physical Descriptionhandwritten on 7 x 11 inch stationery
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