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TitleAdvance Club
DescriptionPages of notes taken by Knox College Professor of Sociology, J. Howell Atwood. These notes are about the Advance Club, a social and political club of African American men in Galesburg, Illinois. The Advance Club was intended to be the percursor to the N.A.A.C.P club in Galesburg. The notes describe the activities of the club and list members of the club. Atwood conducted extensive research from 1930-1960 about the Galesburg African American community.
Subject (LCSH)National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Named PersonJewell, Levard; Hamblin, Burris; Early, R.W.;
CreatorAtwood, Jesse Howell;
IdentifierJ. Howell Atwood Manuscript Collection (box 8)
CollectionStruggle and Progress-African Americans in Knox County, Illinois (Knox College)
Date Digital2010-04-23
TranscriptAdvance Club

See Mr. Jewell -- across from
Mr. Ed. Skinner -- works for
Gross[?] - was a charter
member. Mr. Burns Hamblin
is president.

R.W. Earley was its first
president. Sept. 1934. Started it.
Wanted to get the colored
men into a body so as to elevate
the standards. When we got
org. I saw it wasn't
strong enough, so began to
plan for NAACP. Others
agreed. I wrote in to the
Chicago Defender - they mention-
ed Mr. Mollison[?] & he correspond-
ed. That was in the early sum-
mer of 1935.

Charter members
Roy Lyons
R.W. Earley

Ronny Nickens
Raymond Reynolds
Vern [character "e" crossed out] Johnson
John Huff
L. L. Jewell
C. Eugene Fletcher
Warner Johnson
Early McGill
Herbert Jenkins
Robt. Tinsley
Eloi Thierry
G. G. Fletcher
Arthur green

We visited the various
churches & asked for cooperatn
in unifying the colored vote
-- trying to throw it one way.
The Y.C.B.M.C. had extend
ed the age max - fr. 35 to
40. They wouldn't cooperate
with the older men no[?]

rent us their room. So
we had to organize separately.

The YCBMC was org. to
better conditions thru politic's
methods to cooperate with
the local pol. set up. The
Adv. Club was to fight vs
seg. & for justice for colored
people, regardless of party.

Stanley Hinman (white) set up
the YCMBC. His father was
chief of police. Works for Reg.
Mail -- sell & collects for the
advertising. He pd. the 1st mo.
rent at the YCMBC rooms
& bought the furniture.

We saw a merely local
club couldn't do the job. It
was our purpose to drop the
Adv. C. when we got the
NAACP going, but a

few wanted to continue.
There are [characters "about" crossed out] only a small
number who attend. Not
a secret org.
Mr. Mollison explained
rules for setting up a branch
of the NAACP.* Had a program
in the Advance Club room.
Sunday Aug 16. Then the chart-
er members voted to turn their funds
over to the new branch to be organized.

*Rally at Allen Chapel Aug 1
Welcoming Remarks -- Rev. Dick
R.W. Earley Presided
Mrs. Myrtle Anderson
Dr. J. Howell Atwood.
Fifty paid members had to
be secured -- 1.00 each. 60%
to nat'l office.
Aug. 31 Mr. Irvin Mollison
Ch -- atty[?] Pres. Ill. Conf.
came down and organized the
branch. Officers to exec.

were then elected (2nd Bap.
R.W.E. -- Pres.
G.G. Fl -- 1st VP
Myrtle Aud 2nd
Florence Harris Secy
J.W. Early asst sec
H. Jenkins Treas.
Ex. Comm
C B. Fletcher
C E Fletcher
E. Miles
A. Bryant
Jas Turner
Earl McGill
J. Huff
R. Tinsley

Then joined the Ill. state
conf. sending del. to
the 1935 annual meeting
at Spr-- Oct 11 & 12. At
that time the conf. voted

to hold 1936 conf at 9--
The branch on Oct. 28
celebrated the receptn of
the charter. Rev. Nill
E. Hausen gave the address
of the evening. Mrs. Mar-
guerite Fleming -- xylaphone
solo. Florence Fletcher piano
solo. Quintine Henderson
vocal. Edw. Borgers (Knox
college) violin solo. Remarks by
Rev. W.T. Green & Rev. A.R. McLaughlin
Dec. 12 election of 1936
officers RW.E. reelected
R. Young
W. Johnson
Myrtle Aud -- Secy
Randolph Wheeler Treas.
new Ex. C. included four
of the women members of the
Br.: Mrs. Lorraine Thornhill
Mrs. May Jackson
Mrs. R.W. Earley
Mrs. J.W. Earley.

Dramatic musical skit - Mr. & Mrs. Robt Breen
of the Knox faculty. 4th Monday in April
Mass meeting to popularize
the work & objectives of the N---
addressed by Mr. Carl Hans-
berry -- a real estate broker from
Chicago's south side.
Dr. Alfred Newcombe spoke
at the May 25th meeting on the
meaning of the Ethiopian Conquest.
A letter was sent June 13 to the Mayor
& City Council asking if there
was any segregation involved
in the lake Story colored beach.
(noted June 8th) or in any of the
city parks. The reply stated
no ordinance had ever been
passed providing segregatn.

[in bottom margin]: (7)
Physical Descriptionhandwritten on 8.5 x 5.25 (half) sheet
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