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NUMBER 41. ATLANTA, GEORGIA. DECEMBER, 1892. Atlanta University, Atlanta, Ga. Has 600 students in College, Normal College preparatory, Grammar, and Primary departments, under 30 officers and teachers. Trains teachers and leaders of their race from among the sons and daughters of the Freedmen of the South. Gives industrial training in wood-work, iron-work, mechanical drawing, printing, farming, cooking, sewing, dressmaking, millinery, laundry-work, and nursing the sick. Has sent out 235 graduates from College and Normal courses, nearly all of whom, together with hundreds of past under-graduates, are engaged in teaching and other useful work in Georgia and surrounding states. Owns four large brick buildings, on seventy acres of land, one mile from the centre of Atlanta, Ga., library of 7,000 vols., apparatus and other equipment—all valued at not less than a quarter of a million dollars. Having no endowment (except about 33,000, mostly for special objects), the Institution requires at least $25,000 a year in donations from its friends to continue the work now in hand, and a fund of about $500,000 to put that work on a permanent basis. Annual scholarships of $40 each are asked for to provide for the tuition of one-student for one year. Subscriptions of $100 and upwards are solicited for general current expenses. Legacies for endowment or for current expenses are greatly desired. Remittances of donations or inquiries for further information may be addressed to Pres. Horace Bumstead, D. D. Atlanta, Ga. The following pleasant note has been received from Dr. Simeon Gilbert, editor of the Chicago Advance. Chicago, ILL., Nov. 3, 1892. My Dear President Bumstead, I know I do not need to assure you that it always gives me peculiar satisfaction to do or say anything that can possibly be helpful to the At-tlanta University. I feel deeply the unspeakable importance of the work it is doing and of the influence which its very existence exerts, as a great and far-reaching testimony. I am glad too that it is called a " Uni-versity," and that more and more it shall grow up into the fullness of that which its name imports. There is great meaning in the Apostle's word, " We are saved by hope." Very fraternally yours, Simeon Gilbert. "BE PATIENT, YET ASSERT YOUR RIGHTS." Such is the advice of the Cleveland Gazette, the organ of the colored people in that city. We admit, as we have all along admitted, that in industrial lines the Afro-American is making remarkable progress — far ahead of his brothers in the North. In education he is likewise doing nobly, but in other lines — where life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness are in question — he is in bad shape. With freedom of speech denied, liberty curtailed, life in jeopardy on the merest pretense, freedom of action circumscribed, pray what can his future be ? With nothing to encourage manhood and manly action so far as surroundings are concerned, he is simply compelled to live in himself, to himself, and for himself, with nothing to aspire to above or beyond his environments. Now it is the mission of the Gazette to espouse and defend the cause, the interests, the rights of our people. We propose to strike without gloves when the occasion demands. The majority of the Afro-Americans are in the South. That is the place where the solution of the so-called problem must be brought about—where the numbers are and where the blacks are in the majority. It is the policy of the white South to oppose the blacks in every conceivable way for fear that social equality may in some manner take place. . Social equality is the great bugaboo, the great ogre that stares them in the face. What our friends need in the South is mixed schools—that will eventually help settle this race question to the satisfaction of the progressive minds. The bottom rail we are, or the bottom rail we must be, till we can win power and influence in other than democratic states sufficient to subdue the public sentiment that seems to be against us, and make it subserve our purposes, from the fact that we are masters of the situation. To our brothers in the South we say, be patient and yet assert your rights wherever you can gain a hearing. "HEAD OFF THAT DOG." A contributor to the Chicago Appeal who signs himself " Black Man" has the following to say about the race problem. Perhaps you think from my remarks that I am hostile to the white man. Well, no, not exactly, for I stand ready to shake him by the hand when he comes to certain terms, and he must not expect me to place confidence in him until he does. He must toe the line, but it is not the color line. Here it is " Whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you do ye even so to them." Now then, when the white man treats the colored man as he wants the colored men to treat him, then I will believe he is sincere and means what he says when he speaks of his love and respect for the colored race; so remember, mere words don't count, he must do something to prove what he says. I am by the white man commanding the colored race and telling them what to do to better their condition, as the little rabbit was by the man who was standing by the wayside, and seeing the little rabbit running for dear life with a dog close at his heels which was putting forth every effort to get that rabbit. The man is quoted as saying, "Go it little rabbit, your hole is just over the hill," and the little rabbit answered and said, " Never you mind about my hole, just you head off that dog." See ! We are traveling along at a pretty lively rate; from the cotton patch to the Union's Capitol in 30 years is not bad, when we consider that there are thousands of white men who have been running along 50, 75, and even 100 years and have never been there. If the white man really wants to do something to benefit the Negro why don't he go to work and head off his own people who seek our lives daily and stop them from troubling us? All of the trouble is on their side of the house. When they toe the line there will be no Race Problem. UNDER THE OSAGE TREES. In a previous article I have spoken about the buildings of Atlanta University. Let us walk about the grounds and see how tropical they appear to one coming from the "Old Bay State." We will first visit the Osage Orange trees, so called because first found in the country of the Osage Indians. In front of the girls' dormitory or North Hall, there are three trees so close together that a circular seat has been built around the trunks, making a fine place to sit, read, or study. The older branches have a sharp spine or thorn, about an inch long, that comes out at the axil of the leaf. The leaves differ very much in size and shape, some short and broad, while two that I have picked this morning measure thirteen and a half inches in length, the petiole three inches and a half long. The branches hang low and
|Title||The bulletin of Atlanta University, 1892 no. 41.|
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|Description||The bulletin of Atlanta University was a publication sent to faculty, friend and alumni of the institution; Telling of the institution's progress and present needs. This issue is December 1892, no. 41.|
|Holding Library||Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center|