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NUMBER 32. Atlanta University, Atlanta, Ga., Has 600 students in College, Normal, College Preparatory, Grammar, and Primary departments, with practical instruction in wood-work-ing, iron-working ,farming, printing, cooking, sewing, and laundry work under the care of 28 officers and instructors, in four large brick buildings, sur-rounded by 60 acres of land within the corporate limits of Atlanta, the land, buildings, and outfit valued at a quarter of a million dollars; with 225 graduates from College and Normal courses nearly all of whom, together with many hundreds of past undergraduates, are engaged in teaching and other useful work, in Georgia and surround-ing states. Having practically no endowment, the Institution requires at least $20,000 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. Remittances of checks or money orders, or inquiries for further information, may be addressed to, Pres. HORACE BUMSTEAD, D. D., Atlanta, Ga. IN HIS NAME. "GOD MOVES IN A MYSTERIOUS WAY." Out from the Afric land, Out from its gods of stone, By ways mysterious He led His own Through slav'ry's scourge and chain, Through woe,and want and wrong, For twice an hundred years Their steps along. So much humanity Cast in God's perfect mould, There in the market-place Shackled and sold ! Until by blood-stained paths, Until by pain and loss They gained the feet of Christ, Knelt at His cross. Thus after Egypt-rods, And desert wandering, Finding that country where Jesus is king. ATLANTA, GEORGIA Fain would they bear His love, With eager foot and hand, Through all the darkened ways Of their South land.- Fain prove to heedless ears, And unto blinded eyes, All the fair heights to which E'en they may rise. Oh ! Christian brothers, aid ! Aid them to speed His fame; Oh ! Christian brothers, help! Now, " In His Name." G. B. S. Atlanta University. INVENTION OR IMITATION? Dr. Wm. Hayes Ward of the New York Independent is one of the most distinguished orientalists of the country. His answer to the taunt that the Negro cannot invent a civilization is well worth considering : If we would know what more can bo accomplished, let us ask ourselves some questions about other races. Have you ever considered how many civilizations have been introduced or originated in this world ? I do not know of but one single instance of any race that has introduced a higher civilization. We have had what you may call semi-barbarous or semi-civilized races in India and China, though I do not know how much they got rom the original sources of civilization; but the only one race that has ever originated a high and real civilization is that one marvellous race that ' lived in Greece, and from that every civilization of the world has been derived. It passed over eastward into Asia Minor. It passed into Rome and Italy. It passed into Europe and into this country. And the whole civilization of the world has come not by origination, but by imitation and inheritance from that one single race in which civilization was originated. When a person tells me that the Indian race or the Negro race has not invented any civilization, I say neither did our ancestors invent a civilization. They borrowed it. They had it taught to them ; and that same teaching has been given to red men, white men, and black men. They are taking it, developing it, and absorbing it, and are proving how far they can be lilted up by it and what they can accomplish. That process has been accomplished by us, Anglo-Saxon descendants of the barbarians of Europe-It has now been begun nobly and grandly for the Negro who has come to us from Africa. DECEMBER 1891. MEUM AND TUUM. Gen. Whittlesey, Secretary of the Indian Commissioners at Washington, gives the following interesting testimony as to the progress of the Negro in habits of honesty : In considering the progress made by the Negro he is becoming, 1 think, much more honest than he was twenty-five years ago. I can see evidence of that in my intercourse with them in the city of Washington, where we have some 75000 colored peo-ple. I remember during our march to the sea that at one time my horse became lame and disabled. An ambulance came along, and I tied my horse to the ambulance and got on the seat with the driver. I asked him how he managed while he was a slave to get along comfortably, whether he had enough to eat. "Oh, yes, massa, plenty to eat. I always had charge of my massa's drove of hogs. Of course I always had plenty to eat." "Well, you don't mean to say" that you stole and ate your master's pigs?" "Oh, no, massa, I didn't stole none. Those pigs were massa's, and I was massa's; and, when I ate one of those pigs, that pig was still massa's." I believe that story has been told in print, but it was actually told to me from the lips of this man. That indicates the ideas of honesty so far as meum and tuum were concerned in the South in those days. When I was one of the teachers in the Howard University, I used to furnish the class that I was instructing with a set of books as a loan; but I never got the books back. Now things are different. Formerly a colored man would ask me to loan him a dollar. Three or four months after he would come for the loan of another dollar. They did not regard a loan from a white man as anything but a gift. Any thing that could be got out of a white man or that could be taken from him, without its being known was their own property. They have learned now the difference between mine and thine. They know what property means. The great work which has been done for the Negro has been done through education — industrial, mental, and religions education ; and that is work which must be continued by all the helps that can be furnished both South and North. It is the aim of the Bulletin not only to present the work of Atlanta University, but also to give other information respecting the educational, material, and moral progress of the South, together with extracts from the published utterances of those best qualified to speak on these subjects.
|Title||The bulletin of Atlanta University, 1891 no. 32|
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|Description||The bulletin of Atlanta University was a publication sent to faculty, friends and alumni of the institution; Telling of the institutions progress and present needs. This issue is December, 1891 no. 32.|
|Holding Library||Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center|