THE DAILY TEXARKANIAN
Texarkana, Arkansas-Texas – Monday, November 25, 1917
Y.W.C.A. WAR COUNCIL FORMS AUXILIARY FOR THE COLORED PEOPLE
MRS. E. W. FROST AND MISS ALLYE BELLE WADLEY PERFECTED ORGANIZATION AT MEETING HELD YESTERDAY.
Yesterday afternoon, a notable meeting was held in the Eleventh Street Baptist (Colored) church, which gives promise of being but the beginning of bigger things.
To an audience which filled the church auditorium, composed of representative members of all the colored church denominations in the city, Mrs. E. W. Frost and Miss Allie Belle Wadley, president and secretary, respectively, of the War Council of the Y. W. C. A. of Texarkana, addressed and explained the scope of the War Council and effected an auxiliary organization.
The Young Women’s Christian Association work is “not a charity, not a club, not a creed, but the comradeship based on the democracy of a common faith.” It includes all races and all denominations, is purely altruistic and humanitarian, wherever the need there is the duty. Their trained workers are placed on the border with Mexican women, on the Indian reservation, in foreign communities among the large class of non-English speaking emigrants, and in the military and industrial centers of this country and Europe.
In the colored communities affected by the war there have already been placed five trained negro women to work among the girls and women of their own race. In many cities the colored women are being organized to assist in this work for their own people, and to add to the comforts of their own men who have answered the call to the colors.
About ten days ago a young negro woman, whose work has been added to in a considerable way by some of the Red Cross workwomen of this city, was commended by one of the workers for her patience, when she replied:
“It’s the only way I have of doing my bit—you white people won’t give us colored folk a chance to help, and we’re grumbling about it. We’re willing to do our part, no matter how little it is.”
The humility and injustice of it struck home, and from that remark grew the organization yesterday afternoon.
There is a great reserve force for good right here just waiting to be utilized. The black mothers and wives are giving their men just as much as the white, and their girl problem is more intensified. The serious minded among them are anxious and ready to give all the aid possible, and need only the guidance of the white people to lead them in the right channels. Yesterday they fairly made the welkin ring with the fervor in which they sang America and The Star Spangled Banner, and when the opportunity was given for a money offering, they responded with a readiness and generosity that bespoke their sincerity.
An organization was completed comprising a president, secretary and treasurer, and chairman from the fifteen churches, and with a unity of purpose they began the work for their own that gives promise of incalculable good.