Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 16, Number 1, Spring, 2004 Page: 45
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criminal libel, a charge brought against him by
the pastor of Greater Shiloh Baptist Church."
Such cases infuriated Pittman, and he wrote
about one of them under the heading, "Unto
These, My Little Ones."'2 He criticized the local
lack ofThanksgiving charity, and compared it to
a "day about four summers ago" when 200 local
clergy and church members raised over $1,100
in funds to prosecute him, claiming it was the
largest amount ever collected by "Negro preachers"
anywhere for any purpose. He also
described himself as "preaching the real gospel of
our blessed Lord," a remark reflecting Pittman's
own self-righteous belief in his mission as editor
of the BE.
The Brotherhood Eyes covered more than just
Dallas news; the "eyes" sent their communications
from other towns in Texas and across the
South. Both the September and December issues
report activities from Austin, Calvert, Elgin,
Liberty Hill, Lufkin, and Marlin in Texas, as well
as Clarksdale, Dublin, Lexington, and Mattson in
Mississippi. A feature story in the September
issue, "Negro Nurses Said to Neglect Patients of
Their Own People," is credited to an Eye from
New Orleans. Not surprisingly, activities at
Tuskegee were worthy of comment from the
former student and teacher. A September article
covers the beginning of the Institute's school
year, the Brotherhood Eyes reputation at the campus,
and notes the absence of the former chief
[Washington]. The December issue features the
school on its front page: "Fight to Return to Old
Moral Sanity Rouses Tuskegee's Ire; Three
Cornered Organized Forces of Evil Bent on
Destroying Ideals of Former Days. Bootleg Ring
and Prostitution Run Hand in Hand. Minister
Leader in Satan's Brigade." Detailed within are
accounts of a bordello near the school operated
by one Parson Williams, a student bootleg ring,
and a government investigation, and it laments
Tuskegee's change from its BookerT.Washington
Even when reporting news from Dallas, the
Brotherhood Eyes did not cross journalistic terri
Excerpt from Brotherhood Eyes July 28, 1934.
tory with the Dallas Express. The September
headline features a local murder conviction, and
the December headline reads, "Young School
Boy Dies after Stab Wound by Jealous Rival";
neither of these items rates a mention in the
Dallas Express. Neither do the recent murders in
the Booker T. Addition, a small AfricanAmerican
community nicknamed "Negro
Highland Park" because of its proximity to the
wealthy white neighborhood of Highland Park.
The Brotherhood Eyes derides it as being a
"slaughter pen where the Negroes don't mind
stabbing, shocking and killing one another." By
contrast, the September 19 headline for the
Dallas Express was the upcoming Centennial
plans for Negro Day, and the December 5 headline
was "YMCA Names New Committee."
Neither issue of the Express reported the sensationalistic
headline stories featured in the BE of
Also missing from the Brotherhood Eyes are
the advertisements for hair and skin products
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. Jailed. One Buried
b' Tyler,.Tqx., July 25.-The friends
of brer "rev" are grieved to hear
of his serious illness. The parson
is moderator of the East Texas Asd
sociation and a. leading spirit in the
Butler College. Brer "rev" Shepd
herd preached at Jacksonville durd
ing the state convention held there
rsthis week. He'and Atty. B. Abram
e. were in Marshall this week and
r isited Bishop College. Fess Rhoads
at was out of town but his wife was
n but of town but his wife was on
id the job. Bishop College 'has a
d splendid group of teachers attend-i
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