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A list of visiting preachers and Lyceum members for the fall term. Notable are Dr. Will W. Alexander and Dr. Andrew W. Sledd. Alexander was chief executive officer of the Commission on Interracial Cooperation (CIC) as well as the first president of Dillard University. The CIC was founded in Atlanta in 1918, primarily by liberal white southerners. It worked to oppose lynching, mob violence, and peonage and to educate white southerners concerning the worst aspects of racial abuse. From 1896 to 1902, Dr. Andrew W. Sledd taught Latin at Emory College, and in 1902 wrote a critique for The Atlantic Monthly of race relations in the South. Although the article supported the continuation of the “separate but equal” doctrine, Sledd’s condemnation of brutality was immediately assailed by white southerners, and Sledd resigned his position.
Berry refuses McDowell's request for domestic employment at the schools in order to learn about and apply the schools educational practices with African American students. Berry describes the philosophy of work well done and tells McDowell that close observation would reveal nothing else.
McDowell seeks domestic employment at Berry as a way to observe and learn about the schools's educational practices, having read about the school in various publications. She wishes to be able to introduce Berry's practices in schools for African American students.
W.E. Carson expresses pleasure at the news of V. Everit Macy's bequest to Berry. A handwritten annotation on the letter indicates that Carson was a porter who brought the Pilgrims to Berry on a number of occasions.
Caroline Hazard, philanthropist and former president of Wellesley College, sends a donation to the Berry Schools and urges Martha Berry to get involved in securing a better school tax from the state to keep schools in Georgia open, including those for African Americans.
The author is unclear, since one item refers to Martha Berry in third person and several items refer to "we". A catalog of dinners and meetings during a trip to New York, acknowledgement letters needed, prospective donors, and excerpts from speeches made at a "Negro Schools Program" held at Carnegie Hall.
Rankin asks if the Berry schools are for both boys and girls, and if they are for white children, "not colored."
Letter thanking Reed for his mother's donation to celebration Martha's "Silver Wedding" at the Berry schools. Berry mentions missing spending time with Mrs. Little and Mrs. Crozer. Martha mentions that she is alone at home now except for her "old 'black mammy.'"
Martha Berry's very personal letter to Kate Macy Ladd includes references to Ladd's husband, Walter Graeme Ladd, and her nurse-companion, Alice Lemley, as well as to Berry's mother and childhood nurse.
Rome attorney W.B. Mebane asks for Berry's support in his quest to prevent the death penalty for an African American man named Jim Mikens.
A list of people who have applied interest in working in Miss Berry's house, possibly as a nurse.
Berry, writing from the hospital, shares her concern about Freeman and sends her $2.00 to get help from Estelle three days a week, indicating that it would please Berry so much. She says, "it would just kill me for anything to happen to you."
Berry responds to a letter from Ford with details about the weather, visitors to the school who admired the Ford Buildings, taking dolls to mountain children, and Martha Freeman's health. Berry requests a painting of Henry Ford for the dining room.
Frances Long Harper writes that she has had no success in finding someone to help care for Martha Berry's mother other than Mary Pitts, an African American practical nurse whose price she finds too high. She reminds Berry of a promised letter about the Hearn School and Baptist Church property, which she asks Berry to write immediately and send to the Georgia Baptist Convention's Christian Index.
Martha Berry thanks Mrs. Hammond for a recent contribution. Martha Berry is worried that the school has gotten some negative publicity lately for having well-known donors and other donors have started sending their money elsewhere. Berry also mentions that her mother and her "old black Mammy" aren't very well, so she tries to stay close to the schools.