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Department of Social Service
			
                DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL
                       SERVICE

         George Edmund Haynes, Ph.D., Editor





        SOCIAL BETTERMENT OF NEGROES IN CITIES.
  
    How the National League on Urban Conditions Among
              Negroes is Meeting the Problem.

      By Eugene Kinckle Jones, M.A., Assistant Director.

           THE increase in the population of Negroes in America's
           cities during the past fifty years has created a demand
           for consideration of methods by which the resulting prob-
           lems may  be solved.  The  inevitable problems  of city
           life, such as betterment of housing conditions, the im-
           provement of streets, making police and fire protection
           more  serviceable, the opening up  of industrial oppor-
           tunity and the securing of industrial efficiency, the pro-
           tection of fallen and unemployed girls and women  and
           the furnishing of adequate and wholesome amusement
and recreation are ever present with the city Negroes, and are accentu-
ated and made more intricate by color prejudice and by the forced concen-
tration of these men of color in segregated districts,--usually in most un-
desirable sections of our cities.
   As a result of the crying need for movements of reform and of con-
certed efforts for the amelioration of deplorable conditions, sacrificing
and self-denying men and women have assumed the task of establish-
ing homes for orphans, homes for working girls, day nurseries for child-
ren of working mothers, missions  for administering to the spiritual and
moral needs of the people, hospitals, employment bureaus, et cetera
While the work of reformation and correction effected by these numer-
ous institutions has been more apparent, the work of protection and
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 29, Num. 2

Department of Social Service

Volume:  29
Issue Number:  02
Page Number:  177
Date:  10/1912


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