DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL
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