IN TEXAS BEER IS A NATURAL As natural as the wholesome grains and tangy hops from which it is brewed, beer is Texas’ traditional beverage of moderation light, sparkling, delicious. And naturally, the Brewing Industry is proud of the good living it provides for so many folks in Texas. Not only for employees of the Brewing Industry itself, but also for the farmers and other suppliers of beer’s natural ingredients. In Texas, beer belongs enjoy it. UNITED STATES BREWERS ASSOCIATION, INC. TEXAS DIVISION The Austin March Josie attends church regularly, but does not place much stock in the idea of an afterlife. And she described rather contemptuously how one woman, overcome by the Holy Spirit during a service, fainted. Several men, she said, rushed up and carried the woman out of the hot, crowded church and began fanning her. “But all the time, she had her purse tight in her fist an’ never did let go.” Looking at me from the corner of her eyes, she concluded, “Don’ think she got the Holy Spirit atall. She jus’ wuz hot an’ wanted the men to pay ‘tendon to her an’ fan her.” On the other hand, Josie religiously plants her potatoes on Good Friday, and other vegetables at the right time of the moon. She believes that blackberries will not grow the next season where white folks have picked them; and seriously maintains that when a bad person is being buried, the weather turns rainy, but that the sun shines on the burial of a good person. To tease her, I asked what turn the weather took when two men, one good and one bad, were buried on the same day. She never did answer this. 14 The Texas Observer Austin While 200,000 Americans were march ing less than a mile in Washington on August 28th, about 1,000 Texans were marching two miles in Austin. This was probably the largest civil rights march Texas has yet had, whether those participating numbered 500, the lowest estimate, or 1,500, the highest. Gathering in an auditorium on the Negro side of Austin the afternoon of the 28th, the marchers were led in songs and yells by a group of seven Negro youths, four boys and three girls, of college and high school age, who had a fine sense of rhythm and harmony. At times the scene resembled a football pep rally, the several hundred people leaping to their feet shouting out for the primary symbol of the civil rights movement, “Freedom.” Songs for equality can have a hot, impatient rhythm, and some of the songs sang in Austin that day did: I want my freedom, I want my freedom, I want to be a free free man. I read a sign, ‘No colored allowed,’ I read that sign, and read it over, And then I hung my head and cried. In a nonviolent movement, songs become weapons. One of the girls on stage, 17year-old Cassandra Deckert of Jefferson High in San Antonio, asked the crowd, “You want your freedom?” “Yes!” they shouted, as by reflex. “Then sing out! The way you’re singing, you couldn’t convince me you want to be free!” And so they did: In all America, true things are happening, To make the white man try to see, That we are human, and we are equal, And that we shall, we shall be free. In all America, true things are happening, To make the black man try to see, That we must fight here, that we must fight here, If we are ever to be free. The signs, too, are weapons: “Rise above hate,” “Freedom now,” “WallaceFaubus GLENDALE FUNERAL HOME 1015 Federal Road Houston 15 Phone: GL 3-6373 We Honor All Burial Insurance Ed R. WatsonPresident OBSERVER SUBSCRIBERS: May we suggest that you give or mail this Observer subscription blank to a friend you think would enjoy and benefit from the Observer? Miss Sarah Payne Business Manager The Texas Observer 504 West 24th St. Austin, Tex. Please enter a one-year subscription to the Observer in my name. I enclose $5.00. Please send me a sample copy of the Observer and a return subscription envelope. Name Address City, state
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