Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Degree Discipline



The writer is attempting to devise some methods where by the conditions of play in Berlin Community can be of interest. Play has been looked upon as being immoral and contrary to religious ideals and activities. This is because the ministers have been opposed to all kinds of sports. They not only condemned dancing and card playing, but all forms of organized recreation. Sunday is the only leisure day that the people in Berlin Community have at their disposal, because of the nature of their work. The tradition of the whole church has been opposed to all amusement and recreation. Berlin Church is slow in giving up these old ideas.

When I came to Berlin community there was no play ground equipment therefore I readily began to raise money, by giving entertainments, to buy play ground equipment. I was very successful in raising enough money to buy a volley ball and net, a croquet set, and equipment for base ball. The people and the ministers are opposed to children playing any form of ball. The thing that I am trying to do is to get the people to realize that play is necessary for health. My problem here has been hard to solve, on account of the ministers. If the ministers of Berlin Community would attend the ministers' conferences they would gain new ideas on the value of play, then my problem would not be hard to solve. They could then help me to teach others the value of play, since it constitutes part of their programs.

Committee Chair/Advisor

Bernice Brown


Prairie View State Normal and Industrial College


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View





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