Tag Archives: 1933

Father Divine: ‘dwarfed impostor’

6 Jun

Not sure what the assault case was all about, but the commentary at the end about journalism and the “dwarfed impostor,” which I assume refers to  Father Divine, is pretty funny, particularly given that by his own account my father was 5′ 4. According to Wikipedia, Divine was 5′ 2.

The New York Age, February 25, 1933

The divorce question

3 Jun

So, I know my mother was not my father’s first wife and that he divorced one Lucille Ray in the mid 1940s. This column makes me curious as to why he was so interested in “the divorce question” in Barbados a decade after he had  arrived in New York.

The New York Age, March 25, 1933

The New York Age, March 25, 1933

The Massie affair

1 Jun

This column launches into a diatribe about a fire and the lack of compassion of local churches, then veers into the misbehavior of a court magistrate. Then there’s some consternation as to whether “Negroes” should praise NBC when it presents quality programming, i.e. the Tuskegee choir, instead of complaining about Amos and Andy. The final paragraph is about the Massie case, in which a white woman falsely accused several  men of color of rape.  One of those men was lynched.
The Honolulu Advertiser
described the case as “the most notorious criminal incident in the modern history of Hawai’i. Associated Press editors in 1932 voted it, along with the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, the biggest criminal case in the country. Books and articles have been written about it, and at least one Hollywood film was based — very loosely — on it. But by now many people have forgotten what actually happened, and many more have never heard of the case.”

The New York Age, March 11, 1933

The police lineup

1 Jun

The New York Age, March 4, 1933

An open letter to Negro lawyers

31 May

I was telling a friend yesterday how much I wish I could share this experience with my sister Ellen-Marie. Ellen was an attorney who died September 25, 2001. Lo’ and behold, I get to the library this morning and the first item I find is “An open letter to Negro Lawyers.” It’s about the conduct of attorneys in the courtroom.

The New York Age, January 19, 1933 (See editor's note above the column.)

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