Tag Archives: black history

Birthday 1934

24 Jul

On the occasion of his 37th birthday, my father offered some insights into his personality, then seized the opportunity to take others to task for their ethical lapses.

The New York Age, May 26, 1934

‘If I were editor’

23 Jul

. . .

The New York Age, May 19, 1934

Armed robbery and petty larceny

22 Jul

Interesting crime/courtroom story. However, the item most intriguing to me is the one titled “Petty Larceny.” Apparently, Ted Yates,  columnist for the Baltimore Afro-American, wrote a column titled “If I were mayor of Harlem.” Hmm. I should try to find that column.

The New York Age, May 12, 1934

‘It is I’

21 Jul

The New York Age, May 5, 1934

Ebenezer writes to Mr. Ray

20 Jul

A column to himself . . .  and another letter of praise

The New York Age, April 28, 1934

Leave Bermuda to the Brits

19 Jul

The New York Age, April 21, 1934

Letter to the editor on Will Rogers and Mr. Ray

16 Jul

Apparently, my father’s columns on the Will Rogers affair - Rogers referred to black people as “darkies,” an offense that resulted in some community members calling for a boycott of Gulf gas stations – did not sit well with this reader. Although my father did not condone Rogers’ use of the term, he felt strongly that as long as “Negroes” continued to refer to themselves in derogatory terms, arguments that others should not use them were  shaky. BTW Gulf Refining Company was the sponsor of the television show on which Rogers appeared. The letter below is from a reader who thought m father’s views were off base.

The New York Age, March 3,1934

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