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What happened in 1927?

30 Jul

There are some interesting bits of historical information, such as Marcus Garvey’s wife’s divorce complaint and his eventual deportation and  the acquisition of the Schomburg collection by the Carnegie Corporation. Schomburg has particular meaning to me, as it was at the 135th Street library that I found these columns. Didn’t know the Amsterdam News tried to go daily  – for a day. I didn’t know anything about Florence Mills, a well-regarded singer, dancer and comedienne who died of tuberculosis.
Why my father chose June 30, 1934 to reprint a list of 1927 events from another publication is beyond me.

The New York Age, June 30, 2010

‘No reason for jolification’

27 Jul

Long before the Montgomery bus boycott, leaders in Harlem were calling on members of the black community to refrain from spending their money in stores that refused to hire them. Blumstein Department Store was a primary target. In this column it looks as if Koch’s Department store made some concessions, but  Blumstein was a harder case.   “This reminds us to ask: What attitude have the Blumstein taken towards Hitler?” Ebenezer asks. “Are they among the thousands who indicted him recently in Madison Square Garden for his inhuman treatment to non-Aryans? If they are not, we are surprised. If they are, they might ask themselves the questions: Are we not also guilty to a similar attitude towards the Negroes of Harlem?” The reference to “Little Man,” appears to be an attack on William H. Davis, the publisher and part owner of the New York Amsterdam News. It appears that Davis suggested that the advocates of the Blumstein boycott had ulterior motives. My father suggested that Davis sold out for advertising dollars.

The New York Age, June 16, 1934

Sonny Seward’s Blues

25 Jul

I wonder if my father was interested in writing hard-boiled crime fiction. Some of his columns about crime cases suggest that he might have.  He ends this column reminding readers that the injustice in the Scottsboro Boys’ case continues.

The New York Age, June 2, 1934

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

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