Tag Archives: harlem

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

The Will Rogers boycott

10 Jul

The New York Age, February 17, 1934

Where are their parents?

5 Jul

This column was written a full  15  years before my father became a father  (as far as I know), so I find it amusing that he was so quick to stand in judgment of parents, particularly mothers of  girls. My mother used to say that the three of us had a lot more freedom than we would have had my father been healthy enough to put his foot down. Frankly, I think he would have been no match for us.

The New York Age, January 13, 1934

The barbershop

4 Jul

Rather than increase the price of  a haircut during the difficult years of the Great Depression, my father thought barbers should do a little less talking about politics, clients’ romantic exploits, etc. If he only had known that his observation that “the average barbershop might easily be seen as an ‘institution of learning and observation,’ was as true in 1934 as it is today. Perhaps he would have enjoyed the Ice Cube movies. Moreover, Harlem Hospital’s recent problems with quality of care are apparently not new.

The New York Age, January 6, 1934

A vote for Tammany Hall is a vote wasted

25 Jun
Note: Fred Moore, my father’s candidate of choice, was the publisher of The New York Age at that time.

The New York Age, November 4, 1933

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