The REFLECTOR articles

August 19, 1933 to December 9, 1933

[December 16, 1933 - March 24, 1934] [April 7, 1934 - June 9, 1934][June 9, 1934 - September 31, 1935]




Open Forum August 19, 1933 Challenge to black citizens and business owners to support The Reflector and other African American publications and civic causes.
Love * * * and Hisses August 19, 1933 A short, light-hearted poem about the transient quality of youthful love.
Wanted at Once!!  Action August 19, 1933 A call to action demanding that the Negro citizens of Charlottesville form a civic league immediately. The league "would do much to inculcate unity and power at the polls and in everyday life."
Eight Little Darkies???? August 19, 1933 A response to the Lafayette Theatre's use of the word "darkies" in an advertisement. The author enumerates the African American community's outrage and explores several different arguments addressing the racial epiteth.
Alabama's Contribution to Civilization August 19, 1933 A scathing response to the murders of Daniel Pippen and Albert Harden by a mob of "savage farmers" who proceeded to lynch the sixteen year olds while police looked on.
Weekly Review of Current News August 19, 1933 A short listing of important world and national events including brief commentary on the significance of each.
Society Notes of Charlottesvillians August 19, 1933 Various local announcments detailing what members of Charlottesville's black community were doing, from traveling to getting married, or starting social organizations.
Among Our Lodestars August 19, 1933 A short biography of Mrs. Paul Lawrence Dunbar.The article includes her upbring and education but focuses on her controbutions to the African American community as a teacher in New York City.
Open Forum August 26, 1933 A letter to the editor about the "attitude of inferiority" that plauges African Americans and other minority races. The author also tries to reaffirm the equality of all peoples.
Around Town August 26, 1933 Light-hearted gossip about Charlottesville's black community.
Weekly Review of Current News August 26, 1933 Update on national and international news; subjects include Adolf Hitler, NRA codes, and Negro education.
This Is Your Newspaper August 26, 1933 The editor explains his commitment to being an "organ of expression" for Charlottesville's African American community.
Scottsboro or Charlottesville August 26, 1933 Encourages Charlottesville activist to center their attention locally rather than focus on popular causes in neighboring cities such as Scottsboro.
Making Life Worthwhile August 26, 1933 Reiterates the imporatance of the old saying that "The gentle touch of a friendly hand, the light of a knowing smile, the call of a heart that can understand, are the things that make life worthwhile."
Society Notes of Charlottesvillians August 26, 1933 Various local announcements detailing activities of Charlottesville's black community, such as political activism, to college graduation, and musical entertainment.
Society Notes of Earlysville, Virginia August 26, 1933 Various notes and updates on the social happenings of the black community in Earlysville, Virginia.
Weekly Review of Current News September 02, 1933 A short listing of important world and national events, including brief commentary on the significance of each; subjects include the repeal of the 18th Amendment, the John Foster kidnapping, and a scandal in Washington D.C.
Youth (poem) September 02, 1933 A poetic tribute to both the good and bad characteristics of youth.
MUSINGS . . . (poem) September 02, 1933 A bitter-sweet poem about the regret of leaving relationships behind.
Editorial September 02, 1933 A call to action that challenges Charlottesville's Negro citizens to take initiative, behave as leaders, and improve conditions in their own communities.
What Are We to Be Called? September 02, 1933 A reflective article that attempts to address the question of what Negro peoples are to be called(i.e. Negroes, Colored, Black). The author ends on the conclusion that such an important question "must be answered by the self an determined by an entire life."
Are You of the Nobility? September 02, 1933 Submits that nobility is not a question of birth but one of character.
Tittle Tattle September 02, 1933 A humorous series of incidents that reveal racy happenings without revealing the names of those involved.
Society Notes of Charlottesvillians September 02, 1933 Various local announcements detailing activities of Charlottesville's black community, from recieving interesting guests to membership in art and literary clubs,and celebrating the most "palatable" dinner parties.
Negro Criminality September 16, 1933 Assertion that the American justice system does not punish black on black crime severely enough.
Tittle Tattle September 16, 1933 A humorous series of rumors, from clandestine affairs to cheating at cards, that detail the racy happenings in Charlottesville without revealing the names of those involved.
The Negro Problem and the Negro Press September 16, 1933 Asserts that the "one and only problem confronting the American Negro is to find effective methods of proving to the world that he is a different being than he was years ago," and that the Negro press has an important role in solving it.
Why (poem) September 16, 1933 A reflective poem about the difficulty of life's progressive stages, from cradle to grave.
The Result of Confidence September 16, 1933 An article about the New Deal's implications for African Americans. The author frames his commentary with the assertion that the New Deal has given the nation confidence and that "confidence begets unity; unity begets strength," and these qualities ensure success.
Weekly Short True Story September 16, 1933 A narrative about a Charlottesville insurance salesman's strange trip out of town.
Society Notes of Charlottesvillians September 16, 1933 Various local announcements detailing activities of Charlottesville's black community, from higher education to visiting out of town relatives, and local musical events.
Tittle Tattle October 21, 1933 A humorous series of incidents that detail all "the latest laughs" without revealing the names of those involved.
The Forgotten Man October 21, 1933 Asserts that the N.R.A. is not benefiting Negro workers because it has led to price increases as well as increased discrimination in the labor market.
Why Be Patriotic!!! October 21, 1933 Asserts that the question "Why be patriotic," is usless because "no other single element so surely guarantees perpetual democracy as does patriotism."
The Spirit of Typitown October 21, 1933 A comparrisson between the civic leagues of Charlottesville and allegorical Typitown, Virginia.
Seebien, My Brother October 21, 1933 A narrative of a Charlottesville boxer's dissolusionment with the sport continued from the previous week's Reflector.
The Negro and the Emergency in Education November 11, 1933 Asserts that "The Educational Emergency" is particularly appropriate terminology for Negro schools. Unequal facilities, poor adult education, and lack of financial support make immediate attention essential.
The Parent-Teachers League at Typitown November 11, 1933 An article that uses allegorical Typitown to propose an ideal education system in which teachers and parents communicate in a way that familiarizes "the parent with school activity, the teacher with home cooperation and the child with parent-teacher understanding."
Among Our Lodestars November 11, 1933 A brief biography of Mrs. Margaret L. Terry, a distinguished teacher at Jefferson School who devoted "fifty-five years of service to mankind."
Jefferson School Notes November 11, 1933 Current news of activities at Jefferson School, including the names of graduating seniors, those students who made the honor role, and updates on fundraising projects.
Open Forum November 11, 1933 The editor responds to a letter that asserts that whites have a higher standard of living than blacks by noting that "a man's standard of living is high or low as conditions or circumstances permit them to be."
Tittle Tattle November 11, 1933 A humorous series of incidents detailing the latest gossip about the black community in Charlottesville.
RACE RELIANCE November 11, 1933 A warning that African American workers should be wary of setting their future on a "far fetched plan to unite black and white labor."
Typitown's Role in the Moulding of Youth November 18, 1933 An article that uses allegorical Typitown to propose an ideal environment in which youth would prosper. In this fictional town, the "parents, teachers, and friends" of the youths have united to commission a recreational center, where the youths can be chaperoned while they socialize.
True Democracy November 18, 1933 The ruling by Judge Spratley of the Elizabeth City County Circuit Court that no party in a state-conducted primary could discriminate on the basis of race, color or previous condition of servitude "will lauded by ALL lovers of true democracy."
Negro Relief in Charlottesville November 18, 1933 An article that advocates a "Negro Relief in Charlottesville" to parallel the one in Richmond, which was funded by the United States Public Works Committee.
The Anti-Lynching Conference at Baltimore December 02, 1933 Asserts that "the Anti-Lynching conference accomplished very little, we fear, and it will go down in history as just another conference, its resolutions being as significant as last year's New Year's resolutions."
The Swan Song of Hotel Tipping? December 02, 1933 An article that voices support for the N.R.A.'s move to encourage employers in service industries such as hotels to pay a living wage regardless of expected tips and "not place upon the public the burden of paying workers' salaries."
S. O. S. December 02, 1933 An emotional appeal to the people of Charlottesville to help those less fortunate than themselves by getting in contact with their Community Welfare Organization. The author closes his remarks witht he injunction "Don't wait. Your brother is hungry."
The Influence of the Community on Crime December 09, 1933 Asserts that the community influences crime in three main ways, namely "public disapproval, the refusal of the community to accept a 'jailbird' or offender back in its midst,the influence of the community by provision of recreation."

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