Race and Place Newspapers

The Reflector

Newspaper Information
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia
Date of Publication: February 24, 1934 (Tuesday)
Frequency: weekly
Article Transcripts

Page 1

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A Handbook for Negro Leaders

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Along with the "New Deal" and other changes that we are now undergoing, it wouldn't be a bad idea for some ambitious young writer to contribute a volume or two on "What Negro Leaders Should Advise", because recently we have heard conflicting counsel from our various "Big Shots" that convince us, above everything else, that their opinions are divided. Some are telling us to demand more funds from the government relief agencies; others are suggesting that we "stock up" ammunition and prepare for mobsters and still others deplore the so-called pre-war complex and firmly contend that the new Negro must be "different" in order to advance. Each of these self-styled prophets presents his idea for race promotion program, not believing himself in the advocated plan, but simply following a routine that he feels is expected of him.

A Hand-book for Negro Leaders with preface pleading for unity of purpose, would obligate all of the long-winded Pattersons, Finley Wilsons, Marcus Garveys and Kelly Millers to consider first, the immediate needs of the American Negro. Having reached this stage, it would dawn upon the prophets assembled that economic stability is the present need of the Race and each in turn would see the folly of so much time wasted on temporary relief prattle, fantastic revolutionary plans and reasons "why we should not be called Negroes". Then, the first chapter of the book would deal with a general survey of jobs, formerly held by Negroes but are now held by white workers. Later chapters would define cooperation and stress its importance. The concluding chapters of the book would explain, in detail, the importance of the ballot and the dollar and proper and effective use of each.

Of course the "Hand-Book for Negro Leaders" is just a notion, but what problems it would solve! The race would be assured of a somewhat definite program and besides, much of the inadequate advice from tired "Prophets" would cease.

Summary of Article
Asserts that what Negro leaders need is a handbook "with a preface pleading for unity of purpose" and encouraging them to put their "self styled prophecy" aside.

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Advertisment for the Reflector

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A Journal of Calendar and Comment and Charlottesville's only Negro Weekly, published to reflect the progress of our community and Race

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Jefferson School Notes

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The Seventh Grade, of which Mr. James M. Edgar is instructor, had charge of last week's program at the assembly period. On Monday, Mr. Edgar addressed the student body. The school sang "Our Best" and papers were read by Maurice Upshaw, Jolife Sampson and Celestine Watts on January's great men.

On Wednesday, Rosamond Bell and Pearl Grady read papers, and the school sang "Keep the Faith."

On Friday a very interesting play was presented, entitled "Alphabet Soup".

Members of the High School Chorus are receiving much praise for their splendid program broadcasted over Station W.E.H.C., in honor of National Negro History week, last week. They sang "The Negro National Anthem", " Pickaninny Sandman" and "My Task" beautifully. Then Miss Betty Actie, who has a charming mezzo soprano voice sang "Who Knows". Miss Elizabeth Harris concluded the program with an instrumental solo, entitled "Mighty Lak' a Rose".

On Monday evening the Parents, Principal and Faculty of the Seventh Grade students held a meeting to make plans for the grammar school commencement exercises in May. The program was as follows: Song, "Let the Beauty of Jesus Be Seen in You", seventh grade pupils; Prayer, Reverend Upshaw; Remarks, Mr. J.M. Edgar; Presentation of class of 1934, Miss M.M. Gamble; Song by class, "We are Climbing Jacob's Ladder"; Playlet, "Making the Flag"; Solo, "The White Stars", Dorothy Lightfoot; Play, "Alphabet Soup"; Remarks by the Principal, Mrs. Cora B. Duke. At the conclusion of the program the class served refreshments to the parents and faculty. Patrons present were Mrs. Chapman, Reverend and Mrs. Upshaw, Mrs. Maude Bell, Mrs. Mamie Watts, Mrs. Anna Perrow, Mrs. Washington, Mrs. Woodard, Reverend and Mrs. Tyler, Mrs. Emily Lightfoot, Mrs. MacDaniels, Mrs. Steward, Mrs. Henderson, Dr. J.A. Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Goins, Mr. Randolph and Reverend and Mrs. Carter Wicks.

Summary of Article
An update on the latest activities of Jefferson School, including entertainment and educational programs.

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Society Notes of Charlottesvillians

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Mr. P. T. Edwards of Fifth St., who was indisposed at his residence last week, is able to be out again.

Miss Margaret Rogers, formerly of this city but who is now residing in Richmond, Virginia, was the week-end guest of her mother, Mrs. L. Gunnel of 10 1/2 Street. Miss Rogers is a district nurse in Richmond.

Mrs. Mary Buckner of 10 1/2 Street remains quite ill.

Mr. Nelson Churchman of Washington, D. C. is in this city visiting his mother, Mrs. Mary Buckner.

Mrs. W. R. Moon of Anderson Street, spent the day last Wednesday in Washington, visiting her sister, Miss Birdie Evans at Freedman's Hospital. She has been a patient there for the past five weeks. She underwent an operation last Tuesday and is improving.

The Royal Dukes and Duchesses Social and Dramatic Club was entertained Monday of last week by Mr. and Mrs. George Bowles at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Mack Holland. The evening was spent in card playing, Messrs. W. R. Moon and Ralph Gofney, having made the highest scores. After this, the hostess served a lovely repast.

Mr. William Lewis, who has been ill at his residence on 10 1/2 Street is convalescent.

Miss Frances Smith, who has been ill at her residence on 11th St. is able to be out again.

Mrs. Jennie Mae Allen, Miss Ethel Boston and Miss Maggie Brooks were hostesses at a valentine party last Wednesday night, in honor of their friends, at the residence of Mrs. Maggie Brooks on Ridge Street. Those who attended were: Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Austin, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Woodfolk, Mr. and Mrs. James Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Actie, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Michie, Mrs. Marshall Brown, Mrs. Jennie Mae Allen; Misses Mary Kennedy, Henrietta West, Alberta Dabney, Nannie Beasley, Alice Hill, India Thomas, Cleo Ward, Elsie Brooks of Cobham; Messrs. Lewis Tolliver, Walter Wigginton, Delaney Anderson, James Claton, Sharpey Key, James Brooks, Samuel Randall, Lewis Boston, Frank Dabney, Bledsoe Briggs and Mr. Luther Boston of Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Miss Laura Reaves, student of Virginia State College, returned to her home last week on account of illnes. She is expected to resume her college work in a few weeks.

Mrs. Virginia Edwards left this city last Saturday to spend three weeks in New York City.

Miss Helen Battles entertained the Jolly Juniors at her residence on Fifth Street, last Friday evening.

Miss Julia Reaves of Boston, Mass., is visiting relatives and friends in the city.

Mr. Lewis Reaves spent last week-end in Clifton Forge, Va.

Mr. James Churchman, who is a resident of of Washington, D. C., is visiting relatives in this city.

Mrs. Ella Alexander remains ill at her residence on Dyce Street.

Mrs. Annie Scott Venture left this city Saturday of last week for her home in Baltimore.

Mr. Bernard Cary of Hartman's Mill Road died at his residence, last Sunday morning.

Mrs. Beatrice Jones of Page Street is able to be out again after having been ill for the past two weeks.

Mrs. Janie Sampson and Miss Mabel Profit entertained at a Buffet Supper Tuesday of last week, at their residence in Keswick, Va., in honor of Mrs. Maude Fleming and Mrs. Ethel Nicholas, teachers in that vicinity. The guests were as follows: Mesdames Annie Henry, Frances Henry and Mary Henry of Charlottesville, Mrs. Collen Yates and Mrs. Frances Hearns of Boyd's Tavern, Mrs. Maggie Smith, Mrs. Janie Rogers, Mrs. Margaret Barnett and Mrs. Sarah Brooks, all of Keswick, Va.

A surprise party was given in honor of Mrs. Charles Givens by a few of her friends, at her residence on Thirteenth Street, last Wednesday night. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. William Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. Tanner Slaughter, Mrs. Bettie Slaughter, Mr. and Mrs. Aston Barbour, Mrs. Mabell Angell, Mrs. Robert Gofney, Mrs. Daisy Harris, Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Wilson, Mrs. Maude Bell, and Mrs. Beulah Hayes.

Mrs. Brown is confined to her home on Eleventh Street.

Summary of Article
Various local announcements detailing the activities of Charlottesvillians, such as the meeting of "The Royal Dukes and Duchess Social and Dramatic Club," and other entertaining gatherings.

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Church Notes

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The Industrial Club of Mount Zion Baptist Church held its regular meeting at the residence of Mrs. Marie Minor of Sixth Street and was entertained by H. J. Jones.

On last Sunday evening, a very interesting program, in observance of National Negro History Week, was presented at Ebenezer B. Y. P. U., of which Mrs. Irma B. Carter is Pres. Miss Genora Newman, group leader No. 1, sponsor ed the program. It was as follows: First fifteen minutes spent in devotionals; Song-Negro National Anthem; Remarks on Negro History-T. J. Sellers; Solo, Mrs. E. D. McCreary; Paper, The Life of Frederick Douglass, Miss Eva Powell; Solo, "Deep River", Miss Evelyn Lightfoot; "Life of Booker T. Washington", Miss Clarice Kelley; Original recitation, Mr. Henry Porter; Remarks, Rev. McCreary.

Last Sunday Ushers' Day was observed at Ebenezer Baptist Church at three p. m. A very interesting program was presented and many ushers from the various churches were present. The Usher Board presented to the church Sunday night, the sum of $25.39, total collection received. Mr. J. S. Kelly is President of the Usher Board and Miss Genora Newman, Secretary.

All members of the "Silver Leaf Club" are asked to be present at their regular meeting, Friday night, at the parsonage. Miss G. Louise Riddick, President; Miss Christine B. Newman, Secretary.

The deacons of the various churches and members of the Baptist Ministers' Conference met Tuesday night at First Baptist Church to discuss plans relative to the "Union Board". Reverand H. E. Williams is President and Rev. C. D. Allen is Secretary.

"Men's Day" will be observed at Shiloh Baptist Church, Sunday, February 25, at eight o'clock. The public is invited to attend.

Eleven members were added to Ebenezer's roll last Sunday. Ten at the morning service and one at night.

Mr. V. R. Winston will have charge of the B. Y. P. U. program next Sunday at Mount Zion, at 7 P. M. The subject for discussion is "In Union There is Strength". All visitors and friends are invited.

Summary of Article
A glimpse into the social and educational activities of Charlottesville's churches.

Page 4

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Open Forum

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Editor of the "Reflector" Charlottesville, Va.

Dear Sir:

Through the interest of one of your well wishers of the "Reflector" it has been a great pleasure for me to read your paper and watch its growth from two pages to its present six.

I have read with interest all the articles contained in each paper, but my attention was especially attracted last week to "Do You Know This One?" and two poems by E.B.S., which I have found very helpful in teaching.

As long as you print such lively news and helpful information you and your staff need not worry about the success of your paper.

Yours truly, C. W. Watson 1147 Prospect Ave., New York City, N. Y. February 10, 1934.

Summary of Article
A complimentary letter from a reader of "The Reflector."

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