Race and Place Newspapers

The Reflector

Newspaper Information
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia
Date of Publication: April 14, 1934 (Tuesday)
Frequency: weekly
Article Transcripts

Page 01

Column 01
This Modern Age

Transcript of Article

Since Adam erred in the garden of Eden, it has been a custom, carefully carried out, for the more matured generation to tear out hair, rattle false teeth and run the blood pressure three hundred and sixty degress above disdain, condemning "the modern age." Our press is over crowded with desparaging notes written by our wise elders, wondering "what will be the end"; our senior clergy is undergoing a violent case of "Delmens Tremens" because of the so-called revolts against God, and our education, those of the pre-war days have just about "given-up". Hearing sermons, reading various articles and listening to speeches from the aforementioned groups, one is forced to conclude that the preceding generation has lost hope for "this modern age; so lax in morals, so skeptical of religion and so disinterested in advancement.

Are the charges true? Can they be proved? Let us consider. Space in this journal, or no other journal would permit a discussion of the accomplishment, attitudes and aptitudes of every young man and woman living in this age, but we can present a fair idea of what "the modern age" is doing by a few outstanding examples.

The Federation of College man and women started a world-wide movement for equal rights among all men. Of course this was and is today, considered by many as communism. Others view it as a case of extreme radicalism, but ernestly desiring world-brotherhood, and genuinely striving for equal rights and universal understanding is but religion, unheralded, which places our so-called "jazz mad, radical upstarts" in an entirely different light from that which some of our leading theologians would see them.

In our Race, the few outstanding books for the past two years, have been written by young authors. The most important legal problems have been solved by our younger lawyers and all, or certainly most of the places in the "New Deal" are occupoied by Delaneys, Vanns, Kinkles and others who belong to the class of moderns.

In looking for the reasons behind religious, educational and political advancement during the past decad, one is provoked to slight laughter over the state of "nervous anxiety" manifested by some, and is elated over the achievements of This Modern Age.

Summary of Article
Defends the "modern age" as a time of black intellectual and cultural advancement lead by the younger generation.

Column 03
A Negro Reporter Visits Our City

Transcript of Article

The unfortunate occurrence in Charlottesville several weeks ago brought a score of out-of-town news reporters to the scene. Every daily paper close by carried the story in detail and the city was given front page publicity without cost.

A negro reporter came to the city also, he "covered" the affair too, and his story gave several things along with the unpleasant publicity that was without cost.

First, his story gave several new angles; for example, citizens living here and other visiting news reporters did not hear talk of "lynching threats" or see "angry mobs gather" for a manhunt. His story also reveals, we are afraid, his papers thirst for "sensational scandal," and his own integrity in manufacturing the same to order, since the morbid elements necessary were missing.

The tradegy was one the saddest ever known in Charlottesville, and the aforementioned yellow journal's scope was one of the most striking reasons ever exhibited to show to what ends an indiscreet "rag" will go for "news".

Publishers must live, which means of course, that the papers must be sold, but there should be some limit to the methods used, and some consideration for the thousand upon thousand of intelligent readers that depend upon their paper for real facts and not filthy, illshaped brain children of ignorant reporters who would stoop to any method to fill space.

The paper that carried the story preaches progress and pride and has lead several fights against white offenders of Negro decency. What a situation it is! To hear that preached on one hand and see on the other, this same sheet giving space to a lying reporter, unmindful of the first rule of journalism.

Summary of Article
Criticizes the hypocracy of a certain out of town Negro publication for reporting "sesationalized scandal" while simultaneously preaching "progress and pride."

Page 02

Column 03
Jefferson School Notes

Transcript of Article

Honor Roll for March

(Late on account of Easter Holiday)

Senior Class: Grace Burley, Elizabeth Harris, Helen Lightfoot, Edna Newman and Estelle Seay.

Junior Class: Angulia Paige, Louise Whitlock and Esther Tucker.

Sophmore Class: Edward McCreary, Grover Henderson, Charlie Henry, James Arnette.

Freshman Class: Phillys Sellers, Fannie Mae Barbour, Margaret Stewart, Laura Lockett, Lillian Watson, Janet Watson, Viola Price, Edna Terrell and Charles McCreary

Fifth Grade: (Mrs. P.C. Johnson, teacher) Lucille Brown, Christine Cawthorne, Bazil Jones, Albert Jones and Paul Emerson Woodson.

Fifth Grade: (Mrs. E.B. Baylor, teacher) Clarice Walker, Donna Wars, Marie Newman, Elizabeth Williams, Warren Clegg, James Johnson, Ida Goins, and William Wayle.

Fourth Grade: Mrs. R.F. McGinness, teacher) Albert Moore, Eris Farrar, Phillip Anderson, Maxine Burks and Sarah Goines.

Fourth Grade: Mrs. M.B. Wyatt, teacher) Josephine Lightfoot, Ann Toberts, Thelma Terrell, Mary Fortune, George White and Varnell Gofney.

Third Grade: (Mrs. M.B. Taylor, teacher) Beverly Cobbs, Pricilla Anthony, Julia Marie Michie, Carrie Barnes.

Third Grade: (Miss G.R. Inge, teacher) Bernadine Coles, Helen Wesley, Minnie Cooper, Teresa Jackson.

Sixth Grade: (Miss J.C. Johnson, teacher) Louise Harris, Lola Washington, Mary Marshall.

Seventh Grade: (Miss M.M. Gamble, teacher) Alexander Brown, Dubois Johnson, Beverly Thomas, Lucian White, Florizelle Johnson, Dorothy Lightfoot, Maude Tyler, Margaret Wesley.

Summary of Article
Jefferson School's honor roll for the month of March, 1934.

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