The Messenger: World's Greatest Negro Monthly. May 1926.
Published monthly by the Messenger Publishing Co., Inc., New York, N.Y. Editors: A. Philip Randolph and Chandler Owen. Subscription $1.75 a year.

Entire issue reproduced as facsimile page images. 40 pages.


Selected Page and Title List:

np Front Cover
130 Advertisement for National Benefit Life Insurance Co.
131  Table of Contents
131 Solicitation for Short Stories.
131 Advertisement for Howard University.
132 "A Page of Verse" includes poems by Langston Hughes, James Mickles, Edward Silfera, Aquah Laluh.
133 "Poopie" by Henry F. Downing is an seriocomical romance set in an imaginary African kingdom.
137 "The Economic Value of the Philippines" by Benjamin Chase suggests that because the Philippines' economic potential is so great and its strategic importance is so critical, America has put off granting its inhabitants the independence they have been promised for more than twenty years. This article stresses that "freedom and independence are foremost to any people."
139 "The Letters of Davy Carr: A True Story of Colored Vanity Fair" is part of an epistolary novel which looks at genteel life among African Americans in Washington, D.C. In this installment, the hero is about to go South to nurse a heart broken by a Washington belle.
143 "Shafts and Darts: A Page of Calumny and Satire" by George S. Schuyler targets what the author considers to be the pretensions of various African-American leaders, particularly Marcus Garvey and John L. Webb, who extol the segregated South. Schuyler also criticizes those who assign higher status to light-skinned African Americans. He also gibes at the Back to Africa movement.
144 Editorials are devoted to the "opinion of the leading colored American thinkers" and discuss, among other topics, the convict leasing system in the South, crime, the skill and contributions of Pullman porters, and the porters' legitimate efforts to form a trade union.
146 "The Critic" is a column by J. A. Rogers subtitled "Do They Tell the Truth?" It argues that whites who are "interested in keeping us at an easily exploitable stage" read journals written by and for African Americans and that these journals, published in the North, talk about facts and ideas not usually verbalized in Southern society. A second topic discussed is whether or not black women, particularly slaves, can ever be considered economically and sexually independent of men.
147 "Oklahoma -- The Land of the Fair God" by W. H. Twine argues that the opening of Oklahoma Territory in 1889 provided African Americans with the opportunity to pioneer the land as free men. He views their history there as an ongoing struggle to sustain and extend their civil rights. The black community of Muskogee receives special emphasis as do the relations between Indians and black settlers.
150 "The Theatre: The Souls of Black Folks" is a column by Theophilus Lewis which presents, in this issue, a negative review of Lew Leslie's Blackbirds of 1926. Lewis emphasizes the varied complexions of the dancers and musicians appearing in this musical revue (which he re-names Flamingos of 1926). Lewis singles out Edith Wilson, Billy Mills, and Shrimp Jones's Orchestra for special praise and also pays homage to Florence Mills, the star, who he believes should have better and more original material.
151 "An Exposé of the the Employee Representation Plan" by Ashley J. Totten examines the ways in which the Pullman Company exerts its influence over a grievance committee on which both employees and management have representatives.
153 "Cartooned Sidelights" depicts scenes of Pullman workers in their efforts to form a trade union.
154 "Book Reviews" by Wallace Thurman examines two novels: Flight, a novel by Walter White, and Black Harvest, by I. A. R. Wylie.
156 Advertisement for the Berean School in Philadelphia describes it as offering commercial classes during the day and trade courses at night.
158 Code of Ethics and Advertisement for The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters lists the attributes of "The Hundred Percent Pullman Porter, Service and Justice to All."
159 Advertisement for The Modern Quarterly describes it as an "avowedly inter-racial" magazine which sees economic revolution as the only solution to the "race problem." Featured are articles by Alain Locke, Scott Nearing, Harry Elmer Barnes, and others.
159 "Open Forum" prints a letter from "A Porter," praise for The Messenger from C. H. James, and a resolution of support for the newly organized Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters from the Trades and Labor Assembly.
np Advertisement back cover for cosmetic products from the Madam C. J. Walker Mfg. Co., Inc.