Opportunity. A Journal of Negro Life, February, August, October and December 1926.
Published monthly by the National Urban League, Department of Research and Investigations. New York, N.Y. Editor: Charles S. Johnson. Subscription $1.50 a year.

Publication of major social service and civil rights organization established to help African Americans gain social and economic equality. Articles and special features, book reviews, fiction, and poetry. Some advertising.

Selections and an entire issue reproduced as facsimile page images. 108 pages.


Selected Page and Title List:

February Selections:
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np Announcement for the Urban League Conference, February 3-5, 1926 in New York City. List of speakers and topics relating to the theme of African Americans in industrial work are included. The entire issue emphasizes this topic and covers events at the conference.
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np "The New Industrial Outlook" is an editorial on black labor which looks at the history and future prospects of black Americans in the skilled trades as well as at the hostility and obstacles they often face from organized labor during this period.
39 "The Dilemma of Negro Workers" by T. Arnold Hill explores the conflicting attitudes of African Americans toward organized labor and why they sometimes ally themselves with the interests of employers.
41 "Homing" a poem by Arna Bontemps.
42 "The Boll Weevil Starts North--A Story" by Benjamin Young describes a train ride north to Cincinnati with an elderly cotton farmer driven from his land by the boll weevil.
45 "The Negro in the Coal Mining Industry" by Abram Harris discusses black workers in the American coal mining industry, particularly in West Virginia, and their relationship with The United Mine Workers.
48 "Economic Deadlines in the South" by Jesse O. Thomas calls for training black wage-earners for specific jobs, encouraging business enterprises by and for African Americans, and eliminating double standards for treating and compensating black workers.
50 "King Cotton" by Edward Franklin Frazier provides statistical documentation and analysis on the economic relationship between cotton and black farmers. Frazier, director of the Atlanta School of Social Work, was an authority of black family life and racial interactions.
56 "Assimilation Into Industry: The Experience of One Plant" by Edgar E. Adams examines the successful integration of black workers into the labor force of the Cleveland Hardware Co. within a broader ethnic and cultural context. The author is vice-president of this corporation.
58 "Tuskegee Ideals in Industrial Education" by Joseph L. Whiting extols the practical training received by Tuskegee students and the job opportunities their education at that institution prepares them to fill. Whiting is the supervisor of trade training at Tuskegee Institute.
60 "The Day-Breakers" a poem by Arna Bontemps.
61 "Why Belong to the Union" by William Green, president of the American Federation of Labor (A. F. of L).
62 "The Negro and Economic Radicalism" is written by A. Philip Randolph, editor of The Messenger: World's Greatest Negro Monthly and organizer of the Pullman Porters' Brotherhood. It outlines the goals behind the drive to unionize the Pullman porters. Randolph also offers insights about the evolution of Negro radical thought, Booker T. Washington's approach to black economic development, and efforts to organize black labor.
65 "Optimisms in Negro Farm Life" by W. S. Scarborough discusses black farms and farm life, particularly in Virginia. Scarborough utilizes personal thumbnail sketches and statistical data to illuminate economic issues. A former president of Wilberforce, he was working in the Department of Agriculture at the time he wrote this article.
68 "Industrial Problems in Cities" puts forth an agenda for the National Urban League to follow in order to meet the needs of a growing, black, urban work force. Conditions in New York, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, and Louisville are examined.
73 The Weary Blues, Langston Hughes's first book of poems, is reviewed by the poet, Countee Cullen. Cullen is complimentary but takes Hughes to task for placing "too much emphasis on strictly negro themes." The New Negro--An Interpretation, an anthology of Harlem Renaissance writing, edited by Alain Locke, is also reviewed in this issue by Robert W. Bagnall.
75 Summary of the services offered by the Industrial Relations Department of the National Urban League.
 
August Selections:
241 "A Task for the Negro Business League," an editorial, urges the Negro Business League to study black business failures which have resulted in the significant loss of capital and confidence.
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October Selections:
304 "White House Incident" is an editorial about Coolidge's entertaining the black president of Haiti, Louis Borno, at the White House and the criticism that ensued.
320 "National Negro Business League Takes Forward Step at Cleveland" by Albon Holsey talks about the 1926 meeting of that organization and the steps it is now taking to offer service and aid to black businesses. Holsey mentions an approving letter from Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover to Dr. Moton which was read aloud at the meeting.
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December Selections:
366 "The Industrial Future of Negroes," is an editorial which talks about the demand for black labor and relates it to increased immigration restrictions.
384 "A Fraternal Organization with Social Vision", by Jesse O. Thomas discusses the business aspects of black fraternal organizations. It also mentions John Webb, Supreme Custodian of the Woodmen of Union, headquartered in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Under Webb's guidance, this organization provides business, medical, and educational assistance to African Americans as well as health and recreational services. Webb is active in the National Negro Business League.
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