As it criticized the traditional Black leadership, the paper commended the ILD and the Communists for their attempt and accomplishments in securing justice and equality for Blacks. It pointed to the Angelo Herndon case in which the ILD intervened and successfully had the law for which Herndon was convicted declared unconstitutional. Herndon had been convicted for violating a pre-Civil War Georgia insurrection statute because he led a delegation of Black and white unemployed workers to the Atlanta City Hall to demand either jobs or better unemployment compensation. The paper commended the ILD for its courage and determination in fighting for the rights of all people as exemplified in the Herndon and the Scottsboro cases.52

     As with other Black editors,53 Walker appreciated the effort and approach that Communist-sponsored groups were making on behalf of Blacks. Walker supported their efforts to organize the working classes of both races to demand political, social and economic rights.54 He concurred with the ILD's two-pronged approach in defending the Scottsboro case. Walker's quotation of Joseph Brodsky, a Scottsboro defense counselor, exemplifies this approach: ATwo-fisted action is what the ILD believes in. The best legal talent backed up with mass action.55

     The Call and Post's interest in the masses was also reflected in an editorial encouraging Blacks to consider affiliating with the Socialist Party. The editorial concurred with the party's theory of focusing on the problems of the masses and believed that it was advantageous to Blacks to associate with all political parties instead of being committed to one party.56 It also acknowledged that the Socialists welcomed the participation of the race and had given it full recognition. The Call and Post later opposed participation in the Communist Party and its related organizations, but the paper did point out that the Black organizations had borrowed the Communist tactics of boycotting and picketing.57

     Cleveland was a hotbed of Scottsboro activities, and they were reflected on the pages of the Call and Post. The paper announced the formation of a local defense committee and wrote an article and a column about the visit of defense counsel Joseph Brodsky.58 When two of the released defendants visited Cleveland, the paper announced the visit in two issues.59 The paper provided a picture of the defendants and full coverage of their speech at one of the local Black churches.60


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