May 1, 1947: The Sentinel publishes an ad for Alden Bland’s “Behold a Cry.” (Available on 14-day loan from Archive.org).
The New York Times said:
ALDEN BLAND, the Negro author of this short novel, has none of the power of a Richard Wright. His style is jerky, sometimes making it as difficult to follow his story as it is to discern what he is getting at. There is bitterness from the Negro viewpoint, and there is wisdom, too, when at the end one of the characters says, “Maybe it just happened.”
Juanita Washington Goodman explores the “estate of James Crow.”
At every public gathering place such as railroad stations, bus stations, etc., there are huge signs which say “White Waiting Room” and “Colored Waiting Room.” Such places are better kept than we had expected, and in some instances accommodations for colored people are better than we have seen for the general public in some small southern communities. Nevertheless, one does not forget one’s racial identity here.