The University Student, Johnson C. Smith University’s student newspaper, is now available on DigitalNC with issues from 1926-1930. Johnson C Smith University, a historically Black university in Charlotte, NC was founded in 1867 as the Biddle Memorial Institute. The name was changed to Johnson C Smith University in 1923 after a benefactress’ husband, shortly before the available run of papers were published. The school became co-ed in 1932.
The student newspaper was published monthly in the 1920s and not only had news about the university and Charlotte, but also news about the wider African-American academic world, with a lot of very thought provoking articles about the issues of the time, with articles discussing topics varying from “Social Hereditary” to “Is Smith the Potential Yale of the South?”