12019-03-12T23:57:41+00:00Stanford University Pressaf84c3e11fe030c51c61bbd190fa82a3a1a1282413plainpublished2019-08-21T11:12:09+00:00Production Editor7a3dce28be212b1ba5b4a7a50f3d6a8d76b58c74 On March 23, 1957, the Cleveland Call and Post ran a photo short story about a “Hobo party” hosted by the Ro-Ka-Wi social organization. “It wasn’t easy to select a winner at the annual Hobo party given by the Ro-Ka-Wi Saturday night at the Carleton House, as many arrived in tattered clothing, patched trousers, sloppy straws and frayed shirts,” the article began. The accompanying photo (captioned “Hobo hostesses”) showed several African American-women in their 20s and 30s who were members of the organization. The photo and story ran on the paper’s society page, called “Women’s Whirl.” This “Hobo party” and the Call and Post’s coverage of it are a good example of how social pages, and black newspapers more broadly, were often invested in asserting the class status of the paper’s writers, editors, and readers. Hosting and writing about a “Hobo party” helped mark these women as middle class.