Tuesday, February 12, 2008

A Black History Gem from the Past!- The Brownies' Book

A Children's Magazine for the "Children of the Sun"
During the two years from 1920-1921, a children's magazine edited by W.E. B. Du Bois, Jessie Fauset and Augustus Dill was published. The magazine, an offshoot of Crisis, was dedicated to a positive representation of children of color. It not only contained short stories, poetry and graduation notices of Black youth (Langston Hughes among others), but it also contained columns about global affairs and world folklore. The Jury (letters to the editor column) gives an amazing snapshot of the problems experienced by black youth and their parents at that time.

A digitized version of the magazine is avalable at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.rbc/ser.01351

Lesson plans for the journal are available at


The Congressman Frank J. Guarini Library has several books with information and critical evaluations of The Brownies' Book:

PS153 .N5 B526 2007b 2007
Free within ourselves : the development of African American children's literature

PS153.N5 J64 1990 1990
Telling tales : the pedagogy and promise of African American literature for youth

PS153 .N5 S62 2004
Children's literature of the Harlem Renaissance

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