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Published by:
Freedomways Associates, Inc., American, 1961 - 1985  Search this
Edited by:
Jack O'Dell, American, 1923 - 2019  Search this
John Devine  Search this
Written by:
George W. Crockett Jr., American, 1909 - 1997  Search this
Staughton Lynd, American, born 1929  Search this
Tom Dent, American, 1932 - 1998  Search this
William Lamar Strickland Ph. D., American, born 1937  Search this
John Henrik Clarke, American, 1915 - 1998  Search this
Joanne Grant, American, 1930 - 2005  Search this
Augusta Strong, American, 1934 - 1976  Search this
Jack H. Minnis, American, 1931 - 2005  Search this
Eric Morton, American, 1934 - 2015  Search this
Photograph by:
Herbert Randall, American, born 1936  Search this
Subject of:
Fannie Lou Hamer, American, 1917 - 1977  Search this
ink on paper with metal
H x W x D: 9 1/16 × 6 1/4 × 3/8 in. (23 × 15.8 × 1 cm)
magazines (periodicals)
Place printed:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted:
Mississippi, United States, North and Central America
Freedomways magazine ran for twenty-five years from 1961 to 1985. Released quarterly during that time, Freedomways was a leading African American theoretical, cultural, and political journal tackling major social and political issues, especially the Civil Rights Movement. The journal’s founders, led by editor Esther Jackson, included Louis Burnham, Edward Strong, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Shirley Graham Du Bois. Under Jackson’s direction, Freedomways became the leading radical Black left publication that gave a platform to veteran and newer writers, thinkers, activists, artists, and educators. The periodical ran their works and tackled issues of progressive politics, civil rights, colonialism, Pan-Africanism, prison and justice reform, education activism, art, literature, poetry, and urban decay.
An issue of Freedomways magazine, Volume 5, Number 2, from Spring 1965.
The front cover has orange type inside a brown block at the top that reads: [A QUARTERLY REVIEW / OF THE NEGRO FREEDOM MOVEMENT / Freedomways]. The middle of the cover features a grey background with a graphic design of the state of Mississippi, broken into three parts. The border lines and shapes of surrounding U.S. states are printed behind the state of Mississippi. At the bottom of the cover red type reads [opening up / the / closed society].
The interior pages, numbered 223 to 356, are white paper with black ink. The articles address different topics about the people, politics, culture, education, healthcare, Civil Rights, and activism in Mississippi. The articles include some photographs.
The back of the magazine features a continuation of the front cover: a grey background with black border lines representing the U.S. states surrounding Mississippi. At the bottom in bold red type is a list of articles featured in this issue: [LIFE IN MISSISSIPPIMrs. Fannie Lou Hamer / THE UNITED NATIONS, / THE AMERICAN NEGRO / and HIS GOVERNMENT George W. Crockett, Jr. / THE FREEDOM SCHOOLS / Concept and Organization Staughton Lynd / HOW FAR “THE AMERICAN / DREAM” A Documentary / on Mississippi Atrocities / (1875-1964)].
African American  Search this
Activism  Search this
American South  Search this
Black Press  Search this
Civil Rights  Search this
Education  Search this
Literature  Search this
Medicine  Search this
Politics  Search this
U.S. History, 1961-1969  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Dr. Maurice Jackson
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National Museum of African American History and Culture