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Published by:
Freedomways Associates, Inc., American, 1961 - 1985  Search this
Edited by:
John Henrik Clarke, American, 1915 - 1998  Search this
Esther Cooper Jackson, American, born 1917  Search this
Jack O'Dell, American, 1923 - 2019  Search this
John Devine  Search this
Illustrated by:
Charles White, American, 1918 - 1979  Search this
Written by:
Cheddi Jagan, Guyanese, 1918 - 1997  Search this
Robert S. Browne, American, 1924 - 2004  Search this
Loyle Hairston, American, 1926 - 2009  Search this
Ernest D. Kaiser, American, born 1916  Search this
George B. Murphy Jr., American, 1906 - 1986  Search this
Augusta Strong, American, 1934 - 1976  Search this
Calvin H. Sinnette, Trinidadian, born 1924  Search this
Subject of:
W.E.B. Du Bois, American, 1868 - 1963  Search this
Nat Turner, American, 1800 - 1831  Search this
Amiri Baraka, American, 1934 - 2014  Search this
ink on paper with metal
H x W x D: 9 × 6 × 1/4 in. (22.9 × 15.3 × 0.6 cm)
magazines (periodicals)
Place printed:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted:
South America
Thailand, Asia
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 8, Number 1, for Winter 1968.
The front cover has an off-white background with white type inside an orange block at the top that reads: [Freedomways / A QUARTERLY REVIEW OF THE NEGRO FREEDOM MOVEMENT]. The cover features art depicting Nat Turner. To the left of the drawing in black and orange type is a list of articles featured in this issue: [WILLIAM STYRON’S / DILEMMA / On The Confessions / of Nat Turner / THE UNITED STATES / IN SOUTH AMERICA / Cheddi Jagan / THE SYSTEM OF / POLICE BRUTALITY / C. E. Wilson / THE AFRICAN ROOTS / OF WAR / W. E. B. Du Bois / Robert S. Browne reviews / Lomax’s Thailand / Reviews of Other / Current Books].
The interior pages, numbered 5 to 95, are white paper with black ink. The pages include articles, book reviews, and poetry.
The back of the magazine has an off-white background and features a greyscale advertisement of “The Autobiography of W.E.B. Du Bois”, which shows an image Du Bois sitting and reading a newspaper. Below that in small black type is: [Hardback / $10 / per copy / Order from / FREEDOMWAYS / Reviews in This Issue].
African American  Search this
Activism  Search this
Black Press  Search this
Civil Rights  Search this
Colonialism  Search this
International affairs  Search this
Literature  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Police brutality  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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