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The Best of the Brownies' Book

Edited by Dianne Johnson-Feelings

BestofBrowniesL.jpg“In January 1920 a new monthly magazine was born, created especially for the young people the editors called ‘the Children of the Sun.’ W. E. B. Du Bois, a professor and writer who was one of the founders of the NAACP, was publisher and editor. Augustus Granville Dill, a former professor of social sciences at Atlanta University, was the business manager. Jessie Redmon Fauset, author and mentor to other African-American writers, was the literacy editor. The magazine was The Brownies’ Book and its readers were the African-American children and young adults of the 1920s.

“Few children’s magazine, movies, schoolbooks, or picture books in the 1920s portrayed black people at all, or if they did it was only in minor and unimportant positions. The Brownies Book gave African-American children an opportunity to see that the history and achievements of black people in America were essential and worth knowing about. The magazine was interesting and fun, with great stories, poetry, biographies of famous black Americans, reports on international cultures, articles about the accomplishments of young people from all over the country, and photographs and other beautiful artwork created by African-American artists.” © 1996 Hard cover 347 pages

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