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Harlem Renaissance Journals

By July 31, 2012

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The Crisis

Earlier this month, I posted a blog entitled, The African-American Press: Lifeless or Evolving?. In my post, I posed the question for readers to ponder: is the African-American Press dead or can bloggers and social media networkers become the muckrakers of the 21st Century? I argued that while African-American media outlets of today may seem more driven to sell advertising space or merge with larger corporations, the African-American Press is not dead--it is simply evolving. And part of its evolution is honoring its legacy as an institution that helped African-Americans in the South participate in the Great Migration, expose the horrific events of the Red Summer of 1919 and create honorable depictions of African-Americans--an idea that Alain Leroy Locke consistently advocated for in American society.

Paralleling the work of news organizations such as The Chicago Defender and Pittsburgh Courier were monthly journals published by socio-political organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the National Urban League (NUL). These publications and two others are featured in the article, Four Publications of the Harlem Renaissance. These publications played an important role in developing the cultural explosion known as the Harlem Renaissance.

I hope these articles and blog post are inspiring you to think of how all people in American society can honor the legacy of African-American media--it's an integral part of United States' past, present, and future.

Suggested Reading

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The Black Press is Dead. Get Over It.

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