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«The Brownies’ Book»: Inspiring Racial Pride in African-American Children

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Christina Schäffer

‘The Brownies’ Book:’ Inspiring Racial Pride in African-American Children offers a descriptive analysis and interpretation of America’s first magazine for young African-Americans. Published by W.E.B. Du Bois in cooperation with Jessie Fauset and Augustus Granville Dill, the monthly hoped to foster a new African-American identity by (re)connecting «the children of the sun» with Africa, by turning them into proud Americans, and by educating them to be global citizens. The editors turned the crow into a positive symbol of blackness and provided photographs which proved that «black is beautiful» to increase the self-esteem of black youths. The magazine was a harbinger of the Harlem Renaissance and served as a creative outlet for many African-American writers and artists, among them many women.

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Fig. 1 Cover Picture, photograph by Cornelius Marion Battey, TBB Jan. 1920: n. pag., print. ................................................................................. 60 Fig. 2 Frontispiece “The Empress Zaouditou,” photography by Underwood & Underwood, TBB Jan. 1920: 2, print.............................. 62 Fig. 3 A Boy Scout Troup in Philadelphia, photograph, TBB Jan. 1920: 8, print. ........................................................................................................ 63 Fig. 4 Children in the Silent Protest Parade in New York City, photograph by Underwood & Underwood, TBB Jan. 1920: 26, print. ..................... 64 Fig. 5 Photograph of a Boy in Uniform, photograph, TBB Jan. 1920: 32, print. ........................................................................................................ 66 Fig. 6 Some Little Friends of Ours, photographs, TBB Jan. 1920: 11, print. ........................................................................................................ 67 Fig. 7 “The Jury,” photograph, TBB Apr. 1920: 110, print. ........................... 167 Fig. 8 left: Cover Drawing “Be My Valentine,” drawing by Hilda Rue Wilkinson [Brown], TBB Feb. 1921: n. pag., print. ............................. 169 Fig. 9 right: Cover Drawing “The Baby Belle,” drawing by H. Curtis Brown, TBB June 1921: n. pag., print. ................................................. 169 Fig. 10 Our Little Friends, photographs, TBB Apr. 1920: 114, print. .............. 220 Fig. 11 Little People of the Month, photographs, TBB Apr. 1920: 117, print. ...................................................................................................... 220 Fig. 12 The Gift of the Good Fairy, advertisement, TBB Dec. 1920: p. pag., print. ...................................................................................................... 225 Fig. 13 Cover Drawing “My! But It’s Hard to Choose!” drawing by Marcellus Hawkins, TBB Sept. 1921: n. pag., print. ............................ 241 Fig. 14 Frontispiece “Of Such is the Kingdom of Heaven,” photograph by Underwood & Underwood, TBB Apr. 1920: 98, print. ........................ 272 Fig. 15 “Once Upon a Time,” in Uganda, drawing by Hilda Wilkinson Brown, TBB Feb. 1920: 46,...

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