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By Esther Cooper Jackson, Constance Pohl

From 1961 to 1985, a interval of huge social switch for African americans, Freedomways Quarterly released the leaders and artists of the black freedom stream. Figures of towering historic stature wrote for the magazine, between them Paul Robeson, W.E.B. Du Bois, President Kwame Nkrumah and Julius Nyerere. 3 Nobel Prize laureates seemed in its pages—Dr. Martin Luther King, Pablo Neruda, and Derek Walcott—and a number of Pulitzer Prize winners—Alice Walker and Gwendolyn Brooks. No different magazine may possibly boast the sort of lengthy checklist of names from the civil rights flow: Freedomways used to be like no different magazine. It used to be unique.Yet regardless of the well known names, few american citizens have heard of this nationwide treasure. Why? easily positioned, the U.S. was once now not prepared for this magazine in 1961. this day, many americans can't take into accout a usa the place racial segregation used to be criminal, yet in 1961, a few of the battles for integration have been nonetheless to be won.This booklet is subtitled Prophets of their personal Country as the editors and members to Freedomways weren't venerated on the journal's inception. ultimately, besides the fact that, a lot in their imaginative and prescient did come to move. formerly, those records, which exhibit the intensity and breadth of the fight for democracy, have been misplaced to the general public. The booklet of the Freedomways Reader restores this misplaced treasury. It includes what quantities to an oral heritage of the liberation pursuits of the Nineteen Sixties throughout the Nineteen Eighties. in the course of the reviews of the liberty Riders, the early articles opposed to the Vietnam conflict and South African apartheid, the quick tales and poems of Alice Walker, and the memoirs of black organizers within the Jim Crow south of the Thirties, one could stroll within the footsteps of those pioneers.

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The more they try to escape it, the more they land into hypocrisj: lying and doubledealillg; the more they become, what they least ~zishto become, the oppressors and despisers of human beings. c~trawlers towlard the da\v11. There has always been in the South that intellectual elite who saw the Negro proble~nclearly. They have always Lacked and some still lack the courage to stand up for what they know is right. Ncvertheless they can be depellded on in the long run to follow their own clear thinking and thcir own decel~tchoice.

Mathews, of South Africa, a leader of the African National Congress, who is now in this country as visiting professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York. s' son is one of those arrested in Capetown for ~ I srlld 1ny sol1 to his drfiallce of ui~justlaws. I ask you 1 1 o ~shall South Africa to sllc~otdown Professor LVathewshon an behalf of Charles E. ' I say again, the proper battlefield for our youth and for all fighters for a decent life, is here; in Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia; i s here, in Cleveland, Chicago, and San Francisco; is in every city and at every whistle stop in this land where the walls of Jim Crow still stand and nccd somebody to t a r the~radown.

Calhoun, Wade Hampton, Den Tillrr-ian are 1ne11whose names must ever be besmirched by the fact that they fought agaiilst frredoln and democracy in a lalld which was foullded upon delnocracy and freedom. Eventually this class of men must yield to the writillg in the stars. That great hypocrite, ]an Smuts, who today is talking of humanity and standing beside Kyrnes for a United Nations, is at the same time oppressing the Black people of Africa to an extent which makes their two cr~rlntrics,South Afrka and the h e r i c a n South, the most reactionary peoplcs on earth, peoples whose exploitation of the poor and helpless reaches the last degree of shame.

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