The Brownies’ Book was born January 20th, 1920. Founded in 1919 by Dr. William Edward Burghardt DuBois witth collaborators were Augustus Granville Dill, the business manager and Jessie Redmon Fauset, the literary editor.
Ushering in the African American children’s literary canon and establishing itself as the only literary magazine created for non-white children, its presence intended to challenge the mainstream degrading representation of black and brown children during the Red Summer of 1919.
The popularized children’s magazines of the day were The American Magazine(1906), American Boy(1899), and St. Nicholas(1873) which eventually turned in Scholastics’ Highlights (1946).
None of them highlighted black culture, literature, or the achievements of black children.
Since 2014, we have sought out to continue the inherent mission as an immersive reading experience for 21st Century kids.