The Crisis was an integral part of the struggle to combat racism in America. As editor of the magazine (1910-1934), W. E. B. Du Bois addressed the important issues facing African Americans. He used the journal as a means of racial uplift, celebrating the joys and hopes of African American culture and life, and as a tool to address the injustices black Americans experienced--the sorrows of persistent discrimination and racial terror, and especially the crime of lynching. The written word was not sufficient. Visual imagery was central to bringing his message to the homes of readers and emphasizing the importance of the cause. Art was integral to his political program. Art in Crisis: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Art of The Crisis Magazine is an exploration of how W. E. B. Du Bois created a "visual vocabulary" to define a new collective memory and historical identity for African Americans.
From H-NET (J-History) (December, 2007) "...[O]ffers important insights into the history of visual journalism as well as the contributions of one of the twentieth-century's most significant black periodicals."
"... [U]ses Crisis art skillfully to show how Du Bois used the ugly and the beautiful to empower African Americans. Her analysis of the primacy of imagery in Du Bois's campaign offers new insights into one of the towering figures of the early civil rights movement."
"...[P]rovocative not only for its vivid look at an important chapter of American history but also for its ruminations by a great historian on the power of history."
"Art in Crisis would be an enlightening secondary text for undergraduate or graduate courses in visual communication, the dissident press, and journalism history." -- Linda Lumsden, Department of Journalism, University of Arizona.
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