At the turn of the 20th century, with few opportunities for Black children to see themselves in print, the Black press sought to fill the void.

Children’s literature scholar Paige Gray tells the story of how popular Black newspapers like the Chicago Defender and the Pittsburgh Courier started publishing inserts featuring poems, letters and stories written by Black kids, for Black kids.

It turns out there was an enormous appetite for – as the 10-year-old editor of the Defender Junior put it – the “sayings and doings” of “we little folks,” who finally had a platform to tell their stories, express their anxieties and affirm their ambitions.

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Arts + Culture Editor

A newspaper boy hawks copies of the Chicago Defender. Library of Congress

When Black kids – shut out from the whitewashed world of children’s literature – took matters into their own hands

Paige Gray, Savannah College of Art and Design

At the turn of the 20th century, with few children's books featuring Black characters, one young editor implored his peers to 'Let us make the world know that we are living.'

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  • Do you see red like I see red?

    Bevil R. Conway, National Institutes of Health; Danny Garside, National Institutes of Health

    Neuroscientists tackling the age-old question of whether perceptions of color hold from one person to the next are coming up with some interesting answers.

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