The new Brownies' book A love letter to black families

Book - 2023

"In 1920, as art and writing flourished during the Harlem Renaissance, W. E. B. Du Bois published The Brownies' Book: A Monthly Magazine for Children of the Sun-the first periodical for African American youth, collecting original art, stories, letters, and activities to celebrate their identities and inspire their imaginations and ambitions. Building upon Du Bois's mission, esteemed professor and scholar Karida Brown and celebrated artist Charly Palmer reimagine the groundbreaking publication with The New Brownies Book, gathering the work of more than 60 contemporary Black artists and writers, including Ntozake Shange, Frank X. Walker, Danny Simmons, and Alice Faye Duncan. Created by and for Black families today, this is filled with inspiring essays, poems, photographs, paintings, and short stories reflecting on the joy and depth of the Black experience. Delivering delight to adults and children alike, this powerful celebration of twenty-first century Black culture fulfills the promise of its source material by reminding readers of all ages that Black is brilliant, beautiful, and bold"--

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San Francisco, California : Chronicle Books LLC [2023]
Physical Description
207 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
  • Introduction
  • Family ties
  • Let me count the ways
  • Young Langston
  • We were kings
  • School daze
  • She'roes
  • Kin'folk tales
  • Living and dying
  • Old woman
  • Coming and going.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Sociologist Brown (Gone Home) and artist Palmer (The Legend of Gravity) reimagine W.E.B. Du Bois's early 1900s children's magazine of the same name with a splendid assemblage of essays, poems, and art from Black creators that aim to lavish "resounding Love" on Black youth. A brief piece from Joy Angela DeGruy (Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome) speaks to the innate goodness of children, including her granddaughter Zufan--a quality shared with Zufan's Ethiopian mother and grandparents, "going all the way back to our ancient ancestor... from which all of humanity descended." Washington Post Magazine columnist Damon Young's tongue-in-cheek "Letter to the Kid Who Eventually Breaks My World Record" (of "most bite-sized Snickers eaten by a twelve-year-old in a thirteen-minute span while waiting between pickup basketball games at Mellon Park") finds the author wryly recalling "who I was back then... and I want you to be better than me." Elsewhere, readers will discover Langston Hughes's first published works (including his play The Gold Piece), which were featured in the original Brownies' Book when Hughes was 20, along with the authors' encouragement that it's "never too early for you to try your hand at your craft." Enriched by stunning and expressive acrylics, oils, and collages from Palmer and other artists, this serves as a heartfelt tribute to young people of color and their "reflection of resplendent beauty, ancient history... and irreplaceable value." It's a standout. (Oct.)

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