The Harlem Oral History Project

The Crisis

The Crisis is the official magazine of the NAACP, founded by W. E. B. Du Bois in 1910.

Published monthly, by 1920 its circulation had reached 100,000 copies. Du Bois proclaimed his intentions in his first editorial:

“The object of this publication is to set forth those facts and arguments which show the danger of race prejudice… It takes its name from the fact that the editors believe that this is a critical time in the history of the advancement of men. …Its editorial page will stand for the rights of men, irrespective of color or race, for the highest ideals of American democracy, and for reasonable but earnest and persistent attempts to gain these rights and realize these ideals.”

Throughout the Du Bois years The Crisis published the work of many young writers associated with the Harlem Renaissance, such writers as Arna BontempsLangston HughesCountee Cullen and Jean Toomer.

The work of Harlem Talking is in the tradition of The Crisis in terms of its engagement with social and political equality and its encouragement of self-expression through the arts.

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