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Negro Digest, later named Black World, was the inaugural publication of John H. Johnson, publisher of Jet and Ebony magazines. It was a monthly periodical founded in November 1942 and published locally in Chicago, Illinois. NegroDigest was the most widely read and highest-selling African American magazine during the 1940s and 1960s.

Negro Digest provided a voice for those who were commonly misrepresented in the mass media. It was one of the first African American publications to offer a space where African Americans could write about themselves and their community as subjects who know and act rather than objects who are known and acted upon. It was in Negro Digest and Black World that many scholars began to invent, create, and construct concepts of ...

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