African American magazines are publications that represent African Americans’ views, achievements, and cultural products within their community and throughout the world. For the purposes of this entry, African American magazines are defined as publications primarily established by and targeted to African Americans. The historical and cultural characteristics that have defined African American magazines are outlined in this entry, including their ownership and readership and the mission for some of the publications serving African Americans’ interests and society.

Early African American Magazines

African Americans are a marginalized and underrepresented community that has the struggle to be heard through the press. The historical developments are important to understanding African American magazines as an institution. These magazines were at the forefront of protests against racial discrimination since the earliest known ...

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