The First Crisis Discovered

The Crisis took in many forms. It was known as a quarterly magazine, which was published by NAACP. Others believed that The Crisis was W.E.B Dubois himself that captured his ideas and opinions. Despite what people may think, we can all agree that The Crisis captured the Black experience in America. Considering the Black experience a question has been raised: What can the covers of the Crisis communicate about the Black experience in America? I would like to lead with a quote in the Printing the Color line that states, “The Crisis played an integral but often over-looked part in the history of the big magazines, as its innovative methods for representing race and racialized intellectual work so successfully set a pattern for African American print culture” In terms of this remark, the cover of Crisis is a signal that the Black experience in America is survival driven. There is a correlation between the quote and the cover. Du Bois wanted the magazine to show how race and racialized intellectual work could be shown in new ways. The Crisis has a lot of different Black Americans from many different time periods. Each cover in its own unique way, showing a timeline which covertly points out the survival of Blacks. How black handled adversity also plays a huge part in American culture and development. The image you portray can shape a certain type of narrative in positive or negative light. Which led to the question. What do they suggest about the characteristics or implications of “the New Negro” as a trope or this new form of black representation in the US? Donal Harris states himself that Du Bois spent building it fundamentally influences his ideas about how best to represent race in popular culture. Du Bois’s editorship of the magazine is an equally integral turning point in the size and shape of African American print culture.” This quote helps us answer our question tying in both “the New Negro” and Printed Color lines that implication is about how image and portrayal of Blacks in media or art is important. As well as illustrating how image is powerful and depending on intent can be used either for good or for evil. Who is the cover of a question that has a lot of different answers. However, we can all agree that the cover was for Black Americans to combat against racist narrative. As well as believe it’s an informative tool to teach Black and other races about the truth of Black culture in an artistic way. We see this with Frank and how he used the covers to teach that Black doesn’t only come in one shade. On page 66 Dubois made this statement “Do not merely read them but buy them, own them, make them yours,” he pleaded. “Do not simply use libraries but buy books.” Despite his negative view on magazines, he can’t deny people would rather read short and quick magazines over a book. Which is why he was invested so much in The Crisis to help get the direct truth out, in a way that people will pay attention to.

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