Very Good. Item #7319
[New York]: Freedomways, 1961. First Edition. Octavo (23cm.); publisher's blue and white card wrappers; 109pp. Wrappers a bit rubbed and lighter portions slightly soiled, else Very Good and sound.
Elusive inaugural issue offered with a typed letter signed in facsimile by the editor Shirley Graham (wife of contributor W.E.B. Du Bois) on Freedomways letterhead announcing and promoting this first issue of what would become one of the most important journals devoted to African-American studies for the next two decades.
Additionally accompanied by a typed letter, signed with pencil holograph corrections, by E.Y. Price of the Oklahoma State Library, offering some pointed criticism of the first issue, some of it under the guise of praise: "it is not sensational in appearance, albeit understandably emotional in its foreword, not completely proof-read but generally good in typography...However I was struck by the fact that, although this is an African-/American/ magazine, few of the articles mentioned American developments, except in passing...I did not like the two or three references to Lumumba as a martyred hero and a victim of 'imperialist tools'"... etc. etc.