The Colored American Magazine: First Black Publication

The Colored American Magazine

Probably the most exciting piece of Black History that I have found during my independent research was learning about The Colored American Magazine!

The Colored American Magazine was established on May 19, 1900 (The day before my birthday) by editor Pauline Hopkins. It was the first black publication to spread throughout the US. This magazine recognized and celebrated African Americans in the fields of Medicine, Art, Business, Education and Politics. It also acknowledged the unique fashions of black women.  The Colored American Magazine’s main focuses were the “moral, social, and political elevation of freed African Americans and the emancipation of slaves.” The publication was funded by surrounding churches and social abolitionist groups. The magazine ran for 9 years and published a total of 38 articles.

As a journalist aspiring to create and own her own magazine one day, I am inspired by the journalists and editors who have paved the way for me to make my journalism dream a reality.

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