you've tried to locate information about African
American writers of Boston, you know the resulting
This is particularly odd considering that Boston
boasts an African American presence that is over
350 years old. As the media have promoted wider
awareness of black contributions-especially during
Black History Month-the public is avid to learn
more of Black Boston's literary and artistic past
In the 1920s a vibrant black community had established
itself in Roxbury, with its own social and cultural
institutions, newspapers, dramatic troupes, and
organized literary events. Writing flourished in
private salons, such as "The Saturday Evening Club."
Black Boston's writers published locally and in
such New York journals as "The Crisis" and "Opportunity,"
as well as many others, including "Vanity Fair,"
"The Messenger," "The American Mercury," and in
anthologies edited by Bostonian poet and critic
William Stanley Braithwaite.