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date: 17 April 2021


  • Todd Steven Burroughs


Phylon (the Greek word for “race”) was an academic journal published by Atlanta University initially created by and under the editorial guidance of the African American scholar W. E. B. Du Bois. The quarterly journal, which averaged one hundred pages an issue, was designed to give African American scholars in various disciplines—history, social sciences, and literature, among others—an intellectual forum to articulate a black scholarly worldview. It was an outlet for academic work on African Americans and race issues during the period before white mainstream academic publications paid much attention to these subjects.

The journal's first edition was published in January 1940, six years after Du Bois had been forced out of The Crisis magazine, the prestigious periodical he had created to serve as the official organ of the NAACP. Du Bois had returned to Atlanta University in 1934 and quickly reestablished himself as one of the ...

A version of this article originally appeared in The Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present.

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