Founded in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1969 by Robert Chrisman and Nathan Hare, THE BLACK SCHOLAR (TBS) is the first journal of Black studies and research. In TBS, academics, activists, artists, and political leaders come to grips with basic issues confronting Afro-America, the diaspora, and Africa.
The journal has become a veritable who’s who, with contributors such as Derrick Bell, John Henrik Clarke, Darlene Clark Hine, Carolyn Cooper, St Clair Drake, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Lewis R. Gordon, Patricia Hill-Collins, Robin D. G. Kelley, Julianne Malveaux, Manning Marable, Adolph Reed, and Hortense Spillers. We have published artists such as Elizabeth Catlett, Katherine Dunham, Lorraine Hansberry, Audre Lorde, Max Roach, activists and political leaders such as Kwame Ture/Stokeley Carmichael, Angela Davis, Julian Bond, Amilcar Cabral, Nawal El Saadawi, Julius Nyerere, Bobby Seale, as well as US representatives Shirley Chisholm, Ron Dellums, and Barbara Lee.
TBS has also featured interviews with Muhammed Ali, Maya Angelou, Arthur Ashe, James Baldwin, Octavia Butler, Alex Haley, C.L.R. James, Jacob Lawrence, Queen Mother Audley Moore, Walter Rodney, McCoy Tyner, and Robert F. Williams. Among the writers we have published are Afro-Europeans Jackie Kay and May Opitz, African writers Dennis Brutus, Agostinho Neto, Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Wole Soyinka, Caribbean writers Rene Depestre, Nicolas Guillen, Nancy Morejón, Andrew Salkey, and US writers Margaret Walker Alexander, Amiri Baraka, Wanda Coleman, Jayne Cortez, Ernest J. Gaines, June Jordan, Yusef Komunyakaa, Ishmael Reed, Sonia Sanchez, Ntozake Shange, and Alice Walker.
In June 2012, TBS relaunched with new editors, and new active and advisory boards. It is now peer reviewed and published four times a year through Routledge (Taylor & Francis) since 2015. Partly because of the impact of TBS, Black/Africana Studies and its subdisciplines have become legitimate spaces of scholarly inquiry. However, a paucity of intellectual spaces focused on Black thinking remains. TBS is responding to the Black/Africana Studies revolution and its institutionalization of Black scholarship; the explosion of various forms of racial, ethnic, gender, and sexuality studies; vast changes in immigration patterns; the transformation to global capitalism, the end of Apartheid in South Africa; the election of President Barack Obama; and the burgeoning of a Black middle class alongside the metastasizing of an increasingly criminalized Black underclass.
The current revitalization of TBS‘s aims is largely an updating of its initial vision, though motivated to participate in a global Black intellectual and cultural world that has changed significantly since the journal’s founding. TBS continues to engage and cultivate differential Black political conversations and cultural expressions from across the Black world while maintaining its core commitment to tough-minded thinking and an emancipatory project. Thus we welcome submissions (in English and in translation) from anywhere in the world as long as they meet the criteria articulated in our guidelines and in the journal’s archives. But perhaps more importantly, we imagine ourselves as the forum for ideas and conversations that have yet to emerge.
Print ISSN: 0006-4246
Online ISSN: 2162-5387
4 issues per year