JULIAN BOND Chairman, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Freedomways rightly believed that knowledge is power.
Its pages presented truths that seldom found an outlet elsewhere and arguments that suffered suppression more often than refutation.
It was born from the movement of the early 1960s, which in turn found its roots as much in the 1860s as the 1950s, 1940s, and 1930s. Importantly, Freedomways recognized that successful movements are built on the contributions and mistakes of the past. Its pages drew from yesterday while explaining today and predicting tomorrow.
In its opening announcement, Freedomways invited "historians, sociologists, economists, artists, workers, students -- all who have something to contribute in this search for TRUTH -- to use this open channel of communication that we might unite and mobilize our efforts for worthy and lasting results."
A veritable Who's Who of arts and letters -- as well as workers and students -- responded. The table of contents for each issue -- as well as for this volume -- lists a proud roster of aggressive participants, not just observers or recorders, of the movement for human rights.
What they wrote furthered the magazine's purposes: to "unite and mobilize our efforts." Contributors to Freedomways were distinguished by the high level of discourse they brought to their written work and also by their militant activism -- these were writers with