A collection of Christmas stories written by African-American journalists, activists, and writers from the late 19th century to the modern civil rights movement.

Product Code: 6773
ISBN: 9780807027837
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Beacon Press
Pages: 224
Published Date: 10/09/2018
Availability:In stock
Price: $19.95

Back in print for the first time in over a decade, this landmark collection features writings from well-known writers and activists such as Pauline Hopkins, Ida B. Wells, and Langston Hughes, along with gems from rediscovered writers. Written by and about African-Americans and containing little-known stories and poems dating from the late nineteenth century to the 1950s, this collection reflects the Christmas experiences of everyday African-Americans and addresses familial and romantic love, faith, and more serious topics such as racism, violence, poverty, and racial identity. This new edition will feature the best stories and poems from previous editions along with new material including “The Sermon in the Cradle” by W.E.B. Du Bois.

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Note to Readers


The Sermon in the Cradle
W. E. B. Du Bois

A Carol of Color
Mary Jenness

The Christmas Reunion Down at Martinsville
Augustus M. Hodges

The Children’s Christmas
Alice Ruth Moore Dunbar

Christmas Eve Story
Fanny Jackson Coppin

Mollie’s Best Christmas Gift
Mary E. Lee

A Christmas Story
Carrie Jane Thomas

Fannie May’s Christmas
Katherine Davis Tillman

Elsie’s Christmas
Salem Tutt Whitney

General Washington: A Christmas Story
Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins

The Autobiography of a Dollar Bill
Lelia Plummer

Mirama’s Christmas Test
Timothy Thomas Fortune

A Christmas Party That Prevented a Split in the Church
Margaret Black

Three Men and a Woman
Augustus M. Hodges

It Came to Pass: A Christmas Story
Bruce L. Reynolds

A Christmas Journey
Louis Lorenzo Redding

Uncle U.S. Santa Claus
James Conway Jackson

The Devil Spends Christmas Eve in Dixie
Andrew Dobson

One Christmas Eve
Langston Hughes

Santa Claus Is a White Man
John Henrik Clarke

Merry Christmas Eve
Adele Hamlin

White Christmas
Valena Minor Williams

I remember when I first picked up Bettye Collier-Thomas’s lovely collection of African American Christmas stories over two decades ago. My daughter was seven at the time and the book was like a dream come true. Here was a veritable who’s who of Black writers, whose powerful stories and poems ran the gamut of literary expressions—from the tragic to the comic, fables to romance. A book for all seasons, these stories are bound to amuse, educate, and inspire all kids, from one to ninety-two.” —Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams
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