What a shame this magazine isn't as well known and widely distributed as Essence or Ebony. Though the aforementioned magazines hold a prominent and respected place in the black magazine industry, the aptly-titled "American Legacy" showcases the rich, varied history of black Americans which often, is shunted to side due to obscure scholarship or its regional nature. All libraries and stores need to carry this magazine.
the right kind of pride
AMERICAN LEGACY is subtitled 'The magazine of African-American history and culture', a perfect tag line for a high-quality magazine that does not so much celebrate a shade of skin color as it does the achievement of African Americans throughout the course of American history.
There is no shortage of material for such elevation of the best qualities of black Americans. The recent 'special music issue' in front of me surveys formative black influence on many musical genres, from opera to jazz. The cover story on Sammy Davis, Jr. is especially insightful. A confident editorial voice can show one of black America's leading entertainers without hiding his warts, surely a sign of maturity in a periodical like this one.
This reviewer belongs, ethnically speaking, to 'White American history and culture'. That he can derive so much pleasure from reading such portraits of his neighbors is tribute to AMERICAN LEGACY and a reason for you, black *or* white, to subscribe.
The possible awareness of a culture as many that have existed despite the challenges of disrespect.