Jessie Redmon Fauset

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On Jessie Redmon Fauset, the Harlem Renaissance Writer Long Overdue for a Resurgence

There is a scene in Plum Bun that stayed with me long after I read the novel. Angela Murray, our protagonist, is waiting at New York’s Pennsylvania Station for her sister, Jinny, who’s arriving from Philadelphia. Unexpectedly, Roger, Angela’s white lover, is at the station as well, believing that Angela came to meet him. She has to come up with a lie quickly. You see, to Roger, Angela Murray is Angèle Mory, and she is not Black, but rather white. When Jinny waves to Angela from a distance, Angela rebuffs her so that her true racial identity will not be revealed. I often think about what must’ve gone through Jinny’s head, with their parents having passed away, when her only sister acts if she doesn’t know her. I think about the immense guilt Angela must have felt about doing that to someone who did nothing but love and support her.

Harlem On My Mind: Jessie Redmon Fauset

In Part 3 of Into America’s Black History Month series, Harlem on My Mind, Trymaine Lee spotlights the influence of Jessie Redmon Fauset. Langston Hughes called her one of the midwives of the Harlem Renaissance, but few today remember her name. As literary editor for NAACP’s The Crisis magazine, Fauset...
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The Philadelphia Citizen

A spotlight on five African-American heroes from Philadelphia, such as Cecil B. Moore, Henry Ossawa Tanner and Jessie Redmon Fauset

NBA legend Charles Barkley marks Black History Month with a spotlight on Philadelphia’s African-American heroes—many of which didn’t make it into the history books or even the newspapers of their time. But their stories are nonetheless inspiring, game-changing and worth knowing. Here, we take a look at five such figures...