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The Upward Path A Reader For Colored Children

THE UPWARD PATH

A READER FOR COLORED CHILDREN

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ROBERT R. MOTON PRINCIPAL OF TUSKEGEE INSTITUTE

COMPILED BY MYRON T. PRITCHARD PRINCIPAL, EVERETT SCHOOL, BOSTON

AND

MARY WHITE OVINGTON CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE

NEW YORK HARCOURT, BRACE AND HOWE

COPYRIGHT, 1920, BY HARCOURT, BRACE AND HOWE, INC.

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[Illustration: The Boy and the Bayonet]

FOREWORD

To the present time, there has been no collection of stories and poems by Negro writers, which colored children could read with interest and pleasure and in which they could find a mirror of the traditions and aspirations of their race. Realizing this lack, Myron T. Pritchard, Principal of the Everett School, Boston, and Mary White Ovington, Chairman of the Board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, have brought together poems, stories, sketches and addresses which bear eloquent testimony to the richness of the literary product of our Negro writers. It is the hope that this little book will find a large welcome in all sections of the country and will bring good cheer and encouragement to the young readers who have so largely the fortunes of their race in their own hands.

The editors desire to express thanks to the authors who have generously granted the use of their work. Especial acknowledgement is due to Mrs. Booker T. Washington for the selection from _Up from Slavery_; to _The Crisis_ for "The Rondeau," by Jessie Fauset, "The Brave Son," by Alston W. Burleigh, "The Black Fairy," by Fenton Johnson, "The Children at Easter," by C. Emily Frazier, "His Motto," by Lottie B. Dixon, "Negro Soldiers," by Roscoe C. Jamison, "A Legend of the Blue Jay," by Ruth Anna Fisher; to the American Book Company for "The Dog and the Clever Rabbit," from _Animal Tales_, by A. O. Stafford; to Frederick A. Stokes and Company for "A Negro Explorer at the North Pole," by Matthew A. Henson; to A. C. McClurg and Company for the selection from _Souls of Black Folk_, by W. E. B. DuBois; to Henry Holt and Company for the selection from _The Negro_, by W. E. B. DuBois; to the Cornhill Company for the selections from The _Band of Gideon_, by Joseph F. Cotter, Jr., and _The Menace of the South_, by William J. Edwards; to Dodd, Mead and Company for "Ere Sleep Comes Down" and the "Boy and the Bayonet" (copyright 1907), by Paul Laurence Dunbar.

CONTENTS

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THE BOY AND THE BAYONET _Paul Laurence Dunbar_ 1 BEGINNINGS OF A MISSISSIPPI SCHOOL _William H. Holtzclaw_ 13 UP FROM SLAVERY _Booker T. Washington_ 15 BOOKER T. WASHINGTON _William H. Holtzclaw_ 20 ANNA-MARGARET _Augusta Bird_ 22 CHARITY


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