A hallmark and first of its kind, The Journal of Negro Education (JNE) was conceived to be a haven for scholars and researchers producing scholarship related to the education of Black people. The following article illuminates a deeper historical context of the founding of The Journal, focusing on the institutional context of Howard University in which The Journal of Negro Education emerged in the early 20th century. The author provides evidence from primary and secondary documents which suggests that the invaluable support of influential actors like Mordecai W. Johnson, Charles H. Thompson, the Howard University faculty, and the first editorial board of The Journal, led to the publication of the first issues of JNE.
The Journal of Negro Education (JNE), a refereed scholarly periodical, was founded at Howard University in 1932 to fill the need for a scholarly journal that would identify and define the problems that characterized the education of Black people in the United States and elsewhere, provide a forum for analysis and solutions, and serve as a vehicle for sharing statistics and research on a national basis. JNE sustains a commitment to a threefold mission: first, to stimulate the collection and facilitate the dissemination of facts about the education of Black people; second, to present discussions involving critical appraisals of the proposals and practices relating to the education of Black people; and third, to stimulate and sponsor investigations of issues incident to the education of Black people.