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Thanks to the gracious assistance of Watson Hines III, Elizabeth Catlett's agent, we were able to reproduce her 1947 linocut, titled "My right is a future of equality with other Americans," for the cover of this special issue. It was published most recently in Lift Every Voice and Sing (text by James Weldon Johnson, illustrations by Catlett, introduction by Jim Haskins) from Walker and Company in New York (1993).

For the frontispiece, Professor Lynda Koolish generously allowed us to print her photo of Toni Morrison taken at a Berkeley bookstore in 1987.

The photos of Harlem in the twenties we have included in this issue to evoke "the City" of Morrison's Jazz are provided by the

Photographs and Prints Division

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The New York Public Library

Astor, Lenox & Tilden Foundations

I would like to thank Jim Huffman and Wayne Furman in particular for their assistance in allowing MFS to reproduce these images.

I am especially indebted to Patrick O'Donnell, Ellen Carol Jones, Steve Merriam, and Joe Steinbach for making the rather rocky road of assembling this special issue more smooth at crucial moments. [End Page 459]