The Keys (journal)

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The Keys was the quarterly journal of the League of Coloured Peoples founded in 1933.[1] It took its title from James Aggrey's parable that used the black and white keys of the piano as an image of racial harmony.[2] The journal ceased publication in 1939.[3]


  1. ^ Alison Donnell; Sarah Lawson Welsh (1996). The Routledge Reader in Caribbean Literature. Psychology Press. p. 120. ISBN 978-0-415-12048-7. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  2. ^ Geiss, Immanuel, The Pan-African Movement [1968], translated by Ann Keep. London: Methuen 1974, p. 342.
  3. ^ "Shorter Notices". The Journal of African History. 19 (3). July 1978. doi:10.1017/S0021853700016376. Retrieved 24 June 2016.


  • The Keys: The official organ of The League of Colored Peoples. With an introductory essay by Roderick J. Macdonald. Millwood, NY: Kraus-Thomson Organization, 1976. ISBN 0-527-49550-6. This reprint edition of The Keys contains volumes 1-5, nos. 1–4; vol. 6, nos. 1–2; vol. 7, no. 1.