A letter from J. F. Nickens to W. E. B. Du Bois requesting his opinion of minstrel shows in schools, 1952.

This handwritten letter from J. F. Nickens asks the famous African American scholar W. E. B. Du Bois to give his opinion on the controversy regarding minstrel shows in schools.


714 Spadina ave
February 16, 52

Dear Dr. Du Bois,

Will you please help a fellow out of difficulties? I’ve been asked to speak on “Why Minstrel Show’s should not be given. The subject is causing a great amount of ill feelings, if you would please be kind enough some reason you could think the same should be out of school shall be greatly appreciated. Thanks for any consideration given this request.

Yours truly,

J.F. Nickens