|Former editors||Shirley Graham Du Bois, Esther Cooper Jackson|
|Founder||Louis Burnham, Edward Strong, W.E.B. Du Bois and Shirley Graham Du Bois|
|First issue||Spring 1961|
|Final issue||Fall 1985|
|Company||Freedomways Associates, Inc.|
|Based in||New York City|
The journal's founders were Louis Burnham, Edward Strong, W.E.B. Du Bois and its first general editor Shirley Graham Du Bois. It was later edited by Esther Cooper Jackson. For a time, Alice Walker was a contributing editor.
Freedomways reported on the progressive political movements of the time and especially the American civil rights movement, uniting the diverse perspectives of the North and the South, but was also notable for its international scope in the era of anti-colonial victories and Pan-Africanism, an aspect that contributor, editor, and writing solicitor John Henrik Clarke emphasized. In addition to noted African-American intellectuals and artists whose work appeared in Freedomways (among them writers James Baldwin, Alice Walker, Paul Robeson, Nikki Giovanni, Lorraine Hansberry, and visual artists Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, and Elizabeth Catlett), the journal published the work of international literary authors (such as Pablo Neruda and Derek Walcott) and political leaders and intellectuals, (among them Kwame Nkrumah, Julius K. Nyerere, Agostinho Neto, Jomo Kenyatta, Claudia Jones and C. L. R. James).
- Turner, Melissa. "Freedomways (1961-1985)". The Black Past. Retrieved January 5, 2012.
- "Alphabetical listings of reprints and antiquarian stock". Periodicals.com. Retrieved January 5, 2012.
- Kaiser, Ernest (1977). A Freedomways reader: Afro-America in the seventies. New York: International Publishers. ISBN 0717804933.
- Jackson, Esther Cooper; Pohl, Constance, eds. (2000). Freedomways reader: prophets in their own country. Boulder: Westview Press. ISBN 0813367697.
- Rocksborough-Smith, Ian Maxwell (2006). Bearing the Seeds of Struggle: Freedomways Magazine, Black Leftists, and Continuities in the Freedom Movement (PDF) (MA). Simon Fraser University.
- Freedomways archive at Independent Voices
- Freedomways downloadable Open Access archive at JSTOR, with image including text conversion
- "Dr. John Henrik Clarke on Freedomways w Dr. Todd Burroughs", July 22, 2013.