Charles White provided the cover illustration for a pamphlet, published in 1946, Behold The Land, by Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois. A 'Note' at the front of the pamphlet introduced the subsequent texts as follows: "The text of this pamphlet was delivered in Columbia, S. C. October 20, 1946, as the principal address at the closing session of the Southern Youth Legislature, sponsored by the Southern Negro Youth Congress. this publication is part of the official proceedings of that meeting, the seventh south-wide conference of the S.N.Y.C.
Published by Southern Negro Youth Congress, By 1946, W.E.B. Du Bois, who was by now 78 year old, delivered the address at the closing session of the Southern Youth Legislature in Columbia, South Carolina. The Black Titan had though lost none of his passion and commitment to racial justice. Despite the relative slimness of the publication, it was rich in its narratives and messages, even finding room for some of Du Bois' poetry.
From the text: "The future of American Negroes is in the South. Here three hundred and twenty-seven years ago, they began to enter what is now the United States of America; here they have made their greatest contribution to American culture; and here they have suffered the damnation of slavery, the frustration of reconstruction and the lynching of emancipation. I trust then that an organization like yours is going to regard the South as the battle-ground of a great crusade. Here is the magnificent climate; here is the fruitful earth under the beauty of the southern sun; and here, if anywhere on earth, is the need of the thinker, the worker and the dreamer. This is the firing line not simply for the emancipation of the American Negro but for the emancipation of the African Negro and the Negroes of the West Indies; for the emancipation of the colored races; and for the emancipation of the white slaves of modern capitalistic monopoly.
Remember here, too, that you do not stand alone. It may seem like a failing fight when the newspapers ignore you; when every effort is made by white people in the South to count you out of citizenship to act as though you did not exist as human beings while all the time they are profiting by your labor; gleaning wealth from your sacrifices and trying to build a nation and a civilization upon your gradation. You must remember that despite all this, you have allies and allies even in the white South. First and greatest of these possible allies are the white working classes about you. The poor whites whom you have been taught to despise and who in turn have learned to fear and hate you. This must not deter you from efforts to make them understand, because in the past in their ignorance and suffering they have been led foolishly to look upon you as the cause of most of their distress. You must remember that this attitude is hereditary from slavery and that it has been deliberately cultivated ever since emancipation.
Slowly but surely the working people of the South, white and black, must come to remember that their emancipation depends upon their mutual cooperation; upon their acquaintanceship with each other; upon their friendship; upon their social intermingling. Unless this happens each is going to be made the football to break the heads and hearts of the other."
White's cover drawing bore his signature and the date '46. There were four small images within the pamphlet, but they were uncredited. There were no references to White in the pamphlet.