Charles White interacted with Freedomways journal more than any other publication. His work appeared on the covers of the journal on many occasions. It was the leading African-American theoretical, political and cultural journal of the 1960s–1980s, having been published between 1961 and 1985. Freedomways, which by 1970 represented itself as “A Quarterly Review of the Freedom Movement” (The word 'Negro' by now having been dropped from its masthead) remained unsurpassed in its embrace of, and attention to, African, African American and African Diasporic subjects. Each issue of Freedomways amounted to a treasure trove of texts and features, written by a distinguished range of scholars, academics, artists and writers.

This particular issue Vol. 12, No. 1 (First Quarter) 1972  carried on its cover a reproduction of one of Charles White's legendary drawings from his J'Accuse! series. The credit on the cover read, "Cover Art by Charles White". The work in question was J'Accuse! No. 2, 1966.