An early indication of Charles White's importance was reflected in his inclusion, in his  early 20s, in James Porter's pioneering study of the history of African American art, Modern Negro Art. A measure of the stature of Porter's book can be measured by its reprinting, on two occasions, first in the late 1960s and then in the early 1990s. Porter made several references to White in Modern Negro Art, and recognised the artist's importance by including reproductions of two works by White.