A Very Merry Black Santa Christmas from Jet Magazine!

Long before FOX News host Megyn Kelly declared it a “historical fact” that Santa Claus was a Caucasian man, Jet magazine was running an annual black Santa cover, featuring noted music and comedy celebrities. Here are 10 of our favorites, with cover appearances by Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Sherman Hemsley, Esther Rolle, Richard Pryor, and more.

And while you’re looking at these covers, take a listen to the classic recording of “Santa Claus Is a Black Man,” by Akim and the Teddy Vann Production Company.

(Above): Marvin Gaye, December 30, 1976

Jet James Brown

James Brown, December 26, 1968

Jet Redd Foxx December 1973

Redd Foxx, December 27, 1973

Jet Esther Rolle

Esther Rolle, December 26, 1974

SCLC Black Christmas Jet

Soul Santa: A Merry Black Christmas Season!

Jet Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor, December 29, 1977

Jet Sherman Hemsley

Sherman Hemsley, January 1, 1976

Jet Emmanuel Lewis

Emmanuel Lewis, December 31, 1985

Black Santa

Black Santa, December 31, 1970

Jet Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby, December 30, 1986