Jeffrey B. Perry newest book Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem
"Hubert Harrison was an immensely skilled writer, orator, educator, critic,
and political activist who, more than any other political leader of his era,
combined class consciousness and anti-white-supremacist race consciousness
into a coherent political radicalism. Harrison's ideas profoundly influenced
"New Negro" militants, including A. Philip Randolph and Marcus Garvey, and
his synthesis of class and race issues is a key unifying link between the
two great trends of the Black Liberation Movement: the labor- and
civil-rights-based work of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the race and
nationalist platform associated with Malcolm X.
"The foremost black organizer, agitator, and theoretician of the Socialist
Party of New York, Harrison was also the founder of the "New Negro"
movement, the editor of Negro World, and the principal radical influence on
the Garvey movement. He was a highly praised journalist and critic
(reportedly the first regular black book reviewer), a freethinker and early
proponent of birth control, a supporter of black writers and artists, a
leading public intellectual, and a bibliophile who helped transform the
135th Street Public Library into an international center for research in
black culture. His biography offers profound insights on race, class,
religion, immigration, war, democracy, and social change in America."(1)
Podcast -- Jeffrey B. Perry discussing Hubert Harrison with Scott McLemee for "Inside Higher Ed"
"Writing Hubert Harrison-- A Post by Jeffrey B. Perry"
Amiri Baraka, “Forward is Where We Must Go,” an important August 2008 rallying call to support the presidential campaign of Barack Obama draws from Hubert Harrison and cites “Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism"
See -- "Hubert H. Harrison Papers, 1883-1927: Finding Aid" of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University
About the Author
Jeffrey B. Perry <<a href="http://www.jeffreybperry.net">http://www.jeffreybperry.net> is an independent scholar of the working class formally educated at Princeton, Harvard, Rutgers, and
Columbia University. Perry preserved and inventoried the Hubert H. Harrison papers (now at Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library) and is the editor of A Hubert Harrison Reader.
He is also literary executor for Theodore W. Allen and edited and introduced Allen's Class Struggle and the
Origin of Racial Slavery: The Invention of the White Race.
(1)Columbia University Press
Buy "Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918" online from Powell's Books