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A Hubert Harrison Reader by Jeffrey B. Perry, Editor

$24.95 / Paper

  • ISBN 0819564702

  • Wesleyan University Press

  • History

The brilliant writer, orator, educator, critic, and political activist Hubert Harrison (1883-1927) is one of the truly important yet neglected, figures of early twentieth-century America.  Considered "the foremost Afro-American intellect of his time," "the father of Harlem radicalism," combined class consciousness and race consciousness in a coherent political radicalism which stressed the revolutionary importance of struggle for African American equality, emphasized the duty of all workers to oppose white supremacy, and urged that Blacks not wait on whites before taking steps to shape their future.  His efforts significantly influenced A. Philip Randolph, Marcus Garvey, and a generation of activist and "common people."  This collection of essays, editorials, reviews, letters, and diary entries presents Harrison's views on class and race consciousness, socialism, the labor movement, the New Negro movement, religion, education, politics, Black leadership, international events, Caribbean topics, literary criticism, and the Black theater.  It offers a profound and often unique analysis of issues, events, and individuals of early twentieth-century America and provides critical insights and counterpoints to the thinking of Booker T. Washington, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Garvey.

Reading and Author Talk

Hubert Harrison
Thursday, February 6, 6 pm
Flatbush Branch, Brooklyn Public Library, 22 Linden Blvd.
St. Croix, Virgin Islands-born Hubert Harrison (1883-1917) was a class and race conscious activist who played an important role in the Socialist Party of America and founded the militant, World-War I-era "New Negro Movement" (which laid important groundwork for both the Garvey movement and the Harlem Renaissance). Historian J. A. Rogers described Harrison as the foremost African American intellectual of the era and A. Philip Randolph referred to him as "the father of Harlem radicalism." Jeffrey B. Perry, editor of A Hubert Harrison Reader, will discuss Harrison's life and work and answer questions.

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