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100th Anniversary of Hubert Harrison’s Founding of the Militant “New Negro Movement”

by Jeffrey B. Perry

The modern Black liberation movement can be said to have begun with the founding of Hubert Harrison’s Liberty League, in Harlem, a century ago. The League demanded that lynching become a federal crime, and that Blacks defend themselves from racist attack. “Harrison advised ‘Negroes’ who faced mob violence in the South and elsewhere to ‘supply themselves with rifles and fight if necessary, to defend their lives and property.’"

Hubert H. Harrison’s When Africa Awakes: The “Inside Story” of the Stirrings and Strivings of the New Negro in the Western World

by Jeffrey B. Perry

The works of the finest mind in early 20th century Harlem, a man who was more class-conscious than Marcus Garvey and more race-conscious than A. Philip Randolph, are now available in a new, expanded Diasporic Africa Press Edition. Hubert H. Harrison was the “Black Socrates,” according to historian Richard B. Moore. He was “ahead of his time,” said Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, and “an advanced thinker and prophet,” in the words of John Henrik Clarke.

On the 132nd Anniversary of Pioneering Black Radical Hubert Henry Harrison's Birth...

by Jeffrey B. Perry

The same folks who'd have us believe politics is just Republicans and Democrats, and that the current black political class is the culmination of black history have tried to erase the history of black giants like socialist Hubert Henry Harrison, whom historian Joel A. Rogers called “the foremost Afro-American intellect of his time.” and who was a mentor to Marcus Garvey.

Theodore W. Allen On The Invention of the White Race, ‘White Privilege,’ and the Working Class

by Jeffrey B. Perry

When did the “white man” arrive in North America? According to Theodore W. Allen, the “white man” was invented shortly before 1700, and “the consequence was not only ruinous to the interests of the African-American workers, but was also disastrous for European-American workers.” The new social construct “has shaped the contours of American history – from the Constitutional Convention of 1787...to the 'white backlash' of our own day."

Happy 131st Birthday Hubert Harrison, Giant of Black History

by Jeffrey B. Perry

More race conscious than A. Philip Randolph and more class conscious than Marcus Garvey, Hubert H. Harrison’s “ideas on the centrality of the struggle against white supremacy anticipated the profound transformative power of the Civil Rights/Black Liberation struggles of the 1960s.”

Two-Tier U.S. Immigration: The Lautenberg Amendment Legacy

by Jeffrey B. Perry

The late Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s legacy includes legislation that gave special immigration status to Jews and evangelical Christians from the former Soviet Union, including access to a range of government services. While U.S. doors are shut to millions of Black and brown would-be immigrants, the opposite was true for Lautenberg’s favored groups.

Theodore W. Allen’s The Invention of the White Race

by Jeffrey B. Perry

The White Man was invented in colonial America “in response to class struggle,” according to the classic work of Theodore W. Allen, now republished. The conferring of white privilege was “not only ruinous for African-Americans; they were also against the class interest of European-American workers.”

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