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September 13, 2013  

Hubert Henry Harrison: The ‘Father of Harlem Radicalism’ – Part 2

Dr. Jeffrey B. Perry, editor of A Hubert Harrison Reader and author of Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918, concludes his presentation on this brilliant, self-taught intellectual and radical activist—“the only person in U.S. history to play leading roles in the largest class radical movement (socialism) and the largest race radical movement (the New Negro/Garvey movement) of his era,” says Perry.

Harrison also is a key link in the ideological unity of the two great trends of Black struggle in the United States -- the labor/civil rights trend associated with leaders such as A. Philip Randolph and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the race/nationalist trend associated with Marcus Garvey and Malcolm X.

Perry discusses Harrison’s insistence that Blacks develop a consciousness about the universality and interrelatedness of their struggles, and the fire he drew from black bourgeois intellectuals. Plus, listeners’ questions.

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