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Hubert Henry Harrison bio

"Harlem World," Hubert Henry Harrison bio, December 25, 2010 -- see Harlem World at -- http://harlemworldblog.wordpress.com/2010/12/25/hw-bio-hubert-henry-harrison/
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Interest in Hubert Harrison Continues to Grow

Step by Step Interest in Hubert Harrison Continues to Grow
See http://top-topics.thefullwiki.org/African_American_social_scientists
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Hubert Harrison -- Let Us Learn from His Life and Work

Eighty three years ago today, on December 17, 1927, Hubert Harrison died unexpectedly of an appendicitis-related condition in Bellevue Hospital in New York. Let us learn from his life and work.
See -- http://www.blackpast.org/?q=perspectives/hubert-harrison-voice-early-20th-century-harlem-radicalism
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Excerpt from Hubert Harrison's "Untamed, Untamable African" Diary Entry of November 11, 1907 Hubert Harrison was 24 at the time

"Oh Africa! When shall be the term of thy long degradation? Behold here, even now, I pledge thee, O my Mother, that I shall devote my years to thee, shall work for thy redemption, shall love thee and be proud of thee and glory in thy power now lying dormant and shall strive to bring it to the light. Take my youth, my labors, my love, my all and do thou when I shall have died for thee, take me to thy bosom, an untamed, untamable African." -- Hubert Harrison

For the full diary entry scroll to the November 11, 1907 entry HERE

The quoted passage is also displayed on the Assata Shakur website -- HERE  Read More 
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Clarence Taylor's forthcoming "Reds at the Blackboard" -- from the back cover

"'Reds at the Blackboard,' Clarence Taylor's superb history of the left-led New York City Teachers' Union (1916-1964), fills a void in the historical record of teacher unionism and education in the United States, providing important background on recurring controversies of curriculum, due process, academic freedom, testing, transfers, community involvement, civil rights, and the need for more Black and Latino teachers. This meticulously researched and insightful history of an important social justice union contributes significantly to our understanding of Civil Rights and left history, and it offers important background on the rise of the United Federation of Teachers and the 1968 New York City teacher strikes and community control struggles. It is a timely contribution to the current climate of growing economic depression, persistent racial disparities, war, educational crises, charter schools, and often fractured teacher union and community relations." — Jeffrey B. Perry, author of "Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918" -- For more information see http://cup.columbia.edu/book/978-0-231-15268-6/reds-at-the-blackboard/reviews  Read More 
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Scott McLemee Recommends "Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918" as Exceptionally Important Biography

Scott McLemee, Intellectual Affairs Columnist for "Inside Higher Ed" and National Board Member of the National Book Critics Circle, in SocialistWorker.org has recommended "Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918" as one of two "exceptionally important" biographies for this holiday season. His review of the book can be found at --
http://www.insidehighered.com/views/mclemee/mclemee61
His list of recommendations can be found at --
http://socialistworker.org/2010/12/07/for-the-red-on-your-list
A special 30% off sale of the new paperback edition can be found at --
http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Hubert-Harrison--The-Voice-of-Harlem-Radicalism.html?soid=1101978655946&aid=jjr1s33e_v8
Please encourage public libraries and school libraries to obtain this important book. Read More 
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Now Is The Time Get A Wonderful Gift for Friends, Co-Workers, and Loved Ones -- It Will Stand the Test of Time! At Special 30% off Paperback Price. "Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918"

Now Is The Time Get A Wonderful Gift for Friends, Co-Workers, and Loved Ones -- It Will Stand the Test of Time! Special -- 30% off paperback price. "Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918" See coupon code at http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Hubert-Harrison--The-Voice-of-Harlem-Radicalism.html?soid=1101978655946&aid=jjr1s33e_v8
Also, please encourage public and school libraries to obtain a copy so that others can learn of Hubert Harrison. Please share this with others. Read More 
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"The Harlem Friendship of Joel Augustus Rogers (1880-1966) and Hubert Henry Harrison (1883-1927)" in "Afro - Americans in New York Life and History" July 1, 2010

Thabiti Asukile, "The Harlem Friendship of Joel Augustus Rogers (1880-1966) and Hubert Henry Harrison (1883-1927)" in "Afro - Americans in New York Life and History," July 1, 2010 is available at HERE
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Stuyvesant Town and "White Race" Privileges -- My letter to the Times, which followed their 150-word limit. They did not publish it.

November 22, 2010

To the Editor, New York Times:

Stuyvesant Town and "White Race" Privileges

As a lifetime resident in the New York/North Jersey area I read with interest Charles V. Bagli’s description (“A New Fight to Integrate Stuyvesant Town,” November 22, 2010, p. A21) of how “the president of Metropolitan Life, Frederick H. Ecker, told The New York Post that no blacks would be permitted to live there,” how a 1948 Tenant’s Committee study found two-thirds of Stuyvesant Town residents “were against MetLife’s exclusionary policy,” and how “the courts ruled in favor of MetLife.” It brought to mind the finding in Ira Katznelson’s "When Affirmative Action was White" (p. 140), that “In New York and northern New Jersey suburbs, fewer than 100 of the 61,000 mortgages insured by the GI Bill supported home purchases by non-whites.” What is instructive is how powerful financial interests, lawmakers, and courts took part in the creation of discriminatory practices and “white race” privileges that lead to “white” enclaves.

Dr. Jeffrey B. Perry
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