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"Happy 131st Birthday Hubert Harrison, Giant of Black History" by Jeffrey B. Perry Black Agenda Report April 30, 2014



"Happy 131st Birthday Hubert Harrison, Giant of Black History" in Black Agenda Report April 30, 2014 - Read the article HERE
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Some Background to Another NAACP Award The Spingarn Medal by Jeffrey B. Perry



The Spingarn Medal is awarded annually (since 1915) by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for “the highest achievement of an American of African descent.” It has been funded with money from Joel E. Spingarn and from his will.

Joel Elias Spingarn (1875-1939), a former Columbia University professor of comparative literature, was from 1913-1919 the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the NAACP (the organization did not have a Black chairman till 1934).

During World War I, the pro-war Spingarn supported “segregated officers’ training camps.” He also became a Major in Military Intelligence, the branch of the Army that monitored the radical and African American communities. In 1918 Spingarn played a leading role in seeking to undermine the autonomous protest of the Hubert Harrison and William Monroe Trotter-led Liberty Congress, which demanded Federal anti-lynching legislation – a demand that neither Spingarn, nor the NAACP, supported at that time.

According to Harrison, Spingarn took the lead and, on behalf of the NAACP, proposed the separate camps “at the very moment" when “the government, badgered by the chorus of purely Negro criticism, was about to throw open to them the training camps in which white men in the north were being made into officers."

Charles Flint Kellogg, author of "NAACP: A History of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People," points out that the "Negro press as a whole bitterly condemned" Spingarn's proposal. Leading papers opposed to the segregated camps included the "Age" (New York), the "Chicago Defender," the "Guardian" (Boston), the "Appeal" (St. Paul and Chicago), and the "Afro-American" (Baltimore).

For more information on Spingarn’s role in the period of World War I see "Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918" (Columbia University Press, 2008).
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"Don't Forget The Contributions of Black History Giant Hubert Harrison" by Jeffrey B. Perry Alternet April 28, 2014



"Don't Forget The Contributions of Black History Giant Hubert Harrison: Harrison was a self-described radical internationalist and his spirit lives on today" in Alternet April 28, 2014 - Read the article HERE
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"Hubert Harrison: A Giant of Black History" by Jeffrey B. Perry Counterpunch April 26, 2014



"Hubert Harrison: A Giant of Black History" in CounterPunch April 26, 2014 - Read the article HERE
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"Hubert Harrison: Great Black Intellectual Activist Who Was Ahead Of His Time" by Jeffrey B. Perry Black Star News April 2014

Hubert H. Harrison
April 27, 1883 - December 17, 1927


"Hubert Harrison: Great Black Intellectual Activist Who Was Ahead Of His Time" in Black Star News April 25, 2014 - Read the article HERE
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"Hubert Harrison: Celebrating this Giant of Black History" by Jeffrey B. Perry Hartford Guardian April 2014



"Hubert Harrison: Celebrating this Giant of Black History" in Hartford Guardian April 26, 2014 - Read the article HERE
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Hubert Harrison, Theodore W. Allen, the "white race" as a Ruling Class Social Control Formation, and "white" Identity Interview with Jeffrey B. Perry at Morehouse College3/4/2010





"Hubert Harrison, Theodore W. Allen, the ‘white race’ as a Ruling Class Social Control Formation, and ‘white’ Identity”
Interview with Jeffrey B. Perry conducted and videoed by Ingemar Smith
Morehouse College, March 4, 2010, Atlanta, Georgia


For more on these topics see the longer video HERE and see the article “The Developing Conjuncture and Some Insights from Hubert Harrison and Theodore W. Allen on the Centrality of the Fight Against White Supremacy” at the top left HERE

For more on Hubert Harrison CLICK HERE and HERE

For more on “The Invention of the White Race,” especially Volume II: “The Origin of Racial Oppression in Anglo-America” CLICK HERE

For more on Theodore W. Allen CLICK HERE
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The Invention of the White Race by Theodore W. Allen Slide Presentation/Talk (Video) by Jeffrey B. Perry


Jeffrey B. Perry -- Slide Presentation/Talk on
The Invention of the White Race (Verso Books) by Theodore W. Allen
with special emphasis on Vol. II: The Origin of Racial Oppression in Anglo-America.
Hosted by “The Hubert Harrison and Theodore W. Allen Society”
Filmed by Fred Nguyen on January 31, 2013
Brecht Forum, New York City
The video is Courtesy Fansmiles Productions.





Note -- On this cold January night in 2013 the Brecht Forum, when it was still located in lower Manhattan, had no heat. The standing room only audience is testimony to the interest in Theodore W. Allen's important work and the struggle against white supremacy. For more on Theodore W. Allen's The Invention of the White Race CLICK HERE!

Hubert H. Harrison (1883-1927) and Theodore W. Allen (1919-2005) were independent, anti-white supremacist working class intellectuals and activists and they are two of the most important thinkers on race and class of the twentieth century. The slide presentation/talk is an effort to share some important insights from Allen and Harrison. If you have not already seen the video, you are encouraged to give it a look. Whether, or not, you have seen it – you are encouraged to share it with others. All who view the video -- are also encouraged to read the introduction (with links) that accompanies the video.
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J. A. Rogers on Hubert Henry Harrison from "World's Great Men of Color"

That individuals of genuine worth and immense potentialities who dedicate their lives to the advancement of their fellowmen are permitted to pass unrecognized and unrewarded from the scene, while others, inferior to them in ability and altruism, receive acclaim, wealth, and distinction, is common -- yet it never ceases to shock all but the confirmed cynic. Those with a sense of right and wrong, of fitness and incongruity -- whether they be wise men or fools -- will forever feel that this ought not to be.

Shakespeare was so little regarded during his lifetime that no one bothered to record the details of his life, and today most of what is said about him is pure conjecture. Gregor Mendel, whose experiments were to revolutionize biology and agriculture, was practically unknown until sixty years after his death. Of course, there are some of genuine worth who do not die obscure and who do win gradual recognition while alive. But why are so many whom we feel really ought to be up, down; and why are so many who certainly ought to be down, up?

Hubert Henry Harrison is the case in point. Harrison was not only perhaps the foremost Afro-American intellect of his time, but one of America's greatest minds. No one worked more seriously and indefatigably to enlighten his fellowmen; none of the Afro-American leaders of his time had a saner and more effective program -- but others, unquestionably his inferiors, received the recognition that was his due. Even today but a very small proportion of the Negro intelligentsia has ever heard of him.

From J. A. Rogers, "World's Great Men of Color," Vol. 2 (New York: J. A. Rogers, 1947), p. 611.

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Jeffrey B. Perry Discusses Theodore W. Allen on “The Invention of the White Race,” Labor History, and the Centrality of Labor Struggle Against White Supremacy



Jeffrey B. Perry Discusses Theodore W. Allen on “The Invention of the White Race,” Labor History, and the Centrality of Labor Struggle Against White Supremacy

Interview conducted with Caeser Pink and staff of Arete Living Arts Center (Brooklyn, NY) on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at the Labor and Working Class History Association (LAWCHA) National Conference, at Brooklyn - CUNY Center for Worker Education, 25 Broadway, 7th floor, New York, NY, 10004.

Posted on 7 April 2014.

For additional information on Jeffrey B. Perry CLICK HERE!

For key insights from Theodore W. Allen on U.S. Labor History CLICK HERE!

For information on Theodore W. Allen’s “The Invention of the White Race” CLICK HERE!

For additional writings by and about Theodore W. Allen CLICK HERE!

For writings by and about Hubert Harrison CLICK HERE!

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