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Starts Tonight -- October 7 -- "Hubert Harrison, Theodore W. Allen & the Centrality of the Fight Against White Supremacy"

Hubert Harrison, Theodore W. Allen & the Centrality of the Fight Against White Supremacy"

4-SESSION CLASS BEGINS Thursday, October 7, 2010, 7:30 - 9:30 PM
Classes on October 7, 14, 21, 28
Brecht Forum
451 West St. (between Bank and Bethune Sts.), New York, NY, 10014

Hubert Harrison, Theodore W. Allen & the Centrality of the Fight Against White Supremacy
with Jeffrey B. Perry
This course will focus on Hubert H. Harrison (1883-1927) and Theodore W. Allen (1919-2005), two autodidactic, anti-white supremacist working class intellectuals and two of the twentieth century's most important writers on race and class.

The St. Croix, Virgin Island-born, Harlem-based Harrison was the leading Black activist and theoretician in the Socialist Party, the founder of the "New Negro Movement," the major radical influence on both A. Philip Randolph and Marcus Garvey, an influential Afro-Caribbean activist, and a self-described "radical internationalist." J. A. Rogers described Harrison as "the foremost Afro-American intellect of his time" and A. Philip Randolph and others referred to him as "The Father of Harlem Radicalism."

The Midwest-born, Brooklyn-based Allen originated the "white skin privilege" concept in 1965, authored Class Struggle and the Origin of Racial Slavery: The Invention of the White Race, in 1975, authored the two-volume The Invention of the White Race in 1994 and 1997, and was a leading critic of the "white race," which he described as a ruling class social-control formation, invented in the latter-part of the 17th century and maintained by "white race" privileges that are contrary to the interests not only of African Americans, but European American workers as well. Information on, and writings by, Harrison and Allen can be found at www.jeffreybperry.net

Jeffrey B. Perry is an independent, working class scholar and long-time labor and community activist. Dr. Perry preserved and inventoried the Hubert H. Harrison Papers (now at Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library), edited A Hubert Harrison Reader (Wesleyan University Press, 2001), and authored Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918 (Columbia University Press, 2008). He is also preserving and inventorying the Theodore W. Allen Papers. Information on Perry can be found at www.jeffreybperry.net

For more information see --
http://brechtforum.org/civicrm/event/info?id=11746&reset=1
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