Hubert Harrison: The Struggle for Equality, 1918–1927

February 23, 2021
Hubert Harrison: The Struggle for Equality, 1918–1927

The St. Croix–born, Harlem-based Hubert Harrison (1883–1927) wasa brilliant writer, orator, educator, critic, and activist whocombined class consciousness and anti-white-supremacist raceconsciousness into a potent political radicalism. Harrison's ideasprofoundly influenced "New Negro" militants, including A. PhilipRandolph and Marcus Garvey, and his work is a key link in the twogreat strands of the Civil Rights/Black Liberation struggle: thelabor- and civil-rights movement associated with Randolph andMartin Luther King Jr. and the race and nationalist movementassociated with Garvey and Malcolm X.In this second volume of his acclaimed biography, Jeffrey B.Perry traces the final decade of Harrison's life, from 1918 to1927. Perry details Harrison's literary and political activities,foregrounding his efforts against white supremacy and for racialconsciousness and unity in struggles for equality and radicalsocial change. The book explores Harrison's role in the militantNew Negro Movement and the International Colored Unity League, aswell as his prolific work as a writer, educator, and editor of theNew Negro and the Negro World. Perry examinesHarrison's interactions with major figures such as Garvey,Randolph, J. A. Rogers, Arthur Schomburg, and other prominentindividuals and organizations as he agitated, educated, andorganized for democracy and equality from a race-conscious, radicalinternationalist perspective. This magisterial biographydemonstrates how Harrison's life and work continue to offerprofound insights on race, class, religion, immigration, war,democracy, and social change in America.