Bert Harrison, Marcus Garvey, Harlem discussed on Not Too Shabby


There's 1600 pages and you're very meticulously, flip noted, and I It's my sincere hope that they'll be around for the next 50 or 100 years and people utilizing them. And grow, and they can take it in various ways. They want to talk about Harrison, the political activist Harrison, the book reviewer, Harrison the order. You can go in so many ways with Harrison And so Yep. Credit the first the first reference I ever saw of him to, uh, nothing about him at the time. Uh, but Mark Nations book on, uh, Communists and Harlem. Hey, has one sentence about you, Bert Harrison, where he says he was. He was the greatest street order. Yes. That Harlem had ever seen started a tradition. That, of course, goes all the way to Malcolm X on and beyond. That was it. That's what I do about you, Bert Harrison. He was a street order again. We have no but 10 12 minutes left in the our little more baby. But give us a call. If you want to join that 6 to 8 to 56 2000 and one Extension. Nine. Jeffrey Perry We've touched on you touched on Marcus Garvey in talk about Harrison's association with him a little bit. Uh, Harrison, of course, developed a social program. Uh, that was part of the Universal Negro Improvement Association, Garvey's organization, But then they part ways talk about that. A little. Okay. Very briefly, Um Harrison introduces Garvey to his faith. First Major. Harlem audience at one of his outdoor rallies and then shortly thereafter, when Harrison's holding regular meetings of his Liberty League in in Harlem, you know Garvey, which Garvey joins Harrison's organization, as I mentioned before, he's not one to join anyone else's organization for people familiar with Garvey, and he starts holding meetings down the hall. And after about a year two is Harrison's organization runs into difficulties and garbage is having great difficulties, too, until late 1919 for a host of reasons, which I go into, which include On a possible said it wasn't possible an assassination attempt on Garvey's life and also Carvey's decision to bring in funds by all these financial schemes. If you will, liberty construction loans, Blackstar line, you know things which never paid back what they were supposed to pay back looking great sums of money, and Harrison had to take off in late 1919. And then into early 20. So Harrison approaches Garvey in the last in December, 1919 and asked him if he would lead. Ah college. Garbey wanted to set up in Africa. In, Harrison said. Well, let me think about that because Harrison didn't have citizenship, so not gonna be an easy thing at all. And But when he meets with Garvey, he goes up to the offices and, he says it's in total disarray. Garvey offers him deep position at the Negro world and in house is considered the best journalist in Harlem at this time, and Harrison quickly assumes the functioning duty of managing editor. Of the Negro World. That's Garvey's newspaper in 1920 when it's sweeps the globe. And and you're gone. No, no good. I unfortunately we're gonna run run. Sure the time here, but in that That history. That particular history of Harrison and in Garvey is something but been a bit. Of course, we're running short here because I do want to get to one. We have one more question caller that wants to get in with the question. Actually, I think we're shells going to read the question. And then I want to head toward a rep. So, Rochelle, what do we have? Well, Alan Listener, Michael on Facebook asks. Was there actually slavery when Denmark controlled the Virgin Islands for how long? Yes, there was slavery, and there was ah emancipation victory. It wasn't the slavery like set up in the U. S. And I go into this in some detail. In Chapter one of volume one because it's important, understand the difference between how slavery get set up in Anglo America, the Southern U. S. And in the Anglo Caribbean and ST Croix below Danish owned Was very similar to Jamaica, Barbados and Anglo Caribbean and Slavery lasted until 18 48 when there was an enslaved lead Emancipation victory on was followed by some major island wide struggled. Labor struggles three decades later. On. I believe that ST Croix was the second place in the Caribbean that had successful anti slavery. Protests, you know? Movement Order Red appear, Jeffrey period. You But Harrison dies prematurely. What is in his early forties 42. Was it 44 44. He dies prematurely in 1927 and the movement for Black emancipation and left takes it. It's a huge loss. Um Within three rapidly, he becomes neglected. He's neglected afterwards. It's like he like he's disappeared from the historical record. Don't you understand that? Um, in a sense, his disappearance from the historical record in memory of, of all, but a few, um How do you How do you explain that? It's just He's gone. He you've you, just a small number of others have excavated him from the from the memory hole. Well, do your mission you talk about is commented on by several of his contemporaries shortly after his death, How magazines like the crisis and opportunity and some of these don't even say a word about his death, right? But when I When I look back, I'm often asked. Why is harassing that better known and the reasons in in general of the following, but I go into some of them in great depth. He's poor. He's collect. He's working class. He's an immigrant. He's from the Caribbean. And if you were a woman, I would add that all groups that have been, you know Made it often times from the historical record. He is a radical on race, class and religion right black churches, most powerful institution in the African American community. He has no long lasting organizational ties. You know, as two boys later on get picked up by the Communist Party. Garvey has his father was in the garbage movements, etcetera. He dies a young And so he doesn't get to live out a full life. Another factor. Um He's a forthright critic. And in the books I list the people heads of Socialist Party Communist Party U. S presidents, leading black activist etcetera who at one point or another Openly criticizes no one caress and justice. He's not mean spirited. He's trying to push towards a better direction. So but he in the courts, but many people are offended by that they take issue with it. But then the last thing is and I really should write a much longer piece on this later on is how history gets written in this country. Because in broad strokes, if you're I've had this explained to me a little bit, too by some people. But if you are a young historian coming up And you're studying under a professor and the professor has never said much other than that one sentence you talked about before or I can think of somebody else Who said all you've been harassing the black socialist or you But Harrison Black National have a sense, and that was it if they've never mentioned Harrison as being important. It's very difficulty for them now. Days to come and say, G. This is a giant of black history. This person is really important because they gotta have some explaining to do, And unfortunately that get You know their influence gets passed on to their students. That's why part of the appeal and the outrage outreach with the two volume Harrison biography is what I call Harrison style from the bottom up. We're trying to reach out to the masses to the people in the community bookstore, the community this and that the HBC news The left publications. Um, and because he's too important and sometimes people I know people, young academics. I said, We'll launch it right on this because, Jeff, I got a career to think about, you know, because it would threaten Prominent is, you know, not even historian but prominent professors..

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