Dubbed “one of America’s greatest minds,” Hubert Harrison was simply BRILLIANT. The scholar, writer, educator, orator, and critic was the foremost influencer in Black radical thought.
He influenced greats like Marcus Garvey and A. Philip Randolph, who described him as “the father of Harlem radicalism.” He even pioneered the “Harlem soapbox oratory” style that Malcolm X and Marcus Garvey utilized later on.
Harrison was all about Black people developing consciousness around capitalism, racism and “modern, scientific, critical, and independent thought as a means toward liberation.”
Between 1911 and 1914, Harrison was the premiere Black organizer for the Socialist Party of New York and for Socialists to take on the cause of Black people.
Harrison’s work in Harlem was so influential that it led to the New Negro Movement that elevated Black intellectualism and laid the foundation for the Garvey movement and to Alain Locke's “The New Negro."
Harrison is the founding father of so many of our important ideas and movements that we should know his work and how it calls for our liberation!