Jeffrey B. Perry

Independent Working-Class Scholar · New York, New York

Dr. Jeffrey B. Perry is a critical-thinking, working-class scholar formally educated at Princeton, Harvard, Rutgers, and Columbia. His work focuses on Hubert Harrison, Theodore W. Allen, and the centrality of the struggle against white supremacy to progressive social change.

St. Croix-Virgin Islands-born and Harlem-based Hubert Harrison (1883-1927) was a pioneering Black activist in the Freethought movement. An outstanding internationalist, Harrison served as the leading Black theoretician and orator in the Socialist Party, the founder of the “New Negro Movement,” a brilliant writer, editor, orator, educator, and book reviewer, and the major radical influence on both A. Philip Randolph and Marcus Garvey. Perry has preserved, inventoried, and helped to place the “Hubert H. Harrison Papers” at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Columbia University where he also worked to develop the “Hubert H. Harrison Papers, 1883-1927: Finding Aid.” He is the editor of A Hubert Harrison Reader (Wesleyan University Press, 2001) and the author of Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918 (Columbia University Press, 2008), the first volume of a two-volume Harrison biography.

Perry is also the literary executor and chronicler of the life of the critical thinking Theodore William Allen (1919-2005), whose Papers he is inventorying. Allen pioneered the “white skin privilege analysis” in 1965 and authored The Invention of the White Race (2 vols., Verso, 1994, 1997).

Dr. Perry delivers talks and/or slide presentations on Hubert Harrison and Theodore W. Allen. Reviews of his work and a list of previous talks can be found at His most recent article, “The Developing Conjuncture and Some Insights from Hubert Harrison and Theodore W. Allen on the Centrality of the Fight against White Supremacy” was recently published by “Cultural Logic” and is available online at

Check out this interview of Dr. Perry by former American Atheists President Ed Bucker:

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Topics: Education, Humanism, Social Issues & Movements, Sociology & Anthropology
Subtopics: African American humanism, Critical thinking

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