The Edison Township Public Library is hosting a virtual event, “Hubert Harrison: The Father of Harlem Radicalism,” via Zoom on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. to highlight Harrison’s work.
According to the Edison Township Public Library website, the event is open to adults and requires registration to attend.
According to the Edison Township Public Library website, in the 20th century, Harrison helped transform the 135th Street Public Library into an international center for research in Black culture (known today as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture).
Senior librarian Gabriel Ramos said this is one of the events they organized under the Black History Month programming.
“This is our second year of doing a series of programs [for] Black History Month,” said Ramos.
He also said that the event will have an informative presentation, by Dr. Jeffrey B. Perry, on Harrison.
Ramos said, “We just came across this gentleman’s webpage (Dr. Perry), who is from Westwood, New Jersey. [He] does a lot of programs in Bergen county.”
“Dr. Perry is considered to be one of the experts, who did all the expertise and studies on Harrison. He wrote two books on Harrison, and he does this presentation of Harrison for libraries,” said Ramos.
He said that Dr. Perry is promoting Harrison’s legacy to inform more people, since he thinks that Harrison is almost a forgotten person in American history.
Shakira Olivares, a MC student, said, “I also think that he is one of those [historical figures] who has been forgotten. I really think that this event will make a huge impact on [those in] the audience, who do not know him or what he did for African Americans. Also, people who know [of] him will have a chance to get to know more about his legacy.”
To register for the event, visit https://edisonpubliclibrary.org or call 732-287-2298.
For more information on Dr. Perry, visit https://www.jeffreybperry.net/index.htm