Presentation, Q&A with Jeffrey B Perry

Friday, January 31, WORD Bookstore

Jeffrey B. Perry presented on The Invention of the White Race, by Theodore W. Allen, as well as on Hubert Harrison, whom Perry has written a biography of as well as collected Harrison’s works for upcoming publication at Columbia University. The event was held January 31st at WORD Bookstore in Greenpoint.




The WORD event space was at capacity with people sitting on the stairs leaning in to see Perry’s presentation, which first traces Harrison’s life as a radical political writer, activist, thinker and intellectual in early 20th Century Harlem. After covering Harrison’s life as background to Allen’s work, the presentation told the story of Invention‘s explanation of racial oppression as a social control mechanism and that, “When the first Africans arrived in Virginia in 1619, there were no ‘white’ people there; nor, according to the colonial records, would there be for another sixty years.”

Theodore Allen lived at 97 Brooklyn Avenue and late in his life worked in the History Section and the Homework Hotline at Brooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza.