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Human Services Temporarily Closes Public Assistance Offices

The Department of Human Services Division of Family Assistance will temporarily close its offices on Tuesday, Jan. 27, on St.…

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Gov. John deJongh Jr. offers News Years wishes, and thanks to the people of the Virgin Islands for the honor of electing him to serve as their governor.

 
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Attorney Douglas Sprotte Responds

Senior prosecutor Douglas Sprotte responds to rumors relative to his resignation.

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2015-01-22 16:12:34
The Crazy Woman’s Guide to Health

Empirical knowledge is far more important to me than all the crap we are bombarded with in the media – all the “research” paid for by whom we must ask. Do your own research.

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Undercurrents: VIHFA Takes Care of the ‘Pennies’

Little things can mean a lot, for example the $1.9 million of federal funds channeled through the V.I. Housing Finance Authority to grassroots organizations to fight homelessness and poverty.

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Book About V.I. Native Hubert Harrison Generating Academic Buzz

Perry's new biography of Harrison is garnering considerable acclaim in academic circles.
Perry's new biography of Harrison is garnering considerable acclaim in academic circles.

A scholarly book about St. Croix native Hubert Harrison, a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance, is getting good reviews from academics. "Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918," a recent biography written by Jeffrey Perry, was given a glowing review in the American Library Association's "Choice" magazine recently.
"This critically important book will do for Harrison what David Levering Lewis did for [W. E. B.] Du Bois," wrote Wayne Glaser, director of the African-American Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania, describing the work as "meticulously researched" and "essential for all levels" of study.
Born in Estate Queens Quarters in 1883, Harrison came to New York as a 17-year-old orphan, never to return to the Virgin Islands. Largely self-taught, Harrison became the foremost African-American intellect of his time and the father of Harlem Radicalism, according to Perry.

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A leading black organizer in the Socialist Party in its very early 20th-century heyday, Harrison founded the New Negro Movement and wrote prolifically. In 1920 he was the principal editor of Marcus Garvey's "Negro Works," and it was under Harrison's editorship the magazine went worldwide. He was also the first regular black writer of book reviews.
A self-described working-class scholar who was educated at Princeton, Harvard, Rutgers, and Columbia, Perry preserved and inventoried the Harrison papers at Columbia University before writing the book, the first of two planned works on Harrison. For more on the book and its author, see the link to Perry's website in the related links below.

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