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June Archibald Has Died

June Archibald, one of the island's most well-loved communicators and activists, died Monday morning at her home, leaving the community bereft.

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2015-05-05 00:00:03
Sargassum Invades St. Thomas

St. Thomas shorelines are being impacted once again by the invasive seaweed known as sargassum, and the news for its demise isn’t encouraging for the immediate future.

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2015-05-04 23:55:39
Disability Rights Center Says JFL Making ‘Significant Progress’

After meeting with Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital executives recently, disability rights advocates said they were "very pleased" with "significant progress" in mental health care at the St. Croix hospital.

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2015-05-04 23:51:58
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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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