Richard B. Moore: “Dogs and Slaves are Named by Their Masters; Free Men Name Themselves!” | Moorbey’z Blog

Richard_B._Moore_at_DuckDuckGo2017-08-11_13-07-05.pngRichard B. Moore: “Dogs and Slaves are Named by Their Masters; Free Men Name Themselves!” | Moorbey’z Blog – “Moore shows how the term “Negro” was used to separate Africans and confirm their so-called inferiority.”
Moore is part of the Black Radical Tradition and the late Austin Clarke talked about him in glowing terms in his memoir, ‘Membering. Clarke met Moore in 1963 when he was working for CBC radio. He was assigned to interview James Baldwin but ended up talking to El-Hajj Malik El Shabazz (Malcolm X) while he was still a member of Elijah Muhammad’s Nation of Islam. He writes about how Moore petitioned the mayor of New York and the New York Times to stop using the term “Negro” to describe Africans in the United States.
Some would say Moore was not “all business.” Clarke wrote, “He would refuse to sell a book that a customer asked for if he felt it contained a history of African culture, in which he was interested.
“Mr. Moore lived in Brooklyn. In his bookstore on Lenox Avenue, there was hardly any room to move between the shelves. In his home, there was no room, either. Books, books, and more books.”
Moore has been overlooked by our youth even though his book, Richard B. Moore, Caribbean Militant in Harlem: Collected Writings 1920 -1972, has been published by Indiana University press. It tells the story of how Moore was born in Barbados in 1893 and immigrated to New York City at the age of 15 in 1909. After landing in the Big Apple he was influenced by the St. Croix-born socialist intellectual Hubert H. Harrison, who the Jamaican-born self-educated historian J.A. Rogers (September 6, 1880 –March 26, 1966) described as ”the foremost Afro-American intellect of his time.”

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