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In the Cause of FreedomRadical Black Internationalism from Harlem to London, 1917-1939$
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Minkah Makalani

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835043

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869161_makalani

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Liberating Negroes Everywhere

Liberating Negroes Everywhere

Cyril Briggs, the African Blood Brotherhood, and Radical Pan-Africanism

(p.45) 2 Liberating Negroes Everywhere
In the Cause of Freedom

Minkah Makalani

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes how Cyril Valentine Briggs joined a group of black Socialists in Harlem to establish the African Blood Brotherhood for African Liberation and Redemption (ABB). They fashioned themselves as a secret paramilitary organization but in fact functioned as a group of activist-intellectuals intent on guiding the black freedom movement toward a pan-Africanist proletarian revolution. They believed that they would achieve nothing less than liberating Africa, ending colonialism and racial oppression, and contributing to the cause of freedom everywhere. As a national organization, the ABB could hardly compare in size and reach to its more notable contemporaries, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Marcus Garvey's Universal Negro Improvement Association.

Keywords:   Cyril Valentine Briggs, black Socialists, African Blood Brotherhood, African Liberation, ABB, paramilitary organization, activist-intellectuals

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