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Richard B. Moore, an African Blood Brother on Scottsboro Presentation (public)

Richard B. Moore, an African Blood Brother on Scottsboro Presentation (public)

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Published by Khary Pestaina
My research examines Richard B. Moore’s role in the Communist party’s defense of the Scottsboro Boys. It demonstrates Moore’s commitment to African Blood Brotherhood(ABB) ideals, which was critical to his participation and activism during the trial, rather than the Communist idealism more regularly attributed to him and the case.
 
The Scottsboro trial is usually presented as the Communist Party USA’s cause célèbre’ during the 30s, but my presentation shows an ABB directive and ambition which expressed an acute energy mobilized to produce the release of the 9 defendants.
 
The scope of my research begins pre-twenties, exploring Moore’s developing ideas about socialism, his clandestine participation in the African Blood Brotherhood, and then his vital role in the absorption of that group into the Communist Party USA. It highlights Moore’s integral role during the Scottsboro trial and the political organizing in Harlem around the case.
My research examines Richard B. Moore’s role in the Communist party’s defense of the Scottsboro Boys. It demonstrates Moore’s commitment to African Blood Brotherhood(ABB) ideals, which was critical to his participation and activism during the trial, rather than the Communist idealism more regularly attributed to him and the case.
 
The Scottsboro trial is usually presented as the Communist Party USA’s cause célèbre’ during the 30s, but my presentation shows an ABB directive and ambition which expressed an acute energy mobilized to produce the release of the 9 defendants.
 
The scope of my research begins pre-twenties, exploring Moore’s developing ideas about socialism, his clandestine participation in the African Blood Brotherhood, and then his vital role in the absorption of that group into the Communist Party USA. It highlights Moore’s integral role during the Scottsboro trial and the political organizing in Harlem around the case.

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10/16/2013

 
Richard B. Moore, an African BloodBrother on Scottsboro
Khary PestainaFlorida International UniversityTeaching For American History
“The conclusion seems inescapable that so long as
racist oppression persists, so long will the moremilitant Afro-Americans turn to radical partiesseeking a solution to the oppressive conditions to
which they are subjected”
 
Richard B. Moore, “Afro
-Americans and Radical
Politics”
 
 
Thesis
 
My research examines Richard B. Moore’s role in the Communist party’s defense of theScottsboro Boys. It demonstrates Moore’s commitment to African Blood Brotherhood(ABB)
ideals, critical to his participation and activism during the trial, rather than a Communistidealism more regularly attributed to him and the case.
The Scottsboro trial is usually presented as the Communist Party USA’s
cause célèbre’ 
duringthe 30s, but my presentation shows an ABB directive and ambition which expressed an acuteenergy, mobilized to produce the release of the 9 defendants.The scope of my research begins pre-
1920s, exploring Moore’s developing ideas about socialism,
his clandestine participation in the African Blood Brotherhood, and then his vital role in the
absorption of that group into the Communist Party USA. It highlights Moore’s integral role
during the Scottsboro trial and political organizing in Harlem around the case.
Scope
 
Richard B. Moore, reportedly an early Americancommunist who worked closely on the Scottsboro
trial, is instead a prominent member of the African
Blood Brotherhood, an indigenous and vitalHarlem organization whose critical influence ismistakenly overlooked.
 
INTRODUCTION
 
Richard B. Moore’s core ideals:
Militancy
Progressive Nationalism
Pan-Africanism
African Blood Brotherhood as anindependent, influential Black RadicalOrganization
:
Agent vehicle of African Revolution
Critical analyses of Marxian socialism
Moore’s common legacy:
 
Moore’s critics
- Harold Cruse, W.E.BDu Bois, John Pepper, Marcus Garvey
Moore’s supporters
- John Henrik Clarke, Cyril Briggs, W.A. Domingo,
Claude McKay, Arturo Schomburg

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