Russwurm in His Rightful Place
This chapter describes the legacy of John Brown Russwurm. His contribution to Liberian development was immense. More than any other leading figure of his time, he sought unity between those from abroad and their continental brothers and sisters, despite their acknowledged cultural differences. He sought a home free from the indignity and abuse of white supremacy. Moreover, he helped inspire those who followed—Blyden, Crummell, Garvey, Nnamdi Azikiwe, and, perhaps most of all, George Padmore—who sought the liberation of the continent from white domination. Ironically, Russwurm also left behind an anti-black nationalist legacy. His powerful and persuasive attacks on the very colonizationists he later joined galvanized the free black population in many parts of the northern and midwestern United States. With his appeal for a powerful and united black political force in the United States to combat the injustices meted out against the African American population, he helped inspire the Negro Convention Movement and gave urgency and substance to the modern abolitionist cause.
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