Claudia Jones & Paul Robeson
Claudia Cumberbatch Jones (15 February 1915—24 December 1964) was a Trinidadian journalist, who became a political activist and black nationalist through Communism. Paul Leroy Robeson (April 9, 1898 – January 23, 1976) was an American concert singer (bass), recording artist, actor, athlete, and scholar who combined advocacy for the Civil Rights Movement with support for Soviet Communism./5
and we can't forget the other signatories too. Paul Robeson, Claudia Jones, many others!
Her mother died from overwork, collapsing over her machine in a New York clothes-making factory. The death of her mother sparked her revolutionary spirit and she dedicated her life to improving the living condition of Blacks and working-class people throughout the world. Born today in 1915, Claudia Jones, Mother of the Notting Hill Carnival. "A people's art is the genesis of their freedom." Claudia Jones was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and moved to New York with her parents in 1923. She was a gifted student and won the Theodore Roosevelt Award for Good Citizenship at her junior high school. In 1927, her mother died. Claudia never forgot this tragic loss which brought home to her the cruel reality of life for Black people in America. In 1932, due to poor living conditions, she was struck with tuberculosis, a condition that irreparably damaged her lungs and plagued her for the rest of her life. She graduated from high school, but her family was so poor that they could not afford to attend the graduation ...
Reposting this with my brother's words... "...This is our leader in London in 1964...It was on this trip that he did his historic debate at OxFord!...Appreciate the detail of this photo...Malcolm is holding a copy a Black revolutionary newspaper, the West Indian Gazette...The paper is announcing the death of a great revolutionary Black woman, Claudia Jones!...She launched the paper!...Jones worked with some extraordinary Black revolutionaries, Paul Robeson, George Padmore, Kwame Nkrumah, CLR James WEB DuBois,Amy Garvey and more, from the 40s to her death in Dec 1964...Trini born, she was both a pan-afrikanist and a communist...Her membership in the Communist Party got her put in prison and ultimately deported to England...She is much revered by our people from the Caribbean and by serious PanAfrikanists to this day throughout the world!..." Bro Zayid Muhammad
Part three of our series on black radicals looks at Claudia Jones
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