Claudia Jones – Activist

Claudia Jones
Claudia Jones

Claudia Jones founded the first major black post- war newspaper -The West Indian Gazette; and also helped launch the Notting Hill Carnival.? Claudia Jones was born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad in 1915 Cladia moved with her family to Harlem.

She had a short education as she was plagued by lung and heart problems, which would persist for the rest of her life.? She stayed in New York City for Over 30 years.

During this time became an active member of the American Communist party, an organisation in she developed her journalistic and community leadership skills. By 1948 she had become the editor of Negro Affairs for the party’s paper the Daily Worker and had become an accomplished speaker on human and civil rights.

Due to Mcarthyism she was forced to leave the United States and in 1955 she was given asylum in England, she moved to London. Upon her arrival in London she formed a committee to support the victims of Mcarthyism.

Mcarthyism was driving left wing activists underground and denouncing private citizens with left wing political views as Communists. Many Left wing activists and sypathizers sought political assylum in Britain thanks to Cladia’s initiative.

She continued to be politically active and became involved in civil rights campaigns amongst the West Indian Community.

In 1958 the year of the Notting Hill riots she founded the first major black post- war newspaper The West Indian Gazette and also helped launch the Notting Hill Carnival, which today is World famous.

Claudia died in 1964 and until recent times had been largely forgotten.

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