Topic and Guest: Africa Now! continued to commemorate Caribbean American Heritage Month by focusing on an important figure in the African American freedom struggle: William Patterson, whose father had roots in St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Gerald Horne, the John and Rebecca Moores Professor of History at University of Houston, in February discussed the activism of William Patterson and what it means for us today. The discussion at Sankofa Video, Books and Café centered on Professor Horne’s book entitled Black Revolutionary: William Patterson and the Globalization of the African American Freedom Struggle.
The publisher notes that “A leading African American Communist, lawyer William L. Patterson (1891–1980) was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the defeat of Jim Crow by virtue of his leadership of the Scottsboro campaign in the 1930s. In this watershed biography, historian Gerald Horne shows how Patterson helped to advance African American equality by fostering and leveraging international support for the movement. Horne highlights key moments in Patterson's global activism: his early education in the Soviet Union, his involvement with the Scottsboro trials and other high-profile civil rights cases of the 1930s to 1950s, his 1951 ‘We Charge Genocide’ petition to the United Nations, and his later work with prisons and the Black Panther Party. Through Patterson's story, Horne examines how the Cold War affected the freedom movement…”
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