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Happy Black August Claudia Jones!

By Chief Cheem

We are celebrating the life of Claudia Jones for Black August, an anti-imperialist freedom fighter from Trinidad and Tobago that dedicated her life to politically educating the poor working class masses. 

Born on February 21, 1915, she immigrated from her home country to the united snakes. 

Her mother worked in the garment industry but developed spinal meningitis which killed her at the age of 37. 

This sparked the revolutionary fire in Jones and she went on to become a revolutionary, writing for an African newspaper, attending rallies and organized for the Scottsboro Boys against their legal persecution. 

Claudia Jones leading a demonstration in London on immigration

Claudia Jones leading a demonstration in London on immigration 

Jones recognized the simple fact that as African women, they were at the bottom of the class structure created by the colonizers and their colonial system. 

Early on, she was able to recognize that it was her and the rest of her African sisters that were the true poor and working class that sustains the system of imperialism and colonialism. 

Jones was arrested multiple times for her organizing and targeted especially since she was an “immigrant.” 

She was deported and settled in England where she would join the colonizer led Communist Party of Great Britain but was silenced by the party for her belief in Colonized unity that the colonizers thought was too close to Mao Zedong’s political line. 

Claudia Jones with her newspaper
Claudia Jones with her newspaper

There, she would start her highly influential newspaper, the Gazette, a Caribbean newspaper that called for the complete liberation of the Caribbean colonies and covered news as well as media through an anti-imperialist lens. 

Before her death, she was able to visit multiple nations including Russia, Crimea and China where she would meet Mao Zedong and interviewed multiple women leading the People’s Republic of China like Soon Ching Ling.

Vice-Chairman of the People's Republic of China, Soon Ching Ling
Vice-Chairman of the People’s Republic of China, Soon Ching Ling

Just a year later, she would die due to her worsening health.

Black Hammer &  Black Hammer Times salutes our revolutionary ancestor and journalist, are inspired by her dedication to serving the people and continue her anti-imperialist legacy. 

One of Jones’ belief was that economics, politics and culture are all linked which is why she created the Caribbean Carnival in London that continues to this day as the Notting Hill Carnival. 

Notting Hill Festival
Notting Hill Festival

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