African American Communist: James W. Ford (1893-1957)

 
February 27, 2009
African American Communist: James W. Ford (1893-1957)

Black History Month Special

Part of a series on African American communists in US history.

Before working for the Communist Party, James Ford had been active in the labor movement, including working in the Chicago Federation of Labor. In 1929, he and William L. Patterson attended the Second Congress of the League Against Imperialism in Frankfurt, Germany. The following year, when the First International Congress of Negro Workers was convened in Hamburg, Germany, Ford became its secretary and opened an office in Hamburg, where he established relationships with African and Asian workers and helped them to organize.

When he returned to the US, he became the first African American to run for vice-president of the United States (he ran in 1932, 1936, and 1940).

For more information: Ford, James W. (1893-1957) from the Black Past Encyclopedia

(Compiled by Kevin Lindemann)

Comments (9)

James Born | July 06, 2015 at 9:12 AM

Hello Mr. Gilbert I am searching for relatives of James Ford for a radio story about him. I would love to speak with you please email me at jeyborn@gmail.com if you ever find this post. Many Thanks!

James Born | July 06, 2015 at 9:09 AM

Hello Mr. Gilbert. I am searching for descendants of James Ford for a story about him. If you find this will you please contact me at jeyborn@gmail.com I would love to speak with you about your family.

Hodjat Barzgar | July 30, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Information och… om artikel i ”Aftonbladet” 2014-07-27 (”skicka militer till Gaza”).
Så löfven, ni vill attackera Israel i Gaza! har ni någon militär kvar? Är ni inte mot Hamas längre? Vilka vapen använder ni (era ras)?
Läsa noga fiender (“löfven”)!!! jag Hodjat Barzgar vill utrota era ras, eftersom ni är fientlig utomjordisk och ni ockuperade jorden (norden och…). Har ni ockuperade Gaza också? Är det ”svenskar” som blev attackerad? Är det därför vill ni ”skicka trupper till Gaza”? Vet egentligen ni vad betyder ockuperad? I alla fall ni attackerade hela jorden hela tiden och attackerade mig också med all trupper ni har men ni blev ned slagen inte bara på jorden utan i alla sol system där era ras finns, fråga dem (era ras) och andra folk grupper i andra sol system! förresten var finns era ”militär”? Jag letar efter dem faktisk!
Hodjat Barzgar
Personnummer:
1962-…
2014-07-28

(matn foq be zabane swedishe ast) (it is swedishe).

Hodjat Barzgar | July 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Läsa noga fiender (“löfven”)!!! jag Hodjat Barzgar vill utrota era ras, eftersom ni är fientlig utomjordisk och ni ockuperade jorden (norden och…). Har ni ockuperade Gaza också? Är det ”svenskar” som blev attackerad? Är det därför vill ni ”skicka trupper till Gaza”? Vet egentligen ni vad betyder ockuperad? I alla fall ni attackerade hela jorden hela tiden och attackerade mig också med all trupper ni har men ni blev ned slagen inte bara på jorden utan i alla sol system där era ras finns, fråga dem (era ras) och andra folk grupper i andra sol system! förresten var finns era ”militär”? Jag letar efter dem faktisk!
Hodjat Barzgar
Personnummer:
1962-…
2014-07-28

(matn foq be zabane swedishe ast) (it is swedishe).

Genevieve Chevallier | May 09, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Please can you put me in touch with James W. Ford’s legatees, as I need permission to translate an article he wrote in 1934?

my email address is
gchevall@unice.fr

Genevieve Chevallier | May 09, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Please can you put me in touch with James W. Ford’s legatees, as I need permission to translate an article he wrote in 1934?

my email address is
gchevall@unice.fr

Mister MIKI | October 23, 2013 at 7:58 AM

Yay Communism

Dash | October 26, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Sometimes I poop in my pants.

Joseph Gilbert | February 24, 2012 at 12:03 PM

James W. Ford was my uncle. He married Reva Gilbert, My father’s sister. Do you have any information on their relationship? Also, did you know that when Angela Davis was “underground” in New York, she used the last name, “Gilbert”? Do you have any information about that? I suppose it had something to do with my aunt. Were there ever any other Black vise-presidential candidates on the CP ticket?

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