African American giant: the life and times of William L. Patterson

BY:Communist Party USA| April 20, 2017
African American giant: the life and times of William L. Patterson


At its height the International Labor Defense (ILD), a civil liberties organization that predated the ACLU was the largest and most influential organization of its type. Founded in response to the anti-immigrant Red Scare and Palmer Raids,  the ILD was led by the brilliant young San Francisco born black attorney, William L. Patterson.  Patterson’s life and work will be the topic of webinar Monday evening, led by Professor Gerald Horne.

Probably best known for his leadership to save the Scottsboro defendants, nine African American youth falsely accused of raping a white women, and as the director of the Civil Rights Congress, which was widely viewed as the legal defense arm of the broad African American freedom struggle, Patterson also served as a national leader of the Communist Party USA.  Read more here.


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