Google Doodle celebrates a Trinidad and Tobago-born journalist and activist Claudia Jones to recognize the day in 2008 when Britain’s Royal Mail honored Jones with a special postage stamp, on October 14, 2020.
Who was Claudia Jones?
Born as Claudia Vera Cumberbatch on 21 February 1915 in Belmont, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. As a child she relocated with her family to the US, where she became a political activist and black nationalist through Communism, using the bogus name Jones as “self-protective disinformation”. She established Britain’s first significant black newspaper, West Indian Gazette (WIG), in 1958.
At the point when Claudia Jones was 9 years of age, her family emigrated to New York City following the post-war cocoa price crash in Trinidad. Jones won the Theodore Roosevelt Award for Good Citizenship at her junior high school. In 1932, because of poor living situations, she was hit with tuberculosis, a condition that hopelessly harmed her lungs and plagued her for the rest of her life. She graduated from secondary school, yet her family was poor to the point that they couldn’t afford to go to the graduation ceremony.
Regardless of being academically intelligent, being classed as a migrant lady seriously restricted Claudia Jones’ career decisions. Rather than setting off for college, she started working in a laundry and hence discovered other retail work in Harlem. During this time she joined a dramatization group and started to compose a column called “Claudia Comments” for a Harlem journal.
In 1936, attempting to discover associations supporting the Scottsboro Boys, Claudia Jones joined the Young Communist League USA. In 1937 she joined the editorial staff of the Daily Worker, ascending by 1938 to become editor of the Weekly Review. After the Young Communist League became American Youth for Democracy during World War II, Jones became editor of its monthly journal, Spotlight.
After the war, Claudia Jones became executive secretary of the Women’s National Commission, secretary for the Women’s Commission of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), and in 1952 took a similar position at the National Peace Council. In 1953, she took control over the editorship of Negro Affairs.
As a member of the Communist Party USA and a black national women’s activist, Claudia Jones’ focus was on making “an anti-imperialist coalition”. The Communist Party frequently failed to recognize women’s trouble in finding and making sure about work, in which Jones focused on developing the party’s help for black and white women.
Claudia Jones’ most popular piece of writing, “An End to the Neglect of the Problems of the Negro Woman!”, showed up in 1949 in the magazine Political Affairs.
Claudia Jones has rejected entry to Trinidad and Tobago, to some extent because the British colonial governor Major General Sir Hubert Elvin Rance thought about that “she may prove troublesome”. She was eventually offered a residency in the United Kingdom on humanitarian grounds, and government authorities consented to permit it when she consented to stop challenging her deportation.
Claudia Jones arrived in London fourteen days after the fact, when the British African-Caribbean community was extending. Nonetheless, on engaging the political community in the UK, she was frustrated to locate that numerous British communists were hostile to a black woman. Jones found a community that required active association. She got engaged with the British African-Caribbean community to organize both access to essential offices, as well as the early movement for equivalent rights.
In March 1958 above a barber’s shop in Brixton, Claudia Jones established and from that point edited the anti-imperialist, anti-racist paper West Indian Gazette, its full title thusly showed on its masthead as West Indian Gazette and Afro-Asian Caribbean News (WIG). The paper became a key supporter of the ascent of awareness within the Black British community.
Many may not realize that Claudia Jones was detained for various times because of her political movement. With an end goal to balance racial strains, she introduced an annual Caribbean carnival, whose soul lives on today as a symbol of community and inclusion.
Claudia Jones passed on December 24, 1964, at 49 years old. She suffered an enormous heart attack because of heart disease and tuberculosis. The Claudia Jones Organization was established in London in 1982 to help and enable women and families of African-Caribbean heritage.
On October 14, 2020, Google praises the day in 2008 when Claudia Jones honored with a Great British Stamp in the “Women of Distinction” series to memorialize her lifetime of pioneering activism with “Celebrating Claudia Jones” Doodle artwork appears on the Google homepage in the UK.