14 October 2020 06:37
Google today dedicates a beautiful doodle to Claudia Jones (Claudia Vera Cumberbatch), who was a Trinidad and Tobago-born journalist and activist. She migrated with her family to the US at a very early age, where she became a political activist and black nationalist through Communism. She used the false name Jones as 'self-protective disinformation'. Claudia Jones was born on February 21, 1915 in Belmont, Port of Spain, Trinidad. Following the post-war cocoa price crash in Trinidad, her family emigrated to New York City.
During that time she was just 9-years old. She won the Theodore Roosevelt Award for Good Citizenship at her junior high school. As Claudia Jones was an immigrant woman, she had limited career choices despite being a bright student. She was stuck with tuberculosis in 1932 due to her poor living conditions. This damaged her lungs and she suffered from it for the rest of her life.
Claudia Jones had many achievements, one of which was the foundation of West Indian Gazette and Afro-Asian Caribbean News—Britain's first, major Black newspaper. The paper became a key contributor to the rise of consciousness within the Black British community. Claudia Jones tirelessly championed issues throughout her life like civil rights, gender equality, and decolonization through journalism, community organization and public speaking. She focused much of her work on the liberation of Black women everywhere from the discrimination they faced due to a combination of classism, racism and sexism. Many may not know that Claudia Jones was imprisoned for multiple times due to her political activity. In an effort to counteract racial tensions, she inaugurated an annual Caribbean carnival, whose spirit lives on today as a symbol of community and inclusion. Claudia Jones died on December 24, 1964 at the age of 49. She suffered a massive heart attack due to heart disease and tuberculosis. The Claudia Jones Organisation was founded in London in 1982 to support and empower women and families of African-Caribbean heritage. Also Read: Laudelina de Campos Melo turns 116th, Google doodle on Afro-Brazilian activist Todays Doodle commemorates Trinidad-born activist, feminist, journalist, orator, and community organizer Claudia Jones. Among her pivotal achievements, Jones established and filled in as the supervisor in-boss for the West Indian Gazette and Afro-Asian Caribbean News—Britain's first, significant Black paper. Through its worldwide news inclusion, the Gazette expected to bind together the Black people group in the overall fight against separation. The distribution likewise gave a stage to Jones to compose Britain's first Caribbean jubilee in 1959, which is broadly attributed as the antecedent to the present yearly festival of Caribbean culture known as the Notting Hill Carnival. On this day in 2008, Jones was regarded with a Great British Stamp in the "Women of Distinction" arrangement to celebrate her lifetime of spearheading activism. Claudia Jones was conceived Claudia Vera Cumberbatch on February 21, 1915 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. At 8 years of age, she moved with her family to New York City's Harlem neighborhood. Energetic about composition, Jones added to and drove an assortment of socialist distributions as a youthful grown-up, and she spent a lot of her adulthood as a functioning individual from the Communist Party USA. For an amazing duration, Jones indefatigably supported issues like social liberties, sexual orientation equity, and decolonization through reporting, network association, and public talking. She zeroed in quite a bit of her work on the freedom of Black ladies wherever from the separation they looked because of a mix of inequity, bigotry, and sexism. Jones' political action prompted different detainments and at last her removal to the U.K. in 1955, yet she wouldn't be stopped. Starting another section of her life in Britain, she directed specific concentration toward the issues confronting London's West Indian worker network. With an end goal to balance racial pressures, she initiated a yearly Caribbean jubilee, whose soul lives on today as an image of network and consideration. Thanks to you, Claudia Jones, for your deep rooted pledge to a more fair world.