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One misconception people have about Haiti is that, poverty runs the country. The media will never show you just how beautiful it is. There is in fact life there. Haitians party, work, raise families, go to school, & vacation there. Haiti is so rich in value but you shouldn’t have to go there yourself to know that. - 🇭🇹🇭🇹🇭🇹

Watching orange is the new black and the one white girl said look at all these Mexicans & the other one said nah their Dominicans. Dominicans are the ones who play baseball and swear they're not black even though they're on the same island as Haiti. BITCHHHH OTNB IS OUT HERE throwing shade and speaking truth this season.

Claudia Jones was a feminist, black nationalist, political activist, community leader, communist and journalist. She is the founder of Britain’s first black weekly newspaper “The West Indian Gazette” and has been described as the mother of the Notting Hill Carnival.

Jones was born Claudia Vera Cumberbatch in Belmont, Port of Spain, Trinidad in 1915. At the age of 8 her family emigrated to Harlem, New York City following the post-war cocoa price crash in Trinidad. Her mother became a garment worker and the effects of harsh working conditions took their toll on her, she died when Jones was 12 years old. Jones’ family were overcome by poverty and while Jones won the Theodore Roosevelt Award for Good Citizenship at junior high school, eventually she had to leave education due to Tuberculosis caused by poor living conditions. She spent a year at Sea View Sanatorium recovering but her lungs were irreparably damaged causing her health problems for the rest of her life.

Jones was able to graduate from high school but as she was classed as an immigrant woman her options were limited, she took a job in a laundry before finding other retail work in Harlem. She joined a drama group and began to write a column called “Claudia Comments” for a Harlem journal. In 1936 Jones became a member of the Young Communist League (YCL) to support the Scottsboro Boys (nine African-American teenagers accused in Alabama of raping two White American women on a train in 1931).

In 1937 she joined the editorial staff of the Daily Worker and a year later she became the editor of the Weekly Review. The YCL became American Youth for Democracy during World War II and Jones became editor of its monthly journal, Spotlight. When the war ended, 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 the same position at the National Peace Council. In 1953, she took over the editorship of Negro Affairs. Jones was also an accomplished public speaker and organiser of events and due to this and her membership of CPUSA she was arrested and sentenced to prison on Ellis Island. She was imprisoned three more times, during one of which she suffered a heart attack at only 36 years old.

In 1955 Jones was deported from the US and given asylum in England. She was disappointed that British Communists were hostile to Black women and began to get involved in the British African-Caribbean community, she helped to organise access to basic facilities, as well as the early movement for equal rights. She campaigned against racism in housing, education and employment and addressed peace rallies and the Trade Union Congress, and visited Japan, Russia, and China.

In the early 1960s Jones helped to organise campaigns against the 1876 Immigration Act which would make which would make it harder for non-Whites to migrate to Britain. Jones also campaigned for the release of Nelson Mandela. To give the British African-Caribbean community a voice Jones founded and edited the anti-imperialist, anti-racist paper, The West Indian Gazette and Afro-Asian Caribbean News, it was Britain’s first black weekly newspaper. The paper was a key factor in the rise of political awareness within the Black British community.

At this time, racial tensions were high and racist gangs and supporters of Oswald Moseley’s White Defence League were leading attacks on members of the Afro caribbean community. In 1958, not long after Jones launched The West Indian Gazette racial riots broke out in Notting Hill, London and in Robin Hood Chase, Nottingham. Jones recognised that there needed to be a way to celebrate the Black community and draw attention away from the events in Notting Hill and in 1959 she helped to launch a ‘Mardi-Gras’ celebrations which would become an annual showcase for Afro Caribbean talent. The first event was held in St Pancras Town Hall and was televised nationally by the BBC. The celebrations were epitomised by the slogan, ‘A people’s art is the genesis of their freedom’. Every year the celebration grew in popularity until it reached the record numbers we see today.

Jones died at the age of 49. She was a Communist for her entire adult life and a ledaer in several major movements including: the African American liberation movement in the United States, the international Communist movement, the struggle for the rights of women, the battle for world peace, and the Caribbean fight for independence and unity. She became one of the most charismatic Black leaders of her day.

The Claudia Jones Organisation was founded in London in 1982 to support and empower women and families of African-Caribbean heritage and the National Union of Journalists’ Black Members Council holds a prestigious annual Claudia Jones Memorial Lecture every October, during Black History Month, to honour Jones and celebrate her contribution to Black-British journalism.

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