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New Year's card from William Patterson and family, circa 1941-1950

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Title:New Year's card from William Patterson and family, circa 1941-1950
Date:1941-1950
Description:

New Year's greetings card with a photograph of the Patterson family: Louise, left, her husband, William "Pat", and their daughter, Mary-Lou. The Pattersons sent this card to Charlotta Bass, publisher of the California Eagle. The card contains a poem by Langston Hughes: "Give us peace accepting every challenge/The challenge of the poor, the black, of all denied/The challenge of the vast colonial world/That long has had so little justice by its side." William Patterson was one of the most prominent African-American civil rights and Communist leaders. An attorney, Patterson in the 1920s defended Sacco

and Vanzetti, anarchists executed for murder and robbery. He joined the

Communist Party in 1927, and as executive director of the Party's International

Labor Defense defended the "Scottsboro Boys," nine young African-Americans

falsely accused of raping two white women. In the 1940s Patterson was national

executive director of the Civil Rights Congress, which during its existence from

1946-56 fought and obtained numerous civil liberties rulings.

The Civil Rights Digital Library received support from a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the aggregation and enhancement of partner metadata.

Types:Black-and-white photographs
Subjects:Bass, Charlotta A., 1880-1969 | Patterson, William L. (William Lorenzo), 1890-1980 | Communist Party of the United States of America | Civil Rights Congress (U.S.) | African Americans--Civil rights--United States | Greeting cards | African American lawyers--United States | African American civil rights workers--United States | Civil rights workers--United States | Communist leadership--United States | United States
Collection:Charlotta Bass / California Eagle Photograph Collection
Institution:University of Southern California Libraries
Contributors:Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research | University of Southern California. Digital Archive | Charlotta Bass / California Eagle Photograph Collection (University of Southern California. Digital Archive)
Online Publisher:[Los Angeles, Calif.] : University of Southern California Digital Archive
Original Material:

Charlotta Bass / California Eagle Photograph Collection, Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research, Los Angeles

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Cite as: [photographer]. [title]. From the Charlotta Bass / California Eagle Photograph Collection, Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research, Los Angeles. Digitally reproduced by the University of Southern California Digital Archive. Available: http://digarc.usc.edu. Accessed [date].

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Forms part of online collection: Charlotta Bass / California Eagle collection.

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