in chronological order
Howard Melvin Fast (1914-2003) —
also known as Howard Fast; "E. V.
Cunningham"; "Walter Ericson" —
of Teaneck, Bergen
Born in New York City (unknown
county), N.Y., November
in 1950, suspected of sedition,
he was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee,
where he refused to name fellow members of the Communist Party; convicted
of Congress and sentenced to three months in prison;
awarded the Stalin Peace Prize in 1953; American Labor
candidate for U.S.
Representative from New York 23rd District, 1952.
Died in Old Greenwich, Greenwich, Fairfield
County, Conn., March
12, 2003 (age 88 years, 121
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868-1963) —
also known as W. E. B. Du Bois —
of Manhattan, New York
County, N.Y.; Accra, Ghana.
Born in Great Barrington, Berkshire
County, Mass., February
civil rights leader; Pan-Africanist; one of the founders of the
NAACP; received the Spingarn
Medal in 1920; member of New York American Labor Party Executive
Committee, 1949; American Labor candidate for U.S.
Senator from New York, 1950; in 1951, he and four other leaders
of the Peace Information Center, which was alleged
to be acting on behalf of the Soviet Union, were indicted
for their failure to register as foreign
agents; the case was dismissed in 1952, but his passport was
withheld until 1958; awarded the Lenin Peace Prize in 1959.
ancestry. Member, NAACP.
In 1895, he was the first
African-American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Died in Accra, Ghana,
27, 1963 (age 95 years, 185
Entombed at Du Bois Memorial Centre, Accra, Ghana.
Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) —
of Ausable Forks, Essex
Born in Tarrytown, Westchester
County, N.Y., June 21,
member of New York American Labor Party Executive Committee, 1945;
American Labor candidate for U.S.
Representative from New York 33rd District, 1948; vice-chair of
New York American Labor Party, 1949; received the Lenin Peace
Prize in 1967.
Died in Plattsburgh, Clinton
County, N.Y., March
13, 1971 (age 88 years, 265
private or family graveyard, Essex County, N.Y.
Angela Yvonne Davis (b. 1944) —
also known as Angela Davis —
Born in Birmingham, Jefferson
County, Ala., January
Communist. Following a violent escape
attempt at the Marin County (California) Hall of Justice, August
7, 1970, in which several people were killed,
she was implicated
as an accomplice and fled;
in New York, tried,
and acquitted in 1972; awarded the Lenin Peace Prize in 1979;
candidate for Vice
President of the United States, 1980, 1984; during the Communist
coup against Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991, she supported Gorbachev, and
subsequently left the Communist Party; university
Still living as of 2014.