Freedom's Sword: The NAACP and the Struggle against Racism in America, 1909-1969

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5.

Comes the Revolution: The Struggle Between the NAACP and the Communist Party USA

We remember that in the Scottsboro case the NAACP was subjected to the most unprincipled vilification. We remember the campaigns of slander in the Daily Worker. We remember the leaflets and the speakers and the whole unspeakable machinery that was turned loose upon all those who did not embrace the “unity” as announced by the Communists. We want none of that unity today.

Roy Wilkins, Letter to W.L. Patterson, Executive Secretary of Communist-dominated Civil Rights Congress, March 22, 1950

There is no place in this organization for Communists or those who follow the Communist line.

Thurgood Marshall, NAACP Special Counsel, to the Plenary of the 1956 NAACP convention, San Francisco

The Communist Party supports the right of self-determination for the Negro people, that is, their right to realize self-government in the Negro majority area in the South.

“The Communist Position on the Negro Question, ” Pamphlet, New York, 1947, 12

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