Here are the papers and posts I’ve published related to the life, work, and legacy of Claudia Jones:
Claudia Jones: Brief life of an intersectional activist: 1915-1964 (2020) – Vita published in the September-October 2020 edition of Harvard Magazine
P.S. “Not used in Bulletin. Put in file.” (1956) (2017 post) – an archival discovery about Claudia Jones’ friend Ben Davis
Coming of Age in the 1950s All Over Again (2016 post) – inspiration from Claudia Jones in the time of Trump
Finding Claudia Jones (2015 post) – on my first encounter with Claudia Jones’ life and work
“A Pride in Being West Indian”: Claudia Jones and The West Indian Gazette (2012 paper) – this grew out of a presentation I gave in 2010 on the panel “Radical Women of Color as Organic Intellectuals” at the Organization of American Historians conference in Washington, D.C.
In 2008-2009 I was a Fellow at the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University conducting research on Claudia Jones in the company of several other students of “The Long Civil Rights Movement” – the theme for that year. I presented a paper on “’You Dare Not Assert that Negro Women Can Think and Write and Speak!’ Claudia Jones on Race and Racism, 1936-1955.”
“A Strange and Terrible Sight in Our Country” (2006 essay) – published in the Women’s Review of Books, based on Claudia Jones’ 1950 letter from detention on Ellis Island
Carole Boyce Davies (Ed.). 2011. Claudia Jones: Beyond Containment. Ayebia Clarke Publishing.
Erik S. McDuffie. 2011. Sojourning for Freedom: Black Women, American Communism, and the Making of Black Left Feminism. Duke University Press.
Dayo F. Gore. 2011. Radicalism at the Crossroads: African American Women Activists in the Cold War. NYU Press.
Carole Boyce Davies. 2008. Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones. Duke University Press.