Jones, Claudia

Date of Birth:
1915
Date of Death:
1964
Jones, Claudia

Claudia Jones was a leading figure in London's Caribbean community from 1955 until her early death in 1964. She founded The West Indian Gazette, and is known as 'the mother of the Notting Hill Carnival'.

Claudia Jones was born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, in 1915, when Trinidad was still a British colony. When she was eight, she moved with her parents and three sisters to Harlem, New York. Living in impoverished conditions, Claudia caught tuberculosis and had to drop out of school in 1932. For the rest of her life she suffered from damaged lungs and heart disease.

Jones stayed in New York from 1923 to 1955. In 1936, she became an active member of the American Communist Party. At the time, Black issues were still neglected in mainstream politics. The Communist Party, with its ethos of social equality, offered a voice for those fighting for Black civil rights.

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