New York: Educational Department, New York State Communist Party, 1950. First Edition. Unommon promotional brochure for Negro History Week from the New York Communist Party, intended as both an organizational tool, coaching local communist clubs on how to commemorate the event, and a recruiting tool in African-American communities. Includes substantial essays by Howard Johnson and Herbert Aptheker, as well as excerpts from Claudia Jones's "An End to the Neglect of Problems of the Negro Woman," which first appeared in Political Affairs in June, 1949; also ads for CP periodicals and publications on the race problem.
The first Negro History Week was established by Carter Woodson in 1926; by 1950 the event had been recognized in a majority of states, even as it remained an almost entirely segregated phenomenon. The Communist Party throughout this period remained a steadfast promoter of African-American civil rights -- one of very few national organizations outside the Black community that could legitimately make this claim -- and while the Party's motives might be debated it is hard to imagine any other American political enitty having publicly championed the Negro History initiative during the Truman-Eisenhower era. Quarto. Staple-bound pictorial wrappers; [20pp]. Short tear into lower margin of entire text, just into lettering on a few pages but without loss. Else moderate aging and soil; a complete, Good copy.