Sophie Gerson, labor heroine and communist, 96

Sophie Gerson, a legendary figure in the history of textile union organizing in the South and a lifelong fighter for peace, justice and socialism, died March 20. She was 96.


One woman revolution

Katherine Dunham, a pioneering dancer and choreographer, author and civil rights activist who founded America’s first major Black modern dance company, died May 21. She was 96.

EDITORIAL: A chilling raid

The unprecedented FBI raid on Rep. William Jefferson’s (D-La.) congressional office sends a chilling message to Congress and to African American elected officials.


Shaking and making U.S. history

After almost nine decades, it’s clear there’s no stopping the country’s young communists.


Students challenge unequal education: Tests that deny diplomas are in dispute

OAKLAND, Calif. — As seniors across the state try on their caps and gowns, California is embroiled in controversy over its high school exit exams in English and math, slated to be required for a high school diploma starting this year.