Charlene Mitchell

Charlene Alexander Mitchell was born in 1930 in Cincinnati, moved as a child to Chicago. She grew up in the Cabrini-Green public housing project. As a young teen, she picketed segregated places in Chicago. Her long career of unrelenting activism and persistence is most famously illustrated in the success of the campaign to free Angela Davis. In her solidarity visits, she met with CPUSA leader Claudia Jones who had been deported to England, Joseph Dadoo of the ANC, and other international leaders. In 1994 she served as an official observer of the first democratic elections in post-apartheid South Africa and was an observer at the congress of the South African Communist Party that year. In recent years, she returned to Cuba for rehabilitation medical treatment following a stroke suffered in 2007. Charlene Mitchell joined the Communist Party USA at 16 emerging as one of the most influential leaders in the party from the late 1950s to the 1980s. She now belongs to the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism.


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