Born in September 9, 1901, Louise Thompson Patterson was an African-American feminist and prominent CPUSA member. She is noted as an early formulator of feminist intersectionality theory, as a leader in the movement to free the Scottsboro Boys in the 1930s, and as a writer and social figure in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and ’30s. In 1960s and 1970s, Louise mentored young black activists such as The New York Black Panther leadership, and the CPUSA’s Black Liberation Committee, who met regularly in Louise’s Harlem apartment. During this time she also served as chair of the New York Committee to Free Angela Davis and after the victory in freeing Davis from frame-up charges she continued to work with the National Alliance until her retirement. Louise Patterson, who worked side by side with Paul Robeson, Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois, her husband William L. Patterson and other great leaders during a lifetime of struggle for African American equality and socialism died in New York Aug. 27, 1999, she was 97

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