By Lee Brown
Within the Fifties the infamous condominium Un-American actions Committee introduced a ruthless smear crusade and outright assault opposed to countless numbers of work leaders, academics, leftists, Communists, civil servants, filmmakers, civil rights activists, and so forth it accused of conspiring to overthrow the govt. at the foundation of very little facts participants have been dragged prior to HUAC and careworn and threatened. Many misplaced their jobs or have been jailed in the event that they didn't cooperate with a Committee that flagrantly trampled the appropriate of freedom of speech and condemned participants for organization with revolutionary motives. One guy who stood tall and refused to cooperate with the diabolical Committee was once Lee Brown, an African American exertions activist and a pacesetter of an interracial union of waterfront staff in New Orleans. For his brave act Brown quickly misplaced his freedom yet now not his dignity. He used to be attempted and unjustly convicted of violating the Taft-Hartley Act that prohibited Communist celebration individuals from additionally serving because the leaders of work unions. Brown spent greater than years in federal felony yet his militancy and dedication to the fight for employees' rights and civil rights remained undiminished. robust within the fight tells the strong tale of the political awakening of Brown as a early life from the agricultural South, his existence from early life between negative black farmers, his encounters with the Jim Crow approach of racial segregation and racial violence, his discovery of the adjustments which may be received whilst operating humans equipped into unions, his upward push to management and his time of imprisonment, and his carrying on with advocacy of the beliefs of racial equality and socialism. advised in his personal phrases, it's an attractive tale that follows him as a tender guy from Louisiana to Texas as a shipyard employee, to Arizona as a railroad employee, to la and Hollywood the place he labored in eating places and as a bit-part actor in the course of international battle II, to the docks of latest Orleans and the good resorts of San Francisco because the Civil Rights an
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The little money I was making wasn't enough. I needed to buy my own clothes and shoes. One day I jumped up and wanted to get to stepping, so I packed my suitcase and left to look for some work that paid more. I went back to Esther's house and stayed about a month. Esther was nice to me but her daughter and I couldn't get along. Things began to get unpleasant around the house. It seemed to me that Cousin Esther's daughter was mentally disturbed. Often we got into arguments. She slapped me in the face one day.
My salary was two dollars a week plus meals. At first I ate my meals in the backyard under a tree close to the house. They gave me a wooden table and a chair back there. But Margaret didn't like that. Margaret had visited New York and had seen how black and white people lived there, and she explained to her mother that making me eat in the backyard was wrong. Margaret said she didn't believe in discriminating against any race of people. Her mother probably hadn't traveled and didn't know any better.
While they was sitting at the table, a drunk white man named Alec Havord came in from the white bar next door and tried to kiss or dance with Aunt Bernice. She refused him, and then he hauled off and slapped her. As soon as this happened, the light in the bar went out. Then a shot rang out in the bar. The white man was shot. Before he died, he called out that Uncle Tot had shot him. This man didn't know who shot him. Uncle Tot didn't have his gun that night. But of course everyone believed Uncle Tot killed this man.