Merry Christmas, Joe Louis, the Communists, the Scottsboro Boys and Mother

25 Dec

Joe Louis 1935

I love the fact that my father gave a shout out to his mom, whom he said was responsible for all that was good in him.  (Sadly, he used the same line nine months later when she died.) He also sent greetings to Joe Louis, the “uncrowned king,” “the Scottsboro lads with a sincere hope for their ultimate freedom,” and  the Communists who took up the Scottsboro Boys cause and saved their lives. There was some reluctance among supporters of the NAACP about whether the Communists efforts on behalf of the Scottsboro Boys would hurt their cause.  Ebenezer did not seem to have those concerns. He did give props to the NAACP for its “untiring efforts on behalf of the Negro race.”

The New York Age, December 28, 1935

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2 Responses to “Merry Christmas, Joe Louis, the Communists, the Scottsboro Boys and Mother”

  1. K. Campbell January 3, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

    I wish I would have read this article 3 years ago when I was doin my 25 page paper on the Scottsboro Boys Vs. The Jena 6! It would have been a great addition to an already fab paper. Very interesting, indeed!
    ~Kamaya (1 of Ebenezer’s granddaughters)

    • Elaine Ray January 3, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

      Did you like the photo of your Mommy as a baby?

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