Radical black activist, writer, and teacher.
Her mother was a leading organizer of the Southern Negro Congress, an organization heavily influenced by the Communist Party.
Because of her support of the Communist Party, President Reagan attempted to block her from being permitted to teach at any US university, but he failed.
Her father operated a service station in Birmingham while her mother was an elementary school teacher.
Her participation with the Communist Party led Ronald Reagan to ban her from teaching in California.