Louise Thompson Patterson

Civil Rights Leader

Birthday September 9, 1901

Birth Sign Virgo

Birthplace Chicago, IL

DEATH DATE Aug 27, 1999 (97)

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Social activist who fought for equal rights during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's and supported the American Communist Party.

Before Fame

She was inspired by a lecture on racism given at Berkeley by W.E.B. DuBois.


She was a central figure in the blossoming of Harlem culture and art.

Family Life

William L. Patterson, one of the leaders of the American Communist Party, was her husband.

Associated With

She and her husband protested against Senator Joseph McCarthy's anti-communist acts in Congress.