William L. Patterson

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Birthday
27, 1891
Birthplace
California
Death Date
Mar 5, 1980 (88)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
27, 1891
Birthplace
California
Death Date
Mar 5, 1980 (88)

About

African American civil rights activist who offered legal representation to communists, trade unionists, and African-Americans.

Before Fame

In 1911 he became the first African-American to graduate from Tamalpais High School, Mill Valley, California.

Trivia

In 1951 he presented the document, We Charge Genocide, to the United Nations, which charged the U.S. federal government with complicity in genocide for failing to pass legislation or take action against the lynching of thousands of innocent African Americans in the United States.

Family Life

He was married to Louise Thompson Patterson from the 1930's until his death fifty years later.

Associated With

He was heavily inspired by the work of Booker T. Washington.