PCUSA Celebrates Kwanzaa

Party of Communists USA

Post Office Box 140434

Staten Island, New York 10314-0434

www.partyofcommunistsusa.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 15, 2018

Contact: Dr. Angelo D’Angelo

(718) 979-6563

 

OFFICIAL STATEMENT

Party of the Communists USA (PCUSA) invites all to celebrate Kwanzaa during Dec. 26, 2018 through January 1, 2019. “I encourage all to take this time and reflect upon the history and beautiful culture of the African people,” Angelo D’Angelo, PCUSA General Secretary says. “Our communist party in America from day one, early 1920’s, openly embraced and held each African American as a co-equal worker in our combined struggles”

Hosea Hudson was a Communist Party (CP) activist and industrial union organizer in Alabama and Georgia during the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. He embodied the CP's turn toward black civil rights in the early 1930s and the attraction many working-class southern blacks felt toward the Party during and, in Hudson's case, well after the Depression decade.

James W. “Jim” Ford (December 22, 1893 – 1957) was an activist and politician, the Vice-Presidential candidate for the Communist Party USA in 1932, 1936, and 1940. A party organizer born in Alabama and living in New York City, Ford was the first African American to run on a presidential ticket in the 20th century.

Kwanzaa has seven core principles or Nguzo Saba:
1. Umoja: Unity
To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.

2. Kujichagulia: Self-Determination:
To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.

3. Ujima: Collective Work and Responsibility
To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems and solve them together.

4. Ujamaa: Cooperative Economics
To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.

5. Nia: Purpose
To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

6. Kuumba: Creativity
To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

7. Imani: Faith
To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

 

“I applaud the work of our fellow cadre, Tracy Ford (NJ),  as a member of the Oppressed Nationalities Commission, who worked tirelessly to make this a continual annual event that PCUSA endorses, supports, and participates in,” D’Angelo stated. “Our Party is and has embraced many nationalities as co-equals in the struggles of the working class. Kwanzaa is a great opportunity for all to celebrate.”

Many African American’s have been an integral part of the Communist Party in America. Such asAngela Davis, Ben Davis, W.E.B. Du Bois, Harry Haywood, Angelo Herndon, H. Claude Hudson, Claudia Jones, Wm. L. Patterson, Paul Robeson, William C. Taylor.