Interracial Dances: 1929-33
A series of dances in 1929-33 held by the Communist Party and Young Communist League directly confronted deeply held white supremacist beliefs and challenged conservative elements in black society.

The Communist Party through the 1930s and 1940s was the most consistent at rejecting the “go-slow” approach of mainstream civil rights leaders and organizations opting instead to take white supremacy head-on.

In Baltimore, communist leaders like Paddy Whalen, head of the local National Maritime Union and George Meyers, head of the Congress of Industrial Organizations used their union positions to break down racial barriers while attorney Bernard Ades used his law degree to set legal precedents for black defendants in the Euel Lee and other cases.

The communist role in the civil rights struggles during this period was largely written out of history during the Cold War/McCarthy period of the late 1940s and 1950s.
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