Claude M. Lightfoot Papers

Institution: Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: (312) 642-4600
Date: 1955-1991
Extent: 2.5 Linear Feet
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Biographical/Historical Note:
Claude M. Lightfoot was a prominent African American official in the Communist Party (CPUSA). He was highly visible and active on local, national and international levels and often represented the CPUSA in Eastern European and other Communist countries. Lightfoot was politically active from his teen years until his death in 1991.

Scope and Content Note:
Correspondence, speech and manuscript notes and drafts, publicity information, reviews of his books, and news clippings, drafts and copies of Lightfoot's newspaper columns in the Chicago Courier, award certificates, and other papers of Claude M. Lightfoot, an African American author, Chicago resident, political candidate, and member of the Communist Party U.S.A.'s national committee. Topics are court actions against him relating to his Communist affiliation; his political activities as an advocate for racial and political equality; and his views, stated in speeches that he presented on U.S. campuses and in Eastern Europe, advocating a Marxist path for Black liberation. Sound recordings include speeches by and about Lightfoot.

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