Today’s Google Doodle remembers Claudia Jones – here’s her storyBy Alex Nelson Wednesday, 14th October 2020, 10:41 am Updated Wednesday, 14th October 2020, 10:44 amClaudia Jones at the National Communist Headquarters in New York in 1948 after being arrested and charged with being an illegal alien (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)Today’s (14 October) Google Doodle celebrates Claudia Jones.
Who was Claudia Jones?
In 1936, she joined the Young Communist League USA and, passionate about writing, contributed to and led a variety of communist publications as a young adult.
When the Young Communist League became American Youth for Democracy during World War II, Jones became editor of its monthly journal, Spotlight.
The carnival – organised in response to the Notting Hill race riots of 1958 as a way to “wash the taste of Notting Hill out of our mouths” – is widely credited as the precursor to today’s annual celebration of Caribbean culture, the Notting Hill Carnival.