Thyra J. Edwards was a world lecturer, journalist, labor organizer, women’s rights advocate, and civil rights activist. She was highly respected by her peers and people throughout the community where she provided services. Edwards was often heralded as “one of the most outstanding Black women in the world.”
Edwards was born in 1897, the granddaughter of runaway slaves. She grew up in Houston, Texas during the Jim Crow era, which lasted throughout her life. After receiving her education, she taught school for a while in Houston.
She later became involved with the struggle against fascism, colonialism and imperialism. She attended the Women Against War and Fascism convention and in the 1930s Spanish Civil War supported Loyalist forces, who defended Madrid to try to keep it from falling into the hands of Gen. Francisco Franco’s fascist troops.
In 1953, she organized the first Jewish child care program in Rome to assist children who had been victims of the Holocaust. From her point of view social work should: advocate for disadvantaged and at-risk populations; focus on issues and problems specifically affecting the well-being of women; and demonstrate the ability to work with diverse populations. Edwards also worked as a social worker in Gary, Ind., and Chicago, and moved to New York to get employment as a journalist.
After moving to New York, Edwards also worked with the CP’s Unemployed Council to actively protest apartment evictions. She was attracted by their militancy and ability to build alliances with other leftist groups to stop the evictions, and by their position on race and labor, emphasizing Black and white unity. In New York, Edwards worked closely with Benjamin Davis, a Harlem city councilperson and CP member.
She combined her social work and interest in international affairs, gaining worldwide notoriety for her activism. Throughout her life, Thyra Edwards maintained an interest in the condition of oppressed working-class people worldwide. Edwards died in 1953, she was 56.
Hello there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my twitter group?
There’s a lot of people that I think would really appreciate your content.
Please let me know. Many thanks
Hi there are using WordPress for your site platform?
I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and create
my own. Do you need any coding knowledge to make your
own blog? Any help would be really appreciated!
I like the valuable info you provide in your articles.
I’ll bookmark your weblog and check again here regularly.
I’m quite certain I’ll learn many new stuff right here!
Good luck for the next!
Hello, after reading this remarkable piece of writing i am as well happy to share my knowledge here with friends.
Its like you read my mind! You appear to grasp so much approximately
this, such as you wrote the guide in it or something. I believe that you just can do
with a few p.c. to power the message house a
little bit, but other than that, this is magnificent blog.
An excellent read. I’ll definitely be back.
I blog often and I really thank you for your information. This article has truly peaked
my interest. I’m going to take a note of your blog and keep checking
for new information about once a week. I opted in for your RSS feed too.
Ahaa, its good discussion about this paragraph here at this website, I have read
all that, so now me also commenting here.
You can certainly see your enthusiasm within the article you write.
The world hopes for even more passionate writers such
as you who are not afraid to say how they believe.
At all times go after your heart.