Howard Stretch Johnson

Howard Stretch Johnson (1915-2000) was a member of the Communist Party of the United States and the N.A.A.C.P., a social activist and a tap dancer. He joined the Young Communist League in Harlem, and became a party member shortly after. He left the Communist Party in the 1950s after Khrushchev’s report on the Stalin regime. In his later years, he became a printer for the New York Times, and went on to teach sociology at the State University of New York at New Paltz.