Louise Patterson

Louise Thompson Patterson (1901-1999) was a political activist and participant in the Harlem Renaissance of the early twentieth century, as well as the black arts movement of the 1960s. He was born in Chicago and after teaching at Hampton Institute in Virginia, completed her education at the New School for Social Research in New York. In 1942, she married William Patterson, a lawyer and a prominent figure in the CPUSA. During the 1960s, she led the Free Angela Davis Committee in New York, as well as advocating for other civil liberties cases throughout her lifetime.