Louise Thompson Patterson (Civil Rights Leader)

Louise Thompson Patterson

Louise Alone Thompson Patterson was an American social activist and college professor. Thompson was acquainted with many of the leading literary figures during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s, spending most of her life involved in civil rights. Thompson Patterson is also known as one of the first black women to be enrolled into the University of California at Berkeley.

Born: Louise Alone Thompson, Sept 9, 1901, Chicago, Illinois
Died: Aug 27, 1999, Amsterdam Nursing Home, New York City
Known for: Harlem Renaissance
Spouse(s): Wallace Thurman, William L. Patterson

About Louise Thompson Patterson

Social activist who fought for equal rights during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s and supported the American Communist Party.

Before Fame

She was inspired by a lecture on racism given at Berkeley by W.E.B. DuBois.


She was a central figure in the blossoming of Harlem culture and art.

Family Life

William L. Patterson, one of the leaders of the American Communist Party, was her husband.


She and her husband protested against Senator Joseph McCarthy‘s anti-communist acts in Congress.

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