This book brings together for the first time the essays, poetry, and autobiographical and other writings of cultural activist Claudia Jones (1915-1964). What is revealed is the voice of a woman who was both politically savvy and brilliant, a feminist with radical ideas that will resonate with today’s readers interested in community empowerment and black nationalism.
“In this stunning collection . . . Davies not only underscores why Jones stands among the world’s most important radical theorists and organizers of the 20th century, but she reveals the Trinidadian-born, transnational intellectual as artist and visionary.”
—Robin D.G. Kelley, University of Southern California
“Claudia Jones: Beyond Containment lifts veils of ignorance and erasure that obscure a brilliant, 20th century human rights advocate.”
—Joy James, Williams College
“Davies provides a glimpse of the totality of Jones as a radical black activist, intellectual, feminist, poet, organizer, and journalist…. She reveals how Jones’s thoughts and practices are linked to a tradition of radical female and male activists such as Frederick Douglas, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Tubman.”
—Ama Biney, University of London