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Communist Party Campaign Poster: Gus Hall for President; Jarvis Tyner for Vice-President (1976)

Jarvis Tyner (born 1941) was the candidate for Vice President of the United States of the Communist Party USA in 1976. He is currently the Executive Vice Chair of the CPUSA.

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Biography

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Early years

Jarvis Tyner was born 11 July 1941 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Beginning in 1959, the young Tyner became involved in the Civil Rights movement, soon helping to organize a boycott of segregated retail outlets in Pennsylvania.[1]

Tyner joined the Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA) in 1961.[2]

A union worker, Tyner was a labor organizer when the American Lithographers Union struck for several weeks in 1962, after which white workmates elected him a union steward.

As a young radical activist in August 1963, Tyner helped to organize busloads of Philadelphia youths to attend the "March on Washington" of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., where they heard the famous "I Have a Dream" speech.[3]

His brother, McCoy Tyner, is a noted jazz pianist known for his work with the John Coltrane Quartet and a long solo career.

Political career

Jarvis Tyner has been a delegate at each of the CPUSA's conventions since he joined the party.

In 1968, Tyner was elected head of the DuBois Clubs of America,[4] a "mass organization" of the Communist Party targeted toward black youths.

Tyner was the Communist Party's Vice Presidential nominee in 1976 as the running mate of Gus Hall.

A public speaker who has lectured about the class struggle both in the United States and abroad, Tyner also contributes to Political Affairs and has been a writer for the People's Weekly World.

Footnotes

  1. ^ Ann Douglas, "A Tireless Fighter for Race, Class and Socialist Revolution," Morning Star, October 11, 2006.
  2. ^ Douglas, "A Tireless Fighter for Race, Class and Socialist Revolution," op. cit.
  3. ^ Douglas, "A Tireless Fighter for Race, Class and Socialist Revolution," op. cit.
  4. ^ Douglas, "A Tireless Fighter for Race, Class and Socialist Revolution," op. cit.

External links

  • Ann Douglas, "A Tireless Fighter for Race, Class and Socialist Revolution," London: Morning Star, October 11, 2006. Located at [1]. Retrieved September 4, 2009.
  • Jarvis Tyner at NUT’s Race Advisory Committee [2]

Writings by Jarvis Tyner

  • Index of articles by Jarvis Tyner, Executive Vice Chair of CPUSA. Located at [3]. Retrieved September 4, 2009.
Party political offices
Preceded by
James W. Ford
Communist Party USA Vice Presidential candidate
1972 (lost), 1976 (lost)
Succeeded by
Angela Davis

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