National Negro Congress and American Negro Labor Congress Pinbacks

Lot of 2 pinbacks related to the recruitment of African Americans by the American Communist Party. 

American Negro Labor Congress, 1925. Approx. 3/4 in. lithograph pinback button. Verso with Greenduck Co. and Local #4 (Chicago, IL) Amalgamated Lithographers of America imprints. Pictures two outstretched arms with hands clasped. 

Helping To Build the National Negro Congress, 1936. Approx. 7/8 lithograph pinback button. Verso with Greenduck Co. and Local #4 (Chicago, IL) Amalgamated Lithographers of America imprints. Caption surrounds photographic image of Frederick Douglass.

As the American Communist Party grew in the 1920s, it looked for ways to mobilize African American workers. Established in 1925 by the Communist Party as a way to advance both the rights of African Americans and its own political agenda, the American Negro Labor Congress held its first convention in Chicago in October 1925. Five years later the American Negro Labor Congress was replaced by a new communist-backed organization called the League of Struggle for Negro Rights, which in turn was replaced in 1936 by the National Negro Congress. Founded in 1936 at Howard University, the National Negro Congress continued the push for racial justice and an end to social inequities faced disproportionately by Black workers. Both of these early organizations offered opportunities and support for Black workers who were often excluded from major labor unions. The scarce pinbacks offered here were likely issued to attendees of the inaugural conventions for these organizations.


Some scratches but overall good condition. See photos for details.

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