Donald C. Wheeldin

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Template:TOCnestleft Donald C. Wheeldin

Life of activism

Donald C. Wheeldin was born in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1914, and was in a multiracial community and schools.

His father was a barber, ran a pool hall and a restaurant and was in politics, a Republican. His mother was active in the AME Zion church where she sang.

During the Depression years, Don joined the Communist Party USA and ran for state office. He had become a friend of Paul Robeson.

During World War II he was a medic in the Navy. He served in hawaii where he edited a newspapaper. After discharge, he came to Southern California. He worked for the Carpenters’ Union. He also became a journalist and wrote for People’s World, the Los Angeles Legal Journal, and the Pasadena Eagle.

At one point he taught courses in black history at both Fresno State University and USC. In the special collection of Donald Wheeldin material at the Pasadena Museum of History, there is a copy of his book-length syllabus on Afro-American History.

Wheeldin refused to testify before the House Un-American Committee saying he was a reporter. He spent a little time in federal prison and one of his cases went all the way to the Supreme Court.[1]

Tribute to Ben Dobbs

On Sunday, June 7, 1981, the Los Angeles Chapter of the New American Movement sponsored a Tribute to Ben Dobbs for "His lifelong commitment to socialism". The event was held at the Miramar-Sheraton Hotel, Santa Monica, California. Sponsors of the event included Donald C. Wheeldin.[2]



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  2. Tribute to Ben Dobbs program, June 7, 1981