Ewart Guinier

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Ewart Guinier

Template:TOCnestleft Ewart Guinier was a prominent member of the Communist Party USA. A trade unionist and political candidate who became the first chairman of Harvard University's Department of Afro-American Studies, died of Alzheimer's disease, February 1990, in the Veterans' Hospital in Bedford, Mass. He was 79 years old and lived in Cambridge, Mass.

The last phase of his working life was at Harvard. He assumed his position there, a full professorship, in 1969, after the university, in response to the demands of black students, established the Department of Afro-American Studies. After his retirement in 1980, he became professor emeritus.[1]

The brother-in-law of Maurice Paprin.

Communist Party

Ewart Guinier, a Guyanan-born communist, became active in Communist Party USA affairs in Hawaii during the 1940's when he and his marxist wife Eugenie Guinier operated a canteen for American servicemen there, but was finally barred from any contact with the military due to their communist affiliations.

He was identified as a member of the CPUSA in the HCUA Hawaii hearings (CITATIONS HERE).

His daughter,Lani Guinier, a law professor, was nominated to be a high-ranking member of the Department of Justice by the Clintons, but whose extremist views, both marxist and black nationalist, causes her nomination to be withdrawn before she had a hearing.[2].

For examples of her legal extremist views, see the following:

  • Virginia Law Review, Volume 77, Number 8, November, 1991, "No Two Seats: The Elusive Quest For Political Equality"

(she was identified as "Associate Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania)

  • Michigan Law Review, Volume 89, No? 1077, March 1991, "The Triumph of Tokenism: The Voting Rights Act and The Theory of Black Electoral Success"

(she was identified as Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania Law School; B.A. 1971, Radcliffe College, Harvard University; J.D.1974, Yale Law School)

These articles, which expressed a combination of marxism and black extremist nationalism, helped to bring to the public's eye the black extremist rejection of majority vote wins, and helped to derail her nomination to the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division by Pres. Clinton in 1993.[3].

Guiner and the American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born

Ewart Guinier was named in the official publication of the American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born (ACPFB), as being among a delegation from that organization who "visited Washington to seek a veto of the Walter-McCarren Act, to win bail for Martin Young, and to protest the threatened deportation of Peter Harisiades to Greece. Prof. Louise Pettibone Smith, of Wellesley College, and Ewart Guinier, chairman of the Greater New York Negro Labor Council, headed the delegation (of June 5, 1952). This appeared in the HCUA report "Communist Political Subversion: The Campaign to Detroy the Security Program of the United States Government", Aug. 16, 1957, reproduction of the ACPFB's official publication, "The Lamp", June-July 1952, No. 74 (HCUA report p. 28).

Contributor to CPUSA Publication "Freedomways" October 1975

Guinier contributed an article in the October 1975 issue of "Freedomways: A Quarterly Review of the Freedom Movement", Special Issues: "The Afro-American Youth -The Road Ahead."

Freedomways was identified as a CPUSA publication by both the House Committee on Un-American Activities and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover in 1961 and other years.{CITATIONS}.[4].

Expel South Africa From the UN

The Campaign for One Million Voices to Expel South Africa From the UN was a Communist Party USA front created in about 1974.[5] The front was launched to speak on South Africa and its membership in the United Nations. They issued an undated brochure entitled "We Who Support Human Rights... DEMAND the expulsion of South Africa from the UN!" The brochure was printed by the CPUSA print shop "Prompt Press", printing bug number 209.

Sponsors included Ewart Guinier.

Rally For Peace and Friendship

Daily World , Sept. 14, 1977, p. 8, notice of a a "Rally For Peace and Friendship", Sept. 16th?, 1977, in Chicago, sponsored by the congressionally cited CPUSA front, National Council of American-Soviet Friendship and its local chapter, the Chicago Council of American-Soviet Friendship appeared in the CPUSA newspaper.[6].

Among its speakers was Dr. Ewart Guinier, Professor (and Chairman), Afro-American Studies, Harvard University.

On the "Partial List of Sponsors" for the founding of the CPUSA-created U.S. Peace Council US Peace Council (USPC), is found:

Delaware Valley American-Soviet Friendship Society

A notice for the Philadelphia region, in the Daily World (DW), April 25, 1980, went as follows:

Of all of these athletes, Shinick has the longest record of supporting radical causes, especially those of the CPUSA (ADD MORE CITATIONS)

Entertainment and refreshments.

The Delaware Valley American-Soviet Friendship Society was an affiliate of the congressionally identified CPUSA and Soviet front, the National Council of American-Soviet Friendship (NCASF), of which Guinier was listed above as the Chairman thereof. In a 1983 FBI report to Congress, the NCASF, along with the U.S. Peace Council, was identified as being an operation of the Soviet KGB.[7]

We Will Make Peace Prevail!

On March 28, 1982 the New World Review organized a gala luncheon We Will Make Peace Prevail! Disarmament Over Confrontation, Life Over Death", at the Grand Ballroom, Hotel Roosevelt, New York City. Virtually all participants were identified as members of the Communist Party USA.

Ewart Guinier was listed on the Committee of Sponsors.[8]

National Council of American-Soviet Friendship

National Council of American-Soviet Friendship Letterhead Feb. 26, 1982;

Letterhead printed in "Soviet Active Measures, Hearings before the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, House of Representatives, 97th Congress, 2nd Session, July 13, 14, 1982, p. 295.

New York Times Obituary, February 7, 1990

The New York Times newspaper ran an obituary on Ewart Guinier on February 7, 1990, entitled "Ewart Guinier, 79, Who Headeed Afro-American Studies at Harvard", by C. Gerald Fraser. This obituary, while it was full of information about his life, totally left out any mention of his membership in and associations with the CPUSA and its fronts from the 1940's until his death.

Key excerpts from this obituary are reproduced below, as well as specific items of interest about his life and activities, which should be cross-referenced to what KW has supplied elsewhere on this page for his true identity.

  • "Born in Panama of Jamaican parents"
  • "attended high school in Boston"
  • Entered Harvard College (sic) in 1929
  • discriminated against because of his color, and dropped out after 2 years
  • Finished his Bachelor Degree studies at City College of New York
  • Received a Master's Degree from Columbia University
  • Received a law degree from New York University
  • Was the first black to be nominated for the Manhattan Borough presidency as the American Labor Party's candidate in 1949, and found by Congress to be under the control of the CPUSA[9]
  • Served in the Army in the Pacific theater
  • "a trade unionist in the 1940's - became the International Secretary for the United Public Workers of America (UPWA), found to be a heavily CPUSA infiltrated organization.
  • Was "Associate Director of the Urban Center at Columbia University, which was established in 1968 to help Columbia contribute programs and organizations in Harlen and Morningside Heights."
  • Became a full professor at Harvard i n 1969, "after the university in response to demands of the black students, established the Department of Afro-American Studies. After his retirement in 1980, he became professor emeritus."

"Mr. Guinier linked his intellectual prowess with what he once called 'my fight for a democratic America.' This commitment to social equality and justice led him into a life of many facets." (C. Gerard Fraser, obit writer)

His family:



  1. NYT, Ewart Guinier, 79, Who Headed Afro-American Studies at Harvard By C. Gerald Fraser, February 07, 1990
  2. Baltimore Sun, June 4, 1993, large article headline: ""Civil Rights Nominee Withdrawn", Carl M. Cannon and Lyle Denniston, and a column in "The Sun" newspaper, same date, entitled "Guinier's Ideas Deserve a Hearing", Taunya Lovell Banks and Odeana Neal, "teach at the University of Maryland School of Law".
  3. Washington Times, "Civil Rights Nominee May Be in Jeopardy," Jerry Seper, May 13, 1993
  4. FBI Appropriations, Hearings, House Appropriations Committee, 1961?
  5. In the brochure they made a reference to the 29th Session of the UN, which, based on its founding in 1945, would make the year 1974.
  6. The Guide to Subversive Organizations and Publications (and Appendixes), HCUA, Dec. 1, 1961, citations on Pages 117-118, by various government agencies and Attorney Generals,
  7. "Young Releases FBI Report", Congressional Record, March 24, 1983 and Young, C.W. Bill, "Soviet Active Measures in the United States - An Updated report by the FBI", Congressional Records, December 9, 1987, as cited in the book "The KGB Against the Main Enemy: How the Soviet Intelligence Service Operates Against the United States", Herbert Romerstein and Stanislav Levchenko, Lexington Books, 1989. This book also mentioned the key FBI testimony before theHouse Intelligence Committee in 1982 by Assistant Director of the FBI Edward O'Malley on this same topic.
  8. We Will Make Peace Prevail! event brochure
  9. Special Committee on Un-American Activities, House Report 1311 on the "CIO Political Action Committee", March 29, 1944, p. 78 and the SISS "Handbook for Americans", 1956. From the SPCUA report: "For years, the Communists have puth forth the greatest efforts to capture the entire American Labor Party throughout New York State. They succeeded in capturing the Manhattan and Brooklyn sections of the American Labor Party but outside of New York City they have been unable to win control."