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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Kwame Somburu, Perennial Socialist Candidate, Dies at 81

Sam Roberts' obituary at The New York Times includes that,
"Mr. [Kwame] Somburu evolved from a high school dropout named Paul Boutelle, who sold the Great Books of the Western World series door to door and voted for the straight Republican ticket in 1956, into a public school teacher who adopted the name of a Kenyan tribe and embraced a Trotskyite scientific socialism forged in anti-imperialism and class-conscious black nationalism."
Later mention is made of Mr. Somburu's July 10, 1968 appearance on an episode of Firing Line discussing "The Socialist Workers' Party and American Politics".

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