Jarvis Tyner

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Jarvis Tyner
Executive Vice Chair of the Communist Party USA
Assumed office
PresidentGus Hall
Sam Webb
Preceded byAngela Davis
In office
PresidentGus Hall
Preceded byJames W. Ford
Succeeded byAngela Davis
Personal details
Born (1941-07-11) July 11, 1941 (age 77)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Political partyCommunist Party USA
ResidenceManhattan, New York City
OccupationPolitical writer, activist

Jarvis Tyner (born July 11, 1941) is an American activist and the current Executive Vice Chair of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA). He is a resident of Manhattan, New York City. In 1972 and 1976, he ran on the Communist Party ticket for Vice President of the United States.

Life and career[edit]

Tyner was born in 1941 in the Mill Creek community of West Philadelphia, and graduated from West Philadelphia High School. He joined the Communist Party USA at the age of 20. After several years working in various industrial jobs in the Philadelphia area, where he was a member of the Amalgamated Lithographers of America and Teamsters, he moved to New York in 1967 to become the national chair of the DuBois Clubs of America, and later founding chair of the Young Workers Liberation League. He was the Communist Party USA candidate for vice president of the U.S. in 1972 and 1976, running with party leader Gus Hall.

Tyner has been a public spokesperson for the CPUSA, presenting its positions against racism, imperialism, and war. Tyner has also contributed to the CPUSA's Political Affairs Magazine and its People's World. He currently resides in the Inwood section of Manhattan, New York City.


Jarvis Tyner is the younger brother of jazz pianist McCoy Tyner.[1]


  1. ^ Ben Ratliff, "McCoy Tyner Helps Claim a Corner of a Harlem Park for Jazz", The New York Times, August 29, 2010.

External links[edit]

  • 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]
Party political offices
Preceded by
James W. Ford
Communist Party USA Vice Presidential candidate
1972 (lost), 1976 (lost)
Succeeded by
Angela Davis