Franklin Alexander CrossRoads mourns the death of Franklin Alexander on May 26 of self-inflicted wounds at his home in Berkeley, California. He was 53. Franklin's 35 years of political activism included participation in civil rights struggles in the South as a national leader of the W.E.B. Du Bois Clubs. As a leader of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, he played a leading role in campaigns opposing police brutality and for prisoners' rights during the 1960s in Southern California. Franklin joined the Communist Party, USA, in 1959, remaining a member until 1992. After he left the party he retained his commitment to socialism and democracy through membership in the Committees of Correspondence. In 1970, Alexander was a founder and co-chair of the international Free Angela Davis campaign. He became the founding Executive Secretary of the National Anti- Imperialist Movement in solidarity with Southern African Liberation in 1973. He co-chaired the Bay Area Free South Africa Movement and participated in organizing drives for the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union. In 1991 he helped organize and lead African Americans Against the War in the Middle East. Franklin married Kendra Harris Alexander in 1966. Together they organized and fought for peace, equality, economic justice, and, especially, for a better future for young people, young African American men in particular. They were the proud parents of one son, Jordon, who they loved with all their heart. Kendra, a prominent radical political activist, died tragically in a fire that destroyed their home in May, 1993. We miss them both. Friends who wish to honor the memory of Franklin with a contribution and to assist his son may send a check to Trust Account for Jordon Alexander, c/o Phyllis Willett, 1216 Delaware, Berkeley, CA 94702.