Roz Sims died March 7, 2018, age 96.
Roz Sims was originally from New York City, the only child of Morris Wunthall and Ann Wunthall, Jewish immigrants from Poland. “Roz” as she was known moved to Youngstown after World War II, where she became involved in the labor and civil rights movements. There she met her future husband, the late Joseph Sims, during a struggle to desegregate South Side swimming pool, led by Dorothy Boswell, Pauline Taylor and the youth wing of Henry Wallace’s Progressive Party.
Joseph and Roslyn Sims had six children, the late Dr. Carl Sims of Youngstown, Joseph Sims Jr. of New York City (Senior Editor at People’s World), Robbie Sims of Youngstown, Miriam Sims-Warren of Cleveland, Daniel Sims of Youngstown, and Frederick Douglass Sims of Youngstown.
Roz Sims was a graduate of Youngstown State University and worked as a librarian at Jefferson School. She was very active in working to improve the lives of Youngstowners and belonged to many organizations, among them the Youngstown Club of the Communist Party USA, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Welfare Rights Organization, and AFSCME Council 8 Retirees.
A proud trade unionist, Sims was a candidate for City Council of Youngstown and Mahoning County Commissioner.
Roz Sims attended the Communist Party USA 2010 convention.
Communist Party's May Day Salute
In 1995 the Communist Party USA newspaper People's Weekly World, published a "May Day salute" to the "heroes in the class war zone". More than 100 unionists/activists endorsed the call, mostly known affiliates, or members of the Communist Party.
Roz Sims, AFSCME (retired) Youngstown Ohio, was one of those listed.
- [https://www.peoplesworld.org/article/roslyn-sims-96-youngstown-labor-and-civil-rights-activist/PV NEWS Roslyn Sims, 96; Youngstown labor and civil rights activist March 23, 2018 10:31 AM CDT BY BARBARA RUSSUM]
- People's Weekly World May 6 1995 p 2