Howard Melish

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Howard Melish, circa 1940

Rev. Howard Jefferson William Melish

Herbert Aptheker Testimonial Dinner

On April 28, 1966 William Melish was a sponsor of the Herbert Aptheker Testimonial Dinner. The dinner was held on the occasion of Herbert Aptheker's 50th birthday, the publication of his 20th book, and the 2nd anniversary of the American Institute for Marxist Studies. It was held in the Sutton Ballroom, The New York Hilton, Avenue of the Americas, 53rd to 54th Street, New York City. Most speakers, organizers and sponsors were known members or supporters of the Communist Party USA.[1]

American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born

In the late 1960s William Melish was listed as a Sponsor of American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born[2].

Weather Underground Organization

On August 19, 1969, WUO members who had returned from a trip to Cuba held a press conference in New York to discuss their trip and to promote the planned "Days of Rage" or "National Action" scheduled to take place in Chicago October 8-11, 1969. Although there is no information to indicate that Boudin traveled to Cuba with fellow WUO members, she joined with Bernadine Dohrn, Dionne Donghi, Ted Gold, Eleanor Raskin and Howard Jefferson Melish in the press conference.[3]


  1. Dinner Program for the Herbert Aptheke Dinner, April 28, 1966
  2. ACFPFB Letterhead, undated Hugh DeLacy paper Acc 3915,Box 3 Folder 20
  3. FBI Weatherman Underground Summary Dated 8/20/76, Part 2