Beatrice Lumpkin was a member of the Communist Party and had been a staunch union activist throughout her life along with her late husband Frank. Beatrice Lumpkin moved to Chicago in 1949 so that she and her husband could obtain work. As a member of the Communist Party, Lumpkin was involved in many union and human rights issues. In Chicago, Lumpkin took part in the closing of Wisconsin Steel and the civil rights and the women's rights movements. She had also written an autobiography called "Joy in the Struggle: My Life and Love" and a book about her husband titled "Always Bring a Crowd!' The Story of Frank Lumpkin, Steelworker."