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Peace Arch Park, U.S. - Canada border, May 18, 1952.


1951 through 1957

1951 | February, 1951 | February 23, 1951 | February 24, 1951| February 25, 1951| April 20, 1951   May, 1951 | June 29, 1951 August, 1951 | August 15, 1951 | August 12, 1951 | August 16, 1951   October 27, 1951 | November, 1951 | November 5, 1951 | November 15, 1951 | December 17, 1951   1952 |January 31, 1952 | April, 1952 | April 6 - June 2, 1952 | April 28, 1952 | May, 1952  
  May 8, 1952 | May 11, 1952 | May 16, 1952 | May 18, 1952 | May 20, 1952 | May 22, 1952  
  May 23, 1952 | June 1, 1952 | July 4, 1952 | October 1952 | November, 1952  
  November 11-18, 1952 | November 13, 1952 | November 21, 1952 | December, 1952  
  December 22, 1952 | 1953 | January 29, 1953 | March 14-15, 1953 | April, 1953 | April 13, 1953   April 17, 1953April 24, 1953 | May 23, 1953 | May 31, 1953 | June 1953 | June 7, 1953 
 June 14, 1953 | June 20, 1953 | June 21, 1953 | July 5, 1953 | July 10, 1953 | July 12, 1953
  July 17, 1953 |  July 23, 1953 | August, 1953August 16, 1953 | December 4-6, 1953  
  March, 1954 | Spring, 1954 | April 24, 1954 | May 8, 1954 | May 24, 1954 | June, 1954  
  June 1, 1954 | June 10, 1954 | July, 1954 | August, 1954 | September 25, 1954 | October 3, 1954  
October 19, 1954 | October 29, 1954 | October 31, 1954 | November 16, 1954 | November 27, 1954  March, 1955 
 April, 1955 | April 29, 1955 | April 30, 1955 | June, 1955 | June 24, 1955 | July 29, 1955 
  July, 1955 | July 10, 1955 | July 24, 1955 | August-September, 1955 | August 16, 1955   September 9, 1955 | 1956 | February 18-March 2, 1956 | March 11, 1956 | April 19, 1956 
 June 12, 1956 | July 13, 1956 | November, 1956 | April, 1957 | May 17, 1957 | May 26, 1957  
  June 23, 1957 | July-October, 1957 | July 26, 1957 | September, 1957 | October, 1957  
  October 5, 1957 | October 18, 1957 | November 10, 1957 | December 1, 1957 | Bibliography 


   
1951
Civil Rights Congress publishes book, Peekskill, USA, an eyewitness account of the 1949 Peekskill riots by Howard Fast, exposing the racist organizations and individuals who, with the collaboration of local and State police, organized the violence. 

February, 1951

· Speaks at several rallies protesting the Justice Department’s indictment of W.E.B. Du Bois as a “foreign agent” because he advocates peaceful solutions to the world’s crises.

· Leads delegation to the United Nations to protest the frame-up trial of the Martinsville Seven.

· Walter White, NAACP Executive Secretary, capitulating to the pressures of the Cold War, bitterly attacks Robeson in Ebony magazine article.

February 23, 1951
Speaks to 700 at testimonial dinner in Harlem, honoring W.E.B. Du Bois on his 83rd birthday, sponsored by the Council on African Affairs. Robeson is joined by Albert Einstein, Mary McLeod Bethune and other luminaries in turning the dinner into a fight against thought control and for the civil rights of Du Bois and all Americans. 

February 24, 1951

Gives concert for the Southside Negro Labor Council, at Metropolitan Community Church, Chicago.

February 25, 1951

Sings and speaks at rally to launch another campaign for the FEPC.  

April 20, 1951

US District Court for District of Columbia rules against passport suit, by asserting it has no power to act in his case. State Department files brief with the Court opposing suit, “in view of the appellant’s frank admission that he has been for years extremely active politically on behalf of the colonial people of Africa.” Justice Department adds, “During his concert tours abroad he has repeatedly criticized the conditions of Negroes in the United States.” (In the summer, Paul, Jr’s application for passport to attend 1951 World Youth Festival in Berlin is denied.)

May, 1951

Publishes article, "Conversations about the New China," in Freedom. Says, in part, "I'm for a peace right now that will call all foreign troops out of Korea, certainly including our own boys who are not helping to tear down one single 'colored only' sign by dying in Korea….[I]f we're going to get anywhere against Jim Crow in our own country, we can't do it by letting the man impose Jim Crow on other peoples."

June 29, 1951

Speaking to meeting of the American People’s Congress for Peace, before 8,500 in Chicago, criticizes US police action in Korea and the threat to the civil liberties of all Americans represented by the anti-constitutional Smith Act and the jailing of Communists in the US. (Foner)

August, 1951

Is invited by National Union of Mineworkers in England to give a series of recitals throughout the Scottish coal fields, but must decline due to travel ban.

August 15, 1951

Sings and speaks at picnic of Ford Local 600, UAW, Detroit, attended by 10,000. (Foner)

August 12, 1951

Delivers eulogy at funeral of Ella Reeve “Mother” Bloor. (Foner)

August 16, 1951

Appeals April dismissal of passport suit.

October 27, 1951

Sings and speaks at founding convention of National Negro Labor Council, in Cincinnati. (Foner)

November, 1951

· The Crisis, official organ of NAACP, publishes “Paul Robeson—The Lost Shepherd,” by Robert Alan. (It is later revealed that article resulted from request by US Vice Consul in Accra, Ghana, for special story to lessen Robeson’s influence in Africa.)

· Authorities at City College of New York deny use of campus auditorium for Robeson appearance scheduled for January 10, 1952. Student Council and campus newspaper vigorously condemn the action as “an abridgment of academic freedom.”

· Freedom Associates publishes pamphlet by Lloyd Brown, entitled Lift Every Voice for Paul Robeson, and the Provisional Committee to Restore Paul Robeson's Passport is formed in New York to mobilize public support for Robeson's struggle to regain his passport.

November 5, 1951

Speaks at Conference for Equal Rights for Negroes in the Arts, Sciences and Professions, in New York City. (Foner)

November 15, 1951

Addresses “World Peace Rally,” sponsored by National Council of American-Soviet Friendship, in New York.

December 17, 1951

Heads New York delegation of Civil Rights Congress presenting petition to United Nations accusing the US government of genocide against its Black citizens on the grounds that “some fifteen million black Americans are mostly subjected to conditions making for premature death, poverty and disease.” (Petition, entitled “We Charge Genocide: The Crime of the United States Government against the Negro People,” is simultaneously presented to UN representatives in Paris by William L. Patterson.) Behind the scenes, the US government uses its influence to have the petition circumvented by preventing the UN Human Rights Commission from discussing the genocide charge.

1952

As Chairman of Council on African Affairs, raises funds in support of the liberation movement in South Africa and organizes petitions to President of US.

January 31, 1952

Prohibited from crossing border into Canada, where he has been invited to speak to convention of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers’ Union in Vancouver, BC, speaks and sings to them by telephone from Marine Cooks & Stewards Hall in Seattle. Over next six years, Mine, Mill contributes much to Robeson’s struggle to regain his right to travel, insisting also that, as Canadians, they have the right to hear an international artist. To launch its protest, the Union organizes a Robeson concert and rally to be held on May 18 at Peace Arch Park, at the US-Canada border, in Blaine, Washington.

April, 1952

· Sings and speaks for world peace and friendship among all nations, at Hartford Avenue Baptist Church, in Detroit.
· Attends conference on the fight for peace in Latin America, held in Montevideo, Uruguay.


April 6 - June 2, 1952

Makes 30-state tour to raise $50,000 to aid National Negro Council, Council on African Affairs and Freedom newspaper.

April 28, 1952

Under a political climate very different from that obtaining when Robeson sang at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House in November 1940 and again in March 1946, the Board of Trustees, following much public controversy, cancels rental for a scheduled May 22 Robeson concert.

May, 1952

Robeson concert, sponsored by National Negro Labor Council, is canceled by Oakland Municipal Auditorium.

May 8, 1952

· Celebrates 54th birthday with concert at Rockland Palace, NYC, but Manhattan Center breaks agreement to rent hall for another celebration the same night.
· Receives plaque from International Ladies Garment Workers Union, inscribed "Your life, your thoughts, expressed in words and songs, binds the liberation struggle with the struggles of the toilers towards a new, free and happy world."

May 11, 1952
Is honored at 54th birthday party, Arcade Ballroom, Chicago.

May 16, 1952

Senior Bishop William J. Walls of AME Zion Church, at 34th quadrennial conference, comes out for return of Robeson’s passport.

May 18, 1952

In dramatic defiance of government’s ban on his leaving US soil, standing on a flatbed truck parked one foot inside the US border at the Peace Arch, in Blaine, Washington, speaks and sings to a crowd of 40,000 Canadians and Americans gathered on both sides of the border.

May 20, 1952

Gives benefit concert for Civil Rights Congress, at Civic Auditorium, Seattle.

May 22, 1952

Having been barred from performing in a concert scheduled for this date at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, sings instead at Macedonia Baptist Church, in concert sponsored by the National Negro Labor Council.

May 23, 1952
 
Sings for 5,000 at Berkeley High School Community Center Theater, at concert sponsored by the National Negro Labor Council. Berkeley Mayor Lawrence Cross speaks out on behalf of Robeson’s right to appear on Bay Area stages, is sharp contrast to the stance taken by San Francisco Mayor Elmer Robinson.

June 1, 1952
Because no local concert hall will now rent to him, speaks and gives free concert to 13,000 jammed into Washington Park, in Chicago. The crowd is there to pay tribute to Robeson for “his leadership in the struggle for peace, democracy and the liberation of oppressed peoples.” The event is sponsored by the Chicago Negro Labor Council.

July 4, 1952

Speaks and sings to 800 delegates in attendance at the third National Convention of the Progressive Party, held in Chicago. (Foner)

October, 1952
Visits Albert Einstein at his home in Princeton, NJ. They enjoy the entire afternoon discussing everything from music to peace to the freedom struggles in South Africa. Lloyd Brown recalls trying to make conversation with their illustrious host, “Dr. Einstein, it’s really an honor to be in the presence of a great man.” Einstein, slightly annoyed, replies, “But you came in with a great man.”

November, 1952
· Brooklyn Academy of Music breaks contract with National Council of the Arts, Sciences and Professions for cultural festival upon learning of planned Robeson participation, citing alleged “danger of disorder” if he appears. 

· City College of New York bars Robeson’s appearance on its campus; Student Council calls the action an “abridgement of academic freedom.” 

· Publishes article in Freedom newspaper, “The Brave Trumpets of Albert Einstein and His Fellow Scientists,” praising the group of thirty-four of the world’s leading scientists who are protesting the government’s denial of passports to many scientists, educators, writers, artists and others. 


November 11-18, 1952

Despite attempts by “patriotic” groups in Hartford, CT, to block his appearance, gives scheduled recital as part of People’s Party presentation at public school.

November 13, 1952

Speaks at meeting of National Council of American-Soviet Friendship, in New York, to mark 35th Anniversary of USSR and 19th anniversary of American-Soviet relations. (Foner)

November 21, 1952

Sings and speaks to 1,500 delegates at Second Annual Convention of the National Negro Labor Council, held in Cleveland. (Foner)

December, 1952

· Othello Recording Corporation issues album, Robeson Sings. With recording companies refusing to distribute his records or to record new ones, and all concert halls, theaters, etc. closed to him, Robeson, who had been listed among top ten highest-paid concert artists in 1941, sees his income plummet from a high of over $100,000 in 1947 to about $3,000 in 1952.

· Concert scheduled in Chicago is called off because mortgage holders on church where it is to be held threaten that if he sings, they will demand immediate payment or foreclose. Some African Americans holding federal jobs are threatened with firing if they attend.

December 22, 1952

Awarded the International Stalin Peace Prize. The Prize had been established three years earlier to honor citizens of any country for “outstanding service in the struggle against war and for the strengthening of peace.” State Department denies him permission to travel to accept award.

1953

Still unable to obtain passport, is forced to turn down hundreds of invitations from overseas to perform concerts and to appear at peace conferences and political events.

January 29, 1953

National Church of Nigeria, at a ceremony attended by 5,000, honors Robeson with the award “Champion of African Freedom,” in recognition and appreciation of his “unswerving devotion and selfless service to the cause of African liberation.”


March 14-15, 1953
Participates in the National Policy Meeting of the American Peace Crusade, at the YMCA, Chicago. 

April, 1953
Sings and speaks to 6,000 at Detroit’s Sacred Cross Baptist Church, under auspices of Freedom Associates of Detroit.

April 13, 1953

Issues statement, as Chairman of Council on African Affairs, urging support for jailed leaders and freedom struggles in Kenya and South Africa. (Foner)

April 17, 1953
Gives recital at Hartford Avenue Baptist Church, Detroit. 

April 24, 1953

Issues statement, as Chairman of Council on African Affairs, concerning the US government’s labeling of that organization as “subversive” and Justice Department’s order for the organization to register under the McCarran Act. (Foner)

May 23, 1953

Sings at religious concert at Calvary Baptist Church in Detroit.

May 31, 1953

Begins second nationwide concert tour, with appearance at Greater St. Peter’s Baptist Church in Detroit. Sponsored by Freedom Associates, tour spans five months and takes him to West and Deep South.

June, 1953
Publishes article, “A Thousand Years? No---Now’s the Time for African Freedom,” in Freedom newspaper. 

June 7, 1953
Gives concert at Macedonian Missionary Baptist Church, San Francisco, to a capacity crowd of 2,000, followed by a banquet in his honor. 

June 14, 1953
Sings to capacity audience of 1,700 at Embassy Auditorium, Los Angeles, sponsored by the Los Angeles Citizens Committee. 

June 20, 1953
Speaks and sings at anniversary celebration of Jewish People’s Fraternal Order, at Embassy Auditorium, Los Angeles 

June 21, 1953 
Gives concert to overflow crowd at First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, with loudspeakers set up in two auxiliary halls. 

July 5, 1953
Gives concert at Lawndale Baptist Church, Chicago. 

July 10, 1953
Performs with the Mt. Olive Gospel Singers in a benefit for the Tenants’ League, Altgeld Gardens Project, Chicago Housing Authority. 


July 12, 1953

Sings and speaks to 25,000 at "Peace and Freedom Concert," in Washington Park, under auspices of Freedom Associates of Chicago.

July 17, 1953
Gives recital at Mt. Eagle Baptist Church, Chicago. 

July 23, 1953

As Chairman of Council on African Affairs, sends lengthy memorandum to United Nations Commission on Racial Discrimination in South Africa, urging the international organization to “take such measures as may be necessary to halt the present oppression of the 10 million non-white people of the Union of South Africa and to avert the dander to international peace and harmony arising from the pursuit of the South African government’s policy and practice of racial discrimination and oppression.” (Foner)

August, 1953

Applies for passport to travel to England, France, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Request denied by Passport Office.

August 16, 1953

Speaks and gives second concert at Peace Arch, in Blaine, Washington, once again demonstrating that US government cannot silence him. “And why do they take my passport away? [B]ecause for many years I have been struggling for the independence of the colonial peoples of Africa. And that is meddling in the foreign affairs of the United States government. Now, that’s just too bad, ‘cause I’m going to have to continue to meddle. Other Americans can choose the refuse of Nazi fascism. They can wander around the earth picking those who would keep mankind in perpetual slavery. I choose to stretch my hand across the oceans to the brave peoples of many lands.…There is no force on earth that will make me go backward one-thousandth of one little inch.” (Foner)

December 4-6, 1953

Speaks at Convention of National Negro Labor Council, held in Chicago, with 1,500 delegates. Asks, rhetorically, “Will shooting down Chinese help us get our freedom? Will dropping some bombs on Vietnamese patriots who want to be free of French domination help American Negroes reach a plane of equality with their white fellow-citizens? And, most important, will a war in support of [the apartheid government] in South Africa, or the British exploiters in Kenya, or the French in Tunisia place Black Americans on the same footing with whites?” (Foner)

March, 1954

· Speaks out angrily against imprisonment of Jomo Kenyatta and the effort to discredit the movement for Kenyan independence.

· Denounces US intervention and overthrow of Arbenz government in Guatemala at rally sponsored by the International Workers Order.

· Sings and speaks at New York rally for Smith Act victims.


· Publishes article entitled "Ho Chi Minh is the Toussaint L'Ouverture of Indo-China, in Freedom. Says, in part, "Vast quantities of US bombers, tanks and guns have been sent against Ho Chi Minh and his freedom-fighters; and now we are told that soon it may be 'advisable' to send American GIs into Indo-China in order that the tin, rubber and tungsten of Southeast Asia be kept by the 'free world'---meaning White Imperialism….[A]nd I ask again: Shall Negro sharecroppers from Mississippi be sent to shoot down brown-skinned peasants in Vietnam---to serve the interests of those who oppose Negro liberation at home and colonial freedom abroad?" (Foner)

Spring, 1954

Campaigns are simultaneously launched in US and England to protest the government’s continuing “domestic arrest” of Robeson. In England, National Paul Robeson Committee is formed, sponsored by Members of Parliament and other notables—writers, scholars, actors, lawyers, trade union leaders, titled persons. The Committee begins a “Let Paul Robeson Sing” mass petition campaign, which gathers signatures from tens of thousands of supporters. Over the next four years, many prominent figures in Britain speak, as individuals and through their organizations, for Robeson’s right to travel.

April 24, 1954

Is featured speaker at “Chicago’s Salute to the 2nd Anniversary of Africa’s Fight for Freedom,” sponsored by the American Peace Crusade, held at Metropolitan Community Church. 

May 8, 1954
· Speaks at mass rally of Civil Rights Congress, at Washington Park, Chicago. 

· Gives concert to 1,500 at University of Chicago. Prior to the concert, the sponsoring student organization is subjected to pressure to cancel the invitation when local reactionary groups threaten violence against any who dare to attend, and local newspapers denounce the concert as “un-American.” But the students stand firm, declaring, “We refuse to accede to a policy of suppressing those whose views are controversial.” They also congratulate the university officials for adhering to the tradition of academic freedom. 

May 24, 1954
“Salute to Paul Robeson” from his fellow artists, including Thelonious Monk, Pete Seeger, Leon Bibb, Alice Childress, Julian Mayfield, Karen Morley, Lorraine Hansberry, in support of his struggle to regain his passport. The Renaissance Casino, New York, is packed and the overflow crowd of over 1,000 have to be accommodated in an adjoining church.

June, 1954

Concert scheduled in Chicago is cancelled at last minute by local Board of Education.


June 1, 1954

All-India Peace Council circulates petition for return of Robeson’s passport.


June 10, 1954

Speaks and sings at rally calling for amnesty for the Smith Act victims, sponsored by the Civil Rights Congress.

July, 1954

State Department rejects application for reinstatement of passport.


August, 1954

Gives third annual concert at Peace Arch, in Blaine, Washington.


September 25, 1954

Speaks at meeting of National Negro Labor Council, in New York, urging Black leaders to keep struggling for full equality for all African Americans. (Foner)

October 3, 1954
Sings and speaks at rally sponsored by the Civil Rights Congress, at Washington Park, Chicago.

October 19, 1954
New World Review magazine sponsors “Cultural Tribute to the Robesons” in New York City.

October 29, 1954

· Gives concert under auspices of Chicago Committee for Paul Robeson at Pershing Hotel, with 500 attending.
 
October 31, 1954

Gives concert at the Chopin Cultural Center, Chicago.

November 16, 1954

Speaks at mass meeting of the National Council of American-Soviet Friendship, at New Rockland Palace, NY.

November 27, 1954

State Department again denies passport, to attend Soviet Writers’ Congress, in Moscow, where he has been invited.

March, 1955

Gives two sold-out concerts within three days, at First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, as benefit for the tax fund of the Church, to pay taxes growing out of the refusal of Church authorities to sign the controversial loyalty oath in order to benefit by tax exemptions due to religious institutions.

April, 1955

Is invited, but, due to lack of passport, is barred from attending, Asian-African Conference, held in Bandung, Indonesia; sends message. (Foner)

April 29, 1955

Speaks and sings at May Day Rally in New York City.

April 30, 1955

Sings, reads from Othello and discusses world problems to over 1,000, under sponsorship of Forum for Free Speech, Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania. (Foner)

June, 1955

Council on African Affairs is disbanded because “continuing government harassment made its work impossible.”

June 24, 1955

Gives concert at California Hall, San Francisco, as part of United Nations Week celebrations.


July, 1955

Due to continuing public pressure, State Department eases travel restrictions on Robeson, allowing him to travel to Canada, but nowhere else.


July 10, 1955

Pays farewell tribute to Leslie McFarland, African American member active in work of International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union, in Oakland, Ca.

July 24, 1955

Gives fourth annual concert at Peace Arch, Blaine, Washington.

July 29, 1955
Joins with hundreds in celebrating the victory over the government’s persecution of Harry Bridges and its fifth attempt to deport the Australian labor leader, at ILWU headquarters, San Francisco.


August-September, 1955

Speaks and sings to trade unions, churches, youth groups, fraternal organizations and women’s groups in Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco and San Diego.

August 16, 1955

In hearing before Federal District Court, judge refuses to order State Department to issue passport to Robeson; implies one can be issued if he signs non-Communist loyalty oath. Robeson refuses, telling reporters, “Of course I won’t sign it. I consider it an invasion of every constitutional liberty I have.”

September 9, 1955

Trade Union Congress in England appeals to President Eisenhower to allow Robeson a passport to come to Britain.
 

1956

· Gives concert at Mother AME Zion Church, Harlem, where brother, Benjamin, is Pastor.


· Sings, with a Jewish folk chorus, at rally to protest discrimination at Parkchester housing project, NY, organized by American Labor Party.

February 18-March 2, 1956

· Having won a partial victory in the struggle for his right to travel abroad, in that he is now allowed to go to Canada, speaks and sings to 2,800 at Massey Hall, Toronto.

· Attends Convention of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, in Sudbury, Ontario.

· Is interviewed and performs on Canadian Radio and Television.


March 11, 1956

Taped message from Robeson played to huge rally in Manchester, England, sponsored by the National Paul Robeson Committee, whose “Let Robeson Sing” campaign, has, since 1954, been flooding the US State Department with petitions, letters and cables and will grow so large by 1957 that it becomes a serious embarrassment to the US government.

April 19, 1956
State Department partially eases restrictions on Robeson’s travel, informing him that he is now free to travel anywhere within the Western Hemisphere, where no passport is required.


June 12, 1956

· Is called before HUAC on “Investigation of the Unauthorized Use of United States Passports.” When asked by the Committee why, if he thinks Soviet Union is so wonderful, he doesn’t just go live there, replies, “Because my father was a slave and my people died to build this country, and I am going to stay here and have a part of it just like you. And no fascist-minded people will drive me from it.” Also tells them, “You are the un-Americans and you ought to be ashamed of yourselves. You should adjourn this forever.” To the questions about his Communist affiliations, refuses to answer, afterwards stating to the press, “I have made it a matter of principle to refuse to comply with any demand that infringes upon the Constitutional rights of all Americans.” (Foner)

· Emergency Civil Liberties Committee holds concert at Town Hall, New York City, A Tribute to Paul Robeson, with proceeds going to help defray costs of Robeson’s passport suit.

July 13, 1956
Is called before HUAC on “Investigation of the Unauthorized Use of United States Passports.” When asked by the Committee why, if he thinks Soviet Union is so wonderful, he doesn’t just go live there, replies, “Because my father was a slave and my people died to build this country, and I am going to stay here and have a part of it just like you. And no fascist-minded people will drive me from it.” Also tells them, “You are the un-Americans and you ought to be ashamed of yourselves. You should adjourn this forever.” To the questions about his Communist affiliations, refuses to answer. (Foner)

November, 1956

· The US Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal on Robeson’s passport suit, because he continues to refuse, on principle, to ever sign a non-communist affidavit.

· Newest edition of College Football and All-American omits him from list of players on the 1918 and 1919 Walter Camp All-American team at Rutgers.


April, 1957

British Actors’ Equity Association votes to “make representation in whatever quarters may have influence in allowing him [Robeson] to perform in this country.”


May 17, 1957

Attends at Prayer Pilgrimage for Negro Rights, in Washington, DC, celebrating Supreme Court’s Brown vs. Board of Education desegregation decision of 1954 and calling for swift implementation of school integration.

May 26, 1957

National Paul Robeson Committee, in England, formed in 1954 to assist Robeson in regaining his passport, organizes concert in which Robeson sings via trans-Atlantic phone circuit to over 1,000 gathered at St. Pancras Town Hall, London. The Manchester Guardian of May 28 says the concert has succeeded in making “the United States Department of State look rather silly.”

June 23, 1957
Gives outdoor concert of folk songs of many lands at the 7th Annual Festival of Nationalities, of the Committee for the Protection of the Foreign Born, Los Angeles.

July-October, 1957

Performs concert tour in California. Sings to 5,000 in a park in Los Angeles, under auspices of the Foreign-born Committee; to 2,400 more in two concerts at First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles; then to another 1,100 at Third Baptist Church in San Francisco. Also sings at Saints’ Rest Baptist Church in Oakland, St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Sacramento and several other venues. All these appearances are sold out within a day or two of being announced.

July 26, 1957

Performs "An Evening of Music and Poetry," at Third Baptist Church, San Francisco.
 
September, 1957

When the National Guard in Little Rock, AR prevents nine Black students from enrolling in Central High School, Robeson issues statement demanding US government defend the Constitution in Little Rock and calling for a national conference to challenge “every expression of white supremacy.”

October, 1957

Ebony magazine publishes article, “Has Paul Robeson betrayed the Negro?” Author Carl T. Rowan concludes that, indeed, he has not.

October 5, 1957

Is invited by Welsh miners to be honored guest at annual Eisteddfod Music Festival. Appeal to Supreme Court for passport is rejected, but he is able to sing on schedule, via trans-Atlantic telephone hook-up between New York and Porthcawl, Wales, to the 5,000 gathered there. 

October 18, 1957

Performs "An Evening of Music and Poetry," accompanied by local pianist William Duncan Allen, at Saints Rest Baptist Church, Oakland, CA.

November 10, 1957

Speaks and sings at annual American-Soviet Friendship meeting at Carnegie Hall, New York City, celebrating 40th anniversary of USSR.

December 1, 1957
Performs concert, accompanied by San Francisco Bay Area renown pianist William Duncan Allen, at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, in Stockton, CA. 


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