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La Guardia after Paris Peace Conference, June 16, 1949.


1949 through 1950

1949 | January, 1949 | January 17-18, 1949 | February, 1949 | March 25, 1949 | Late March, 1949 April 17, 1949 | April 20, 1949 | April 23, 1949 | April 27, 1949 | April-May, 1949 | May 1, 1949  May 8, 1949 | May 10, 1949 | May 16, 1949 | May 21, 1949 | May 25-29, 1949  
  May 30, 1949   June 4, 1949 | June 6, 1949 | June 14, 1949 | June 16, 1949 | June 19, 1949 
 June 29, 1949 | July, 1949July 17, 1949 | July 22, 1949 | July 30, 1949 | July-August, 1949 
 August 4, 1949 |August 17, 1949 | August 27, 1949 |  |August 28, 1949 | August 29, 1949  
  August 30, 1949   September-October 1949September 2, 1949 | September 3, 1949 
 September 4, 1949 | September 5, 1949 | September 7, 1949 | September 12, 1949 
  September 20, 1949 
 September 21, 1949 | September 23, 1949 | September 24, 1949 | September 25, 1949   
September 30, 1949
| October, 1949 | October 2, 1949 | October 10, 1949 | October 11, 1949   October 12, 1949 | November 10, 1949 | November 18, 1949 | December, 1949 | December 19, 1949   February 24-26, 1950 | March, 1950 | April, 1950 | April 23, 1950 | May, 1950 | May 6, 1950  
 May 14, 1950 | May 24, 1950 | May 27, 1950 | May 31, 1950 | June 10, 1950 | June 28, 1950  
  July 4, 1950 | July 28, 1950 | August 3, 1950 | August 7, 1950 | August 28, 1950    
August 29, 1950
   September 1950 | September 9, 1950 | September 16, 1950 | October 5, 1950   October 11, 1950   October 26, 1950 | November 3, 1950 | November 4, 1950 
 November 24, 1950 | December, 1950 | December 19, 1950 | Bibliography


   
1949

· Appears at NAACP Youth Council Rally, Los Angeles.

· Leads demonstration of adults and children, sponsored by the International Workers Order, in front of New York City Hall to protest discrimination.


January, 1949
· Addresses Negro Youth Builders Institute at YMCA, in Harlem.

· Following cancellation of scheduled concert at public school in Gary, IN, performs at St. Paul’s Baptist Church.

January 17-18, 1949

Attends legislative conference of Civil Rights Congress, in Washington, DC. Leads conference delegates on march to White House to demand government action against lynching; President Truman refuses to see the delegation.

February, 1949

Having decided the previous year to return to the professional concert stage, but having had 85 concert dates in the US cancelled due to attacks on him for his political activities, begins 4-month European concert tour, where all concerts are sold out, demonstrating that in Europe, at least, Robeson’s popularity has not diminished.

March 25, 1949

Speaks in London at conference attended by 3,000 sponsored by Coordinating Committee of Colonial Peoples, protesting 1948 imposition of apartheid in South Africa in violation of the United Nations Charter and numerous UN resolutions, and in defiance of world public opinion. Criticizes US for its support of apartheid government. Following meeting, South African government bans playing of Robeson’s records on radio. (Foner)

Late March, 1949

Participates in the 3-day Cultural and Scientific Conference for World Peace, held in New York City.


April 17, 1949 

Newspaper New York Age prints Robeson’s words, “I shall take my voice wherever there are those who want to hear the melody of freedom or the words that might inspire hope and courage in the face of despair and fear. My weapons are peaceful, for it is only by peace that peace can be attained. The songs of freedom must prevail.”

April 20, 1949
Speaks and sings at World Congress of the Partisans of Peace, in Paris, attended by 2,000 delegates from 60 nations, including such leaders as Pablo Picasso, Pablo Neruda, Julian Huxley, Joliet-Curie, to found the World Peace Council. Reiterating what he has previously said in public many times, again expresses his opinion that African Americans would not go to war on behalf of those who have been oppressing them for generations against anyone, including the Soviet Union. With the Cold War intensifying, this speech reverberates around the world, as American news reporters deliberately misquote him, causing widespread controversy in the US. While few stop to question the accuracy of these reports, Robeson becomes the object of pervasive, coordinated campaign to silence and discredit him: constant FBI surveillance, vilification in the mainstream media, harassment by the US government. There is also total blacklisting of him by the entertainment industries: recording studios refuse him dates; his records are withdrawn from stores and dropped from all radio broadcasts; concert halls cancel his scheduled appearances; his films disappear from public access. His name is removed from the 1917 and 1918 list of All-American football players at Rutgers University. Fearing reprisals against themselves, many Black civil rights leaders publicly criticize Robeson and rush to disassociate themselves from him, often declaring, “he doesn’t speak for us.”

April 23, 1949 
Sings and speaks for disarmament to tens of thousands in Oslo, Norway. 

April 27, 1949 
Sings and speaks for disarmament to 16,000 in Copenhagen, Denmark. When asked by a Swedish newspaper reporter what he really meant, in his April 20 Paris speech, he explains that he was referring not only to “American Negroes” but also to the forty million West Indians and the hundred and fifty million Africans who have no stake in a war against the Soviet Union. “What I said has been distorted out of all recognition….The emphasis on what I said in Paris was on the struggle for peace, not on anybody going to war against anybody.” American reporters continue to harass him in every European city and persist in twisting his words and misquoting him in their newspapers, thus fanning the flames of hysteria now increasingly gripping the American public.

May 1, 1949 
Sings and speaks to 40,000 at May Day celebration in Stockholm, Sweden. 

May 8, 1949 
Sings and speaks at rally for peace and against racial discrimination, at St. George’s Hall, Liverpool, UK. 

May 10, 1949 
In Manchester, UK, sings and speaks to 5,000 at benefit rally for the Committee to Free the Trenton Six, New Jersey defendants on death row who had been falsely accused of murder.

May 16, 1949 
Gives free concert for 3,000 miners’ families, sponsored by the Scottish National Union of Mineworkers, in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

May 21, 1949 
Gives concert, with the Clarion Singers, at Town Hall, Birmingham, England, sponsored by the British-Soviet Society (Birmingham Branch).
 
May 25-29, 1949 
Gives concert to 15,000 at Smetana Hall in Prague, Czechoslovakia. For two hours before program, Czech youth groups parade through the streets to honor and welcome him to their city. Also sings for the workers at several factories, gives radio interviews, and concludes his stay with a Sunday concert at the Prague Stadium. 

May 30, 1949 
While in Poland for concerts, visits what was once the Warsaw Ghetto, where several thousand Jews fought the Nazis to the last, woman and child. Seldom has he felt such intense emotion as he experiences here, as he climbs over the hills of ruble, beneath which are the bombed homes and crushed bodies of those who chose to stand and fight to the death. The example of their courage enters into him and strengthens his resolve to continue to stand up and speak out for peace, freedom and equality for all the oppressed peoples of the world.

 June 4, 1949 
Goes to the Soviet Union for several concerts. 

June 6, 1949 
Attends 150th anniversary celebration of the birth of Alexander Pushkin, at the Bolshoi Theatre, in Moscow. 

 
June 14, 1949 
Gives concert at Tchaikovsky Hall, Moscow.

June 16, 1949
Returning home after four-month concert and speaking tour of Europe and Soviet Union, sings and speaks at Madison Square Garden for the civil rights of the twelve Communist leaders on trial, including one of his closest personal friends for over 40 years, Benjamin Davis, Jr., saying that this trial is “a complete test of civil liberties in America;” says it represents “a type of domestic fascism” and denounces Wall Street’s “war policy.”

June 19, 1949

Addresses crowd of 5,000 at Welcome Home Rally at Rockland Palace in Harlem, under auspices of Council on African Affairs. Says Black Americans “must lay the blame where it belongs and where it has belonged for over 300 years of slavery and misery---right here on our own doorstep, not in any faraway place.” (Foner) The Council publishes Robeson's speech in pamphlet form, entitled For Freedom and Peace.

June 29, 1949

Speaks at Bill of Rights Conference, in New York, sponsored by Civil Rights Congress, again calling for an end to segregation and lynching. The 1,200 delegates issue statement which says, in part, “We declare that Robeson does, indeed, speak for us, not only in his fight for full democratic rights, but also in his fight for peace.”

July, 1949

Speaks at conference in New York, sponsored by the Committee for the Negro in the Arts.

July 17, 1949

Walks picket line with strikers at Chrysler plant in Windsor, Ontario.

July 22, 1949

Speaks at mass meeting of 1,500 sponsored by the Civil Rights Congress in support of the Trenton Six frame-up victims, in Newark, NJ. (Foner)

July 30, 1949

Article on Robeson in New York Age calls him “A Great Fighter for His People.”

July-August, 1949

Writing in New Africa, states that the fight for African American equality in US is linked inseparably not only with struggles of all American workers, but also with liberation movements of peoples of the Caribbean and Africa and of colonial world in general.

August 4, 1949

Leads picket line in front of White House, called by United Public Workers of America to protest racist hiring practices at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, challenging President Truman to make good on his civil rights promises and enforce the Fair Employment Practices Act.

August 14 1949
 
Visits Camp Kinderland, a secular Jewish and multi-cultural summer camp established in Hopewell Junction, NY, in 1923. Sings and speaks to the children, and they present him with an honorary scroll.

August 17, 1949
"Paul Robeson Day," organized by campers and staff, is Robeson's ninth annual, and final, visit to Camp Wo-Chi-CA. As always, sings for the kids, teaches them new songs and plays softball with them.

August 27, 1949

Fourth annual concert to benefit the Harlem Chapter of Civil Rights Congress, in Peekskill, NY, is prevented from occurring: At around 5PM, over 1,000 local vigilantes, led by the KKK and American Legion, invade the concert grounds, wielding fence posts, clubs, rocks, brass knuckles and knives. They viciously attack the people who are setting up for the concert, the teenagers who have come early to be ushers, some younger children from a nearby summer camp and the several dozen families having an afternoon picnic before the concert. The attackers all the while scream racist hatred: "We're Hitler's boys!" "We'll finish his job!" "Lynch Robeson!" "Every n___ bastard dies here tonight! Every Jew bastard dies here tonight!" They also smash and set fire to the 2,000 wooden folding chairs and the civil rights pamphlets and burn a cross on the hillside. The victims, many in dire need of medical attention, are besieged for over five hours, with not a policeman in sight throughout, despite numerous calls for help phoned in from a neighboring farmhouse. (It is later revealed that the local police were aware of the events at the picnic grounds in advance but did nothing.) Given the stated intention of the perpetrators, a massacre of thousands is averted only because Robeson, the other performers and the would-be audience are unable to reach the concert site, due to the fascist mobs and piles of boulders blocking the entrance for two miles from the highway to the park. Hundreds of affidavits from eyewitnesses later reveal that the attackers are not all teenage boys, but many are between 35 and 50, including prominent local businessmen.

August 28, 1949

A mass meeting is called by the defenders of the previous night of terror. Over 1600 residents of the Peekskill area attend, form the Westchester Committee for Law and Order and decide to invite Robeson sing at Peekskill again, because, they say, "We refuse to abandon any section of the United States to organized hoodlums. Our freedom and civil rights are at stake."

August 29, 1949

At a press conference of the Civil Rights Congress, held at Hotel Theresa in Harlem, Robeson calls for a Justice Department investigation into the Peekskill outrage, which he links to Ku Klux Klan activities in the South and the Germany of Hitler. Tells the 150 reporters present, “I’m going to sing wherever the people want me to sing. My people and I won’t be frightened by crosses burning in Peekskill or anywhere else.” 

August 30, 1949

Ten thousand people gather at Golden Gate Ballroom, in Harlem, to hear Robeson and others respond to the attack in Peekskill. It is announced that there will be a second concert in Peekskill on September 4. Following the meeting, the entire crowd marches down Lenox Avenue, with one hundred mounted police unable to stop them.

September-October, 1949

 “Peekskill and the Jews,” article published in The Jewish Fraternalist, Official Publication of the Jewish Peoples Fraternal Order, International Workers Order. 

September 2, 1949 

Two effigies of Robeson are hung at night by Peekskill rioters.

September 3, 1949 
KKK of the State of New York sends letter to People’s Artists, group that organized the August 27 concert in Peekskill, “thanking” them for helping to drive 722 people in Westchester County to join the racist organization. 

September 4, 1949
Despite many death threats and other ominous warnings published in newspapers and aired on radio over the previous week, the second Peekskill concert is held successfully, under the protection of a well organized, but unarmed, security guard of 2,500 friends and trade unionists, who form a human "wall" encircling the concert area. But afterwards, another nightmare ensues, when the 25,000-strong interracial audience attempting to leave the site is ambushed and violently attacked by racist mobs for three hours. All the while, the 900 local police and State Troopers not only do nothing to stop the violence, but either stand by, laughing approvingly, or join in the assault, beating the peaceful concertgoers with their clubs. While insanely screaming anti-Black, anti-Semitic and anti-Communist slurs, the rioters attack the concert-goers with sticks, bottles, clubs and large rocks, shattering windows and overturning many cars, with passengers inside them. Over 140 are injured, some seriously. The mainstream media later blame Robeson for causing the problem by “daring to go where he isn’t wanted.” Within a few days, hundreds of editorials and letters appear in newspapers across the nation and abroad, by prominent individuals, organizations, trade unions, churches and others. They condemn not only the racist attacks but also the failure of Governor Dewey and the State Police to protect the lives and property of citizens, and call for full investigation of the violence and prosecution of the perpetrators. Following the Peekskill riots, other cities become fearful of similar incidents, and many scheduled concerts are cancelled.

September 5, 1949

Speaks at protest rally of 5,000 in Chicago, denouncing Peekskill attacks as “fascist,” blaming the police for their complicity and calling for federal investigation.

September 7, 1949 
Governor Thomas E. Dewey (R-NY) issues report by Westchester County District Attorney George M. Fanelli exonerating the veterans’ groups and police responsible for the violence at Robeson concerts in Peekskill on August 27 and September 4.

September 12, 1949
Caving in to Cold War hysteria, National Maritime Union convention considers motion that Robeson's name be removed from union’s honorary membership list; motion is withdrawn for lack of support among members.

September 20, 1949

All-China Art and Literature Workers’ Association and All-China Association of Musicians of Liberated China protest Peekskill attack on Robeson.

September 21, 1949

·  Voluntarily testifies at trial of 12 Communist leaders because the national hysteria represented in this trial goes to the root of civil liberties for all Americans. Declares he knows the defendants and that none of them advocated overthrowing the government.

· Committee to Protest the Peekskill Riots demonstrates, at Grand Central Station, New York City, against Governor Thomas E. Dewey’s failure to prosecute the perpetrators of the Peekskill riots.

September 23, 1949

Sings and speaks at Bakers’ Hall, Chicago, at rally sponsored by the Civil Rights Congress of Illinois. Declares, in part, “I won’t keep quiet until every Black man in America can walk with dignity in his own country.” The hall is packed with 800 people, while another 1,500 stand outside listening over loudspeakers.


September 24, 1949

In Chicago, when all major civic halls refuse use of their facilities to Robeson’s sponsoring host, the Civil Rights Congress, Dr. Louis Rawls, pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church opens its doors to Robeson and to the 6,000 who come to hear him. 

September 25, 1949

· Begins singing/speaking tour sponsored by Council on African Affairs, often at considerable personal risk, since American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars picket concerts and attempt to stir up crowds. At all appearances, speaks about how African American struggle for full equality and civil rights is directly connected to the struggle for world peace and the liberation of colonial peoples around the world.

· Sings and speaks at rally of 10,000 in Washington Park, Chicago. 

September 30, 1949

Sings and speaks to 16,000 at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles, raising $10,000 in contributions for 70th anniversary of The California Eagle, edited by Charlotta Bass, one of the nation’s oldest Black newspapers. In the days prior to the concert, the Los Angeles City Council calls the upcoming concert “an invasion” and passes a resolution urging a boycott.

October, 1949

· Crowd of 3,000 in Washington, DC hear Robeson denounce Fascism in this country and declare himself loyal to an America that will accord his people full freedom and equality, at rally sponsored by several veteran, union, fraternal and civic groups.

· Soviet Union names Mount Robeson in his honor, the highest peak in Republic of Kirghizia.

· In Philadelphia, 3,000 fill the Metropolitan Opera House to hear Robeson sing and speak. Following his speech, applause is timed at 14 minutes.

· Westchester Committee for a Fair Inquiry Into the Peekskill Violence publishes report with eyewitness accounts, including photographs, of the ugly events August 27 and September 4. The report proves police collusion with the attackers and condemns Governor Dewey and District Attorney Fanelli for their monstrous whitewash of the violence and calls for a full Federal investigation of those organizations and individuals responsible for organizing the attacks.

October 2, 1949 
Speaks at luncheon for the National Labor Conference for Peace, Ashland Auditorium, Chicago. 

October 10, 1949

Sings and speaks against Fascism and for peace, at rally of 10,500 at Detroit’s Forest Club. Popular demand forces him to give repeat performance at Shiloh Baptist Church that same evening. (Foner)

October 11, 1949

Howard University Medical School holds dinner in his honor, at Dunbar Hotel, Washington, DC, followed by Robeson concert at Turner's Arena.

October 12, 1949

Council on African Affairs sends an open letter to President Truman, signed by Robeson, as Chairman, and other officers of the organization, in reference to the Peekskill attacks. It emphasizes that “Peekskill is by no means an isolated instance of the violation of the constitutional rights of American citizens.” It speaks of “increasing mob violence and brutal atrocities against Negro citizens” in several states, as well as “police brutality and murder” going unpunished. The letter concludes with the warning: “…the time has come to utilize the agencies of our government in actual fact toward promoting democracy at home and peace abroad. The eyes of the world are upon you, Mr. President.” (Foner)

November 10, 1949
Speaks in favor of peaceful relations with Soviet Union at banquet at Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, sponsored by National Council of American-Soviet Friendship, in New York City. (Foner)

November 18, 1949 
Sings and speaks at rally in support of Progressive Party, at Chicago Coliseum

December, 1949
Sings and speaks to 2,700 at Negro Freedom Rally in Washington, DC. 

December 19, 1949 

Files suit against Secretary of State Dean Acheson in attempt to stop cancellation of his passport.

February 24-26, 1950 

Participates, as Co-Chairman, in 2nd Annual Progressive Party Convention and sings at public concert to honor the delegates to the convention, at Ashland Auditorium, Chicago.


March, 1950

· NBC cancels Robeson’s scheduled March 19 appearance on former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s television program, Today with Mrs. Roosevelt. Network spokesman declares that Robeson will never appear on NBC, thus making him the first American to be officially banned from television. Press release of the Civil Rights Congress declares that this "censorship of Mr. Robeson's appearance on TV is a crude attempt to silence the outstanding spokesman for the Negro people in their fight for civil and human rights" and that our "basic democratic rights are under attack under the smoke-screen of anti-Communism."

· Protesters picket NBC office for its banning of Robeson, and the network is barraged with protests from public figures, organizations and others outraged by this censorship and suppression of freedom of speech.


March 15, 1950

Sings and speaks at “People’s Concert,” for the Progressive Party of Illinois, at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Chicago, with 1,500 in attendance.

April, 1950
· Speaks to 3,000 who come to Manhattan Center, New York City, to protest the mounting Cold War jailing and suppression of free thought and speech sweeping America.

· Returns to Winston-Salem to sing and speak at funeral of Moranda Smith, one of the principal organizers of Local 22, Food, Tobacco & Agricultural Workers’ Union.

April 23, 1950

Is guest artist at 20th Jubilee program of Jewish People's Fraternal Order and International Workers' Order, at Orchestra Hall, Chicago.

May, 1950

· Following police massacre of Black South African workers at a May Day demonstration, speaks out against the terror of the “fascist Malan regime” and, in prophetic words, warns, “It is later than they think in the procession of history, and that rich land must one day return to Africans on whose backs the proud skyscrapers of the Johannesburg rich were built.”

· Sings and speaks at World Peace Council meeting in London attended by 20,000.
· Gives concert at Elks Auditorium, Los Angeles.


May 6, 1950

Selection announced for African-American 1950 National Honor Roll, sponsored by African American Newspapers. Citation reads: “Actor, singer extraordinary, who has chosen to leave these peaceful arts in which he gained fame in order to throw himself into the political fight in which he hopes to win human dignity and equality for the common people.”

May 14, 1950 
Gives concert at Coliseum Bowl, San Francisco, as benefit for the ILWU. 


May 24, 1950

Leads vigil at White House, urging President Truman to pressure Congress to pass the FEPC and the anti-poll tax bill.

May 27, 1950

In article in The Nation, Earl Schenck Miers writes: “As a product of his times, Robeson today is perhaps more All-American that he was as member of his college.”

May 31, 1950

Attends London meeting of World Peace Council to expand the movement around the Stockholm Peace Appeal to ban the use of the atomic bomb. Is signatory to closing statement of the Council in opposition to the imminent US intervention in Korea, 20,000 in attendance.

June 10, 1950

Delivers keynote address and sings to the 1,000 Black and white delegates at the National Labor Conference for Negro Rights, in Chicago. This Conference calls for the founding of a National Negro Labor Council (NNLC) and the building of Negro Labor Councils across the country, to organize more militant fight-back against job discrimination. Robeson speaks against U.S. arms shipments to the French for use against Vietnamese patriots and calls for unconditional prohibition of atomic weapons. The delegates establish continuations committees to organize local councils throughout US. (Foner) The Harlem Trade Union Council publishes Robeson's speech in pamphlet form, entitled Forge Negro-Labor Unity for Peace and Jobs.

June 28, 1950

Speaks at Civil Rights Congress rally of 18,000 in Madison Square Garden, denouncing U.S. police action in Korea and U.S. intervention in Indo-China (Vietnam), Formosa (Taiwan) and the Philippines, and calls for recognition of the People’s Republic of China. Says, “The place for the Negro people to fight for their freedom is here at home.” (Foner)

July 4, 1950
Speaks against US intervention in Korea at Harlem rally sponsored by Council on African Affairs.

July 28, 1950

On advice of attorneys, refuses to hand over passport. Now has no choice but to cancel already completed arrangements for trip to Europe to attend several meetings, to fulfill speaking engagements in a number of countries, to give several concerts and to make recordings. 

August 3, 1950

US government revokes his passport, beginning 8-year legal battle to have it restored. President Truman issues unprecedented executive order forbidding Robeson to step foot outside the continental US on penalty of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. State Department orders Immigration and Customs Services and the FBI to stop him and arrest him if he attempts to leave the country. The government makes it plain that a boycott is to be imposed on Robeson. Eighty scheduled concerts in US are cancelled; civic halls will no longer rent to him; the mass media are closed to him; but he will continue to speak and sing in Black churches and union halls. His name is expunged from the 1918 and 1919 Rutgers University Football All-Americans, thus retroactively rendering the Rutgers team the only one in history to have only ten players. Since his ability to earn a living is now conditional on his right to travel abroad, the government’s action is tantamount to taking away his means of livelihood as well as depriving him of his constitutional rights to freedom of thought and expression.

August 7, 1950

In response to request by Robeson’s lawyers for explanation of passport submission order, State Department replies: “The action was taken because the Department considers that Paul Robeson’s travel abroad at this time would be contrary to the best interests of the United States.” The real reason behind the persecution is the government’s desire to silence Robeson because, wherever he goes, around the world, he has always exposed the racism in the US and spoken out passionately for the liberation of all colonial peoples; the government and corporate America simply cannot allow this to continue.

August 28, 1950

Visits State Department and demands to see Secretary of State Dean Acheson. Is offered return of passport, if he will sign statement that he will not make any speeches while abroad. Refuses, maintaining that his freedom of speech is not negotiable, that it is his inalienable right, as an American citizen, to travel freely and speak as he wishes.

August 29, 1950

Madison Square Garden refuses rental to Council on African Affairs for its planned September 14 Robeson concert and rally.

September, 1950 
Sing Out! magazine, editorializes against the U.S. Government for depriving Robeson of his freedom of speech by revoking his passport.

September 9, 1950
Speaks to rally of 6,000, under auspices of Harlem Trade Union Council, held to protest government actions against Robeson.

September 16, 1950  
Speaks and sings at election rally sponsored by the Progressive Party of Illinois, at Arcade Ballroom, Chicago. 


October 5, 1950
Speaks at campaign rally for W.E.B. Du Bois, in his run for US Senate seat on the American Labor Party ticket.

October 11, 1950

Mayor James B. Hynes bars Robeson’s portrait from exhibition in public buildings anywhere in Boston.

October 26, 1950 
Gives concert at Audubon Ballroom, NYC, for the electoral campaign of Dr. W.E.B. DuBois for the U.S. Senate, under the auspices of the American Labor Party. 
  
November 3, 1950 
Sings and speaks at rally sponsored by the Young Progressives of America, at University of Chicago. 
 
November 4, 1950 
Gives concert for children at the Packinghouse Labor Center, Chicago. 

November 24, 1950

Addresses First National Convention of Labor Youth League, at St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, attended by 5,500 young people. (Foner)

December, 1950

Together with W.E.B. Du Bois and Louis Burnham, founds monthly newspaper, Freedom. Journal continues publication in Harlem, with Robeson’s column, “Here’s My Story,” appearing as a regular feature in most issues, until August, 1955.

December 19, 1950

Files suit in US District Court against Secretary of State Dean Acheson, to have passport restored.


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