THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Page Eiglt THE MICHIGAN DAILY Thursday, February 12, 1976
leader lauds Robeson,
By JOHN CABLE
Robeson entered the world of tation claiming that "even Ro-
theatre and exerted the same oeson's worst enemies could not
TCh e tWrigh chAiran of profound inpact on the Ameri- say he didn't have integrity. He
can stage, which he had on was an extremely sincere indi-
seum board, warned a crowd of most of his other activities. vidual who only wanted to
nearly 150 last night at Trotter change Democracy a n d the
House that the meaning of Paul Robeson was one of the first United States for the better."
Robeson's life must not be for- blacks to play a serious role in
gotten. American theatre, opening up It was this desire to change
During a tribute to the re- new avenues in acting for many Democracy "for the better,"
nowned actor, labor and civil other talented black performers. which served as fuel for the.
rights leader sponsored by the fire of criticism which was lev-
Marxist Forum'and the Young ROBESON'S drama career ied against him by the govern-
W o r k e r s Liberation League, was highlighted by his title role meat Wright said. Robeson
Wright told the student crowd in Othello which he played 296 me Wrdgh si sRoesn
that "the same people will try times, setting a record for and was brought before the
to distort him (Robeson) in, a Shakesperian production on House Unamerican Activities
death who tried to distort him Broadway. Committee because he refused
in life so it is incumbent on
everyone to study him and know Following World War II, Ro- to deny he was a Communist.
his true story." beson campaigned for black He felt such testimony was
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rights and was active in the in-'
WRIGHT WAS referring to the ternational labor movement, a
air of "controversy and misun- crucial move which eventually;
derstanding" w h i c h plagued led to his being blacklisted and
Robeson most of his life. labelled a "subversive" during
Valedictorian at Rutgers Uni- the SQ's Red Scare.
versity and graduate of Colum- Robeson's politicial activitism
bia University Law School; Ro- was the main subject of Wright's
beson's short law career halted talk.
when racial hostility mounted in .
his New York law firm. WRIGHT exuberantly praised
The son of a runaway slave, Robeson throughout his presen-
Wright also recounted the
story of the musical perform-
ance scheduled by Robeson in
Peekskill, New York which was
cancelled due to a riot by anti-
Black and anti-Communist de-
ROBESON insisted on coming
back to the same stage a week
later to the delight of Blacks
and Labor men in the crowd,
despite mob attempts to thwart
The Civil Rights movement
has come a long way since Ro-
beson's "Fort Sumter" incident.
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during the hearing, is expected
to bring on a battalion of scien-
tific specialists to 'refute the
damaging tape recordings and
actions of "Tania."
that Hearst's own statement
from the stand earlier this
week that she had been terror-
ized and threatened with death
every minute of her stay with
the-SLA and had never been a
willing convert of the group was
"Everything this court has
heard from Miss Hearst of her
coercion in a year and a half
is not true," he said.
Bailey had argued angrily for
Carter to suppress Miss
Hearst's statements because
they *ere "forced out of her."
"IF WE continue to bring
kidnaped people in here and
continue to try them on invol-
untary statements," said Bail-
ey, "I assure you we have
many repeats of such kidnap-
Hearst, now 21, was kidnap-
ed Feb. 4, 1974. She later ad-
mitted via the tape-recorded
communiques that she had join-
ed her revolutionary kidnapers
and helped them rob the Hi-
bernia Bank 10 weeks later.
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