Paul Robeson Biography (30 min), Scandalize My Name (54 min)
The Hartford Courant (April 27, 2000) is the source of the following quotes about Robeson, who lived with his family in Enfield from 1941 – 52. “For his radical politics and acid-tongued attacks on racism, Robeson was locked out of concert halls and theaters around the country. Even in Hartford, he was nearly banned in 1952 from performing in Weaver High School.” “Pieces of his past were obscured, distorted, ripped out of context, and even physically erased.”
The blacklist was a list of assumed communists in the entertainment industry. This list was used to prevent employment. Scandalize My Name, whose title is that of a Robeson song, deals with black writers and entertainers on the list. It features commentary by Harry Belafonte, Ossie Davis, and the Joseph Wershba, among others.
In this four part summer series, facilitator Jack Brin will bring films about the McCarthy era to show and discuss. The first film will focus on the life of Joseph McCarthy, followed by Edward R. Murrow’s career as depicted in the film Good Night and Good Luck, the Rosenberg spy trial and its aftermath, and finally the Paul Robeson story and a film which features commentary by Harry Belafonte, Ossie Davis, and Joseph Wershba, among others.
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