On June 12, 1956, an afro-american militant Civil Rights proponent and talented artist appeared before the anti-communist House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC). He was Paul Robeson, the internationally acclaimed concert performer and actor and consistent anti-imperialist activist. In 1950, his passport was revoked. Several years later, Robeson refused to sign an affidavit stating that he was not a Communist and initiated an unsuccessful lawsuit.
In the following testimony to a HUAC hearing, ostensibly convened to gain information regarding his passport suit, Robeson refused to answer questions concerning his political activities and lectured bigoted Committee members Gordon H. Scherer and Chairman Francis E.Walter about African-American history and civil rights.
We publish Robeson's testimony, honoring the memory of a great human being, a pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement for the black people in the U.S. and an honest fighter for the interests of the working class worldwide.
TESTIMONY OF PAUL ROBESON BEFORE THE HUAC, June 12, 1956.