Swing Low, Sweet Chariot by Paul Robeson

One of the great voices that I love to hear.

Ten years later, in 1956, Robeson was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) after he refused to sign an affidavit affirming that he was not a Communist. In response to questions concerning his alleged Communist Party membership, Robeson reminded the Committee that the Communist Party was a legal party and invited its members to join him in the voting booth before he invoked the Fifth Amendment and refused to respond. Robeson lambasted Committee members on civil rights issues concerning African-Americans. When one senator asked him why he hadn’t remained in the Soviet Union, he replied, “My father was a slave and my people died to build this country, and I’m going to stay right here and have a part of it, just like you. And no fascist-minded people like you will drive me from it. Is that clear?” (Testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee, June 12, 1956) At one point he remarked, “you are the nonpatriots, and you are the un-Americans, and you ought to be ashamed of yourselves.”

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