U Street Corridor in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
“Scandalize My Name”
Paris Peace Conference April 20, 1949: "It is unthinkable that the Negro people of America or elsewhere in the world could be drawn into war with the Soviet Union" Paul Robeson.
Before Robeson even spoke in Paris a distorted version of his comment was published in the media instigating an outpouring of ill will and hostility towards the man a few months early had been exalted as the worlds greatest and highest paid performer.
Now he was being called an "enemy" of the land of his birth and "traitor" to his country. In 1950 Robeson's passport was revoked preventing him from traveling to resume his concert and acting career. In the following 12 months 85 of his concert bookings were canceled and this persecution by the FBI and US State Department continued for many years.
Erected 2015 by DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities.
Location. 38° 55.049′ N, 77° 1.865′ W. Marker is in U Street Corridor, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from U Street Northwest east of 14th Street NW, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1351 U Street NW, Washington DC 20009, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance "Deep River" (here, next to this marker); "All Men Are Brothers" (here, next to this marker); "Othello" (a few steps from this marker); "Joshua Fit De Battle Of Jericho" (a few steps from this marker); "Stand By Me" (a few steps from this marker); "Wade in the Water" (within shouting distance of this marker); "No More Auction Block For Me" (within shouting distance of this marker); "Old Man River" (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in U Street Corridor.
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Peace • War, Cold •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 29, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 51 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 29, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.