Freedomways Reader: Prophets in Their Own Country

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"We're Moving!" No. 1, 1971

PAUL ROBESON

On August 28, 1964, the first anniversary of the historic March on Washington, Paul Robeson issued a statement to the African American press, from which the following was excerpted.

While I must continue my temporary retirement from public life I am, of course, deeply involved with the great upsurge of our people. Like all of you, my heart has been filled with admiration for the many thousands of Negro freedom fighters and their white associates who are waging the battle for civil rights throughout the country and especially in the South. Along with the pride has been the great sorrow and righteous wrath we all shared when the evil forces of white supremacy brutally murdered the Birmingham children and some of our finest heroes, like Medgar Evers and the three young men in Mississippi.

For me there has also been the sorrow that I have felt on returning home and experiencing the loss of persons who for many long years were near and dear to me -- my beloved older brother, Rev. Benjamin C. Robeson, who passed away while I was gone; and my long-time

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