Selected Speeches and Writings on Peace, No. 1, 1971
Paul Robeson delivered this speech, "Playing Catch-up", in October 1953. It was printed in the magazine Freedom, which Robeson published and Louis Burnham edited, and reprinted in Freedomways' special issue on Paul Robeson.
For 90 years since Emancipation our people have been playing "catch-up" in American life. We have been battling for equality in education, health, housing and jobs.
And now, today, 90 years later, despite all the croaking about the great progress we're making, any Negro who's not looking for a second-string job on Eisenhower's "team" will tell you we've still got a long way to go.
How are we going to get there?