After the rally, Robeson and his wife Essie entertained Feffer and Mikhoels.
In Remembrance of Henry Foner January 30th, By Joe Dorinson Contact with Henry Foner, an outstanding union leader, political activist, and talented musician, resulted from my bid to honor Jackie Robinson with a major conference at LIU Brooklyn, then my home away from home for thirty years.
With a modest budget, I tried to get a galaxy of baseball luminaries, journalists, writers, broadcasters, historians, students, and fans to attend.
Paul Robeson was born April 9, , in Princeton, New Jersey, the son of an escaped slave. He became arguably the most prominent African American from the s through the s. Eslanda ("Essie") Cardozo Goode Robeson (December 15, – December 13, ) was an American anthropologist, author, actor and civil rights activist. She was the wife and business manager of singer and actor Paul Robeson. Biography Early years and marriage Eslanda Cardozo Goode was born in Washington, DC, on December 15, , mostly descended from Black slaves. Paul Robeson was born April 9, , in Princeton, New Jersey, the son of an escaped slave. He rose to unparalleled heights as an athlete, actor, singer, and activist, and was arguably the most prominent African American from the s through the s.
Someone—I forget who—suggested that I contact Henry Foner. On April 15, at a family Seder, Henry, the youngest of four glorious brothers to borrow a phrase from author Howard Fast asked his father Die fir kashes no varnishkas please or the Four Questions, a ritual at every Passover plot.
His elderly father responded in predictable fashion and repeated the formulaic explanation. Henry politely corrected his dad with good news stating that the difference maker, Jackie Roosevelt Robinson had integrated major league baseball on this day.
No doubt, jubilation greeted this assertion. So I contacted Henry Foner. In addition, Henry put me in touch with Paul Robeson, Jr. Exuding friendly persuasion, Henry convinced Robeson, whose father he admired and protected in that infamous Peekskill Riot in the summer of to join our conference The Robinson Conference succeeded beyond my wildest dreams.
An astonishing list of attendees made a difference. To round out our magic circle, we summoned scholars, educators, fans, broadcasters, activists, and writers from all over.
Here are some of the names: The very next year, Henry Foner provided even more vital assistance for a conference celebrating the life and legacy of Paul Robeson. In short, Foner proved an MVP in recruiting attendees, promoting a major event on a shoe string budget, and serving as a keynote speaker.
Later, he proved equally indispensable in securing photographs and permissions from same from the Daily Worker archives. To put icing on the cake, he wrote a brilliant introduction to our book, Paul Robeson: Still in print, it has earned a devoted readership thanks in no small measure to our man for all seasons: Henry and his good friend, George Kapp, science teacher extraordinaire at James Madison High School recruited me to speak at SNAP, an idealistic organization designed to promote peace by engaging in praxis, i.
Aided and abetted by his late wife, Lorraine, this gallant band of peace lovers attended rallies for peace, vigorously campaigning for a just society, and condemning war. Unlike many of his comrades you should pardon the expressionHenry was blessed with a keen sense of humor and utilized a pragmatic approach to achieve desired goals, especially in the labor movement, now facing serious challenges in corporate America.
Foner continued to attend the conferences that I organized, including one memorable event at St. Evidently, his older twin brothers, Phil and Jack were too busy mining history for golden, albeit anti-capitalist, nuggets. Always ready for a witty observation, a profound insight, a moment of levity, Henry confided in this writer that he, like me, had battled depression during the s and beyond.
The loss of his beloved wife, two daughters, and a grandson seemed to evoke the Biblical Job. And I wondered, as I wander, how Henry could cope with such tsores.What Paul Robeson Said.
Toward the end of his life, Jackie Robinson had a chance to reflect on the incident and his invitation to testify before HUAC. Paul Robeson: Essays on His Life and.
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