Theater: Black Monarch

PAUL ROBESON by Phillip Hayes Dean

This is the first play in recent memory to be denounced by a committee prior to being appraised by the critics. The National Ad Hoc Committee to End the Crimes Against Paul Robeson took a two-page ad in the Jan. 11 issue of Variety to proclaim: "We in the Black community have repeatedly seen the giants among us reduced from REVOLUTIONARY heroic dimensions to manageable, sentimentalized size. If they cannot be co-opted in life, it is simple enough to tailor their images in death." Signatories included a virtual...

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