A documentary look at the confluence of the Red scare, McCarthyism, and blacklists with the post-war activism by African Americans seeking more and better roles on radio, television, and stage. It begins in Harlem, measures the impact of Paul Robeson and the campaign to bring him down, looks at the role of HUAC, J. Edgar Hoover and of journalists such as Ed Sullivan, and ends with a tribute to Canada Lee. Throughout are interviews with men and women who were there, including Dick Campbell of the Rose McLendon Players and Fredrick O'Neal of the American Negro Theatre. In the 1940s and 1950s, anti-Communism was one more tool to maintain Jim Crow and to keep down African-Americans.
Did You Know?
Self - Host
[When Jackie Robinson testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee, he said something that was taken out of the newsreel. He said:
The fact that it is a communist who denounces injustices in courts, police brutality and lynching, doesn't change the truth of these charges. Just because communists kick up a big fuss over racial discrimination when it suits their purposes, a lot of people pretend that the whole issue is a creation of the communists imagination and talk about ...