Use the two documents found at the bottom of this page and
Paul Robeson's biography
, to answer the following questions to the best of your ability.
Questions for Discussion
- Recreate the change in events before, during, and after May 6, 1947 and September 18, 1947 regarding Paul Robeson's benefit concerts. Plug in what you think happened by looking at his biography and the clues in the documents to explain what happened between the two dates.
- Discuss the constitutional issues involved in lifting the ban on the recital.
- Do you believe that controversial people, such as Louis Farrakhan or the Grand Wizard of the KKK, should be able to perform in public places such as schools, parks, etc.? Why or why not? Explain your opinion thoroughly in the Electronic New Jersey Discussion Forum.
- Identify a current example of a controversial person/ activist who has been censored or prevented from performing or advertising their cause. Why do you believe they are met with such opposition?