|From left to right: Paul Robeson, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Rep. Vito Marcantonio.|
The Vito Marcantonio Forum (VMF) will reprise its multimedia event "Paul Robeson and Vito Marcantonio: Victims of McCarthyism," Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Mulberry Street Library.
The event, which entails a screening of a Dec. 7 symposium convened by the VMF and held at Penn South, will feature a question and answer section afterward.
The symposium included a lecture, theatrical reenactments, and music. Maria Lisella acted as moderator. Stephen Siciliano gave a talk entitled "Paul Robeson and Vito Marcantonio: Fighters from the Start."
Professor Gerald Meyer followed with a discussion and sampling of Paul Robeson's interpretation of Negro spiritual and "sorrow songs."
Actor Roberto Ragone rendered a speech by Marcantonio defending Dalton Trumbo and his cohort in the Hollywood Ten.
Ragone then joined actors Art Bernal and Bernard Johnson in a reenactment of Robeson's appearance before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee.
Johnson followed with an interpretation of Robeson's eulogy at Marcantonio's funeral.
It was all captured on film and its viewing is open to the public. The event runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The address is 10 Jersey Street, New York 10012.