After watching Paul Roberson’s story “Here I Stand” the content received from Penny M. Von Eschen’s Race Against the Empire helped to put many things into perspective. Paul Robeson was amazing to learn about because I didn’t realize how many people he crossed paths with. He is rarely ever mentioned in the context of the fight for civil rights but yet there he was in the midst of it all. What also fascinated me about the 1955 Asian-African Conference at Bandung was that a majority of the world actually put aside their differences to attempt to come together for a common goal. Richard Wright, Ethel Payne, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. we’re all in attendance. It’s sad to know that W.E.B. DuBois could not be there because the US refused to give him a passport. However, I was glad to see that he sent his views, via Mr. Powell, about African-Americans being told not to talk about the terrible state of racism in America, also stating “because of my 50 years of service in the cause of 25 million colored peoples of America I venture of my own initiative to address you in their name, since the United States will not allow me to attend this meeting.” This information immediately reminded me of what Paul Robeson did when he returned from the Soviet Union and refused to acknowledge the terrible things happening to the Jews with hopes of bringing socialism to the US. I was also glad to read that Robeson’s views were also acknowledged, also via Mr. Powell, even though he couldn’t be there. He stated, “the time has come when the colored peoples of the world will no longer be exploited and expropriated by the Western world.” Such an impactful statement. The amount of will and strength in that room was amazing and to think what may have come of all of that will and strength, if uninterrupted, sends a powerful statement. To also imagine that this was held during the start of the United Nations is also amazing. This is an important moment in time in which the United States government was so concerned that they sent their own spies there to surveillance and then try to keep a secret. I wonder, what this would look like today given the current climate. Who would be there considering the Western world is home to the United Nations already? How and where would the underprivileged nations of the world meet if they wanted to take a stand against racism?