Albert Einstein teaching a physics class at Lincoln University HBCU in Pennsylvania in 1946 The Nobel prize winning scientist said The separation of the races is not a disease of colored people It is a disease of white people I do not intend to be quiet about it Six Ways Albert Einstein Fought for Civil Rights ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 1 Shortly before moving to America Einstein backed a campaign to defend the Scottsboro Boys nine Alabama teenagers who were falsely accused of rape in 1931 ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 2 When Princeton's Nassau Inn refused to rent a room to contralto opera star Marian Anderson because of her skin color Einstein invited the singer home as his guest Their friendship lasted from 1937 until his death in 1955 and Anderson stayed with the Einsteins whenever she visited Princeton ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 3 In 1946 Einstein gave a rare speech at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania a historically black university where he also accepted an honorary degree The appearance was significant because Einstein made a habit of turning down all requests to speak at universities During his speech he called racism a disease of white people ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ ➖ ➖ 4 Einstein was a friend and supporter of African-American actor and singer Paul Robeson who was blacklisted because of his civil rights work The pair worked together in 1946 on an anti-lynching petition campaign In 1952 when Robeson's career had bottomed out because of the blacklisting Einstein invited Robeson to Princeton as a rebuke to the performer's public castigation ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 5 For decades Einstein offered public encouragement to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People NAACP and its founder W E B Du Bois And in 1951 when the federal government indicted the 83-year-old Du Bois as a foreign agent Einstein offered to appear as a character witness during the trial The potential publicity convinced the judge to drop the case ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 6 In January 1946 Einstein published an essay The Negro Question in Pageant magazine in which he called racism America's worst disease livesciencecom AlbertEinstein theblaquelioness Meme
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