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Paul Robeson

"Here I Stand" bronze award statue

"Here I Stand" Award Gala

HTCMLI in past years produced a program at the Historic Lincoln Theatre on U Street NW that presented an award, in the spirit of Paul Robeson, to an outstanding artist activist. 

An artist activist is one that makes no distinction between their work as an artist and their life as a human being, to paraphrase Paul Robeson.

The award program included pre-program events, usually a lion dance or an awakening of a new lion, or a drum circle at a local venue such as Ben's Chili Bowl.