Paul Robeson

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Paul Robeson, a renaissance man of the twentieth century

Paul Robeson’s birthday, (April 9, 1898) ignites a unique spirit in me. Robeson’s name remains underground with a black mark through it in the annals of history even today. Robeson’s Somerville High School prowess in Princeton provided an inkling of why he now characterizes the moniker as the twentieth-century Renaissance...

Paul Robeson tribute

The Robey Theatre Company presents a virtual birthday celebration for Paul Robeson on Friday, April 9, at 6 p.m. Robeson (1898-1976), an actor, singer, athlete, civil rights activist and humanitarian, is the inspiration for the Robey Theatre Company. The program will feature remarks by the theater company’s producing artistic director Ben Guillory and a short piece by Randy Ross titled “Essie’s Paul,” about Robeson and his wife, Eslanda “Essie” Cardozo Goode Robeson. Actress, songwriter and vocalist Cydney Wayne Davis will perform her original composition “Don’t Give Up the Fight,” followed by a reading of Melvin Ishmael Johnson’s play “Revolutionary Genocide,” about William Lorenzo Patterson (portrayed by actor Danny Glover) and Robeson (Guillory). Admission is free but reservations are required.

Q&A: Sharon Rudahl: Graphic novelist honors performer, activist Paul Robeson

As a teenager, Sharon Rudahl grew more aware of the social injustices around her and felt compelled to join in a number of civil rights marches, which included marching with Martin Luther King Jr. Rudahl began her writing and illustrations career with a number of anti-Vietnam War underground newspapers. She also became one of the founders of the early 1970s feminist Wimmen’s Comix, and later on, in 1979, she drew stories for the Anarchy Comics #2 and #3. But in 1980 she wrote, drew and published her own comic book titled “Adventures of the Crystal Night.”
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Paul Robeson All-Star Football Classic to be held exclusively as virtual event

The 2021 Paul Robeson All-Star High School Football Classic has been canceled for a second straight year, though not fully abandoned. The Robeson Classic committee has decided that canceling this popular event, scheduled this year for June 10, is in the best interest of “preserving the health, safety, and welfare of the public,” according to Dr. Stephen Cowan, the committee’s chairperson. However, a virtual ceremony that honors the as-yet-to-be-selected student-athletes will be held at a future date.
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Powerful New Graphic Novel on Paul Robeson, American Hero

Paul Robeson lived an extraordinary life. If white, he might have become a governor or senator. And/or the nation’s leading actor on stage and screen. Absent racial barriers Paul Robeson could also have become a nationally renowned attorney and potential Supreme Court justice. He was a man who had an...
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Paul Robeson overcame obstacles to become an All-American at Rutgers

Editor's Note: As part of FOX Sports' series of Black History Month Stories, writer RJ Young is examining the players, teams and moments that changed college and professional football. Read the rest of the series:. Rutgers football coach Foster Sanford knew who Paul Robeson was long before the 6-foot-2, 200-pound...


It is so amazing how one person can have so much talent and abilities to participate in several byways of life. This was so true of Paul Robeson, who was born on April 9, 1898, in Princeton, New Jersey. His mother was Anna Louisa Robeson. His father, William Drew Robeson,...

Interchange – Paul Robeson: An Essential American

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 58:59 — 81.0MB) We open the show with “The Purest Kind of Guy,” performed by Paul Robeson, a song from Marc Blitzstein’s 1941 opera No For An Answer which concerns the life and fate of members of a social club of Greek-American waiters, hotel-workers, restaurant-workers, chefs, laundresses, chambermaids, taxi-drivers, who are out-of-work. In 1958, Blitzstein was subpoenaed to appear before the U.S. House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC), and in a closed session, admitted he once belonged to the Communist Party but then challenged the right of HUAC to question him at all and refused to name names or cooperate any further.

Black History Month: Paul Robeson

Paul Robeson was a true Renaissance man – an athlete, actor, author, lawyer, singer and activist whose talent was undeniable and whose outspokenness almost killed his career. An All-American football star at Rutgers University, where he was class valedictorian, Robeson earned a law degree at Columbia and worked for a...

Paul Robeson

The son of a former slave turned preacher, Robeson attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., where he was an All-America football player. Upon graduating from Rutgers at the head of his class, he rejected a career as a professional athlete and instead entered Columbia University. He obtained a law degree in 1923; but, because of the lack of opportunity for blacks in the legal profession, he drifted to the stage, making a London debut in 1922.