Paul Robeson


Godfrey Henneghan


Paul Robeson

Born on April 9, 1898, in Princeton, New Jersey, Paul Robeson went on to become a stellar athlete and performing artist. He starred in both stage and film versions of The Emperor Jones and Show Boat, and established an immensely popular screen and singing career of international proportions. Robeson spoke out against racism and became a world activist, yet was blacklisted during the paranoia of McCarthyism in the 1950s. He died in Pennsylvania in 1976.

When he was 17, Robeson earned a scholarship to attend Rutgers University, the third African American to do so, and became one of the institution's most stellar students. He received top honors for his debate and oratory skills, won 15 letters in four varsity sports, was elected Phi Beta Kappa and became his class valedictorian.

Increasing political awareness impelled Robeson to visit the Soviet Union in 1934, and from that year he became increasingly identified with strong left-wing commitments, while continuing his success in concerts, recordings, and theatre. In 1950 the U.S. State Department withdrew his passport because he refused to sign an affidavit disclaiming membership in the Communist Party. In the following years he was virtually ostracized for his political views, although in 1958 the Supreme Court overturned the affidavit ruling. Robeson then left the United States to live in Europe and travel in countries of the Soviet bloc, but he returned to the United States in 1963 because of ill health.

Robeson appeared in a number of films, including Sanders of the River(1935), Show Boat (1936), Song of Freedom (1936), and The Proud Valley (1940). His autobiography, Here I Stand, was published in 1958.

 Ballad For Americans  Songs of Free Men / A Paul Robeson Recital  The Collector's Paul Robeson
 Paul Robeson Live at Carnegie Hall  Ol' Man River (from Show Boat) (1985 Digital Remaster)  Complete Emi Sessions 1928-1939
 The Power And The Glory by Sony  Roots Collection, Vol. 10 - Negro Spirituals (And More)  Ol' Man River: His 56 Finest 1925-1945 by Paul Robeson (2009-01-22)
 Going Home  A Man and His Beliefs (Digitally Remastered)  Paul Robeson Sings Negro Spirituals
 Let My People Go  Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (Original Recordings)  Deep River

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