Paul Robeson

Actor, Singer, Activist born April 9, 1898

Singer and civil rights activist Paul Robeson born 1898

Paul Robeson was born April 9, 1898 in Princeton, New Jersey. He is known for his extraordinary accomplishments as an actor, in both theater and film, as a singer and activist on the international stage--including the US, nation states of Africa, Soviet Union, China, Australia, and Spain. Robeson credited the fight against fascism in the Spanish Civil War as a turning point in his activism. He became an advocate for self-determinism and independence in the nations of colonial Africa, and made a declaration to the UN that the US committed genocide by allowing lynching. Under McCarthyism and during the Cold War, Robeson was persecuted because of his pro-communist beliefs, including having his passport revoked to having propaganda distributed against him by J. Edgar Hoover and the US State Department and surveilled by the British agency MI5. Asked to renounce Communism in order to join the mainstream Civil Rights movements in the 1960s by Bayard Rustin and James Farmer, Robeson declined. 


Paul Robeson

Paul Robeson was a singer, actor, football player scholar and civil rights activist.

Paul Robeson's Heroes

By: Jennifer Beck
Paul Robeson's Heroes include Denmark Vesey, Frederick Douglass, and Jawarahal Nehru.


Artist Hero: Paul RobesonBy: The My Hero Project
"Like every true artist, I have longed to see my talent contributing in an unmistakably clear manner to the cause of humanity."


Paul Robeson (1898 - 1976)

By: Robert Shetterly
Singer, Writer, Civil Rights Activist: 1898 - 1976 "The talents of an artist, small or great, are God given. They've nothing to do with him as a private person; they're nothing to be proud of. They're just a sacred trust... Having been given, I must give. Man shall not live by bread alone, and what the farmer does I must do. I must feed the people-with my songs."

Additional Reading

Paul Robeson: A Biography

By: Martin Duberman
Synopsis Passionate, enormously talen...

Here I Stand

By: Paul Robeson, Sterling Stuckley (Intro)
From the Publisher Introduction by St...


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