April 9, 1898- the birth of Paul Robeson

Today marks the birthday of a truly remarkable American. Paul Robeson was a star athlete, a singer, an actor and an early advocate of civil rights. Famous internationally, he is little known in the U. S. because of blacklisting over his political views. His travel privileges and passport were revoked under the McCarran Act due to his criticism of the way blacks were treated in the U. S.

Robeson, the son of an escaped slave, is likely most remembered for his role in the musical Showboat (below). Read his Wikipedia biography at the link above. A truly amazing life.

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