Paul Leroy Robeson was an American bass baritone concert artist and stage and film actor who became famous both for his cultural accomplishments and for his political activism. Educated at Rutgers College and Columbia University, he was a star athlete in his youth. He also studied Swahili and phonetics at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London in 1934. His political activities began with his involvement with unemployed workers and anti-imperialist students whom he met in Britain and continued with support for the Republican cause in the Spanish Civil War and his opposition to fascism. In the United States he became active in the Civil Rights Movement and other social justice campaigns. His sympathies for the Soviet Union and for communism, and his criticism of the United States government and its foreign policies, caused him to be blacklisted during the McCarthy era.
|Born||Paul Leroy Robeson, April 9, 1898, Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Died||January 23, 1976, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Education||Rutgers University, New Brunswick (Bachelor of Arts), New York University, Columbia University (LLB), University of London|
|Occupation||Singer, actor, social activist, lawyer, athlete|
|Children||Paul Robeson Jr.|
|IMDb||Paul Robeson's IMDb|
Distinguished actor, singer, and civil rights advocate who was the first African American to play Othello on Broadway with a white supporting cast.
He played football, baseball, and basketball, and ran track and field, graduating from Somerville High School with four varsity letters.
He was a football star at Rutgers before performing in London productions of Show Boat and Othello in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
He was born in Princeton, New Jersey to Reverend William Drew Robeson and Maria Louisa Bustill, and grew up with three brothers and one sister.
He once communicated to President Harry S. Truman about the lynching incident of African-Americans in Georgia.
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- Male actors from New Jersey
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- American socialists
- African-American male singers
- American civil rights activists
- American folk singers
Latest information about Paul Robeson updated on June 14 2021.