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Paul Robeson, An Amazing American, Sings

Updated on January 18, 2018

A Truly Amazing American

Paul Robeson was an amazing American, son of a former slave, multi-talented, multi-dimensional and courageous in acting on his convictions.

A precursor of Joe Louis, Jackie Robinson, Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods, he starred in four sports and was a 2-time All American football player at Rutgers and class valedictorian; he was a classmate of William O. Douglas at Columbia Law School, an intellectual, a fighter for civil rights and a Broadway stage actor, including the title role in Eugene O'Neill's "Emperor Jones."

Perhaps he's best known today for his deep bass renditions of Negro spirituals like "Old Man River," "Go Down Moses" and the like. He was the first to bring these songs to the concert stage. He also sang in several foreign languages. His career pretty much came to an end when he was labeled a subversive by the McCarthy Committee as a result of his visits to the Soviet Union and favorable comments about it's government.

Paul Robeson

Robeson sings Let My People Go

"Summertime" from "Porgy and Bess"

Robeson sings the Chinese National Anthem


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      Ralph Deeds 2 months ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      "...Asked by a journalist outside the White House whether it wouldn’t be finer when confronted with racist brutality to turn the other cheek, Robeson replied, “If a lyncher hit me on one cheek, I’d tear his head off before he hit me on the other one.” The chips were down.

      "From that moment on, the government moved to discredit Robeson at every turn; it blocked his employment prospects, after which he turned to foreign touring, not hesitating to state his views whenever he could. ..."