Saturday, January 2, 2016
Paul Leroy Robeson ( 1898 – 1976) was an American singer and actor who became involved with the Civil Rights Movement.
At Rutgers College, he was an outstanding football player, then had an international career in singing, with a distinctive, powerful, deep bass voice, as well as acting in theater and movies. He became politically involved in response to the Spanish Civil War, fascism, and social injustices.
His advocacy of anti-imperialism, affiliation with communism, and criticism of the United States government caused him to be blacklisted during the McCarthy era. Ill health forced him into retirement from his career.
He remained until his death an advocate of the political stances he took.
Pictures and video from his visit to Australia, during the building of the Sydney Opera House.