On February 28 our Club will pay homage to Black History month by resurrecting a long forgotten African American hero.
Paul Robeson was a towering figure in American culture during the 1930s, 40, & 50s He graduated from Rutgers College as his classes valedictorian and with fifteen letters in four sports. He was selected twice to Walter Camp’s All-American football team. He achieved international acclaim as concert artist, stage actor, recording and film star. He is perhaps best remembered today as a star in Kern and Hammerstein’s Showboat, singing “Oldman River” on stage and in the film. In 1939 Robeson sang “Ballad for Americans” on a coast to coast radio broadcast. He was a civil rights activist before the movement got underway in the mid-1950s.
We will view several clips of Robeson’s acting and singing career.