Born April 9, 1898 in Princeton, New Jersey. Died Jan. 23, 1976 in Philadelphia at the age of 77.
The son of a runaway slave, Robeson grew to become a Renaissance man: All-American athlete, lawyer, scholar and writer who spoke several languages, stage and film actor, and one of the most renowned baritones of the century. But because of his social activist views in the era of Jim Crow and the McCarthy blacklist, his country tried to silence his voice. This moving film biography traces his life and career, and the oppression he courageously battled. 58 min. DVD.
See photographs of Paul Robeson and hear him sing “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen”