By PK Krentsil
Paul Robeson (1898-1976) thrived and suffered because of his voice. As an actor and singer, his deep bass-baritone made him an international star in the 1930s and ’40s. As an activist, his support for radical movements, especially his closeness to the Soviet Union, made him a target of anti-communist persecution. These are 10 things to know about Robeson.
He was the son of a former slave
Robeson’s father, William Drew, escaped from a North Carolina plantation to Pennsylvania through the Underground Railroad. He became a preacher in Somerville, New Jersey.
He was the third African-American to attend Rutgers University
At 17, Robeson received a scholarship to attend Rutgers. There, he excelled in both academics and athletics. Robeson earned letters in four varsity sports, became a two-time All-American football player, received membership in Phi Beta Kappa — the oldest academic honor society in the U.S. — and graduated as his class valedictorian.
He chose theater over law
Robeson earned his law degree from Columbia University Click here to read entire article