Ballad of an American: What does Paul Robeson’s life teach us?
Paul Robeson was the pre-eminent Black, left-wing figure of U.S. popular culture during the 1930s-40s. Concert singer, film actor, public personality, his “Ballad for Americans” was heard by millions of radio listeners. Idolized across large parts of Europe, his records heard widely in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Robeson was struck down by McCarthyism. His legend and his lessons remain.
Join Lawrence Ware, co-editor of “Ballad of an American,” the first-ever graphic biography of Robeson, and Charles Howard, University Chaplain and Vice President for Social Equity and Community at the University of Pennsylvania in conversation about Robeson’s relevance for today.
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