Paul Robeson

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Paul Robeson
Born Paul Leroy Robeson
April 9, 1898(1898-04-09)
Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.
Died January 23, 1976(1976-01-23) (aged 77)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma mater Rutgers University (1919)
Columbia Law School (1922)
Occupation Singer (spirituals, international folk, musicals, classical), actor, social activist, lawyer, athlete
Spouse Eslanda Robeson (1921–1965) (her death) 1 son
Children Paul Robeson, Jr.

Paul Leroy Robeson (/ˈrbsən/ ROHB-sən April 9, 1898 – January 23, 1976) was an African-American singer and actor who became involved with the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He was an outstanding American football player at Rutgers University. He had an international career in singing, as well as acting in theater and movies. He was politically involved in many issues, including the Spanish Civil War, fascism, and social injustices. His supported anti-imperialism and communism. Because he was critical of the US government he was blacklisted during McCarthyism. He was forced to retire because of poor health.