sone of runaway slave
All-American football hero
Got law degree, but no one would hire him because he was black so he turned to acting
O'Neill and Robeson
O'Neill saw him and gave him roles in Emperor Jones, Hairy Ape
first American book musical, lots of African Americans
"Ol' Man River"
Most popular song from Showboat
Why was Robeson's passport taken from him in 1950?
He became very outspoken about US racial discrimination. Because of this, and his strong affection for the Soviet Union, Robeson's passport was taken away in 1950. He was blacklisted and denied use of recording studios and concert halls.
Robeson regained passport
in 1958 - performed at Carnegie Hall