Ol’ Man River
by Paul Robeson
This autobiography came at the tail of a key period in Robeson’s tragic career: the period of his blacklisting and public denunciation, which began in earnest when none other than Jackie Robinson testified against him before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1949.
The original musical was based off of a book described as a “classic southern love story set on a Mississippi River boat.”
This continued effort to revive Robeson’s legacy includes essays on his childhood, his involvement in sports, his activism, and the political views and writings of his wife, Eslanda Robeson.