Ol’ Man River
by Paul Robeson
You can still sense both the brilliance and the athleticism in Paul Robeson’s person, even as his hair grays.
Here Robeson walks alongside blacks and whites in a 1942 protest for the rights of Oakland dockworkers.
This is the book-cover image we probably see the most frequently.
This little cartoon illustrates a few key elements of Robeson’s legacy.
He was one of a tiny handful of black students in his high school and only the third black student ever accepted to Rutgers University.
A long struggle finally won recognition for Robeson on a postage stamp.
Paul Robeson Jr. has been his father’s biggest advocate for the past three decades. Here they are together in 1936.
This picture documents an incredible meeting of two influential figures in American history.
He is an aging man himself.