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Ol’ Man River

Ol’ Man River


by Paul Robeson


Aging Paul Robeson

You can still sense both the brilliance and the athleticism in Paul Robeson’s person, even as his hair grays.

Robeson in protest

Here Robeson walks alongside blacks and whites in a 1942 protest for the rights of Oakland dockworkers.

Classic Robeson

This is the book-cover image we probably see the most frequently.

Paul Robeson cartoon

This little cartoon illustrates a few key elements of Robeson’s legacy.

Young Paul Robeson

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.

Paul Robeson “Black Heritage” Postage Stamp

A long struggle finally won recognition for Robeson on a postage stamp.

Paul Robeson with his son

Paul Robeson Jr. has been his father’s biggest advocate for the past three decades. Here they are together in 1936.

Paul Robeson meets W.E.B. DuBois

This picture documents an incredible meeting of two influential figures in American history.

Paul Robeson Jr.

He is an aging man himself.

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