Robeson Jr. to speak at U-Store
Posted June 22, 2001; 10:43 a.m.
Paul Robeson Jr., author of a new biography of his father, Paul Robeson, will speak at the Princeton University Store at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 23. He will be reading from and signing copies of his new book, "The Undiscovered Paul Robeson."
An internationally known scholar, athlete, actor and activist, the elder Robeson grew up in Princeton only a few blocks from the University. He lettered in four sports at Rutgers and graduated as valedictorian in 1919.
Robeson soon began a career in theater and music, winning over audiences worldwide with his oratorical skill and rich baritone voice. He campaigned tirelessly for human rights and freedom during World War II. Later blacklisted as a communist, he nevertheless continued to fight for racial equality and justice until his death in 1976.
Robeson Jr., a journalist and translator, served as his father's aide and personal representative for more than 20 years. In his new book, Robeson Jr. uses diary excerpts, letters and other personal documents as well as his own observations to create an intimate view of his father's life. As a black man, Robeson Jr. writes, his father overcame numerous obstacles but could not face down the media campaign that wrongly labeled him a communist and eventually ruined his career.
The biography covers the elder Robeson's life through 1939, and is the first of two parts.
Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601