Paul Robeson: Activist, Artist, Athlete, Orator, Scholar, Statesman
Paul Robeson, the son of a runaway slave, became in his time one of the best known men in the world. He grew up in the Raritan Valley Community College area.
An outstanding student and orator, Robeson was valedictorian of his graduating classes at Somerville High School and at Rutgers University. He excelled as an athlete at both institutions.
Widely honored and acclaimed as an actor on stage and screen, Robeson also was a noted concert artist. He often used the folk songs of varied peoples as vehicles for social protest and political activism.
Robeson left a legacy of achievement, courage, integrity and leadership. His commitment to equality and social justice for all people and his strong support for political causes defined his life and endeared him to the world.
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