On this day...
November 3rd 1945 the Spingarn Medal was presented to the brilliant Paul Robeson for his outstanding achievement in the theater, on the concert stage, and in the general field of racial welfare. ... DARC view Paul Roberson both as one of a kind and before his time. Born on April 9, 1898, in Princeton, New Jersey, Paul Robeson went on to become a stellar athlete and performing artist. He starred in both stage and film versions of The Emperor Jones and Show Boat, and established an immensely popular screen and singing career. Robeson spoke out against racism and became a world activist, nevertheless was blacklisted during the paranoia of McCarthyism in the 1950s.
At age 17, Robeson earned a scholarship to attend Rutgers University, the third African American to do so. He became one of the institution's most stellar students and received top honors for his debate and oratory skills. He also won 15 letters in four varsity sports, was elected Phi Betta Kappa and became his class valedictorian.
Robeson earned a degree from Columbia University's Law School, teaching Latin and playing professional football on the weekends to pay his tuition. Robeson briefly worked as a lawyer in 1923, but left after encountering severe racism at his firm. Finally last but by no means least, he was a concert artist who sold out shows around the world and who can perform in more than 25 different languages.
DARC say BIG UP to revolutionary extraordinaire from the Harlem renaissance era Mr. Paul Roberson.