Paul Robeson – his relevance in Trump’s America


‘“It’s a good time for a revival of Robeson,” said Paul Von Blum, a senior lecturer in African American Studies and Communication Studies at UCLA and author of the book “Paul Robeson for Beginners.” “He was a forerunner of the modern civil rights movement now with the renewed social activism we saw (in the Women’s marches of Jan. 21). His life could be an example of activism against the Trump regime.”’

‘Paul Robeson must be turning in his grave.

The late singer, actor and activist — who, in the 1950s, was banned from travelling outside of the United States after being accused of having anti-American sentiments — would likely be disappointed to see the new Trump administration using the same scare-mongering, anti-democratic tactics.’ – James Cleugh in Tri-City News about Tayo Aluko’s Call Mr Robeson show on 16 to 18 February in British Columbia.

Another one man show about Paul Robeson is touring in the US.

and a play about his life is being performed in Henderson on 10 February.


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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