Sunday, 31 March 2013

Paul Robeson

My parents used to really like Paul Robeson.
I knew he was a 'big actor and singer', but not much else..
So I was a little surprised when his name popped up in my reading tonight..

A Pan Africanist, he studied African languages and culture at the London School of Oriental Languages, where he met Padmore (George), Kenyatta (Jomo) and Nnamdi Azikiwe the first president of Nigeria.
His father escaped from slavery at 15yrs of age.
Anti colonial - he had his passport revoked by the US in 1950

This film reminds me of watching TV with my mum, and rest assured... she'd be singing at this point.. truth be told, I recall both her and my dad singing.. "arrrgggh.. I can't hear the tele.."
Nice memory
I miss my dad sometimes - guess my mum misses him all the time.



  1. He's a great American icon!!

  2. I really had no idea Reggie! just knew he was an actor an singer. Tell you something. It never ceases to amaze me just how little I know. Ever day I learn I know even less doggoneit...My most overused words at the moment are.. huh!?! really!?!, Is It!?..
    Robeson was great!