Born on 9 April, 1898 – January 23, 1976 is Paul Leroy Robeson. He was an American bass singer, actor, footballer, who became involved with the Civil Rights Movement. At Rutgers College, he was an outstanding American football player. Paul became politically involved in response to the Spanish Civil War, fascism, and social injustices.
In 1915 Robeson won an academic scholarship to Rutgers College, where he was twice named a consensus All-American and was the class valedictorian.
Within a space time of 36 years, Paul recorded and released some 276 distinct songs, many of which were recorded several times. The first of these were the spirituals “Steal Away” backed with “Were You There”
During 1930s he appeared in several movies both internationally among which are; through roles in “Show Boat” and “Sanders of the River”.