There were classic men long before Jidenna had a hit summer song. Trust, as far as renaissance men go, Paul Robeson may very well be the godfather of black entertainers. The son of an escaped slave, Robeson held an esteemed career as an athlete, singer, and legend on the stage and screen. Most importantly, however, Robeson was an activist. Robeson was well informed about the systemic issues that plagued blacks in America and worldwide. He used his platform to speak about injustices against blacks on a world stage, most notably through his delivery of the “We Charge Genocide” petition to the United Nations. Check out this quick three-minute video where Robeson sheds light on the contributions of blacks to arts and culture while highlighting the international struggle of African peoples.
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