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May 8, 1999

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This week, a rebroadcast of Elizabeth Blair's Peabody Award-winning NPR documentary, "I Must Keep Fightin': The Art of Paul Robeson."

ROBESON, PT. 1 - Paul Robeson, one of the greatest social activists of his time, assumed many of the traits of his father. An ex-slave turned minister, William Drew Robeson instilled in his son the pride and eloquence that he would carry with him throughout his career. Paul Robeson's charismatic presence made him a natural for the stage, but he eventually pursued a full-time singing career, a far better platform by which he could raise the consciousness of his listeners. (20:30)

ROBESON, PT. 2 - Paul Robeson's world-wide fame emboldened him to voice his political and social views, which were generally considered uncommon, if not heretical, at the time. As the rest of the world embraced him, the people and the government of his own country began to tear him down. His fondness for Socialism brought him before the House Un-American Activities Committee, as well as 24-hour FBI surveillance. In the end, weakened and reclusive, Paul Robeson silenced the voice that changed America. (27:00)



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