Paul Robeson's 100th Neal Rauch profiles singer/actor/athlete/scholar Paul Robeson. The son of a runaway slave, Robeson became one of the best known Americans in the world for his singing and acting. Using his fame, Robeson became one of the country's most forceful advocates for black civil rights during the 1930's and 40's. Yet his visit to the Soviet Union and his advocacy of communism hurt his career badly. The centenary of Robeson's birth is April 9.