Here is an in-depth video of the life of Paul Leroy Roberson’s life and accomplishments.
#Paul Leroy Robeson was an African-American singer and actor who became involved with the Civil Rights Movement. He became politically involved in response to the Spanish Civil War, fascism and social injustices. As his attitude began to increasingly grow attuned towards the sufferings of other cultures and their people, he acted against advice given to him, and became politically active. Robeson who was well-known for his singing and acting, set aside his theatrical career to advocate the cause of the Republican forces of the Spanish Civil War. He then became active in the Council on African Affairs (CAA).
In 1956, Robeson was called before HUAC (House Un-American Committee) after he refused to sign an affidavit affirming that he was not a Communist. In his testimony, he invoked the Fifth Amendment and refused to reveal his political affiliations. When asked why he had not remained in the Soviet Union because of his affinity with its political ideology, he replied that “because my father was a slave and my people died to build, the United States, I am going to stay here, and have a part of it just like you and no fascist-minded people will drive me from it!” Read more.