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Friday, January 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Paul Robeson !



I took a writing course two years ago at the Paul Robeson House in West Philadelphia. The course was part of the Teen Writers Academy founded by Valerie Harris. You can imagine how awesome it was for eight African-American teenagers to discover their own voices and the history of Paul Robeson-a real renaissance man- while writing in the house he spent his last years.

This Sunday, January 23rd, will be Mr. Robeson’s birthday. Though he died in 1976, he remains a giant of a man who more people need to learn about. This week I’ve been reading a biography about Mr. Robeson with my grandfather.

Here is a link that provides great insight into Paul Robeson’s contributions and personality. Enjoy it and share it with someone.

http://www.whyy.org/community/robeson.html




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