Paul Robeson, Jr.
( b. Nov 02, 1927 Brooklyn, New York, USA - d. Apr 26, 2014 Jersey City, New Jersey, USA ) Male
Paul Robeson Jr. was an actor, singer and civil rights advocate who worked to preserve the legacy of his father since his death almost four decades ago.
Mr. Robeson wrote two books about his father and created an archive of his writing and films. He aimed to teach new generations about his father's radical politics and criticized those he thought misrepresented his life, including a 1978 Broadway play starring James Earl Jones, which he protested.
Mr. Robeson worked for many years as a Russian translator and served as a personal aide to his father. In his later years, he wrote books about politics and race, as well as a two-part biography of his father.
After his father's death in 1976, Mr. Robeson began to collect his father's correspondence, recordings and photographs for an archive, part of which is housed at Howard University.
When the play Paul Robeson, opened on Broadway in 1978, Mr. Robeson and several African-American leaders, including Maya Angelou and Julian Bond, published a letter in Variety calling it a "pernicious perversion of the essence of Paul Robeson." The play, written by Phillip Hayes Dean, did not emphasize Mr. Robeson's socialist views, they argued, in order to appeal to a mass audience.
The show closed after 77 performances, but it returned to Broadway in 1988 and 1995, with Avery Brooks in the title role. During the first revival, Mr. Robeson said that the production had improved but added, "I still feel the character as written is a counterfeit."
Source: The New York Times obituary
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