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This is a new media artwork by Mala Kumar, commissioned by Museum of the Moving Image through generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts (Media Arts Program).

Paul Robeson, c. 1933


Paul Robeson was a singer and actor who was known for both his cultural accomplishments and his political activism. Robeson broke multiple barriers and overcame insurmountable hurdles in his career, and his refusal to compromise on his political values and bend to the will of others made him both a revered figure and a feared and ostracized one.

Among his many activist efforts, Robeson founded the American Crusade Against Lynching organization in 1946 following a failed meeting with President Truman to convince him to enact anti-lynching legislation, campaigned to end Apartheid in South Africa, and fought for Aboriginal rights in Australia.

Robeson's tireless activism, along with increased surveillance and suppression by American and British intelligence services, took an enormous toll on his physical and mental health, and Robeson spent his last years in seclusion, emerging only occasionally to lend his support for the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.

Tags: Film, Music, Television, Activism