Today in History–September 04–the Library of Congress features Paul Robeson, who sang at an outdoor concert near Peekskill, New York, to a mixed-race audience of more than 20,000 people on this date in 1949. Violence followed the performance. Learn more about the Peekskill Riots and this artist, activist, and polymath/polyglot by visiting the Today in History section and then clicking the related links below.
Paul Robeson Hope for America online exhibition
CIO Union Holds Rally: Chicago Mayor and Paul Robeson Speak (minute 1:22) All-American News May 1945
Commencement at Howard “U”: CIO Leader and Paul Robeson (minute 4:40) All-American News June 1945
Paul Leroy Robeson bio Paul Robeson House & Museum
Paul Robeson PBS American Masters