Today in History: Paul Robeson

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 images

Paul Robeson Hope for America online exhibition

Paul Robeson historical newspaper coverage

Pete Seeger recalls performing at a concert with Paul Robeson in 1949 in Peekskill, New York oral history video

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

U.S. legislation in honor of Paul Robeson

Paul Robeson : The Artist as Revolutionary 2016

Everything Man : The Form and Function of Paul Robeson 2020

Paul Leroy Robeson bio Paul Robeson House & Museum

Paul Robeson PBS American Masters