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A Quote On One of the Pathfinders: Paul Robeson

Paul Robeson

(April 9, 1898 – January 23, 1976)
Lawyer, Actor, concert singer, athlete, Social Activist

“Before King dreamed, before Thurgood Marshall petitioned and Sidney Poitier emoted, before the big breakthroughs in Hollywood and Washington, before the Jim Crow signs came down and before the civil rights banners went up, before Spike Lee, before Denzel [Washington], before Sam Jackson and Jesse Jackson, there was Paul Robeson. One of the most phenomenally gifted men ever born in America…he lived one of the most extraordinary stories of the century…When he died…even his critics and detractors conceded that he was one of the immortals.”—Lerone Bennett, Jr., 1998