32 year old freshman walk on??
Hard to believe this gentleman would be 120 years old today!! Such #Greatness ! #RenaissanceMan THE #Othello #HarlemRenaissance #BlackActors #EmperorJones :: #TodayInMyBlackHistory (1898), Paul Leroy Robeson (#PaulRobeson ) a singer and actor who became involved with the Civil Rights Movement, was born. Robeson won an academic scholarship to #Rutgers University, where he became a football All-American and the class #valedictorian . He also attended #ColumbiaLawSchool , while playing in the National Football League (#NFL ). His portrayal of Othello in London has been considered the high point in English Shakespearean theatre in the 20th century. After World War II ended, he was denied a passport by the U.S. State Department because of his pro-Soviet views, and his income, consequently, plummeted. Until his death, he remained unapologetic for the unpopular political stances he took. In 1995, he was named to the #CollegeFootballHallofFame . In April 1998, on what would have been his 100th birthday, Robeson was awarded a Lifetime Achievement #GrammyAward , as well as a star on the #HollywoodWalkofFame . #BlackExcellence