Paul Robeson

1898 - 1976

A Quote by Paul Robeson on acting, freedom, people, and struggle

Through my singing and acting and speaking, I want to make freedom ring. Maybe I can touch people's hearts better than I can their minds, with the common struggle of the common man.

Paul Robeson (1898 - 1976)

Source: 13 Against the Odds, 1976.

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A Quote by Paul Robeson on day and freedom

Freedom is a hard-bought thing and millions are in chains, but they strain toward the new day drawing near.

Paul Robeson (1898 - 1976)

Source: Here I Stand, 1958.

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A Quote by Paul Robeson on lies and power

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We ask for nothing that is not right, and herein lies the great power of our demand.

Paul Robeson (1898 - 1976)

Source: Here I Stand, 1958.

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A Quote by Paul Robeson on clarity, country, driving, fascism, fatherhood, justice, people, and slavery

My father was a slave and my people died to build this country, and I'm going to stay right here and have a part of it, just like you. And no fascist-minded people like you will drive me from it. Is that clear?

Paul Robeson (1898 - 1976)

Source: testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee, June 12, 1956

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A Quote by Paul Robeson on men, schools, and world

The patter of their feet as they walk through Jim Crow barriers to attend school is the thunder of the marching men of Joshua, and the world rocks beneath their tread.

Paul Robeson (1898 - 1976)

Source: On the children of Little Rock.

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A Quote by Paul Robeson on ideas and music

In my music, my plays, my films, I want to carry always this central idea: to be African.

Paul Robeson (1898 - 1976)

Source: What I Want From Life, by E. G. Cousins, 1934.

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