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Living in Harmony By Dora Jellema

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show "Call Mr Robeson" will be at Evergreen Theatre in February and I remember hearing the rich bass voice of Paul Robeson on BBC radio long ago. Evidently the African-born actor, Toyo Aluko was told his voice is reminiscent of Paul Robeson, inspiring him to develop this solo account of Robeson's remarkable life.

where he could make an impact against American racism. His memorable voice and acting brought him fame in Othello and Show Boat in which he changed a line of his signature song "Ol' Man River". The mild "tired of living and feared of dying" became "I'll keep on fighting until I'm dying" He was the forerunner of the Civil Rights movement, a brave supporter of struggling labour unions, and donated generously to Jews who fled Nazi Germany before WWII.

Paul Robeson was an Afro-American from New Jersey, born in 1898 to an escaped slave father who became a university graduate and church minister. His black congregation sang spirituals that made his son Paul so famous. Besides song and drama at school, "Big Paul" was an intelligent, athletic student, awarded an academic scholarship to Rutgers University where he was the only black student. He went on to graduate Columbia Law School, but only entered law practice briefly, due to racism in his own office.

In his world travels, settled in London, he found European racism more tolerable, and no more so than in Russia where he felt more human than black. He even sent his son to boarding school there to enjoy the freedom of a 'colour blind' society. Thus on his return to USA he was under suspicion of communist sympathies during the Cold War. His passport was revoked and his career came almost to an abrupt end. He declared "an artist must elect to fight for freedom or slavery, and I have made my choice". Unable to cross the border into BC for a concert in 1952, he sang at the Peace Arch border crossing from a flat bed truck to an audience of 40,000 in the park. It bore significance where Peace Arch is engraved with the words "Brethren dwelling together in unity"

His imposing stature and athleticism gave him natural success in college football, despite rough and racist treatment from his white peers. He went on to play in the NFL until theatre became his niche. The stage was

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