Robeson was the epitome of versatility. He could act, sing, dance and write
with the best of them. At a time when discrimination was unfettered, he won lead
roles in plays like "All God's Chillun Got Wings" and "The Emperor Jones." The
lead role of "Show Boat" was ... more written for him.
His performance of folk songs like "Ol' Man River" and "Go Down Moses" were
some of the most popular of his day.
But his political views caused him no end of hardship and left much of his