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Invitation to a dinner honoring Paul Robeson, September 8 [n.y.], at the California Theatre Club, San Francisco, California. 5.5 x 4.25 in. (136 x 106 mm); sheet 10.75 x 8.25 in. (272 x 212 mm). Signed "Kind wishes / Paul Robeson."
Program for a performance of Paul Robeson sponsored by the University of California Committee on Music and Drama, n.d. circa late 1940-early 1941. 7 x 16 in. (178 x 404 mm). Signed "Paul Robeson."
Paul Leroy Robeson (1898-1976) was an American film and stage actor, notably known for his roles as “Joe” in the London production of Show Boat, and as Othello at the Shubert Theatre in 1943, for which he received a Donaldson Award; the run of Othello starring Robeson remained the longest-running production of a Shakespeare play until 2011. He became active in several social justice campaigns and eventually the Civil Rights Movement. Advocating for Republican forces during the Spanish Civil War, Robeson became active in the Council on African Affairs; later, his sympathies for communism and the Soviet Union and his criticisms of United States foreign policy caused him to be blacklisted during the McCarthy era. He received the Spingarn medal from the NAACP in 1945; his efforts to end Apartheid were posthumously recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in 1978. Robeson is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the American Theater Hall of Fame; he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Invitation - Creasing, tear near vertical crease where someone has tried to open it vertically.
Program - Creasing, light stains in upper right quadrant.
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