Paul Robeson Mural

Paul Robeson Mural 1351 U Street NW  Wash DC (back)

Paul Robeson Interactive Mural, 1351 U Street NW, Washington, DC
The mural concept stems from the Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institutes efforts to introduce Paul Robeson to the present generation and re-introduce him to previous generations through the Paul Robeson "Here I Stand" Award galas held annually at the Lincoln Theatre also on U St by the Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute. The mural would not be possible with out artists Cory Stowers and Andrew Katz and their artist conclave (Eric B. Ricks, Maria Miller, Serena Z, Ernesto Zelaya, Jaa) the funding of DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and permission of the building owner.

Paul Robeson (1898-1976)
This is just the starting point in understanding the depth and indefatiguable efforts of an American master of the arts and civil activism. Come to the mural to learn more, 1351 U Street NW, Washington, DC.

  • son of an escaped slave
  • 1917, 1918 All-American professional football player (while in college)
  • 1919 Valedictorian and Phi Beta Kappa Rutgers College; First African-American to play football at Rutgers.
  • 1920 Moves to Harlem, New York
  • 1923 Graduates Columbia Law School
  • 1925 Body and Soul (film)
  • 1930 Borderline (film)
  • 1930 Othello, at The Savoy, London (theater)
  • 1933 The Emperor Jones (film)
  • 1933 Show Boat, Hollywood (film)
  • 1936 The Song of Freedom (film)
  • 1937 Jericho, London. Issued in the US as Dark Sands (film)
  • Well known in Wales for supporting miners' civil rights.
  • 1940 The Proud Valley, London. Issued in the US as The Tunnel (film).
  • 1942 Native Land (Robeson Narration and Song)
  • 1942 Criticized media for poor roles for Blacks in film, so stopped acting in films.
  • 1943 Othello, Broadway
  • 1949 World Congress of Advocates of Peace, Paris.
  • 1950 US State Department revokes passport.
  • 1953 USSR Peace Prize
  • 1958 Carnegie Hall Recital
  • 1958 Supreme Court rules political beliefs cannot keep a passport from a citizen and forces US State Department to reinstate passport.
  • 1959 Last performance of Othello, Stratford on Avon, England (theater)
  • 1960 Retires from performing.
  • 2004 Commemorated on US stamp.