Tributes to Paul Robeson from Around the World
First Prime Minister of India
"This is an occasion which deserves celebration not only because Paul Robeson is one of the greatest artists of our generation, but also because he has represented and suffered for a cause which should be dear to all of us - the cause of human dignity. " Read more
Founder of DuSable Museum of African American History and revolutionary visual artist
"At a time when many of today’s most militant militants were in swaddling clothes, Paul Robeson ripped the cover off and exposed the racist establishment for what it was, is. And that establishment wreaked its vengeance upon him by pulling down a curtain of silence and vilification. That is why two generations of Black and White youth too, are not aware of Paul Robeson, surely the tallest tree in the forest." Read more
Turkish-Polish poet, playwright and novelist
Ali Sardar Jafri
Indian poet, critic and one of the founders of the Progressive Writers Movement in India
A poster designed by Syracuse Cultural Workers for his Centennial Birthday celebrations in 1998 titled "Paul Robeson: Voice of the People".
The Paul Robeson stamp was issued on January 20, 2004 to celebrate his extraordinary contribution to racial justice and international peace.
Former President of Cuba
"Paul Robeson dedicated the greater part of his activities to the struggle for the equality of all men, the rights of Black people in the United States - of whom he was one - the cause of countries suffering from imperialist oppression and the struggle against fascism, and to protesting the plight of the American masses, White and Black, for whom human rights have never been anything more than a promise by the founders of the United States and a term used in the United States Constitution."
Former President of the World Peace Council
We think today of Paul Robeson not being allowed to sing by fascist whites. Paul Robeson sang for all---not only for his own black people, but for all America, white and black and brown and red-- for that real America which today stands for the freedom of all people and stands against United States imperialism at the same time, because it knows that there is no future for the people of the United States without a world at peace and a world in freedom….
"In your face I see the Maccabees, Spartacus and Africa
The people of today and the people of tomorrow.
I see the tears of all Ages
I read the lifelines of Mankind
In your voice, I hear the shrieking of the whipped
I hear the lamentations of your forefathers
I hear the cry of all oppressed peoples. "
A mural titled "Robeson as a Champion of the Working Classes" by Kathleen Farrell, located in the United Auto Workers of America Local Union Hall in Dearborn, Michigan.