- The Activist
Robeson was very talented and famous, his popularity did not
last. He always spoke out against discrimination, and, in the
1940s, his ideas for fixing this social problem and other problems
were unpopular. Because it was more important to Robeson to
stand up for his beliefs than to be well liked, he became unpopular
too. By 1950, many people in America did not want to see him
act or sing.
the next twenty years, Robeson sang in a few concerts and acted
as well, but he spent most of his time with friends and family.
In 1973 he turned 75 years old. Finally, people recognized
the contribution made by this gifted and dedicated man. Rutgers
University honored him, and his son organized a "Salute
to Robeson" event at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Robeson
died in 1976 at the age of 77. Today Robeson is remembered
as a talented performer whose ideas were ahead of his time.