1915 Robeson won a four-year scholarship to Rutgers College.
He was only the third African-American to attend the school.
At Rutgers, Robeson faced a lot of racism, especially from
his teammates in football. They attacked him and didn't want
him to play. But Robeson wouldn't leave the team, and eventually
his teammates accepted him and grew to like him.
worked hard and succeeded at everything he tried at Rutgers.
He was a star athlete in football, basketball, baseball, and
track. In speaking competitions, he won first place. He also
did well in all his classes and graduated as class valedictorian.
This meant that he had the highest grades in the whole class
and gave a speech at graduation.
graduating from college, Robeson went to law school while playing
professional football. While in law school he fell in love
with Eslanda "Essie" Goode, and they married in 1921.
After receiving his law degree, Robeson joined a law firm,
but quit after a white secretary refused to work with him.
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