Paul Robeson

How far have we come? Slavery, civil rights and contemporary racism

Posted on May 19th, by Sean Creighton in History. No Comments

Sean Creighton explains the linked Croydon Radical History events in Croydon Heritage Festival

Back in 1971 the reggae group The Greyhound had a hit with ‘Black & White’. The song by David I Arkin, who wrote the lyrics, and Earl Robinson, who created the music, was inspired by the 1954 United States Supreme Court decision that outlawed racial segregation of public schools, an important milestone … Read More »

Remembering Paul Robeson’s musical activism

Posted on October 28th, by Sean Creighton in Culture. No Comments

Local historian Sean Creighton takes a look at the musical impact of Paul Robeson and his lasting legacy

Call Mr Robeson was the last show at Croydon’s Warehouse Theatre before it was forced to close in May 2012. This powerful one man performance by Tayo Aluko is a tribute to the African American actor, singer and political activist Paul Robeson. Having made Britain … Read More »