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June 29, 2020


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I think Paul Robeson deserves some mention here. In "Showboat", the character Joe, who sings "Ol' Man River", was written specifically by Kern and Hammerstein for him. Paul Robeson, the protean musician, actor, athlete, scholar, and activist, waged a lifelong battle against the tenets of hypodescent and injustice, and for equality for black and indigenous people.

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