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    I grew up listening to Paul Robeson.
    I grew up in Toronto and my parents were members of a couple of choirs in the city. Paul Robeson used to come up once a year or so to sing with them.

    To my great regret, I am the only member of my immediate family who never met him. I was too young. My brother and sister met him, but both were quite young at the time.
    My parents met and spoke with him. My mother spoke Yiddish with him and my father Russian. They say he handled both flawlessly.

    I grew up listening to stories about the man. One year when he was under house arrest in the US, and unable to make his scheduled visit, the choir master darkened the stage and put on a recording. It brought the entire audience to tears.

    It never ceases to amaze me that Paul Robeson has not held up as great positive role model to all kids regardless of colour.

    "A *person* is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it. " Kay (Men In Black)

    by cdndem on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:19:09 PM PST

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