Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Paul Robeson

Paul Robeson, 1941

The New Press has released its Spring 2021 catalog and we are delighted that they chose this portrait of Paul Robeson to promote their new book No One Can Silence Me: Young Adult Edition. The Life of Legendary Artist and Activist Paul Robeson.

“Paul Robeson was destined for greatness. The son of an ex-slave who upon his college graduation ranked first in his class, Robeson was proclaimed the future “leader of the colored race in America.” Although a graduate of Columbia Law School, he abandoned his law career (and the racism he encountered there) and began a hugely successful career as an internationally celebrated actor and singer. The predictions seemed to have been correct—Paul Robeson’s triumphs on the stage earned him esteem among white and Black Americans across the country, although his daring and principled activism eventually made him an outcast from the entertainment industry, and his radical views made many consider him a public enemy.”