Press release submitted by Drew Nagle|
The Cornish - Welsh Heritage Society
Presents a Conversation on Paul Robeson and the Welsh People:
Solidarity, Identity, the Fight Against Oppression, Working for Peace and Song
Sunday, January 24, 2010
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Gloria Dei Presbyterian Church
4200 -12 th St., Rock Island, IL 61201
More information call 309-788-8986
Paul LeRoy Bustill Robeson (April 9, 1898 – January 23, 1976) was an internationally renowned American bass-baritone concert singer, scholar, actor of film and stage, All-American and professional athlete, writer, multi-lingual orator and lawyer who was also noted for his wide-ranging social justice activism.
He identified greatly with the Welsh people and they with him. His personal invlovement began in 1928 with a response to unemployed Welsh miners. It continued with concerts and visits through the 1930's. He made a movie with a Welsh setting and theme in 1939 "Proud Valley Boy". In 1958 he said to a Welsh audience, "You have shaped my life-I have learnt a lot from you. I am part of the working class. Of all the fims I have made the one I will preserve is "The Proud Valley"." During his time of not being allowed to leave the USA during the 1950's, he was able in 1957 to sing at the Miner's Eisteddfod by the new Trans-Atlantic cable. He sang to the miners and they sang back to him over the telephone. To this day he is remembered in Wales – a major exhibition at the National Museum "Let Robeson Sing" in 2001, The Manic Street Preachers' song, "Let Robeson Sing", a 2004 play entitled "Paul Robeson Knew My Father", a 2005 song by Martyn Joseph, "Proud Valley Boy".
Included in the program will be a playing of some selections from the CD of "The Trans-Atlantic Concert" and showing some scenes from "The Proud Valley" The Rev. Drew Nagle, pastor of Gloria Dei Presbyterian Church will lead the conversation. Dr. John Hildreth, professor of Ethnomusicology at Augustana College will join the conversation in response to the presentation.
Refreshments will be served.
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