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A Bridge

Between the Past and




Paul Robeson (1898-1976) was a citizen of the world on a courageous quest for global social justice. In a seamless fusion of art and activism, his voice was an instrument of beauty and a megaphone for the marginalized.


The Paul Robeson Foundation inspires, educates and amplifies the voices of a new generation of artists, activists, and global citizens through the legacy of Paul Robeson.


The artist must elect to fight for freedom or for slavery. I have made my choice.

I had no alternative.



-London, 1937

About Us


The Paul Robeson Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax exempt organization led by Executive Director Susan Robeson, the granddaughter of Paul Robeson.

Over the next three years leading up to 2023 – the 125th anniversary of Paul Robeson's birth – the Paul Robeson Foundation is launching a suite of initiatives at the intersection of artistic excellence and human rights as demonstrated by the extraordinary life of Paul Robeson – athlete, actor, singer, linguist, civil rights pioneer and global human rights activist. Initiatives include themed exhibitions with public programs, Citizen of the World Fellowships, artist commissions, a forum + performance series, and a slate of digital initiatives to spur scholarship and connect the world to activities grounded in the ideals of Paul Robeson's legacy.


You can make a difference.

Please help by donating to the Paul Robeson Foundation today.

In 2023 we celebrate the 125th anniversary of Paul Robeson's birth. Stay in touch as we begin our journey. We'll be adding materials and activities along the way!

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