Tue Jan 24, 2012, 07:19 AM
malaise (153,963 posts)
Robeson's shining example lights up US Embassy
To Susan Robeson, her grandfather was a citizen of the world, who lived by five core values that helped to shape the life of the icon, Paul Robeson.
The award-winning United States (US) documentary filmmaker and chair of the Paul Robeson Foundation is in Jamaica for a three-day visit to unveil a plaque and the naming of the Paul Robeson Information Resource Center (IRC) at the US Embassy in Kingston, in commemoration of the great African American singer, actor, athlete, author, lawyer and civil rights activist.
"There were five basic principles that guided his life. Strive for excellence, be the best you can possibly be through hard work and discipline, aim for perfection instead of just being as good as or better than someone else; success without advancing the interest of our people as a whole was worthless; the pursuit of knowledge is a quest that never ends; have the courage of your conviction and be willing to make sacrifices to do the right thing; And when life gets tough, step into it, not away from it," she shared yesterday during the naming ceremony at the US Embassy, located in St Andrew.
Culture as a tool
US Ambassador Pamela Bridgewater said Robeson, who paid a historic visit to Jamaica in 1948, used culture as a tool and platform to fight injustice.
Robeson had a profound influence on my upbringing - my great aunt and dad would love this honor.
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