No Pretty Songs, Gentlemen
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Paul Robeson (1898 – 1976), was an African American singer and actor, an All-American football player, and a graduate of Columbia Law School. In the mid-1940s, when he was one of the highest paid concert performers in the world, Robeson announced that, for the next few years, he would sing only for the rights of his people. “No pretty songs, gentlemen,” he told the press, “No pretty songs. Time for some full citizenship.”
No Pretty Songs, Gentlemen is a social- pedagogical project, created over the course of twelve days, in collaboration with New York City High School students: Ellie Abrams, Amber Alicea, Samantha Estrada, Olga Lebedeva, Bill Martinez, Callum Shaw, Jennifer Veras,
For more information on the historical events, start here.
The five videos that comprised the show are included here, as is an audio slideshow about the show produced by the online newspaper, Bronx Ink.