Show explores life of civil rights activist Paul Robeson

Special To The Black Mountain News

Come join us as we honor and celebrate one of the great Renaissance figures in American history with “Moments With Paul”, a musical and spoken portrayal of the world-famous scholar, actor, singer, lawyer, all-American athlete and civil rights activist – Paul Robeson.

"Moments with Paul," which explores the life of Paul Robeson, will be performed at the White Horse on Dec. 16.

Produced by United in Music, Inc., the show will be performed at White Horse Black Mountain at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16.

The show stars Jason McKinney as Robeson, the African-American Renaissance man who rose to prominence in multiple arenas at a time when racism and segregation was rampant in the United States.

Robeson used his fame as a performer to become a voice for people who were marginalized both at home and abroad. Despite a hugely successful career on stage and in films and international popularity, he was eventually silenced and his career effectively ended by prejudice and McCarthyism.

McKinney is joined on stage by Christopher Bagley portraying the role of Robeson’s accompanist, Lawrence Brown.

“Moments With Paul” sheds light on the life of this courageous, influential and complex man whose message remains particularly relevant for today’s audiences. It brings attention to the important Robeson legacy which for too long had faded into the shadows of American lore.