Paul Robeson: Ballad of an American

Hawthorne Library (Madison)

Paul Robeson -- Ballad of an American is an excerpted reading in performance of Sharon Rudahl's beautiful work Ballad of an American: A Graphic Biography of Paul Robeson (2020), edited by Paul Buhle and Lawrence Ware. Interspersed with Robeson's own music and words, beginning with an eleven-minute excerpt of his compelling interview before HUAC (House Un-American Activities Commitee), it uses the frank, direct writing, and imagery of Rudahl. The presentation takes the audience on a journey through the passions, fortitude, and grit of one of the greatest men, so soon forgotten, that this country has ever produced. Scholar, athlete, lawyer, singer, actor, activist, in short, the true Renaissance Man of letters, art, and activism -- Paul Robeson.

Presented by Fermat's Theater Company Members: Quanda Johnson and Melvin Hinton

This event is part of the #RippleProject, a year-long series of free humanities programs focused on equity in the Dane County public libraries. Learn more at

Book cover: "A Graphic Biography of Paul Robeson: Ballad of An American. Text and art by Sharon Rudahl. Edited by Paul Buhle & Lawrence Ware" Illustrations of Paul Robeson and others with black and white newspaper style background.