How did Rev Paul Jones Die
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.John Paul Jones who was a renegade scot who escaped prison.The charge was cruelty and murder.He was a captain in the Royal Navy.Incidentally the americans could'nt stomach his bigotry either.He was given safe passage to France.Where he died.Two hundred years later his body was exhumed and reintered in Arlington cemetery
Rev Paul Jones was murdered in his home in Houston,TX. Someone rung his doorbell,and when he looked through his blinds to see who it was he was gunned down in cold blood.
Here's his achievements and such
His son (who has sued his fathers records company EMI over royalties)
Here is a figure who embodied the fierce spirit of resistance that for some reason sems to absent in many famous figures today
PAUL ROBESON (1898-1976)
This giant actor, sportsman, singer, activist was born on April 9, 1898, the youngest of five children, to Rev. William and Maria Louisa Robeson in Princeton. In 1901 Rev. Robeson was forced to resign as Pastor of Princeton’s Witherspoon St. Presbyterian Church after 20 years for speaking out against social injustice in the community. At age 55, he must support his family by driving coaches and hauling ashes.
In 1904 Paul’s mother burns to death when her clothes catches fire over a coal stove. In 1910 the Rev. moves his family to Somerville where he becomes Pastor of St. Thomas A. M. E. Zion Church. There, young Paul begins to show his prodigious talent for scholarship, music, athletics and oratory.
In 1915, Paul becomes only the third African-American to attend Rutgers University after winning a 4-year scholarship in a statewide written competition. The giant “Robey” makes the football team despite the violent racism of his teammates, and becomes the teams star player. During his years at Rutgers, racism reared its head many times and in many ways; once, his coach was forced by Rutgers’ administrators to bench Robeson when Washington and Lee College refused to play against a black man. Nevertheless, he went on to make the All-American team in 1917 and 1918. He won 15 varsity letters in four sports– football, basketball, baseball and track. Off the field, he was skilled and won first prize in oratory in each of his four years at Rutgers. As valedictorian he received a standing ovation.
Though he studied law, the opportunities for an African lawyer in the US was very limited. He quit for good when a white secretary refused to take his dictation. Robeson then took a career in the theatre. He debuted at the Sam Harris Theatre, but it was his role in "All God’s Chillun’s Got Wings", in which a white woman was to play the part of his wife, which caused a media uproar. He also took lead role in Emperor Jones, sings his first concert in Boston and stars in his first film "Body and Soul". Robeson becomes an icon, particularly in the black community.
However, he was also very outspoken and voiced his frustration about the scarcity of roles for blacks; in spite of his fame, he was denied accommodation in hotels. His powerful singing of old “Negro Spirituals” and the song “Old Man River” awaken the consciousness in the African-American people. He uses his status to highlight racism in the US; Robeson toured Europe, he performed for the King of Spain. One of his more famous roles was Othello.
However, he is still discriminated against because of his colour. Enraged by the treatment of Blacks, he begins to praise the values of communism. Robeson studies intensely communist and Africanist writings and eventually enrolls his son in a Soviet Model School, hoping to shield him from racial oppression. While in Egypt, he helped found the Council for African Affairs which promoted African self-rule. By 1941 Robeson supported black voter registrations in Birmingham, strikes in Detroit and refused to lay roles that stereotyped blacks. The FBI, suspecting him of being a member of the Communist Party, places him under surveillance.
In 1943, the FBI arrests him for suspected Communist activities and during the 1950’s during the McCarthy “Witch Trials”, the rules of the new Internal Security Act required that he give up his passport after he denounces the Korean War. He refuses. He is asked to state whether or not he is a communist and again he refuses to comply, filing suit against the State Dept. He becomes the first American to be banned from TV when NBC stops his appearance on a variety show. Robeson was shunned by many black leaders as well who found him too radical. Attempts were made on his life. Unable to travel, the defiant Robeson sang by telephone to assemblies in England and Wales. Once, when he was forbidden to travel to Canada to sing at a union rally, he sang on the edge of the US border to the crowd on the Canadian side of the border.
Robeson was eventually allowed to travel; he was given a hero’s welcome wherever he went. However the years of fighting persecution by American authorities took its toll on his health.
Paul Robeson died of a stroke on January 23 1976
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