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One-man show about Afro activist at Douglas College

The one-man show Call Mr. Robeson will be coming to Douglas College later this month.

Paul Robeson was an African-American actor and singer in early 20th century who visited Vancouver frequently. He sang Ol' Man River in the movie Showboat, and was the first African-American actor to perform opposite a white woman in the United States when appeared in Othello.

In the early 1950s, his human rights political activism cost him his passport, so he did a concert for his Lower Mainland audience at the Peace Arch border crossing in 1952.

That event is recreated by British-Nigerian actor Tayo Aluko in his touring show about Robeson that will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m., at the Laura C. Muir Theatre at Douglas College's New Westminster campus.

Tickets are available through www.brownpapertickets.com.

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