The Bishop Center for Performing Arts kicks off Black History Month Saturday night with a monumental one-man performance by Tayo Aluko.
Aluko honors the life of Paul Robeson, a famous actor, singer and civil rights campaigner born in 1898.
Over the years, as Robeson becomes progressively too radical and outspoken for the establishment’s liking, he is branded a traitor to his country, harassed, and denied opportunities to perform or travel. Just as physical, emotional and mental stress threaten to push him over the fine line between genius and madness, he is summoned to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee, where he gives the most difficult and important performance of his career.
Aluko’s roller-coaster journey through Robeson’s remarkable and eventful life highlights how his pioneering and heroic (but largely forgotten) political activism led many to describe him as the forerunner of the civil rights movement. It features much fiery oratory and some of his famous songs, including a dramatic rendition of “Ol’ Man River.”
The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Bishop Center, on the Grays Harbor College campus in Aberdeen. Tickets are $15; children 12 and younger are admitted free. For more, visit www.ghc.edu.