Honor and the Politics of Dignity
This chapter explores the life and legacy of Paul Robeson. Robeson was one of the few African Americans who made a name for himself on the broader American sporting scene. While at Rutgers University from 1915 to 1919, he was awarded fifteen letters as an intercollegiate participant in football, baseball, basketball, and track and field. However, his athletic achievements have been overshadowed by other aspects of his life such as his career as a film and stage actor.
Keywords: athletes, reputations, sports figures, African Americans, performing artist, commercial artist