Paul Robeson’s Love Song
Available to watch from 10 Apr 2021 07:00
An audio play (with images) by Tayo Aluko
Directed by Olusola Oyeleye.
Recorded online during lockdown
While clearing out their late mother’s belongings in August 2020, two siblings discover a package containing a record, suggesting a possible romantic link between their grandmother and Paul Robeson, dating back to 1949.
As they watch coverage of protests at the latest police shooting happening down the road from them, they recall their mother telling them of protests at a Robeson concert outside Peekskill NY in 1949.
They realise that as a child, she had witnessed the best and the worst of their country in violent conflict in the same way as was unfolding now in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Contains some racist and anti-Semitic language.
This is an imagined story based around the Peekskill and Kenosha happenings.