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You know that game in which someone asks, “If you could have lunch with anyone alive or dead, who would it be?” People mull over their possible answers, and they respond, inevitably, with Gandhi, or Malcolm X, or W.B. Yeats. Well, I’d say Paul Robeson. The Undiscovered Paul Robeson: An Artist’s Journey, 1898-1939, the first in Paul Robeson Jr.’s two-volume biography of his father, shows what a legend his father is: football All-American and honor student at Rutgers University, scholar at Columbia University Law School, singer, actor, speaker of multiple languages, and pioneer. The book explores the senior Robeson’s struggle to deal with his anger and aggression toward the oppressive white society and how he confronted it. You can’t have lunch with Paul Robeson, but a close second may be hearing Paul Robeson Jr. discuss his father at 7 p.m. at Olsson’s Books & Music, 1200 F St. NW. Free. (202) 347-3686. (Dave Mann)

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