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Robeson met his future wife Eslanda Cordoza Goode while at Columbia University (1919-1923) where he received a law degree.

His interest in law took a decisive turn when a secretary refused to take dictation from him because of his race. He left the practice of law to dedicate his talent and focus towards a career in the performing arts.

His first major artistic endeavor was to promote Black Spirituals which he did with the first ever concert comprised entirely of works produced by African American composers.
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