A message from susan robeson
My grandfather, Paul Robeson, was the quintessential citizen of the world. He used his voice and music to heal, to inspire and empower and as a call to action.
When he sang on the front lines during the Spanish Civil War he had loudspeakers pointed to both sides of the battlefield. While he sang through the night the guns and artillery on both sides stopped, and there was peace.
From that moment on, my grandfather understood his responsibility as an artist, and never backed down.
We come together in that same spirit of harnessing the power of music with our intention and our compassion to respond to EARTH’S CALL... and never back down.
My hope is that our voices reflect the cultural and geographical diversity of the entire planet.
My hope is that our leadership reflects the cultural and geographic diversity of our planet.
My hope is that our goals and resources concretely benefit the diverse communities of our planet.
My hope is that we actively engage young people from around the world in EARTH’S CALL.
We have a responsibility to ensure that principles of diversity and self-determination guide our process and work.
Wangari Maathai, an African woman, founded the Green Belt Movement in Kenya and became the first environmental activist to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
We need voices like hers at the table. Although, tragically, she passed on in 2011, there are many others like her.
In her Nobel lecture Wangari Maathi said,
"Recognizing that sustainable development, democracy and peace are indivisible is an idea whose time has come... Today we are faced with a challenge that calls for a shift in our thinking, so that humanity stops threatening its life-support system. We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own - indeed, to embrace the whole of creation in all its diversity, beauty and wonder."
- Susan Robeson
Senior Advisor, EARTH’S CALL
Executive Director, The Paul Robeson Foundation