Robeson was the mentor of Frank Marshall Davis, Obama’s own mentor. For this reason it is believable that Davis put the idea of the mystical black messiah in Obama’s head at a very early age. He had contacts via Paul Robeson to people, who could provide funds and help advance Obama in his education and in politics. It was no accident that Obama joined Jeremiah Wright’s church which has a black liberation doctrine, based on a black messiah, who would be an ordinary man.
Robeson was a world-famous singer and actor with many powerful contacts in other countries hostile to the United States. He was a secular black nationalist and a communist sympathizer. Robeson thought that communism could be used to liberate Africa from colonialism. Robeson was asked to run as his vice-presidential candidate by famous occultist and communist sympathizer, Henry Wallace, who ran for President in 1948 as the candidate of the New Progressive Party. Wallace had to drop out of the race after some bizarre letters to his occult guru in Russia were published in the press.
At this pro-communist concert/rally in Peekskill, Robeson was said to have lead the first communist paramilitary in the United States. Afterwards his passport was confiscated for a time by the FBI as a security risk.
“Paul Robeson: Messiah of Color,” The Freeman, November 13, 1950, p. 111