In 2019, Rutgers marks the centennial anniversary of Paul Robeson's graduation from Rutgers College in 1919. In recognition, our community honors his achievements as a scholar, athlete, artist, activist, and global citizen in a yearlong celebration featuring lectures, performances, art exhibitions, and more. The dedication of the Paul Robeson Plaza on the College Avenue Campus in spring 2019 will pay tribute to his legacy.More About Robeson
Students discuss the life and legacy of Paul Robeson, Rutgers’ third African-American graduate and most famous alumnus, in a semester-long Byrne Seminar cotaught by the human rights activist's granddaughter, Susan Robeson.
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"It has been rewarding to see the lights go on in the younger generation of students who haven’t experienced the hardships of my grandfather’s time . . ." – Susan Robeson
In the same week Rutgers honored Paul Robeson, who was the university's first African American football player, the NFL began regular season play amid ongoing controversy over many players' decision to take a knee against racial injustice and police brutality during the National Anthem. It also coincides with Nike naming former NFL quarterback-turned-activist and founder of the silent protest, Colin Kaepernick one of the faces of the "Just Do It" campaign's 30th anniversary.Read the NJ.com article
The university recently broke ground on the future Paul Robeson Plaza, which will open in April as part of a yearlong centennial celebration of Robeson’s 1919 graduation. The plaza was conceived of and championed by the Class of 1971 for its 45th anniversary, with strong support from the Rutgers African-American Alumni Alliance.Read the Rutgers Today article
In 1915, Paul Leroy Robeson enrolled at Rutgers University, the third African-American to enter the school. Four years later he graduated valedictorian and a celebrated college athlete and singer. He went on to become an world renown performer and commentator on social issues.Read the TAPinto article