Explore the life of Paul Robeson, one of Rutgers’s most distinguished alumni and true renaissance man, through a unique collection of archival records, documents, photographs, and memorabilia supported by Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries. Trace the contours of Paul Robeson's remarkable life growing up in New Jersey through the lens of his illustrious careers as actor and singer as well as his outspoken global activism as a champion of equality and humanity throughout the world. While the exhibition will cover his entire life and career, it places particular emphasis on Robeson’s early years within the context of the black experience in New Jersey, his time “on the banks,” and his early career in New York City during the Harlem Renaissance. It will be exhibited through September 6, 2019, and is open to all.
Students, alumni, and other community members are encouraged to join the Rutgers African-American Alumni Alliance for a tour of Rutgers through Paul Robeson's eyes and permit yourself to walk a mile in his shoes as you walk the Old Queens Campus and Voorhees Mall, culminating at the recently dedicated Paul Robeson Plaza.
The Rutgers Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life and the departments of Jewish studies and history invite you to explore the lives of the individuals who were central to Paul Robeson's "Negro-Jewish" activism, including members of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee, Itzik Feffer and Shlomo Mikhoels. This panel discussion's over-arching theme will emphasize Robeson’s commitment to black-Jewish relations as a model for contemporary cross-ethnic alliances and inter-racial unity. Panelists will include: Professor Tony Michels, University of Wisconsin; public historian, Dr. Jennifer Young; and Professor David Greenberg, Rutgers.