On Exhibit: Activist, Artist, Actor, Alum: Paul Robeson

Activist, Artist, Actor, Alum: Paul Robeson

In honor of what would have been our namesake’s 124th birthday on April 9th, Paul Robeson Library is proud to present its latest exhibit Activist, Artist, Actor, Alum: Paul Robeson.

The photo exhibit traces Robeson’s remarkable life beginning with his childhood in Princeton, New Jersey through his years as an athlete and academic at Rutgers University. Robeson not only excelled on the football field at Rutgers, but he also ran track, and played on the baseball and basketball teams. Robeson was also a top student and tutored classmates in Latin and Greek. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa during his junior year and Cap and Skull honor society his senior year as one of four students chosen for all-around excellence. Robeson graduated from Rutgers in 1919 and delivered the commencement address as the class valedictorian.

The exhibit also highlights Robeson’s acting career, both on the stage and in films, and traces his commitment to social activism.   For more about the incredible life of Paul Robeson, please visit "Honoring the Legacy of Paul Robeson" at Rutgers Today.

Seeing the Exhibit

Activist, Artist, Actor, Alum: Paul Robeson is on display until May 31, 2022. Building access is currently restricted to Rutgers, Rowan, Camden County College in Camden, and Rutgers/LEAP students, faculty, and staff.

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