Robeson 125 Celebration

Robeson 125th logo

Saturday, April 1, 2023
Here I Stand: Paul Robeson’s 125th – Lincoln Center, NY (Invited guests)

Monday, April 3, 2023
Continuing Conversations on Race with filmmaker, Thomas Lee Johnson
Princeton Public Library
Presented in partnership with Not In Our Town Princeton
7:00-8:30 PM

Wednesday, April 5, 2023
“Black on the outside” launch – Premiere of commissioned film and Freedom Garden campaign
The Paul Robeson House of Princeton YouTube channel

Saturday, April 8, 2023
Robeson Day in Princeton

The Arts Council of Princeton – Wreath laying program and Robeson site tour
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The Arts Council of Princeton (Invited guests)

Robeson 125th Community Celebration & Lecture with Dr. Jamese Williams & Guests (Hybrid event)

Princeton Public Library
On Becoming Gatekeepers of Our Truth: Honoring the Legacy of Paul Robeson During the Celebration of His 125th Day of Birth
2:00-3:30 PM

Princeton Historical Society – Princeton Room
Partner event with Paul Robeson Cultural Center of Rutgers University,
Jakora Thompson, Moderator
Guest Panelist: Geralyn Williams of PACE Center for Civic Engagement of Princeton University

Sunday, April 9, 2023
Robeson 125th Birthday
Easter Sunrise Service & Breakfast – Hosted by The Paul Robeson House of Princeton

The Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church / Nassau Presbyterian Church Easter Sunrise Service at The Princeton Cemetery
6:30 AM – Easter Sunrise Service

Witherspoon Presbyterian Church
7:30 AM – Breakfast

Monday-Wednesday, April 10-12, 2023
Robeson Film Festival – Film screenings with moderated discussions
The Arts Council of Princeton
6:00-8:00 PM nightly (Free)

Monday: The Tallest Tree In Our Forest documentary by Gil Noble
Discussants: PRHP Board Members

Tuesday: Seven Square Miles with filmmaker, Lorna Johnson-Frizell, The College of New Jersey
Discussants: Lorna Johnson-Frizell, Hawa Mamalou and Abdul Mohammed

Wednesday: Here I Stand (film)
Discussant: 2023 Robeson Fellow, Serina Montero

Saturday, April 15, 2023
Sweet Honey In The Rock – Partner event with The Robeson House of Philadelphia
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
7:00 PM




Robeson Curriculum Exchange & Teach In

Robeson Teach In poster

Mon, Jan 16, 2023
10AM – 1PM
Princeton Middle School, Princeton NJ

Together with community partners, we are preparing to facilitate workshops about the life and legacy of Paul Robeson with educators and community members as part of our MLK Jr. Day of Service.

In collaboration with local schools, we will help build lessons for teachers ahead of our Robeson 125th programming, and help make Robeson a household name!


Roots & Branches of the 20th Century Black Arts Movement: Paul, Ossie & Alvin

Maya Bradley

Sat, Nov 19, 2022
1PM – 2PM
Arts Council of Princeton – Taplin Gallery


Paul Robeson was perhaps one of the most influential artists and social critics of the 20th century. His impact on the Black Arts Movement reaches across the globe and throughout time. The analytical framework used in the racial literacy and justice class at Princeton High School will be used to provide perspective on the life and legacy of Princeton’s Native Son.

The translation and transformation of [his] voice and likeness into the colorful visualization of dance has a resonant quality and characteristic that can only be described as an antiracist aesthetic.This presentation will elucidate how the iconic voice and presence of Paul Robeson influenced the artistry and storytelling of Ossie Davis and Alvin Ailey. Local artist Maya Bradley will perform interpretive dance alongside the lecture presentation of Dr. Joy Barnes-Johnson, Program Chair of the Paul Robeson House of Princeton and Princeton Public Schools Educator.

This event is held in collaboration with the Arts Council of Princeton.

Exhibit: Telling A People's Story: African American Children's Illustrated Literature

Telling A People's Story poster

October 1-30, 2022
Princeton Public Library
First and Third Floor

“Telling a People’s Story” is the first traveling exhibit devoted to the art found within the pages of African American children’s illustrated literature. The exhibition emphasizes the strength of the illustrations as visual narrative representations of the African-American experience and sheds light on the long-neglected world of African-American authors and illustrators in the pantheon of children’s literature.

This event is co-sponsored by The Paul Robeson House of Princeton.

For me, it is not the house, but what it represents. The Robeson House, like the Witherspoon Jackson neighborhood it anchors, is rooted in history but not locked in the past. The house stands proud and represents a future in which social justice issues are debated, programs developed, and community resources rallied to breathe life into the philosophy and legacy of Paul Robeson, a brave American patriot who used his many talents to fight for the rights and respect of all people worldwide.