Conversation: Sharon Rudahl and Taylor-Faith McKie

Cradling a Tiny Flame

Wednesday, November 3rd, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Princeton Public Library (Zoom)


Comic artist, illustrator and writer Sharon Rudahl discusses the legacy of Paul Robeson, social movement, radicality and the need for an imagination with PHS senior Taylor-Faith McKie.

Rudahl will discuss her life’s work with Princeton High School senior Taylor-Faith McKie. They will explore topics including the aesthetics of racial progress today. Also discussed will be “Two Marches,” Rudahl’s short film about the 1963 March on Washington and the 2017 Women’s March, both of which she attended, and the artistry of her graphic novel “Ballad of an American: A Graphic Biography of Paul Robeson,” one of her recent works published by Rutgers University Press.

McKie is passionate about human and children’s rights advocacy. As president of the PHS Black Student Union and LOCC (Leaders of Color for Change), she aims to create an increasingly tolerant environment within the Princeton community.

"What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?"

Monday, July 5th – 5:30PM to 6:30PM
Princeton Public Library (Zoom)


Community members read an amended version of Frederick Douglass’ influential speech, given on July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York, to the Rochester Ladies Anti-Slavery Society.

The life and works of Frederick Douglass continue to shape our understanding of America. A gifted orator and prescient writer, Douglass forces us to reckon with the legacy of slavery and the promises of democracy. One of the most celebrated orators of his day, Douglass’ powerful language, resolute denunciations of slavery and forceful examination of the Constitution challenge us to think about the histories we tell, the values they teach, and if our actions match our aspirations. To quote Douglass, “We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the future.”

Organizing partners, in alphabetical order: Nassau Presbyterian Church and Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church Joint Mission Committee, Not In Our Town Princeton, Paul Robeson House of Princeton, Princeton Public Library, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton.

Supporting organizations: Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton Senior Resource Center, Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice, Princeton Civil Rights Commission, Witherspoon Jackson Historical & Cultural Society, Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, The Muslim Center of Greater Princeton, Make Us Visible NJ, Princeton Friends Meeting, YMCA Princeton, African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County, Campaign to End the New Jim Crow, Trenton Literacy Movement, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Historical Society of Princeton, Princeton United Methodist Church, Mt. Pisgah AME, Ujima Village Christian Church, The Hun School, We See Color, People & Stories, Municipality of Princeton, YMCA Princeton, Coalition for Peace Action, CASA for Children of Mercer and Burlington, Union Baptist Church of Trenton, (additional supporting organizations will be added upon confirmation).

Robeson Week of Remembrance - Celebrating Paul Robeson's 123rd Birthday

Sunday, April 4th – 1PM to 3PM
Family Football Toss
Palmer Square

Tuesday, April 6th
Robeson Story Time: Grandpa Stops A War by Susan Robeson and Ballad of An American by Sharon Rudahl (downloadable study guide)

Thursday, April 8th
Robeson Legacy Interviews and Reflections

Friday, April 9th – 12PM to 2PM
Memorial Wreath Ceremony and WJHS Walking Tour
Princeton Arts Council


Date: Sun, Oct 4, 2020 – 3PM EST
Location: Crowdcast

A conversation about economics and America with Paul Krugman and Eduardo Porter

As we head toward the 2020 elections, Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize winner, Times Columnist and Eduardo Porter, Times economics reporter will engage in a conversation about economics and America as expressed in their 2020 books — Arguing with Zombies and American Poison: How Racial Hostility Destroyed Our Promise. 

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.