A Special Rites of Passage message from President Holloway

The Paul Robeson Cultural Center (PRCC) was founded in 1969 and is dedicated to serving the Rutgers University community by offering a wealth of programs, initiatives and services that reflect the robust history, heritage and diversity of the African diaspora. Widely recognized as the first black cultural center on a college campus in the United States, the Paul Robeson Cultural Center is named after one of our most esteemed alumni, Paul Robeson, who was the 3rd African-American to graduate from Rutgers University. PRCC functions as a safe haven, “home away from home” and community hub for our students, staff/faculty, alumni and community members of the greater New Brunswick/New Jersey area. At the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, our students are encouraged to consider the complexities of their identity, while celebrating Blackness in all of its expressions and embodying the founding legacies of academic excellence and intersectional social justice.

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Recent Communications

Guilty Verdict in the Derek Chauvin Trial
April 22, 2021

As we continue to reflect and make meaning of Tuesday’s guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, our offices stand with all of those impacted. The guilty verdict came after ten months of protests, pain, and suffering. We keep all who have dedicated themselves to fighting racism and injustice in the forefront of our thoughts.  We especially want to recognize our students and educators of color, who often bear the burden of providing support to others while dealing with their own trauma. Read our complete communication.

Paul Robeson 50th Anniversary

In 2019, Rutgers University–New Brunswick marks the 50th anniversary of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center’s official opening. The celebration of this commemorative anniversary seeks to celebrate the center’s mission to honor the legacy of alumnus Paul Robeson and involve the Rutgers University–New Brunswick community in educational, cultural, and social programs and services that facilitates learning and engagement.

Learn more about the 50th anniversary!