I Am Robeson Week is one of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center’s signature, annual programs and a week-long celebration of Rutgers University’s most esteemed alumnus, dear Paul Robeson (Rutgers College, Class of 1919). The son of a runaway slave, Paul Robeson is one of the most dynamic public figures of the 20th century with accolades as a two-time all-American athlete, actor, singer, cultural scholar, author, and international human rights activist. The Paul Robeson Cultural Center invites the Rutgers University community to learn about the life of Robeson, while celebrating his accomplishments and reflecting on the future of his legacy – both on and off of our campus. There are five events being offered to the community and we hope you will enjoy us in observance, celebration and inspiration!

I Am Robeson Week Calendar of Events

Remembering Paul Robeson: A Panel Discussion

Join us for a special presentation by the Paul Robeson House of Princeton, NJ about the life and legacy of Paul Robeson in 2017.The “Paul Robeson House,” is a residential property located at 110 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ, where Paul Robeson was born. Members of the Paul Robeson House Board will review Robeson’s life, as well as their organizational plans to maintain his legacy in the Princeton, New Jersey and greater communities. Guest speakers are Denyse Leslie and Kevin Wilkes, Paul Robeson House Board of Directors.

Time: 8pm – 9:30pm | Paul Robeson Cultural Center Gathering Lounge, 600 Bartholomew Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854

To learn more about the Paul Robeson House, click here. If you have questions about the event, please email the Paul Robeson Cultural Center at prccrutgers@echo.rutgers.edu.

Join the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, the Department of Africana Studies and others for the 2nd annual I Am Robeson Week Lecture Series, featuring a conversation with Harry Belafonte and Susan Robeson. In honor of Robeson’s birthday, activist, entertainer, mentee and friend to Paul Robeson, Harry Belafonte will be speaking with Susan Robeson, the grand-daughter of Robeson about her grandfather’s contemporary legacy of civil rights activism.

Doors open: 6:30pm | Program time: 7pm – 9pm | Location: College Avenue Student Center, Multipurpose Room, 126 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 | Seating available first-come, first served 

The event is free & open to the Rutgers University community and the public. RSVP via the event page here. If you have questions about the event, please email the Paul Robeson Cultural Center at prccrutgers@echo.rutgers.edu.

Join the Paul Robeson Cultural Center and the Paul Robeson Living-Learning Community for a film screening of Emperor Jones, one of Robeson’s most iconic on-screen performances. A facilitated post-screening conversation will follow and refreshments will be served.

Time: 7pm – 9pm | Paul Robeson Cultural center Gathering Lounge

If you have any questions about this particular #IAmRobesonWeek event, please email PRCC Graduate Assistant Tiana Ford at tmf114@echo.rutgers.edu or prccrutgers@echo.rutgers.edu. We hope you will join us!

The Africana House of Douglass Residential College, The Paul Robeson Cultural Center and Student Access & Educational Equity, are pleased to invite you to join us as we embark on a visit to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, in honor of I Am Robeson Week 2017! Along with our distinguished co-sponsors, the Department of History, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for African Studies, we are honored to visit this historical institution, dedicated to celebrating the Black lived experiences within the diaspora and several Black achievements throughout history. Boasting over 36,000 artifacts, this is a trip you will not want to miss!

We will also be visiting the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. monument and the African American Civil War Museum. Lodging, transportation, museum entry and meals will be covered.


If you have any questions about the trip, email the Paul Robeson Cultural Center at prccrutgers@gmail.com! We hope you will join us!

Join the Rutgers African-American Alumni Alliance (RAAA) in celebration of Paul Robeson’s birthday and the Paul Robeson Plaza Fundraising Campaign! RAAA has raised over $15,000 for the Paul Robeson Plaza in conjunction with the Rutgers University Class of 1971. You are invited to join us at the Paul Robeson Cultural Center as we honor our donors and honorees!

Time: 7pm – 8:30pm | Paul Robeson Cultural Center Gathering Lounge | Food will be served

The following organizations will be recognized: RAAA, Inc, 100 Black Men of RU, Pakistani Student Association, Arab Cultural Club, Ahlul-Bayt Student Association, The Muslim Student Association, Palestine Relief Fund, Students for Justice in Palestine, New Brunswick/Newark, Black Lives Matter, ODASIS, BWABU, Paul Robeson Living-Learning Community, WISO, Black Voice/Carta Latina, MEET/NSBE, Queer Alliance of Muslims at Rutgers, RU-Newark 1969 Black Org of Students, TWESE, Zeta Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority (organizations listed by donation amounts received).

To learn more about the RAAA’s fundraising campaign and ways to support, visit their website here.