Robeson Week April 5 - 9, 2021

Robeson Week is typically held during the week of Paul Robeson’s birthday. Robeson week is a week of celebration events that honor the life and legacy of our namesake, Paul Robeson’s significant contributions to dismantling racism locally and abroad. Paul Robeson was an artist, human-rights activist and Class of 1919 Rutgers alumnus. Robeson Week consist of programs sponsored by the PRCC, Academic Departments, and other community partners.

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B.L.A.C.K. Mentoring Circle: Black and Abroad

Monday, April 5, 2021
6:00 p.m. EST
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Paul Robeson was a true humanitarian that crisscrossed the globe, spoke over a dozen languages, and spoke truth not only to systemically racist power structures, but to any system that wielded power for the marginalization and oppression of others. The fruit of global history, for better or worse, still exists today, and we all live in a rapidly changing world. Follow in Robeson’s footsteps and join us for a conversation navigating the various factors that affect what it means to be Black & Abroad, in collaboration with Rutgers Global. Speakers will discuss the transformative experiences of studying, traveling, and living abroad, as well as offer strategies and resources for addressing the challenges and potential biases that shape those experiences.

Student Alumni Career Connect Live

Black and Latinx from the World at Work

Thursday, April 8, 2021
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. EST
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One of the best ways to explore careers is by networking with those already working in the field. “SACC-LIVE” is a real-time version of our Student-Alumni Career Connect (SACC) system. By participating in one of these virtual programs, you can learn about various career paths from individuals who identify as Black and/or Latinx who are also Rutgers alumni. Attendance at this event also earns you a stamp towards the #RUTGERSWORKS Free Tuition Challenge.

Co-sponsored by University Career Exploration and Success.

Paul Robeson’s Birthday Celebration

Friday, April 9, 2021

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To celebrate Paul Robeson’s birthday, we invite students to post a video message on social media using the hashtag #IAMRobeson and tagging @Prccrutgers and be sure to make your post public. Students are encouraged to share how they embody the legacy of Paul Robeson’s extraordinary contributions by sharing stories that include:

  • How have you given back to your community?
  • How do you embody your inner activist? Tell us about it!
  • Share stories of how you have supported your local, campus, or other communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Do you volunteer at a local non-profit? Discuss the impact you’ve made.

Robeson Week Virtual Art Gallery

The Paul Robeson Living-Learning Community Ambassador Program with the Paul Robeson Cultural Center present the Inspired by Robeson Virtual Art Gallery. The students have worked throughout the academic year to explore the legacy of Robeson through the themes of scholarship, heritage, and service. Throughout the year they have discussed topics including systemic racism, prejudice and inequality, faith and tradition and how they impact, influence, and engage students from the African diaspora today.

Virtual Robeson Week Art Exhibition

Students drew inspiration from the Robeson quote "Artists are the gatekeepers of truth. We are civilization’s radical voice.”

Artist: Burrell Smithen

Title: Speak

Description: Paul Robeson’s life centered around sharing his voice and talent to interconnect people. Despite attempts at being silenced, Robeson worked to further civil rights internationally, and was beloved by the world. In “Speak” I hope to highlight the powerful potential our voices have in creating a better world.

Artist: Eka Tawe

Title: This Is America- Drum Cover

Description: I have been playing the drums for almost 6 years now and it is just my passion. Recently, I have been getting into playing more black artists and their music because it moves people in amazing ways. This song has been so important for so many years now because it causes conversation and makes people think, so I felt motivated to cover it for this gallery. Enjoy! 🙂

Artist: Atiya Reign, Jackson

Title: The Voice of Change”

Description: An artist has the power to express their opinions through their art. An artist must use this opportunity to bring societal and global issues to the forefront. As an artist, you must use your talents to promote change in the world and inspire others to do the same.

Artist: Kayla McKinnon

Title: Pieces of Souls

Description: In the poem, Pieces of Souls, it describes the different types of artwork that artists express themselves through. Many artists express themselves in distinct ways throughout history. Artists express their identity, cultures, and stories through their work. The artist’s voice is within their craft and this poem is meant to highlight the beauty of the truth that speaks through the artwork.

Artist: Jenika Scott

Title: Racismo

Description: This is a Poem about Racism and police brutality that affects afro Americans, Latinos and Caribbean people within the U.S.

Artist: Hanna Hammoud

Title: The Melody of Paul Robeson

Description: I wanted to create a piece that represented the explicit beauty of Paul Robeson’s musical talent while implicitly representing how he incorporated his talent into his political activism of global citizenship. In choosing to create a painting, I decided to use distinct colors, as there are only five shades of purple used in this painting, one of which is the primary purple shade, and the rest are hues of this purple. The five different hues of a single color represent how Robeson often used the pentatonic scale of music to describe his artistic performances and political aspirations. In the corners of my painting, I decided to include depictions of sheet music from one of Paul Robeson’s most popular tunes, Ol’ Man River, which also represents his love for sharing his musical talent and the political undertones that accentuated his art. As an influential musical artist and a revolutionary political activist for globalism, Paul Robeson will forever be a hero for those aspiring to the same hopes as Robeson across the world.