Paul Robeson Centennial Celebration
Resources About Paul Robeson (1898-1976)


Past Centennial Events and Exhibitions

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Broadcasts and Magazines

The Hammer Magazine Paul Robeson issue (Spring/Summer 1998, V4)
The Hammer, attn: Stephen Paulmier, 64 West Penn Street, Philadelphia PA 19144; 215-849-2793, fax: 215-849-5737; email: Steelhammr@aol.com
Sing Out! magazine
feature article on Paul Robeson, written by Irwin Silber; Spring 1998 issue (V.42#4, Feb 1998, $5.50)
BBC "Omnibus" Radio Series -- November 10-11, 1997 -- two 30-minute specials on Paul Robeson
CBC -- Feb 3, 1998 -- Network Radio Documentaries
PRI (Public Radio International) -- Saturdays, February 14 and 21, 1998 -- Classically Black: Robeson! (check http://www.pri.org)
A Lifetime Achievement Award was given posthumously to Paul Robeson at the Grammy Award ceremonies -- February 25, 1998
Pacifica Radio -- April 9, 1998 -- two program segments
Mexico -- April 9, 1998 (21:00) and April 18, 1998 (22:30) -- radio broadcast (Spanish)
WGBO -- April 9, 1998 -- radio and Internet broadcast
Bravo, The Film and Arts Network --April 9, 1998 at 10:00PM/ET -- Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist
CBC -- April 9, 1998 -- Network Radio Documentaries
PBS -- February 1-3, 9-11 pm (EST)
BET (Black Entertainment Television) -- February 6, 8 pm (EST)
PBS -- February 24, 9 pm (EST)
Cardiff, Wales, UK -- Saturday April 17, 1999 -- TV documentary


CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles -- January 17, 2000 -- celebration
San Francisco -- ongoing -- bronze bust
San Francisco -- February 15, 1998 -- celebration
Oakland -- March 27, 1998 -- concert
San Francisco -- March 28, 1998 -- award ceremony
Thousand Oaks -- Sunday, April 5, 1998, 5:00-6:30pm -- radio program
Santa Barbara (Library Main Branch, Faulkner Gallery) -- April 9, 1998 -- film, music, readings
Berkeley (Berkeley Art Museum) -- April 9, 1998 (Thursday) -- film retrospective
Berkeley -- Sunday, April 26, 1998 -- celebration
Oakland -- Saturday, May 9, 1998 -- performance and speeches
San Francisco -- June 20 - June 27 -- exhibition
San Jose -- June 25, 1998 -- film showing and tribute
San Francisco -- June 27 & 28, 1998 -- celebration
San Francisco -- Thursdays, July 2 9 16 23 30, 1998 -- films
San Francisco -- July 12, 1998 -- program
San Francisco -- Friday, August 21, 1998 -- concert
San Francisco -- Sunday, August 23, 1998 -- concert
Berkeley -- October 19, 1998 -- lecture
Carson -- February 13 - April 18, 1999 -- exhibition, programs
Carson -- February 13 - April 18, 1999 -- exhibition
San Jose -- ongoing events]

CONNECTICUT
U of Connecticut -- November 11, 1999 -- Panel Discussion
New Haven (New Haven Peoples Center) -- February 22, 1998 (Sunday) -- music, stories, speech
New Haven (Yale University) -- April 9, 1998 (Thursday) -- photo exhibition and tea
Enfield -- April 9, 1998 -- concert, readings

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington (National Gallery of Art) -- late January-February 1998 -- Film Retrospective
Washington -- April 9, 1998 -- concert
Washington (Smithsonian Institution, National Portrait Gallery) -- Feb. 1 - April 30, 1999 -- exhibit

DELEWARE
Newark -- Saturday, April 18 -- broadcast
Newark -- February 25, 1999 -- exhibit

FLORIDA
Tallahassee -- April 9, 1998 -- musical tribute
Miami -- Saturday, April 11, 1998 -- panel discussion, dance
Gainesville -- April 26, 1998 -- celebration
Miami -- Sunday, April 26 - May 10, 1998 -- exhibit
Fort Lauderdale -- April 26 - May 31, 1998 -- theater
Gainesville -- Sunday, September 27, 1998 -- recital
Miami -- November, 1998 -- commemorative program

ILLINOIS
    Metropolitan Chicago
Macomb -- April 15, 1998 -- song, drama, speech
      Metropolitan Chicago
METROPOLITAN CHICAGO:
February 7, 1998 -- music -- Trinity UCC
February 9, 1998 -- discussion -- Peace Museum
February 20, 1998 -- spoken theater
March 21, 1998 (Saturday) -- conference panel -- Swisshotel
February 18 - April 8, 1998 (Wednesdays) -- an 8 week course -- Duncan YMCA
April 1 thru 1998 -- Paul Robeson exhibit -- South Shore Cultural Center
April 2, 1998 -- discussion -- Harold Washington Library Center
April 4, 1998 -- Teachers Conference -- South Shore Cultural Center
April 4, 1998 -- choral concert -- South Shore Cultural Center
April 5, 1998 -- speakers -- Third Unitarian Church
April 7, 1998 -- speakers -- Oak Park Public Library
April 8, 1998 -- celebration -- Paul Robeson High School
April 9, 1998 -- film -- Harold Washington Library Center
April 9, 1998 -- Citywide Centennial Celebration -- South Shore Cultural Center
April 10, 1998 -- film -- South Shore Cultural Center
February 14 - April 25, 1998 -- exhibition -- Peace Museum
March 23 - April 24, 1998 -- mini-exhibition -- Harold Washington Library
April 1 thru 1998 -- Paul Robeson exhibit -- South Shore Cultural Center
April 15, 1998 -- keynote and choral concert -- Harold Washington Library Center
April 16, 1998 -- film -- Harold Washington Library Center
April 18, 1998 -- panel, music, drama -- Northwestern University
April 18, 1998 (Saturday) -- theater -- New Regal Theater
April 19, 1998 -- panel -- Woodson Regional Library
April 23, 1998 -- film -- Harold Washington Library Center
April 24, 1998 -- panel discussion -- Center for Inner City Studies
April 30 - September 30, 1998 -- mini-exhibit -- Columbia College
April 30, 1998 -- film -- Harold Washington Library Center
May 25, 1998 (Monday) -- staged play reading -- ETA Creative Arts Foundation
June 18, 1998 (Thursday) -- Columbia College -- panel
June 27, 1998 -- concert
July 10 - July 31, 1998 (each Friday) -- film series -- Film Center, School of the Art Institute
December 5, 1998 (Saturday) -- Roosevelt University -- performances
Skokie -- February 2, 1999 -- play (for children)

INDIANA
Indianapolis -- January 26, 2000 - February 13 (or 26), 2000 -- theater
Indianapolis -- April 1-29, 1998 -- exhibit

KANSAS
Lawrence -- September 16, 1998 -- lecture

LOUISIANA
New Orleans -- March 29-April 3, 1998 -- weeklong celebration

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston (various area theaters) -- April 1998 -- Film Retrospective
Cape Cod -- Sunday-Monday, June 21 & 22, 1998 -- performance
]Tolland -- Saturday, August 8 - Sunday, August 9, 1998 -- games
Newton (Institute for Multicultur) -- ??? -- films, etc.

MARYLAND
Baltimore -- Sunday, July 19, 1998 -- celebration

MAINE
Portland (Agape Center) -- April 8, 1998 (Wednesday) -- music, stories, film

MICHIGAN
Detroit -- January 21, 1998 -- planning meeting
Detroit (Museum of African American History) -- January 30, January 31-June 30, 1998 -- exhibition
Detroit (WCHB, 1200-AM) -- February 2, 1998 -- radio program
Detroit (Hartford Memorial Baptist Church) -- March 1, 1998 -- oration
Detroit (WGPR radio) -- April 1, 1998 all day -- radio spots
Detroit -- April 5, 1998 -- dinner & theatre
Detroit (Eastern Michigan University) -- April 8, 1998 -- speaker
Ann Arbor (U of Michigan) -- April 9, 1998 -- discussion, reception, tour, music
Detroit -- April 9, 1998 -- scholarship banquet
Marquette -- April 9, 1998 -- concert
Detroit (Wayne State University & Paul Robeson Academy) -- a variety of programs
Southfield (Southfield Public Library) -- May 5, 1998 -- lecture and reception

MINNESOTA
Minneapolis (St. Martin's Table Restaurant) -- Thursdays, April 9,16,23,30, 1998 -- study group
Minneapolis (Walker Museum) -- June 1998 -- Film Retrospective

MISSOURI
University City (St. Louis) -- May 9, 1998 -- breakfast tribute

NORTH CAROLINA
Durham -- March 26, 1998 -- speech by Martin Duberman
Durham -- Tuesday, May 12, 1998 -- film, discussion
Raleigh -- March 4th through April 9th, 1999 -- celebration

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Concord -- February 15, 1999 -- theater and symposium

NEW JERSEY
Newark-- February 21, 1998 -- conference
Haledon -- March 11, 1998 -- celebration
New Brunswick -- March 11 -- musical
Newark -- January 29-March 14, 1998 -- Exhibition
New Brunswick -- March 28-29, 1998 -- theater
Camden -- March 29, 1998 -- concert
Newark -- March 30, 1998 -- lecture, multi-media presentation
Newark -- March 31, 1998 -- documentary
Newark -- April 1, 1998 -- theater
Camden -- March 20 - April 3, 1998, 10:30am -- concert
Camden -- April 2, 1998 -- exhibition
Camden -- April 3,4 & 6, 1998 -- theater
New Brunswick -- April 2-5, 1998 -- theater
Princeton -- Saturday, April 4, 1998 -- concert
Westfield -- April 5-9, 1998 -- celebration
Branchburg -- April 9, 1998 -- speech
New Brunswick -- April 19, 1998 -- symposium
Camden -- March 9 thru May 2, 1998 -- Photo Exhibition
Camden -- March 9-May 2, 1998 -- school programs
Camden -- April 1-22, 1998 -- film festival
New Brunswick -- April 5-July 31, 1998 -- travelling exhibit
Piscataway -- April 1998 -- exhibition, films, discussions, theater
New Brunswick -- April 17 - 25, 1998 -- films
East Brunswick -- April 22, 1998 -- film
New Brunswick -- April 26, 1998 -- family day
Camden -- May 1-2, 1998 -- exhibition
New Brunswick -- June 3 - July 15, 1998 -- exhibition
New Brunswick -- April 5-July 31, 1998 -- travelling exhibit
Ocean Grove -- September 19, 1998 -- concert, lecture, videos, ...
Teaneck -- October 17 - November 21, 1998 -- festival
Trenton -- various events

NEW YORK
Rochester (Shipping Dock Theatre) -- October 3-26, 1997 -- theater This production is available to travel
New York (Film Forum) -- January 16-27, 1998 -- Film Retrospective
New York (New York University) -- February 2, 1998 -- panel, keynote, film, reception
New York City (The Club at La Mama) -- February 16, 1998 -- performance
New York City (Theatre Row Theatre) -- February 16, 1998 -- theater
New York City (Manhattan Plaza) -- February 16, 1998 -- film
Brooklyn (Long Island University) -- Saturday, February 28, 1998 -- all-day commemoration
Queens & Manhatten -- March 23 & 25, 1998 -- theater for school audiences (new play by Ossie Davis)
Manhasset, L.I. -- April 4, 1998 -- concert
Syracuse -- Thursday, April 9, 1998 -- celebration
Peekskill -- April 18, 1998 -- readings, music
New York City -- April 18th, 1998 -- symposium
Eastchester (Westchester County) -- April 22, 1998 -- tribute
Brooklyn (Paul Robeson High School) -- April, 1998 -- many events
Mahopac -- Friday, April 24th -- video
New York City -- May 31, 1998 -- exhibit and speech
New York -- July 13, 1998 and remainder of summer -- theater
New York City (Tamiment Library) -- beginning February 2, 1998 -- exhibition
New York City (Museum of the City of New York) -- June 1 - Sept 30, 1998 -- exhibit
Peekskill -- April 9, 1999 -- celebration
Albany -- May 10, 1999 -- performance celebration
New York (Paul Robeson Foundation) -- ??? -- exhibition
New York City -- February 26, 2005 -- panel & discussion

OHIO
Columbus (Wexner Center for the Arts) -- February 1998 -- Film Retrospective
Youngstown -- November 15, 1998 -- performances

OKLAHOMA
Lawton (Cameron University) -- February 22, 1998 -- vocal concert

OREGON
Ashland -- March 8, 1998 -- readings and music

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia (Paul Robeson Home) -- ongoing -- exhibition
Coatesville -- February 28, 1998 -- concert
Lincoln University -- April 5, 1998 -- concert
Philadelphia -- Every Thursday in April, 1998 -- film on TV
Lancaster -- April 24, 1998 -- concert
Philadelphia -- April 28, 1998 -- lecture and book signing
Philadelphia -- April 28-30, 1998 -- exhibit
Philadelphia -- May 3,4,9, 1998 -- films
Philadelphia (Free Library of Philadelphia) -- April-July 19, 1998 -- exhibition
Philadelphia -- May 27-July 31, 1998 -- Art Exhibition
Philadelphia -- June 20-21, 1998 -- exhibit
New Castle -- July 23 and July 26, 1998 -- celebration
Lincoln -- October 24 to December 15, 1998 -- exhibition
Philadelphia -- October 29, 1998 -- forum
Clarion -- November 11, 1998 -- concert
Philadelphia -- Friday, November 20, 1998 -- song, poetry, etc.
Harrisburg -- Wednesday, February 10, 1999 -- seminar
Philadelphia -- February 22, 1999 - concert and commentary
Philadelphia -- February 26, 1999 - concert and lecture

RHODE ISLAND
Providence -- Thursday, April 9, 1998 -- exhibit
Providence -- April 23, 1998 -- film

TEXAS
Beaumont (Jefferson Theatre) -- February 14, 1998 -- A Recital of Negro Spirituals
Houston -- Thursday, April 9, 1998 -- official proclamation

VIRGINIA
Charlottesville -- April 9, 1998 -- theater, variety performances
Portsmouth -- January 28 - March 28,1999 -- exhibition

WASHINGTON
Seattle -- April 4, 1998 -- celebration and awards ceremony

WISCONSIN
Madison (WORT-FM Community Radio 89.9FM) -- Week of April 5-12, 1998 -- broadcasts
Madison (WilMar Neighborhood Center) -- April 11, 1998 (Saturday) -- speaker, potluck dinner
Milwaukee -- May 16, 1999 -- service and concert

CANADA
White Rock, BC -- May 18, 2002 -- Robeson Peace Arch Concert Anniversary
Montreal -- October 28-31, 1999 -- panel -- American Studies Association: Paul Robeson's Identities
Toronto -- April 6-11, 1998 -- Centennial Celebration
Vancouver, British Columbia -- Saturday, April 18, 1-3pm -- music

EUROPE AND MIDDLE EAST
Basel, Switzerland -- February 8, 1998 -- film, speech
Porthcawl, Wales -- April 4, 1998 -- concert
Liverpool, UK -- April 6-11, 1998 -- film, recordings, theater, workshops
Tampere, Finland -- April 9, 1998, 1605-1700 Finnish time -- broadcast
Jerusalem, Israel/Palestine -- April 9, 1998 -- broadcasts
Berlin, Germany -- April 12, 1998 -- concert
London, UK -- April 1998 -- film retrospective
Liverpool, UK -- April 8 to May 8, 1998 -- exhibition
Tˇrshavn, Faroe Islands, Norway -- April 15 + April 20, 1998 -- broadcast
London, UK -- April 16-17-(18?), 1998 -- conference, exhibition
Langenthal, Switzerland -- May 3, 1998 -- choir concert
Berne, Switzerland -- Sunday, May 3, 1998 -- broadcast
Berne, Switzerland -- May 4, 1998 -- film
Vaasa, Finland -- May 22, 1998 -- International Labor Chorus Festival
Birmingham, UK -- July 4, 1998 -- commemorative concert
Lisbon, Portugal -- September, 5th -- concert
Basel, Switzerland -- November 21, 1998 -- commemoration
Zurich, Switzerland -- December 15, 1998 -- film, songs
Cardiff, Wales, UK -- Saturday April 17, 1999 -- TV documentary

PACIFIC RIM
Melbourne, Australia -- March 2, 1998 (Monday) -- meeting
Sydney, Australia -- April 2-15, 1998 -- exhibition
Sydney, Australia -- April 9, 1998 -- gala concert
Tokyo, Japan -- April 9, 1998 -- music, discussion, concert
Melbourne, Australia -- beginning April 12, 1998 -- exhibit
Melbourne, Australia -- April 19, 1998 (Sunday) -- concert


Often, at a library or community center, there is modest exhibit space -- frequently a locked glass cabinet. These can be valuable places to educate visitors about Robeson. Some "mini exhibits" will concentrate on Robeson-related holdings of a library or theater, expanded by loans or contributions of books, record albums, flyers, and playbills from the collections of friends of the library. In Chicago, we project 6 or more such settings.

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