Somerville celebrates icon

March 29, 2017 by  

The Somerville Library is preparing a whole day’s worth of activities to celebrate actor, singer, and civil rights icon Paul Robeson.

The series of events provides a look at the life of the man while also celebrating his legacy with activities and entertainment.

Robeson was a football player, bass singer, actor on stage and screen, and a prominent figure of the Harlem Renaissance. He also went to high school in Somerville. It was during his time there, playing football, basketball, and track, that he won an academic scholarship to attend Rutgers.

The events for Paul Robeson Day serve as banners for his life and achievements. For children ages four and up, a series of sports stations are being set up. Children will get to try out, along with their family and friends, the sports in which Robeson participated. After the stations are over, interested people can gather to hear Susan Robeson, Paul’s granddaughter and documentary filmmaker, talk about his vision for peace and freedom and how we live up to that legacy. Finally, actor Marvin Jefferson will provide attendees with a historical reenactment of Robeson.

Paul Robeson Day will take place on April 8 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Somerville Library Branch, located at 35 West End Ave. Attendance is free to the public. Anyone looking for more information should contact the library directly.