News

Rutgers puts stamp on Robeson honors

Written by admin
0 votedvote

The recent release of a commemorative U.S. postage stamp gave Rutgers a chance to honor the late son of a former slave who became the university's first All-American athlete and its most towering alumnus.

Paul Robeson was celebrated in a ceremony that saluted his achievements as a human-rights activist, attorney, athlete, orator, performer on stage and screen and the valedictorian of Rutgers' Class of 1919.

Coming one month after the release of a 37-cent stamp bearing Robeson's portrait, the ceremony coincided with the unveiling of a limited-edition cachet featuring a special cancelation mark bearing the Rutgers logo.

The celebration featured musical interludes that filled Kirkpatrick Chapel with a piercing solo by singer-actress Melba Moore and a gospel hymn in Robeson's own unearthly, recorded baritone, to which students from New Brunswick's Paul Robeson Community Theme School for the Arts danced.

Add tag

You should contact administrator to place your tags

About the author

admin

Leave a Comment

error: Alert: Content is protected!