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Paul Robeson 126th Birthday Celebration

April 9 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Join the Arts Council of Princeton for a community celebration in honor of Paul Robeson’s 126 birthday.

This program is a multi-media celebration of the legacy of Paul Robeson, Princeton’s “native son” and scholar, all American athlete, artist, and activist. This celebration of his legacy is free and open to all ages, presented in partnership with the Witherspoon Jackson Historical and Cultural Society (WJHCS).

Schedule of events:

  • Welcome
    • Adam Welch, ACP Executive Director 
  • Remarks
    • Shirley Satterfield, Neighborhood Historian & WJHSC President 
  • Presentation of Robeson Clay Project
    • Ryan Lilienthal, Artist-in-Residence
  • Flamenco Performance
    • Inspired by Robeson’s speech in support of the resistance against the rise of Fascism during the Spanish Civil War, titled The Artist Must Take Sides, Flamenco Dancer/Choreographer, Lisa Botalico presents dances set to Robeson’s recordings of Spanish Civil War resistance songs which he sang during his trip to Spain in 1938 after the bombing of Guernica, raising funds to support the resistance movement. The program also includes dramatic Flamenco dance works inspired by Picasso’s famous painting, Guernica and Anda Jaleo, the song by the great Spanish poet and composer, Frederico Garcia Lorca who was murdered during the Spanish Civil War.
  • Birthday celebration cupcakes provided by The Gingered Peach

Event sponsors:

Rachel Lilienthal Stark and Ryan Stark Lilienthal

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April 9


5:30 pm - 7:00 pm



Arts Council of Princeton

Princeton, NJ

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