Paul Robeson: The History & The Legacy


Friday, December 9, 2011 through Tuesday, January 31, 2012


4th floor Exhibit Gallery, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, San Jose State University

150 E. San Fernando St., San Josť, CA 95112; (408) 808-2000


Hours, through December 17, 2011: Mon-Thu: 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM, Fri: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM,

Sat: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Sun: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM


New Hours Starting Dec. 18: M-F 8AM-6PM; Sat 9AM-6PM; Sun 1-5PM


Paul Robeson, an African American born of a freedom seeker in 1898, was a multi-talented, multi-faceted 20th Century Renaissance Man who became one of the most famous citizens of the world in the 1940s. He was an International Civil Rights Pioneer & Leader, Peace Advocate, and Champion of Labor, who used his talents as an Artist in the service of humankind. His legacy is a 21st Century beacon for any and all interested in learning about and from his life's journey and impact that echoed around the world. The first in a multi-site tour in the South Bay, the Paul Robeson: The History & The Legacy Exhibit, organized by Community Arts & History Support and presented during December and January in partnership with the Africana Cultural Heritage Advisory Board, includes four life-size full length portraits, and gives a detailed history of Paul Robeson's life. Biographical notes and photos about key dates and events are included, as well as a Paul Robeson Commemorative Postage Stamp display, issued by the United States Postal Service on January 20, 2004.