This year marks the 120th birthday of Paul Robeson, born April 9, 1898. We ask you to join us to ensure that his contributions to this country and the well-being of African Americans are not forgotten.

The Paul Robeson House and Museum will sponsor events and activities throughout the year, with a special event in April. We invite you to check our Events calendar often as we add others. Click the Events link at the top of any of our web pages.

In February, we are launching Black Radical Futures, a series of sessions all month that examine Robeson’s radical legacy and how it relates to today’s global movements for justice and freedom. You can register here for the events.

Here’s what’s coming:


Book Talk: Introducing the “Love, Study, Struggle”

6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, Paul Robeson House and Museum, 4951 Walnut St. Free with donation.
Join us in a conversation based on excerpts from the book “Futures of Black Radicalism” by Gaye Theresa Johnson and Alex Lubin. We will respond to the preface to the book and an interview with activist Angela Davis.

Poetry Reading & Workshop: JOY, with Ociele Hawkins & Jasmine Combs

Noon- 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, Paul Robeson House and Museum, 4951 Walnut St. Suggested donation: $5.
Read more about Hawkins and Combs.

Concluding thoughts: Only the Promise of Liberation, “Love, Study, Struggle”

6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, Paul Robeson House and Museum, 4951 Walnut St. Suggested donation: $5.
We’ll discuss how we were impacted by the events of the month (including those offered by other organizations), and how we can harness the “promise of liberation” to keep the Paul Robeson House and Museum alive and well-nourished within the Philadelphia cultural community. How can it serve the Black radical movements of our time?


This is not a Paul Robeson House event, but we recommend it:

Screening: “Body and Soul,” featuring Paul Robeson and directed by Oscar Micheaux, 1925, 102 min.

7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St. Free.
Remarks by Joseph Coppola, PhD candidate in English and Cinema, and Media Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is affiliated with the Annenberg School for Communication and Penn Law, and is a contributor to Turner Classic Movies. You can register here.