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“The artist must elect to fight for freedom or slavery. I have made my choice. I had no alternative.” —Paul Robeson’s Epitaph.

About Paul Robeson

Paul Robeson was a famous African American athlete, singer, actor and advocate for the civil rights of people around the world. He was born on April 9, 1898 in Princeton, New Jersey. In 1915, Paul won a four-year academic scholarship to Rutgers University. He received the Phi Beta Kappa key in his junior year, belonged to the Cap & Skull Honor Society and was the Valedictorian of his graduating class in 1919.

At Columbia Law School during the time period of 1919 to 1923, Paul met and married Dr. Eslanda Cordoza Goode, who was to become the first black woman to head a pathology laboratory. He decided to leave the practice of law and use his artistic talents in theater and music to promote African American history and culture.

On stage in London, Robeson earned international critical acclaim for his lead role in Othello, winning the Donaldson Award for Best Acting Performance (1944) . Robeson performed in Eugene O’Neil’s Emperor Jones, All God’s Chillun Got Wings and the musical Show Boat. His eleven films include Body and Soul (1924), Jericho (1937) and Proud Valley (1939).

During the 1940s, Robeson continued to perform and speak out against racism in the U.S. and for peace among nations. As a passionate believer in international cooperation, Robeson protested the growing cold war hostilities and worked tirelessly for friendship and respect between the U.S. and the USSR. In 1945, he also headed an organization that challenged President Truman to support an anti-lynching law.

In 1950, the U.S. government revoked Robeson’s passport, leading to an eight year battle to secure it and to travel again. In 1960, Robeson made his last overseas concert tour. Suffering from ill health, Paul Robeson retired from public life in 1963. He died on January 23, 1976 at age 77, in Philadelphia.

An informative website maintained by Princeton Public Library, dedicated to Paul Robeson.

Explore the different phases of Paul Robeson’s life by visiting this website. Decide for yourself what his legacy will be for the twenty-first century!

Welcome to the Paul Robeson Campus Center. Our site is under construction. In the meantime, please refer to the information below. Please contact the specific department of interest for more information.


Building Hours and Location

The Paul Robeson Campus Center – Rutgers University-Newark

350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Newark, NJ 07102


Monday-Thursday 8am-10pm

Friday 8am-9pm

Saturday 8am-7pm

Sunday 11am-7pm


Summer Hours:

Monday-Friday 8am-5pm



Office of Student Life and Leadership Suite 352:

Main Office (973) 353-5300 or email


Student Accounting (973) 353-5634 or email


Office of Community Standards & Student Development Suite 302:

Charnette Q. Hockaday, JD Assistant Dean & Director, (973) 353-5022


Adrianna L. Bradt, Investigations Specialist, (973) 353-2772


Alicia Ponce, BA Program Coordinator, (973) 353-1033


To report a conduct incident:


Title IX Information:

Scott Strother, M.ED., M.A. Title IX Coordinator; Director of Title IX and ADA (973) 353-1906


Mary Stadelmaan Title IX Deputy Coordinator for Athletics; Associate Director for Athletics (973) 353-1460


Elizabeth Sloan Power Title IX Deputy Coordinator for Faculty; Associate Professor, Dept. of Social Work (973) 353-1219


To report an incident to the Title IX office:


CARE Team Information: (973) 353-5086


To report an incident to the CARE team:


TASC Team Information:

Threat Assessment and Safety Committee.


To report an incident to the TASC team:


Dining Information

Rutgers Catering (973) 353-5997


Meal Plan/Raider Card Office is located at 91 Bleeker Street, 107 Woodward Hall and is open Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30 pm


Office of Reservations and Special Events Suite 203:

Ben McCardell, Associate Director, 973-353-2783


Sonam Shah, Reservations Coordinator, 973-353-5569


General Information: 973-353-5568 or email:


Office of Disability Services Suite 219:

Allen Sheffield, Director


Main Office: 973-353-5375 or email:

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Office of Veteran Affairs Suite 326:

Paul Lazaro, Assistant Director


Main Office: 973-353-5374

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LGBTQ & Intercultural Resource Center

LGBTQ Lounge, Conklin Hall room 232


Yoleidy Rosario, Director


Main Office: 973-353-2796 p or email

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