Robeson In Depth
"A giant of a man who equaled his height in
Our steering committee meets once monthly in the East Bay. We welcome any suggestions from the public. Our committee is an all-volunteer team made up of the following individuals:
Chair - Sylvester
Emeritus Board Member
Former Oakland school board president and Bay Area Paul Robeson Centennial Committee (BAPRCC) Chairman, Sylvester Hodges, came to love Paul Robeson through his singing and political actions during the 1950's. Unlike most of his peers at the time, Sylvester was well aware of Robeson's fight to win back his personal freedoms. Sylvester's guidance and experience has proved invaluable to the BAPRCC's growth and achievement.
year old Vice Chairman Grover Dye
is a community activist and the former chairman of the East Bay chapter
of the ACLU (which is named in Paul Robeson's honor). From
his early teens, Grover
has been an avid Paul Robeson fan, being fortunate enough to see him
perform in Othello during the 1940s. Grover
admires both Paul's athletic prowess and profound scholarly gifts. Grover was also very impressed
by Paul Robeson's ability to express anger at world racism while still
maintaining his own equanimity long before it was fashionable.
Bay Area Paul Robeson Centennial Committee Research & Archives Director, Bonnie Weiss, is a community activist and trade unionist. Bonnie first learned about Paul Robeson in 1970 at Los Angeles's renowned First Unitarian Church, where in 1978 she helped organize a Paul Robeson 80th Birthday Celebration and aided in the effort to get a Paul Robeson "star" on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. Bonnie has put countless hours into the BAPRCC and feels, "Paul Robeson should be restored to his rightful place in history because he is the best role model for our youth."
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