Rutgers University’s most distinguished alumnus was born April 9, 1898, at Princeton. Paul Bustill Robeson was a man of many talents: scholar, actor, lawyer, singer and athlete. He received world acclaim for performances in Othello, The Emperor Jones, Show Boat and many others. Robeson was the first black football player at Rutgers and a two time All-American. But, even more than that, Robeson was a leader in the movement against racial discrimination. Robeson was the first black man to be valedictorian of his graduating class. He was also the recipient of numerous honors throughout his life, including the Springarn Medal of the NAACP, the Stalin Peace Prize in 1952, which also (1958), the Abraham Lincoln Medal, the Donaldson Award for “the best acting performance in 1944″ and the 1944 Gold Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Robeson also was named an honorary professor at the Moscow Conservatory of Music.
Paul Robeson Campus Center is the heart of student life through its many student organizations and boards, venues for performances and conferences, free public art galleries, and leadership programs. And it wouldn’t be a student center without its lounge, game room, Raider Mart convenience store, and eateries.