Programs - Paul Robeson Institute

Programs - Paul Robeson Institute

The Institute provides programs for the College and the community.  Annual programs include:

Paul Robeson Youth Achievement Award

The awards, which were established in 1990, honor outstanding high-achieving African American students in the areas of scholarship, athletics, the arts, and community service. Students in Somerset and Hunterdon counties are nominated by their guidance counselors, teachers, and school administrators for these prestigious awards.  Nominated students must be Black/African American, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and attend school or live in Somerset and Hunterdon counties.

For more information regarding these awards, please contact: Rhonda Stewart or

Paul Robeson Institute Lecture

The Paul Robeson Institute invites famous authors and scholars to speak about Black history and the consequences of racial prejudices for our society. The lectures focus on the achievements and accomplishments of African-Americans and their impact on society.

Black History Month Program

February celebrates the cultural, artistic, athletic, and scholarly achievements of Paul Robeson and other African-Americans who made contributions of various kinds to enhance our American society. The Paul Robeson Institute supports the numerous events that are presented for Black History Month at RVCC.

Celebrating Robeson Week

RVCC Robeson Institute to Present Exhibition, Author Reading and Music Concert

The Paul Robeson Institute for Ethics, Leadership, and Social Justice at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg is planning upcoming events focusing on the theme: “Artists are Gatekeepers of the Truth: Social Justice Examined Through the Voice of Art.” The programs are free of charge and open to the public with the exception of the Mozaika Concert.

Tuesday, April 5th - 1pm
The Robeson Institute will unveil artwork by Hillsborough artist Veronica Spruill. The 30" x 40" framed piece, “Paul Robeson - Renaissance Man," a gallery-wrapped canvas, mixed-media dimensional painting, features multiple images that reflect Paul Robeson's personal achievements and efforts during the civil rights movement. The artwork will be on permanent display in the Paul Robeson Resource Room in the College’s Evelyn S. Field Library.

Wednesday, April 6th - 4pm
 Collaboration between the Center for Gender and Sex Equity and the Paul Robeson Institute for Ethics, Leadership, and Social Justice hosts...
A virtual reading and discussion with Ross Gay. Ross Gay is the author of four books of poetry: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; Be Holding; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His latest poem, Be Holding, was released from the University of Pittsburgh Press in September of 2020. His collection of essays, The Book of Delights, was released by Algonquin Books in 2019. One of his most famous poems, A Small Needful Fact, was written in response to the death of Eric Garner, a Black man killed by a New York City police officer in 2014. In response, Garner's last words, "I can't breathe," became an anti-racist rallying cry. Gay's poem alludes to these words as it discusses the "small needful fact" that Garner was once a horticulturist—and that the oxygen-producing plants he nurtured in life may have made it easier for others to "breathe." In this vein, Gay’s writing and poetry powerfully confront the pervasive nature of domination and oppression while also detailing delights, joys, and the often-unspoken systems of tenderness that sustain us.  Register Link


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