North Jersey Black History Month Events: On Wednesday, February 13th at 7:00 pm, the Englewood Public Library will present a talk on the legendary Paul Robeson in the library’s Mackay Room. A showing of Robeson’s 1933 film, The Emperor Jones, will follow the talk. The program is free and open to the public and no registration is required.
Paul Robeson was New Jersey-born and raised. He won an academic scholarship to Rutgers, where he became an All-American running back. He later became a lawyer, an opera singer, an acclaimed actor, and a fierce fighter for civil rights for all, and so much more.
Robeson’s struggle to achieve justice for everyone, and his outspokenness in doing so, made him an enemy of the United States government. Paul was blacklisted from film studios and concert venues, and refused a passport to travel abroad. By the time the government eased its restrictions, his career and mental health had been irreparably damaged.
In The Emperor Jones, Robeson portrays the ambitious Brutus Jones, who escapes from jail after killing a guard. Through bluff and bravado Jones finds himself the emperor of a Caribbean island.
For further information about this North Jersey Black History Month event, email the Programming Department at email@example.com, or visit the Library’s website. The Englewood Public Library is located at 31 Engle Street, Englewood, New Jersey.