BROCKTON—The Fuller Craft Museum will host a special program, “A Night with Paul Robeson” to celebrate the life and career of pioneer actor, singer and civil rights activist Paul Robeson. Robeson, who may be best known in the US for his rendition of “Old Man River” from the musical “Showboat,” will be remembered not only for his work in Hollywood and as a part of the famed Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s, but also for his role as a civil rights leader on the world stage.
All are welcome and the event is free.
Fuller officials said April 9 marks Robeson’s 114th birthday and the Fuller Craft Museum, along with Indaba Theatre of New England and Berklee College of Music will celebrate his life and accomplishments with an evening of live music and drama.
The night will begin at 6 p.m. with a rendition of “Old Man River” and other classic Robeson songs for piano and voice performed by baritone Aaron Ray.
Ray’s performance will be followed at 7 p.m. with “The World is My Home, The Life of Paul Robeson,” a one man show performed by actor and comedian Stogie Kenyatta.
The Robeson commemoration will kick-off the first of Fuller’s monthly, Free Thursday Night performances in the artKitchen Café.
Due to upcoming renovations at the museum, the Fuller’s free admission day has been moved to Thursday nights from 5 to 9 p.m.
Since preparations began for renovations a few months ago, the Fuller had been closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
As of April 3, the Fuller has reopened on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and returned to its usual schedule Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday nights are free from 5 to 9 p.m.
(Photo courtesy Fuller Craft Museum)