Against All Odds

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Call for Art

Against All Odds: Inspired by Paul Robeson

In conjunction with the Paul Robeson House of Princeton

and the African American Cultural Collaboration of Mercer County

Exhibit on Display – July 9 – September 11, 2016

Robeson BustBorn in Princeton in 1898, Paul Robeson led an extraordinary life by any account.  Given that he was an African American who faced bigotry and discrimination at every turn, against all odds, he graduated near the top of his class from Rutgers College in 1919, acquired a law degree from Columbia Law School in 1923, became an internationally acclaimed singer and actor performing in O’Neill’s The Emperor Jones, in Showboat and as Othello in Shakespeare’s play.  He became politically involved in response to the Spanish Civil War, fascism, and social injustices. He was an avid supporter of trade unions.  His advocacy of anti-imperialism, affiliation with communism, and criticism of the United States government caused him to be blacklisted during the McCarthy era.

The Art Exhibition Committee of the Trenton Museum Society invites local and regional visual artists over the age of 18 to submit for consideration works inspired by Paul Robeson’s life-long battles for racial justice, economic justice and peace. No more than three digital images of works that interpret these themes may be submitted.

More information about Paul Robeson from the University of Chicago.

And from American Masters on PBS.


Digital submissions deadline extended to June 12 at midnight.  Against All Odds Submission Guidelines


Paul Robeson