Thanks for visiting!

This project is now in update mode. Check back regularly to see how things are progressing.

RAAA Keepers of the Legacy: Paul Robeson Plaza

Raised toward our $7,000 Goal
398 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on April 16, at 11:59 PM EDT
Project Owners

April 12, 2019 Paul Robeson Dediication Registration closes TODAY - March 29

March 29, 2019



The Class of 1971 Paul Robeson Plaza “Honoring A Legacy” Dedication and Reception will be held on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 3 p.m. on at Voorhees Mall in New Brunswick, NJ


This celebration is a Rutgers University sponsored event. The event is free but registration is required. Registration for the dedication and/or reception closes TODAY.


RAAA will host a pre-dedication gathering to honor and acknowledge the Class of 1971 Paul Robeson Milestone Committee for the gift of the Paul Robeson Plaza. Special remarks from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union of San Francisco as one of our Oval of Honor contributors. A community forum is planned for Saturday, April 13. More information will follow.


The RAAA PRP campaign team continued to work after our campaign officially ending in April 2017.  For our collective efforts, over $95K was raised in support of the Class of 1971 Paul Robeson Milestone campaign. Individual donations ranged from $5 to $11,000+ and we're deeply appreciative for every dollar generously donated.  We hope you will join us on April 12 for this historic occasion!



Dedication/Reception Reservation: MARCH 29   To learn more about the Paul Robeson Centennial Celebration, please visit #Robeson100.




September 21, 2017

SO YOU KNOW!! The Class of 1971 has successfully raised the required $200,000.00 (cash and pledges) to fully fund the construction of the Paul Robeson Plaza!!!!!

RAAA continues to work with the Foundation to assist in the reconciliation process. Cash donations now stand at $54,890 with $16,050 in outstanding pledges for a new grand total of $70,940.  To further assist the Class of 1971 milestone project, our focus now turns towards the appropriate placement of the pavers secured via our campaign.

RAAA will host its 14th Annual Hall of Fame on the Rutgers Newark Campus on October 14.  The Hall of Fame Ceremony and Silent Auction celebrates the achievements of alumni who have made significant contributions to the community and/or their respective fields. Beyond the recognition of this year's honorees, we will have a special feature celebrating the Paul Robeson Plaza campaign.  The event journal will contain a special segment related to the Plaza to include recognition of our donors.

We would be delighted to have representation from all participating organizations join us for the evening as representatives from the Class of 1971 will be on hand to provide acknowledgment to the RAAA base for its efforts. We are most thankful and excited to announce that the Class of 1971 has offered (1) Paul Robeson Plaza paver as a silent auction offering! The proceeds of this extraordinary gift will benefit RAAA, Inc.  Get your bid on to secure your very own piece of history while supporting the organization!  

Thanks again for the overwhelming generosity and support everyone poured into the RAAA Paul Robeson Plaza campaign. Be on the LOOKOUT for information regarding phrase II of our campaign!




Here WE Stand!!

April 28, 2017

We thank you again for your generosity and enthusiastic participation in the RAAA PRP Campaign. At campaign close, WE raised $47,690 in cash donations along with $23,185 in pledges for a drum roll, grand total of $70,875!!  To date, we have collectively secured (62) $1,000 pavers and (2) $5,000 Oval of Honor pavers.  With the donations secured via our 2016 Hall of Fame event, the total climbs to $82,875!!! YES, You did that!!!

Reconciliations with the Foundation are ongoing as a portion of the pledges have already been turned over as cash donations.  We will continue to report our progress as we continue to raise additional funds for several student organizations.  Stay tuned, as we still have some very exciting news in the pipeline regarding this leg of the campaign! 

We look forward to working with all of you as we move into the next phase of the project as it will enhance our community wide campaign efforts.  Get ready for some exciting times ahead leading up to the highly anticipated Class of 1971 Paul Robeson Plaza reveal in April 2019.   Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

#WEAreONE now #HereWEStand



A message from the 1971 Milestone Campaign Committee to Build Paul Robeson Plaza

April 18, 2017

To anyone viewing the RAAA Crowdfunding website supporting the Rutgers Class of 1971 Project to Build Paul Robeson Plaza, it is very clear as to why the RAAA Members and Supporters are referred to as the "Keepers of the Legacy". The RAAA called on their loyal network to rally behind a tribute that publicly proclaims the courage, honor and vision that Paul Robeson brought to the world.

Your enthusiastic response to this campaign will ensure that the people of the world will learn of Paul Robeson's global contributions to social justice, human rights, the pursuit of peace and much more. Your involvement has ensured that future generations will be inspired not only by the life and legacy of Paul Robeson, but also by viewing the paver inscriptions and realizing that it was you or your organizations that rose to the challenge of supporting this eternal tribute to one of the most significant and influential people of the 20th century.

As I have expressed before, when pondering the life of Paul Robeson, it's as if he ran and won a marathon race while carrying a 100 pound weight. What he accomplished, and especially considering the period of time in which he lived, is extraordinary.  Almost unimaginable. 

The Rutgers Class of 1971 commends your commitment to: "STAND WITH ROBEY". Looking forward to seeing everyone on April 9, 2019 when we dedicate Paul Robeson Plaza at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Take pride in knowing that you helped make this happen. Thank you.

Warm wishes,

Jim Savage, Chair Rutgers Class of 1971 Milestone Campaign Committee to Build Paul Robeson Plaza.


Stepping on the Plaza!!

April 12, 2017

Campaign Update: What a difference a few days make!  When we last reported the campaign had kicked into a frenzy pace with no signs of slowing down!  We are now on the cusp of $39,000 in cash donations accompanied with $21,000 in pledges. A big shout and heartfelt welcome to the organizations listed below – some getting on with warp speed!!  BIG UPS to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for generously reallocating a portion of their donations to secure the paver for the Black Voice/Carta Boricua.  Community building at its best!  WE ARE ONE!!!

On the PLAZA:  Eta Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. ~ Iota Phi Theta - Alpha Psi Chapter ~ Xi Nu Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. ~ Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. - Gamma Kappa Chapter ~ WISO – West Indian Student Organization ~ ODASIS in honor of Dr. Francine Essien and Dr. Kamal Khan ~ MEET/NSBE in honor of Dean Don Brown and Dean Ilene Rosen ~ Tau Zeta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi ~ Black Voice/Carta Latina/Carta Boricua

We also welcomed Alpha Phi Alpha (Delta Iota) to the Paul Robeson Oval of Honor!!  Alpha Phi Alpha secured one of the (12) 12x18 pavers which will be a center piece for the walkway.

New on the Wall:  US Air Force ROTC - Rutgers Det 485 ~ Douglass College Africana House  ~ Mu Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. ~ Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.– Eta Upsilon Chapter ~ Somerville High School ~ African/Black Student Congress

The Grapevine:  We have SOLD out of the original rings of pavers!!!!  For our collective efforts, we have secured 50 of original 72 $1,000 pavers.  The Class of 1971 Campaign committee just released another ring of pavers allowing more organizations and or individuals to participate in this historic initiative.

The Plaza has been Pink’D and Green’D!!

April 07, 2017

Its official, the AKA’s have officially Skee Wee’d their way onto the Plaza.  Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Iota Psi Chapter is the first of the Divine Nine to secure their space and place on the historic Paul Robeson Plaza.  Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) is the first Greek letter organization in the United States established by Black college women. And now the first is literally the first on the Plaza.  Who shall be next?!

Campaign Update:  We will soon surpass the $22,000 mark, WHAT, WHAT!!!  The campaign has kicked into frenzy gear and just this morning, the Foundation approved a 1 week extension to accommodate the substantial increase in inquiries and pledge commitments.  This campaign was designed to be ultra-inclusive to allow as many as possible to participate via a wide range of support levels.  Please encourage others to seize the opportunity that this one week extension provides. 


All Hail the Queens: BWABU is on the Plaza!!!

April 04, 2017

A BIG shout out to Black Women's Association for Black Unity (B.W.A.B.U.) and welcome to the Plaza!! A big thank you to all who contributed to make this possible to include those who contributed beyond organizational affiliations.  We are ONE!!

CAMPAIGN Update: We have just surpassed the $19K mark with less than a week remaining.  The campaign is in countdown mode but we continue to press!

What organization will be next as we wind down the campaign?  This campaign was designed to be ultra inclusive to allow as many as possible to participate via a wide range of support levels.  Please continue to encourage others to participate in this legacy fortifying initiative.



And This Shall Be Called Legacy!!

March 31, 2017

What a difference a glorious day makes!!!  We surpassed the $18,000.00 mark – and don’t forget we have $4,500.00 in pledges to boot! 

We are overwhelmed by your spirit of community and generosity, as we work collectively to ensure the success of this initiative in support of our greater good. With 9 days remaining, please continue to reach out to your network to allow more of the community the opportunity to support this great campaign.  Employer matching donations can be applied to the campaign.

On the Wall Update:  BWABU and MEET/NBSE are moving closer to securing their place and TWESE and Kappa Alpha Psi are making moves.  We welcomed DBSC – Douglass Black Students Congress, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and EOF in memory of Mr. Arrigo Rodgers on the wall!  A special thank you to the Middleton Family for generously supporting this campaign in memory of their daughter and sister, Andrea Middleton Hernandez.

#RU_InThePress!                                                                                                                             #KeepOnPushing                                                                                                                 #AndThisShallBeCalledLegacy                                                                                                    #IAMPAULROBESON

L'Union Fait La Force!! HARU!!!

March 30, 2017

A BIG shout out to HARU- Haitian Association at Rutgers University and welcome to the Plaza!!  HARU brought the fire and secured their place and space on the Plaza in record time!!!  

Shout outs are in order for MEET/NSBE and TWESE for they are making moves! 

With ten days remaining in the campaign, let us embrace the notion that unity makes strength.  Please continue to spread the word to allow as many as possible to participate in this great initiative. Keep pressing!!

To All - awesome job for we are now on the verge of surpassing the $15,000.00 mark!!  




Shout to 100 Black Men of Rutgers University

March 26, 2017

A big shout out to 100 Black Men of Rutgers University!  The “Community of Brothers” has successfully raised the required $1,000 to secure their organization’s place and space within the historic Paul Robeson Plaza.  The organization will join RAAA, Inc. along with the eight students organizations mentioned in the "Out of the Water!!" update from March 22, 2017.  Will your organization be next?!

Please continue to spread the word to allow as many as possible to participate in this great initiative. To all of our donors - a heartfelt thank you is in order as we have surpassed the $13,000.00 mark!!  



Out of the Water!!!

March 22, 2017

What a week, what a week!  Thank you for helping us blow our goal out of the water with $12,370 raised and 19 days still  remaining!! Shortly after sending out the March 15 update, an extremely generous Alumnus walked into the offices of the Rutgers Foundation and handed over a check for $4,500.00 along with accompanying pledge forms for the remaining amount due!!!!  This donation secured pavers for the following EIGHT student organizations: Pakistani Student Association; Arab Cultural Club; Ahlul-Bayt Student Association; The Muslim Student Association; Palestine Relief Fund; Queer Alliance of Muslims at Rutgers; Students for Justice in Palestine, New Brunswick/Newark; and Black Lives Matter. 

We also welcomed MEET/NSBE, Eta Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. as well as ODASIS in honor of Dr. Essien and Dr. Khan

We now have 20 organizations on the wall!!  RAAA, Inc. ~ 100 Black Men of RU ~ Pakistani Student Association ~ Arab Cultural Club ~ Ahlul-Bayt Student Association ~ The Muslim Student Association ~Palestine Relief Fund ~ Students for Justice in Palestine, New Brunswick/Newark ~ Black Lives Matter ~ ODASIS ~ BWABU ~ Paul Robeson Floor ~  WISO ~ Black Voice/Carta Latina ~ MEET/NSBE ~ Queer Alliance of Muslims at Rutgers ~ RU-Newark 1969 Black Org of Students ~ TWESE ~ Zeta Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. ~  Zeta Phi Beta Sorority (organizations listed by donation amounts received)

Your generosity is greatly appreciated.  Please continue to spread the word and encourage financial support to ensure all organizations secure a space on the Plaza!


Reaching Our Goals: Thank you for your support!!

March 16, 2017

Shout to all those who have generously donated thus far as we’ve already surpassed our financial goal with $7,270.00 in donations with 24 days remaining!  We ask that you continue to spread the word to fellow alumni, family and friends to encourage support of the various organizations listed on the donor page.  Each donation matters as it moves the Class of 1971 closer to securing the necessary funds to construct the highly anticipated Paul Robeson Plaza.



Choose a giving level



Every dollar counts to make this visionary project come to life. Paul Robeson lead his life as a pioneer both literally and figuratively. Fast Fact: Paul Robeson graduated from Somerville High School (the Pioneers) located in Somerville, New Jersey in 1915.


Scarlet Knight

Your donation matters! Your support counts towards making this visionary project come to life. Fast Fact: Paul Robeson graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers College in 1919.



Paul Robeson was a global humanitarian. Your donation will help to ensure his life achievements will be showcased in a prominent and permanent place on the College Ave campus. Fast Fact: Paul Robeson is a beloved adopted son of Wales with a long history of mutual admiration. Please view this clip ( for a glimpse of the Welsh connection.


The People's Champion

Your support will ensure that Paul Robeson's legacy will forever be prominently and permanently on display on the College Ave campus. Paul Robeson was the voice of the people - your support will allow his voice to never be silenced.


Bearer of Culture

Your generous contribution moves us closer to displaying his extraordinary talents and achievements while honoring Paul Robeson as an agent of change. He firmly believed that "a nation is ultimately judged not by its might but by its culture."


Freedom Fighter

As a major contributor, your support will go a long way to ensure that our collective contributions are displayed in a most public and prominent place and that Paul Robeson's voice will forever be heard.


The Tallest Tree

As The Tallest Tree contributor, your generosity will ensure that Paul Robeson's legacy is forever alive. Your donation includes an inscribed paver within the Plaza which will leave an indelible mark for generations to come.