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RAAA Keepers of the Legacy: Paul Robeson Plaza

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Project ended on April 16, at 11:59 PM EDT
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RAAA Keepers of the Legacy: Paul Robeson Plaza

Rutgers African-American Alumni Alliance Inc. (RAAA), Inc. is grateful for the opportunity to assist the Rutgers University Class of 1971 Milestone Campaign in support of the highly anticipated Paul Robeson Plaza. In recognition of its 45th anniversary, the Class of 1971 has championed a space to pay homage to Paul Robeson. The plaza will be prominently located near Voorhees Mall on the College Avenue Campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The Class gift  will serve as a beacon celebrating the power of the human spirit--publicly proclaiming Robeson's life and legacy as one of Rutgers’ greatest advocates for national and global social justice. The dedication will take place in 2019 in honor of his 100th graduation anniversary from Rutgers College. 

In 2016, RAAA extended an invitation for the 1971 class representative, Mr. Jim Savage, to be a guest speaker at our 13th Annual Hall of Fame Ceremony. We did so in the hopes of garnering support from our alumni base.  As a result of his presentation, we were able to help raise $13,000.00 in support of this great effort.  As this visionary class project so complemented our 2016 Hall of Fame theme of "Continuing the Legacy” and the inaugural presentation of our “Keepers of the Legacy” award, we deemed it our duty to continue to provide opportunities for our community to get involved in this great effort. 

Our goal is to secure inscribed pavers in memory of our seven deceased RAAA Hall of Fame Inductees as well as securing pavers representing as many student organizations and or significant events/movements across all three campuses. Individuals who wish to support honorary or memorial pavers are most welcome!

We invite you to join us in generously supporting this fitting tribute.  With your help, we can help bring the life achievements of Paul Robeson back to the very Rutgers ground where he grew and flourished in preparing for what would become an extraordinary life journey by this consummate Renaissance “Rutgers” Man. 2019, here we come!

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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.