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Roots & Branches of the 20th Century Black Arts Movement: Paul, Ossie & Alvin

November 19, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Dr. Joy Barnes will present at the Arts Council of Princeton

Paul Robeson was perhaps one of the most influential artists and social critics of the 20th century. His impact on the Black Arts Movement reaches across the globe and throughout time. The analytical framework used in the racial literacy and justice class at Princeton High School will be used to provide perspective on the life and legacy of Princeton’s Native Son.

The translation and transformation of [his] voice and likeness into the colorful visualization of dance has a resonant quality and characteristic that can only be described as an antiracist aesthetic.This presentation will elucidate how the iconic voice and presence of Paul Robeson influenced the artistry and storytelling of Ossie Davis and Alvin Ailey. Local artist Maya Bradley will perform interpretive dance alongside the lecture presentation of Dr. Joy Barnes-Johnson, Program Chair of the Paul Robeson House of Princeton and Princeton Public Schools Educator.

This event is held in collaboration with the Paul Robeson House of Princeton. Seating is limited. Reserve your space here.


November 19, 2022
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Arts Council of Princeton
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Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
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