Annual GYRO Program Features Paul Robeson Jr. as Guest Speaker

Annual GYRO Program Features Paul Robeson Jr. as Guest Speaker

Paul Robeson Jr., the only child of legendary entertainer Paul Robeson, will discuss his father's life and legacy at the Boston College GYRO Black History Month Colloquium on Wednesday, Feb. 12 in Gasson 100 at 4 p.m.

Robeson, owner and archivist of the extensive Paul Robeson and Eslanda Robeson collections, served as his father's close aide and personal representative for more than 20 years. He is the author of Paul Robeson Jr. Speaks to America: The Politics of Multiculturalism and The Undiscovered Paul Robeson, and served as a consultant for several documentary films about his father, an African-American scholar, entertainer and activist regarded as one of 20th-century America's most complex and intriguing persons.

A graduate of Cornell University with a degree in electrical engineering, Paul Robeson Jr. earned memberships in two honor societies and was a star athlete in football and in track and field. After spending 25 years as a translator and publisher of a Russian scientific journal in the fields of physics and engineering, he became an author, lecturer, journalist, archivist and consultant.

His appearance is sponsored through the GYRO - "Grow Your Own" - Project, which offers encouragement to African-American graduate students pursuing academic careers.

For more information, contact Nampeera Kayondo at ext.2-2323 or by e-mail at lugiran@bc.edu.

 

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