Paul Robeson Birthday Celebration

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Paul Robeson (1898-1976), actor, singer, athlete, civil rights activist and humanitarian is the inspiration for The Robey Theatre Company and the man from whom The Robey gets its name. The Robey will have a virtual birthday celebration for Paul Robeson.
The Robey Theatre Company’s Producing Artistic Director, Ben Guillory, will make welcoming remarks and speak about the artistic and historical importance of Paul Robeson on the occasion of his 123rd birthday.
Randy Ross Ph.D. has written a short theatre piece, Essie’s Paul, about Robeson and his wife, Eslanda (Essie) Cardozo Goode Robeson, which will be performed by actors Chauntice Green and Jah Shams.
Actor/songwriter/vocalist Cydney Wayne Davis will perform her original composition Don’t Give Up the Fight.
There will be a play-reading of Melvin Ishmael Johnson’s short play Revolutionary Genocide, about William Lorenzo Patterson (portrayed by Danny Glover) and Paul Robeson (played by Ben Guillory), who in 1951 at the United Nations, accused the United States of the attempted genocide of Black people because of the Federal government’s failure to pass anti-lynching legislation and its failure to bring the perpetrators of racial murders to justice. Guillory directs the cast, which also includes Melvin Ishmael Johnson, Cydney Wayne Davis, Crystal Nix and Philip Sokoloff.
There will be documentary film footage of Paul Robeson.
Ben Guillory and Melvin Ishmael Johnson will have a conversation with Mary Louise Patterson (daughter of William Lorenzo Patterson) and Susan Robeson (granddaughter of Paul Robeson, pending availability) about the lives of Paul Robeson and William Lorenzo Patterson and their impact on the Civil Rights Movement and their relevance to all of our lives today.
Ben Guillory and Danny Glover will present the Paul Robeson Award to Los Angeles City Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas in recognition of his longtime contributions to the artistic, cultural and civic life of Los Angeles.
Danny Glover and Ben Guillory will then make closing remarks. The estimated running time of the entire event is 100 minutes.