Paul Robeson Day resolution unanimously approved by PA House tourism committee

HARRISBURG, March 25 – A resolution (H.R. 331) sponsored by state Rep. Rick Krajewski that would declare April 9, 2024, as “Paul Robeson Day” in Pennsylvania was unanimously approved by the Pennsylvania House Tourism and Economic and Recreational Development Committee today.

The resolution would recognize one of the Commonwealth’s most extraordinary artists and champions of social justice by recognizing his birthday, April 9, as Paul Robeson Day, said Krajewski.

“A radical in the best sense of the word, Robeson was one of the most inspiring musicians, actors, athletes, lawyers and fierce fighters for mass liberation of the 20th century,” Krajewski said. “As a Black socialist, Robeson is a long-time personal hero of mine. I can think of no one more deserving of recognition from our state House.”

Robeson graduated high school as valedictorian, won a scholarship to Rutgers University, where he also graduated as valedictorian, earned a JD from Columbia Law School, played in the National Football League and performed in critically acclaimed theatrical productions simultaneously. He went on to become a globally renowned singer and activist, founding the American Crusade Against Lynching and receiving the NAACP’s Spingarn medal for his activism in the early Civil Rights movement.

Robeson spent his last decade living in West Philadelphia at the now preserved Paul Robeson House and Museum.

The resolution will now go to the House floor for a vote.