Paul Robeson: A ChautauquaAdult Events 09/04/2019, 6:00 PM Main Library – Auditorium
This Chautauqua or living history will cover the life of Paul Robeson.
Paul Robeson (1898-1976)
Singer, Actor, Athlete, Scholar, Social Activist … Paul Robeson was all these things,
A man of deep conviction and extraordinary complexity, Paul came of age during one of the more difficult periods in American history.
Born in Princeton, New Jersey and raised by his father, the Rev. William Drew Robeson (his mother, Maria Louisa died when Paul was six years old), and by numerous members of Princeton’s African-American community, Paul grew to become an outstanding scholar-athlete in both high school and college. After graduating from Rutgers College in 1919, Paul went to Columbia Law school where he earned his degree in 1923. Paul married Eslanda Cardozo Goode while in law school and it was she who helped guide him into a career as an actor and singer. For over 25 years, Paul was known as one of the great artists of his generation.
Between 1927-1939, Paul lived in London, England and it was there that he became totally politicized. He became an uncompromising fighter, for civil and human rights at home and abroad and for friendship with the Soviet Union. It was these activities that led the U.S. government to nearly destroy him during the 1950’s
About the performer:
Marvin Jefferson has an extensive background as a professional actor and between 1997 and 2009 he has performed a Chautauqua (first person characterization of a historical figure) of the life of Paul Robeson as singer, athlete, scholar and social activist for the Newark school district, performing in every school in the district. He prepared for his portrayal of Paul Robeson by attending, in the summer of 1997, the Annual Great Plains Chautauqua in West Fargo, North Dakota. Between 2005 – 2010 he appeared as Robeson in the Colorado, Maryland, Nevada, Ohio, South Carolina and North Carolina Chautauqua festivals. He taught for the summer programs at Essex County College, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the Franklin Township Department of Social Services and the Newark School of Arts. He currently teaches acting at Bloomfield College. Between 1981 and 1996 he was the producer/artistic director of the Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC), a professional Newark, NJ based acting company that he co-founded. In addition to directing and producing plays, he has received critical acclaim for performances as an actor in the ETC productions of Uncle Tom’s Children, Kabnis and Sizwe Bansi is Dead; the Crossroads Theatre Company productions of Roads of the Mountaintop, To Gleam it Around, To Show My Shine and Playboy of the West Indies; and the George Street Playhouse production of The Meeting. He has also appeared in various productions throughout New York City including an Off-Off Broadway theatrical version of Paul Robeson, A Chautauqua at Urban Stages theatre company. Marvin studied acting at the Mason Gross School of Arts, Rutgers University.Click here for more details...
Homeschooling Open House (All ages welcome)Kid & Family Events 09/05/2019, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Main Library – Auditorium
No registration required.
Join the monthly gathering of families that homeschool and make new friends. Youth services librarian Enola Romano displays our collection of parenting books about homeschooling.
Bring your favorite board game to share! For more information email Enola Romano at email@example.com.Click here for more details...
Write Group: Free-for-AllLibrary Groups Events 09/05/2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Main Library – Tower Room (2nd Floor)
Free-for-All writing events on different writing topics every Thursday evening.Click here for more details...
Afternoon Movie: The Public (2018)Adult Events 09/06/2019, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Main Library – Auditorium
Join us for a free screening of the 2018 film “The Public,” (PG-13, 119 minutes) written and directed by (and starring) Emilio Estevez.
Registration is not required, but recommended if you would like an email reminder prior to the event.
An act of civil disobedience turns into a standoff with police when homeless people in Cincinnati take over the public library to seek shelter from the bitter cold. -publisher summary
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Play Go! (Board Game for All Ages)Adult Events 09/07/2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Write Group: Free WriteLibrary Groups Events 09/07/2019, 10:15 AM - 1:00 PM Main Library – Conference Room (1st Floor)
Free Write creative writing workshops – write to prompts every Saturday morning.Click here for more details...
Self-Publish Your eBookAdult Events 09/09/2019, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Main Library – Auditorium
For writers interested in easy-to-use, free resources for publishing and sharing eBooks, and for readers interested in reading eBooks by local writers, your Montclair Public Library brings you the Pressbooks Public tool and the SELF-e program. Local Writers– Create eBooks and share them with library patrons across New Jersey and potentially throughout the U.S. and Canada. Readers–Find new and diverse eBooks published by local, independent authors.Click here for more details...
Write Group: Support GroupLibrary Groups Events 09/10/2019, 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM Main Library – Conference Room (1st Floor)
Support Group core meeting every Tuesday morning to review our writing progress & discuss writing topics.Click here for more details...
Bridge GroupLibrary Groups Events 09/10/2019, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Main Library – Conference Room (1st Floor)
All ages and skill levels are welcome to play Bridge every Tuesday afternoon in the Library’s Conference Room.
For more information about this group please contact Linda Welch at 973-744-0500 ext. 2221 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.Click here for more details...
Just Walk! – Fitness ClassAdult Events 09/10/2019, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Main Library – Auditorium
Class is free, and open to those aged 12+. Registration is required.
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