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Announcing: Paul Robeson Award Competition

The Bay Area Paul Robeson Centennial Committee (Oakland, CA) is co-sponsoring a curriculum video/essay contest with the National Association for Multicultural Education.

Deadline for submissions: EXTENSION:  NEW DEADLINE:  MAY 15th 2012


Paul Robeson was the winner of letters in 15 sports, an anti-fascist organizer during World War II, a beloved singer and actor, an internationalist, and a courageous fighter for the rights of African-Americans.  Many adults have learned history by following the intersection of his life with the events in which he participated.  But many students have not had that opportunity because his life has not been included in traditional U.S. history texts.

To enter the contest:

  • Create and video an original lesson that uses Paul Robeson’s experiences and talents within the lesson content
  • Submit the video, a detailed written plan, and student evaluations of the lesson to The Bay Area Robeson Committee by midnight March 18, 2012.  Send it to: Bay Area Paul Robeson Centennial Committee, P.O. Box 3628, Oakland, Ca. 94609-0628  
  • A panel of educators and others, including a representative from NAME (the National Association of Multicultural Education), will judge the lessons and present two awards – one for $1000 and the other for $500. The lesson plans will then be distributed online with credit to their creators.

(Teachers should follow their school’s policies with regard to filming students.  The videos will be made available on line.)