Paul Robeson "Here I Stand" Award for Activism in the Arts

Award for Activism in the Arts, Paul Robeson

The "Here I Stand" award honors famed actor and singer Paul Robeson -- whose 1958 autobiography bore that name -- as well as the individuals receiving the award. The "Here I Stand" award highlights the careers of artists and scholars who have distinguished themselves through contributions to the community at large. Robeson became one of the most well-known Americans internationally in the 1930s and 1940s at the pinnacle of a career that touched many corners of American life.
Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute invited the following artist activists to the Lincoln Theatre to be honorees of the the "Here I Stand" award:

  • Chuck D | 7 September 2013
  • Common | 8 September 2012
  • Spike Lee | 4 June 2011
  • Rita Moreno | 18 September 2010
  • Judith Jamison | 2 May 2009
  • Dr. John Hope Franklin | 21 April 2007
  • Dick Gregory | 22 April 2006
  • Harry Belafonte | 9 April 2005