Youth Docent Training Program at the Paul Robeson House & Museum
- The Barbara & Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships with The Paul Robeson House & Museum
- The Netter Center
- Community Partnerships Grant
The Netter Center for Community Partnerships will collaborate with the Paul Robeson House & Museum (PRHM) to train high school students to become PRHM docents, transmitting the history and legacy of Paul Robeson: cultural icon, internationally renowned singer and actor, and tireless fighter for justice. Students of Paul Robeson High School for Human Services –one of the Netter Center’s University-Assisted Community School (UACS)sites –will be the core constituency for the Youth Docent Training. Teens will learn Robeson’s story, how his family contributed to his artistry and fierce commitment to human rights and racial equality, as well as the historical context for his life and work. The Youth Docent Training Program will also connect Robeson’s artistic and political activities to the site of the House & Museum and to its significant role in continuing Robeson’s legacy of artistry, activism, and community development, to which the students themselves will actively contribute. The teens will synthesize and embody all this knowledge by serving as docents and creating new media for the museum.
PRHM Executive Director Janice Sykes-Ross will spearhead the project with support from High school teacher and Belmont Mansion Underground Railroad Museum head docent Dr. Gregory Wright; PRHM senior docent Terry Guerin; and Netter Center Director of UACS Arts, Culture, & Humanities Partnerships Suzana Berger. Penn students who specialize in history and public humanities will also be engaged to introduce the teens to archival research methods with an expansive view of what can be considered an archive.