Announcement December 10, 2013:
Community Partnership School will be closed today due to the storm hitting the Philadelphia region.
On Saturday, November 23rd over 175 members of the CPS family gathered at Germantown Academy for an incredible evening of entertainment at Community Partnership School’s fall fundraising event, Paul Robeson: Unplugged. The evening commenced with a VIP cocktail reception in the Pavilion of the main building at Germantown Academy, followed by an hour long musical and narrative tribute to Paul Robeson, performed by Broadway Actor Quentin Earl Darrington.
CPS students opened the show with a “re-mastered” version of the Brady Bunch theme song in which they told the story of how Quentin came to get involved with CPS and thanked him for coming back to perform that night.
Quentin captivated the audience as soon as he entered the auditorium, his large voice booming as he walked towards the stage from the back of the theatre. Quentin’s narrative tribute to Paul Robeson highlighted milestones in Robeson’s life including his acceptance to Rutgers University in 1915 making him the 3rd African American student, his famed role as the first African American to play Othello with a white supporting cast on Broadway from 1939-1945, and his unfortunate blacklisting from literature and television following a petition to the United Nations in the 1950s.
As Eric Jones, Head of School, shared, "Although his political advocacy precipitated an intense government and public backlash, Robeson never deserted his convictions. As an artist and citizen, through his unwavering courage and compelling talent, he touched many people and helped illuminate the humanity of people of African descent the world over."
For many, the highlight of the evening was the performance of Robeson’s trademark song, “Ol’ Man River” by Quentin and CPS students at the conclusion of the event.
Special thanks to Quentin Earl Darrington for bringing Robeson to life for us that evening--it was certainly an evening to remember! We are also grateful to all of our generous supporters who sponsored the event: