Autris Paige performs as Paul Robeson, Renaissance Man, at Berkeley Public Library’s South Branch

February 04, 2015

Contact: James Moore
Branch Manager, South Branch
Berkeley Public Library


Autris Paige performs as Paul Robeson, Renaissance Man,
at Berkeley Public Library’s South Branch

Berkeley, February 4—Nationally known baritone Autris Paige explores the life of Paul Robeson  through the words and songs of the great singer, actor and political activist.  Paige is accompanied by pianist Loni Williams. This special event is one of many free public programs occurring at the Berkeley Public Library during February: African American History month. This performance takes place at South Branch Library in Berkeley on Saturday, February 21 at 1:00pm in the Community Meeting Room.  

Paul Robeson (1898-1976) is a towering figure in American history. Mr. Paige's presentation of Robeson's speeches and writings, together with songs he made famous, will shed new light on Robeson's history and legacy. For more information about this event call 510-981-6260.

A Bay Area native, Mr. Paige attended McClymonds High School in Oakland and San Francisco State University. He then traveled to southern California, for advanced study in musical theater at the University of Southern California. He made his professional debut with the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera in Candide. A versatile performer, Mr. Paige has appeared with Ray Charles and Eartha Kitt on Broadway and at major opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera and San Francisco Opera.

This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library. (

South Branch is located at 1901 Russell at Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94703 and is open: Monday, 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 am-8:00 pm, Thursday 12 noon -8:00 pm, and Friday and Saturday, 10:00 am-6:00 pm. For more information about this program call 510-981-6260

Wheelchair accessible. For questions, to request a sign language interpreter or other accommodations for this event, please call (510) 981-6195 (voice) or (510) 548-1240 (TTY); at least five working days will help ensure availability. Please refrain from wearing scented products to public programs. Visit the library’s website: