He came to Princeton from West Palm Beach, Fla., and Roosevelt High School, where he was a top scholar and journalist. Emmett majored in SPIA. He also participated in the Orange Key Society and the Association of Black Collegians and wrote for The Daily Princetonian. Building on his acting career in Florida, he founded and coordinated the Harambee House, a Black performing group, whose purpose is “to explore the African-American cultural mystique through involvement in it … total theatre … the fusing of drama, dance, and music in one art form.” The group performed in the Free Interaction Space on campus. Senior year Emmett lived with Robert Collins, Don Lyles, and Ralph Austin in 1937 Hall and belonged to Wilson College.
After graduation he spent a summer volunteering for Operation Crossroads Africa. He actively supported the Association of Black Princeton Alumni through publication of a quarterly ABPA newsletter. Emmett graduated from Columbia Law School and worked as an attorney for the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C. He later served as an administrative law judge for the Environmental Control Board in New York City until the time of his death.
The class extends belated condolences to his family and friends.