Collection 112 - Cleveland Robinson

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Cleveland Robinson


  • 1914-01-01 - 1995-12-31 (Accumulation)

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Personal archive ; The Tamiment Library holds his papers covering the period 1956-1992 and the collection contains correspondence, campaign materials, documents and news clippings. Included in the collection are records of several anti-apartheid campaigns and organisations in the USA and South Africa.

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Cleveland Robinson was an African American trade union leader and civil rights activist and was active in anti-apartheid campaigns. In addition to his union activity, Robinson was a stalwart of the civil rights movement. He was administrative chairman and one of the key organizers of the August 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. A friend and advisor on labor matters to Martin Luther King, Jr, he was an active member of the National Urban League and the NAACP, a director of the Southern Christian leadership Council, and a trustee of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center in Atlanta, GA. He was also a leader in the struggle to mobilise American opposition to apartheid in South Africa and supported movements for labor and human rights in many African nations.

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