Robert Woodson

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Robert L. Woodson, Sr. (born April 8, 1937 Philadelphia) is an American community development leader, and founder and president of the National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise (NCNE).[1][2]


In 1954, he joined the United States Air Force, and earned his G.E.D. He graduated from Cheyney University with a B.S., and from the University of Pennsylvania with a M.S.W.

He was a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute from 1977 to 1982.[3][4] In 1995, he resigned after the publication of Dinesh D'Souza’s The End of Racism.[5]

On February 8, 2003, his son, Robert L. Woodson Jr., was killed in a car crash.[6] An award has been named for Woodson Jr. by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he had previously been employed before joining his father at NCNE.[7] Woodson Sr. also has a younger son Jamal, younger daughter Tanya, and older son Ralph.[6]


  • 1990 MacArthur Fellows Program
  • Washington Times Foundation American Century Award
  • Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Award
  • Headway Magazine Booker T. Washington Award
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Life Institute “Real Dream” Award
  • Outstanding Public Service Award from the Georgia Coalition of Black Women, Inc.
  • George Washington Honor Medal presented by the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge



  1. ^ Princeton archives
  2. ^ Center for Neighborhood Enterprise biography
  3. ^ G. K. Hall, Black perspectives on crime and the criminal justice system: a symposium, National Urban League, 1977 [1]
  4. ^ Steven Teles, 'Compassionate Conservatism, Domestic Policy, and the Politics of Ideational Change', in Crisis of Conservatism? The Republican Party, the Conservative Movement, & American Politics After Bush, Gillian Peele, Joel D. Aberbach (eds.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011, p. 193
  5. ^ Christopher DeMuth, Not quite the end of racism, The Wall Street Journal, November 03, 1995
  6. ^ a b Robert L. Woodson Jr., Community Group's Vice President, Dies, The Washington Post, February 11, 2003
  7. ^ The Robert L. Woodson Jr. Award/

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