Robert Woodson

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Robert Woodson
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Woodson at CPAC, 2014
Personal details
Born (1937-04-08) April 8, 1937 (age 81)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
Political party Republican
Alma mater Cheyney University (BS)
University of Pennsylvania

Robert L. "Bob" Woodson Sr. (born April 8, 1937) is an American community development leader, and founder and president of the Woodson Center.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Woodson was born in Philadelphia. 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 (now the Woodson Center).[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. ^ "Robert L. Woodson, Sr. - Woodson Center". Woodson Center. Retrieved 2017-02-14. 
  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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