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Allene Singho Roberts

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
StyleMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive
Association Chief Executive
Model

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Curry
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Montauk, New York
Favorite Quote:
Stay In The Moment.

Birthplace

Born:
4/14/1943
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
StyleMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive
Association Chief Executive
Model

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Curry
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Montauk, New York
Favorite Quote:
Stay In The Moment.

Birthplace

Born:
4/14/1943
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Allene Singho Roberts was born Allene Singho on April 14, 1943 in Bronx, New York. Her father, longshoreman Albert Singho, was from Sri Lanka and her mother, Harriet Allie Franklin Singho, was raised in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen. Growing up in the Bronx and in Harlem, Roberts attended P.S. 10 and Paul Laurence Dunbar Junior High School. After graduating from Evander Childs High School in 1960, Roberts worked for three years as a claims administrator for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and studied modeling with Ophelia Devore.

The first black showroom model with Sloat and Company, she traveled internationally and worked with designers Rudi Gernreich, Oleg Cassini and Bill Blass. Roberts joined the Johnson Publishing Company’s Ebony Fashion Fair in 1965 and toured with Audrey Smaltz, Richard Roundtree, Pat Cleveland, Beverly Simms and Janet Langhart. In 1967, Phillip Morris Companies hired Roberts and she worked in sales management, sales training and community relations. During this period, Roberts studied business administration at Bronx Community College and at the City University of New York’s Baruch College. When she left Phillip Morris in 1992, Roberts was senior manager of corporate and government affairs. In 1996, Roberts served as chair and chief executive officer of the American Women’s Forum for Economic Development Strategies. In 2001, Roberts co-founded the Bronx River Research Group and, with her husband Allen Roberts and John Besold, she founded Clean Energy Systems for New York (CESNY) three years later. Working in conjunction with local and state utilities and the United States Department of Energy’s Rebuild America and Business Partner programs, CESNY provides schools and other public venues the services needed to design, install and maintain clean stationary power equipment.

Winner of many honors including the Harriet Tubman Award from the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and the New York Urban League Building Brick Award, Roberts serves on the boards of the Mid-Bronx Senior Citizens Council, the New York Coalition of 100 Black Women, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators’ Corporate Roundtable, the National Association of Black County Officials’ Business Rountable, the Harlem YMCA Black Achievers in Industry and the New Professional Theatre.

Roberts passed away on January 27, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Allene Singho Roberts' interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Allene Singho Roberts lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Allene Singho Roberts describes her mother, Harriet Franklin Singho
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Allene Singho Roberts describes her mother's life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Allene Singho Roberts describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Allene Singho Roberts describes her father, Albert Singho
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Allene Singho Roberts remembers her father's cooking
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Allene Singho Roberts describes her parents' relationship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Allene Singho Roberts lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Allene Singho Roberts remembers the diversity of New York City
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Allene Singho Roberts remembers growing up in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Allene Singho Roberts describes her oldest brothers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Allene Singho Roberts describes her father's immigration to New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Allene Singho Roberts describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Allene Singho Roberts describes her father's experience with prejudice
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Allene Singho Roberts remembers her neighborhood in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Allene Singho Roberts compares her childhood with later generations'
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Allene Singho Roberts remembers her childhood community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Allene Singho Roberts describes the smells and sounds of her childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Allene Singho Roberts remembers Miss Klotz at P.S. 10 in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Allene Singho Roberts recalls her poor eyesight as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Allene Singho Roberts remembers her first black teacher, Miss Mitchellson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Allene Singho Roberts describes Paul Laurence Dunbar J.H.S. 120 in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Allene Singho Roberts remembers her friends growing up
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Allene Singho Roberts remembers her family's first television and telephone
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Allene Singho Roberts recalls wanting a bike for Christmas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Allene Singho Roberts describes her childhood aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Allene Singho Roberts remembers her older sisters
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Allene Singho Roberts remembers the impact of her sister's death, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Allene Singho Roberts remembers her time as a hospital volunteer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Allene Singho Roberts remembers the impact of her sister's death, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Allene Singho Roberts describes her experience at Evander Childs High School in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Allene Singho Roberts narrates her photographs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Allene Singho Roberts remembers considering her career options
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Allene Singho Roberts remembers attending night school at Bronx Community College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Allene Singho Roberts describes how she became a model
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Allene Singho Roberts remembers joining the Ebony Fashion Fair
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Allene Singho Roberts remembers touring with the Ebony Fashion Fair
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Allene Singho Roberts recalls integrating New York City's Fashion Garment District
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Allene Singho Roberts remembers being hired by Philip Morris USA
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Allene Singho Roberts describes her experience at Philip Morris USA
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Allene Singho Roberts remembers her promotion to a sales position at Philip Morris USA
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Allene Singho Roberts describes being the only woman of color in sales at Philip Morris USA
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Allene Singho Roberts remembers the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Allene Singho Roberts describes her promotion to area manager at Philip Morris USA
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Allene Singho Roberts talks about working for the tobacco industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Allene Singho Roberts describes her community relations work for Philip Morris USA
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Allene Singho Roberts describes the Minority Vendor Task Force
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Allene Singho Roberts talks about her husband, Allen Roberts
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Allene Singho Roberts reflects upon Philip Morris USA's community outreach
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Allene Singho Roberts recalls Philip Morris USA hosting the 1992 Democratic and Republican National Conventions
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Allene Singho Roberts remembers suing Philip Morris USA for discrimination
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Allene Singho Roberts reflects upon her lawsuit against Philip Morris USA
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Allene Singho Roberts describes changes in corporate culture
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Allene Singho Roberts remembers starting the Bronx River Research Group
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Allene Singho Roberts describes the mission and tactics of the Bronx River Research Group
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Allene Singho Roberts describes her work with residential developers
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Allene Singho Roberts describes the Bronx River Research Group's newest project
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Allene Singho Roberts describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Allene Singho Roberts describes her legacy