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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Auto Sales Entrepreneur
High School Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Stone Walls Do Not A Prison Make Nor Iron Bars A Cage.$Jesus Is The Center Of My Joy And I Don't Allow Anyone To Steal My Joy.

Birthplace

Born:
6/14/1943
Birth Location:
Birmingham, Alabama

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Auto Sales Entrepreneur
High School Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Stone Walls Do Not A Prison Make Nor Iron Bars A Cage.$Jesus Is The Center Of My Joy And I Don't Allow Anyone To Steal My Joy.

Birthplace

Born:
6/14/1943
Birth Location:
Birmingham
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Biography

James Earnest Roberson was born on June 14, 1943 to Aressa and Mack E. Roberson in Birmingham, Alabama. Roberson’s parents were activists and involved in the Civil Rights Movement. Roberson lived across the street from Bethel Baptist Church, home to Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth, that was twice-bombed by the Ku Klux Klan.

Roberson attended A.H. Parker High School where he graduated with an advance academic honors diploma in 1960. He received his B.A. degree in secondary education from Alabama A&M University in 1964; his M.A. degree in educational leadership in 1986 from University of Alabama; and his J.D. degree from Faith College in Alabama.

Roberson led demonstrations and was a political broker on the Alabama A&M University campus. He spearheaded sit-ins to desegregate Shoney’s and Big Boy restaurants.

For nearly thirty years, Roberson worked as an educator and administrator for the Alabama Board of Education. He taught earth science at A.G. Gaston and Leeds Junior High Schools before becoming assistant principal.

Roberson joined the Ford Motor Company’s Minority Dealer Development Program, and in 1993, he was named a dealer candidate, making him the first African American with a Pontiac dealership. Roberson then became owner of USA Auto and Budget Truck Rental Store in 2000 until his retirement in 2003.

Roberson holds memberships and leadership positions in various organizations including 100 Black Men of Birmingham, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the March of Dimes and Grace House Ministries. He has received multiple awards and recognitions for his contributions to the community.

Roberson and his wife, Linda, currently reside in Birmingham, Alabama.

Roberson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 21, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of James Roberson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - James Roberson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - James Roberson describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - James Roberson talks about the influences upon his Christian faith
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - James Roberson describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - James Roberson describes his maternal ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - James Roberson describes his father, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - James Roberson describes his father, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - James Roberson recalls his relationship with his father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - James Roberson describes his father's influence
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - James Roberson recalls his paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - James Roberson describes his paternal ancestry
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - James Roberson recalls visiting his paternal grandfather's grave
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - James Roberson describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - James Roberson describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - James Roberson recalls his kindergarten in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - James Roberson describes his education in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - James Roberson describes the racial violence in Birmingham, Alabama, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - James Roberson describes the racial violence in Birmingham, Alabama, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - James Roberson describes his activities at A.H. Parker High School in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - James Roberson recalls organizing sit-ins in Huntsville, Alabama, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - James Roberson recalls organizing sit-ins in Huntsville, Alabama, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - James Roberson remembers pledging Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - James Roberson recalls his family's involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - James Roberson remembers working at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - James Roberson recalls organizing a strike at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College in Normal, Alabama
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - James Roberson talks about his teaching career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - James Roberson describes his early positions in educational administration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - James Roberson describes his career in the auto sales industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - James Roberson reflects upon his retirement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - James Roberson talks about his honorary doctorate in law
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - James Roberson reflects upon growing up in the Jim Crow South
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - James Roberson recalls working at the Brownell Pontiac dealership in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - James Roberson reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - James Roberson describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - James Roberson talks about mentorship in the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - James Roberson talks about his parenting style
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - James Roberson describes his wife, Linda Thompson Roberson
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - James Roberson narrates his photographs