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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Bank Executive
Urban Planner

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Navy Blue
Favorite Food:
Italian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
To Be Rather Than To Seem.

Birthplace

Born:
1/20/1945
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Bank Executive
Urban Planner

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Navy Blue
Favorite Food:
Italian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
To Be Rather Than To Seem.

Birthplace

Born:
1/20/1945
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Small business owner and city economic adviser Morris E. Robinson, Sr. was born on January 20, 1945, in Chicago. He was raised in Chicago and educated in its public schools, graduating from Marshall High School in 1963.

In the fall of 1963, Robinson enrolled at Loop Junior College, which he attended until the following year. In 1964, he attended Luther College in Decora, Iowa, where he spent a year before transferring to Roosevelt University. After his first year at Roosevelt, Robinson entered the Army and served from 1966 until 1970. When he returned to Chicago from active military duty, Robinson re-enrolled at Roosevelt University, where he received his B.A. in political science in 1973.

After completing his education, Robinson worked as the first black officer at First National Bank, and later was employed by Allstate Insurance. In 1990, he started his own graphic design business, Robinson Designs, and opened a wireless telephone service franchise. Robinson later joined the Economic Development Department of the city of Evanston, Illinois, and became its economic development planner. In 1999, the United Way honored him as the city's employee of the year. Robinson married Emma Scarborough in 1989 in Little Rock, Arkansas. They live in Evanston.






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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Morris Robinson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Morris Robinson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Morris Robinson describes his maternal family history, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Morris Robinson describes his maternal family history, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Morris Robinson talks about his parents' childhood friendship and marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Morris Robinson describes his paternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Morris Robinson talks about his father and uncles' singing abilities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Morris Robinson describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Morris Robinson talks about his family's migration out of the South during the Great Depression
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Morris Robinson recalls early memories of growing up on Chicago, Illinois's northwest side in a European immigrant neighborhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Morris Robinson talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Morris Robinson describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Morris Robinson describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Morris Robinson recalls his experiences at Andersen Elementary School and in black schools in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Morris Robinson recalls some of his elementary school teachers in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Morris Robinson describes Gousters' and Ivy Leaguers' fashion styles
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Morris Robinson talks about his parents' discipline and his own parenting practices
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Morris Robinson talks about his activities at Marshall Metro High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Morris Robinson talks about how he chose to attend Luther College in Decorah, Iowa
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Morris Robinson recalls the year he spent studying at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Morris Robinson shares how he met his wife
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Morris Robinson remembers getting into trouble with his wife's father prior to their marriage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Morris Robinson talks about going into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Morris Robinson recalls his time in Italy as a soldier
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Morris Robinson describes his trajectory after being discharged from the U.S. Army in 1970
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Morris Robinson recalls how he was able to survive in the banking world
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Morris Robinson talks about advising a colleague to comply with the standards of dress at First National Bank in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Morris Robinson talks about coming home from his first year at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Morris Robinson recalls working at First National Bank of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Morris Robinson remembers the hostility of First National Bank of Chicago and reflects upon racism in the U.S. military
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Morris Robinson talks about his hopes for African American youths, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Morris Robinson talks about his hopes for African American youths, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Morris Robinson talks about working for Allstate
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Morris Robinson talks about being in business with his son
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Morris Robinson talks about living in and working for the City of Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Morris Robinson talks about working as an economic development planner for the City of Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Morris Robinson talks about challenges to economic planning and development in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Morris Robinson talks about his son's work documenting the history of Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Morris Robinson reflects upon civic engagement in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Morris Robinson talks about plans for redeveloping the downtown area of Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Morris Robinson talks about Evanston, Illinois' black community and other features
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Morris Robinson talks about the relationship between Northwestern University and the surrounding community in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Morris Robinson talks about his sons and their ties to Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Morris Robinson recalls buying Abner Mivka's former home in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Morris Robinson talks about his hobbies and his deceased older brother
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Morris Robinson talks about his interest in science, timepieces, and astronomy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Morris Robinson reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Morris Robinson describes his concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Morris Robinson describes his concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Morris Robinson describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Morris Robinson narrates his photographs