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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Activist
Police Officer

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Favorite Color:
Brown, Green
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
None
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Birthplace

Born:
9/8/1942
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Activist
Police Officer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown, Green
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/8/1942
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Renault A. Robinson was born on September 8, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois, to Mabel and Robert Robinson. He performed a leading role in founding the African American Patrolman's League. Robinson is known for successfully bringing a civil rights lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department for discrimination against African Americans and Latinos. His work was instrumental in increasing the numbers of minority Chicago police officers.

After graduating from Hyde Park High School in 1960, Robinson joined Chicago's police force in 1964. His superiors recognized him as bright and respectful. However, this attitude towards him changed in the wake of the riots that followed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in 1968. The brutality of the Chicago police caused Robinson and other black officers to form the Afro-American Patrolman's League. Although he felt persecuted by senior officers, Robinson continued to work for the Chicago police. During this time he served the National Black Police Association as a national information officer. In 1983, he left the police force to become chairman of the Chicago Housing Authority under the administration of Mayor Harold Washington.

Robinson pursued a business career in 1989 when he went to work as the vice president of ASI Personnel Service. In 2000, he founded his own temporary staffing agency, Renault Robinson Staffing. Robinson holds a bachelor's degree from Chicago's Roosevelt University. He and his wife, Annette, have four children: Renault, Jr.; Brian; Kivu; and Kobie.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Renault Robinson interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Renault Robinson's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Renault Robinson recalls his parents' backgrounds
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Renault Robinson shares childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Renault Robinson describes his early education and jobs
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Renault Robinson explains how he met Edward 'Buzz' Palmer and Ralph Ellison
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Renault Robinson remembers his high school educational and work experiences
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Renault Robinson briefly outlines his higher education and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Renault Robinson recounts how he became a policeman on the Chicago Vice Control Division
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Renault Robinson recalls his work at the Chicago Police Vice Control Division
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Renault Robinson explains why he quit undercover work with the Chicago Vice Control Division
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Renault Robinson discusses corruption in the Chicago Police Department
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Renault Robinson relates how he became a vice detective for the Chicago Police Department
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Renault Robinson recounts founding the Afro-American Patrolman's League
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Renault Robinson describes facing job demotion and FBI harassment for forming the Afro-American Patrolman's League
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Renault Robinson outlines the goals of the Afro-American Patrolman's League
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Renault Robinson explains police culture
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Renault Robinson illustrates why black cops and politicians were afraid to speak out against police brutality
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Renault Robinson recalls the difficulty in getting legal help in his discrimination lawsuit against the city of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Renault Robinson discusses his employment discrimination lawsuit against the city of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Renault Robinson remembers the FBI surveillance of his activities in the Afro-American Patrolman's League
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Renault Robinson recounts results of his discrimination lawsuit against the city of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Renault Robinson details the harassment he faced from other Chicago cops over his discrimination lawsuit
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Renault Robinson compares opportunities for minority and women police officers before and after his lawsuit
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Renault Robinson tells about the discovery of false intelligence reports on him by the Chicago Police Department's "Red Squad"
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Renault Robinson describes the Red Squad's secret surveillance files on civil rights organizations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Renault Robinson recalls the scene of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark's assassination
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Renault Robinson reflects on the changes in number and rank of black police in Chicago thirty years after his discrimination lawsuit
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Renault Robinson remembers leaving the Chicago Police Department for the Chicago Housing Authority
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Renault Robinson details his efforts to fight corruption at the Chicago Housing Authority
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Renault Robinson explains why he left politics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Renault Robinson discusses black police organizations' future prospects
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Renault Robinson reflects on his life and career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Renault Robinson credits God and Father George Clements as his sources of strength
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Renault Robinson looks back on his decades of struggles against corrupt institutions in Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Renault Robinson recounts the affect on his children of harassment by the Chicago Police Department and the Daley Machine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Photo - Renault Robinson's children and grandchildren with Conrad Worrill at the Million Man March, Washington, D.C., October 16, 1995
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Photo - Renault Robinson's grandson, Renault Robinson III, with Leslie Hairston and others, Chicago, Illinois, 2001
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Photo - Renault Robinson's mother, Mabel Stevenson Robinson
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Photo - Renault Robinson's father, Robert Robinson, ca. 1960s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Photo - Renault Robinson and his wife, Annette Robinson, 1962
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Photo - Renault Robinson at the Afro-American Patrolman's League's headquarters, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1970
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Photo - Renault Robinson at the Afro-American Patrolman's League headquarters, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1970s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Photo - Edward 'Buzz' Palmer, ca. 1967
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Photo - Howard Saffold with Father George Clements, Chicago, Illinois, 1970
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Photo - Renault Robinson directing traffic, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1970
  • Tape: 5 Story: 14 - Photo - Renault Robinson returns to work after a year's suspension, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1970
  • Tape: 5 Story: 15 - Photo - Renault Robinson with Ramsey Clark and Whitney Young, Chicago, Illinois, 1971
  • Tape: 5 Story: 16 - Photo - Renault Robinson with Ralph Metcalfe, Chicago, Illinois, 1972
  • Tape: 5 Story: 17 - Photo - Renault Robinson with traffic cop uniform and traffic whistle, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1970s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 18 - Photo - Renault Robinson by racist graffiti in police station men's room, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1968
  • Tape: 5 Story: 19 - Photo - Renault Robinson at Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1970
  • Tape: 5 Story: 20 - Photo - Renault Robinson, Chicago, Illinois, June 1980
  • Tape: 5 Story: 21 - Photo - Unidentified victim of police brutality gives statement to Afro-American Patrolmen's League, Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 22 - Photo - Renault Robinson with unidentified victims of police harassment, Chicago, Illinois