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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Lawyer
Commercial Lawyer
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Blue
Favorite Food:
Collard Greens, Turkey
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
Some Men See Things And Say 'Why.' Some Men Dream Of Things And Say 'Why Not.'

Birthplace

Born:
4/14/1947
Birth Location:
Columbus, Georgia

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Lawyer
Commercial Lawyer
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Blue
Favorite Food:
Collard Greens, Turkey
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
Some Men See Things And Say 'Why.' Some Men Dream Of Things And Say 'Why Not.'

Birthplace

Born:
4/14/1947
Birth Location:
Columbus
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Biography

Lawyer Robert Bennett was born April 14, 1947, in Columbus, near Fort Benning, Georgia. Raised primarily by his mother, Annie Mae Bennett, Bennett attended Claflin School in Columbus; the Harriet Beecher Stowe School in Cincinnati; and graduated from Chicago’s Parker High School in 1965. Beginning in high school, Bennett spent his summers working on the Santa Fe Super Chief passenger train from Chicago to Los Angeles. At Dartmouth University, Bennett was one of the founders of the Afro American Society and spent two years in discussions on how to build United States support for the African National Congress (ANC). Graduating with his B.A. degree in Political Science in 1969, Bennettt spent the summer in Europe and North Africa on $5.00 a day; he finished Yale Law School in 1972.

From 1975 to 1978 Bennett was an associate attorney with Winston and Strawn and later Rudnick and Wolfe. From 1978 on he operated his own law firm in which he handled corporate and commercial transactions and real estate development. Bennett regularly hosted ANC leaders in his Chicago home, including Alfred Nzo and Graca Machel, and volunteered his legal services in support of various pro ANC groups throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Bennett hosted Nelson Mandela’s fundraising visit to Chicago in 1993, and raised $87,000 to support his campaign for the presidency of the new South Africa. Bennett hosted a tour of selected U. S. cities for then President of Ghana, Jerry Rawlings, and became Honorary Consul of Ghana from 1996 to 2002.

Founder of Bennnett and Bailey International Consulting, Bennett was a consultant in the late 1990s on the King Shaka International Airport Project in Durban, South African, and on the West African Gas Pipeline. Bennett was a consultant for the movie, Ali, some of which was shot in Ghana. Bennett later became engaged in a long-term consultancy and exchange with the Ghanaian justice system.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Robert Bennett's interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Robert Bennett lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Robert Bennett talks about his mother's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Robert Bennett talks about his familiarity with Fort Benning in Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Robert Bennett talks about his maternal family's migration north
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Robert Bennett shares a joke his maternal grandfather used to tell about the exploitation of African Americans
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Robert Bennett talks about his maternal family's educational and religious experiences in Columbus, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Robert Bennett describes his childhood household
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Robert Bennett describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Robert Bennett describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Columbus, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Robert Bennett describes his childhood activities and temperament
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Robert Bennett remembers the racial and social demographics of Columbus, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Robert Bennett talks about the media coverage of Africa in the 1950s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Robert Bennett recalls the impact of Patrice Lumumba and Kwame Nkrumah in his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Robert Bennett talks about the unofficial censorship concerning the Civil Rights Movement in Columbus, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Robert Bennett describes the orientation of his church, Antioch Baptist Church in Columbus, Georgia, during the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Robert Bennett lists the schools he attended in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Robert Bennett describes the impressions of white people held by his childhood community of Columbus, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Robert Bennett compares his neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio to his hometown of Columbus, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Robert Bennett describes his interest in history as a young student
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Robert Bennett talks about the differences he saw between Columbus, Georgia and Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Robert Bennett explains the reason for his move from Cincinnati, Ohio to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Robert Bennett talks about the stability he gained from staying at the same school despite frequently changing homes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Robert Bennett describes his performance as a student and his jobs during summer breaks
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Robert Bennett remembers working on the Super Chief train of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Robert Bennett describes his working conditions on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Robert Bennett explains the impact that working on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad had upon him
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Robert Bennett recalls his aspiration to be a lawyer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Robert Bennett talks about mentors from Abigail Cutter Junior High School in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Robert Bennett talks about his school activities and his mother's tenacity
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Robert Bennett remembers being recruited by four-year universities as a student at Parker High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Robert Bennett remembers playing football at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Robert Bennett describes his experience at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire in the mid-1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Robert Bennett talks about memorable instructors from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Robert Bennett remembers founding the Afro-American Society at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Robert Bennett talks about his interest in becoming a lawyer after his college graduation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Robert Bennett describes Malcolm X's impact upon him
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Robert Bennett remembers the impact of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in 1968
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Robert Bennett explains how winning an oratorical contest at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire funded his European travels
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Robert Bennett describes his hitchhiking itinerary through Europe in 1969
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Robert Bennett recalls meeting Eldridge Cleaver while traveling in Algiers, Algeria
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Robert Bennett reflects upon the Africans and African Americans he met traveling through Europe in 1969
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Robert Bennett talks about his desire to pursue law as a means for social justice while at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Robert Bennett talks about his experiences at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Robert Bennett describes forming the Malcolm X Legal Studies Association at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Robert Bennett remembers establishing a consulting firm as a student at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Slating of Robert Bennett's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Robert Bennett recalls civil rights discussions while traveling in Europe in 1969
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Robert Bennett talks about black communities in London, England
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Robert Bennett reflects upon his travels throughout Europe and North Africa in 1969
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Robert Bennett contrasts the experiences of African Americans with African immigrants and black communities in Europe
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Robert Bennett remembers encountering Mozambican and Angolan students in Portugal in 1969
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Robert Bennett considers the influence of African American culture in Europe
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Robert Bennett challenges perceptions of Europe being more liberal with regards to race than the United States
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Robert Bennett talks about hitchhiking from New York, New York to New Haven, Connecticut after returning from his travels abroad
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Robert Bennett describes how his objectives differed from those of white students at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Robert Bennett talks about the racial demographics at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Robert Bennett describes the competitive environment of Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Robert Bennett recalls his initial career interests after graduation from Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Robert Bennett talks about his experiences hitchhiking through Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Robert Bennett remembers interacting with African American expatriates in East Africa
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Robert Bennett describes his impressions of East Africa in the early 1970s, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Robert Bennett describes his impressions of East Africa in the early 1970s, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Robert Bennett talks about differences and similarities he observed between West and East Africa
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Robert Bennett talks recalls the impact of his travels in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Robert Bennett considers negative perceptions of Africa promulgated by African Americans
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Robert Bennett talks about his love of travel and what he has learned from traveling
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Robert Bennett talks about his construction businesses in Nigeria and Ghana in the 1970s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Robert Bennett talks about the impact of infrastructure built in Lagos, Nigeria for FESTAC '77
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Robert Bennett describes his involvement with the West African Gas Pipeline project as Ghana's honorary consul general, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Robert Bennett describes his involvement with the West African Gas Pipeline project as Ghana's honorary consul general, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Robert Bennett talks about his involvement with the filming of 'Ali' and its representation of pan-Africanism
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Robert Bennett talks about the impact of the West African Gas Pipeline for West African industries
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Robert Bennett shares his thoughts about Africa's economic development
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Robert Bennett talks about the neo-colonial exploitation of Africa and the promise of international trade within the continent
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Robert Bennett shares his perspective on the benefits of international and domestic development projects in Africa
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Robert Bennett remembers his initial involvement in freedom movements for southern Africa
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Robert Bennett remembers his involvement with the African National Congress
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Robert Bennett talks about his support of the African National Congress and anti-apartheid movement in South Africa
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Robert Bennett remembers attending anti-apartheid negotiations with Molapatene Collins Ramusi in South Africa in 1991
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Robert Bennett remembers attending negotiations between the African National Congress and National Party in South Africa in the early 1990s
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Robert Bennett talks about his interactions with Nelson Mandela and Graca Machel
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Robert Bennett shares his impression of Afrikaners in apartheid South Africa
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Robert Bennett talks about the effects of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Robert Bennett talks about the effects of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Robert Bennett talks about Nelson Mandela's imprisonment on Robben Island and the demise of apartheid in South Africa
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Robert Bennett considers his ongoing political ambitions
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Robert Bennett describes his hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Robert Bennett reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Robert Bennett talks about his children's educational opportunities
  • Tape: 8 Story: 11 - Robert Bennett talks about his ongoing relationship with his mother
  • Tape: 8 Story: 12 - Robert Bennett reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 13 - Robert Bennett describes how he would like to be remembered