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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Foundation Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Potato Chips
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Sydney, Australia
Favorite Quote:
I Can't Do Everything, But I Can Do Something.

Birthplace

Born:
11/15/1948
Birth Location:
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Foundation Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Potato Chips
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Sydney, Australia
Favorite Quote:
I Can't Do Everything, But I Can Do Something.

Birthplace

Born:
11/15/1948
Birth Location:
Tulsa
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Biography

Robert Kerr Goodwin was born on November 15, 1948, in Tulsa, Oklahoma; his mother was a teacher and social worker, and his father was a business owner and attorney. At the age of fifteen, Goodwin became a licensed preacher and planned to pursue a career in the ministry; in 1966 he earned his high school diploma from Bishop Kelley Catholic School where he worked on the school paper, was a member of the student government, year book, and chess clubs, and was the first black student body president.

From 1966 until 1970, Goodwin attended Oral Roberts University, where he earned his B.A. degree. At Oral Roberts University Goodwin was a member of the student ministering team and traveled around the world preaching. In 1973, Goodwin earned his M.A. degree in philosophy from San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Upon completing his master’s degree, Goodwin was summoned back to Tulsa by his father to run the family-owned newspaper, The Oklahoma Eagle. Goodwin operated the paper until 1981; during his tenure he increased the readership and converted the printing to a more efficient, cost effective process. Between 1981 and 1985, Goodwin sold encyclopedias in Texas, accumulating a million dollars in sales in a five-year period. From 1985 until 1989, Goodwin worked as a printing consultant, lobbyist, director of public affairs, and associate vice president for university relations at Prairie View and Texas A&M Universities. While working at Texas A&M, Goodwin led the Democrats for Bush campaign. Goodwin's activities caught the attention of the Bush Administration and he was offered a position with the Department of Education working on the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges, a position he held from 1989 until 1992. In 1992, Goodwin was hired as the executive vice president of the Points of Light Foundation, an organization responsible for assisting and encouraging citizens to engage in volunteer service; he went on to serve as president and CEO of the organization. In 2007, Goodwin announced his retirement from the Points of Light Foundation, after over fifteen years of service.

For his civic and community achievements, Goodwin received numerous awards and honors.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Robert Goodwin's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Robert Goodwin lists his favorites and states his occupation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Robert Goodwin talks about his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Robert Goodwin talks about his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Robert Goodwin talks about his father's reputation in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Robert Goodwin recalls the prominent African Americans that stayed with his family in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Robert Goodwin recalls life lessons from his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Robert Goodwin shares the story of his parents' marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Robert Goodwin describes his racial background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Robert Goodwin remembers his grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Robert Goodwin recalls his earliest childhood memories, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Robert Goodwin recalls his earliest childhood memories, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Robert Goodwin describes his family's holiday traditions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Robert Goodwin describes his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Robert Goodwin reflects upon his childhood in Alsuma, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Robert Goodwin recalls the sounds, sights and smells of his childhood in Alsuma, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Robert Goodwin describes his schooling in Alsuma, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Robert Goodwin describes race relations while growing up near Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Robert Goodwin talks about his mother's teaching career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Robert Goodwin recalls his childhood interests and personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Robert Goodwin recalls transferring to Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Robert Goodwin recalls being elected student body president at Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Robert Goodwin explains why he attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Robert Goodwin talks about the perceptions of the newly-opened Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Robert Goodwin describes his experience at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Robert Goodwin talks about evangelist Oral Roberts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Robert Goodwin reflects upon his education's impact on his religious life
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Robert Goodwin talks about his decision to leave San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, California to take over his father's newspaper business
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Robert Goodwin remembers assuming leadership of The Oklahoma Eagle at twenty-three years old
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Robert Goodwin talks about business changes he oversaw at his family newspaper business, The Oklahoma Eagle
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Robert Goodwin talks about The Oklahoma Eagle's coverage of school desegregation in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Robert Goodwin describes what he liked best about running The Oklahoma Eagle
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Robert Goodwin describes working as an encyclopedia salesman in the 1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Robert Goodwin talks about working for Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University in Prairie View, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Robert Goodwin talks about his involvement with the Republican Party
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Robert Goodwin recalls the circumstances of his firing from the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Robert Goodwin talks about joining the Points of Light Foundation in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Robert Goodwin describes the origins of the Points of Light Foundation in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Robert Goodwin explains the Points of Light Foundation's mission and his role in the organization
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Robert Goodwin talks about motivations for volunteering and its decreasing prominence in society
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Robert Goodwin dispels misconceptions about African Americans' volunteering habits
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Robert Goodwin reflects upon his life, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Robert Goodwin describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Robert Goodwin describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Robert Goodwin reflects upon his life, pt. 2