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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
CivicMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Technology Chief Executive
Civil Rights Activist
City Council Member

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Pudding (Banana)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Rome, Italy
Favorite Quote:
What Is, Is.

Birthplace

Born:
3/17/1937
Birth Location:
Columbus, Georgia

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
CivicMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Technology Chief Executive
Civil Rights Activist
City Council Member

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Pudding (Banana)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Rome, Italy
Favorite Quote:
What Is, Is.

Birthplace

Born:
3/17/1937
Birth Location:
Columbus
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Biography

Dimensions International, Inc., founder and chairman emeritus Robert Lee Wright was born on March 17, 1937, in Columbus, Georgia, to a bricklayer and a nurse. After graduating from high school, Wright went on to attend Ohio State University where he became classmates with future world class athletes Bob Ferguson and Mel Noel. Wright graduated in 1960 from Ohio State University College of Optometry with his degree in optometry. He returned to Georgia where he began practicing as an optometrist.

Upon his return home to Georgia, Wright became deeply involved in the Civil Rights Movement. In 1965, he participated in the Selma to Montgomery March. Then, in 1968, Wright’s career interest changed to politics when he was recruited by the Republican Party to run for Columbus City Council. He won and was re-elected three times before being appointed to the position of Associate Administrator for Minority Small Business and Capital Ownership Development by President Ronald Reagan. After two years of working with the Reagan Administration, Wright resigned, and in 1985, he founded Dimensions International, Inc. Through Dimensions International, Wright began providing leading-edge technology to the government and private sector in the fields of systems engineering, information technology, and airspace management. A core subsidiary of Dimensions International is Flight Explorer, the leading provider of web-based global flight tracking information. Under Wright’s leadership, Dimensions International grew to a multimillion dollar defense contractor, listed amongst Black Enterprise’s 100.

Wright was chairman of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and of the Sub-Saharan Advisory Committee of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Since 1999, he has been a director of Aflac, Inc. He has received many awards and recognitions, including the 2001 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Technology Services; the Man of the Year of the National Federation of Black Women Business Owners; the 2007 Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award; the NAACP Achievement Award; and the Push Excellence Award.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Robert Wright's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Robert Wright lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Robert Wright describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Robert Wright describes his mother's community in Columbus, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Robert Wright describes his mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Robert Wright describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Robert Wright describes his parents' personalities, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Robert Wright describes his parents' personalities, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Robert Wright describes his father's career in Columbus, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Robert Wright describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Robert Wright describes the influence of Fort Benning on Columbus, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Robert Wright describes his neighborhood in Columbus, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Robert Wright describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Robert Wright recalls serving on a presidential commission with Hank Aaron
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Robert Wright describes his early activities in Columbus, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Robert Wright describes his early academic interests
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Robert Wright remembers the Fifth Avenue School in Columbus, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Robert Wright remembers William H. Spencer High School in Columbus, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Robert Wright recalls his favorite music from his youth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Robert Wright recalls his early experiences of watching television
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Robert Wright remembers racial discrimination in Columbus, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Robert Wright recalls his decision to attend The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Robert Wright remembers his studies at The Ohio State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Robert Wright recalls his community at The Ohio State University, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Robert Wright recalls his community at The Ohio State University, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Robert Wright recalls returning to Columbus, Georgia after college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Robert Wright recalls his optometry practice in Columbus, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Robert Wright describes his civil rights and political activities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Robert Wright recalls joining the Republican Party in Columbus, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Robert Wright recalls his work with Republican politicians in the South
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Robert Wright remembers serving on the U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Robert Wright describes the growth of the U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Robert Wright describes his achievements at the U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Robert Wright remembers founding Dimensions International, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Robert Wright describes his career at Dimensions International, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Robert Wright describes his achievements in business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Robert Wright describes his philanthropy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Robert Wright describes his hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Robert Wright reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Robert Wright reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Robert Wright reflects upon his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Robert Wright describes how he would like to be remembered