Kentucky Historical Society

Interview with Samuel Robinson

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Wed, 01/17/2001




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Dr. Robinson continues in this 2nd interview (see KCRP20.b.75 for previous one) to discuss his many years of involvement with the Lincoln Foundation, following his roles with the Lincoln Institute and the Lincoln School. He tells about how he was hand-picked to become the first African American Executive Director and how he completed his doctorate in preparation. He provides what appears to be a balanced view of his predecessor and the tensions in the transition when Robinson began as the fundraiser during Mr. Tidings last year as Director. Robinson describes many of the programs, especially the extensive Whitney M. Young Scholarship program which the Foundation supports. He talks about his approach to fund raising and his networking that led to recruiting board members. Transcript available.

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