Civil Rights Expert to Deliver
Spring Convocation King Lecture

Howard Robinson

Dr. Howard O. Robinson II, whose professional career has included extensive work in the experience of African Americans and the U.S. Civil Rights movement, will be the featured speaker at Louisburg College’s Spring Convocation ceremony at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19 in the Jones Performing Arts Center on campus. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

Robinson will deliver the annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Lecture, titled “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., A Great Man?” Robinson’s lecture asserts that in addition to seeing the MLK holiday as the celebration of a “great man,” the King holiday is also a metaphor for the thousands of people across the nation who made the modern civil rights movement successful.

Since 2004, Robinson has served as university archivist and adjunct professor at Alabama State University in Montgomery. Previously, he was curator of the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum in Savannah, Ga. (2001 to 2003); and assistant professor of African American History at Armstrong Atlantic State University (1998-2004), also in Savannah.

Robinson is a frequent lecturer on the modern civil rights movement at the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African American Culture. He has served as a presenter or moderator at various conferences and symposia on civil rights and voting rights throughout the U.S. He has presented in numerous foreign countries, including Afghanistan, Brazil, China, Egypt, England, France and others.

Robinson earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Alabama State University, and completed doctoral work at the University of Akron in American History, with a concentration in African American History.