In Memoriam: Edward Leon Robinson Jr., 1970-2021

Edward L. Robinson Jr., a lecturer in African American studies in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at California State University, Fullerton, has died. He was 50 years old.

Dr. Robinson was born in Florida and raised in Georgia. He attended Georgia State University, where he majored in history and sociology. He continued his education at the University of Utah earning a master’s degree in American studies. Dr. Robinson held a Ph.D. in cultural studies, with a specialization in African American literature and media studies from Claremont Graduate University in California.

“Not only was Dr. Robinson a dear friend, but he was also a joyful, sincere, and passionate scholar who touched the lives of countless students, faculty, and staff,” said Natalie Graham, chair and professor of African American studies at CalState, Fullerton. “His drive and commitment inspired me and will continue to inspire me towards greater excellence and compassion.”

At the time of his death, Dr. Robinson’s book – Indignant Dignity: Black Lives Matter in Early Black Writing – was under review by the University of North Carolina Press.


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