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She was born in a Florence Crittenton home for unwed mothers in Denver. Her mother is Wendy Robinson, a jack-of-all-trades and IT worker. Her father was Floyd Herschel Roberson, a truck driver. Wendy Robinson was one of the early members of the Rainbow Coalition in Denver. On her mother’s side, Shannon Robinson comes from a family of Western Slope pioneers. Her great-grandfather was a state game warden and ran the Crystal River fish hatchery...
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Shannon Robinson talks about attending grade school in Gunnison, Colorado, where she was largely shunned or bullied by white students as the first African-American student to attend her elementary school. She speaks about living in Aurora, Colorado, where she made friends with other Black children, but also experienced bullying from children of all ethnic backgrounds because of her mixed race. She discusses getting to know other members of her African...
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Shannon Robinson talks about becoming involved in student government at then Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado (now Colorado Mesa University), helping to coordinate the campus’s fundraiser in response to Hurricane Katrina, her AIDS activism, and being elected the first minority president of the student body. She discusses racism that she and other African-American students encountered at Mesa State in the early 2000’s and that her...
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A reverend and minister in Grand Junction’s Center for Spiritual Living. Prior to that time, she worked as a Prayer Practitioner. She attended Western State College (now Western Colorado University), where she met Wendy Robinson, the mother of Mesa County Oral History Project interviewee Shannon Robinson. She helped care for Shannon after she was pulled from elementary school due to racism and bullying.
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The Colorado chapter of a nationwide organization that advocates for women living with HIV. It’s members include local African-American activist Shannon Robinson. They are also active in the areas of decriminalization, universal health care, economic justice, and trans rights.
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A local activist organization formed in the wake of the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. RAW was a driving force in the protest movement arose in the wake of Floyd’s death, and is still active in the community. With Black Citizens and Friends, they put on a Juneteenth celebration. It was founded in 2020 by Anthony “Tony” Clark and Jay Bishop, two former football players from Colorado Mesa University. According to oral history...
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400 demonstrators marched into a meeting of Grand Junction’s city council and demanded that council people let them speak. According to activist Shannon Robinson, with the organization Right and Wrong that organized the march in the wake of George Floyd’s death, Right & Wrong had contacted a city councilmember and let it be known that they would be marching on the meeting. Yet several council members were surprised at the large crowd of people...
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She was born in Grand Junction, Colorado to William Wesley Taylor and Helen (Booker) Taylor. Her father was one of the main caretakers and officials of the Handy Chapel, Grand Junction's historically Black church. Her mother was a homemaker. 1930 US Census records indicate that they lived at 817 Kimball Avenue in the Las Colonias neighborhood, when she was six. The same census shows her father working as a porter in a barber shop. Josephine attended...
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A KOTO Radio news archive recorded from 1979 to 1980, in Telluride, Colorado. This is a very long recording (about 3 hours and 20 minutes) so please see the transcription section to use the timestamps to jump between tracks. Rita Robinson is the interviewer. 1.) The Jazz Festival review with Plumley in September 1979. 2.) Sklare’s reaction to the accommodation tax: September 1979. 3.) Joe Crane discusses the new water tank in Telluride: October...