Dr. Cecelia McBride Robinson, Professor Emerita of William Jewel College on the rich history of African Americans in Clay County, MO

Dr. Cecelia McBride Robinson, Professor Emerita of William Jewell College, began her career as an educator in the state of Missouri in 1972. Prior to her teaching appointment at William Jewell College, she taught at Prairie View A. &M. University in Texas, Oak Park High School in North Kansas City, Missouri, and Penn Valley Community College in Kansas City, Missouri. While at Jewell, she also received a faculty appointment to teach at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England.

Over the years, Dr. Robinson has volunteered and worked on behalf of causes that champion cultural awareness, racial diversity and understanding in Kansas City’s “Northland”.  She created the award winning program Pens Across the Metroplex, a pen pal project that linked more than 10,000 urban and suburban youth and 300 teachers over a 10 year period.

As an historian for the black community, Dr. Robinson has researched more than 150 African American pioneers, businesses, churches, and schools in Clay County from the 1800s -2000. These are inscribed on the Freedom Fountain Monument located on the lawn of the old courthouse square in Liberty.

Dr. Robinson has served as the Liberty (Mo.) Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Program Chair over 30 years, and currently serves as historian and gallery curator for Clay County African American Legacy, Inc., and for the Garrison School Cultural Center in Liberty.  Dr. Robinson earned local and state awards for community service, including:  Outstanding Missourian Award, the AT&T Human Relations Award, the Evelyn Wasserstrom Award, and the Liberty Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award.

Dr. Robinson is a member of the Assistance League of Kansas City Board, the Clay County Historical Millennium Board, the Rebuilding Together Clay County Board, The Northland Coalition for Justice.

Dr. Robinson is Vice President of the Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group. She is a Deaconess at First Baptist Church of Liberty where she serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees. She is the widow of deceased northland community leader, Kenneth Robinson.



Host and producer:  Donna Morrow Wolfe

Co-host and co-producer:  Karen E. Griffin

Engineer:  Jay Hawkins

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