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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  1. Dr. Robinson was both my friend & colleague; we earned our PhD at Claremont Graduate University in 2011. We presented together on “Souls of Black Folk,” for a cultural studies class. He brought wine for everyone except me; he knew I liked rum and diet coke and brought me a small bottle with a can of soda. Ten years have passed and we are saddened by the sudden death of our friend that shared space with all of us in cultural studies courses and the Blaisdell House in between classes at CGU. I watched his virtual funeral on FacebookLive, angry that inequality medical care contributed to his sudden death. Edward had plans to travel with our friend Gee, and when I talked to her this morning, we were in tears. Edward shined his light & wisdom on everyone he came in contact with. I am so proud of his accomplishments over the course of a decade & I really miss him too.
    Dawn A. Dennis, PhD

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