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Robert L. Woodson, Sr.

Robert L. Woodson, Sr. is Founder and President of the Woodson Center, 1776 Unites and Voices of Black Mothers United. He is an influential leader on issues of poverty alleviation and empowering disadvantaged communities to become agents of their own uplift.

As a civil rights activist in the 1960s, he developed and coordinated national and local community revitalization programs. In the 1970s, he directed the National Urban League’s Administration of Justice division and served as a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

Woodson is a contributing editor to The Hill, The Washington Examiner, and The Wall Street Journal and has published in numerous national and local media outlets. His awards and honors include the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the 2008 Bradley Prizes, the 2008 Presidential Citizens Medal, the 2018 William Wilberforce Award, The Heritage Foundation’s 2020 Salvatori Prize for American Citizenship, and Hillsdale College’s 2021 Freedom Leadership Award.

Woodson has authored several books, including The Triumphs of Joseph: How Today’s Community Healers Are Reviving Our Streets and Neighborhoods, Lessons From the Least of These: The Woodson Principles, and the newly released #1 bestseller, Red, White, and Black: Rescuing American History from Revisionists and Race Hustlers.