A “home-going celebration” to honor the life and legacy of community activist John Robinson will be held on Wednesday, July 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Nauck Town Square.
Robinson died July 17 in Arlington at the age of 75. He is best known as the founder and longtime leader of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Nauck, and was active in a host of organizations that supported education and civil rights.
“John loved doing nothing more than seeking equal rights and justice for all people,” family members said. “He has offered a place where the homeless might stay, he has fed the hungry when often hungry himself. He has literally given the shirt off his back to those indigent.”
Over the years, Robinson was active in organizations that included the Veterans Memorial YMCA, Congress of Racial Equality (C.O.R.E.) the Nauck Civic Association, Action Coordinating Committee to End Segregation in the Suburbs (ACCESS), Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the United Planning Organization. He was instrumental in the planning of the Arlington County Action Program in the 1960s.
In the early 1960s, he became the publisher of the community newsletter “Green Valley News,” a free publication that circulated for more than four decades.
Born in 1934, Robinson was a product of Arlington schools, attending Kemper Elementary and Hoffman-Boston High School at a time when Arlington public-education institutions were segregated. He later attended Howard University and was honorably discharged after service from the U.S. Army.
The funeral will be held on Saturday, July 24 beginning with a wake at 9 a.m. and the service at 11 a.m. at Mount Olive Baptist Church, 1601 13th Road So. A gathering will be held at Kenmore Middle School immediately after the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the John Robinson Trust Fund, 15107 Calexico Lane, Woodbridge, Va. 22193.