Legacy of John Robinson to be lauded

John Robinson, a lifelong civic activist in Arlington, died in 2010 at the age of 75.

The Nauck Civic Association will join the Community Association of Resources for Education, Enrichment and Economics (CARE) in celebrating the life of the late John Robinson on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Nauck Town Square, South Kenmore Street and 24th Road South.

Robinson was a community activist whose work in the Nauck/Green Valley community, and across Arlington, went on for decades prior to his death at the age of 75 in 2010.

“John dedicated his life to the elimination of racism, injustice [and promotion of] quality education and numerous other issues,” the Nauck Civic Association said in announcing the event. “He was often referred to as the ‘mayor’ of Green Valley.”

Robinson also created for more than 40 years published the Green Valley News, keeping residents informed of events in the predominantly African-American neighborhood.

The Aug. 13 event will feature live entertainment, a birthday cake and pictures from Robinson’s personal collection. Local residents are invited to share their memories of him during the afternoon.

The celebratory event also is designed as a kickoff to the effort to erect a permanent tribute to Robinson and his contributions when the new Nauck Town Square is created.