My mother, Josie Bell McCullough Robinson, in 1929, the year she and my father were married.
In the arms of my father, Judson Wilbur Robinson Sr., 1930.
With Mother and Father when I am a few months old.
With my Aunt Josie in her yard in Houston, 1931.
My paternal grandparents, Willie Robinson and Henry Columbus Robinson.
Around five years old, in Houston.
My Grandmother Mommie and Grandfather A.K., seated at center in their drugstore in San Antonio, Leonard’s on the West Side, where I worked in the summers.
On a delivery bike in front of the drugstore with Mommie and brother Judson.
With Father at our Nagle Street home in Houston, late 1930s.
In the backyard at Nagle Street in Houston in the late 1940s. Left to right: my brother Judson Jr., Mother, Father, me, and my brother James.
My freshman year photo at Fisk University in 1947.
I was crowned Miss Fisk at Fisk Chapel in 1950 by the president of Fisk University, Dr. Charles A. Johnson.
Charles and I married on June 27, 1951. My parents are on the left and Charles’s mother, Hattie, is on the right.
My beloved daughters, from left: Josie Irene, Patrice Yvonne, and Norrene Elaine.
Holding the Minnesota delegation sign from the March on Washington in Washington, D.C., in 1963, with two other delegates from Minnesota, including my friend Zetta Feder (right). Photograph by Marty Nordstrom; reprinted with permission.
At the airport following our participation in the “quiet program” known as Wednesdays in Mississippi, in 1964. Maxine Nathanson is at left, and Mary Kyle is at right. Photograph by Donald Black. Copyright 1964 Star Tribune.
With family members of our Project enable program in downtown Minneapolis, 1967. I am second from the right.
Listening to University of Minnesota students in the late 1960s. Courtesy of University Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries.
The first Black person on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, 1971. Photograph by John Croft. Copyright 1973 Star Tribune.
Speaking at an antiwar rally at Coffman Union at the University of Minnesota on January 19, 1973. Photograph by John Croft. Copyright 1973 Star Tribune.
With Elmer Andersen. Courtesy of University Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries.
My family, circa 1975. Left to right: Josie Irene, Chuck, Norrene Elaine, myself, and Patrice Yvonne.
My daughter Patrice during her internship for Vice President Walter Mondale when she was a graduate student.
At the age of fifty-five (with my first grandchild), celebrating my graduation and my doctorate degree from Amherst in 1986.
Lorenzo “Pete” Williams and I on his boat, during one of our many wonderful trips together.
With Dr. Dorothy Height, my mentor and inspiration in the women’s struggle for justice, at a meeting of the National Council of Negro Women, circa 1998.
With my dear friend Mahmoud El-Kati at the Saint Paul Hotel in 2013.
Longtime friend and ally Walter “Fritz” Mondale. Photograph by Anthony Souffle. Copyright 2018 Star Tribune.
With President Obama on June 1, 2012, in Minnesota.
My dear daughters, Josie Irene and Norrene Elaine.
My beautiful great-grandchildren, from left: Lucy Josephine, Niko Stephen Eugene, and Ella May.