Randall Robinson is an internationally respected social justice advocate and author. He established TransAfrica in 1977 and was its president until 2001. The mandate of TransAfrica was to promote enlightened, progressive U.S. policies towards Africa and the Caribbean. While president of that organization, he spearheaded the U. S. campaign to end apartheid in South Africa. His leadership in support of the pro-democracy movement in Haiti, which included a 27-day hunger strike, also caused the United States Government to lead the 1994 multinational effort to return to power Haiti’s first democratically elected, but violently overthrown, government.
Mr. Robinson was actively involved in efforts to expose the brutality of the Mengistu regime in Ethiopia, the corruption in Nigeria during that country’s era of military dictatorships, and fought passionately to thwart US attempts to end the Caribbean’s access to the European banana market by the mid-90’s.
Randall Robinson is an author whose works include national best sellers (i) Defending the Spirit, (ii) The Debt – What America Owes to Blacks, (iii) The Reckoning – What Blacks Owe to Each Other, (iv) Quitting America – The Departure of a Black Man From His Native Land, and (v) An Unbroken Agony – Haiti, From Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School. Twenty-one universities have bestowed upon him honorary Ph.D’s in recognition of the impact he has had on U.S. foreign policy. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his social justice advocacy, and among the organizations that have honored him are the United Nations, the Congressional Black Caucus, Harvard University, Essence Magazine Awards Show, ABC-News Person of the Week, The Martin Luther King Center for Non-Violent Change, the NAACP, and Ebony Magazine Awards Show.
He has presented his views on US foreign policy as well as the role of race in America on ABC’s “Nightline,” CBS’ “60 Minutes,” NBC’s “Today Show,” CNN, C-Span and other American television programs. He and his wife live in St. Kitts, where he continues to write.