In Memoriam: Professor CEDRIC JAMES ROBINSON (1940-2016)

We are sad to report the passing of Dr. Cedric James Robinson, a longtime UCSB Professor of Black Studies and Political Science, a regular KCSB-FM on-air contributor, mentor to countless UCSB students and social-justice activists, and a generous supporter of our station.

Official announcement from UCSB Chancellor Henry T. Yang…Professor.Cedric.Robinson

Cedric Robinson co-founded our long-running public-affairs program, “Third World News Review” (“TWNR”) with KCSB mainstay Corey Dubin, and co-produced it for many years with his wife and our former advisor, Elizabeth Robinson, who has herself been a powerful force in the world of independent media.

For over 30 years, “TWNR” was a joint-TVSB (cable-access television) and KCSB-FM radio co-production. It last aired in late 2015 after 35 years on the air.

Dr. Robinson was best known for his challenging scholarship, however, as it was hugely influential, and showed impressive depth and breadth.

Prof. Cedric Robinson’s masterpiece was his 1983 book, Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition, but he was prolific for decades. His 2007 book Forgeries of Memory & Meaning: Blacks & the Regimes of Race in American Theater & Film Before World War II was also received with significant acclaim.

In lieu of flowers, a list of charities to which you might contribute in his memory includes Cure PSP, Inc., a research site working on CBD, the Institute of Race Relations in London (who publish the journal Race & Class), the Freedom Archives (which preserves progressive histories on video and audio media), and UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East). Cedric’s family write, “You may have some other place that you would like to support and that would be fine too.”

In honor of his memory, UC Santa Barbara’s campus flag have been lowered to half-staff today (Thursday, June 16th).

A memorial service is being held at 1 p.m. at Welch-Ryce-Haider (450 Ward Drive) in Goleta, CA, followed by a reception at the UCSB MulitCultural Center.

Cedric Robinson was a champion of human rights, anti-racism, and community-access media too. He will be sorely missed.

Rest in peace, Professor Cedric J. Robinson. ¡Presente!

 More information courtesy of the Santa Barbara Independent HERE.

Assorted academic testimonials can be found HERE at the African American Intellectual History Society website.

Dr. Cedric J. Robinson (Photo Credit: Ruthie Wilson Gilmore)

Dr. Cedric J. Robinson (Photo Credit: Ruthie Wilson Gilmore)