An ambitious man becomes a voice for his community
When Robert came to San Francisco in 1967, he thought it was the most beautiful place he had ever seen. A stark contrast from the small West Virginia town he had grown up in, the high-rise buildings inspired him to pursue architecture.
Though he had no awareness of race relation problems growing up, Robert quickly had his eyes opened to the troubled political landscape in San Francisco. He saw gentrification happen before his eyes. Robert watched as Fillmore Street was demolished, and black business owners wept in the street as everything they had worked for was taken away from them.
Today, Robert is still a powerful advocate for his community. He has spent countless hours giving back to Bayview-Hunters Point, and doesn’t plan to stop. Hear more about his hard work in San Francisco in the ’70s — and his plans for the future.