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Robinson, Cleveland L. (Cleveland Lowellyn)

b. 1914 - d. 1995

Born in Jamaica, Cleveland Robinson was administrative chairman of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and served as a labor advisor to Dr. King. After immigrating to the U.S., he worked in a dry goods store in Manhattan and became active with District 65 of the Distributive Workers Union of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). In 1947, he became a full-time union organizer. He helped A. Philip Randolph organize the Negro American Labor Council (NALC) and was vice president and then president until NALC became the Council of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU). Robinson took part in the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom in 1957, was a member of the Board of the Gandhi Society for Human Rights, solicited union donations for Dr. King’s work, and coordinated the New York City community salute to Dr. King on his return from Norway after receiving the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.

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A Union Treasurer Writes MLK Regarding the SCLC Convention

Cleveland Robinson, Secretary Treasurer of AFL-CIO District 65 Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, writes to Dr. King with several suggestions for the upcoming SCLC convention.

Community Salute to MLK Nobel Peace Prize Winner

This program outlines an event to celebrate Dr. King's receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize. The event takes place in New York City on December 17, 1964.

Final Plans for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

This final organizing manual for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom details all logistics of the march, including the purpose of the march and accommodations for arriving in Washington, D.C.

Program from Community Salute to MLK: Nobel Peace Prize Winner

This program is from the Community Salute to Dr. King that occured in New York City following his being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Spring Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam

This letter informs fellow members of the Spring Mobilization to End the War in Vietnam of the successes of their organization and serves as a call to action on the upcoming steps.

Telegram from David Livingston to MLK

David Livingston and Cleveland Robinson, on behalf of their district of the AFL-CIO, send encouragement to Dr. King.