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Robert Woodson

Robert Woodson American social worker

American social worker
Robert Woodson
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Intro American social worker
Is Social worker
From United States of America
Gender male
Birth 8 April 1937
Age: 83 years
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Robert L. "Bob" Woodson Sr. (born April 8, 1937) is an American community development leader, and founder and president of the National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise (NCNE).

Life and career

Woodson was born in Philadelphia. In 1954, he joined the United States Air Force, and earned his G.E.D. He graduated from Cheyney University with a B.S., and from the University of Pennsylvania with a M.S.W.

He was a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute from 1977 to 1982. In 1995, he resigned after the publication of Dinesh D'Souza’s The End of Racism.

On February 8, 2003, his son, Robert L. Woodson Jr., was killed in a car crash. An award has been named for Woodson Jr. by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he had previously been employed before joining his father at NCNE. Woodson Sr. also has a younger son Jamal, younger daughter Tanya, and older son Ralph.


  • 1990 MacArthur Fellows Program
  • Washington Times Foundation American Century Award
  • Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Award
  • Headway Magazine Booker T. Washington Award
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Life Institute “Real Dream” Award
  • Outstanding Public Service Award from the Georgia Coalition of Black Women, Inc.
  • George Washington Honor Medal presented by the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge


  • "Ganging Up for Good", The Washington Post, August 21, 2005
  • Youth Crime and Urban Policy, A View From the Inner City, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 1981, ISBN 978-0-8447-2210-8
  • On the Road to Economic Freedom: An Agenda for Black Progress, Editor Robert L. Woodson, Regnery Gateway, 1987, ISBN 978-0-89526-578-4
  • A Summons to Life, Mediating Structures and the Prevention of Youth Crime, Ballinger Pub. Co., 1981, ISBN 978-0-88410-826-9
  • The Triumphs of Joseph: How Today’s Community Healers are Reviving Our Streets and Neighborhoods, Simon and Schuster, 1998, ISBN 978-0-684-82742-1
  • Black perspectives on crime and the criminal justice system: a symposium, editor Robert L. Woodson, G. K. Hall, 1977, ISBN 978-0-8161-8039-4

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