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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Max Robinson: American Anchor


On this day in 1979, Max Robinson became the first African American network news anchor for ABC's World News Tonight. Unfortunately, sometime in the mid 80s, Max Robinson was diagnosed with HIV. He would later succumbed to AIDS in December of 1988. Today, the Whitman-Walker Clinic’s Max Robinson Center, located in the Anacostia section of Washington, D.C., provides HIV/AIDS services to the predominantly African American citizens residing east of the Anacostia River. Max Robinson -- an American Anchor.


Sources: Bet.com and wwc.org

6 comments:

Fitzgerald said...

I remember Mr. Robinson and the pride I felt watching him on TV doing his job.

Stephen Bess said...

Me too. However, I was a young teenager and by then I was attending school in North Carolina. So, I didn't realize the impact or importance of his job because teachers didn't talk about it. However, I still remember feeling proud when I saw him on tv.

http://geoffreyphilp.blogspot.com/ said...

Stephen, I remember the shock/sadness that I felt when I learned about his death during those early years of AIDS. One of the reason why I wrote some of those stories because he was among the many who dies too soon.

Peace,
Geoffrey

Lyrically speaking said...

Thanks for sharing this info., had no idea, i'm learning something new each and every time I step into your world

ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID said...

Thanks for sharing the information. I remember Max Robinson very well. Mr. Robinson was a consumate professional and indeed a trailblazer!!

Deb S. said...

Stephen, thanks so much for this. I was a huge fan of Max Robinson. When I was a young woman working in TV news, Mr. Robinson was one of my role models.