Washington descendent to honor founder for 130th anniversary of university opening


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (June 30, 2011) — In honor of the 130th anniversary of the opening of Tuskegee University, Robin Washington Banks, great granddaughter of founder Booker T. Washington and Olivia Davidson Washington, will speak at Butler Chapel AME Zion Church in Tuskegee at 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 4. The church is the original site of the university.

““My great-grandfather once wrote, ‘I do not leave my children material wealth, I leave them my name,’” Washington Banks said. “It has become my life’s work to keep my great grandfather’s legacy alive by doing those things that will draw attention to his philosophies and his work.”

Washington Banks, an educator, author and motivational speaker, is a graduate of Tuskegee Institute High School, class of 1968. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College Chicago and her Master of Education degree from Tuskegee. She has worked as a radio talk show host and sales manager.  She also worked with Senator George Clay.

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