Sally Dalton Robinson and Russell M. Robinson II to Receive the 2013 John T. Caldwell Award for the Humanities

Sally Dalton Robinson and Russell M. Robinson II

The trustees of the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, have chosen North Carolinians Sally Dalton Robinson and Russell M. Robinson II as the recipients of the 2013 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, the Council’s most prestigious public humanities honor. The award ceremony is scheduled for October 10, 2013 at 7 p.m. at UNC Charlotte Center City. The event is free and open to the public.

David Goldfield, the Robert Lee Bailey Professor of History at  UNC Charlotte and author of award winning books Cotton Fields and Skyscrapers, Black, White, and Southern, and Still Fighting the Civil War, will deliver the annual Caldwell Lecture in the Humanities at the event.

The Robinsons are well known humanists, philanthropists, and community volunteers. As a result of their service, Robinson Hall at UNC Charlotte is named in their honor. They helped establish the Humanities Council Advisory Board and continue to serve on it.

Russell Robinson is the founding partner of Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, one of the state’s largest law firms, representing many of Charlotte’s major corporations. He is the author of Robinson on North Carolina Corporation Law, the preeminent book on North Carolina corporation law. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte from 1987-1997, where he increased public and private giving and obtained authorization from the UNC system for the university to award its own doctoral degrees. He has also served as a trustee of the Duke Endowment. After attending Princeton for two years as an undergraduate, he transferred to Duke University where he received a bachelor’s degree, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1954 and a law degree in 1956.

Sally Dalton Robinson, a Phi Beta Kappa history graduate of Duke University, was instrumental in the creation and funding of the Levine Center of the New South. She also founded and served as the first chairman of the St Francis (now BRIDGE) Jobs Program. She has served on a number of boards including the board of trustees of the North Carolina Humanities Council. Named Charlotte Woman of the Year, she is also an inductee into the NC Women’s Conference Hall of Fame.

With the John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, the North Carolina Humanities Council recognizes those exceptional individuals who throughout their lives and careers have strengthened the educational, cultural, and civic life of North Carolinians. The award is named for the late Dr. John Tyler Caldwell, former chancellor of North Carolina State University.

Past Caldwell Laureates include John Hope Franklin, Samuel Ragan, William Friday, Anne Firor Scott, Benjamin Fountain, Dorothy Spruill Redford, Walt Wolfram, Fred Chappell and Betty Ray McCain.