Recipients of the: Legacy Award in Music Education
Olander Robinson continued studying music at Alabama State University and earned a degree in music education with a piano concentration. He served as one of the founders and directors of the Capital City Youth Choir; a choir centered in Montgomery that involved hundreds of area youth.
Olander Robinson was born in Grove Hill, Alabama, and is the sixth of seven children. He began studying music by joining the middle school band and later took interest in the piano.
Robinson worked at Sidney Lanier High School as the Music Department Head and Choral Director. The choir travelled to perform in several cities across the United States, presented various concerts in the local area, and consistently earned Superior ratings at local and national choral competitions. Robinson later released a recording of original gospel and inspirational music with the Sidney Lanier High School Choir. Robinson has performed as music director for many dramatic productions, "It is as He Said," "Kaleidoscope" and "The Trial."
Olander Robinson currently serves as Minister of Music at First Baptist Church of Greater Washington Park. He presently works privately with high school senior music students to prepare them for college auditions and is the Educational Consultant for the Wiregrass Youth Choral Society based in Dothan, Alabama.
Upcoming and Recent Programs
The Annual Ralph D. Abernathy Civil Rights Lecture Series
In 1955, Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy helped organize the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) and worked with Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a key leader of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Named in memory of the noted ASU graduate and civil rights leader, this annual lecture series honors the legacy of well-known and little-known activists who contributed to the success of the modern civil rights movement. Sponsored in partnership with the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA).
Lift Every Voice:
A newsletter from The National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture at Alabama State University. Fall 2015, Vol. 1, Issue 1.
A Visual Interpretation of African-Americans’ Struggle for Recognition as Human Beings and First-Class Citizens
Commissioned by The National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture at Alabama State University
- National Center Honors Alumnus for Outstanding Years of Service
- Remembering civil rights activist Medgar Evers
- New president brings sense of urgency to Morehouse
- Jeannie Graetz Literacy Program
- Inscription On Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial To Be Removed
- King's Forgotten Manifesto
- Harlem churches see gospel tourist boom on Sundays
- A Plot of Land, a Path to Freedom
- Tourism tax, like all taxes, should have a sunset