David Robinson


David Robinson, the youngest child of Jack and Rachel Robinson, was born in 1952. Growing up during the African-American Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, and in the Robinson home where such issues were at the core of everyday life, David Robinson has spent the last 40 years involved in the development of racial and human opportunity. In the 1970s, as a founder and president of United Harlem Growth, Inc., David spent nine years in community development and self-help housing construction in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City.

Since 1983, David has lived in Tanzania, East Africa, where he has been involved in international economic development as the Managing Director of the Higher Ground Development Corporation, a coffee farm, coffee exporter and marketer of the Sweet Unity Farms coffee brand in North America.

As a youngster, David became involved with both civil rights and the work of the Jackie Robinson Foundation from its inception in 1973. He worked on the annual jazz festival, hosted at the Robinson home prior to and after the death of his father. The jazz festival took place for more than ten years to support various civil rights causes and later the Foundation itself.

David has ten children and is married to the former Ruti Mpunda from central Tanzania. He and his family divide their time between their coffee farm and their home in the coastal city of Dar es Salaam.