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Title:
Robert W. and Helen S. Saunders Papers
Physical Description:
32.11 : (77.00 boxes) ;
Language:
English
Creator:
Saunders, Robert W ( Robert William Saunders ), 1921-
Saunders, Helen S ( Helen Strickland Saunders )

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Florida—Race relations   ( lcsh )
Affirmative action programs -- United States   ( lcsh )
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People—Florida—Tampa—History—20th century   ( lcsh )
Social problems—Florida—Tampa—History—20th century   ( lcsh )
Southern states—Race relations   ( lcsh )
African Americans -- Civil rights -- Florida -- Tampa -- History -- 20th century   ( lcsh )
African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century   ( lcsh )
African Americans -- Florida -- Tampa   ( lcsh )
African Americans -- Segregation   ( lcsh )
Civil Rights -- Florida -- History   ( lcsh )
Civil rights movements -- Florida -- Tampa -- History -- 20th century   ( lcsh )
Civil rights movements -- United States -- History -- 20th Century   ( lcsh )
Discrimination in employment -- United States   ( lcsh )
Genre:
ead   ( sobekcm )

Notes

Scope and Content:
Includes materials on NAACP activities in the nation, Florida, and Tampa, civil rights, affirmative action, voter registration, school desegregation, equal employment opportunity, fair housing, and equal access for the disenfranchised.  Also includes material on Harry T. Moore, Martin Luther King, Jr., and other notable leaders of the NAACP and the civil rights movement.
Preferred Citation:
Robert W. and Helen S. Saunders Papers, Special Collections Department, Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.
Acquisition:
Robert and Helen Saunders
Biographical:
Robert William Saunders, Sr., son of Willard and Christina Rogers Saunders, was born on June 9, 1921 and grew up in an area of West Tampa known as Roberts City. After graduating from Middleton High School in 1940, he attended Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach before entering the Army Air Corps in 1942. He was primarily stationed at the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama and, by the time he was discharged in 1946, he had been awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the Atlantic Theater of Operations Medal and the World War Two Victory Medal. After the war, Bob returned to Tampa and worked for the iFlorida Sentinel Bulletin/i, the city’s black newspaper. His column, “Central Avenue Buckshot,” chronicled life on Tampa’s Central Avenue. When he moved to Cincinnati to work for that city’s edition of the ClevelandiCall and Post/i, he became active with the local branch of the NAACP. In 1947 Bob moved to Michigan and enrolled in the Detroit Institute of Technology, earning his B.A. degree in 1951. He worked for Ford Motor Company, became active in union affairs, and supported the local branch of the NAACP. After the murder of Harry T. Moore in 1951, Bob was appointed Field Director for the NAACP, State of Florida. Between 1952 and 1966 he developed programs aimed at increasing NAACP membership and fund raising. He also investigated police brutality cases, increased voter registration, secured salary increases for black teachers, and worked to end racial segregation in the public schools. During that time he also served as the Executive Secretary for the Florida State Conference of Branches and Youth Councils. In 1966 Bob moved to Atlanta to head the Southeast regional civil rights section of the Office of Equal Opportunity. He served as Chief of the Office of Civil Rights until 1970 and as Chief of the Office of Human Rights from 1970 to 1976. He was responsible for the implementation and enforcement of all civil rights requirements in poverty programs, including the Job Corps, Community Action, Head Start, and Legal Services. He also organized state equal opportunity officers in all eight states of the region to form the Southeastern Equal Opportunity Association. Region IV included Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky. When Bob returned to Tampa in 1976, he became the Director of the Hillsborough County Equal Opportunity Office. During his eleven-year tenure, he developed the Civil Rights Program, the Fair Housing Program, the Minority Business Project, EEO Contract Compliance, and the Human Rights Ordinance for Hillsborough County. From 1987 to 1988 he served as Executive Assistant to the County Administrator (Larry J. Brown), Board of County Commissioners, Hillsborough County, Florida. Bob retired from public service in June 1988. Bob’s book, iBridging the Gap: Continuing the Florida Legacy of Harry T. Moore, 1952-1966/i, was published by the University of Tampa Press in 2000. During his career he received numerous awards including the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award from Florida A & M University, the honorary degree of doctor of public service from the University of Tampa, and the honorary degree of doctor of humanities from the University of South Florida. He died on March 18, 2003. Bob’s grandparents, Bahamian immigrants, were founding members of the Tampa Chapter of the NAACP in 1917.

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of South Florida Library
Holding Location:
University of South Florida
Rights Management:
None. The contents of this collection may be subject to copyright.  Visit the United States Copyright Office's website at http://www.copyright.gov/ for more information.
Resource Identifier:
usfldc doi - S06
usfldc handle - u29.128-s06-ead
System ID:
SFS0031945:00001


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bioghist altrender Biographical Information 545 Biographical Information:
Robert William Saunders, Sr., son of Willard and Christina Rogers Saunders, was born on June 9, 1921 and grew up in an area of West Tampa known as Roberts City. After graduating from Middleton High School in 1940, he attended Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach before entering the Army Air Corps in 1942. He was primarily stationed at the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama and, by the time he was discharged in 1946, he had been awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the Atlantic Theater of Operations Medal and the World War Two Victory Medal.
After the war, Bob returned to Tampa and worked for the emph render italic Florida Sentinel Bulletin, the citys black newspaper. His column, Central Avenue Buckshot, chronicled life on Tampas Central Avenue. When he moved to Cincinnati to work for that citys edition of the ClevelandCall and Post, he became active with the local branch of the NAACP.
In 1947 Bob moved to Michigan and enrolled in the Detroit Institute of Technology, earning his B.A. degree in 1951. He worked for Ford Motor Company, became active in union affairs, and supported the local branch of the NAACP.
After the murder of Harry T. Moore in 1951, Bob was appointed Field Director for the NAACP, State of Florida. Between 1952 and 1966 he developed programs aimed at increasing NAACP membership and fund raising. He also investigated police brutality cases, increased voter registration, secured salary increases for black teachers, and worked to end racial segregation in the public schools. During that time he also served as the Executive Secretary for the Florida State Conference of Branches and Youth Councils.
In 1966 Bob moved to Atlanta to head the Southeast regional civil rights section of the Office of Equal Opportunity. He served as Chief of the Office of Civil Rights until 1970 and as Chief of the Office of Human Rights from 1970 to 1976. He was responsible for the implementation and enforcement of all civil rights requirements in poverty programs, including the Job Corps, Community Action, Head Start, and Legal Services. He also organized state equal opportunity officers in all eight states of the region to form the Southeastern Equal Opportunity Association. Region IV included Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky.
When Bob returned to Tampa in 1976, he became the Director of the Hillsborough County Equal Opportunity Office. During his eleven-year tenure, he developed the Civil Rights Program, the Fair Housing Program, the Minority Business Project, EEO Contract Compliance, and the Human Rights Ordinance for Hillsborough County.
From 1987 to 1988 he served as Executive Assistant to the County Administrator (Larry J. Brown), Board of County Commissioners, Hillsborough County, Florida. Bob retired from public service in June 1988.
Bobs book, Bridging the Gap: Continuing the Florida Legacy of Harry T. Moore, 1952-1966, was published by the University of Tampa Press in 2000. During his career he received numerous awards including the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award from Florida A & M University, the honorary degree of doctor of public service from the University of Tampa, and the honorary degree of doctor of humanities from the University of South Florida. He died on March 18, 2003.
Bobs grandparents, Bahamian immigrants, were founding members of the Tampa Chapter of the NAACP in 1917.
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Access Terms
This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Corporate Name:
610 USFSpecCol subject Equal Opportunity Office (Hillsborough County, Fla.)
Office of Equal Opportunity (Atlanta, Ga.)
Personal Name:
600 aat King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968.
Moore, Harry T., d. 1951.
Saunders, Robert W. (Robert William), 1921-2003.
Topical Term:
650 lcsh Affirmative action programs -- United States
African Americans -- Civil rights -- Florida -- Tampa -- History -- 20th century
African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century
African Americans -- Florida -- Tampa
African Americans -- Segregation
Civil Rights -- Florida -- History
Civil rights movements -- Florida -- Tampa -- History -- 20th century
Civil rights movements -- United States -- History -- 20th Century
Discrimination in employment -- United States
FloridaRace relations.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored PeopleFloridaTampaHistory20th century
Social problemsFloridaTampaHistory20th century.
Southern statesRace relations.
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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION
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Administrative Information
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Acquisition Information:
Donation.
accessrestrict 506
Conditions Governing Access:
None. The contents of this collection may be subject to copyright.  Visit the United States Copyright Office's website at http://www.copyright.gov/ for more information.
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Preferred Citation:
Robert W. and Helen S. Saunders Papers, Special Collections Department, Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.
arrangement 351
Arrangement of Materials:
Organized into the following eight (8) series: Personal files, Correspondence files, Memoranda Files, Legal Files, Reference Files, Subject Files, Clipping Files, Photographs.
scopecontent
Scope and Contents
Includes materials on NAACP activities in the nation, Florida, and Tampa, civil rights, affirmative action, voter registration, school desegregation, equal employment opportunity, fair housing, and equal access for the disenfranchised.  Also includes material on Harry T. Moore, Martin Luther King, Jr., and other notable leaders of the NAACP and the civil rights movement.
COLLECTION METADATA
BEGIN SUBORDINATE COMPONENTS
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Detailed List of Contents
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LABEL 1 Personal Files
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Address books to Awards and certificates
c03 file
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1
Folder 1
Address Books
no date
id68333
1
2
Appointment books
no date
id68334
1
3
Appointments
no date
id68335
1
4
Articles and editorials
no date
id68336
1
5
Awards and certificates
no date
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2
Biographical to Books
id68337
2
1
Biographical
no date
id68338
2
2
Book
no date
id20285
3
Books to Speeches
id68339
3
1
Family
no date
id68340
3
2
Interviews
no date
id68341
3
3
Invitations
no date
id68342
3
4
Remarks
no date
id68343
3
5
Retirement
no date
id68345
3
6
Speeches
no date
id20286
4
Testimonies to Work
id68346
4
1
Testimonies
no date
id68347
4
2
Thank you letters
no date
id68348
4
3
Travel and expenses
no date
id68349
4
4
Work
no date
id20277
2 Correspondence Files
1952-2001
id20297
5
1952-1962
id20298
6
1963-1964
id20299
7
1965-1967
id20300
8
1968-1969
id20301
9
1970-1971
id20302
10
1971-1977
id20303
11
1978-1979
id20304
12
1979-1983
id20305
13
1984-1993
id20306
14
1994-2001
id20278
3 Memoranda Files
1958-1999
id20307
15
1958-1978
id20308
16
1979-1980
id20309
17
1980-1987
id20310
18
1987-1988
id20311
19
1988-1999
id20279
4 Legal Files
id20312
20
Legal
id20280
5 Reference Files
id20313
21
Clippings
id20315
22
Clippings
id20316
23
Clippings
id20317
24
Annual Reports to Directories
id20318
25
Government Publications
id20319
26
Guides
id20320
27
Handbooks to Journals
id20321
28
Magazines to Newspapers
id20322
29
Miscellaneous
id20323
30
Miscellaneous
id20324
31
Miscellaneous
id20325
32
Miscellaneous
id20326
33
Miscellaneous
id20327
34
Miscellaneous
id20328
35
Miscellaneous
id68367
36
Miscellaneous
id68368
37
Miscellaneous
id68369
38
Miscellaneous
id20281
6 Subject Files
id20329
39
Abernathy, Ralph to Black History
id68518
39
1
Abernathy, Ralph
no date
id68519
39
2
Affirmative Action
no date
id68520
39
3
Alabama
no date
id68521
39
4
Amistad
no date
id68522
39
5
Areas of Critical State Concern Program
no date
id68523
39
6
Ax Handle Saturday
no date
id68524
39
7
Baake Case
id68525
39
8
Baseball
no date
id68526
39
9
Beulah Baptist Institutional Church
no date
id68527
39
10
Black Boat People (Haitian Refugees)
no date
id68528
39
11
Black Business Initiative Fund, Inc.
no date
id68529
39
12
Black History
no date
id20330
40
Bond, Julian to Democratic
id68530
40
1
Bond, Julian
no date
id68531
40
2
Brady, Rowena
no date
id68532
40
3
Brown v. Board of Education
no date
id68533
40
4
Buffalo Soldiers
no date
id68534
40
5
Busing
no date
id68535
40
6
Career Connection (Hillsborough County)
no date
id68536
40
7
Carter, Jimmy
no date
id68537
40
8
Castor, Betty
no date
id68538
40
9
Central Avenue (Tampa)
no date
id68539
40
10
Cherry, Gwen
no date
id68540
40
11
Chiles, Lawton
no date
id68541
40
12
Citizens Action Center (Hillsborough County)
no date
id68542
40
13
Citizens Advisory Committee (Hillsborough County)
no date
id68543
40
14
Citizens Involved in Tampa's Excellence (CITE)
no date
id68544
40
15
Civil Disorders
no date
id68545
40
16
Civil Rights Act of 1964
no date
id68546
40
17
Civil Rights Commission
no date
id68547
40
18
Civil Rights Memorial (Montgomery, AL)
no date
id68548
40
19
Civil Rights Movement
no date
id68549
40
20
Civil War
no date
id68550
40
21
Clinton, Bill
no date
id68551
40
22
Collins, LeRoy
no date
id75120
40
23
Committee on Health Issues -- AIDS
id75153
40
24
Community Action Agency
id75219
40
25
Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA)
id75270
40
26
Council of Minority Affairs
id75278
40
27
Crime
id75290
40
28
Democratic Black Caucus
id75293
40
29
Democratic Party
id20331
41
Education to Florida Slave Narratives
id68558
41
1
Education
no date
id68559
41
2
Employment
no date
id68560
41
3
Employment Discrimination
no date
id68561
41
4
Equal Employment Opportunity
no date
id68562
41
5
Evers, Medgar
no date
id68563
41
6
Fair Housing Ordinance (Hillsborough County)
no date
id68564
41
7
Fleeing Felon Law
no date
id68565
41
8
Florida A & M (Tallahassee)
no date
id68566
41
9
Florida Black Heritage Trail
no date
id68567
41
10
Florida Conference of Black State Legislators
no date
id68568
41
11
Florida Council on Human Relations
no date
id68569
41
12
Florida Slave Narratives
no date
id20332
42
Florida State Conference to Fort Mose (St. Johns County)
id68570
42
1
Florida State Conference of Branches -- Announcements
no date
id68571
42
2
Florida State Conference of Branches -- Conventions
no date
id68572
42
3
Florida State Conference of Branches -- Resolutions
no date
id68573
42
4
Food Stamps Program
no date
id68574
42
5
Fort Mose (St. Johns County)
no date
id20333
43
Freedom Baby Contest to Frye, Clara
id68575
43
1
Freedom Baby Contest
no date
id68576
43
2
Freedom Fund and Awards Banquets
no date
id68577
43
3
Friends of the Florida Black Legislators
no date
id68578
43
4
Frye, Clara
no date
id20334
44
Gilder, Bob to Hurley, Ruby
id70130
44
1
Gilder, Bob
no date
id70131
44
2
Graham, Bob
no date
id70132
44
3
Groveland (Lake County)
no date
id70133
44
4
Hastings, Alcee
no date
id70134
44
5
Hatchett, Joseph W.
no date
id70135
44
6
Hawkins, Virgil D.
no date
id70136
44
7
Head Start Program
no date
id70137
44
8
Hooks, Benjamin L.
no date
id70138
44
9
Housing
no date
id70139
44
10
Housing and Community Development Act of 1974
no date
id70140
44
11
Human Rights
no date
id70141
44
12
Human Rights Week
no date
id70142
44
13
Hundley, John M.
no date
id70143
44
14
Hurley, Ruby R.
no date
id20335
45
International to Lowry
id70193
45
1
International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies
no date
id70195
45
2
Jackson, Jesse
no date
id70198
45
3
Job Discrimination
no date
id70204
45
4
Johns Committee
no date
id70207
45
5
Johnson, James Weldon
no date
id70209
45
6
Johnson, Lyndon B.
no date
id70213
45
7
Jordan, Vernon
no date
id70216
45
8
Jubilee Day
no date
id70219
45
9
Kennedy, John F.
no date
id70220
45
10
King, Martin Luther, Jr.
no date
id70221
45
11
Ku Klux Klan
no date
id70223
45
12
Lincoln, Abraham
no date
id70224
45
13
Little, Perry
no date
id70226
45
14
Lobbying
no date
id70227
45
15
Lowry, A. Leon
no date
id20336
46
Manpower to Minority
id70233
46
1
Manpower Training Act of 1969
no date
id70237
46
2
March on Washington
no date
id70239
46
3
Marshall, Thurgood
no date
id70244
46
4
McDuffie, Arthur
no date
id70247
46
5
Minority Business Enterprise
no date
id20337
47
Moore to NAACP
id70249
47
1
Moore, Harry T. and Harriette V.
no date
id70250
47
2
NAACP
no date
id20338
48
NAACP
id70251
48
1
NAACP
no date
id20339
49
NAACP to Perry
id70255
49
1
NAACP
no date
id70259
49
2
National Association of Human Rights Workers
no date
id70263
49
3
National Forum for Black Public Administrators
no date
id70267
49
4
Negro Heritage Library
no date
id70272
49
5
Negro Heritage Library
no date
id70273
49
6
Neighborhood Youth Corps (Tampa)
no date
id70274
49
7
Payne, Jesse James
no date
id70276
49
8
Perry, Ruth
no date
id20340
50
Powell to Southern Christian Leadership Conference
id70286
50
1
Powell, Adam Clayton, Jr.
no date
id70291
50
2
Project Rural
no date
id70296
50
3
Public Access Center
no date
id70303
50
4
Public Assistance
no date
id70305
50
5
Race Relations
no date
id70306
50
6
Racial and Ethnic Bias Study Commission (Florida Supreme Court)
no date
id70308
50
7
Racial Segregation
no date
id70313
50
8
Ralph Bunch Awards Program
no date
id70314
50
9
Randolph, A. Philip
no date
id70316
50
10
Ronald, Reagan
no date
id70319
50
11
Reddick, Doris Ross
no date
id70323
50
12
Redistricting
no date
id70326
50
13
Religious Affairs
no date
id70330
50
14
Riley House (Tallahassee)
no date
id70334
50
15
Riots, Miami
no date
id70338
50
16
Riots, Tampa
no date
id70340
50
17
Rosewood Massacre (Levy County)
no date
id70342
50
18
Russell, Leon W.
no date
id70349
50
19
Schools
no date
id70353
50
20
Shaw, Leander
no date
id70373
50
21
Southeast Regional Ministers Conferences
no date
id70377
50
22
Southern Christian Leadership Conference
no date
id20341
51
St. Paul A.M.E. Church to Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council
id70382
51
1
St. Paul A.M.E. Church (Tampa)
no date
id70383
51
2
Tallahassee Bus Boycott
no date
id70385
51
3
Tampa Bay History Center
no date
id70387
51
4
Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council
no date
id20342
52
Tampa Branch NAACP
id70414
52
1
Announcements
no date
id70415
52
2
Education
no date
id70416
52
3
Financial
no date
id70417
52
4
Housing
no date
id70418
52
5
Legal Redress
no date
id70419
52
6
Labor and Industry
no date
id70420
52
7
Membership
no date
id70421
52
8
Political Action
no date
id70422
52
9
Resolutions
no date
id70423
53
Tampa Branch NAACP (Parts 1-8)
id70424
54
Tampa Police Department to Young, Andrew
id70425
54
1
Tampa Police Department
no date
id70426
54
2
Taylor Road Landfill (Hillsborough County)
no date
id70427
54
3
Thomas, Clarence
no date
id70428
54
4
Titusville Negro School (Brevard County)
no date
id70429
54
5
Travelers Aid Society of Tampa
no date
id70430
54
6
Tuskegee Airmen
no date
id70431
54
7
United Negro College Fund
no date
id70432
54
8
University of Florida (Gainesville)
no date
id70435
54
9
University of South Florida (Tampa)
no date
id70442
54
10
Urban Crisis
no date
id70445
54
11
Urban Racial Training Center
no date
id70447
54
12
Urban Renewal
no date
id70448
54
13
Walls, Josiah T.
no date
id70449
54
14
War on Poverty
no date
id70451
54
15
White, Andrew
no date
id70454
54
16
White Citizens Council
no date
id70455
54
17
Whydah Pirate/Slave Ship
no date
id70456
54
18
Wiggins, Betty Brown
no date
id70458
54
19
Wilkins, Roy
no date
id70461
54
20
Yette, Samuel F.
no date
id71427
54
21
Young, Andrew
no date
id20282
7 Photographs
id20344
55
Awards to Wilkins
id71527
55
1
Awards
no date
id71528
55
2
Bethune, Mary McCleod
no date
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Collins, Leroy
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Davis, Al
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Family
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Georgia
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Hatchett, Joseph W.
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Humphrey, Hubert
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Jacksonville
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Kennedy, John F.
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Key West
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King, Martin Luther, Jr.
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Lowry, A. Leon
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Miami
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Moore, Harry T. and Harriette V.
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NAACP
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NAACP Conventions
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Pearson, Rutledge
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Porter, Gilbert
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Poverty
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Robinson, Jackie
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Saunders, Helen S.
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Saunders, Robert W.
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Segregation
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Shaw, Leander
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Spottswood, Stephen
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St. Paul A.M.E. Church
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St. Petersburg
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Tallahassee
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Tampa
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Tampa Branch NAACP
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Tarpon Springs
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Wildwood
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Wilkins, Roy
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Miscellaneous
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Negatives
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Slides
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E.E.O. binder
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Audio materials to be digitized
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Video and audio material




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None. The contents of this collection may be subject to copyright.  Visit the United States Copyright Office's website at http://www.copyright.gov/ for more information.
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Includes materials on NAACP activities in the nation, Florida, and Tampa, civil rights, affirmative action, voter registration, school desegregation, equal employment opportunity, fair housing, and equal access for the disenfranchised.  Also includes material on Harry T. Moore, Martin Luther King, Jr., and other notable leaders of the NAACP and the civil rights movement.
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Robert W. and Helen S. Saunders Papers, Special Collections Department, Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.
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Robert William Saunders, Sr., son of Willard and Christina Rogers Saunders, was born on June 9, 1921 and grew up in an area of West Tampa known as Roberts City. After graduating from Middleton High School in 1940, he attended Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach before entering the Army Air Corps in 1942. He was primarily stationed at the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama and, by the time he was discharged in 1946, he had been awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the Atlantic Theater of Operations Medal and the World War Two Victory Medal. After the war, Bob returned to Tampa and worked for the [i]Florida Sentinel Bulletin[/i], the citys black newspaper. His column, Central Avenue Buckshot, chronicled life on Tampas Central Avenue. When he moved to Cincinnati to work for that citys edition of the Cleveland[i]Call and Post[/i], he became active with the local branch of the NAACP. In 1947 Bob moved to Michigan and enrolled in the Detroit Institute of Technology, earning his B.A. degree in 1951. He worked for Ford Motor Company, became active in union affairs, and supported the local branch of the NAACP. After the murder of Harry T. Moore in 1951, Bob was appointed Field Director for the NAACP, State of Florida. Between 1952 and 1966 he developed programs aimed at increasing NAACP membership and fund raising. He also investigated police brutality cases, increased voter registration, secured salary increases for black teachers, and worked to end racial segregation in the public schools. During that time he also served as the Executive Secretary for the Florida State Conference of Branches and Youth Councils. In 1966 Bob moved to Atlanta to head the Southeast regional civil rights section of the Office of Equal Opportunity. He served as Chief of the Office of Civil Rights until 1970 and as Chief of the Office of Human Rights from 1970 to 1976. He was responsible for the implementation and enforcement of all civil rights requirements in poverty programs, including the Job Corps, Community Action, Head Start, and Legal Services. He also organized state equal opportunity officers in all eight states of the region to form the Southeastern Equal Opportunity Association. Region IV included Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky. When Bob returned to Tampa in 1976, he became the Director of the Hillsborough County Equal Opportunity Office. During his eleven-year tenure, he developed the Civil Rights Program, the Fair Housing Program, the Minority Business Project, EEO Contract Compliance, and the Human Rights Ordinance for Hillsborough County. From 1987 to 1988 he served as Executive Assistant to the County Administrator (Larry J. Brown), Board of County Commissioners, Hillsborough County, Florida. Bob retired from public service in June 1988. Bobs book, [i]Bridging the Gap: Continuing the Florida Legacy of Harry T. Moore, 1952-1966[/i], was published by the University of Tampa Press in 2000. During his career he received numerous awards including the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award from Florida A & M University, the honorary degree of doctor of public service from the University of Tampa, and the honorary degree of doctor of humanities from the University of South Florida. He died on March 18, 2003. Bobs grandparents, Bahamian immigrants, were founding members of the Tampa Chapter of the NAACP in 1917.
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King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968.
Moore, Harry T., d. 1951.
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