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The Bob Woodson Show
Robert L. Woodson, Sr.

For more than four decades, Robert L. Woodson, Sr. has promoted the principles of self-help and neighborhood empowerment and the importance of the institutions of civil society. Through his writings, speeches, and counsel, he has influenced thought leaders at the highest level, while providing inspiration and capacity-building assistance to neighborhood leaders in some of the most distressed communities.

A former civil rights activist, he has dedicated his life to helping low-income people of all races address the problems of their communities, and he has effectively opposed those who use the issue of race as a weapon or a shield. In 1981 he founded the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, which has provided training and capacity-strengthening technical assistance to more than 2600 leaders of community-based groups in 39 states.

The youth violence reduction program he created called the Violence-Free Zone is effectively reducing violence in 32 of the nationís most troubled schools, with sites in Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Milwaukee, and Richmond, VA.

He has profoundly influenced the way people think about the strengths of low-income people. But more than just philosophy, he has promoted measurable results and living examples that provide proof of his principles in reclaimed lives and restored communities.

Bob Woodson has been a winner of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur "genius" Award, the Bradley Prize, the Presidential Citizens Award, and many other honors and awards.

He is the author of Youth Crime and Urban Policy, A View From the Inner City (1981), On the Road to Economic Freedom: An Agenda for Black Progress,(1987), A Summons to Life, Mediating Structures and the Prevention of Youth Crime,(1988), and The Triumphs of Joseph: How Todayís Community Healers are Reviving Our Streets and Neighborhoods (1998 and paperback 2008).


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