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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Michael Roberts, Sr.

Stearns, Scott; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Entrepreneur Michael Victor Roberts, Sr. was born on October 24, 1948 in St. Louis, Missouri. After attending St. Louis Public Schools, he attended Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri as a Danforth Fellow. He began his first business selling dashikis to bookstores. In 1974, after earning his J.D. degree from St. Louis University School of Law, he began Roberts-Roberts and Associates. In 1976, Roberts became involved in politics, serving as the St. Louis campaign chair for Jimmy Carter. Roberts ran for alderman in St. Louis in 1977. In 1981, he and his younger brother Steven began Roberts Broadcasting, and in 1989, they founded the Roberts Construction Company. In 1999, they opened the first Sprint PCS-affiliated wireless store in Jefferson City, Missouri. It was the only PCS-affiliated company in the country owned by African Americans. The Roberts Companies include a $460 million thirty-four-company organization, with aviation and real estate developments. Roberts served as chairman of the board.
Performers
Larry Crowe, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
266 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with Michael Roberts, Sr.
Michael Roberts, Sr.
Credits
Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded St. Louis, Missouri 2007 October 18.
Recorded St. Louis, Missouri 2007 December 6.
Description
1 online resource (9 video files (4 hr., 25 min., 25 sec.)) : sound, color
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