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“Footsteps Through Heritage” Robert Gordon’s Black History Presentation


Robert Gordon’s presentation for ACHS&M given on February 25th is now available to view. Click here to watch!


Child's cotton picking bag
Child’s cotton picking bag


“Footsteps Through Heritage” Trunk Show – Robert Gordon is a devoted collector of artifacts and memorabilia associated with the African American experience of the 19th and 20th centuries in America. Mr. Gordon shared his experiences and spoke about his collection including artifacts, educational materials, regional history and family genealogy.
Speaker bio –

Robert Gordon, among being a singer, musician and writer is an avid collector of African American memorabilia. His collection includes artifacts, educational materials, regional history and family genealogy. He shares his collection through various community and educational venues. Gordon is a frequent exhibitor at the Gallia County Emancipation Day Celebration.

During Black History Month in 2014 he exhibited his collection entitled “Footsteps through Heritage” at the French Art Colony in Gallipolis, OH. Another Black History Month opportunity positioned Gordon was a “Lest We Forget” guest speaker as a part of the two day Gallia County Black History Month Program at Paint Creek Baptist Church, Gallipolis. Gordon was also invited by a local high school to present a series of assemblies on diversity and leadership in which he incorporated materials from his achieves. Additionally, Gordon has appeared as a guest lecture for a Marshall University Intro to Sociology class on several occasions.

Robert Gordon has been privileged to represent the communities of Appalachian Ohio on various civic and professional boards/committees; in January 2014 Ohio Governor John Kasich announced the appointment of Gordon to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission. He is also currently serving his second term on the Ohio Humanities Board of Directors. Gordon’s maternal family’s “Journey Story” was featured in the 2014 February issue of the Ohio Humanities “Pathways” Magazine.

In the past Gordon served as President of the Annual Emancipation Day Celebration, Inc. In addition, he co-founded the Emancipation Proclamation Scholarship Fund that continues to enhance educational attainment by area youth of African American heritage. Gordon is a frequent contributor and past speaker for the Gallia County Martin Luther King, Jr Day Program sponsored by the SE Branch of the NAACP.

Professionally, Gordon provides technical, operational and facilitation services to nonprofit, public and private sector organizations through his position as Project Manager at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. He also coordinates the Mayor’s Partnership for Progress and serves as Outreach Coordinator for the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the Ohio Executive Master of Public Administration (OEMPA) programs.

Gordon previously served as the Southeast Regional Site Manager for the Ohio Certified Public Manager Program through the Voinovich School. Prior to joining the Voinovich School in 2004, he had served as Manager of the Children’s Residential Treatment Program, Executive Director of the Gallia-Jackson-Meigs Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime (TASC) Program, and City Manager of Gallipolis, Ohio.

Gordon holds a BS degree in Communications with an emphasis of Public Relations from the University of Rio Grande. He is also a Certified Public Manager (CPM) and holds a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt from the Ohio Department of Administrative Services.