TERRELL W. ROBINSON

Terrell W. Robinson, 70 of Jersey City, passed away on January 14 at his home after a long illness. Terry was born in Tuskegee Institute, Alabama on November 21, 1950, son of the late Julius and Florence Robinson. He is survived by his siblings Julius C. Robinson Jr. and Harold E. Robinson along with 3 nieces and 3 nephews. Terry graduated from Tuskegee High School in Tuskegee, Alabama in 1969. He graduated from Hanover College, Hanover Indiana in 1974 where Terry was extended a membership bid to the Sigma Chi Fraternity at a time when the fraternity did not initiate people of color. Members of Chi Chapter unanimously signed a letter to the fraternity headquarters, detailing that memberships would be extended to men based solely on the content of their character, making Terry the first African American member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. This will forever be known as The Sigma Chi Proclamation of 1969. After graduation, Terry traveled to New York City and soon became a regular performer in many of Robert Wilson’s early theatre pieces. Terry also performed at the famous Off-Broadway house, the East Village’s LaMaMa Experimental Theater Club. Terry was a dear and gifted man who brought a lot of pleasure and enlightenment into the world.