Dr. Robert Stanton ’63 in Washington D.C.
Tuesday May, 22 2012
After stepping down as the Director of the National Park Service in 2001, Dr. Robert Stanton co-founded the African American Experience Fund (AAEF), which is dedicated to supporting and promoting areas in the National Park System which specifically commemorate African Americans and their contributions to the development of our nation. Today, 24 national historic areas plus the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom have been authorized by Acts of Congress or by Presidential Proclamations. At the time Stanton was recruited for a seasonal National Park Service Ranger position in 1962 while a student at Huston –Tillotson University, only three such areas had been authorized. Stanton states, “as a people and as a nation (we) are making progress in fully recognizing the struggles, sacrifices and work of our ancestors whose contributions made it possible for us to enjoy the privileges, opportunities and rights we enjoy today. We must, of course, continue to do our work for the benefit of this and future generations!” Click to view Dr. Stanton and video highlights from the 2012 Awards Gala.