Papers relating to the Chicago Housing Authority were the gift of Renault Robinson.
In May 1968, Edward Buzz Palmer and others formed the Afro-American Patrolmens League (AAPL) in response to growing concern over the treatment of African Americans by and within law enforcement and the lack of protection for the African American community, as exemplified The organizations goal was to foster a police organization that emphasize[s] professionalism and police service, cooperation with citizens in carrying out law enforcement activity, and responsiveness to the communitys legitimate concerns about police behavior.
The family resided in Chicago's Woodlawn community and attended a local Catholic church.
Renault Robinson graduated in 1956 from Corpus Christi Grammar School.
The LIC raised funds for the AAPL by holding annual benefit dinners and soliciting funds from foundations, such as Playboy and Wieboldt.
In addition to his AAPL activities, Robinson became involved in Chicago politics. Metcalfe's successful reelection campaign in the race for the United States Congress.The AAPL was one of eleven founding members of the National Black Police Association (NBPA), which was formed in Chicago as a non-profit corporation in November 1972.The Association's mission was to improve the relationship between police departments and the African American a free and rapid flow of information through a national communications network, and act as a mechanism to recruit minority police officers on a national scale.The collection also contains items on numerous law enforcement and civil rights organizations across the country; materials on the suspension of AAPL executive director Renault Robinson from the Chicago Police Department and related lawsuits; and materials pertaining to the National Black Police Association (NBPA).The collection also contains Renault Robinson's working files about his service as a commissioner and board chairman of the Chicago Housing Authority (1979-1987); and Robinson's working files about his involvement in political campaigns, including those of Ralph Metcalf, Mayor Jane Byrne, and Mayor Harold Washington.