Minority Business Enterprise Legal Defense and Education Fund (MBELDEF)
Anthony W. Robinson has dedicated his professional career toensuring that the gains made by the civil rights movements of the last century will be sustained for generations to come. Robinson’s passion for stimulating growth in minority-owned businesses has shone through every area of his professional career and has made wealth creation and capital formation a reality. Upon his graduation from Washington College School of Law in 1973, he immediately embarked on his career as one of the country’s primary advocates for minority-owned businesses as associate legal counsel for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Since then and throughout his career, Robinson has tirelessly devoted his skill to providing prime legal support to MBEs across the country. Over the years, Robinson has acted as a litigant or Amicus for dozens of cases, including cases before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of dozens of MBEs. Since 1984 Robinson has served as president of Minority Business Enterprise Legal Defense and Education Fund (MBELDEF) and at its helm has brought America ever closer to the ultimate goal of parity.
MBELDEF is a unique organization founded by Parren Mitchell, one of our original inductees. He was a Congressman from Maryland who was miraculously able to pass legislation that really started supplier diversity. Public Law 95-507,requires proposals from contractors to spell out their goals for awarding contracts to minority subcontractors. This law potentially provided access to billions of dollars for minority businesses.