With a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Spelman College and a JD from George Washington University, Binta Robinson is currently a DC-licensed attorney, who is an active member of the Bar of the District of Columbia. While at Spelman, she sang in a gospel choir. Today, Ms. Robinson continues to enjoy the genre, particularly the sounds of Wintley Phipps.
Wintley Phipps sings gospel music with a rich baritone voice, but singing is not his only passion. In 1998, he founded the U.S. Dream Academy, a nonprofit organization that serves children who have one incarcerated parent.
The U.S. Dream Academy has community learning centers located in eight high-poverty, high-crime cities across the country. The organization purposes to break the poverty cycle by offering kids after-school programs that provide one-on-one mentoring, academic tutoring, technology education, and, most importantly, stability and emotional support.
The U.S. Dream Academy requires each participant to spend 11 to 15 hours outside of school each week in an interactive learning environment, and attentive mentors in the program facilitate this. Their approach focuses on the whole child, concentrating on values and encouraging youths to dream.