Robert L. Horton, was born and raised in Springfield, IL. His journey to manhood started when he became a father at 18. Knowing that he needed to take responsibility, he enlisted in the Army the following year. Being emotionally ill-equipped to handle the rigors of military life, Robert was honorably discharged from the Army in October of 1991 after 13 months of service. He returned home, married his high school sweet-heart and grew his family.
During his time in the Army, Robert learned how to drive combination vehicles. Utilizing those skills he acquired in the military, enhanced by training at CJ’s truck driving school, Robert obtained a Commercial Driver’s License and became an over-the-road trucker to provide for his growing family. Being weary of being away from his family as an truck driver, and after reading Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu’s acclaimed book, Countering The Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys, he enrolled at Lincoln Land Community College earning an Associate’s Degree in Elementary Education. Following graduation, he worked as a Teacher’s Aide in District 186 and founded, The House of Men for Education (a non-profit organization whose mission was to attack the “fourth grade failure syndrome”). Robert was 30 years old.
With an unquenched thirst for knowledge, and following a seven year respite from college, he enrolled at the University of Illinois (UIS), earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. Finding his calling in serving his community, Robert continues to self-actualize through his devotion to family, and service to others.
Robert is currently working on his fourth book of poetry titled, Black Rage and The Universal Revolution.