Neva Fiaschi Roberts
Donald Hugh Roberts, was an artist and an acclaimed architect as well as a dean at Howard University in Washington, DC. My Grandpa went home to God's glory last November. I am saddened to my core that he is gone, but Oh Death! Where is your sting? I rejoice because I can imagine my Grandpa rejoicing at the face of His Lord. And he got to not only walk again, but to leap and jump and sing. Grandpa was not only an artist, who studied and lived with Frank Lloyd Wright (yep, that's the truth) he painted and drew, he had his own 'font'...his handwriting was legendary.....I've got to make it into a font someday, and he was a photographer extraordinaire. He always used Canons. The combination of him and my Grandma helped to make me who I am, especially the non-conformist part. Just look at them! You may not be imagining what life was like when they married and came back from Italy to live in Dayton, Ohio. You may not know that the Italian people loved my Grandpa, he respected them enough to quickly learn their language and not expect them to only communicate in English (plus, he was extra smart to learn it so fast), but they had no issues with him being a black man and Grandma being white. But just imagine Dayton, Ohio in 1947 when my father was born. Just imagine that.