Intern Feature: Jamie & Legacy of Robert L. Calico Sr.

Jamie Martin & Legacy of Robert L. Calico Sr.

Tri-State Defender contributing writer Roquita Coleman shares her late father’s legacy with readers. Her generational story includes memories of Robert L. Calico Sr. and his relationship with grandson Jamie Martin. Jamie is an international traveler, student at the University of Memphis and intern at One Step Initiative. Jamie had the opportunity to travel to Ghana West Africa with the Spring 2018 cohort as a travel group coordinator.


My father was a proud LeMoyne-Owen College undergraduate alum. He attained his Masters degrees from Trevecca Nazarene University and was a passionate mathematician who devoted his life to educating our next generation, first as a Memphis City Schools teacher, then higher learning at the University of Memphis and Southwest Tennessee Community College.

My father’s book gifts were widely known in the family. When Jamie was 10 years old, his grandfather gave him a volume of College Algebra books. With hours of tutoring with his grandfather, he had everything he needed to excel. One of my father’s proudest moments was the day Jamie left for a one-year international exchange program in France.

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Legacy of Robert L Calico Sr
Robert L Calico Sr and grandson Jamie Martin.

In lieu of flowers, Coleman invited supporters to help high school students from underserved communities study abroad saying “education is my father’s legacy.” OSI is grateful for Roquita’s support, thoughtfulness during such a hard time, and unique contributions from her family and friends in honor of her father’s legacy.

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