Robin B. Davenport, also known as Jasari Fattah, was the co-founder of the UMOJA Economic Bureau as a part of the House of UMOJA.
Davenport died April 4, 2012. He was 58.
He was blessed with good looks and charm. His family said the young Davenport was not only a “ladies’ man” but a “man’s man.” According to his family, he lived his life as Frank Sinatra once sang: “My Way.”
He was born in Philadelphia on May 27, 1953, as the second son of the late Russell K. Davenport and Frances Ellen Brown Davenport, now known as Queen Mother Falaka Fattah.
He was brought up in his grandmother’s church as an Episcopalian and attended South Philadelphia public schools and took business courses at Community College of Philadelphia.
At the age of 12, he apprenticed under Alfonso Tennessee, a general contractor. Ten years later Davenport became a general contractor.
During his youth, Davenport became involved in gang wars. This activity became known to his stepfather, David Fattah Sr. who broke the news to his mother.
In a desperate attempt to save his life, his mother invited Robin’s gang from South Philadelphia to come and live with the family in West Philadelphia and the rest has become House of UMOJA legacy.
This resulted in many young men becoming husbands, fathers and grandfathers.
Davenport and his friends, the late Robert Allen and the late Charlie “Boo” Burrus founded the UMOJA Economic Bureau. This division was geared to finding jobs for ex-gang members.
The trio also ran a youth employment program called “Rent-A-Kid.” They partnered with the Young Great Society in Mantua to provide moving services to welfare recipients.
He married Evetta Yarborough who cared for him through long years of serious health issues.
In 2003, Robin became a founding member of Thomas Temple of Faith Church.
He is survived by his wife, Evetta Yarborough; his children, Anthony, Angela, Robin and David; his mother and stepfather, Queen Mother Falaka Fattah and David Fattah Sr., five grandchildren, Corah, David, Mikaylah, Amira and Amani; his five brothers, Stefan, Kenneth, Chaka, Nasser, David and half-brother, Curtis; five nephews, Nasser Jr., Omar, Sekou, Chaka Jr., and James; five nieces, Frances, Nicole, Alyia, Cameron and Chandler; aunt, Kathleen Brown; and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held April 11 at Vine Memorial Baptist Church, 5600 West Girard Avenue. Viewing is at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 11. Burial is private.
Wood Funeral Home handled the arrangements.