From — he was fully booked on the Orpheum Circuit , and was signed full-time by the Keith in and It has further been claimed that, along with serving in the trenches in World War I, Robinson was also the drum major for the th Hellfighters Band and led the regimental band up Fifth Avenue on the th's return from overseas. Robinson and Temple became the first interracial dance partners in Hollywood history. In , a statue of "Bojangles", sculpted by Jack Witt, at the intersection of Adams and West Leigh Streets was established in a small park at the intersection. He brought it up on its toes, dancing upright and swinging", giving tap dancing a "hitherto-unknown lightness and presence. The idea for bringing a black dancer to Fox to star with Temple in The Little Colonel was actually first proposed by Fox head Winfield Sheehan after a discussion with D. After Robinson's death, Forkins and his wife, Rae Samuel, admitted that Samuels made the introduction after having seen Robinson perform with his partner, George Cooper.
Rachel. Age: 20.
Robinson and Temple became close friends as a result of his dance coaching and acting with her.
Azariah. Age: 24.
Temple had already appeared in five films released in , and had performed a tap routine with James Dunn in Stand Up and Cheer! Robinson lay in repose at the th Infantry Regiment Armory in Harlem, where an estimated 32, people filed past his open casket to pay their last respects. In addition to the impact of Jim Crow policies and the Depression, Haskins writes, "That Bill traveled, at least professionally, in increasingly white circles was not so much a matter of choice as one of reality. Although the reviewers were enthusiastic about Robinson, they panned the show, and it failed to attract audiences.