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We United: An Opportunity for Change

Updated: Jun 5, 2020

By Audrey Stratton | Local Happenings

Image by Darian Gillette, Portsmouth Daily Times

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Datoine Robinson moved to Portsmouth in 2012 when he was 17 years old. He played football for the semi pro football teams and went on to coach 5th and 6th grade football at East.

He has also coached 5th and 6th grade basketball at Portsmouth. He served in the Ohio Army National Guard for 6 years as a mechanic.

Now, he is the head coach for the Portsmouth City Spartans. He is the father to two beautiful little girls, a mentor to young children, and a staple for this community. 

Image by Darian Gillette, Portsmouth Daily Times

After the recent riots, Datoine decided to take a stand. He was watching anger pour all over the country. Hatred, violence, and division all amongst people everywhere.

He wanted a chance to bring everyone together, spread love, and show that by coming together, real change can be created.

They call themselves “We United”. With this movement he wanted to bridge the gap that is dividing our country. By creating a positive environment, he hopes that the world can be a better place for the next generation.

Image by Darian Gillette, Portsmouth Daily Times

The message he intends to spread is real change can happen with the right attitude. He quoted “United we stand, divided we fall”. 

Recently, he organized a peaceful march for change here in Portsmouth. The march was aimed to show how peace can overcome anything and show that not all of those who wear the uniform are bad and that all protests are not violent.

They started at Spartan Municipal Stadium and marched over to the Portsmouth Police Station. We asked him how the Portsmouth Police received them and he told us, “I'm sure there was skepticism but they still welcomed me. They of course had preventive measures in place which is understandable.”

Image by Darian Gillette, Portsmouth Daily Times

The police officers knelt down on one knee when they arrived. He told us that when he first started this movement, people were highly skeptical about his promises of peace.

He definitely did not expect the movement to grow this fast, but says that with the right message and attitude, we can accomplish way more than anyone has dreamed of. 

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They have many plans to bring the community together. Next, they're going to be having a community cookout. Check out the event here.


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