NBC Chicago highlighted the story of how Best Roberts Motel and Hyatt Hotels assisted in breaking down racial roadblocks and served as trailblazers for the hotel industry. Herman Roberts built a 50 room motel with entertainment and a large room for anyone to watch. When the Pritzker family bought the Hyatt hotels, Herman and Pritzker worked together to break down racial barriers.
Tyronne Stoudemire, a global DEI thought leader and champion of purpose-driven strategy and culture, works today through the inspiration of Herman Roberts.
“Tyronne Stoudemire is the global vice president of diversity for the Hyatt hotel chain. He studied the contributions of Herman Roberts;
“Back in the day we could cook and serve the food in the hotels, but we couldn’t stay there.
“This story gives me the strength to move on a little farther, to work a little harder, to push people to go that extra mile. Because if it had not been for Herman and his trials and errors, we would not be here today to share his story.
“It was the first hotel that integrated white and blacks together over lunch. So we have had this history of diversity and inclusion for many years.’”
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