His family was deeply involved in the desegregation of our city and state, as community leaders and via the advocacy of the free press. From his earliest interest in the ministry and through his service as a young newspaper publisher (age 23), entrepreneur, college administrator, on through his years as an executive in the nonprofit arena, lessons and values passed down from a linage of family and educational grounding.
After becoming President of the Student Council at Bishop Kelley H.S., he attended Oral Roberts University. There he held progressively significant student leadership roles culminating with becoming Student Body resident in his senior year and travelled throughout the world with student ministering teams headed by one of his early mentors, Oral Roberts.
After Master's work in Social Psychology at the University of Tulsa, he started a Ph.D. program at the Graduate Theological Seminary. He left seminary early (completing the M.A. in Christian Ethics} to assume the management of our family-owned weekly newspaper (The Oklahoma Eagle) which serves the African-American community in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
He started and ran several other small businesses in four Oklahoma cities before turning the reigns of the family enterprise over to his attorney brother and moving to Texas. After a few years in sales there, he accepted the position of Director of Public Information at Prairie View A & M University and Assistant Vice President for University Relations, soon thereafter. After less than two years at Prairie View, he became Associate Deputy Chancellor for External Affairs for the Texas A & M University System. Read more