After graduation from L'Ouverture Elementary School (January 1950) and Vashon High School (January 1954), I shortly enrolled in an electronics’ correspondence course with DeVry Technical Institute in Chicago, Illinois, while working as a Page at Washington University Clinic. I completed my course studies in July 1956 and was awarded a competency certificate in radio and television repair.
Later, I was awarded a four (4) year Danforth Fellowship in September 1970 and attended St. Louis University. After completion of my undergraduate studies, I received a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Affairs with a minor in Political Science in May 1974. The following September, I enrolled in St. Louis University's Graduate School of Social Work for one semester. January 1975 I transferred to George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University and received my Master of Social Work (MSW) in May 1976.
AFFILIATIONS: I have active affiliation with the following organizations: the Nation Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW)...the Academy of Certified Social Works (ACSW)...the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)...Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of Missouri. I am currently a Board member of the StL/Jobs with Justice, Inc.(JwJ), the Organization of Black Struggle (OBS), the Peace Economy Project (PEP), and, the New Community Action Program (NewCAP); and currently chairperson of ACTION ReUnion 2017, a protest consultant group.
November 1993, I was appointed to direct the minority and women owned business utilization program for the City of St. Louis by Freeman R. Bosley, Jr., the first African American mayor. My responsibilities were to certify legitimate black owned or female owned businesses and prepare the awarding of contracts that were intended to eradicate past and present effects of racial and gender discrimination by the City.
Apart from the personal economic hardships and sacrifices that I have encounter, due to lack of employment, I am proud to have played a small role in causing some positive changes for blacks, especially black males, being hired and receiving contracts from the St. Louis' Building Trades and Construction… Southwestern Bell Telephone, now AT&T, Union Electric, now Ameren and Laclede Gas, all monopoly utility companies...Wonder Bread and Hostess, a national bakery company, now defunct...McDonnell-Douglas, now Boeing, an aircraft government contractor...the Roman Catholic, Episcopalian and Lutheran, all religious
institutions...the United Way, a charitable funding agency...the news media (StL Post Dispatch & [Globe Democrat, now defunct] newspaper companies, television stations, Channels 2, 4, 5, & 11, etc.)... the St. Louis Police Department's shootings, murders & brutality issues of Black males,...and other general civil and human right issues.
Among the most classic protest demonstrations that I shall always remember are: the One-Minute-Stop-And-Think, trucks and autos stall-in at the McDonnell Douglas plant area, the unveiling of the Veiled Prophet in December 1972 (exposing the Veil Prophet/ Tom K. Smith, Vice President of Monsanto), and the directing of St. Louis' criminal element to visit wealthy Clayton and Ladue communities, and not the poor communities; that wealthy communities are more profitable for the effort.
In addition, I was the plaintiff in the "Green Vs McDonnell-Douglas," Fair-Employment Landmark U. S. Supreme Court Case, May 1973, which established the basis in determining whether or not racial discrimination occurred under a pretext by an employer as charged. It is widely stated by legal scholars and experts that this case is the most cited law in the United States.
Act of civil disobedience has caused me to be arrested more than 100 times in 25 years of protest action. Now that my son is of age, he and I both will likely be arrested together in future protest demonstrations. After all, St. Louis is not likely to change its unfair character toward blacks, women, and other minorities as long as acts of racism and classism continue to an asset rather than a liability.