Born in New York City. Married with 4 adult children and 3 adult stepchildren. Have been a member of the NAACP for 14 years, currently serving as Chairman of the Political Action Committee of the Bremerton Branch and Chairman of the International Relations Committee of the Alaska-Oregon-Washington State Area Conference. Have been a member of Ebenezer AME Church for 13 years, and I have been operating the after-school tutoring program for Ebenezer for 11 years. Have been retired since 2008 from my structural engineering job with the Navy Sub Base Crane Engineering organization. Back in the 1980's, when living in the Los Angeles area, I had occasion to meet some of the then-exiled members of the African National Congress who were here in the USA, working to line up American support for the establishment of a legitimate government in their home country of South Africa. I learned a lot from those guys, as they were very smart.