The writer was raised as a child of the American Civil Rights Movement. Martin Luther King, Jr was the most popular figure of this movement. The author was born in Memphis, Tennessee which is the place of King’s tragic assassination. He was educated in the Memphis School system as he is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School, LeMoyne Owen College, Memphis Theological Seminary, Memphis State University, and Vanderbilt University. He served as a Vietnam Area Veteran, a retired United States Army Chaplain, a Christian clergyman, and a Baptist preacher. He is also a member of American Academy of Religion.