I was born and raised in Virginia.
I have been a software engineer in Virginia, New York, and Massachusetts before settling in California. While living and working in the Hudson Valley of New York served as vice-president of the Northern Dutchess NAACP and co-chair of the Dutchess County Committee Against Racism in Poughkeepsie, New York. I have contributed freelance writing to The Poughkeepsie Journal and Taconic Newspapers in the Hudson Valley, the Somerville Journal and the Somerville Community News in Somerville, Massachusetts, and the Milpitas Post in Milpitas, California.
I have also contributed commentary to the Black Commentator web site.
I Graduated from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia and attended graduate school at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The photo includes my wife, Cathy Deppe, and the first of the four grandchildren. Republicans say we are not a "Real American" family; Democrats say I am not a "Real Black Man" -- Two reasons why I am a proud, active, registered member of the California Green Party.