Born in 1955, in Skippers, Virginia I was the seventh of nine children born to Herbert Elliott Senior and Marry Etta Brown. I was born with congenital Glaucoma, a serious eye disease, which left me partially blind, which resulted in total blindness by age seventeen. I began my education in the local public schools, but after my third year, I was removed from the public school system and placed in the residential state school for the Colored deaf and blind, which was located in Hampton.
My mother was deeply spiritual and she raised all of us with her deep love for, and abiding faith in Jesus Christ. Consequently, it was my own strong and unshakable faith in Jesus Christ that enabled me to successfully adapt to my loss of sight and adjust to life at the residential school and complete my education. I graduated from the Hampton school with honors in 1975, which had been consolidated the year before with the White School for the Deaf and Blind, originally located in Staunton, Virginia. Then I was admitted to the Virginia State College in Petersburg, Virginia where I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 1978. However, during my three years on that college campus, I took special care to remain committed to my Christian upbringing through my (Born Again Witness) and regular church attendance.
I was subsequently admitted to the Ohio State University where I earned another Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies and a Master’s Degree in Political Science graduating in 1980. Although I’d experienced a great deal of culture-shock when I arrived at the Ohio State University, a predominantly white school with its fifty plus thousand students, I was still able to remain grounded and focused because of my strong faith in God and my membership in the Seventh Avenue Baptist Church, a black church just South of the campus. I worked as a Substitute Teacher with the Franklin County Public Schools and a regular Fourth Grade Teacher with the Sonshine Christian Academy, a private African-American school in Columbus, Ohio.
Next I worked as a cafeteria manager in the Randolph-Shepard Blind Vending Program, also in Columbus, Ohio. Over twenty-five years ago, during the six-month training course for the Randolph-Shepard Vending Program, I was blessed to meet and train with a young blind Pentecostal preacher, and we’ve remained good friend and brothers ever since. Next I was employed as an Independent Living Counselor for the Elderly and Disabled with the Independent Living Center in Hampton, Virginia. It was during my residence in Hampton when I finally completed my updated and revised edition of “Pimps in the Pulpit”.
I am currently a freelance writer, singer/songwriter, and independent music producer. I have self-published four books and five music CDs which are available through my Website