Poet, editor, and author of The Architecture of Language: Poems; James Baldwin: The Legacy; and Miles and Me: A Memoir of
He studied at Grambling State University on an athletic scholarship. After dropping out of school, he entered the U.S. Army and lived in France. While in France, he met author and philosopher
He was the director of the
The son of a prominent Negro League baseball player, he grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. He later lived in California and finally settled in New York City with his wife Margaret.
He co-wrote The Pursuit of Happyness, which was adapted into a film starring Will Smith.