Student, Norfolk (Virginia) State College, 1951-1953; Bachelor of Arts, Virginia State College, 1955; postgraduate, New York University, 1957-1963.
Research analyst, editor Doubleday & Company, Incorporated, New York York City, 1956-1965. Vice president, general manager subsidiary John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1965-1967. Managing editor, senior editor adult trade division Random House, Inc., 1967-1971.
Executive director Howard University Press, Washington, 1971-1986. President, chief executive officer Amistad Press, Incorporated, New York York City, since 1986. Formerly adjunct professor journalism Howard University.
Served as First lieutenant infantry United States Army, 1956. Member Reading is Fundamental (board of directors), Alpha Phi Alpha.
Married Sammie Lou Jackson, December 8, 1956. Children— Francis Charlton, Charles Frederick.