Bachelor of Fine Arts, Philadelphia College Art, 1949. Master of Fine Arts, Temple University, 1950.
Ford Foundation Faculty fellow Temple University, 1954, Syracuse University, 1954, Yale University, 1955. Member faculty Morgan State College, Baltimore, since 1950, professor art and chairman department, 1950—1973. Henry O. Tanner professor fine arts, director Gallery of Art, since 1950.
Appointed member art criteria committee Maryland Department Education, 1973. Board directors Barnet Aden Gallery Art, Washington, 1965—1969, Baltimore City Ballet Company, 1968—1969. With United States Marine Corps, 1943-1946, PTO.
Trustee Baltimore Council International Visitors, Baltimore Council Foreign Affairs, Lillie Carroll Jackson Museum, Baltimore, Orchard St. Church Museum, Baltimore. Member of Deutsche Africa-Gesellschaft, Baltimore Council Foreign Affairs, Conference African and African-American Studies, National Conference Artists, Artists Equity, American Association Museum Studies, College Language Association, Maryland Art Association, American Federation Arts, Eastern Arts Association, College Art Association America.
Married Jacqueline Lucille Adams, June 8, 1946. Children: James Edward, Cathleen Susan.