Bachelor of Arts, Morehouse College, 1938; student, J.C. Smith U., 1934-1935; student, American Artists School, 1938-1939; Master of Arts, Ohio State University, 1940; Doctor of Philosophy, New York University, 1963; Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Philadelphia College Art, 1965; postgraduate, Arizona State University, 1947, 49; postgraduate, Columbia University, 1950, 51.
Artist in residence, Johnson C. Smith U., Charlotte, North Carolina, 1940-1941;
art instructor, Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, Florida, 1941-1942;
head art department, Carver High School, Phoenix, 1946-1954;
teacher, Phoenix Union High, 1954-1958;
head art department, Phoenix Union High, 1958-1966;
professor, Arizona State University, Tempe, 1966-1988;
professor emeritus, Arizona State University, Tempe, since 1988. Teacher Children's Creative Center, Brussels World's Fair, 1958. Co-director S.W. region 2d World Fest of Black and African Arts and Culture, Lagos, Nigeria, 1977.
Chairman Four Corners Art Education Convention, Scottsdale, Arizona, 1982. Member visual arts selection committee National Foundation for Advancement Art, 1981-1985. Exhibition curator Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina., 1987, Arizona Bank, Phoenix, 1988.
Board directors Phoenix Art Museum. Board directors Opportunities Industrialization Center, Booker T. Washington Child Development Center, Phoenix Arts Coming Together. Served with Army of the United States, 1942-1945.
Fellow African Studies Association, National Art Education Association (distinguished fellow 1985, vice president-elect Pacific region 1972-1974, vice president 1974-1976, chairman Pacific Art Association Regional Conference, Hawaii 1972, co-chairman minority concerns committee 1978, member Grigsby award committee 1980 award for contribution to art education, chair consortium black organizations and others for the arts, since 1983, Art Educator of Year 1988), Arizona Art Education Association (president-elect 1986-1988, president 1988-1990), Arizona History Society (selected one of 10 Arizona Historymakers to be installed in society Hall of Fame 1992), Arizona Artists Guild, American Association Aesthetics, International Society Education through Art, National Conference Artists, National Education Association, College Art Association, African Heritage Association, National Foundation Advancement of Art (member visual arts selection committee), Alpha Phi Alpha.
Married Rosalyn Thomasena Marshall, June 12, 1943. Children: Jefferson Eugene, Marshall Cephas.