Bachelor of Fine Arts, Drake University, 1961. Master of Arts, Chicago State University, 1968. Master of Arts, Northea.
Illinois University, 1971. Doctor of Philosophy, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1977.
Teacher, Chicago Public Schools, 1961-1969;
assistant professor, City Colls., Chicago, 1971-1977;
associate professor, City Colls., 1977;
Professor of English, City Colls. Chicago, since 1977. Consultant Harvey (Illinois) School Sys., 1978-1980.
Member of advisory board University of Illinois, Chicago,1985-1992, National Sports Youth, Chicago, 1985-1995.
Advisor to Mayor, City of Chicago, 1980-1984. Member Modern Language Association, National Council Teachers of English.
Married Denise Sparks Davenport, August 1, 1984. Children: Dedan, John.