Wright served in the U.S. Marines (1961-63), finished U.S. Navy corpsman?s school in 1963, and was a cardiopulmonary technician at the U.S. Navy Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland (1963-67), where he served on a medical team attending to President Lyndon Johnson? He studied at Virginia Union University (1959-61) and, after military service, at Howard University (1967-1969), where he earned B.A. and M.A. degrees. He earned another master?s degree at the University of Chicago Divinity School (1975) and a D.Min. at United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio (1990)? Born and raised Baptist, he was first licensed to preach while a freshman in college and later received standing as an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ? His five children are a daughter, Jamila, with his wife, the Rev. Ramah Reed Wright; two adult daughters, Janet and Jeri, from a previous marriage (Wright and his first wife, Janet, divorced in 1978); and two adult step-children, Nikol and Nathan, from Ramah?s first marriage (she and Delmer Reed divorced in 1983).
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