I am Josiah Meigs Professor emeritus of Speech Communication, the University of Georgia. In the year 2000, I retired after teaching public speaking, history and Criticism of American Public Address, African American Public Address, rhetorical criticism, and other communication courses for over three decades.
I taught at Birmingham-Southern College (in Alabama), Louisiana State University (as graduate assistant), University of Arkansas (one year), and University of Georgia. I taught at the University of Georgia from 1967 to 2000.
I grew up in Pine Apple, Greensboro, Evergreen, and Auburn Alabama. I was graduated with the B.A. degree in sociology, Auburn University, 1960; M.S. in speech, Florida State University, 1961; and Ph.D. in history and criticism of public address within the speech department, Louisiana State University, 1967. I served in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1956-1958, as private, private-first-class (PFC), corporal, and sergeant. For many years, I have taken a turn teaching Sunday School at our Methodist Church.