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).