Adolphus Ambrose Ward was born on February 22, 1935, in Colt, Arkansas, the son of Reverend McCarty and Bessie (Hightower) Ward. As a young child, Ward’s family moved to Milwaukee, where he recalls that they lived in a two-room basement apartment that was a dank, shadowy place where the rats and roaches were a constant challenge. Ward’s first novel, “Harvest The Dust” though fiction, held elements of truth of his own early family life.
Ward’s road to becoming a writer was not a straight path, but winding and nontraditional. Early on as a young child he was diagnosed with poly nephritis, which led to many complications and health issues. He skipped school a lot, partially because of his illness and, finally, in 10th grade he dropped out of school. At eighteen he went into the Marine Corps and eventually received his GED. After leaving the military, Ward started a family, continued his education through a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision with a focus in Adult Education, and progressed in management positions.
In 1969 Ward got involved in community theater in as an actor. That stimulated an already growing interest in writing. After being twice passed over for an important career promotion Ward was determined to pursue his passion for writing. In 1983 he bought a portable computer, resigned from his auto industry management position in 1984, left his home in Milwaukee and moved to Arkansas where he undertook the task of learning to write fiction while doing research for the basis of this book.
Eventually Ward moved to California to continue his career and while writing his first book he earned income as an actor, teacher, and consultant in management development. Since then Ward has completed three short stories, produced plays, written two novels and won awards from the Wisconsin Arts Board and Playwrights’ Fellowship and the National Endowment For the Arts.
It may have taken Ward a few years to find his footing in life, but these days he is firmly planted and established as a novelist, writer and playwright.
Sarah Albert Scott was born October 22, 1921 and reared in Little Rock, Arkansas. Early on her parents instilled in her high standards and values that enabled her to combat poverty and adversities to which she would be subjected in later life.
In 1954, Scott graduated from State Teachers College in Milwaukee with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exceptional Education and began her teaching career at Lincoln High School with educable mentally retarded students. Her philosophy of education embraced a no-nonsense approach and a belief that all children can learn and excel.
In 1964 she received a Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Scott served as a coordinator of a teacher’s aide project and as assistant principal of North Division and Custer High Schools.
In 1972 Scott became the first Black woman to be appointed to become a high school principal. Her biggest challenge as an administrator came in 1976 when she was appointed principal of Bay View High School, a then-predominately white school. It was there that she was able to develop a positive working relationship with parents and students, which became a model for other schools.
After a battle with cancer, Scott passed away at the age of 56 on January 28, 1979 during her third year as principal of Bay View. Though she is no longer with us, Sarah Scott Middle School, named in her honor, remains a tangible monument to the legacy she left in the field of education.
Bishop Sedgwick Daniels was born the second youngest of eight children on in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to John and Kathleen Daniels. Because the Daniels’ family embraces a wholesome and holistic familiar setting, instilling confidence, love that yield a high degree of leadership, excellence, and entrepreneurial acumen, Bishop Daniels’ embraces the philosophy that “If God can do anything, God can do everything, there is nothing too hard for God”. Bishop Daniels’ puts his philosophy into practice daily as he serves as pastor of one of the largest churches in Milwaukee– Holy Redeemer Institutional Church of God in Christ.
In 2001, Sedgwick Daniels was elevated to the role of bishop by Bishop Gilbert E. Patterson and the Church Of God In Christ General Board. Daniels’ jurisdiction covers more than 105 Institutional Church of God churches in Wisconsin and northern Illinois. During Daniels’ tenure as bishop, his own church, Holy Redeemer Institutional Church of God in Christ, became a multi-million dollar operation that addressed both educational and social service needs in the community.
In 2002, when the Bush Administration began conferences for faith-based groups, President Bush and David Kuo, then-deputy director of the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, visited Holy Redeemer Church.
Daniels has always been a visionary and a leader actively involved in the community. He was named a City of Milwaukee Plan Commissioner and was the first protestant board member of the Catholic Central City Schools. Bishop Daniels also worked with the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority on several projects, helping to develop a complex for seniors and a Milwaukee home ownership program.
Through his astute progressive business ventures, Bishop Daniels has garnered more than $25,000,000 for community enhancement projects and is currently working on developing a $70,000,000 community empowerment initiative which will include a hotel, African-American cultural arts center, retail development, water park, housing complex and library. This eight-acre innovative project is called “Bishop’s Creek” and is located just north of Holy Redeemer’s ten-acre campus. His fiduciary empowerment programs, credit union, housing development, six heritage homes and shelters are other examples of community empowerment ventures he spearheaded.