The author was born on July 4, 1943, in Earlington, Kentucky, to Herbert Cunningham Sr. and Elsie Cunningham. He studied in the Gary Community School System, and then in Indiana University in Gary and Bloomington. He also went to Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Indiana. He has a master’s degree in education, and he went to medical school. His employment consists of twenty-six years in teaching in the Gary, Indiana, school system.