Rodney a sequel of the great northern migration from the son of slaves. Grew up in Michigan. His father a factory worker mother a homemaker. He realized early on the perilousness of living paycheck to paycheck. And the frustration his father faced being denied dignity and advancement.
He then joined the military as a Naval officer served in the Persian Gulf War where he learned the importance of working toward a mutual goal while under duress. Shortly thereof, settled in Seattle the city he fell in love with.