Raymond Arrington

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I was born in Navasota, Texas. I left Grimes County in 1955when my family moved to Bryan, Texas.  I attended Carver Elementary and R.C Neal Junior High School, and I graduated from E.A Kemp High School in 1967. After graduating high school, I attended Wiley College in Marshall, Texas until I was drafted into the military. I continued my education at the University of Colorado at Boulder and went into the United States Air Force and retired after 23 years and was an instructor at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Spring, Colorado.  Durning my military career I had 37 different state addresses and 14 foreign countries, and I am a wounded Vietnam Veteran.

As I reunited as a citizen of Bryan Texas, I have dedicated my services to the growth of the city and the economic development of my neighborhood and community. I am currently a board member of the Red Cross, a Rotarian with the Bryan Rotary Club, Advisory Board member for Parks and Recreation, Advisory Board member for Community Development (CDBG), CEO and founder of Minority Economic Revitalization Council of Bryan, Texas, President of Carver/Kemp Neighborhood Association, and a member of Greater Tabernacle Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Lawrence Hicks.

I am the proud father of three children, a brother to two sisters, Hattie Reed and Norma McMillian and brother Marvin Kearney. The challenges that we have faced in our lives have always been answered by our faith in God.

Our African American history is filled with turmoil, trouble, and pain, but our hearts have always been filled with peace, love, and happiness. Our compassion for our fellowman, no matter the color of their skin or the content of their character, has always been a barometer for measuring the forgiveness in our hearts. We should be proud of who we are, the burdens that we bear, the hills that we climb, and the mistakes that we make are not coincidental. They are all apart of God’s plan, because “He” knows, “We” can survive. Our African American history is the gateway to our future. The direction has not changed…..only that we take.

Maya Angelou once said, “Do the best that you can until you know better……Then when you know better, you do better.”

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