During the Great Depression and Jim Crow Era, African Americans were looking for jobs and trying to survive, in spite of limited resources and equal opportunities.
Willie L. Bryant escaped the impoverished living conditions of his childhood through education with the encouragement of his mother who supported her seven children by working several domestic jobs. After graduation from high school, Mr. Bryant attended Florida A&M University (FAMU). After graduation from FAMU in 1961, he enlisted and served as an officer in the U.S. Army. While serving his country, he endured many hardships and racial inequality. The use of military benefits made it possible to further his education and graduation from Howard University's School of Dentistry. Dr. Bryant pioneered a career in dentistry, serving the developmentally disabled population. Dr. Bryant had stated that service to this population was his foremost achievement, his most rewarding experience and his lasting joy in life.
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