Woodrow Grant

Woodrow B. Grant Jr.

1938 - 2019
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My Story…
I am Woodrow Benjamin Grant, Jr. The oldest of three sons to my parents, Woodrow and Mary Francis Grant. I was born in Martinsville, Henry County,Virginia. I attended Albert Harris from grade 1 to 12. Then I entered Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia, I received a Bachelor of Science Degree, a Master of Education Degree from Texas Southern University in Houston, an Equivalent from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN., I also received a Master's in African History from the University of Liberia in Monrovia, Liberia in West Africa, a PhD. in Biblical studies from Omega University. I was Branch Chief of Equity, Assurance, and Compliance of the Division of Instruction and Staff Development.

I possessed a diversity of experience in administering and management, research design, community action, development, and effective classroom instruction I was President of the Harford County Branch of the NAACP also President of the Nashville Branch of the NAACP. I was involved in Civil Rights. I served in the United States Army and the United States Peace Corps for five years in Liberia in West Africa with my wife and son Ben. Later, Grace joined our family. I taught school, had an academic Television program, our students were tops for all three years. I also helped to build Camp Bethesda and learned how to make bricks for the buildings. I organized the first NAACP Youth Council in the Harford County Branch of the NAACP. While NAACP president in Nashville along with my wife Janice and friend Daniel Lane, we forced the TV station to hire a person of color in order to get their license renewed and it was Miss Oprah Winfrey.

In Civil Rights, I was one of 200 students to force desegregation of the City of Richmond. I was arrested with 32 other students and we were called the "Richmond 34." There are several films are on the internet with me telling my story. I with my wife and a group of youth forced total desegregation in Harford County of all Public Accommodations, housing, and all segregated places. With my wife and Anna Brashears and Geraldine Washington we filed 4 suits in Federal Court with Mrs. Juanita Jackson Mitchell. The result was total desegregation of all Harford County Public Schools, students, teachers and all personnel.

I was blessed to be a member of Victory Christian Fellowship in New Castle, Delaware with the Rev. Dr. Gary V. Whetstone and Pastor Janice Faye Whetstone. I also sang in the Victory choir with my wife. I was blessed to visit 19 nations in Africa, all 50 states in the USA, Europe and Asia on mission trips. God is such a great God. I have been blessed.

I was an Elder at Helping Hands Ministry, worker in the school Academy as Administrator under the Rev. Dr. Rodger L. Tatuem. I have a brother, Dennis Grant (Rosa), a son, Woodrow (Ben) Grant, 3'd. daughter, Grace (Benjamin) Wright. Both children are also ordained ministers, having graduated from Bible School.

I was pre deceased in death by my brother Ronald Ellison Grant, Father Woodrow Grant, Mother, Mary Frances Smith Grant Matthews. An Uncle and Aunt, Odell and Lorraine, cousins, nephews, nieces and many, many great friends. My desire is that all of you ask Lord Jesus the Christ in to your heart. Ask Him to save you so you can be home with me and hear "Welcome Home" from our Lord and be in that great cloud of witnesses.

I love you all. I do not want to see any sadness or tears. I am safe at home, from pain and rejoicing. To God be the glory. Amen! Woody
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 27th, 2019 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Saturday, July 27th, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Helping Hands Ministries
    3237 Level Road
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  • Service

    Saturday, July 27th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, July 27th, 2019 1:00pm
    Helping Hands Ministries
    3237 Level Road
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  • Interment

    Mt. Calvary UAME Cemetery
    123 Mt. Calvary Church Road
    Aberdeen, MD 21001
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    Monday, July 29th, 2019 1:00pm


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Imogene H. Draper

Posted at 03:29pm

Emerson challenged us: "Live well, learn plenty, laugh often, love much." "Woody" did it all ---with style, grace and all the fruits of the spirit. We will treasure memories of Albert Harris (AHHS) school days with him in Martinsville, VA. We will treasure memories of AHHS reunions /celebrations with him in Martinsville, VA.
Peace be with you, dear friend.
Isadore and Imogene Draper

Elizabeth Rice

Posted at 03:07pm
Dear Woody,
Thank you for a live well lived. You were a good friend and fellow leader on the Virginia Union University Campus. Your
dedication to civil rights in Virginia was well documented in films that have been seen by many. You and I along with over 200 marched that day for justice, You and I and 32 others were arrested at the Thalheimer Lunch Room counter in 1960 during the Richmond Sit Ins. We are known to this day as the "Richmond 34" May God bless your family. I will never forget you.

Elizabeth Johnson Rice/Coordinator "Richmond 34"

Alice Little

Posted at 04:31pm
May you rest in the peace of salvation with the Lord, Sonny! Prayers of comfort to the Grant families.
Alice Travis Little
AHHS School mate

Renee Yarbough-Williams

Posted at 07:58am
Woody was a wonderful man of God. He was a true mentor and helped me in so many ways. He was instrumental in opening the closed doors of discrimination that allowed me to advance in my career. He was a true friend. I feel comforted that he is with The Lord.

Renee Yarbough-Williams

Posted at 07:13am
With loving memories of Woody. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Love, Renee & Ricky Williams
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