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Shennette Garrett-Scott

world-record-holding typist and business school owner, was born in Maryland and grew up in Washington, D.C. His father and mother's names and occupations are not known. Peters's father, a watchmaker, gave his eleven-year-old son a used typewriter. J. C. Wright, a teacher in the business department of Washington's Dunbar High School, recognized Peters's abilities and coached him to develop his exceptional typing speed and accuracy. Peters graduated from Dunbar High School in 1923. He first worked as a typist for a congressional committee. In 1926 Underwood Typewriter Company hired him as an “expert typing demonstrator.”

Peters won his first major typing title in April 1925 the Underwood Diamond Emblem from the Washington office of the Underwood Typewriter Company He typed an average of 109 five stroke words per minute for more than thirty minutes using one of Underwood s manual typewriters A few months later Peters shattered ...


Robyn McGee

was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, one of six children and the only son of Julia Mae Williams and K. D. Williams. Williams barely knew his father, who left the family when Richard was a child.

In a 21 April 2014 excerpt from his autobiography Black and White: The Way I See It, published in the New York Daily News, Williams describes his hard upbringing without a father. He claims to have supported his mother and siblings by hunting bullfrogs to eat, and by fishing, shooting rabbits, and stealing chickens from his white neighbors. He recalled that in the 1940s the Klu Klux Klan was very active in Shreveport and throughout the American South. Living with poverty, Jim Crow and the random violence of the KKK had deep and lasting effect on Williams.

After high school Williams lived for a short time in Chicago working construction jobs and at ...