-Had established a very close relationship with his mother from an early age. He had always
considered her his best and most devoted friend.
-Grew up without a father.
-Raised by a strong, single mother who provided and stressed education, speech, writing, music
and good manners.
-A good friend of his mother named Joe was called Mr. Blue by most people, provided
the father image and bonding that Greg most desperately wanted and needed.
-His original plan was to make into the music business.
-Extremely gifted in the area of singing and writing songs.
-Joined the Military after his College freshman year during the Vietnam war.
-Is a pilot.
-Is a writer, authoring the books, Boys to Men: Maps for the Journey and A Gathering
of Heroes: Reflections on Rage and Responsibility. A Memoir of the Los Angeles Riots. In his early career, he wrote freelance
-Was a radio D.J. in Los Angeles, CA.
-Is an Emmy Award winner (1985).
-Is a recipient of the 1996 Anne Frank Humanitarian Award.
-The first recipient of the Salem Award for Justice in 1992.
-Recipient of the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame Award in 1994.
-Has appeared with The Chicago Shakespeare Company.
-The Urban League, The NAACP, The Anti-Defamation League, The National Association of Independant Schools
(NAIS), 100 Black Men of America, African American Congregations, Apple growers in Wenatchie, Washington, School kids in Newark,
Incarcerated boys in Minnesota and At Risk Youth in Albuquerque are among the many groups and organizations that utilize Greg's
writings and public conversations as a key source and inspiration in building better communities and better lives.
-Rescued a brutally beaten American motorist
of Japanese decent during the Los Angeles Riots on April 29, 1992.
-Testified in the trial of two men in the beating of Reginald Denny.
-Was honored by the city of Los Angeles for his actions during the riots.