Newington, Connecticut, United States
Tyrone Vincent Banks was born in Hartford Connecticut. . He is the youngest of three children. He attended Sarah J. Rawson School in Hartford, Connecticut. He graduated from Sarah J. Rawson School in 1981. Mr. Banks attended Lewis Fox Middle School in Hartford, CT from 1981 to 1983. He entered Thomas Snell Weaver High School in Hartford, CT in 1983 and Graduated with honors in 1987.
Mr. Banks entered Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT in 1987. In 1988, Mr. Banks enrolled in the United States Marine Corps. Officer Candidates School in Quantico Virginia. He was a member of Kilo Company Fourth Platoon. In 1988 Kilo company received the honor of being the best company and Fourth Platoon received the honor of best platoon.
He reentered campus life after his six week training period and served as the On-Campus Recruiter for the USMC OCS from 1988-1990. He served as a C.O.L.A. (Central Orientation Leader Advisor) in 1988 welcoming new students to Central Connecticut State University. In the Fall of 1988 he gained employment with the CCSU Student Center as a Center Assistant/Building Manager. It was also during that time that he became involved with the Black Student Union O.A.A.A.S. (Organization of African American and African Students). He served as the Parliamentarian, Vice President and President during his time with that organization. Mr. Banks also served on the Student Center Board of Governors as the Minority Student Representative to assist CCSU with its ongoing diversity efforts.
After penning over 200 poems about the struggles that he and his wife endured he queried a publisher and they reviewed his work. His manuscript was titled Under the Melting Pot and it was contracted by Maryland publisher Publish America and was released on June 17, 2003. Mr. Banks and his story made the front page of the Connecticut Journal newspaper in July 2003. One month later, his story was featured in the West Hartford Life publication. In September 2003 he hosted a Book Release Party followed a few days later by a book signing at Border’s Books and Music in Farmington, Connecticut. He was also a guest speaker at Wolcott School in West Hartford, Connecticut during the “Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Celebration.” Mr. Banks shared his poetry with several fifth grade classes and allowed them to read their poetry aloud as well.
Mr. Banks completed Ayinde: They Gave Praise and He Came during that timeframe and submitted that book to Publish America in December 2003. He signed the contract for its publication in October 2004. As of July 19, 2005, Ayinde is available for purchase. Mr. Banks has also completed a third manuscript titled Vigilance Squared and hopes to be published soon. He also published a follow-up to Under the Melting Pot and his new book, "Poetry E=motion" is available for purchase at this time.
In his spare-time, Mr. Banks spends his time reading the Bible and writing. Mr. Banks currently resides in Newington, Connecticut with his wife Nydian and their two children, Justin and Caitlyn.
Interests: Praising the LORD, Reading, writing, reviewing books/eBooks, cooking.
Published writer: Yes