His father, Melvin, was a truck driver, and his mother, Geneva, was a stay-at-home mom.
Brent was the oldest son out of nine children, and he had a lot of responsibility in the family.
Things were so bad financially that Brent and his family had to leave their house because they could no longer pay the rent. The Staples family ended up moving eight times before Brent was in 7th grade.
Brent hated this lifestyle and decided to distance himself from his family.
Read on to learn how writer and editor Brent Staples took the road less traveled.
Brent Staples was born on September 13, 1951 in Chester, Pennsylvania.
He later earned his doctoral degree from the University of Chicago in 1977. When people are mean to you or treat you unfairly do you lash out at them or laugh it off?
Staples decided to turn offenses towards him into a game.
Brent Staples is currently on the editorial board of the New York Times. In 1994, Staples published his autobiography, Parallel Time: Growing up in Black and White.
The autobiography is all about his life growing up and his experiences in college.