Roy Innis was born in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, and grew up in New York City. He served in the U.S. Army. He attended City College majoring in chemistry, and subsequently held positions as a research chemist at Vick Chemical Co. and Montefiore Hospital. Mr. Innis joined the Congress of Racial Equality’s (CORE’s) Harlem chapter in 1963. In 1967, Innis was appointed the first resident fellow at the Metropolitan Applied Research Center. Innis was elected national director of CORE in 1968. From this post he has drafted the Community Self-Determination Bill, toured seven African countries, rescued a Bronx Catholic school, exposed the Tawana Brawley hoax, run for mayor of NYC, established a community school, organized an anti-drug campaign, and been involved or served in several organizations.