Chaplain Black is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and an alumnus of Oakwood College, Andrews University, North Carolina Central University, Eastern Baptist Seminary, Salve University, and United States International University. He earned Master of Arts Degrees in Divinity, Counseling, and Management. He also has a Doctorate degree in Ministry and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Psychology.

Commissioned as a Navy Chaplain in 1976, Rear Admiral Black's first duty station was the Fleet Religious Support Activity in Norfolk, Virginia. Subsequent assignments include Naval Support Activity, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland; First Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan; Naval Training Center, San Diego, California; USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA 3) Long Beach, California; Naval Chaplains School Advanced Course, Newport, Rhode Island; Marine Aircraft Group THIRTY-ONE, Beaufort, South Carolina; Assistant Staff Chaplain, Chief of Naval Education and Training, Pensacola, Florida; and Fleet Chaplain, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Virginia. Rear Admiral Black is currently assigned as Deputy Chief of Chaplains.

Rear Admiral Black's personal decorations include the Legion of Merit Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and numerous unit awards, campaign and service medals. He was also selected from 127 nominees for the 1995 NAACP Renowned Service Award for his contribution to equal opportunity and civil rights.

Presently, Rear Admiral Black is Chief of the Chaplain Corps for the U.S. Navy.


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