Dr. John Calvin Bryant was an influential voice on diversity, equity, inclusion and education and passed away on January 30, 2022. John was born on March 1, 1936 in Sylacauga, AL to Edgar and Jessie Lee (Massengale) Bryant. John, a 1954 alumnus of Withrow High School, served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1957 and played on volleyball and basketball teams. After the Army, he went to the University of Cincinnati (UC). John was a member of the UC basketball team that placed third in the 1959 and 1960 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournaments. He graduated from UC with his bachelor’s in education in 1960, his master’s in education in 1967 and his doctorate in education in 1971.