Tyrone Vincent Banks
Tyrone Vincent Banks was born on November 20, 1969 in Hartford Connecticut to Samuel and Nell Banks. 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, where he delivered the Salutatorian address in front of his family and peers and coincidently fell in love with public speaking.
Mr. Banks attended Lewis Fox Middle School in Hartford, CT from 1981 to 1983 where he was assigned to the school’s Honor’s Cluster. He entered Thomas Snell Weaver High School in Hartford, CT in 1983 where he was also enrolled in the Honors Program. He overcame many attempts to fit in with the “in-crowd” and forged his own destiny. He was inducted into the National Honor Society of Secondary Schools in 1986 and Graduated with honors in 1987.
Mr. Banks entered Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT in 1987 on a full academic scholarship. He made the Dean’s list during his first semester and spent the majority of his time working part-time on campus in between various academic pursuits. 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.
His years at Central proved to be his most memorable years. Through his connections on and off campus he was instrumental in getting a diversity of performers to Central through the hard work of the CCSU Program Council. Speakers like Maki Mandela, Ozzie Davis and Ruby Dee and KRS-1 visited CCSU in the 90’s during this diversity period. One of his most memorable moments would be when OAAAS hosted an International Collegiate Ball and the guest speaker was none other than Samuel L. Jackson. Through a joint effort between OAAAS and the Program Council there was also a Spring concert featuring Father MC and Today, two very popular performers of the early 1990’s.
In 1989, after Mr. Banks and the CCSU Pep Dancers performed at the opening game of the basketball season, he met Nydian Cruz. Mr. Banks and Ms. Cruz survived during the recession by working several jobs and cutting back numerous expenses. Mr. Banks struggled to stay in college but the expense was unbearable. Although only one year away from graduation Mr. Banks dropped out of college and obtained full-time employment with a Connecticut Insurance company. He worked there for several years until he had saved up enough money to return to school. In 1997, after obtaining employment with Southern New England Telephone Company, Mr. Banks continued his academic pursuits. On May 17, 1997, Nydian Cruz and Tyrone Banks were married. On May 23, 1997 they both graduated from Central Connecticut State University.
Tyrone and Nydian’s first child, Caitlyn Marie was born in 1998. At that time, Mr. Banks was hard at work writing his first manuscript entitled Ayinde: They Gave Praise and He Came. His parental duties caused him to depart from this project for several years. Mr. Banks studied Shaolin Kempo for one year, obtaining a Blue Belt and competing in one tournament before shifting his focus back to his family and the second child that they were expecting. In 2002, Justin Vincent was born.
Mr. Banks took a Part-time Job as a security officer from 2002 to 2003 and worked every weekend for that duration. During that time spent in solitude, Banks drafted a poem for his wife. He followed up by drafting a poem for his parents and then he continued to write poetry, prose and haiku. 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.
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. Mr. Banks has also completed a third manuscript titled Vigilance Squared and hopes to be published in 2007. He has also written a follow-up to Under the Melting Pot titled; "Poetry E= Motion, which is currently available online. In his spare-time, Mr. Banks spends his time reading the Bible, writing and reviewing books when time permits.
Mr. Banks currently resides in Newington, Connecticut with his wife Nydian and their two children, Justin and Caitlyn.