Earl Carrie Banks was NaNa Odessa’s oldest child born in 1926. Son of her first husband Augustus Banks. Earl and my mom were at least 21yrs apart, but he was crazy about his sister Beverly.

NaNa Odessa was real big on education and she stressed to all her children to go to college. Not really sure what school Earl went to, but do know he earned a college degree. He also played football and went on to become the Head Football Coach of Morgan State University in Baltimore. After his death the college named Morgan State’s Stadium after him.
I remember at his funeral meeting Mayor Schmoke and the Govenor of the state of Maryland at that time. See I never knew of all of his accomplishments until after his death. My mom never bragged on her brother. Although she was proudof him, he was just her older brother and she did not see him in no other way so she did not introduce him to us in that way. I believe in his heart he appreciated her for that!!

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