1. The son of sharecroppers and one of eight children, Stephen moved to Memphis at the age of two.
Source:Travel and Leisure
2. He did a tour of duty in Vietnam after graduating in 1968 from LeMoyne-Owen College with a degree in American history.
Source: ASLA's The Landscape Architect's Guide to Washington, D.C.
3. He served in the National Teachers Corps while a graduate student of secondary education at Memphis State University -- he and other students served as substitute teachers in inner city schools. The corps was created as a result of the Higher Education Act (PL 89-329), which was signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965 at Southwest Texas State College in San Marcos, Texas.
Source: LBJ Presidential Library
4. Drawn by his love of landscapes, in 1975, he completed a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois.
Source: University of Illinois
5. He has served more than 30 years for the Mobile District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1981. As a senior landscape architect/planner, he has been responsible for study management and investigations of projects pertaining to environmental restoration, flood control and other related water resource studies.
Source: Mobile District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
6. Stephen has been a major driving force in supporting African Americans in landscape architecture for over 30 years, and has encouraged their active participation in ASLA. As chair of the ASLA Education and Professional Development Committee of Blacks (1979-1981, he produced the society's first directory of African-American landscape architects and drafted the Society's policy of equal opportunity within the profession.
Source: Stephen Carter, FASLA
7. He served as ASLA's vice president for membership from 2000-2002. He also was named a Fellow of ASLA in 2011.
Sources: Fellow nomination letter from the ASLA Alabama Chapter, ASLA 2011 Fellow profile