Donald Bailey spent the beginning of his life doing what he had to do. Now, he does what he loves.
Donald “Doc” Bailey was born in Beaumont in 1949 to Doris and Robert Bailey, and led what he called a pretty typical life for that time.
“I was right on the edge of integration,” Bailey says. “It was a different time back then.”
Bailey graduated from Beaumont’s African-American high school, Charlton Pollard, and then war brought him far from Texas, where he had spent his entire life.