Gail Milissa Grant was born in St. Louis at the cusp of the civil rights movement of the 1950s. She is the daughter of Mildred and David M. Grant, a prominent civil rights attorney and activist.
She is currently a writer and public speaker based in Rome, Italy. Her first book, At the Elbows of My Elders: One Family's Journey Toward Civil Rights (Missouri History Museum), won the Benjamin Franklin Book of the Year 2009 in the autobiography/memoir category and also received an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History. (See Awards page for further information, please.)
Her past careers include university teaching at Howard University (Washington, DC) and diplomacy. As a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Information Agency and the U.S. State Department, she was assigned to Norway, France and Brazil, and did extensive press advance work for three U.S. presidents on four continents.