Larry Redmond, a.k.a. Obi, is a native of Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Hyde Park High School in 1960 and served in the U.S. Air Force until 1964. He did his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base (AFB) in San Antonio, Texas, then went for further training at Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo, Texas. He was stationed in Darmstadt, Germany, for three years working in intelligence.
After a short return to the U.S. where he worked at several odd jobs, he spend 15 months traveling in Europe. He hitch-hiked from Lapland in Scandinavia to Morocco in North Africa working along the way at a variety of jobs from farm hand to factory worker to dishwasher to carpenter’s assistant, mainly in Sweden and Germany. His international travels have taken him to Oslo, Norway; Stockholm, Sweden; Copenhagen, Denmark; Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Paris, France; Cologne, Germany; Barcelona, Spain; Tangier, Morocco; parts of Mexico; and all across Canada from Nova Scotia to British Columbia.
Upon his return to the United States from Europe, he attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he majored in Philosophy and minored in English. He did further graduate work in computer science and later attended the John Marshall Law School, earning a Juris Doctor degree.
He currently practices as a civil rights attorney. He has been active in third-party politics, having run for the offices of Mayor of the City of Chicago in 1994, Cook County State's Attorney in 1996, and Governor of the State of Illinois in 1998. He is currently a civil rights activist with the National Alliance Against Racial and Political Repression (NAARPR) where he is also general counsel.
His other interests include photography, yoga, meditation and traveling with his family in their travel trailer. He is married with seven children and three grandchildren. He and his family have camped throughout North America.
He currently works and lives on the south side of Chicago.