Gant was born in Albion, Michigan on September 28, 1923.
His parents are Julius Gant, Sr. and Cornelia Baxter
Gant. They had migrated from Alabama to Michigan in
1922 to secure work for Mr. Gant, Sr. in the foundries
graduated from Washington Gardner Senior High School
in 1941. He accepted a full athletic scholarship to
run track at Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
He completed the pre-dental program there and was preparing
to transfer to Meharry Medical College to study dentistry
when he was drafted into the Army in 1943. He returned
to his studies at Meharry in 1946 and graduated from
the School of Dentistry in 1949.
returned to Michigan and worked in an established practice
in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He served in the Korean Conflict
and was commissioned in 1951 and discharged in 1953.
Dr. Gant returned to Michigan after being discharged
from the Army and established a practice on 12th Street
near Virginia Park. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Gant became
the first African American dentist to be appointed to
the staff of Wayne County General Hospital.
the hospital after a year of working there in order
to devote full-time energy to his private practice.
Dr. Gant's practice was established in Detroit in 1954
and has been at the current Plymouth Road location since
1972. Early on, he was also affiliated with Burton Mercy
Hospital for a few years.
to increase the number of African Americans interested
in becoming dentists, Dr. Gant started the Dental Career
Day program at the University of Michigan and the University
of Detroit during his presidency of the Wolverine Dental
maintains memberships in the American Dental Association,
Wolverine Dental Society, Michigan Dental Association,
the Euwel Neil Dental Society, and the Detroit District
Dental Society. He is a life member of the National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He
has held various offices in each of the professional
dental groups to which he belongs.