Rux continued his studies at Columbia University, American University of Paris as well as the University of Ghana at Legon.
Rux's biological mother (Carol Jean Hancock) suffered from chronic mental illness, diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic and institutionalized shortly after the birth of his older brother.Born the result of an illegitimate pregnancy while his mother was under the care of a New York City operated psychiatric institution, the identity of Rux's biological father is unknown.If you would like to bookmark this position for later review, click on the Bookmark link.If you would like to print a copy of this position for your records, click on the Print Preview link.Rux was placed under the guardianship of his maternal grandmother, Geneva Hancock (née Rux), until her death of cirrhosis of the liver due to alcoholism.
At four years of age he entered the New York City foster care system where he remained until he was eventually placed under the legal guardianship of his great uncle (grandmother's brother) James Henry Rux and his wife Arsula (née Cottrell) and raised in the Highbridge section of the Bronx.
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He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Doris Duke Awards for New Works, the Doris Duke Charitable Fund, the New York Foundation for the Arts Prize, the Bessie Awards and the Alpert Award in the Arts.
His archives are housed at the Billy Rose Theater Division of the New York Public Library, the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution as well as the Film and Video/Theater and Dance Library of the California Institute of the Arts.
Exposed to jazz music by his legal guardians, including the work of Oscar Brown Jr., John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln, Rux eventually double majored in music/voice, as well as sang with the Boys Choir of Harlem.