Dr. Richard James
Dr. Richard T. James, Jr. is currently living in his home town of Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Richard T. James, Jr. is a poet, writer, teacher, scholar and gives to his community. A 1990 graduate of Morehouse College, he acquired his Bachelors degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. He holds an MBA in Strategic Planning Management from Davenport University. He also obtained an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Administration from Wayne State University. He has studied at Harvard Universities Principal Academy, completed his doctoral degree program in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from Wayne State University in 2003. In December 2006 he received National Board Certification from the National Board Professional Teachers Standards Association, this certification is the highest educational certification that a teacher can receive. In 2007, he graduated from University of Detroit with a Masters of Science degree with a concentration in Intelligence. In 2012 Dr. James was honored by President Obama with an appointment to the U.S. Selective Service Systems Board for the Detroit area. Dr. James’ favorite quote is by Malcolm X is “Education is the Passport to the Future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Education has been instilled in him since an early age by his father who was an educator for Detroit Public Schools. Having the dream of being a teacher as a young boy, he followed his dream and has been passionately teaching in urban education with Detroit Public Schools for the past 29 years at Mackenzie High School and now at his Alma Mater Cass Technical High School in the area of Marketing/Business Education. He also is an adjunct professor for Wayne County Community College District. He has worked very hard to serve the community with his fraternity brothers in such efforts as Meals on Wheels, March of Dimes, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, C.O.T.S., Relay for Life, American Cancer Society, the Red Cross, Focus Hope Walk, Gleaners Food Bank, Ronald McDonald House, American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Walk, Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics and many others. He also is a member of the Detroit Police Reserve Unit, where he volunteers his time in the field of law enforcement to protect the citizens of the City of Detroit.