Mayor James Perkins Jr.
City of Selma, Alabama
James Perkins served as mayor of Selma, Alabama for eight years (2000-2004, 2004-2008). He was elected by his peers to serve as: 1) President of the National Conference of Black Mayors, a national organization representing over 650 African American Mayors across the United States; 2) Director on the National League of Cities Board, a national organization representing cities and towns across the nation in Washington DC; and 3) Vice President for Trade of the World Conference of Mayors., an international organization collaborating with mayors in Caribbean and Africa.
As an activist, Perkins championed the causes of voting rights in the 1960s; desegregation in the 1970s; technology education disparity in the 1990s; and illegal gun control, education quality and disparity, environmental injustice, and voter participation in the 2000s.
Perkins is an entrepreneur who started a business with $50, grew that business to over $1 million in annual sales.
People who really know Perkins describes him as a “prayerful, passionate, persistent, and practical man who truly cares about people; a no-nonsense guy who is about solving problems.”
Perkins earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from Alabama A & M University and completed numerous graduate courses in the Master of Business Administration program at Auburn University at Montgomery.
Perkins is a graduate of Leadership Birmingham, Leadership Selma, and Leadership Alabama.
James Perkins Jr is the husband of Selma City School System, parent facilitator, Cynthia Perkins. He is a father who served as PTO president at most schools attended by their children, coached most sports teams on which their children played, and mentors many children who are not his own.
James Perkins, Jr. speaks of his accomplishments by saying, “For all successes, accolades, and advancements, I say, ’To God be the Glory.’ My daily goals are to put God first and just treat people right. This is who I am and this is how I try to live my life.”