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MAYOR JAMES PERKINS’ BIOGRAPHY

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James Perkins, Jr. served as Mayor of Selma, Alabama for eight years. First elected as Mayor in November 2000; re-elected in 2004 and again in 2020. He is pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Selma, Alabama. He was licensed to preach, January 31, 2010; ordained in the work of Gospel ministry, December 16, 2012; and received Pastor’s Alternative for Teacher Certification through the Alabama Baptist Congress of Christian Education, July 14, 2014. He is an entrepreneur who started a business with $50, grew that business to over $1 million in annual sales.

Completed numerous graduate courses in the Master of Business Administration program at Auburn University at Montgomery. 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.

Mayor James Perkins

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