Perkins served as mayor of Selma, Alabama for eight years. 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.
Perkins served as a consultant who provides technical assistance in areas of managerial and organizational problem isolation and solution development.
Perkins was an activist who championed the causes of voting rights in 1960s; desegregation in 1970s; technology education disparity in 1990s; and illegal gun control, education quality and disparity, environmental injustice, and voter participation in 2000s.
Perkins is an entrepreneur who started a business with $50, grew that business to over $1 million in annual sells.
People who really know Perkins describes him as a “prayerful, passionate, persistent, and practical man who truly cares about people; a no non-sense 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 presently pursuing certification in the National Baptist Convention, Certification of Pastoral Studies (COPS) program.
Perkins is a graduate of Leadership Birmingham, Leadership Selma, and Leadership Alabama.
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.”