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A.D. was born in Montgomery, Alabama to working class parents. He was raised by his mother, a factory worker, and his step-father who is a brick mason. His biological father was murdered, due to street violence, when he was six-years-old. Although he was raised in poverty, surrounded by violence and substance abuse, he was always determined to change the legacy in his family.

In his early years, he excelled in academics. At the age of 17 he graduated high school and enrolled in the United States Navy. He woke up in boot camp for his 18th birthday, and in War (Iraq) for his 19th birthday.  He served as a  combat medic (doc) for 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, Weapons Company.  He and his unit engaged in what was known as the first hand-to-hand combat fighting since Vietnam. “The Battle of An Najaf”, also known as, “The Battle for the City of the Dead,” earned Doc A.D. and his unit several awards. 

Upon being Honorably Discharged with severe PTSD, Doc A.D. was determined to rise above the circumstances and continue his education. He enrolled at Alabama State University to study Political Science. This is where he would start advocating for the improvement the overall black experience in this country. He joined the NAACP and served as the 1st VP for the State of Alabama Youth & Collegiate Division. During his tenure he lead one of the largest voter registration efforts in the state of Alabama to elect President Barack Obama. The ‘Rock the Vote,”  NAACP Bus Tour was a one-day tour that coordinated with several HBCU’s to travel the state, registering urban and rural neighborhoods to vote.  He went on to  work on several local campaigns while continuing to engage in political social activism. He is a member of the Divine 9 Nine, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity  Inc.

Upon completing his degree to become a first generation college graduate, Doc A.D. relocated to Atlanta, Georgia to intern at Atlanta City Hall. He worked in the office of the now City Council President Felicia Moore. During this time, he was introduced to the Agape Center where he would become an instructor for at risk youth. Because of his own childhood, he knew first hand how important it is that our youth have positive influences outside of their tough environments. 

By this time his interest in becoming a better catalyst for change had expanded. He decided to apply to law school. He was accepted to the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. He was a member of the Black Law Student Association, the first chapter of Young Democrats at the school. He was also a member  of the Trial Advocacy Team where he would also serve as a Junior Executive Board Member. In 2018 he became the first person in his family to earn a Doctorate degree.

Doc A.D.  is a graduate of the James W. Wright Leadership Development Institute and the Advocacy & Campaign Training Workshop presented by the Congressional Black Caucus Institute.

 

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