Dr James Tucker
Dr. James Tucker Freedom Fighter – Pleading our Cause
Dr. James Tucker was born in New Madrid, Missouri, on May 6, 1951. Tucker began his crusade for justice and equality while earning an undergraduate degree in History and Political Science from Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the Army and served three years on active duty at Fort Carson, Colorado. He also served 17 years in the Colorado Army National Guard. In 1985, Dr. Tucker received a master’s degree in Counseling and Student Development from Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama.
In 1991, Dr. Tucker served during the Gulf War as a legal specialist with the 217th Medical Battalion. While serving in Iraq, Dr. Tucker started the African American Voice Newspaper, Inc., as a hobby and published the first edition in June 1991. The paper is published online today with the continued efforts of Dr. Tucker, an independent contractor, and volunteers. In 1996, Dr. Tucker retired from the Colorado Army National Guard, is a decorated war veteran and received a Bronze Star. He taught social studies at Harrison High School for 24 years, retiring in 2001.
Dr. Tucker has received several honorary degrees. In 2007, Dr. Tucker received an Honorary Doctor of Management Degree from Colorado Technical University. Years later, in 2011, during a trip to Africa, he received the Honorary Degree of the Lamidat of Garoua, Cameroon, while tracing his ancestral roots. In 2013, Dr. Malcolm Newton and the Denver Institute of Urban Studies and Adult College presented Dr. James Tucker his second honorary Doctorate, a Doctor of Philosophy.
Dr. Tucker recently published Our Story: Looking Back: Moving Forward which is his legacy chronicling his life in Colorado and highlighting active involvement of Blacks within the political, social and economic development of Colorado. The book is rich in cultural attractions and includes a resource of Black Banks throughout the United States.
Dr. James Tucker is also the proud father of a son with autism. He continues today with no less enthusiasm and conviction, looking forward to the future with the belief that if you are willing to set your sights high enough, you can make a difference.