"As a student at A&T, I participated in the demonstration marches and sit-ins during the civil rights movement. As a participant in this era, I had the opportunity to know and march with the originators of sit-ins, the Greensboro Four. These four brave young men became known internationally and created a national peaceful process that impacted the entire county."
James attended Wilkes County Public Schools and graduated from Lincoln Heights High School.
"Upon completion of public-school education, I enrolled in North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University, largest historically black college/university in the United States. It is here that my study of concentration was in the field of animal husbandry.
James also served in the U.S. Army as Senior Stenographer for the military base commander.Following service, he became employed by the United States Department of Agriculture as a food inspector in poultry, beef, and pork to ensure the safety of these products for human consumption.