James CB Gray is a Community,social and Civil Rights Activist who is currently the National Action Network Youth Huddle Representative for the Harlem chapter of NYC,where he serves as a mentor for the youth of NAN alongside the NAN Youth Huddle Founder Ashley Sharpton... James also delivers the Civil Rights Highlight speech every Saturday morning that opens up the Saturday morning action rally Broadcast which streams live at www.nationalactionnetwork.net and airs on WLIB 1190am at 9am eastern standard time. James decided to become an activist shortly after he became a victim of police brutality...after a long and strenuous court battle he ultimately won a settlement against NYPD for Police Brutality and Unlawful Detention which encouraged him to fight for those who have no voice or resources when it comes to these unjust measures. This incident also prompted James to produce a documentary about Police Brutality,stop and frisk,prison reform,comstat and other issues effecting the black community.
James is also very passionate about Black history and has launched a campaign to teach black history through social media as he posts a little known Black history fact every day that actually pertains to the date it's published,he's been doing this chronologically for the last 5 years and now has an online following through social media of 1.8 million viewers collectively. James recently marched along side Governor Cuomo,Reverend Al Sharpton and mayor Deblasio during the Martin Luther King Day Fight for $15 march from the National Action Network house of Justice to the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State office Building as they marched in solidarity with the 1199 Union. James also joined NAN as they attended the Congressional hearing for the Flint water contamination crisis at Capital Hill in D.C James was a key player in getting the Bill signed by mayor Deblasio to rename Sedgwick ave in the Bronx to Hip Hop BLVD because of the legendary significance of Hip Hop music culture being spawned there in 1973 thank's to D.J Kool Herc.
James recently spoke at the Rikers island Prison Reform town hall panel along side Reverend Al Sharpton,Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark and COBA Commissioner Norman Seabrook where he spoke about the 40% inmate population of Rikers island Prison that's classified as mentally ill and not receiving proper treatment and how this creates a domino effect of issues that are plaguing Rikers island. James also moderated the Citybike Town hall panel discussion regarding the plans for Citybike to line the already congested Harlem streets with bike's that most Harlemites cannot even afford to ride. James has forged alliances with several other community based organizations that are doing wonderful work such as Street Corner Resources founded by Sister Iesha Sekou,Guns Down Life Up founded by James Dobbins and The Harlem Transformation Project founded by Akil Rose.
James's hard work and dedication has not gone unnoticed and on February 12th 2016 James was honored at the first annual National Action Network welcoming committee Leadership and Service Award Ceremony...James received a City Council Citation from Council Woman Inez Dickens office for Service and Leadership and an Award from the National Action Network welcoming committee for Leadership and Excellence.
President-Executive Manager (Burkehill Media Group)
Founder & Executive Director (The Champion Film Festival)
The Champion Film Festival (Miles (short Film))
Producer ((The Notorious C.R) the Carl Richie Story)
Vice President of Operations (November 2012 – Present (3 years 4 months))
CNCI List of Service (Chase Nelson Consultants International)
Communication Director (The Harlem Transformation Project)
Creative Consultant (Remarkable Magazine)
Chairman (The Joe Louis Foundation)
NBC Nonstop TV Network (NBC Nonstop T.V Network)
Director of Marketing (Universal Grind)
A&R/Manager (Dream 2 International Music Group)
Creative Director (Dime-Piece Magazine)
Stage Manager (BET Blaze The Stage)
Director of Marketing and Branding (Rev Is Real Entertainment)
Gray has been able to reach the youth and bridge the generation gap is by teaching black history.
Gray became a member of the NAN anti-gun violence committee (VePic), which Sister Iesha Sekou also chairs.
Gray is currently producing a documentary about police brutality, number driven policing, prison reform, the broken Windows theory.
Gray joined the National Action Network and became the weekly speaker for the civil rights highlight segment for Rev. Al Sharpton’s Saturday Morning Rally Broadcast.
Gray led a march for justice following the Michael Brown shooting, from 14th street to 125th in Harlem to the Triboro Bridge