We all have dreams, but some of us never fully realize them. As seen with countless others who have faced extreme hardships, talent and tenacity are equally present in author, Brian Banks, J.D., who has realized many of his dreams. He is a law school graduate, educator, community leader, and visionary. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Brian shares the experiences of the underprivileged and disadvantaged. No matter where he started, Brian always sensed that he would take giant steps despite his small stature.
As a product of both a low-income and a single-parent family, Brian is personally and keenly aware of the difficult choices that today’s youth face. He is intimately familiar with living in a home environment that was not full of love nor conducive for learning and growth. Brian saw a clear path – graduate from college, graduate from law school, become a prominent attorney and then sit on the bench as an officer of the court. However, many things contributed to him taking a slightly different path.
In his book, It Had 2 Happen: The Agony of Success, Brian describes a defining moment of his life. It was on a predestined day in 1999 when he stood before an Oakland County Circuit Court judge who spoke life into him and acknowledged that she saw greatness inside of him that he did not even know still existed. This was Brian’s “Revelation Day”.