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”.

Recently, Brian earned his Ph.D. in Public Policy & Administration and has been an adjunct professor. Brian also holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Master of Education in Educational Leadership both from Wayne State University. He has earned a Juris Doctor with a Criminal Law concentration from Michigan State University College of Law. Currently, Brian is pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Policy & Administration and has been an adjunct professor at Baker College.

On November 6, 2012, Mr. Banks was duly elected by the people of the 1st District to The Michigan House of Representatives, representing Northeast Detroit, Grosse Pointe Woods, Grosse Pointe Shores, and Harper Woods. Representative Banks served on several committees and was re-elected in 2014 and 2016. Throughout his terms, he was an advocate for education and committed to ensuring that all children have access to quality education – no matter where they live. He continues his work to ensure Detroiters, and all urban and rural areas, get lower car insurance without compromising their benefits and protections.

Mr. Banks is a highly sought-after consultant, educator, organizer, assistant, community, political, legal mind, and now, an author. Brian’s work currently involves mentoring teens and young adults. He is a keynote speaker for Youth Day services at churches, college-bound student workshops, second-chance programs, criminal justice reform seminars, and many more.

In his spare time, Brian enjoys traveling the world, shopping, dining out, cooking for family and friends, good gospel music, and relaxing at home.