Magazine article Behavioral Healthcare Executive

Saving and Changing Lives

Magazine article Behavioral Healthcare Executive

Saving and Changing Lives

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Advocacy - and controversy - are very familiar to Rev. Dr. James G. White. He has performed in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa as the hip-hop artist Ghetto Priest, refusing to perform in South Africa until Nelson Mandela was released from prison; for three years he hosted and produced a contentious weekly radio show in Milwaukee called Slave Uprising; he toured as a gospel musician with a group called Unity; and he found himself in the middle of an emotionally charged South African rent strike. And if that weren't enough, here in the United States Rev. Dr. White served as truth commissioner for the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, co-founded both NULITES (National Urban League Incentives To Excel and Succeed) and Faith Partners (an initiative ofthe Johnson Institute Foundation), held state and local government positions (including supervisor of Milwaukee County in Wisconsin), and served as chairman and executive director of the Milwaukee Coalition Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

Recently appointed president of the Johnson Institute, an organization dedicated to enhancing addiction recovery, Rev. Dr. White says his past gives him the tools this posi- tion demands and the experi- ence to bring what he has learned along the way to the addiction re- covery field. "I have had some interesting experiences along the way, it's true," he recalls.

Rev. Dr. White's first experience with commu- nity service was in 1985 with New Hope In- ternational Ministries, a nondenomi- national, multifel- lowship Christian ministry in Peoria, Illinois. …

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