Anthony Gordon is the founder of Revolution Public Schools and their first campus, S.H. James Preparatory Academy. James Prep will be founded on 3 principles: Social Emotional Health and Wellness, Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy and Community Based Entrepreneurship. Anthony has 13 years of experience in education and has worked in private, public and charter systems throughout the state of Texas. He has been a teacher, campus-based and regional leader. S.H. James Prep will be named after Gordon’s grandfather who was the 1st Black City Councilman in San Antonio. Additionally, in 1959, Anthony’s mother, Angela, was a part of a group of students bussed from the Eastside to integrate San Antonio Independent School District at Jefferson High School. Gordon is influenced by his own educational journey, as well as his experience teaching on the Eastside where he found students still facing severe systemic inequities. He is determined to continue the fight to provide an equitable education for students in San Antonio. In addition to being an educator, Anthony is also a husband, father, award winning DJ, a nationally recognized Slam Poet and Youth Poetry Slam Coach.
Anthony Gordon, Founder
THE S.H. JAMES FOUNDING BOARD
Cedric D. Fisher
Cedric is a 39-year career publishing executive, a leading publishing authority, author, and instructor having lead publishing operations in New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and San Antonio. Cedric's a professional speaker, and he and his team also conduct online writing and publishing workshops.
Racquel brings over 10 years of experience in Information Technology as an Infrastructure Engineer. In addition to this Racquel has contributed to several community service organizations. The African American Quilt Circle of San Antonio, the cultural and educational youth focus group known as The S.T.E.P. Org. As well as, Sustainable G’s, a project committed to making cultural connections and empowering communities through traditional plant medicine, regenerative farming, gardening and intergenerational knowledge sharing.
Stephanie Mendeloff is the founder of CREA Curriculum + Consulting, an education nonprofit with the mission to grow the next generation of creative leaders across disciplines. She has over ten years of education experience as a teacher, education consultant, instructional coach, and curriculum writer.
Dr. Milton Harris
Dr. Harris is owner broker MB Harris Properties, LLC. Serves as the Executive Director of the 100 Black Men of San Antonio, Inc, President Van Courtlandt Foundation, and Board Secretary San Antonio Preparatory Charter School.
During his career, Paul Kim has taught everything from kindergarten to college, receiving both teaching and coaching honors along the way. A decade ago, Paul transformed his classroom using design thinking to develop courses and programs that have innovation and entrepreneurship mindsets at their core. Outside of the classroom, Paul has co-founded two businesses, one with former students, and has been involved in regional and national equity initiatives.
Ryan Salts is the founder of Break Fast & Launch and San Antonio Entrepreneurship Week. Through Launch SA he manages these programs and others to drive the entrepreneurship and small business communities forward. Recently, he founded Part Thyme, a tech startup that connects employers and talented individuals in the hospitality industry to fill open shifts and short staffing needs.
Mario Marcel Salas
Mario Marcel Salas is an educator and a faculty member for the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has served as a City Councilman for the City of San Antonio, and was very active in the Civil Rights Movement for many years. He championed the establishment of a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Texas state holiday and served as Vice-President for the Judson Independent School Board of Trustees. He is the President of San Antonio Community Radio (KROV) and is active in San Antonio Politics.
The Rev. Dr. Samuel Horace James:
Rev. S. H. James (1918 – 1992) was the Pastor of Second Baptist Church, the first Black City Councilman in San Antonio, and considered one of the city’s most prominent civil rights leaders.
In 1944, Rev. James succeeded his father, S.H. James Sr, as pastor of Second Baptist Church. He would remain the pastor for 48 years.
In the early 1960’s, Rev. James and many church members became active in the civil rights movement. They were focusing on desegregating stores, restaurants, and hotels. During this time period, Rev. James was also part of the City’s Desegregation Committee, as a representative of the Black community. In 1965, James won the endorsement of the Good Government League, and became the first black elected to the San Antonio City Council. (1965-1971)
After this historic election, he quickly introduced an ordinance to desegregate the entire city, but the proposal initially went nowhere. Then-Councilwoman (later Mayor) Lila Cockrell advised Rev. James that he would get farther if he quietly cultivated Mayor Walter McAllister, rather than publicly challenging the council. Rev. James followed that strategy, and only a few months later, was able to bring back the desegregation ordinance proposal, and see it pass unanimously.
Rev. James and his wife Catherine were married for 47 years. They had three children. In 1959, Rev. James approached his 12-year old daughter, Angela, about attending Thomas Jefferson High School. Jefferson High School was considered to be a top public high school in San Antonio, but no blacks had ever attended it due to segregation. His daughter would go on to be in that first class to desegregate San Antonio schools. Angela graduated from Thomas Jefferson High at the age of 16, and then went on to Hampton University, where she graduated at the age of 20.
In addition to his civil rights work, Rev. James was also highly involved in civic, regional, and national pursuits. He is one of the founders of the Progressive National Baptist Convention and served as one of the Presidents of The National Congress of the Progressive National Baptist Convention. There he worked and was friends with such icons as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Rev. Ralph Abernathy, and Dr. Gardner Taylor.
He was creative, effective, far-sighted, and wise, as demonstrated through his many achievements. He was a true pillar in the community, and San Antonio is, without doubt, a greater city because of Rev. SH James’ contributions.
The ultimate goal is the day when “Every little boy and every little girl can feel, as I deserve so shall it be, as I merit it, the door is open. Just by accident of birth, I’m not hindered or barred.”
- The Rev. Dr. S.H. James
San Antonio Express-News
December 5, 1965