ABOUT DR. TONY BURKS
Dr. Tony Lamair Burks II, an education advocate, was a candidate for Atlanta Board of Education District 2. He has been an educator all his life.
Long before he became an elementary school principal at the age of 27, he'd help other children learn. Currently, Dr. Burks coaches and trains leaders for excellence as the head of his 11 year old business LEADright.
Dr. Burks started The Early College at Guilford (ECG). ECG is North Carolina’s first early college high school and one of the first of its kind in the world. Dr. John Robert Browne II chose Dr. Burks as one of five educators for his book, Walking the Equity Talk: A Guide for Culturally Courageous Leadership in School Communities.
Atlanta Public Schools (APS) recruited Dr. Burks in 2012 to work as an area superintendent. Also, he was a principal mentor and the principal of Frederick Douglass High School while working in APS.
NU∙tribe Magazine highlighted Dr. Burks as One of Six HBCU Grads You Should Know. The Boys and Girls Club of Hawk-Houston recently recognized him with the Alveta Hawk Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr. Burks loves to read and write. In 2014 he published a children’s book called The Tale of Imani the Bunny. He wrote it for his goddaughter, Alexa Imani. His newest book is Bought Wisdom: Tales of Living and Learning.
Dr. Burks is a graduate of Morehouse College. He also received a degree in education from Trevecca Nazarene University. His doctorate is from The University of North Carolina Greensboro.
Dr. Burks has lived in the historic Washington Park neighborhood since 2012. He and his partner, Thandiwe, are the foster parents of a five-year-old girl. They are active members of Atlanta's Hillside International Truth Center where he serves as co-chair of the Center’s 47th Anniversary Celebration.