Black History Month Profiles: James Allrich

James Allrich

This year, for Black History Month, we're taking a look at a group of leaders who are currently active making Black history across the labor movement. Check back daily for a new profile and meet some of the people working to improve not only their community, but also to improve conditions for working people across the country. Today's profile is James Allrich of the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA).

It took James Allrich 15 attempts to be appointed a principal, but in the end, he was named Maryland’s Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and a Washington Post Principal of the Year finalist. His leadership skills had been long on display. Still, “it was hard to become a principal because of my looks,” he says, referring to his hair locs and his overall style.