Richard Benjamin Boddie
Dick Boddie is the President and Founder of The Motivators, a professional speakers bureau in Huntington Beach, is also an adjunct professor in Political Science (which by the way, is not a science by any stretch of the imagination) and History at Coastline Community College in Costa Mesa and Garden Grove, California, in addition to being an Independent Associate with Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. (NYSE), and well known raconteur.
[Among a whole host of other groups, companies, affiliations, and associations, past and present such as: "Citizen Advocate" a Public Broadcasting Corporation (PBS) sponsored television ombudsman show on WCNY-TV in Syracuse, NY; Eastman Kodak Company; New York Life Insurance Company; Wells Fargo Bank; Xerox Corporation; National Center For Dispute Settlement - American Arbitration Association; was the first Director of Admissions at the new Chapman University School of Law in Anaheim, California; hosted a talk radio show "Black To White" on WAXC-AM in Rochester, N.Y.; was a New York State Administrative Hearing Oficer, ...]
Richard was born (in Elmira, N.Y.) and raised in "upstate" New York (which means "NOWHERE NEAR New York City", Long Island, New Jersey or Connecticut...) in the once famous city of Rochester. The son, grandson, and great grandson of Baptist ministers, he has the honor and distinction of having been the first black youth to ever achieve the rank of Eagle Scout (BSA) in Rochester, and was also the first African American to become a bank executive in that city's history.
[which by the way was also the home of two great American activists: women's suffragette, Susan B. Anthony, and the dynamic Abolishionist, Frederick Douglass, Boddie's "spiritual mentor"]
As both a former Democrat and former Republican, Richard B. Boddie** is quite well known for his political activism over the years, having been the president of the Student Bar Association while in law school, an anti war activist, and community organizer in the 60s; Congressional aide, and executive with the American Arbitration Association in the 70s; a motivational speaker and political activist; a fund raiser and road manager for the 1984 Libertarian Party Presidential candidate, and he himself also sought that same position in 1991 for the 1992 Presidential race. Richard did run for the U.S. Senate in 1992 and 1994 in California, and for Congress in the 46th District of CA in 2000, and served as Chair the Orange County Libertarian Party 1996 - 1998, and was also the Press Secretary for the Steve Kubby for Governor campaign in California in 1998.
Dick Boddie is a graduate of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and holds a law degree from Syracuse University (also in "upstate" NY, where it gets VERY cold each winter, a major reason why he lives in Orange County CALIFORNIA today).
* Boddie is pronounced "body"
** For the record, in the Rev. Jacob Benjamin Boddie clan or "downline", there are (were) four (4) different men with the name Richard: Rev. Richard Edward Boddie (son of JB), Richard Benjamin Boddie (herein above), Richard Grant Boddie (son of Richard Edward), and Richard Edward Boddie, II (son of Richard Grant).