About David

David McGhee, Flint, MI, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration & Public Policy from Oakland University, and has also earned a Master of Science degree in Administration from Central Michigan University. Upon graduation from Oakland University, he accepted an internship with Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. Following his internship with Governor Granholm, David returned to Flint to work with and for at-risk youth, serving as the Program Director for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint 100 Men 100 Boys Program for nearly seven years.  In this role he worked with male mentors to mentor 100 unmatched boys, annually.  This role also allowed him to facilitate the production of the agency’s first-ever hardcover Children’s Book, 100 Men 100 Boys – A Mentoring Program, which focuses on the positive impact mentoring has in the lives boys.  Currently David is a part-time instructor at Mott Community College where he teaches Leadership Development.

David is a change agent.  In recent years, Vernon Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Oakland University have recognized him for his leadership.  David was also honored by the Mayor of Flint, in 2011, with “David McGhee Day” for his unwavering dedication to improving the lives of others.

He is also a sought after public speaker.  David is frequently called upon to facilitate discussions and speak on leading-edge education, nonprofit, leadership, and youth issues by groups that have included the University of Michigan – Flint, TEDxFlint, TEDxDetroit, United Way of Broward County, Flint Community Schools, Oakland University, the National Conference on Preventing Crime in the Black Community, and other organizations, churches, and universities across the State of Michigan and throughout the country.

David’s civic involvement includes serving on the Board of Trustees for the Flint Public Library, serving as a Big Brother, and a 2011 graduate of the National Urban League Emerging Leaders Program.  In June of 2012 David was honored in the 2012 BE NEXT Awards; this event, held in Los Angeles, CA and hosted by Black Enterprise, was orchestrated by a collective of entertainers, industry executives and entrepreneurs.  Most recently, David has been active in strategic planning work with the Open Society Foundations Campaign for Black Male Achievement.

McGhee also has his own blog, McGhee’s Manifesto, where he offers reflections on Life and Leadership.  Follow him on twitter @DavidRMcGhee.


33 thoughts on “About David”

  1. Site well done.

    As you stated nothing is impossible with God—Just remember to always keep him FIRST and other things will fall into place.

  2. Hey David,

    Excellent job dear cousin! I’m so proud of you and excited about all that you are forging for in MI. I look forward to all to come for you.

    “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.” Psalm 37:23

  3. David,
    This is wonderful and you are doing great things. Continue to bless others with your works.

  4. WOW! McGhee’s Manifesto is an extremely POWERFUL TESTIMONY from a Godly Man.
    It is definitely apparent that our Heavenly Father has molded and continue to mold you into an instruments to inspire, encourage, and educate young African American men; who are all God’s Bundles of Possibilities. Here are organizations in Texas that you may consider contacting to share your wisdom: http://aambharvestfoundation.com [Men’s and Boys Conference in Austin, TX],
    hbatson@friendshipwest.org [Youth and College Pastor in Dallas, TX], mailto:kwhite@gmzaustin.org [Youth Pastor in Austin, TX]


  5. Hey David!
    This is awesome! And of course, you know that I’m very proud to be your cousin!! Keep up the wonderful work, and high faith!!

    Hopefully we can work together in the near future. I have some ideas… 🙂

    Love ya,


  6. Hey David!
    I’m so very proud of you, and happy to receive wonderful updates on you constantly. This blog is awesome.

    Looking forward to many more readings.

    Your cuz,


  7. David, First let me say I’m very proud of you! You are doing great things! Keep it up an inspire others to follow!!! It makes my heart happy to see a “Young Black Man” be a positive influence on so many people!! Love You Cuz!!!

    Dale McGhee Sr.

  8. Hey Dave,

    I’m happy to see that you made this site. Inspiration is one that comes from within and you have the gift lil bro! Continue to spread your testimony. You have so much to give and the Lord has blessed you with an awesome word that touches the soul of everyone who comes into contact with it.

    Keep up the good work and I’ll be sure to stay posted on your blog!

  9. In a world where it is so easy to be down, you inspire me to be better. Keep up the positive messages my cuz. Love ya. And thanks for the message. Much love, Donna.

  10. David I am so very proud of you. Your words are so very uplifting and inspiring and I pray that they reach and touch the souls of not only all young black men that inspire to make something of themselves, but to everyone that reads them. Continue to keep God the head of your life and all other things will be added unto to you. Let no one break your spirit or steal your joy. God bless you cuz.

  11. Hey David,
    Awesome site!
    In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35

    You are truly blessed….

  12. Wow! I was introduced to this site by your father, he called in to my job trying to order something and we ended up have about an hours worth of conversation about everything from children to church. He is the one who told me all about his sons and how he was so proud of them, and I see why. You speak the truth! I too am a mentor to kids, I started out just taking kids under my wing to show them that even though the ghetto might me where you reside it does not mean that you can’t achieve great heights. I used to work for Upward Bound as well as a mentor and it has elevated since. Your words of encouragement will leave a mark to all those who listen. God Bless you for all your accomplishments, and great works. YOU ARE A BLESSING TO MANY!!!

    1. Kimberly,

      I appreciate your kind words, and I thank you for reading. God is really moving in my life, and I know it is His purpose for me to share the things He has given me. I am just a vessel…proud of it too!

      I want to encourage you to continue your efforts in reaching youth. They are the future, but we must secure their present.

      Thanks again for reading. Reach out anytime…


      1. If you could please keep me posted on some of your public speaking events that you do, I would love to come hear you.

        Be Blessed!

  13. Goodmorning David, to start by saying thank you is too hum drum and normal. But, I’ll say thank you for so many things. 1st of all, I’m thanking God for creating you in the form that he has. He has created so many awesome beings, but many choose to become shadows of their circumstances, so I thank God for gifting this community with such a courageous, passionate, involved and much needed young man. Thank you for being one that can be looked up to as an example to be more like and not down on as what not to become. Thank you for your efforts, that should go without thanks, because these are things that we should simply automatically do, but all weren’t raised like you so in saying this, I’ll close by saying thank God for making you.

  14. David i cant tell you how proud i am of you. You have had alot of success in life and I personally had to congratulate you in/om your success since/ before i was born. I knew that you was going to be successful. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WHAT ALL YOU DID FOR ME AND WHILE I WAS IN UNIFIED SISTERS. It means alot to me. I really appreciate what you are doing for Flint because we both know Flint isnt safe anymore like it used to be since the 1800s by mentoring/tutoring kids/teenagers and trying to make Flint a better/safer place for everyone. I know you couldnt do it alone. But when i graduate from high school i would like to work with the Big Brother Big Sister program that you have going in the summer because I miss being in Flint and I miss being around/helping out (community service) cause Mrs. Green and Mr. Green got me so into community service since the day i became a Unified Sister. Good job, well done! Bravo senor McGhee!!!!!!!! Keep up the good work. I love you my cousin!!!!!!!!! =) =>

  15. Sorry it took me a while to get on here and tell you how proud i am of you, so… i took a little bit of time out of class to come and post my congratulations on here. No worries I’m heading back to class RIGHT NOW. See you and the family during the summer. I love yall!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =)

  16. Great site!! You never know where your path leads and who will be apart of that path. It is people like you who make the journey better. Each purpose has a different scope, but I belive we all have a duty to do something great. What you are doing to impact young people, specifically young males is great!! Keep pushing, our young people need more of us!

  17. I like this I think this is very nice of you I love to see everyone I know and haven’t saw in a long time doing very good keep up there good work god bless

  18. David, I had no idea you had this site so well put together. I will continue to try to push your name out! You have some good things going on bruh! Proud of you!

  19. Congratulations David on your upcoming BE NEXT award. Add passion to your 16th letter – and you will surely leave an indelible mark.

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