Nathaniel Banks

nathaniel BanksNathaniel Banks is a life-long resident of Champaign, Illinois. He was educated in the Champaign schools, and graduated from what is now called Champaign Central High. He received his college education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign campus and has a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Science in Applied Music and Music Education respectively.

Upon leaving college, Nathaniel Banks worked as the Assistant Director of the Afro-American Cultural Program for nine years. He then left campus to become the Principal of Judah Christian High School. He returned to the U of I in 1990 to work in the Office of Minority Student Affairs, where he is currently employed. Mr. Banks has worked in several capacities in OMSA including the Director of Upward Bound, the President's Leadership Program, and his current position as Director of the African American Cultural Program. Throughout his professional career, Mr. Banks has had a love for young people and has worked on numerous committees to address their needs. His most current interest is in the establishment of a Charter school to serve at-risk children in the Champaign-Urbana community.

Nathaniel Banks is married to Lisha Banks. They have three grown sons and are part of a large extended family.


This Legacy Is Yours Too was a cooperative effort between the National Council of African American Men and the Early American Museum.