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Rosetta James (born 1925) is a community volunteer in the Huntsville-Madison County (Ala.) area.


James moved to Huntsville, Ala. in 1973, after living in Long Island, N.Y., for 27 years. A native of Akron, Ala., in Hale County, James grew up in Alabama’s Black Belt.

She first worked part-time for the Madison County Extension Office while supporting her late husband, McKinley James. Her work in landscaping afforded her the opportunity to meet many people in the Huntsville-Madison County vicinity. James became involved in local civic, educational, religious, and political activities and causes. Her efforts led to her being included on various boards and committees.

James works with children, the elderly, and the incarcerated as a lay minister to female jail inmates. She is a member of First Missionary Baptist Church in Huntsville, Ala., and she has received over 50 honors, awards, and commendations from organizations and agencies, including Alabama A&M University, the NAACP and Greater Huntsville Chapter of 100 Black Men of America (2017). A "Rosetta James Room" has been named in her honor at First Missionary Baptist Church (Huntsville, Ala.) and the Huntsville Bible College.

James is a suffrage advocate, having registered thousands of local voters in registration drives. The Madison County Chapter of the Alabama Democratic Conference renamed its annual breakfast “The Rosetta James Membership Breakfast” for her efforts.

As a Court-Appointed Juvenile Advocate (CAJA), James has worked with abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system. She has obtained tuition assistance for promising at-risk students.


The Rosetta James Foundation is a non-profit organization. The annual ‘Rosetta James Honoring Our Elders’ celebration honors local citizens who are at least 70 years old and still active area volunteers. Foundation resources provide scholarships annually to local college students who are involved in the community as volunteers. An endowed scholarship in the amount of $10,000 was presented to Alabama A&M University in March 2007 from the Foundation, which currently awards 11 merit scholarships each year.


  • AARP
  • Alabama Citizens for Constitution Reform
  • Church Women United– Chairwoman, Nominating Committee
  • Congregational Care– Lay Minister
  • First Missionary Baptist Church – Active Member
  • HELPLINE– Board Member
  • Huntsville City Schools
  • Huntsville-Madison County Senior Center– Board Member
  • Joint Missionary Society
  • Madison County Board of Elections– Clerk
  • Madison County Day Care– Board Member
  • Madison County Democratic Women
  • Madison County, Alabama Democratic Party
  • Missionary Circle #3- Chairwoman
  • Missionary Work for Africa– Local Coordinator
  • Mustard Seed Ministry
  • Pathfinders– Board Member
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