Fred Royal, Jr. has been active in community advocacy throughout his career. Currently, 1st Vice President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Milwaukee Branch, Royal served as President of the NAACP Milwaukee Branch for six years and has also served on a range of boards from Milwaukee Area Technical College to the Social Development Commission. In 2011, he was elected to the American Civil Liberties Union and the Social Development Commission. Served on the Board of Directors for Rotary Club of Milwaukee.
Second generation born in Milwaukee, Royal went to Auer Avenue School, and then to Garden Homes Elementary and in high school, attended Rufus King, in 1975 to join the United States Air Force. Milwaukee Area Technical College hasn’t been a stranger to Royal. In 1990, he received his Associate of Applied Science degree in Paralegal Studies, and then continued on at Cardinal Stritch University graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.
He previously served as Manager of Youth Services with the Center for Self-Sufficiency, worked for six years in workforce development at Employ Milwaukee. Royal started out his career in Oak Creek, WI at Delphi Electronics & Safety, assembling electronic automotive parts. During his 26 years of service at the General Motors subsidiary from which he retired, Royal was elected as the Vice President for the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 438 which got him started in a career path towards public service, community activism and politics.