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  • AA, Lawson State Community College
  • BA, University of Alabama at Birmingham, History
  • BA, University of Alabama at Birmingham, African American Studies
  • MS, Brown University
  • ABD, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Martez Files received Bachelor of Arts degrees in African American Studies and History from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was the undergraduate student commencement speaker for the December 2014 commencement ceremony. He is currently pursuing the PhD in Educational Studies in Diverse Populations with a concentration in Metropolitan Education Studies. Martez has made numerous speeches and presentations on issues related to education, culture, race, and community activism. He is employed as the graduation coach for Gear UP Alabama at UAB