The Honorable Omar Neal was born in Tuskegee Institute, Alabama to Homer Lewis Neal and Rosa Neal Harris at John A. Andrew’s Hospital on the Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) campus. He began his education at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. Neal later attended Washington Public Elementary School and then Tuskegee Public Schools where he remained through high school. Neal graduated from Tuskegee Institute High School as a member of the “Class of 1975.”
Neal attended Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and was a member of the Marching Crimson Pipers Band. After completing his studies at Tuskegee, Neal attended the Montgomery Police Academy before returning home to Tuskegee where he served as a Youth Counselor with the Outreach Modification Program, a project of the Juvenile Probation Department of Macon County. Neal also wrote a proposal and established the Youth Aide Division of the Tuskegee Police Department, where he served as the department’s founding director. Mayor Neal also graduated from Troy University with a Master’s in Public Administration. Neal attended the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education program in July of 2009. Mayor Neal completed the Delta Leadership Institute in June of 2010. The Delta Leadership Institute is sponsored by the Delta Regional Authority in partnership with the College of Continuing Studies at the University of Alabama.
In pursuit of his purpose, Neal founded, “You Got the Power,” Enterprises Inc. in 1991. “You Got the Power” is a communications company that specializes in talk radio, motivational workshops, media consulting, advertising and motivational speaking. The syndicated radio talk show is heard throughout the state of Alabama and parts of Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia and has a potential listening audience of over 3,000,000 people. Neal has trained more than forty thousand participants in various seminars and workshops.
At a very early age Omar Neal discovered that his calling in life was to share information with others and to allow others to teach—through sharing their own special truths with the world. Neal believes, “that we are all possessors of some truth, and as we are able to bring our truths together, then and only then will we be able to come closer to the absolute truth.” A dynamic speaker, Neal is able to hold audiences of thousands on the edge of their seats. He has a way of making people feel comfortable in sharing their thoughts. He has had the opportunity to interview international personalities as well as the common citizen in the neighborhood, making each feel comfortable and valued.
In his most recent endeavors, Neal was the Coordinator for the Macon County Coalition for Community Advancement a federally funded youth drug & alcohol prevention plan. Macon County is one of only six counties in the State of Alabama that was selected to implement a capacity-building grant for prevention services. The MCCCA Coalition is the largest coalition in the State.
On October 7, 2008 the people of Tuskegee Alabama elected Omar Neal, by a majority vote, to the office of Mayor. Neal’s tenure as Mayor of the City of Tuskegee began on November 3, 2008. Mayor Neal is married to Debbie Mitchell Neal. The Neals have one daughter, Omari.