Black taught telecommunications at Alabama A&M University and was a founding member of the Alabama Filmmakers Co-op, and became its first director in 1977. He left in 1982 to accept a job as administrative director of "Film in the Cities" in St Paul, Minnesota. He left there two years later to return to film making under the auspices of his Bozart Mountain / Jade Films. He joined the faculty of Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and organized the 1988 international conference on public broadcasting training there.
Black worked as associate director for outreach and special projects for the Alabama Center for Law and Civic Education from 1994 to 2006, when he became director of the Birmingham Pledge Foundation. He was a co-chair of the Birmingham Metro Diversity Coalition and volunteered his time with the Firehouse Shelter and American Red Cross.
- Wade Black website, preserved at archive.org